This article on evidential mediumship was found on an online afterlife magazine called "The Otherside Press." The article is very educational and does offer the reader a real insight into what evidential mediumship should be and how you can recognize real evidential mediumship.
Mediumship has enjoyed remarkable growth in the past few years, and more individuals are beginning to recognize the value of real evidential mediumship and what it can do to help those suffering to begin the healing process. However, with all of the interest comes bad standards and people purporting to be evidential mediums when in fact they are not in any way communicating with spirit and this is found in relation to the evidence that is given to a sitter or group. More now than ever, there is now a real need to understand the process of mediumship and what constitutes good supporting evidence. The lack of real evidence is just cannon fodder to our skeptical brethren, and who could blame them, I mean if we are to stand any chance of being accepted as a legitimate practice, science or dare I say religion, then at least there has to be a certain standard of evidence that is easily accepted.
There are many psychic mediums out there that do not understand the values of evidence or what constitutes evidence, and who unknowingly are often reading the auric energy, talking generally about life issues and personalities rather than giving real valuable evidence. I am not suggesting this is fraud as clearly the individual may be well-meaning and slightly ignorant of the mechanics of mediumship. Consequently, those experiencing the reading remain untrained and do not understand what constitutes real evidence from a communicating spirit. So the sitter is more likely to accept certain validations as fact when in reality they are rather general, including descriptions and personalities, unless it was something unusual. Think of these two particular points and identify what you perceive to be the best type of validation.
Medium: “I have a father figure here, and he is coming around you with a great deal of love, he passed with a heart or chest condition. He is saying that you were very special to him and that you found it difficult when he passed. He is about 5 ft10 and a bit rotund, wears glasses and smokes and has a great personality. He says sorry for what you went through and identifies that you stepped up to help the family. You could always wrap him round your finger and that he would give you anything he could. He is strong in stature and looks like a powerful man. Do you understand?”
This message to many is perceived as good and the sitter feels validated because certain pieces of information have been covered – especially if they are grieving badly and reaching for anything. Due to the sitters’ need to hear the information, she or he accepts it and begins to open up more – offering leading answers that feed the medium such as, “yes he had a heart attack and I was the one dealing with everything”. The medium confirms that is what he or she was getting and feels good because he or she thinks she has a hit. The reality is that it offers no real evidence and is not in the slightest any type of evidential message for the individual who is grieving.
Now the second medium: I have a male figure coming through with the name Micheal and what sounds like Thompson or Johnson. He says thank you for talking with him when you were walking through the park yesterday and you thought about him when you stood by the bed of flowers with the statue in the middle. He also says that you were in a store like Macy’s and you nearly bought a new pair of shoes but changed your mind, placing them back. He often comes around you and notes that he was with you when you were mending the chair that you recently broke in the kitchen. He was trying to tell you how to do it and laughs at your attempt. He mentions the name Mateo or sounds like this and also I have to give you Anaheim road or place. Can you understand this? He also tells me that you have an anniversary in July and another on the 5th May. He want’s to send love to his wife and the name I am given is mary. He also shows me that you have his watch with you now. Can you accept that?
Now if this information is validated by the sitter in entirety or at least 80%, this would be considered as stronger evidence and even better if more evidence is given the sitter can’t validate until much later by another party. This would suggest the sitter had no knowledge and the information would have to be validated by a third party at another time, thus suggesting the information could only have been derived from a communicating entity whom knew the information previously. Obviously how one delivers this type of message has some bearing on how the evidence is offered, but generally there should be no questions or assumptions. The medium should be able to give the name or sounds like as close as possible, it is not good practice to throw out a random letter unless the evidence that supports that is overwhelming.
MEDIUMS WORK TOO EARLY
Many individuals that claim to be spiritual mediums demonstrate long before they are ready, and this is true in all forms of mediumship. This means the person can become unbalanced very quickly and having never received professional training in delivering messages or etiquette on how to act and work as a professional medium, failure looms and skeptics wait like hyenas waiting for food. It is a great responsibility to do the work of a professional medium, therefore you should be prepared and trained to operate within the highest standards possible and know what is good evidence. There are many organizations that exist to test, validate, and investigate mediumship. Organizations, such as the Windbridge institute, ASSMPI and the Forever Family Foundation exist to raise and continue to work to promote the reality of professional mediumship.
Unfortunately there are many individuals who remain deluded and do not understand real mediumship nor the mechanics such as knowing what is spirit contact and when they drop into reading psychic energy. They self-promote themselves as mediums with no prior history and training and have no idea of real mediumship, often giving misleading or false information. They may well have a good heart and want to help, but just do not have the ability to communicate the way they should. From time to time, even professional mediums will not be able to communicate in the same way all the time and this is due to them, the conditions, and the need of the sitter. However, it is important to recognize real mediumship.
Take these notes on board when looking for a medium;
1 Always try to identify with a professional medium who has the relevant history.
2 Check the testimonials from others and if you have been recommended by someone – even better.
3 If the medium asks too many questions before the appointment, leave well alone.
4 Do not feed the medium.
5 Check if the medium is involved with professional organizations or has served in spiritualist churches.
6 Ask if you are not sure, if you can approach any of the testimonials and if this is possible, the medium should put you in touch with a couple of people who will validate them.
7 A professional medium should never tell you negative things and if you are faced with someone who tells you that they can sort your life, bring your lover back or clear a curse – run and run far. Remember there is really no such thing as “Best Psychic Mediums,” there is great evidential mediums to be found.