Should psychics and mediums predict the future?
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. There has recently been some debate in our chat rooms about what is the purpose of a psychic reading and should psychics predict the future? Many that visit this site believe that psychic readings should be about telling people the future. Others say that the work of a psychic – and particularly of mediums – should have nothing to do with prediction at all.
I agree with those that say that it is inappropriate for predictions to be included in mediumistic readings. Mediumship is done to give proof to the grieving that we survive death. It is perhaps wrong to hijack this spiritual gift for banal worldly concerns. This doesn’t mean to say that mediums cannot see the future, or be told it by their spirit communicators but the primary purpose of their work is to give comforting proof of the survival of the personality after physical death.
In the Psychic News today there was an interesting article by Lew Sutton about the now ‘dead’ medium Gordon Higginson – who for many of us mediums working today is considered as the mentor and example of good mediumship that we try to aspire to.
“Gordon Higginson used to quote a story about when he asked one of his students, aura-graphic medium Joyce Jamblin, to draw an aura graph of well known medium Nella Taylor. The top of aura graph depicted the future, the middle the present and the bottom, the past. However, Joyce found she was unable to draw anything in the top area of the drawing, even after Gordon asked her to try again.”
Two weeks later Nella passed on. Gordon was amazed that even he had not sensed the imminent passing, but the aura graph had.
I have also posted this wonderful MP3 audio file with one of Gordon’s talks about the difference between a medium and a psychic.
As well as showing how magnanimous Gordon could be in recognising and quoting the ability of his students it also raises interesting questions about prediction. Clearly, the spirit world did not intend, or perhaps know, about the immanent death of Nella Taylor but the unconscious precognition being applied by the student knew something was amiss. Could it be that precognition is sometimes censored by the spirit communicators – particularly when it comes to predicting deaths? Or is the knowledge of the time of death denied to all the psychic senses?
MAKING PSYCHIC PREDICTIONS
I do not like predictions being made on the chat room areas and forums of my website because predictions can too easily be misunderstood and in some cases upsetting. Anyone can make a prediction irrespective if they are psychic or not and many have premonitions that they believe to have a supernatural origin but in reality may be nothing more than their own subconscious fears bubbling to the surface of their consciousness. Prediction in the hands of an untrained person who has no grasp of the moral responsibilities that are beholden with psychic gifts is a dangerous thing. It can be disencumbering to the recipient if they feel they have no control over their destiny for good or ill.
I have had readings from ‘psychics’ that the skeptics call ‘cold readers’. These people will tell you generalities, feed back things you’ve let slip or make guesses based upon your facial expressions, body language and so on. Invariably, they can say nothing particularly meaningful about your past or present but make detailed and precise accounts about what your future holds. So how come they are rubbish when it comes to the past and present conditions but seem to know absolutely everything about the future? The sad truth is that they are guessing, in fact it’s much worse than that, they are conning us.
CAN PSYCHICS PREDICT THE FUTURE?
I do believe however that we can predict the future and there is empirical evidence to substantiate this. For example, Zener card experiments by Joseph Banks Rhine seemed to suggest that we can unconsciously know what’s going to happen and a lot of excellent psychical research has been done with precognitive dreams. However whether we can predict the future with absolute certainty is another issue – for example in An Experiment with Time Dunne cites the case where he dreams of being killed by a bull then next day is chased by a bull. The dream saw the bull but it was wrong about his death.
Contrary to this some of the things that Doris Stokes and other mediums told me when things were dark in my life have actually happened to the letter and bang on time which sometimes gives me the eerie feeling that an unseen hand guides my fate whether I like it or not! And so too things I’ve predicted to other people have sometimes come true absolutely to the letter without and attempt on the sitter’s part to bring about a self-fulfilling prophecy.
SPIRITUALISM AND PREDICTION
From a spiritualist standpoint it is stated in the seven principals that we must take ‘Personal responsibility’ which implies that we have free will. It also could be argued that this negates the Christian idea and the first Principle of Spiritualism ‘Fatherhood of God’ i.e. that God is the guide in our life and that man’s free will is therefore second to the will of God. In the East they believe that we have total responsibility for our lives as it is determined in advance by the karma we have accumulated in previous lives and our future is determined by past karma and our current thoughts and actions.
The power of though may be so absolute that it may act upon our future’s in a similar way that a placebo will bring about a cure. Could it be that the placebo effect actually changes the fates? If we are told by a psychic with absolute certainty that something will happen our resulting belief and conviction may make it happen, either by encouraging the recipient to change the way they behave or perhaps also by having a magical influence just as a prayer or a curse can trigger all sorts of unusual turns to events some of which can be explained and others that can’t.
DO WE HAVE FREE WILL?
I don’t actually believe that we have complete free will. We have partial free will because all of what happens to us is the result of our past karma which either has to be played out in our lives or negated by positive spiritual work on ourselves. (This is the yogi in me speaking now) All we have is the choice to choose a spiritual life or not.
The spirit people believe they have free will because the astral worlds are very similar in many ways to this world and subject to karma. When we transcend the astral worlds into the Causal World, free will is completely surrendered as in this state we are at one with God.
So can a psychic see a person’s future? Yes they can, but that future may be altered by our actions. Can a psychic predict world events? Maybe, but I’m not particularly convinced by the predictions of Nostradamus and Sylvia Brown’s prophecies which I believe are complete nonsense. (We’ll all be long dead when most of these happen so we’ll never know for certain.)
SO WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A PSYCHIC READING?
Perhaps we shouldn’t worry too much about giving or getting predictions about the future. What we really need is information that will help us to make a better life and become better people. The meaning of the word psychic is ‘of the soul’ and perhaps this offers us a clue to what we should be doing.
Psychic readings can help people with their earthly problems, can give them guidance for the future, but most importantly should reveal to them the spiritual reasons for their life on earth.
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife Jane have had their own TV shows in the UK and USA including 'The Spirit of Princess Diana'. In 2003 the BBC made a 3 part documentary about their work. Craig is the author of 15 books.