Most people are only familiar with mediums through media. You can see mediums depicted on TV and in film, but this is far from real life mediums.
Psychic mediums can create a connection with the dead to facilitate a conversation. They do not see ghosts walking around like in The Sixth Sense.
So what are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about psychic mediums? We’ve interviewed psychic medium Kathlyn Chua of Nuwatarot for answers.
Myth: Mediums See Ghosts Floating Around Everywhere
When most people think of a medium, they think of the kid in The Sixth Sense saying “I see dead people.” That’s not how it works.
“There're a few ways I contact a spirit,” says Kathlyn. “For me sometimes I see them when I close my eyes or in visions, I see exactly the same environment and I see the spirits. That's how I see them. Other times the spirits show me visions and they talk and I can hear them.”
While spirits can be seen, it’s not the only way to sense them. Some mediums hear sounds and smell phantom scents. Regardless, spirits usually do not reveal themselves unless you call them.
Fact: Meditation Makes For Better Readings
Some mediums insist that holding an object of the dead enhances the connection. According to Kathlyn, “I never tried but from my experience you don't need those.”
However, what does enhance the connection is meditation. “I like to start my sessions with guided meditation. This clears the channel so that the spirit can really connect with you.”
Myth: Mediums Can Contact Deceased Actors and Rockstars
Some people come to mediums trying to contact dead celebrities or historical figures. Unfortunately, mediums can’t help you with that.
“I personally don't recommend people to just try to connect with some random dead spirit,” says Kathlyn, “why would you wake someone you don't know? What would you talk about?”
Kathlyn also goes on to explain how ghosts serve as spirit guides. “The spirits have someone they want to love and protect. It's not like calling someone for a chat. If they can’t help you, they don’t make contact. Some clients want to call their dead grandparents up to complain about life. I do not offer that as a service.”
Fact: Spirits Can Move On To The Other Side
“Usually I only do readings six months to a year after the person has passed. I like to think they need time to cross to the other side.”
When asked what factors affect the speed of transition, Kathlyn posits, “it depends on how they died. the sudden ones like murder or car crash, they can take years.”
However, spirits that had easier deaths tend to be more at ease. “For natural causes, it seems to be faster. the more violent it is, sometimes there are lingering remnants of resentment and hate. Which I think makes it hard for them to move on,” says Kathlyn.
Have you gotten any signs that your deceased loved one is trying to contact you? If not, it might mean they have peacefully transcended. That’s a great thing.
Myth: You Can Be Cursed Through A Medium Reading
Here’s a big thing that scares people away from mediums. They’re afraid of getting cursed or having a spirit follow them after the reading.
Kathlyn explains that this is way more likely to happen to the medium than the client. “Some people have attachments like entities from past lives, so some like to stay and taunt me or suck my energy. I usually don't realize it until I feel like something is 'off'.”
We asked Kathlyn if there’s any risk to the client. Kathlyn takes steps to ensure the spiritual protection of all clients. “If there's an attachment, I can tell them and we can get rid of it through guided meditation. I hold client safety to a high standard.”
There are a lot of myths about psychic mediums. We hope this interview helped clear some of them up. Mediums can contact the dead, but only when the dead wish to be contacted. They cannot contact any dead person you didn’t know, and there’s no need to worry about being cursed.
We asked Kathlyn if she had anything to add. She chuckles and says, “Just because we can see the dead doesn't mean we can also see lottery numbers.”
Kathlyn Chua is a psychic medium and tarot reader. If you are interested in contacting her for a reading, she can be reached at Nuwatarot.