I often hear from people accusations that spirit communication--what I refer to as "mediumship"--is incompatible with religious teachings. I especially hear this from some (not all) adherents to various denominations of Christianity. I've been accused of "devil worship", "black magick" and even "opening myself to demons." I grew up within a family and faith tradition, which likewise maintained this same mentality. The New Testament speaks very differently about this topic, however:
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy." - Acts 2:16-18
It is easy for one to judge something--especially when he or she has made no effort to understand what it truly is. Hearing the term mediumship conjures imagery in the minds of many of tarot cards, crystal balls, Ouija boards and the like--none of which I have ever used in my work. Nor do I "cast spells" or engage in any other type of Hollywood-style hocus pocus. I recall being as young as four years old and seeing the spirit of a man at the end of my bed at night, being twelve years old and hearing spirits around me when no one was physically there, and having strange electrical malfunctions occur with increasing regularity as I grew older--seemingly for no explicable reason. On one night, I even walked into my kitchen to find every kitchen cabinet standing wide open and the oven door completely down--when no one else was present physically.
Would one ever tell a child that he or she is "evil" or "worshipping Satan" because he or she claimed to have seen such things? This is, of course, preposterous. As I grew older, I increasingly became more aware of what was actually occurring when I would dream at night about events, which had not yet occurred but then later came to pass; when I would somehow just know things about a person I had never before met; and when I would see angels around me as blurry-looking fields of color and energy. The very thing, which others--even within my own family--called "evil" and "sinful"--I came to knew as a gift given to me by the Universe (I find the term "God" far too limiting and non-descriptive). I learned that I had been given the gift of being able to act as an intermediary--an interpreter--between the living and those in the Spirit World. I learned that I was called to remain humble and to help those experiencing grief to have solid and irrefutable evidence that their loved ones and beloved animals live on after this lifetime--that the Afterlife does, in fact, exist. Maybe some people regard that as "devil worship"--proof of Heaven. Frankly, I don't give a shit. People can think what they want to think. I am not here to change anyone's mind about anything--only to aid in giving them emotional closure and comfort in knowing that death doesn't actually exist--that life goes on in a different way. How is this incompatible with religious teaching--the concept of life continuing beyond the physical death?
There are enough judgmental, critical people in the world. I regard the gift given to me by the Universe as a blessing and a humble calling to serve others. If you find yourself struggling to make sense of a loved one's passing and need to know that he or she still not only lives on but in fact thrives, I would be profoundly honored to aid you in your spiritual and emotional healing. For more information, please visit my page with further information on mediumship.