Is it actually possible to communicate with those who have crossed over? Can we receive messages of healing, inspiration, even a warning of impending danger from someone who has passed away? I believe we can. But, I also believe that mediumship-with its’ long and controversial role within our socitey-prevents many of us from experiencing such a wonderful super+natural event.
Notice I separate the words super and natural. I do this because I like to de-emphasize the stigma attached to the word supernatural itself. Often times people will hear this word and images of witchcraft and black magic rituals
spring to mind. However, when you look at each word separately, super becomes extraordinary and natural becomes inherent. Thus, we are inherently extraordinary. And if you believe this (which I do) then we are capable of extraordinary things and extraordinary experiences-spirit communication being one of them. It is an experience that for me, feels as normal as taking in a breath or tying my shoes.
I believe each of us has mediumistic abilities, actually. Now, this is not to say every person who utilizes their super+natural talents will become a professional medium. What I am saying though, is that each of has the ability to talk to our loved ones if we are open to the experience. This can come in the form of
a dream visitation, through a song on the car radio, or a butterfly that happens upon your path as you’re taking a morning walk. The examples are endless.
The experience, priceless. Unfortunately for many, however, because of opposition from society, family and even friends, the opportunity to receive messages from our loved ones can be hindered. If for example, you were
raised in a home where the idea of spirit communication was strictly forbidden because of your religious upbringing, naturally, this can pose a challenge for
you. Even considering being open to the idea that such things are possible can create personal conflict and confusion, and understandably so. It isn‘t easy to simply abandon a completely different concept from the one you were brought up in. Those who have done it, my hats off to you. I’ve seen what it can do to relationships.
There has been ongoing scientific research, such as with The Windbridge Institute ( www.windbridge.org), to investigate the hypothesis of consciousness surviving death. Included in their research is proof-focused studies of mediums and their abilities to report accurate and specific information about the deceased under highly controlled conditions. The results have been impressive. Yet, even if science to some degree can tell us there is definitely something going on without being able to definitively tell us just yet, what that something is, you will still find those who steadfastly deny the legitimacy of it at all. Add to this mixture, the many frauds and charlatans throughout history who have often times made it their goal to prey on the vulnerable and grief-stricken, and it doesn’t take long to understand why the subject of mediumshp is so controversial and emotional. Remember the Fox sisters? Well, unfortunately their “abilities” to communicate with spirits was in fact fraudulent. They had admitted inventing their story to make money. But, so many people were taken by their performance despite what the sister’s themselves confessed, they were still able to make a living off of their work as “mediums” for several years. This type of story while not unusual is unfortunate, because it is an example of how difficult it can be for those mediums who truly love the work they do, to be taken credibly as honest and sincere practitioners.
I can go on and on as to my thoughts about fraudulent mediums but, I’d like to keep this article clean, lol! Hey, who said mediums can’t have a sense of humor I will say this though- please do your homework! For example, if you are interested in visiting a medium, ask around. Do you know someone who has had a great experience with one? How long has the medium been in business? How much of their clientele is referral based? And the most important question to ask yourself is how do you feel….literally? Do you get a good feeling within your body when interviewing a prospective medium? Do you get a sense of compassion and authenticity from them? Or do you feel uncomfortable? You must listen to the way your body is communicating with you and ultimately trust your intuition because you want your experience to be a wonderful one!
When I was a child I didn’t understand what a medium was. Though I come from
a long line of intuitives and some who have mediumistic abilities, these things weren’t necessarily discussed. So, my experiences as a youth with spirit communication most probably were not as personally respected as it is now that I’m an adult. I understand now what a blessing and opportunity it truly is to connect with those on the other side. I also understand the emotional impact it can have, and as a professional medium I am consistently reminded of the moral responsibility I have to use my innate abilities for the highest good….always. That’s why I encourage anyone seeking to work with a medium to ask questions.
As a medium, I’ve often been asked how I make someone believe in what I do? My answer is always the same; It isn’t my job to make anyone believe in anything. It’s my job to do the work I do as a medium and others can choose to believe it or not. It’s really that simple. There will always be those who view spirit communication as the devils work. There will always be non-believers, and there will always be those who are skeptical. Truth be told, I am a bit of a skeptic myself! But I think it’s healthy to be a little skeptical, to ask questions. Being skeptical doesn’t necessarily make you closed off, it just means you’re allowing your brain to digest something you may not fully understand or have been exposed to. It just gives you time to think about it.
So, is spirit communication real? Is it possible to receive messages from the other side of the sun, as I sometimes refer to “where” the spirit world is? Is it possible to stay connected to someone you have loved and lost? Or maybe never even met? Perhaps you had a grandparent pass away years before you were born, but felt their presence anyway? Again, I ask the question, “Is it at least possible?” My answer of course is a resounding “Yes!” But, this is something you shouldn’t take my word for, this is something you should experience for yourself. And one of the best ways to do this is to simply be open to the idea that it is possible there are things in this world we just can’t explain. But, just because we can’t explain it, doesn’t mean we ignore it or deny it either.
I believe our loved ones are here to help us, they want to help us. So, keep an open mind and see what happens. You may just surprise yourself and the connections you make… on the other side of the sun!
Bio: Tracy Lee Nash is founder of Within The Light; A metaphysical based spiritual and wellness ministry offering a variety of resources to encourage others to live a more balanced life; mind, body and spirit. Some of her services include spiritual guidance, intuitive readings, medium sessions, and dream analysis. With an international clientele she works with people all over the world teaching, encouraging, inspiring. She has appeared on radio, given lectures and held workshops on the subject of intuition and mediumship. A published author, her work has been featured in greeting cards, calendars and books with the popular greeting card company, Blue Mountain Arts. To learn more about Tracy Lee Nash and her work at Within The Light, please feel free to visit www.withinthelight.com or call 1-866-4-MEDIUM.