I keep wondering, am I really a medium? The word makes me feel I should be doing seances in dark rooms with exotic people. I still do hear dead people, but I heard way more of them when I was immersed in helping solve murder cases.
A study at Durham University says that people who become deeply immersed in mental tasks and activities are more likely to claim they can communicate with the decreased, with only 44% hearing voices on a daily basis. Clairaudient, they are called, and most heard voices in early life. I certainly did, and it’s why I was a fearful child who rarely spoke. With no outlet or support, I figured my practical nurse mom would call them imaginings and my engineer dad would say, nonsense.
Many mediums hear voices inside their heads, and others experienced voices coming from both inside and outside their head. Mine come both ways, sometimes with various voices, but more often one strong, male voice. I seldom talk about it when it happens. It was private for just too many years.
Dominic Albanese, a poet pal, says he hears his dead mom and friend’s voices in the wind and in the shower. He claims it’s rare that he talks back, but sometimes he does. I seldom talk to dead people, but in my career, I pass on their advice and secrets to loved ones.
Here’s the good news about the study. The team found no significant link between belief in the paranormal and proneness to hallucinations. Whew.