The History of Psychic Mediums in the US Part 3

Spirit Communication: Legitimate Practice or Fraudulent Hoax?

Spiritualism was embraced not only because of its philosophical aspects and the comfort and stability it provided (namely, the hope that there was life after death), but also because it combined empirical scientific methods and discoveries of the time, with the religious afterlife.

While the Roman Catholic Church decreed the practice be condemned, it did approve the scientific investigation of related psychic phenomena. By the end of the 19th Century, spiritualism inspired physic research into the various claims made by mediums and supporters, such as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, and spirit contact. The practice became a way to provide evidence to support the religious beliefs in life after death, and the existence of the soul.

Spiritualism gained credibility with the support of distinguished members of society, including the New York Tribune editor, Horace Greeley, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote, in The New Revelation (1918):

The conclusion, then, of my long search after truth, is that in spite of occasional fraud, which Spiritualists deplore, and in spite of wild imaginings, which they discourage, there remains a great solid core in this movement which is infinitely nearer to positive proof than any other religious development with which I am acquainted.

Research at the time proved the existence of clairvoyance and the legitimacy of spirit contact. Sir William Crookes, president of the Royal Society, which is the national scientific organization of Great Britain, investigated and pronounced as genuine, phenomena produced by at least one medium, Florence Cook.

Of course, not all mediums are created equal. This can be said about people in any profession or vocation. There were some mediums exposed as frauds. In the 20th Century, famous magicians like Harry Houdini, Milbourne Christopher, and James Randi joined efforts to expose their practices. This somewhat damaged spiritualism’s reputation and pushed it to the fringes of society, but it was revisited and reborn in full force in the 1970s.

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The History of Psychic Mediums in the US Part 2

 The Spiritualist Movement Takes Hold Across the US

 

Spiritualism got its name in the 1850s. It was fashionable with both men and women across every social class, and, in fact, what differentiated it from other major organized religions of the time was the significant role played by women and lay people. It was accessible even to those on the religious margins.

Spiritualism became widespread and common as a form of entertainment through the mass media, having been written about in various publications, like the Scientific American, the New York Herald, and the New York Times. Historically, spiritualism was organized in small groups or private sessions with mediums conducting séances. Larger gatherings were also held for public demonstrations. In the 1860s and 1870s, you could sit for spirit photographs, or take part in séances “for kicks,” where ghosts appeared, voices spoke, and messages wrote themselves.

 

In the 1880s, it’s estimated that there were 8 million spiritualists across the US and Europe. And while the spiritualist movement didn’t organize as a church, associations appeared in various areas of the US after the Civil War. The National Spiritualist Association (later the National Spiritualist Association of Churches) was organized in 1893.

How did other religious organizations react? The church associated the practice with witchcraft. Protestant bodies were anti-spiritualist, and the Holy Office of the Roman Catholic Church decreed, in 1898, that spiritualistic practices be condemned. Despite all this, spiritualism thrived. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, there were 250,000 practicing spiritualists in the US.

 

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Space Clearing Historic Homes

When it comes to space clearing my favorite structures to clear are historic homes. I find them endlessly fascinating because old buildings are likely to have energetic imprints from days gone by. I’m highly sensitive to these imprints and often find myself traveling back in time witnessing repetitions of important events that took place in that building.

The easiest way to explain this phenomenon is that high-intensity emotions and events are energetically embedded in the fabric of a location. Space clearing cannot remove this type of energy, known as place memory, or residual energy.

What happens during a space clearing ritual?

When I prepare for a space clearing, if at all possible, I visit the site. I put my hands on the walls to sense the embedded energy. All buildings have the potential for energetic imprints. Historic homes have been around longer so it’s more likely that a tragedy has happened within the structure. A few extreme examples of place memories in historic homes are: Seeing people in period clothing experiencing what life was like before the Battle of Bunker Hill, hearing their conversations as a family deals with a devasting influenza, or the sound of a bugle playing taps at Gettysburg. Please note that not all place memories are negative. 

As I said earlier, space clearing can’t remove residual energy. Space clearings address a different kind of energy. The kind of energy that accumulates in buildings over time as people go about living their lives. Most often, I clear the energetic residue from negative life experiences such as anger, frustrations, fears, illnesses, divorce, bankrupcy, deceipt, and other types of low vibration energy.

Space clearing techniques

I’ve experimented with various combinations of space clearing techniques when clearing a historic home. It’s been my experience that older buildings have more entrenched energy that is harder to release. Kinesthetically, it feels similar to a room without ventilation – heavy and stale. 

The combination of space clearing techniques that seem to work well in an old structure are clapping, sound healing, and essential oils. The strongest of these three tools is the Tibetan singing bowl. As I walk around the building playing the Tibetan bowl, sacred sound waves permeate the foundation, floors, ceiling, and walls, raising the vibration. 

 The building starts resonating at a higher frequency. The space feels lighter, more peaceful, and soothing. I finish the clearing by misting the entire area with a solution of water mixed with essential oils such as lemon, orange or lavender.

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What results should I expect from a space clearing?

Space clearings set healing energy in motion. Houses centuries old are able to absorb the higher frequency vibration. Be aware that historic homes may need more than one space clearing.

One client reported that after a space clearing in her Victorian home that she went off in a new creative direction. Another client said the clearing had a calming effect on his pets. Results are unique for each clearing. Healing energy goes where it’s most needed in the building. This holds true for the people who inhabit the house as well.

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Space clearing is an ancient ritual that dates back to 1500BCE in Egypt when they burned incense to honor the gods and to enhance relaxation and sleep. As it turns out, the Egyptians weren’t the only culture who did space clearings. Native Americans burned plants such as cedar and sage to use as spiritual “smoke baths” to cleanse the body and the home environment. In ancient China, they employed a technique called feng shui that balanced energies (chi) in buildings which promoted well-being and auspicious fortune

Space clearings during ancient times were motivated primarily by religious and spiritual beliefs. Today, we have practical reasons to perform space clearings that may or may not be spiritual.

Top Ten Reasons Why People Get Space Clearings

1) To speed up the process of selling a home or business
2) To remove any negative energy from a home or business they’re purchasing
3) To remove divorce energy from a home
4) To heal mental, emotional and physical illnesses
5) To remove the residue of arguments and conflict
6) To remove the build-up of stressful thoughts and emotions.
7) To promote relaxation, meditation and serenity
8) To raise the vibration so that lower vibration people stay away.
9) To raise the vibration to attract in higher vibrational events and results
10) To set the stage for new thoughts, novel solutions, and enhanced creativity

Though my personal preference for clearing space is to use sound, there are many methods. The most common techniques involve smudgings, oils, incense, clapping, energy healing techniques such as Reiki, herbs, chanting, prayer, misting with essential oils, calling on spirit guides and ancient masters. There isn’t one right way to clear space.

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Psychics Who Fight Crime

 

There are many psychics who work with police and other government agencies to help solve mysteries and locate missing persons. Psychic detectives usually consult on cases that have been open for too long. Open cases with no leads are a burden to most investigators because they feel they have failed their community and the victims.

It is during these times, where law enforcement will try unconventional methods of investigation and call in the psychic investigator. It is unwise for a psychic to call the police randomly if they feel they have certain information pertaining to a case.

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Most police departments will claim they do not seek out or use psychics at all to solve crimes. However, they must follow up on any credible tips they receive. Unfortunately, random information given from an unknown psychic will probably not be taken to heart. Furthermore, it could also tie up useful police resources on the case on actual hard evidence.

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The best thing for a psychic to do who has information about a case is to wait and see if the police can solve the investigation on their own. Remember, they are usually only open to interpreting info from a reputable psychic and if the case has gone cold and they have no other leads.

Psychic Skills Used In Fighting Crime

Many psychic detectives use psychometry as a means to gather information on their case. Psychometry is a psychic ability that allows a person to sense or ‘read’ the history of an object by touching it. Psychic detectives will ask for a personal item from the missing person and hold it, then enter a trance like state until they begin to receive impressions.

These impressions can be perceived as images and emotions or even certain sensory output, like smell, sound or taste. The psychic may also pick up a description of the perpetrator, a name, a motive or other important details.

Certain psychics can step into the energy of the killer as they are committing the crime. They may also be able to experience the crime while in progress from the victim’s perspective

Other types of abilities that can be useful in psychic detective investigations are retro-cognition, telepathy, dowsing, mediumship, and remote viewing. Retro-cognition is being aware of past events, sometimes information is passed on from the other side and other times being in a certain place where the crime occurred can help.

Telepathy could be used by reading the thoughts of possible suspects. Dowsing involves being able to pinpoint a certain location where a body, murder weapon or suspect can be found using diving rods. Mediumship is receiving information from the spirits on the other side and remote viewing is similar to dowsing but has a specific distant target in mind that the remote viewer sketches from what they see in their mind’s eye.

Yet, no matter how successful a certain department is while working with a psychic, it is still seen as taboo. Most departments will not work with any psychic who doesn’t have a proven track record. There are many psychic detectives still alive today who have been working with law enforcement for decades.

If this type of work interests you, you can always offer your services to the general public first, and then when you start making a name for yourself, then families may request you be involved during certain police investigations. As a career, a psychic detective must be good at what they do and be able to handle the upsetting and sometime dangerous information or situations they could find themselves in while investigating a crime.

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I’ve spent several years working on missing person cases both independently and as part of a group called, “The Cold Case Collaborative” sponsored by Boston University’s Private Detective Program. Psychic detective work requires a deep commitment to work in the best interest of the families of victims. I feel this is the most difficult of all possible applications for psychic ability.

 

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