When I was a young medium, one of my biggest fears was someone accusing me of being a fraud.
It’s a topic so commonly discussed among the public:
- who is and who is not a real medium
- whether or not a particular medium is actually a fake
- whether or not one medium or another is stealing someone’s money
- so on and so forth
Despite these hot button questions floating around, nowadays, fraudulent mediums are indeed pretty rare.
It was during the Victorian Era, when Mediumship was considered more akin to showmanship, and seances were full of parlour tricks, sure, there were definitely 4-5 ‘showman’ mediums for every genuine one.
These days, it’s not as easy to run into a fake as you might think.
The majority of mediums who have any sort of public platform are real.
A medium’s entire business is based on word of mouth. It always has been. And now, with news traveling worldwide within seconds, social media being as immediate as ever and with word of mouth traveling faster than any other time in history, a medium with a bad reputation wouldn’t get very far.
News would spread and rather quickly, a fraudulent medium would lose clients, fans, followers and believers.
Yet, true mediums still operate on the receiving end of all the negative stereotypes created during the Victorian Era.
Real mediums are just as affected by the public’s scrutiny as the fraudulent ones.
In the beginning, public questions about your authenticity as a human can really hurt your feelings.
I’ve dealt with my fair share of it and while I wish I could say otherwise - no, I haven’t always been immune.
Though I’ve grown up seeing and hearing Spirits, wrestled over acceptance of my abilities for years, and have now provided thousands of pieces of evidence verifying information that was received from source outside myself, after a difficult day, I’ve still found myself wondering,
“What if I really *am* a fraud?”
Even though the inquiry and the accusations have come from people I’ve never met and people who don’t know me at all, these questions have had an affect on me.
I blog about it now, because too many of my clients, students and friends have shared the same sentiments.
If you've experiencing these questions about yourself and your abilities, don't worry - it's fleeting.
Something always happens to bring you back into awareness with the truth.
Case and point:
Just this last year - on a day when I was pondering 'am I really just a big 'ol fraud question' - I decided to get out of the house and go on a historical walking tour of a few local area parks.
The first park we walked into, there weren't dead people anywhere - totally clean of Spirits. Then, we started heading over to the second park and I noticed there were deceased people standing everywhere - they were so straight and so numerous - I knew they must have been soldiers.
Minutes after I made this observation and was wondering about it in my head, the tour guide announced that the second park had actually used as a burial ground for soldiers of the Revolutionary War.
Makes sense for why there were so many dead people, I thought. Then, I suddenly had to know,
“Was the first park used as a burial ground or just this one?”
"No, no, just this one," he replied.
In this example, was a smile-worthy validation moment.
I saw dead people where there were verified dead people and I saw none, where there was none.
Every once in awhile, when the public pressure becomes too much, one of those weird bits information you just get as a medium seems to show right up.
And it can really make you smile.
Soo, the verdict?
It turns out I'm still in the game -