April 15, 2013
Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Day Thirteen: M is for Mediumship
Everyone has heard of psychics and most people have heard of mediums, but most people don't know the difference between the two.
A psychic is a person who claims to have the ability to perceive what is normally hidden from a person's senses. This can include auditory, visual and other such stimuli. Some psychics claim to perceive things from the past, present and/or future. Mediums, on the other hand, literally act as an intermediary between the living and the dead. While some might debate it, I would argue that mediums must use psychic abilities to achieve this communication.
I know so many people think of a medium as some short, old woman sitting at a circular table in a dimly-lit room, gazing into a crystal ball on the table. While some mediums work this way, not all do. There are mediums who claim to work with the help of spirit guides who literally fetch the dead people being summoned during a seance. Other mediums claim to have the ability to allow spirits to hop into their body and control it, either speaking through the medium directly to the living or performing physical tasks like writing or drawing messages. Yet other mediums claim they speak with the dead through telepathy, which is called mental mediumship.
Some mediums claim that they communicate with the dead through physical means. These can include rapping or tapping on different parts of a structure, full-body apparitions manifesting themselves to the medium and others in the room and disembodied spirit voices.
People go to mediums to communicate with the dead as a way to achieve closure over the loss of a loved one, out of curiosity about what lies in wait beyond death and even to rid their house or business of a haunting.
Of course the subject of mediums in highly controversial. Science has not been able to substantiate any mediumship claims and there have been quite a few fraudsters who have been exposed since the late 19th Century. The big question is, do you believe in communication with the dead?