What is a Medium?


Normally the answer to this question would be a person who was gifted with an additional sense who would be able to tell those less gifted, about the loved ones around them who are possibly there to pass on messages. This sixth sense can take one or more of several forms:

  • See - Clairvoyance (from 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and voyance meaning "visibility")
  • Hear – Clairaudience (hearing/listening) in the field of parapsychology, clairaudience [from late 17th century French clair (clear) & audience (hearing)] wherein a person acquires information by auditory means
  • Smell - Clairalience (smelling) In the field of parapsychology, clairalience [presumably from late 17th century French clair (clear) & alience (smelling)] wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by means of smelling.
  • Touch - Clairsentience (feeling/touching in the field of parapsychology, clairsentience wherein a person acquires knowledge primarily by means of feeling. The word is from the French clair, “clear,” + sentience, “feeling,” and is ultimately derived from the Latin clarus, “clear,” + sentiens, derived from sentire, “to feel”.
  • Taste - Clairgustance (tasting)  allegedly allows one to taste a substance without putting anything in one's mouth.
  • Sixth sense - Claircognizance (knowing) , claircognizance [presumably from late 17th century French clair (clear) & cognizance (< cognisaunce <  conoissance, knowledge)] wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by means of intrinsic knowledge. It is the ability to know something without knowing how or why you know it. Higher form of common sense.


But should the term medium just be applied to a living being or should it also be applied to inanimate objects which seem to respond positively to questions? A typical example of this has been noted at Derby Gaol where, a Cellsensor EMF meter has been left on one of the beds in one of the cells. This has been known to respond to people just walking past the door whilst on other occasions guests have even gone as far as to sit in the cell and ask questions which have appeared to be answered by short spikes of electromagnetic fluctuations. It was initially felt that offices above the gaol may have been responsible for the fluctuations, possibly by sending overnight data transactions. However, for the past few months, these offices have been empty and the fluctuations still continue. Also, on most occasions, when we try to communicate in the main corridor outside the cell, the EMF meter will seem to get quite excited as if trying to get our attention and get us to go into the cell.

The same could also be said with the use of white noise through which many ethereal voices have been heard. After all, if we are communicating with the spirits of the dead, they have no physical means of generating sounds so, should not normally be heard by anyone without an ounce of clairaudient skills. As such, whatever it is that we seem to be communicating with, would need to draw on any sounds in order to communicate with us.

Is it not the case, that in the two above examples, inanimate objects are really the mediums used for communication?

The same could also be said for the use of dowsing pendulums or rods. Although many a sceptic would blame any motion as involuntary movement, could it not also be said that these muscle reactions were being used as a medium to communicate through?

On hundreds of occasions, using differing communication tools, with different, unconnected, people from all around the country there has been a marked consistency in the answers we have received. As we never actively participate in any of these communication methods, we can be sure that we are not influencing the results in any way. In this case, although we ourselves are called the mediums, isn’t it in fact our guests that are communicating with the beyond? Our responsibilities seem to be to just try to identify who we are talking to, to make sure the right questions are asked and try to fill in any blanks and of course to make sure that the session is carried out safely.

 So, just what is a medium?


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