Can we communicate with the undead? There are people that claim to be a conduit – such as mediums – but there is also opportunity for frauds. Bereaved are the most vulnerable as they seek to connect with a recently lost loved one. How do you protect yourself? In our interview today we learn about the difference between a medium, a psychic, and a clairvoyant. We also learn about their methods, and things to look for in navigating the world of those who claim to communicate with the undead.
We have an excerpt from today’s guest, Robert Ginsberg’s book that includes a poem his high school age daughter wrote. Bailey was in the car with her brother when it crashed. Robert Shares:
A memorial service for my daughter was held at her high school shortly after her passing. Bailey’s goal was to become an English teacher and she forged some strong relationships with her high school English teachers. The morning of the service day, her favorite teacher John went to clean out his storage cabinet in the teacher’s lounge in preparation for the new school year that had not yet begun. Upon opening the cabinet doors, a lone computer disk fell onto the floor. John picked up the disk, which was unmarked, and he had never seen before, and was curious to see if it was blank or had content. He inserted the disk into the nearest computer. The disk contained a poem written by Bailey entitled “The Wonder Awaits.”
“The Wonder Awaits” I lay down to sleep on this one last evening wondering how much more until I’ll be leaving And I think about the time that has past and I can’t help believing that it might not last Is there an end and what after that do I go on or just disappear in a snap The newspaper reads of someone’s death and I wonder the chances that I could be next There are so many horrible ways to die I hope I go peacefully with not a cry My dreams of this moment are a mist in the air for of the dreams I do not care I await the moment that I see the truth do I live on or in a silent booth Each day I’m afraid of the events to come But maybe I shouldn’t be maybe death’s not a bum Maybe I’ll like it and maybe it’s better but that I will see when God sends me that letter The letter that says it is time to go the moment I feared will finally show And I will Go forth to see what’s in store if I live on or the rest is a bore I only wish that I could come back to tell the world of what death is in fact
Our guest today is Robert Ginsberg who started researching the evidence for survival of consciousness soon after his high school age daughter died in a car accident in 2002. Devastated by the loss, he needed science to tell him if she still existed in some form.
In 2004 Bob and his wife Phran founded Forever Family Foundation a global not for profit that educates the public about evidence that we are more than our physical bodies.
Bob is the author of The Medium Explosion. Bob, Phran and the foundation are currently featured in the Netflix Docuseries Surviving Death. Phran was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April of 2020 and passed to the Spirit Realm September 22, 2020, after 46 years of marriage.
Author of The Medium Explosion: A Guide to Navigating the World of Those Who Claim to Communicate with the Dead The Medium Explosion
Hidden Treasure: Poetry and Prose of Bailey Laurel Ginsberg: https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Treasure-Poetry-Bailey-Ginsberg/dp/1418412015
- How To Determine If a Psychic Medium Is Legitimate: https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/how-determine-psychic-medium-legitimate/
- I’m a fake psychic and here’s how I trick you https://medium.com/@overtake/im-a-fake-psychic-and-here-s-how-i-trick-you-8dd49d1cdfff
- I went to a medium for the first time – and she completely changed the way I think about psychics: https://www.insider.com/medium-reading-what-to-expect-2018-3
- Psychomanteums were ancient Greek oracles of the dead where seekers could consult the spirits of the deceased. After fasting and certain other preparatory rituals, a vision of the departed was evoked by the seeker’s staring into a pool or pan of water (a technique similar to the practice of “crystal gazing”). Alternatively, seekers sometimes attempted to contact the dead via dreams, an endeavor clearly related to other types of dream incubation, in which dreams were sought for specific purposes—healing, financial guidance, general advice, divination, and so forth. Dream incubation was extremely popular in the ancient world and was a major phenomenon in societies as diverse as ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In the Hellenistic period, the principal dream incubation temples were the healing temples of Aesculapius. The Hellenistic fascination with dreams made them an obvious medium for attempting to contact the departed. https://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Psychomanteum
In keeping with our topic, we are serving the Grateful Dead Cocktail which is considered the sweeter cousin of the Long Island iced tea. Like that drink, the Grateful Dead cocktail packs a considerable punch! It consists of tequila, vodka, rum, gin, and Chambord. Go mix one up, we’ll wait. Get the mix here!
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