Mediumship has been the starting point of
much of the research into what has become known as psychic phenomena. Although science may not affirm the
phenomena as proof of the continuity of life after death, it continues to study
the phenomena in an attempt to scientifically prove its cause.
One phenomenon that has been studied
extensively is levitation, which, according to Fodor, is the “rising of
physical objects…or of human beings into the air, contrary to the laws of
gravitation and without visible agency.” Many cultures have historical accounts
of levitation, especially among their religious figures. One of the most famous mediums of all time,
Daniel Dunglas Home, was renowned for his ability to levitate.
Science has called levitation a form of psychokinesis
(PK) and insists that the mind has an effect on matter (mind over matter) but
Spiritualists believe that levitation is a process accomplished with the
assistance of spirit entities; some suggesting that spirits extrude ectoplasm
from the body of the medium and use it as a kind of cantilever to lift objects
into the air.
Another phenomenon that has been
researched, although not as much, is direct voice which is when an audible
voice is produced by spirit entities without using any visible agency or
Unlike clairaudience, direct voice is
heard by many people at the same time; often being heard by means of the
“spirit trumpet” which was a metal trumpet not attached to the medium. The trumpet amplified the voice and sometimes
was directed at someone in particular.
One explanation for direct voice was given
by the spirits themselves in Findlay’s book On
the Edge of the Etheric. They said
that a spirit chemist takes some ectoplasm from the medium and, by adding some
ingredients, is able to form a type of mask resembling a mouth and tongue which
a spirit then puts over its face. The
mask forms a kind of matter that enables the spirit to speak in a manner
similar to when they were cloaked in physical matter.
Although direct voice is easy to fake; a
true message of love and comfort given to a sitter is not. The beauty of direct voice is the ability of
a loved one to come through and give a personal message that only they could
One of the most researched aspects of psychic phenomena is the out-of-body experience or OOBE. An OOBE is when one exists, both consciously and independently, outside of one’s physical body. The OOBE has been written about in much of history and has been more commonly called “astral projection”; happening either spontaneously or purposely. In an OOBE, the astral body travels outside of the physical body attached by a “silver cord” which provides connection between the two. It it believed that if the silver cord were severed the body would die.
The most studied part of this experience
and the part that I believe has provided ample proof of the continuity of life
is the Near-Death Experience or NDE.
This is the experience that one has when they have been “clinically”
dead and have experienced the continuation of their soul or spirit.
Many people have had NDE’s and have
reported very similar accounts of what happens while they are out of their
body. First they see themselves floating
above their body and sometimes see medical personnel working on their physical
body or loved ones gathered around. They
then usually travel to a place of light where they are met by loved ones who
have crossed over before them. They feel an extreme sense of peace and many
times do not want to return to the physical body when told that they need to do
The thing that most everyone that has a NDE or OOBE comes back with is the certainty of the continuity of life. They no longer hope that they will continue to live after death; they know it because they have experienced it for themselves. Many of these people have gone on to help provide comfort to those who are grieving by telling their story and letting people know the beautiful fact that we never die; we simply cross over to another life.
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