Dealing With Scepticism Around Mediumship by Claire Broad
Dealing With Scepticism Around Mediumship by Claire Broad – Guest Post
Claire Broad is an Institute of Spiritualist Mediums Registered and Approved Medium with over twenty years professional experience providing private sittings, public speaking and workshops. She is an experienced guest speaker who has contributed to many spiritual awareness events and has read for an eclectic mix of clients, including those from the scientific and medical communities.
Before Mediumship, Claire worked in advertising and entertainment at several major firms including The Walt Disney Company Ltd. She lives in Hampshire with her family.
Dealing With Scepticism Around Mediumship
‘Communication with the deceased cannot be real and therefore all mediums must be frauds’.
In our modern culture we have all heard statements along these lines, but a common held belief does not make something true and it is why I am hoping to bring some balance to this perspective. For sure, fraudulent people have been exposed posing as mediums and I would be the last to dispute that, but fraudsters operate in all lines of work, that fact alone doesn’t disprove the existence of spirits or genuine mediums.
Sceptics often argue that we understand too much about the brain to entertain the feasibility of life after death, but do we really? What is consciousness and how does it arise from chemical exchanges in the brain? Is it at least possible that consciousness may survive physical death?
It was William James who said “If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn’t seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.” It may surprise you to know that respected scientist Dr Julie Beischel of the Windbridge Institute may just have found that white crow, even several of them.
Her stringent application of scientific method in the study of Mediumship has provided data so strongly in favour of the mediums Dr Julie researched, that she has now dedicated her time to the study of consciousness and in raising awareness of her findings. She may not be able to scientifically prove an Afterlife, but Dr Julie says she can scientifically prove that not all mediums are frauds.
For millennia people have reported seeing apparitions or receiving communication from deceased loved ones. It is impossible that all these people are deluded. Although many of these experiences are kept private and not shared openly, it is telling that despite our many advances the majority of people in this world do believe in an afterlife. For many of these people their belief will be due in part to a personal experience that they or someone close to them has had, one which they cannot simply explain away. For some, that experience may well have come from consulting a medium.
Genuine mediums can’t scientifically prove an Afterlife, but they do often provide an experience that for those attending a sitting provides evidence suggestive of consciousness surviving physical death. If during a reading, a medium can provide a client with information so specific to their deceased loved one that the client recognises that medium is outstripping pure chance, or even better still, if the medium can provide information to the client that the client does not know and must go away and corroborate, then the evidence for the survival of consciousness becomes compelling.
At these times a recipient of a message can be afforded something very valuable indeed, peace of mind and emotional healing and herein lies the greatest litmus test. If the recipient of a message can leave the experience feeling happier, more comforted and with greater peace of mind, whether the wider community believes that medium to be in communication with the deceased or not, the value of the service the medium has just provided should never be underestimated or ignored and it is because mediums like myself witness this healing affect so often, that we believe and we continue to provide our services.
Incredible True Stories of Heavenly Encounters and the Afterlife
Publisher – Piatkus
Pages – 352
Release Date – 2nd November 2017
ISBN 13 – 978-0349413020
Format – ebook, paperback
Answers from Heaven is for anyone who has ever wondered if there is an afterlife and if it is truly possible to contact the spirit world.
In this compelling book, Sunday Times bestselling author Theresa Cheung and medium Claire Broad share the fascinating true stories of ordinary people who have experienced direct communication from the spirit world, and those who have received proof of survival through a reading with Claire.
Answers from Heaven outlines the many different ways that heaven may answer our prayers, offer us comfort and provide proof of survival, and includes:
– The top ten afterlife signs
– What near-death experiences can tell us
– The meaning of visions and dreams
– The importance of intuition and coincidence
– Advice on visiting a medium
As well as examining the ways in which messages can come to us from the other side, Answers from Heaven outlines the latest scientific research on the afterlife and mediumship, and helps shed light on one of the most important questions about human experience – what happens after we die? It also shares the practical steps we can all take to become more attuned to the medium that lies within us and recognise the signs that heaven is calling.
About co-author Theresa Cheung
Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists and has a Masters in Theology and English from King’s College, Cambridge. She has sold almost half a million books and encyclopaedias about the psychic world, the afterlife and personal transformation over twenty years.
Her spiritual books Heaven Called My Name (Piatkus 2016) and An Angel Healed Me (Simon & Schuster 2010) became Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and have been translated into thirty languages.