Greetings, Earth Angels and Lightworkers and new visitors to my site!
Have you seen that new show, “Long Island Medium,” on TLC? WOW — I just love it. I LOVE her, I love the show, I love watching her give the readings and I LOVE the glimpses into her everyday family life, including the dynamic between her and her children and between her and her husband. She and Larry (the 1st? senior?) are clearly soulmates and it is just a pleasure to watch the two of them, and the way he teases her but obviously adores her.
If you read a post of mine from a year ago, regarding the JREF paranormal challenge, you know that I am a skeptic. In fact, I think many of the people out there claiming to be psychics and/or mediums are con artists executing very skilled cold readings, although Theresa Caputo, a.k.a. Long Island Medium, passes most of my tests for validity. And I do know personally two lightworkers who are real mediums, so if you are looking for someone authentic and sincere to consult, give Rev Sheri or Spirited Angel a try.
An interesting facet for those of us experiencing being lightworkers is that we know it’s possible to communicate with souls who have passed, and we know that there is an afterlife, so for us, it’s not a matter of “belief,” per se, because we know it’s possible. This deep awareness of esoteric realities combined with a natural openhearted faith in the probability of a joyful future for humanity as the collective heart chakra opens more and more can actually (ironically enough) predispose us to throwing even a healthy amount of doubt and caution to the wind, and missing the signs that con artists — people pretending to be psychics and mediums for profit — share. A few of the signs of cold readings are:
Asking, “Who’s Jack/Anne/Mark?”
*Especially in a group reading, asking “who is …” and following that with a very common name increases the likelihood that someone in the group knows someone who passed with a very common name. In other words, if the psychic is really psychic, why don’t they turn and ask Jack/Anne/Mark who they are? And then turn to the client and say, “I have Anne here; she’s telling me that she was your sister and that she passed three years ago, suddenly. Is that right?” ?
Asking, “Who’s Jane — or it could be June, something with a J …?”
*For the same reasons mentioned above, this leaves it open to any answer from the audience, and who doesn’t know someone who died who is female and whose name started with an J? Someone in a group reading will speak up and claim that the J name is their loved one. Theresa doesn’t pull this kind of trick at her readings. She goes right up to the person and lets them know which loved one is “stepping forward.” She does say, “is your mom/brother/child passed?” when I would prefer, again, the much more specific, “I have a young male here who is telling me that he is your son and passed on March 3, 2002, of crib death and that his name was Brad Simon Smith.” We’ll come back to that.
Asking a vague question, getting the specific answer from the alive client, then claiming that the DLO (deceased loved one) gave them that specific detail.
There’s a famous male “psychic” who did this a lot on a tv show and it was very disturbing to me. Here’s how it works: the psychic goes up to an older woman (the older we are, the more people we’ve buried, the more likely we are to have a deceased love one in a variety of categories, for example, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents who have passed) and says, “Is your aunt passed?” Now, no doubt, most of her aunts have passed, if not all of them! The client says, “yes.” The reader says, “Did she like gardening?” The client says, “Oh, yes, she LOVED to garden — roses were her favorite. Every year she won a prize for her roses.” The reader then says, “Because she’s showing me roses, lots of roses, and that she loved to spend hours pruning her beautiful roses, that she got lots of compliments on her garden.” Well, Auntie Gertrude might have indeed loved roses, but who just provided those important details? The alive person, the niece. In other words, the cold reader in this example, just guessed “gardening” (which was a very likely pastime for women of a certain generation!), and it happened to be true, but the real “hit” (accurate piece of info) was information that the client gave. Theresa doesn’t use this cold reading trick either. On the episode I just watched, “Spirit al Dente” (which you can watch on Amazon 1-click for $1.99), Theresa goes to a cooking class and ends up doing a reading on a woman there whose uncle had passed. She says to the young woman, “Do doves mean something to you? Because your uncle is showing me that he’s placing doves all around you and a path of feathers in front of you.” Now first of all, that’s an oddly detailed visual to describe; from the skeptic point of view, that is setting yourself up for a “miss.” The cold reader would have said, “Do doves mean something to you?” and stopped and let the young woman provide a detail. But Theresa keeps on talking, and provides a vivid picture! The young woman confirms that she did indeed see a dove at his funeral, and reveals that the fact that it was in the middle of a Florida cemetery was so odd, but it gave her such peace at the burial of her relative who loved her as if she were a daughter and not just a niece. On the previous episode, “Christmas Spirit,” I saw the most amazing readings yet by Theresa: the whole family — Theresa, Victoria, Larry Jr and Larry — goes to a Soup Kitchen in Harlem to prepare and serve a meal and she ends up giving 2 spot-on specific readings to two different gentlemen who work there. The first man she delivers a message to hears from his mom who communicates that she wants him to know that she is very proud of him and that she is aware that he recently moved. When Theresa asks, “were you not able to say goodbye when your mom passed?” the man is so startled that he can barely speak and walks out of the room. When he comes back, he explains that it was over 7 years ago, and he was supposed to go see her that day but ended up not going — that the tears just came down and he needed a second. Theresa explains that his mom would have hung on if he had been there and so the mom wants him to know it’s okay, not to feel bad about it. After this reading is over (and the man hugs Theresa in gratitude), Theresa says that there is someone whose brother died and that the brother’s energy just won’t let up. Later, in a conversation with the director of the food bank, she asks if there is someone who works there whose brother passed, someone named Darryl? or maybe Darnel? The woman confirms it’s Darryl but he’s not there. They call him on his cell phone and Theresa delivers another detailed message from a DLO.
Now, I want to say here that even though I love her, love her personality, and really enjoy the show, I’m still not completely sold on her abilities as a medium because there’s one other possibility that remains, and from an ethical moral standpoint, it’s worse than a cold reading. And that is, a hot reading. Hot readings are where you research in advance, such as a doing research on the place you’re going to be volunteering, for example by reading the employee bios on the organization’s website, or doing a quick reverse look up with a phone number to find the name and address that is associated with it, and searching the obituaries in the newspaper archives online once you have found the last name.
As I mentioned in my post last year about wishing some lightworker would step forward to take the JREF challenge, James Randi, a vocal skeptic, has publicly stated that he will give a million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of their supernatural power, and he has said that the study could be conducted like this: take ten random people in a room with a psychic. The psychic writes a reading for each person (as in types up or writes down the information that comes through, no talking, no “did your mother pass?” etc.), leaves the room with the ten readings and ten people inside, and the ten of them sort out which reading belongs to which person.
Now get this, you guys: here’s the real reason I want someone to do this so badly. I want scientists to study the human brain’s capacity to tap into the soul energy of deceased people who have been murdered in order for society as a whole to benefit from trained psychic investigators who can work hand in hand with law enforcement in order to solve cold cases and all other types of not-yet-closed cases. Would you believe there is very little scientifically-gathered evidence of psychic ability yet for scientists to study? This is because anecdotal evidence (“I went to this amazing psychic who told me I was going to get a new job and move to another state and sure enough, I did get a promotion and ended up moving to the West coast five months later!”) is not the same as empirical evidence, which can be defined as “depending upon the observation of phenomena” (source: the Dictionary). Anecdotal evidence is not really evidence at all because it’s just stories. A medium named Patricia Putt did undergo the JREF Challenge in 2009 (and you can read all about it here). When the ten people she gave readings to later got together to figure out whose reading was whose, they were certain they had all determined accurately which reading belonged to whom, and it turned out that there wasn’t even one match. My thought is that someday, when our society does condone and promote the training of people who have a natural intuitive gift, for a greater good (such as to prepare them in aiding the justice system in solving crime and thus preventing future crime of the same nature), the methodology used to conduct the JREF challenge — a double blind study where the people being read can’t see the psychic and the psychic can’t see the people she’s reading either — will be the classroom format for the training. After all, when locating criminals and their victims, you can’t always see them, as in those cases when the police don’t have a suspect yet or when a recent victim has been found but another (new) one is likely, but because no one has been reported missing yet, their identity is unknown too. As I said in last year’s post, I want Jacob Wetterling to be found more than anything. Please join me in a quick prayer for Jacob and whoever took him to be found and healed of all pain and sadness and filled with Love. (Why would we do this? People who can feel Love are also capable of feeling remorse; and people who can suddenly feel remorse after decades of lacking empathy because they’ve just been healed by the power of Divine Love also feel compelled to turn themselves into the authorities and confess to any and all crimes they have committed.)
Which brings us full circle back to the Long Island Medium herself. She gives incredibly detailed information and if she is that good, she no doubt could provide law enforcement with excellent and helpful information regarding missing children/people and fugitives. I’ve only seen one other medium who was as mind bogglingly detailed as she is: Joseph Tittel from America’s Psychic Challenge. That program ran on Lifetime a few years ago but is no longer available to watch for free on their website. However, you can buy the complete show on iTunes. “Spiritman Joseph” and and 2 others really stick out as incredibly gifted and I would love to see them win the million from James Randi. Secretly, I think James Randi would too. Why else would such a hardened skeptic dangle such a huge prize? He could offer $200,000 or even $50,000 and people would still volunteer to be tested. I think a million dollars is what he personally would be willing to give for proof that it’s real — that there really is something beyond our basic five senses.
Finally, in doing a little googling in preparation for this blog post, I did find a completely unedited 25 min and 46 second video of Theresa Caputo in the hallway outside Anderson Cooper’s TV studio which I have embedded below. She is giving spontaneous readings and some strike me as cold and some as getting a lot of clear information. On the show, she talks about how sometimes the spirits being around her causes her anxiety — my wish for her would be to know that it’s okay for her to temporarily close her eyes and stop talking, mid-reading, even though people are watching her, in order to take a deep breath, reground herself and tap back into the psychic act of pulling in the clearest information. You can see on her show that she doodles before speaking, while she initiates the connection with the spirit world. I felt like she wasn’t as grounded here. And watch for the (probable) cynic decoy wearing the white scoop neck tank under a purple cocoon-wrap at the table, the second person from the left; she is sending a lot of psychic attack energy to Theresa and you will most likely see/feel how it’s affecting her.
Either way, the JREF challenge only requires two of the 10 readings to be matched correctly to make it past the preliminary test. 1 in 10 is chance. As I mentioned above, the medium who was tested in 2009 got 0 in 10. If Theresa could get 5 in 10, it would be considered extraordinary by the scientific community and merit (a lot of) further study.
Angel blessings for a beautiful and joy-filled day!
~Snow Angel ^i^
April 12, 2012