Being A Medium, Part 2
Apparently it’s time for a follow up to this post, where I describe that being a medium is not a romantic, awesome thing. It’s actually a terrible thing. I get accused every so often of lying about being a medium and every time I’m like, “UGHH I WISH.” Like I really wish I was lying about all this because it would be easier to live with than actually seeing dead people all the time.
That post has led to a lot of questions asking more about the details, and I’ve been repeating myself over and over to people to the point where I’m just tired of doing so, so here’s an FAQ about my life based on what I’ve been asked lately, most of which I answered privately or have been asked before but I didn’t tag it because who has time to tag every ask I get.
Q: Are you lying?
A: UGHH I WISH.
Q: How did you get this power?
A: I was born with it.
Q: Can I get this power?
A: Not to the extent that I have it. You can definitely increase your psychic sensitivity to spirits, but it won’t make you see spirits as clearly as I can. Also, you don’t want this power. It really sucks.
Q: How long have you been seeing spirits?
A: Forever. I used to see them as dark blobs, and as a kid I figured everyone could see them which was why nobody was freaking out over the dark blobs moving around the playground or whatever. I mean I was more worried about the floaters I could see whenever I stared at the sky for too long. But as I figured out that I could communicate with these blobs, they slowly turned into people shaped blobs and then into clearly defined people.
Q: How can you hear spirits?
A: As clearly as I hear living people talking to me. But it comes in really short sentences, usually no more than four words at a time.
Q: Is it scary?
A: I mean sometimes. I’m kind of over it at this point. It’s really only scary when I’m like turning a corner and there’s a spirit right there when I’m not expecting it, or if the spirit looks particularly gory or messed up. Ha ha just tonight I was walking home in the dark and saw someone walking the other direction toward me wearing all black and for a few seconds I’m like “Why is this spirit moving so quickly omg??” but it was a living person. Phew.
Q: What do the spirits look like?
A: Regular people most of the time.
Q: How can you tell they’re spirits?
A: They usually stand pretty still. They are usually wearing a solid color like red, green. blue, or black. They tend to look spooked or just disappear when they realize I can see them. And sometimes they’re in unorthodox places, like in the middle of a busy road.
Q: How often do you see them?
A: Around one a day. I can go days or weeks without seeing one though. But there are days where I see multiple spirits.
Q: Do you like being a medium?
A: Absolutely not.
Q: Have you ever tried to get rid of your power?
A: Oh yes. I’ve tried every method I could find. I did manage to shut off my third eye for like a year, but it slowly reopened on its own.
Q: How do you know you aren’t hallucinating/schizophrenic?
A: I have a degree in psychology, and I’ve talked to a psychologist who has a healthy belief in the paranormal (I mentioned him before in this post since he once interviewed the exorcist that the movie The Exorcist is based on). I know the symptoms of schizophrenia, and I know there are many different types of schizophrenia. I don’t hear voices constantly, I don’t hear threatening voices, I don’t have violent hallucinations, I don’t have paranoia, and I’m able to tune out spirits when I want to. This is not schizophrenia.
Q: How can I tell if you’re lying?
A: I mean you’ll have to take my word for it. This is the Internet, I can’t come to you to prove myself, and I shouldn’t have to. If you really feel like you need to harass me because you think I’m lying about all this, please reevaluate your life choices.
Q: Can you talk to my dead relative?
A: No. I have no control over the spirits I see. People that do are called psychic mediums, and even then they have to be in physical contact with you to reach out to the spirits around you. There is no legitimate psychic medium who will talk to your loved ones over the Internet.
That’s all I can think of for now. I’ll edit this post if I think of any more. In the meantime, feel free to ask me anything about the paranormal, Ouija boards, or whatever you want to know.