Can extrasensorily gifted humans accurately communicate with those who have passed on?
This question has intrigued humanity for many years. Scientific studies of evidential mediums replicated at five universities and research centers now affirmatively answer this question.
Evidential medium is a term for those sensitive individuals who can sense those who have passed on. These mediums provide specific and detailed information that could not be known unless, in fact, they are communicating with those who have changed worlds.
Mediums may detect others with their usual senses of sight (clairvoyance), hearing (clairaudience), feeling (clairsentience) or a combination of these. More often, however, their senses are more subtle and from their minds: they see a person who has transitioned from earth with their mind’s eye; they hear via telepathy; or they have a strong knowing or feeling.
Some people still aren’t aware of the legitimacy of certain mediums because of abuse by fakes. Fraudulent mediums may use deception, cold readings, fishing, and other unscrupulous ways to deceive clients.
Other mediums provided poor to mediocre results with very general information. For example, telling a seventy-year-old that his grandmother has died and loves him very much isn’t impressive except to those grasping at straws because of fear of death.
Misinformed skeptics may dismiss the possibility of valid mediumship because their religious denomination considers communing with spirits to be dangerous. However, history reports numerous examples of mediums who were considered demonic by the established church and now are viewed as valid.
Evidential mediums categorically deny any evil intention. To the contrary, they consider their extrasensory gifts to be a sacred responsibility.
Just as on earth, there appear to be imbalanced beings in other realms – so-called capricious and malicious spirits – who want to hurt or confuse others. Just because spirits can communicate doesn’t mean they are wise and trustworthy. Professional mediums always use discernment in evaluating the message and the messenger. They pray and affirm that the process is guided and guarded by the power of love and light.
If just one medium has genuine abilities to communicate with the unseen world, their service is vital. As you will learn, there are a number of mediums whose work has been authenticated by scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and many clients.
That discernment by evidential mediums is not mind reading or telepathy is evidenced in several ways. First, mediums report communications from the souls who come through, not necessarily those whom their clients – called subjects in research settings – hope to contact. Recorded accounts of actual sessions show mediums insisting on a given point even when clients deny it. Some mediumistic messages reveal future events that subjects could not be thinking of. Finally, some readings contain information from the past that clients did not know at the time of the reading but later learned.
A further measure of validity is that, prior to the readings, evidential mediums know nothing about their clients except their first names. They have no prior knowledge of the subjects’ situation, the reason for their visit, or whom they hope to hear from. Even so, numerous accurate details are provided that are comforting and healing for the clients.
In Messages from the Masters, Brian Weiss, M.D., noted, “As I have explored more and more of the human mind and the limits of consciousness, I have come across some people with extraordinary abilities. Some can access information not normally available through the five senses. They seem to possess a sixth sense, an inner knowing or intuition, and sometimes the information received in this manner can be quite accurate. Others have mediumistic abilities, the capacity to receive and to transmit messages and knowledge from beings on the other side, or from other sources of consciousness outside the usual limits of the body and the brain.”
As described in our book Greater Reality Living, university and other research facilities have conducted numerous studies to investigate the validity of mediums.
In one study, Gary Schwartz, PhD – director of the Laboratory for Advancement in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona – investigated five mediums and their abilities to accurately communicate with people who had passed on. Using strict laboratory procedures, the mediums could not see or even hear the people who hoped to receive messages from their loved ones in spirit. Furthermore, the mediums had no way of knowing anything about the subjects: not their names, gender, age bracket, background, city of residence or any other details.
After reviewing his experimental research on mediums, Dr. Schwartz concluded that the information consistently retrieved could best be explained as coming from living beings. Information was obtained before the medium ever spoke with the subjects. At times, the subject disagreed with some of the information from the medium that ultimately turned out to be correct. Mediums were sometimes corrected by those in unseen realms.
The data, Schwartz concluded, appeared to be as valid, convincing and living as the mediums, subjects, skeptics and scientists themselves. That’s what the scientific experimental findings unmistakably showed.
It appears that some individuals who call themselves mediums rely on ‘cold reading’ techniques as skeptics have correctly asserted. Others may use ‘hot reading’ techniques with information secretly obtained before the session. However, in his experiments, every conceivable measure was used to ensure valid readings. Magicians, other scientists and professional documentarians with video-cameras assisted to spot any cheating. No one who observed the laboratory’s multi-blinded experiments has been able to point out any critical flaws in the scientific methodology.
No rational alternative explanations have been found for the findings. Statistical analyses show that the chances the totality of the results could have occurred randomly are at least 1 in 1 trillion. Finding a probability of chance in the 1 out of 100 or 1,000 range is the usual requirement for publishing research in respected journals. The data from the medium research is thus 1 billion times the requirement for acceptance of data validity in traditional scientific journals.
States Dr. Schwartz, “Scientists and nonscientists alike are experiencing a test of faith: in this case, whether we can believe in the scientific method itself. Because if we are to put our faith in the scientific method, and trust what the data reveal, we are led to the hypothesis that the universe is more wondrous than imagined in our wildest flights of fancy. The totality of the findings is surprisingly consistent with the concept of life after death and what we call the ‘living soul hypothesis.’”
Multiple double-blinded laboratory mediumship experiments have been published over the past twenty years from research at the University of Arizona, University of Virginia, University of Glasgow in Scotland, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Windbridge Institute. In addition, imaging studies of mediums’ brains suggest that mediumship is more than imagination. These findings were published by Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
To summarize, double-blinded and triple-blinded experiments from 1997 to 2017 with genuine research mediums have indicated that accurate information can be obtained from those who have physically died. In addition, specific hypothesized spirit collaborators from the other side – including famous scientists, inventors, business leaders and entertainers – appear to be actively collaborating. These experiments and findings have been reported in four of Dr. Schwartz’s books: The Afterlife Experiments, The Truth about Medium, The Sacred Promise, andAn Atheist in Heaven.
While working closely with Dr. Schwartz over the last two years, I have met some of the most highly researched mediums in the world. They are among the most loving, intelligent, and compassionate people I know. These include John Edward, Suzanne Giesemann, George Anderson, Susanne Wilson, Suzane Northrup, Tina Power, Mark Anthony, Carl Buehl, Jamie Clark. I highly recommend their books and services as mediums.
I’ve personally observed all of them ‘at work’ and continue to be amazed by their abilities to relay accurate, meaningful and detailed messages from those who have passed on.
Most of these sensorily sensitive people held important jobs – TV reporter, university administrator, film producer, attorney, engineer, etc. – before becoming full-time mediums. Giesemann was a Navy commander and top aid to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staffs.
These are not the inaccurate labels that skeptics and critics of mediums use: occult, woo-woo, fakes or crackpots. Their high integrity, love, and caring – combined with verification of their abilities by scientific researchers – are undeniably convincing.
One of my most amazing experiences with a medium occurred in early 2018 in Tucson while attending a group reading by John Edward. John was one of the first mediums that Dr. Schwartz researched at the University of Arizona in 1998. Repeated and well controlled double blinded studies clearly indicated that John’s abilities were very accurate at highly statistically significant levels.
Subsequent HBO specials featuring both of them put John on the map and led to his best-selling books, TV shows, digital forums, and top media appearances. To show his appreciation for validating his mediumistic abilities twenty years earlier, John gave Dr. Schwartz four front row tickets. I was invited to attend and enjoyed meeting John backstage before his presentation.
Approximately 250 people were in attendance. John ‘read’ for about fifteen people during the two hour session. If I were a close-minded skeptic, I would have claimed that these subjects were planted beforehand. However, sitting with Dr. Schwartz reminded me that John’s abilities were verified in well controlled research studies. What followed blew my mind even though I have been studying consciousness topics for over forty years.
With person after person, John provided specific details: names, relationships, time and method of passing on, and details such as childhood nicknames. Most impressively, he would not accept rejection from subjects but, rather, told them to try to remember.
The most amazing example of this occurred with a woman in her sixties who was just a few rows away from me. John had already provided several specific details about her father and was ready to move on when he said her father was showing him a banana. ‘What is it about bananas? This seems very important.’ The woman said her father really didn’t like bananas, but he did like grapefruit.
John replied, ‘No, it’s not about fruit. It’s a big banana.’ The woman had no idea; John told her to think about and he would check back later. He went on to deliver detailed information with two other people, then returned to the woman sitting near me. ‘Any ideas about the banana?’ She couldn’t think of anything and John said, ‘Try harder. Your dad will not let up on this.’
John read for a few more people then returned to the woman. ‘Banana?’ The woman couldn’t think of anything and John said, ‘Your dad is so persistent about this.’ Then the woman’s face turned white, her mouth dropped open, and tears started flowing. ‘Oh my God’ she said. ‘I had forgotten all about that. When a was a little girl, my dad had a banana costume. He dressed up like a banana every Halloween!’
The audience was stunned. If John were a fake, he would have dropped the banana topic so he didn’t look bad. But that woman’s father was apparently right there and wanted his daughter – and the rest of us – to know more deeply that love and memories continue after physical death.
On the way home, we were all excited and energized. Even though I am well versed in the afterlife evidence, my internalized knowing that we are immortal beings was deepened several notches. I shared the following analogy with the others: imagine going to a baseball game and seeing the same player hit ten homeruns out of the park in a game. That’s what it was like watching John’s group reading.
I’ll share a few examples of meaningful readings by four mediums who are considered to be authentic by trusted experts in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. Further, the validity of these mediums has been proven by many satisfied clients from a wide variety of backgrounds.
- George Anderson by Brian Weiss, M.D. and Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
- James Van Praagh by Dr. Weiss
- Rosemary Altea by Bernie Siegel, M.D., and Dr. Weiss.
- John Edward by Raymond Moody M.D., Ph.D. and Dr. Schwartz.
In We Are Not Forgotten, Martin and Romanowski report a reading for a female client by medium George Anderson. He shared that her uncle who had passed on was profusely apologizing for his behavior while on earth and was ashamed of himself. The woman vehemently replied that her uncle had nothing to apologize for; he was a pillar of their church and community and a great person.
George didn’t retreat from his earlier statements and continued describing how upset the uncle was about what he did to his family. The woman reiterated that there must be some mistake because her uncle was a fabulous person who had very good relationships with the entire family. The rest of the reading was accurate and, as she left, the woman said she would play the taped session for her family.
Two years later, the same woman returned to George for a second reading. (He sees thousands of clients each year and can’t recall details of his many readings performed over the years.) As the reading began, George quickly described the uncle coming through again and apologizing profusely. This time, the woman reacted very differently: “‘You’re g–damned right he should apologize! That son of a bitch! I’d like to go to the cemetery, dig him up, and rip him to pieces!’ the woman exclaimed angrily.
George was startled. Obviously he’d hit a nerve. But he continued, listening carefully and then repeating what he’d psychically heard. ‘Your uncle is confessing that he molested his nephew… He said he was sexually molesting your brother.’”
The woman confirmed this information and shared that she had played the taped first session for family members. When her now middle-aged brother heard the tape, he burst into tears and told them he had been molested by that uncle but was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone.
In Talking to Heaven, James Van Praagh related the case of a woman named Marilyn who consulted him for a reading. During the session, he correctly relayed:
- the name Roger, her husband, who was always fussing with his reddish blond hair
- the cockpit of a plane with smoke and fire: Roger died in a plane crash a year before
- a happy anniversary wish from Roger: their anniversary was the week before
- a little boy named Tommy: her son who died in the crash with Roger
- Tommy’s request to take down the Star Wars poster that hangs above his bed: he said he doesn’t need it anymore
- Tommy mentioning the name Bobby, her other son, and saying he’s not mad at Bobby for taking his red shirt out of his second drawer: Bobby was wearing that shirt today
- Roger providing the name of his buddy in the Air Force, where he was stationed, and his duties while in the service
This level of information is not due to reading body language, fishing for general hits, or talking quickly. Afterwards, Marilyn was convinced that Roger and Tommy were alive, well, and together in another realm. Her life was changed and she felt that she could live with more peace again.
At times, seemingly trivial details are very convincing to the client. In The Eagle and the Rose, Rosemary Altea told of one woman who hoped to get in touch with her husband. Altea described quickly making psychic contact with the man:
I was amazed at what I saw. “I’m here,” I heard him calling, and looked to the direction of his voice. Then I began to laugh. My poor client, obviously nervous and a little emotional at the prospect of hearing from her husband, must have wondered what was going on. I quickly explained, hoping that she would understand. “I have a gentleman here,” I said, “but he is carrying two live geese, one under each arm, and he tells me that he couldn’t possibly have come without them.”
My client burst into tears. “Thank God,” she said. “I’m so pleased they are all safe.” She told me afterward that the geese had been their beloved family pets. “Like children to us,” she said. “My husband would often carry them around with him, one under each arm.”
In One Last Time, John Edward related the following story as told by Sue Farrell whose twenty-two year-old daughter Tracy was killed in an auto accident. Tracy used to coach cheerleading and had been very close with one of her students. This girl heard a beeper going off at her home. There were no other pagers in the house except one that she hadn’t used for several years. She figured the battery was dead, but found it in the bottom of a drawer:
She presses the button and sees a whole series of numbers.
First was 07734, which she immediately recognized as the thing the kids do, where if you punch those numbers in and turn it upside down it spells HELLO. After that it said 112667. She knew it wasn’t a phone number. So she’s looking at this beeper, which hasn’t beeped in two years, and she had been thinking a lot about Tracy, and about how unfair it was that she was killed. She knew Tracy’s birthday was in November. She decides to look over at her dresser, where she’s got the Mass card from Tracy’s funeral stuck in the mirror. It gives her birth date. November 26, 1967; 11-26-67, the number on the beeper.
So it said, ‘hello’ and Tracy’s birthday. She freaked. She didn’t know what to do. She calls me up and said, ‘Please sit down.’ She can barely get the words out. She comes over with the beeper and the numbers are still there. And the battery was dead but this message was there.
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The following resources provide guidelines for good mediums, not guarantees for a successful reading. Mediums are like anyone else in that they can have good and bad days.
Based on firsthand observation, I consider the following mediums to be highly evidential:
George Anderson GeorgeAnderson.com
John Edward www.JohnEdward.net
Suzane Northrup SuzaneNorthrop.com
Suzanne Giesemann SuzanneGiesemann.com
Susanne Wilson CarefreeMedium.com
Carl Buehl LifeAndLoveContinues.com
Tina Powers TinaPower.com
Alan Hugenot AfterLife.pro
Mark Anthony EvidenceOfEternity.com
Jamie Clark JamieClark.net
The website FindACertifiedMedium.com by Mark Ireland features people who were able to provide accurate, specific, and compelling information in a series of five blinded readings. Each one met or exceeded standards that he established with guidance from Tricia Robertson, the former President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research.
To see a list of certified mediums determined by research at the Windbridge Research Center, visit WindBridge.org/Mediums/
In addition, the following mediums have been found to be very helpful by close friends and bereaved / shining light parents and family members I’ve worked with include: John Holland, Jake Samoyedny, Melinda Kushner, Thomas John, Terri Horsmann, Daisy Mae Moore, Fara Gibson, Carrie Shubert, Nicole Reilly, Christine Salter, Dave Campbell, Patti Sinclair, and Kathleen Baillie. There are, no doubt, other excellent mediums that I don’t yet know about.
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