September 2007--Kristine's Reading
"When I walked into the client's house I was immediately drawn to both the basement and to the upstairs, however I began my walkthrough in the basement. At the bottom of the stairs and to the direct left there is a family area with couches, television etc. Upon walking into that section I had the definite sense of being watched, the sense that people often hear footsteps going up and down the stairs, and that often the lights seem to have issues. I sensed the presence of an older woman, in her seventies...silvery/white hair, short with waves around her face. She was a medium build and height. She kept trying to get across a word beginning with the letter A or possibly AL. My first assumption was she was trying to get across a name like Alma or possibly Agnes. But I, was not understanding her intention. The lady of the house later informed me there was an older woman who lived in that house prior to her ownership who'd suffered from Alzheimers. It is possible this is what the letter A or AL was meant to represent, but there is no confirmation of that."
Shared above is a portion of the kind of report I used to write after conducting a walk-through reading of a house for a paranormal investigation (ghost hunt). Here's how my reading would work with the team:
- My team would arrive at the house first to take witness testimony of events being experienced in the house, find out what they could about the property, do a walk-through of the house to get a base-line reading with EMF (electro-magnetic field) detectors, take the ambient temperature of the room, identify electronics, exposed wiring, etc. Hint: The first thing to do when a person reports/suspects paranormal phenomenon is to assume it's something natural which is being misinterpreted and see if an explanation can be found for the reported events.
- I would have no contact with the client/person reporting phenomenon prior to my reading, I would not be briefed by my team of the suspected activity. I was given an address and time to show up.
- I would conduct a walk-through reading while carrying a small recorder while being filmed by a member of the team. I would walk through the entire house or property, sharing my impressions. If I felt a room had no spiritual activity or impressions for me to pick up on I would move on. My readings consisted of feelings, impressions, visions of spiritual activity, communication from the spirit, descriptions of what I sensed the client or others may have experienced or witnessed in the location, etc.
- I would make recommendations of where the investigation should focus based upon my reading. I still have some of the video clips and reports from some of those readings.
Why am I sharing this?
A few days ago a reader, who has followed me for some time and contacted me with questions in the past, asked me to share my view of a program called The Dead Files on The Travel Channel. She expressed "feeling drawn" to the show and that what she sees on the episodes (which follows psychic-medium Amy Allen as she investigates cases of paranormal activity using her abilities to sense spiritual activity) is causing her to question her beliefs. Why? Because what Amy shares seems very real, accurate, etc.
Here's the thing.
Amy is a spiritually sensitive person and most likely has been since childhood. She has opened herself to the spiritual world, she has adopted the beliefs of the world about ghosts, negative or angry energies, and the idea that human spirits can be "trapped", "remain", "linger" among the living. This is her spiritual worldview. In my view as a Christian, this allows what Amy senses or the spiritual activity she "sees" or experiences to be influenced by deceptive spirits.
The question being asked is why would a demon masquerade as a human spirit while another demon (or perhaps even the same one) will also show itself to be exactly what it is in another situation--evil, negative? How can mediums not know or be able to tell the difference? Because this spiritual masquerade of ghosts and hauntings strengthens worldly beliefs in the afterlife not only of the medium but those for whom they do the reading.
Beliefs which are at odds with what the Bible teaches us about God, Jesus Christ, salvation, the after-life, etc.
The Bible tells us alot about what to expect after we die. None of it includes what the world teaches about "ghosts" or "hauntings":
"Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." Hebrews 9:27 (NIV)
"Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NIV)
"I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far."Philippians 1:23 (NIV)
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 (NIV)
"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire." Luke 16:22-23 (NIV)
There is a reason I warn people away from shows such as The Dead Files. Because such programs do cause people to question what the Bible says, what they believe, and encourages them to accept a lie as truth.
When I gave up being a medium, ghost hunter, and witch in 2007 (not long after the above reading) I did not stop being a spiritually sensitive/aware person. I can still walk into a home, building, or area and sense if something spiritual or "supernatural" is going on.
The difference is that the scales have been removed from my eyes. The deception has been revealed. As a Bible believing Christian, I know if I walk into a place where reported paranormal activity has been experienced what I am dealing with is demonic. There is no need for investigations or "proof" (other than to check if a natural occurence is being mistaken for the supernatural and offer those assurances).
If someone is being spiritually harrassed or is fearful because of reported supernatural phenomenon then I'm always willing to pray with them, annoint the place with oil, ask God for a blessing, encourage the person in their faith (or share the Gospel if necessary), ensure that if they are a Christian they understand their authority in Christ, make sure they understand spiritual warfare, etc. If I'm not in the area then I will pray for people, encourage them to find spiritually gifted and biblically knowledgeable people within their faith community.
As Christians, we should never be ignorant about the reality of the spiritual world. Should we be aware of what the world believes when it comes to the spiritual world? Yes. But we must proceed with caution and wisdom so as not to become deceived ourselves. If we have a weakness or unhealthy interest in the paranormal, ghosts, mediums, etc., then it is best to avoid books, movies, and television programs such as The Dead Files altogether.
Rather, we should focus on what God's word says about mediums and psychics (we are not to consult them or participate in their activities), spirit communication (we are not to seek spirits), necromancy (we are not to conjure, call up, or initiate contact with spirits), how to respond if we do have a supernatural encounter we do not understand (spiritual warfare) and understand that the name, power, and authority of JESUS CHRIST is what matters in our lives.
There is salvation, peace, grace, and life (even after death) which can be found through no other.
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