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I find television shows that feature mediumship are both a blessing and a curse to those of us who practice this profession. It’s a blessing because the programs have brought spirit communication to the general public and legitimized what we do. Polls often show that a great percentage of people believe in life after death. I mean, even has had articles about mediumship!

But the curse – because the mediums on TV deliver such accurate readings, people expect us to be right on the mark and deliver 100 percent accuracy with every message we deliver. On TV, sessions can be edited so only the best, eye-popping, jaw-dropping pronouncements are made. In real life, we can’t edit out the part where a client may say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” and then telephone later to say, “What you told me last week makes perfect sense.”

Oh, well. At least when I’m not exactly right at that moment, clients don’t get angry and huffy.

Case in point (well, two points):

Ruth, a very bright student in one of my psychic development classes was recently sitting in a circle, and members were encouraged to give mediumistic messages to one another. Being a newbie to this, Ruth was nervous, but decided to take the plunge. Centring herself, she silently asked her guides for guidance, then looked at a woman sitting across from her in the circle.

“(Ms. X), may I come to you?”, Ruth asked.

Ms. X nodded her head.

“I feel an older lady wishes to touch in with you. She wore costume jewelry and loved big hats. I feel she was small, slender and had red hair—”

“No, you’re wrong!” Ms. X growled. “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”

Ruth was so rattled by the woman’s reaction, she averted her eyes and refused to speak for the rest of the evening. After the circle broke up, another member sought Ruth out, pulled her aside and said, “You were right. I knew who you were talking about. You had everything right, except she had black hair. Still, I don’t know why the lady you were talking to got so upset. Maybe she just didn’t want to hear from the spirit.”

Hearing those words made Ruth feel better, yet she was still gobsmacked, and wrote a bit in her journal to calm herself down. When Ruth told me that story later, I was livid. I’m very protective of my students, and had I been there that night, I might have given Ms. X a good what-for…

The story reminded me of the time (point #2) when my husband gave a message in front of several hundred people at The Forest Temple in Lily Dale. He brought forth a spirit associated with the military – he was wearing a blue uniform – and described the fellow to a T, even getting his name. But no one accepted the spirit and my husband walked off, feeling like a fool. I learned later that the description was 99 percent accurate – he got the colour of the uniform wrong. (His uniform was green.) But because of that one itty-bitty boo-boo, the spirit – and whatever message he had – was denied the chance to speak with a loved one.

The old saw: To err is human, to forgive – divine. So, let’s not miss a chance to touch in with the divine. Spirit is never wrong – it’s just that sometimes we may misinterpret the signs and symbols we are shown. And when we sometimes struggle to connect with a spirit, they’ll be patient and help us get it right. And hope our message receivers practice the same patience with those who do their best to bring their communications across.

If you have any questions or comments on this subject or on any other spiritual matter, feel free to contact me through this website. And please visit me again!

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