Above is a link to an article I thought was quite fascinating. Recently I have been following studies that attempt to study mediumship under strict conditions using the tool of scientific method. This article doesn't go into details of how the study was conducted. I am interested in it, not just because of the apparent summarized results, but because of statement made by Dr. Julie Beischel. While I believe study of the soul is very important, mediumship has been around since recorded history. Despite some religious taboos, even people mentioned in various religious texts have had encounters with spirits and angels giving them messages to help themselves and mankind in general. As long as there are people both living and deceased, there will be people who claim to speak with spirits (including myself). In my opinion the question of whether this phenomenon exists in science is moot, but of course I am very biased being a medium myself. The real question is why do people accept this phenomenon as real and what does it do to and/or for them? It does something. That is the big picture. Dr. Julie Beischel comments on this briefly in a frank and beautiful way. I decided to post this article to get those gears in particular spinning. As a medium I don't at all expect science to admit the existence of soul any time soon, but as a humanitarian and mentor, the affects are far more important to me. This sentiment is expressed perfectly in this quoted paragraph from the article:
"Alex Tsakiris: And that gets to the real question implied in this whole thing that we dance around and that’s why isn’t this research more widely accepted? So you’re doing research experiment #2. You’re trying to get people to jump on the bandwagon as you’ve just described and say, here, I’ve laid it all out, go replicate it. But there is this underlying resistance to it because it is so threatening to science-as-we-know-it. So what is the answer? Your answer seems to be more good research and that science will prevail but do you really think that that’s the way this plays out? Is anyone in the “scientific” community going to roll over and say, well, there it is.
Dr. Beischel: You know what? I don’t care. This is a replication study. We’ve shown that it occurs twice now in two different population of mediums, and we’re the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research. At the end of the day we care about how this affects people’s daily lives. And we’ve talked about grief and the possible effect of mediumship readings on the bereaved. And this research demonstrates that it’s possible that they’re not just doing a cold reading; that it’s not just rater bias; that they’re not engaged in fraud. So something’s happening and people are engaged in it and it’s making them feel better. So let’s tackle that." -(See Article)
As a medium I don't expect science to admit the existence of soul any time soon, but as a humanitarian and mentor, the affects are far more important to me. This sentiment is expressed perfectly in this quoted paragraph from the article:
Here is my brief commentary:
My assessment from observation after doing the work the majority of my life is this; the reason it makes people feel better is because bereavement comes from several different aspects of death. There is the lost of interaction with that person on a daily basis. There is the impact of that person being gone from family members in physical, emotional and financial ways. There is also the struggle for acceptance that the person has suddenly, well...vanished. I don't mean that they are dead. I mean that people struggle with the concept that a person they cared about has suddenly been wiped clean for the face of the earth or universe and no longer has any bearing on it or had any significance in any way. This thought causes a type of pain I cannot even define. It cause a fundamental crisis in the purpose of existence itself. Sometimes it launches loved ones into a complete loss of purpose or hope not just in themselves but in life as a whole. My suggestion is that is an unnecessary burden for people to deal with. Let them deal with the immediate and acute emotions of loss and don't add the extra crisis of life and humanity to it. This personal and existential crisis can actually get in the way of healing from mourning. It adds a whole can of worms if you will that can overwhelm a mourning person to the point of functional shut down and are almost never able to deal with the more obvious issues of loss. This extra pain is unbearable and unnecessary when you acknowledge the benefits of mediumship. The greatest benefit is validation that the deceased has not simple vanished with no purpose. They are very much still in existence in another form. It relieves family and loved ones from this religious or existential crisis allowing them to heal from what is directly in front of them.
Thank you for reading,
Light & Love Always,