Meet the Rescue Mediums in this
I was given the delightful
opportunity to do email interviews with those wonderful ladies of the
paranormal, the Rescue Mediums.
Below find their answers to the
questions I asked them, giving us insight into the work and wonder of what
Jackie and Christine do when they do their spirit rescues, as well as their
lives as psychic mediums.
1. How long have you known each
other? How did you meet?
J - We have known each other since
childhood, growing up in the same street. Years later, Christine
then married my brother Kevin.
C - We have lived
in the same village all our lives and years later I married Jackie's brother but
we are no longer together, having divorced in 2007
2. When did you first realize your
talent? When did you begin deliberately using it?
J - When I look back now, I realise
that I have always been able to communicate with spirit, but when you are a
child, you just accept this as normality, and that everyone else can see what
you can see. Then I suppose, my ability went away whilst I was busy
growing up. As a teenager I was very interested in the paranormal, and
looked into different communication levels, via cards, wicca etc. Then I
got married, had babies, and did all the mumsy things. Christine and my
brother Kevin had a really bad car accident, and it made me think about life
and death in a very down to earth way. I had a thirst to know more, and
so I consciously sought information on the various ways to communicate with
Christine and I attended our local
Spiritualist Church together, and one night, the platform Medium came to us
after the service. She told us that her Spirit Guide had told her
that she had to ask us to join a development circle. We had never met
this woman before, as she came from the Manchester area, which was an hours
drive from where we live. So we were a little surprised, but agreed to do
this. For the next year we travelled every week to train with this lady,
firstly with other potential Mediums, then eventually, just the two of us, with
her, at her home. The rest, as you know, is history.
C - When I was
five I was taken to my grt grandmother's house by my grandparents. My grt
grandmother had died and I went with them to sort out her things. I could
not touch a thing. I could feel grt gran there; I saw her sitting in her
chair and I felt she was saying leave my things alone.
3. Could you please describe how a
(normal/standard) encounter might seem to you. Eg, what do you see? Hear?
J - This depends on the
circumstances. Sometimes I do physically see the spirit, and also
physically hear, but it is usually a thought process. Spirit have to
learn how to communicate with you, as an individual, just as you have to learn
to tune in to them. So each communication is different. For the
most, I suppose it is rather like a daydream sort of feeling, if that makes
sense. its 'inside' your head. Spirit have to 'thought transfer'
what they are trying to say to you. Sometimes it can be extremely
physical as in a strong smell, or even being pushed, prodded etc. My
father in law actually pinches my backside to let me know he is around
(cheeky!!) no pun intended.
I have to take all of the symbols,
pictures, sounds, smells and also feelings and put them all together to be able
to see, hear and understand. I always think that explaining spirit is
rather like explaining how a radio works. You turn on the radio, and you
can hear someone talking to you, you can hear the music and it makes you feel
good, or the chat show that you listen to is really helpful and this puts a
picture in your mind of what you are listening to, especially if its an excerpt
from a book. Now you cant see the person that is talking to you on the
radio, but you can hear them, so you know that they are there. Its just
the same with the spirit world, they just communicate on a different vibration
level that's all.
C - I usually see spirit in my
third eye although I have seen them fully manifest... I have like a tv
screen inside my head and I can hear them too... I also see shapes and
symbols which, with the help of my guide, Loni, I interpret what spirit are
trying to say.
4. Do you come from a background of
believers or other talented mediums?
J - Both of my grandmothers were
psychic, although neither used their ability outside of the family. My
parents are interested in the paranormal, and we have really interesting
discussions about things. Most of my Mums sisters are psychic, and
so yes, I suppose it runs in the family
C - Many of my family have the gift
but they don't all use it... My gr gran was a spiritualist and she had a
crystal ball; she had to go to the spiritualist meetings in secret as they were
not allowed in the early 50s.
5. Part of the appeal to the show
is that you are both so down-to-earth and not "Hollywood".
Extraordinary women who have a fine tuned and extraordinary talent for
communicating with the dead. Are you comfortable with the growth in
popularity of the show and your own celebrity?
J - Its funny really, because the
first time a fan of the show came up to us in Toronto, Chris and I just looked
at each other and giggled. I have a saying that keeps me
grounded and reminds me where my roots are, and that is 'fish, chips, and
mushy peas'. Its a proper northern England dish, and takes me visually
back to eating fish and chips out of newspaper as a kid. Chris and I love
working on the show, and don't see ourselves as anything other than two lasses
from Barnton who are doing a job that we absolutely love doing.
C - I am happy that the show
is popular... I don't feel like a celeb; I don't feel any different.
I really like when the fans come to say hello.
- it's worth it!
6. It seems like the most prevalent
fad these days is seeking proof of life after death. What is your opinion
on why it's so difficult to "pin down" or actually
"prove" the existence of life beyond this one?
J - We can only prove what we
have done. As none of us have done the death bit, till we actually go
over to the spirit world, we cant absolutely prove anything. However, we can
believe in the available proof. The aim of a Medium is to prove that life
is continuous once we go through the change that we call death. I
personally have had proof over and over again that my loved ones in the Spirit
World are still around me. I have also had proof of other peoples loved
ones in spirit are around them. They do this by providing me with
information that I could not possibly know without it being conveyed to me by
the person now in spirit. That's one of the reasons that i love to do the
rescue work. Spirit give so much proof of who they are, where they lived,
how they lived, why they are still around on the earth plane. That can be
backed up by researching the information that you are given by them. It
is tremendously satisfying to know that you can help spirit who need help, and
to get confirmation that you listened properly to what they were saying to you,
C - Proving life after death is the
main function of a medium and is very important... to me. Proving it is
not easy... I would love it if spirit could just say Hi my name is and I
lived? but they can mostly only communicate by showing me pictures, etc...
Also, the spirit-world vibrates at a much faster rate than this world...
We vibrate at the same rate as our world that's why it is solid to us...
When we pass to spirit we vibrate at the same rate as the spirit-world
and that becomes solid... The spirit-world is another
dimension; it is in and around this world... Some spirits find it
easier to communicate than others - just like on the earth-plane some
people can learn to do things faster and better than others.
7. You both seem to use visuals in
your rescues. Have you been artistic all your life or is this something
that comes almost as "automatic or spirit writing"?
J - I have always 'doodled',
as I think most people do, so how much of that was spirit, and how much of that
was me just being artistic, I cant say for certain. I have always drawn
faces, and love to draw and paint. I have painted in oils for many years,
and love all the pre-raphaelite artists work.
I now consciously work with
spirit to differentiate between spirit communication and me just wanting to
draw or paint. Usually one of my Guides will urge me to pick up paper and
either a pen or pencil. That way I know how they want to work with me.
The drawings usually come very quickly, and I never know how they are going to
develop. Sometimes the image however, is extremely strong and I have to
get it down exactly as it is in my head. it can be really intense at
The drawing is an 'image' of
a person and not a photograph, and the recipient of the drawing has to be aware
of that. If the image is captured, then that is what is to be achieved.
C - I have always drawn ever
since being a child... But I always drew faces, never knowing why, until
I started incorporating this with my medium-ship.
8. What advice would you give to
people who think they have a haunted house?
J - run!!! No
seriously, they need to know if they feel threatened or upset by the spirit
that they believe to be there. it could be that the spirit is just
visiting and likes to pop in every now and again to see how the newest
occupants are treating their former home, or it could be that they are the occupants
own family member calling to say hello. The occupants need to 'feel' the
atmosphere. If the spirit needs to be helped and guided towards the
light, there will be a definite feeling in the house that cannot be ignored.
They could always try to fill each room full of light and ask their own guides
to help guide the distressed spirit into the light. I would advise anyone
who is doing this however, to put psychic protection around themselves before
C - My advice to anyone with a
haunted house is to find their nearest spiritualist church and ask for help
9. Do you believe everyone has
these abilities and if so, how do they move forward toward feeling
comfortable with them?
J - Yes everyone is born with this
ability of communication, I think everyone has a story of a baby, or very
young child, looking at 'something or someone' in the room, and there is
no one there, or of chatting away to that something or someone. That is
how we are before we school our minds on how to live in the physical world.
The best way to be comfortable with the natural gifts that we all have, is to
decide what you are going to do with them. If you want to develop them,
to communicate or just simply to be in control of what is happening to you,
then you need to become aware of your gifts, then to develop them. This
can be through a development circle, or on a one to one with a Medium.
The key to any development is meditation. You have to be able to meditate
in order to communicate in depth with your spirit guide. Development will
be based on meditating and interpretation of the meditation. This is how
we 'learn'. Spirit teach us through meditation with pictures, sounds,
feelings, smells etc etc
C - I truly believe we all have the
ability to develop our gifts... Some people are more tuned into this than
others... To move forward we need to find a development circle and
meditate a lot
10. What is the most memorable case
you've ever worked on together? Why was it so memorable?
J - In the show, they are all
memorable, although we do have one or two favourites. Some can be very
distressing, and intense, especially if it involves a missing person, or a
murder victim. Cases involving children are always heart rendering.
I think the most memorable
case that we have worked on together has to be the first rescue that we ever
did. Many years ago we did an investigation in Leicestershire, England
that involved a down syndrome youngster. He had been locked up in an
upstairs room of the house by his father, who was a Minister of the Church.
This was in the 1920's. This poor young lad was chained inside the room,
and there were bars at the windows. He was taken out at night on a leash
for exercise so that no one saw him in the dark. We didn't know any of
this prior to our visit. The story unfolded during the rescue. It
was very emotional as the youngsters grandfather came forward to take him into
the light. He actually turned to us when he got hold of his grandfathers
hand and waved goodbye. Everything was confirmed by the lady who owned
the house as she had researched the story, and only taken the chains out of the
room the day before we arrived.
C - The most memorable case was the
first one we went on... It involved helping a down syndrome child into the
spirit-world... This poor child had been chained up in a cupboard all his
days and only taken out at night under the cover of darkness... This was
in the 1920s... When we rescued him his grandfather came out of the light
to take him over... It was very moving
11. If you could change one thing
about what you do, what would it be?
J - I am perfectly content
with what I do. if I need to change in any way, shape or form, I expect
Spirit will direct me as to how to work.
C - I
would not change anything because I cant think of anything to change
Mediums is a half-hour television show that follows the trials and tribulations
of two internationally-renowned psychics, Christine Hamlett and Jackie
Dennison, as they visit people’s homes and show wayward spirits into the
light. Jackie and Christine’s psychic abilities include premonitions,
psychometrics, psychic drawings, spirit contact, past life regressions... all
helped by a very quirky sense of humour.
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