There comes a point in many people’s lives when they think about a deceased friend or relative. It may be that they wish they had told them certain things before they died, or are left with unanswered questions themselves. If they are not dealt with or resolved these feelings can fester, transforming into the negative energies of guilt, regret and despair.
It is often feelings such as these that send people to mediums. They want to communicate with their loved ones and achieve some inner peace in the process. While there is no doubt that being able to get in touch with those who have passed onto the other side can offer some solace for the living, what about the other party in the equation? Is it morally acceptable to disturb the dead from what should be eternal peace?
Christians and Mediums
There are various schools of thought on this topic. If you are talking to a devout Christian, the answer is cut and dried - talking to the dead is against the will of God. The Old Testament is fairly straightforward about its views on contacting the dead. In Leviticus 19:31, the scripture reads: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.” Likewise, in Chronicles 10:13, the Bible explains that “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance.”
However, there are a growing number of Christian mediums surfacing on the Internet - people who are committed to their faith, but interpret the presence of Biblical prophets, such as Moses, as an indicator that people can have psychic abilities and still be reconciled with their beliefs.
Those who are not assigned to a particular religion but are spiritual in nature, tend to believe that the soul or spirit is a manifestation of our true selves. Rather than being a separate entity, the spirit form is a psychic imprint of our energies, thoughts and feelings. Science has proven that all matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration. Those who believe in spirits believe that our souls are simply our residual energies, vibrating at a higher speed.
The spirit world can also be seen in similar terms. Rather than it being a separate, independent world, the spirit realm is simply another plateau of existence that we cannot reach in our physical form. In order to get there, we have to leave our earthly bodies behind. It is another plane, rather than the idea of a kingdom in the sky that is the traditional view of Heaven.
If we subscribe to the non-religious idea of spirits and the afterlife, then we have to move away from the idea of an eternal sleep. Instead, the spirit realm is inhabited by those who are no longer part of this plane, but exist on a level beyond our normal powers of perception. With this in mind, it is safe to assume that they are not ‘sleeping’. Many psychics and mediums insist that these beings watch us and on occasion, watch over us. This may well account for the reports of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activities that are documented in their thousands across the world each year. Many people report being visited by a loved one or receiving a comforting sign shortly after that person has deceased. It seems that those who have passed on to the spirit realm are able to make contact when they feel that the time is right.
Contact from the Earthly Plane
But what of making contact from the earthly plane? Mediums and psychics who can contact the dead are simply those whose natural intuition and ability to tune into psychic wavelengths have been honed to a higher degree than those of the rest of us. Using their talents, they are able to project their subconscious selves beyond the confines of the physical world and to the peripheries of the spirit world. But, just because they can – does it mean they should?
If we are to believe the mediums we see in action on television or encounter in our lives, then it seems that, under certain circumstances, spirits are happy to reply. It would be easy to assume that in shedding their earthly forms, spirits also shed all their connections with the physical realm. However, it seems, according to reports from people who have attended séances or used mediums, that this is not the case. While they may have attained a higher level of existence, the emotional and psychic cores of these people remain relatively unchanged – they still feel strong connections with loved ones and relatives and, if they feel that the time is right, will respond to attempts at communication.
Rather than debating the morality of communicating with the dead, the answers might lie in another question: why do you feel you need to?
Of course we are all stricken with grief at some point in our lives, but it is not everyone who feels the need to seek out the services of a medium. It may be that the loss of a loved one is too much for a person to bear and they become locked in a cycle of grief that impacts negatively on their daily lives. In instances where bereavement counselling and other therapies cannot help, it is time to seek alternative routes.
Psychics and clairvoyants believe that, even though someone has departed this life, they would not want their departure to carry such ill effects and so, given the opportunity, would embrace the chance to offer a sign of comfort. Of course, there are those who would try and contact the dead for vicarious or unscrupulous motives, but these are the people who will run into dead-ends or, on occasion, expose themselves to more sinister psychic forces. The best way to contact a loved one who has passed away is to get in touch with an experienced and professional medium, safe in the knowledge that you are not forcing anyone to contact you who does not want to.