It’s taken me awhile to admit it, but mediumship has entered the digital age. Even though I was an office manager before I became a full-time psychic medium, I’ve taught computer know-how in adult education courses, and I’m comfortable using computers to help me manage my life – I never thought laptops and apps applied to message work. But I see things differently now. I currently use computers to record readings, instead of taping sessions on cassettes. Why? For one thing, fewer people these days have cassette players. Secondly, I’ve found a safe, secure way to turn readings into digital files that only the client and myself can access. So far, this new method of recording readings is working wonderfully. I just wonder how long it will be before spirit catches up, and I start getting the same type of client comments I heard when I was using tapes: “Who was that other voice I heard whispering in the background?”
I haven’t completely sworn off taping – some clients would rather have a cassette they can hold in their hand, instead of a computer file that exists in hyperspace. As my husband’s friend, science fiction writer Mary Turzillo, says of electronic transmissions, “It’s all just electrons.” And you can’t put a handful of electrons in your purse or shirt pocket.
Basically, here’s how this new system works: When I do a reading in person or over the phone using Skype, I record the message using an external high quality microphone that is hooked into the computer so it picks up all the sounds in the reading room. Next, utilizing a special computer program, I save the recording as an MP3 file, and assign a special password to that file that only the client and myself know. Then I email the file to the client.
The computer microphone is far superior to the mike on my cassette recorder, which does work quite well in one-on-one sessions when my client is sitting across the desk from me in my office. Yet there have been several occasions when I’ve been surprised at sounds that recorder has picked up. When spirit wants to be heard, it doesn’t matter if you use a microphone worth a hundred dollars or one you bought at a garage sale – sounds from beyond the veil will get through.
I’ll never forget when one client – I’ll call her Edie – called me a couple hours after her reading. “Was there a baby in the building?” she asked hesitantly.
Not since about 1992, I felt like telling her, but said, “No.”
Edie was silent a moment. “There’s a baby crying on the tape. It sounds like it’s crying in another room. It goes on for about ten seconds and then stops. I wondered if it had woken up from a nap.”
Again I assured Edie there was no baby in the two-story building. And I didn’t think it was coming from outside, because the reading was done in winter, and all the windows in the office were closed.
A year later, when Edie came back for another session, I learned the story. During the first reading, the baby crying sound had occurred when I was talking about her sister – who was living. Unknown to Edie at the time, her sister had an abortion three months previously.
Other sounds that clients have reported on their tapes include whispers, an engine roaring, a jet taking off, and a galloping horse. Of course, not every reading I recorded over the last 10 years has had these added sounds – actually, I’m sure the phenomenon has been pretty rare. And I bet other clients have heard things that puzzled them, but chalked the noises up to natural causes and didn’t report them to me.
Whether or not sounds of spirit will come through during computer-aided readings remains to be seen – or heard. But I do know some people are encouraging spirit to join the digital age. They leave their computers on all night, hoping spirit will stop by to tap out a message on the keyboard. And I understand there’s a meditation group in England that puts a laptop in the middle of their circle, then goes into trance and invites spirit to communicate with them via the screen. I haven’t talked to those folks in years; I wonder how their experiment has been progressing.
I have to wonder – spirit is energy, and computers run on energy, and just as more people have been capturing orbs on electronic digital cameras, will more people now be able to meet spirit using sophisticated electronic computer equipment?
That’s the beauty of digital technology. Put simply, it’s all just electrons.
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