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How does Mediumship work?

Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 3 May 2017 - 9:41

(originally posted 04 Mar 2015)

I came across Geof Jowett's site a little while ago, following an Edgar Cayce quote which brought me to one of Geof's monthly messages on his Blog.  That message was entitled Continuous Communication - where this spiritual medium was putting into words a descriptive explanation of his involvement as a mediator who passes on messages to people from their loved ones in spirit.
"Often I am asked what is it like to do a reading and to receive messages from the ‘other side’ or the world of spirit. Allow for me to share with you the process I use to prepare and execute a mediumship reading." .....
His words resonated with  me, and I enjoyed reading through back monthly messages on that site - and, with an interest in seeing how things progress with him, I set a request for future monthly messages to arrive in my inbox as and when they are posted.

This month's message particularly resonated with my own understanding of mediumship; what a medium actually is, and in very simple terms, how it actually works.

A Medium

“Something in between.”

“A particular form or system of communication.”

“The materials or methods used by an artist.”


 You are a what??? One of the most charming aspects of being a ‘medium’ is the responses I get from people when they learn about my ability to hear, feel, and see spirits and comprehend their messages. In my life experience, I have found so few people that really know what a medium is and what mediumship is about. Allow me to help clarify my practice so that I may better serve you and so that you may learn that whether you are a large, medium, or small you are a soul having the human experience.

The Wikipedia definitions shared at the beginning of this essay, are interesting because they all include aspects of what a medium is. Let me explore each statement with you in regards to my role as a medium.

First though, it is important to review the philosophy of spiritualism. The foundation of mediumship is the universal law that life in eternal and that the existence and personal identity of a soul continues after the change called death. Death only occurs to the physical body but the soul remains alive forever; it cannot be created or destroyed. The main purpose of mediumship is to remind you of the divine law of love. Love is all there truly is and your task is to remove all barriers you have build up against the idea that you and everyone are love. Love is your purpose for being!


“Something in between.”

 A medium is the intermediary of specific messages from the higher vibrational spiritual plane to the lower vibration of the physical plane. Your loved ones in the spirit plane provide specific clues or evidence to let you identify them and then inspirational messages to encourage, support or clarify your life purpose. Note that a medium is not necessary for you to carry your messages to your loved ones in spirit. Your loved ones in the spiritual plane hear and feel you whenever you call their name. It is such a pleasure to be the messenger from one loving soul to another.

It should be noted that a psychic is a person that can see and feel the energetic signals that you broadcast or carry in your auric field such as emotions, beliefs, ideas, concepts, etc… A psychic obtains their information using their own intuition and can make predictions based on what they feel about your energy. Mediums are psychics but relay on obtaining their information from your loved ones that are in the spiritual plane.


 “A particular form or system of communication.”

 There are two major types of mediumship: physical and mental. Physical mediumship is the manipulation and transformation of energy to cause a sound, movement, or result that is perceived by your physical senses. For example, the voice of the incarnate spirit might come through, or they might move your keys, flicker your lights, or present the aroma of a scent associated with them.

I practice mental mediumship, which involves three main forms of communication. My strongest form of mental mediumship is clairauditory. I can hear spirit speak from their high vibration and therefore it is easy for me to do phone readings and hear specific messages. With mental concentration I can hear with my ‘intuitive ears’ spirit speak and in certain circumstances I can hear accents, sounds associated with what they enjoyed or where they worked, or songs they liked. To hear and then know the meaning and feeling associated with the sound is important in conveying the messages to you.

A second from of mental mediumship is called clear seeing or clairvoyance. With my visions I can see images, symbols, or signs and know their specific meanings. Your loved ones in spirit like to choose special associations that they shared with you or had a passion for themselves. A grandma that liked to bake may present pies, cookies, or cakes, a grandpa that liked to build things may present his tools, a child that enjoyed music may present musical instruments, or a mom that was a banker may show money and checks as visual evidence for you to identify them.

The third form of mental mediumship is clairsentience, which is another term for clear feeling. Here I experience sensations within my solar plexus or heart centers (gut feeling) or sensations on the surface of my body (mostly my arms and shoulders). I can also obtain information through my sense of smell and taste with clairsentience. During a reading your loved ones may provide the scent of roses if they had a passion for gardening, or the smell of fresh cut grass if they enjoyed time in the yard. Creatively, your loved ones in spirit may manifest the taste of a specific food they enjoyed within my mouth or they might present a feeling of a fear or joy they cared within them when they were here. I can often feel their body locations where the discomforts of disease or injury may have affected them.
 

“The materials or methods used by an artist.”

 My scientific mind often takes me to the logistics and deeper meaning of the messages presented by spirit. What is of great value though, is for you to validate the evidence and inspirational messages presented to you with your feelings. If something does not feel right to you, you not accept it. Take time to reflect on your messages and feel the associations with them to your loved ones. One of the great benefits of a reading is that your loved ones in spirit will validate what you already feel and help you develop a means of communication with you using specific signs, for example, a butterfly, the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, pizza, a kite, irises, coins, or a specific term of endearment. Feel your messages because spirit communication is all about feeling your loved one.

I have discovered that what is most fascinating about the messages provide from your loved ones in spirit, is the level of genius and pure creativity. The artistic quality and creativity used to present specific heart felt messages and awesome signs demonstrates the great level of originality that goes in to the loving messages gifted to you from spirit.

Remember that your loved ones in spirit are always communicating with you through the song on the radio, the people presented to you in your day-to-day life, the things presented in your daily path. Be open, be still, reflect and connect. Loving messages are all around you.

Thanks for trusting me with being the ‘middleman’ in your communications with your loved ones in spirit. It is a pleasurable gift to bring you tiding from the higher vibrational loving and compassionate world of spirit.


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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by JDBP on Wed 3 May 2017 - 9:43

How does Mediumship work?

Depends on your definition of what a Medium does.

As of right now mediumship is defined as the act of pretending to talk to the dead.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 4 Dec 2017 - 13:58

Mediumship:
Mediumship provides evidence of survival of the human personality beyond physical death. This is generally a 3-way commnication, with a mediator (Medium) passing on communication received from a discarnate (deceased) person to an incarnate (living) person.

Spiritualism:
The science, philosophy and religion of continuous life, based upon demonstrated communication, by means of mediumship, between the living and the dead.

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Post by mac on Mon 4 Dec 2017 - 21:30

There was a time that I thought a medium was a two-way facilitator of communication - verbally/mentally conveying questions, messages etc. from an incarnate seeker and messages from their discarnate loved one(s) in the opposite direction.  

Or does a medium act as a one-way conduit from spirit to incarnate, with one-way communication between seeker and loved one in spirit happening telepathically? 

Or can it be either situation or even both-together?
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Post by Misty on Tue 5 Dec 2017 - 12:09

I think its a bit of all of those.  I see a medium as someone who has the ability to open the door or window that is closed or stuck for most of us.  The living or the dead person can not pass through the doorway or the window, but they can communicate and reach through it both ways.  The deceased person can only knock on the door or window to let us know they are near but they cant open it, it has to be someone living (the medium) and the door can only be open for a short time.

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Post by mac on Tue 5 Dec 2017 - 13:47

@Misty wrote:I think its a bit of all of those.  I see a medium as someone who has the ability to open the door or window that is closed or stuck for most of us.  The living or the dead person can not pass through the doorway or the window, but they can communicate and reach through it both ways.  The deceased person can only knock on the door or window to let us know they are near but they cant open it, it has to be someone living (the medium) and the door can only be open for a short time.
That's a good analogy but after the window opens what does the medium actually do then?  Who does the medium speak directly for - just the discarnate communicator or does the medium ask questions on behalf of the incarnate seeker? 

Or does the discarnate 'hear' those questions telepathically from the incarnate but gives an answer via the medium?

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Post by mac on Tue 5 Dec 2017 - 14:01

In passing I'd like to add a footnote that elsewhere I'm seeing folk who are turning to a self-guided learning/development course to enable them to communicate directly rather than via a third-party go-between, the medium.

That's down to both a shortage of mediums and the poor reputations of some and high charges for their services.  Although global populations have grown enormously over the past umpteen decades the number of mediums available to serve them appears not to have done.

Is it now likely traditional mediumship will continue to fall further into the background and become increasingly irrelevant?

Or am I misreading the situation by basing my view on what I read online; is the on-the-ground situation as buoyant as ever with just the cyber community appearing flaky?
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Wed 6 Dec 2017 - 22:16

@Misty wrote:I think its a bit of all of those.  I see a medium as someone who has the ability to open the door or window that is closed or stuck for most of us.  The living or the dead person can not pass through the doorway or the window, but they can communicate and reach through it both ways.  The deceased person can only knock on the door or window to let us know they are near but they cant open it, it has to be someone living (the medium) and the door can only be open for a short time.
I like - and agree with - your way of describing what a medium does, Misty, but would just add that that's really only part of it; there are many more facets to mediumship in practice.  Just as there are different kinds of mediums, there too are different ways in which they work and there really is not one 'rule' that covers all.


@mac wrote:In passing I'd like to add a footnote that elsewhere I'm seeing folk who are turning to a self-guided learning/development course to enable them to communicate directly rather than via a third-party go-between, the medium.
Who? What? Where? And How?  Do tell ......

@mac wrote:That's down to both a shortage of mediums and the poor reputations of some and high charges for their services.  Although global populations have grown enormously over the past umpteen decades the number of mediums available to serve them appears not to have done.

Is it now likely traditional mediumship will continue to fall further into the background and become increasingly irrelevant?

Or am I misreading the situation by basing my view on what I read online; is the on-the-ground situation as buoyant as ever with just the cyber community appearing flaky?
I think you might be misreading the situation to an extent - surely the reality is that mediumship is now ever more readily available to all, not like years ago when such practices were kept underground and for the most part practised in secret - and people were reluctant to broadcast their interest in such matters(?)

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Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 0:12

@Candlelight.kk wrote:
@Misty wrote:I think its a bit of all of those.  I see a medium as someone who has the ability to open the door or window that is closed or stuck for most of us.  The living or the dead person can not pass through the doorway or the window, but they can communicate and reach through it both ways.  The deceased person can only knock on the door or window to let us know they are near but they cant open it, it has to be someone living (the medium) and the door can only be open for a short time.
I like - and agree with - your way of describing what a medium does, Misty, but would just add that that's really only part of it; there are many more facets to mediumship in practice.  Just as there are different kinds of mediums, there too are different ways in which they work and there really is not one 'rule' that covers all.


@mac wrote:In passing I'd like to add a footnote that elsewhere I'm seeing folk who are turning to a self-guided learning/development course to enable them to communicate directly rather than via a third-party go-between, the medium.
Who? What? Where? And How?  Do tell ......  Members of one of my other regular websites http://afterlifeforums.com/

@mac wrote:That's down to both a shortage of mediums and the poor reputations of some and high charges for their services.  Although global populations have grown enormously over the past umpteen decades the number of mediums available to serve them appears not to have done.

Is it now likely traditional mediumship will continue to fall further into the background and become increasingly irrelevant?

Or am I misreading the situation by basing my view on what I read online; is the on-the-ground situation as buoyant as ever with just the cyber community appearing flaky?
I think you might be misreading the situation to an extent - surely the reality is that mediumship is now ever more readily available to all, not like years ago when such practices were kept underground and for the most part practised in secret - and people were reluctant to broadcast their interest in such matters(?)

Oh, yes, sure it's out in the open but where and how much?  There's certainly few individuals telling us online to say how easy it is to find reputable, experienced mediums are or how good the standard is. Maybe it's because they don't bother with online websites but maybe there just ain't much to tell.

And in the USA (Canada and Australia also it appears) it's less easy to fnd sound mediumship than in the UK.  My Yank contacts tell me this about the US and they don't get to see platform mediumship or visit Modern Spiritualist churches unless they're among the lucky few who live nearby to the very few churches and centres. 

If anyone knows of a different situation I'd love to hear what they know.

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Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 1:12

What's the response to post #6?  It kinda got missed!
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 13:34

@mac wrote:In passing I'd like to add a footnote that elsewhere I'm seeing folk who are turning to a self-guided learning/development course to enable them to communicate directly rather than via a third-party go-between, the medium.
@candlelight.kk wrote:Who? What? Where? And How?  Do tell ......
@mac wrote:Members of one of my other regular websites http://afterlifeforums.com/

Grrr ... I just lost a long reply to this - pressed the wrong button wagtail  ..

a synopsised version of my lost reply:

Reading in that link, I take it that you are referring to the EMDR / IADC stuff that this guy writes about and practises:



I remember first reading about this over 10 years ago.  I saw it at the time as a form of hypnosis and suggestion, similar to the so-called 'past-life regression' sessions so popular in the States.  This is not after-death communication, per se; it's cognitive behavioural therapy, grief therapy via suggestive hypnosis.  It may well work in its own right, but I think the tagged on title of 'after-death communication' may well just be a clever marketing ploy by those who peddle it.  After all, these sessions do not come cheap, from what I have seen - far from it.  It's a deliberate misleading of folk, which I personally find distasteful.  As with all things though, it's a matter of personal choice.  I suppose if it works for some, and they are willing to pay for it, then good luck to them.

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Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 13:56

No it's not Botkin's technique....  This is what some folk are using http://selfguided.spiritualunderstanding.org/

And it's claimed to be free of charge.  I'm not pushing it but it's reported to be effective by some of those who have learned the technique.

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Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 13:58

Any response to post #6?
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Post by Misty on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 18:03

@mac wrote:
@Misty wrote:I think its a bit of all of those.  I see a medium as someone who has the ability to open the door or window that is closed or stuck for most of us.  The living or the dead person can not pass through the doorway or the window, but they can communicate and reach through it both ways.  The deceased person can only knock on the door or window to let us know they are near but they cant open it, it has to be someone living (the medium) and the door can only be open for a short time.
That's a good analogy but after the window opens what does the medium actually do then?  Who does the medium speak directly for - just the discarnate communicator or does the medium ask questions on behalf of the incarnate seeker? 

Or does the discarnate 'hear' those questions telepathically from the incarnate but gives an answer via the medium?

etcetera

I am not a medium and definately no expert on the subject but from what I have learnt how it works is that the medium gets as much info from the deceased person to pass on to the sitter (the living person) who they are, name if possible, relation to the sitter and how they died.  Then the medium needs to find out what is the message to pass on to the sitter, preferably something that only that dead person could know, something to convince the sitter that they are truly who they claim to be and that they still live on in spirit.  Sometimes other spirits will come in to reinforce.  They won't always get the person they had hoped to communicate with.

Or does the discarnate 'hear' those questions telepathically from the incarnate but gives an answer via the medium?
I dont know the answer to that question.  I have heard it works for some people that if you put out a question to your deceased loved ones just before going to sleep you will sometimes get an answer to that question in your dreams, or even a visit from that past away loved one in your dream.  These communications can happen wthout a medium being around.  Even without asking a question, they can sometimes visit and communicate while you are in dream state and this kind of communication can happen without a medium, and often at the same time other things happening like lights flickering, photos falling down, and other ways that they send signs to let us know they are around.  I think its also the case for a lot of us that sometimes our deceased loved one do try to get messages through to us directly but we just dont notice, we are too distracted with our every day life to notice the subtle signs.

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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 20:16

You've described what I understand about the early part of evidential mediumship, the establishment of the identity of the spirit-side communicator.  That's straightforward and it's one-way communication.  Then what?  What if the sitter hasn't already tried before the sitting to ask a question, ask for information?  Can that sitter convey to the discarnate communicator what they're wondering about or is it just the customary, apparently one-way conveynce of info from/through the medium with a yes/no/I'm not sure response in return from the sitter? 

More simply, is it still a one-way communication only from discarnate to incarnate through the medium?  It would be nice to hear from a medium how it works for herself/himself.  It wouldn't mean all mediumship is the same but it would be helpful to hear. 

It's rare to hear from mediums on forum websites though....
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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by Candlelight.kk on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 22:20

@mac wrote:No it's not Botkin's technique....  This is what some folk are using http://selfguided.spiritualunderstanding.org/

And it's claimed to be free of charge.  I'm not pushing it but it's reported to be effective by some of those who have learned the technique.

"Not Botkin's technique".
Interesting, however, to see that the person conducting the training material involved in producing these self-guided, "self-induced" 'afterlife connections' is Craig Hogan, who just happens to be co-author of Allan Botkin's book arrow  'Induced After-death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma' https://www.amazon.co.uk/Induced-After-death-Communication-Therapy-Healing/dp/1571744231

Looking at the numbered stages (most particularly, stages 3 and 4) of the self-inducing connection procedure here: http://afterlifeconnections.org/selfguided_article.htm  (where it is stated that all "participants must go through the stages in order so they learn how to enter the state of mind in which the connection can occur before they attempt to make the connection"), I can't really see all that much of a difference between that procedure and Botkin's technique.
Not having experimented with this procedure for myself, of course, it's not really my place (or in my power) to confirm one way or the other, but it does seem to me, on the face of it, to be one and the same.

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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by mac on Thu 7 Dec 2017 - 23:02

@Candlelight.kk wrote:
@mac wrote:No it's not Botkin's technique....  This is what some folk are using http://selfguided.spiritualunderstanding.org/

And it's claimed to be free of charge.  I'm not pushing it but it's reported to be effective by some of those who have learned the technique.

"Not Botkin's technique".
Interesting, however, to see that the person conducting the training material involved in producing these self-guided, "self-induced" 'afterlife connections' is Craig Hogan, who just happens to be co-author of Allan Botkin's book arrow  'Induced After-death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma' https://www.amazon.co.uk/Induced-After-death-Communication-Therapy-Healing/dp/1571744231

Looking at the numbered stages (most particularly, stages 3 and 4) of the self-inducing connection procedure here: http://afterlifeconnections.org/selfguided_article.htm  (where it is stated that all "participants must go through the stages in order so they learn how to enter the state of mind in which the connection can occur before they attempt to make the connection"), I can't really see all that much of a difference between that procedure and Botkin's technique.
Not having experimented with this procedure for myself, of course, it's not really my place (or in my power) to confirm one way or the other, but it does seem to me, on the face of it, to be one and the same.
I was aware that Craig Hogan was co-author of Botkin's technique but I haven't studied either to assess if one is closely similar to the other. 

Trained therapists work with Botkin's technique, I think I'm right in saying, whereas with Hogan's the idea is (quote) "It will teach you how to enter a state of mind in which afterlife connections can and do occur. They happen in 86% of the people who go through the training."

I'd need to see the statistics for myself, maybe speak to those claiming success, before I'd be persuaded but I'm not discounting either.  They're in a mental pigeon-hole marked 'No Evidence Seen Yet'.  Wink

Perhaps both CAN be effective with individuals of enhanced psychic awareness, folk whose psyches are responsive to development, kinda like in a development circle.

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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by mac on Fri 22 Dec 2017 - 17:11

I am listening to a recording this morning of a platform medium that reminds me that we didn't make any progress on my original question.  What I'm hearing is one-way, discarnate to incarnate via a medium.






Perhaps that's only how it appears but I'm not detecting recipient to communicator communication being answered.  It just feels like it's one-way.

Strike out the above! I've just heard a discarnate communicator send a response (through the medium) directly to the point spoken out loud by his recipient.  So it can work both ways even if it appears to be only one way.
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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by Misty on Fri 22 Dec 2017 - 17:44

@mac wrote:I am listening to a recording this morning of a platform medium that reminds me that we didn't make any progress on my original question.  What I'm hearing is one-way, discarnate to incarnate via a medium.



Perhaps that's only how it appears but I'm not detecting recipient to communicator communication being answered.  It just feels like it's one-way.

Strike out the above! I've just heard a discarnate communicator send a response (through the medium) directly to the point spoken out loud by his recipient.  So it can work both ways even if it appears to be only one way.

Who is the medium you are listening to mac?  Can you share the link here?

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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by mac on Fri 22 Dec 2017 - 18:18

@Misty wrote:
@mac wrote:I am listening to a recording this morning of a platform medium that reminds me that we didn't make any progress on my original question.  What I'm hearing is one-way, discarnate to incarnate via a medium.



Perhaps that's only how it appears but I'm not detecting recipient to communicator communication being answered.  It just feels like it's one-way.

Strike out the above! I've just heard a discarnate communicator send a response (through the medium) directly to the point spoken out loud by his recipient.  So it can work both ways even if it appears to be only one way.

Who is the medium you are listening to mac?  Can you share the link here?
http://afterlifeinstitute.org/susanne-wilson-platform-reading-unity-phoenix/
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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by Misty on Fri 22 Dec 2017 - 20:30

Thanks for the link mac. very happy   Not heard of Susanne Wilson before.  Is she well known in America? 
I have listened to the video and I like her, she comes across as a genuine medium.

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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by mac on Fri 22 Dec 2017 - 21:02

@Misty wrote:Thanks for the link mac. very happy   Not heard of Susanne Wilson before.  Is she well known in America? 
I have listened to the video and I like her, she comes across as a genuine medium.
She's admired by a number of my US friends who have been involved with her and has been recommended to those looking for a medium.  I was watching/listening for undue amounts of psychic reading but I agree with you, what I saw felt like mediumship. 

So even here where mediumships ain't always what it is at home in the UK it seems there are at least some mediums, even if not the common-or-garden Spiritualist mediums we understand.
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Re: How does Mediumship work?

Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 23 Dec 2017 - 20:01

@mac wrote:
@Misty wrote:
Who is the medium you are listening to mac?  Can you share the link here?
http://afterlifeinstitute.org/susanne-wilson-platform-reading-unity-phoenix/

@Misty wrote:
Thanks for the link mac. very happy   Not heard of Susanne Wilson before.  Is she well known in America?
I have listened to the video and I like her, she comes across as a genuine medium.


Thans for that video link, mac.  I see that is Part 2 of a video from December last year.  Here is Part 1 :



I must admit to previously having held a rather preconceived notion of this medium, Susanne Wilson - frequently referred to by Roberta Grimes as being "the best medium on the planet"Neutral   She may well be - in her opinion - but considering they happen to be business partners with mutual interests in a number of ventures, I suppose it's understandable that they promote each other's books and services.  Wink  

Michael Prescott's blog also carried an article about her last year:
Michael Prescott wrote:
Recently I saw a Facebook post by Cyrus Kirkpatrick, author of Understanding Life After Death, describing an evidential and intriguing session he'd had with Susanne Wilson. I asked Cyrus if he would tell his story here. What follows is his account of his experience.
Read more:  

I remember, on reading the comments appended to that article, I was inclined to agree with the comments of contributor 'js' (fourth one down), though of course, as with all mediumship readings, only the recipient of the reading, the sitter, can really confirm whether or not a reading has been truly evidential.

I liked what she has to say in the video though, and enjoyed it.  I can even identify with some of the things mentioned in her personal story: (seeing people's auras as a kid, the allergy thing also ....!)
From what I've seen there, I think she's a genuine psychic medium - although without having a reading myself, can't comment any further.  It would be nice to have the chance of a personal reading with her - although something tells me her charges might be way out of my reach.  hmm

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