Medium Jamie Day shares her thoughts about Madame Flora, and discuses how she manages her own psychic gifts.
When I was first contacted about consulting for Corsara's production of The Medium, I felt impressed that the company cared to make sure the performance was authentic. I have always felt a little frustrated by how unrealistic the portrayals of mediums are in entertainment. Allison Dubois from the TV show Medium is a real woman with a real career, and I guarantee she was not constantly plagued by people standing at the foot of her bed. Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, is incredibly talented, but I’m certain that in the real world she’s not followed by ghosts in the grocery store.
These are legitimately gifted mediums, but their circumstances are sensationalized for entertainment. This portrayal is problematic because I think people have incorrect assumptions about what it’s like. More importantly, people assume that they don’t have the ability to tap into the Spirit connection because of the way it’s made to look in the media. But the reality is that mediumship can be very subtle, and we ALL have the capacity to tune into the spirits of love that are around us all the time. When a person is tapped into these small subtleties that others don’t see, hear, or feel- it’s easy to come across as crazy to others, and in a society that frowns upon that it’s no wonder so many people shy away from their natural state of connectedness.
Seeing ghosts is something that has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I was constantly complaining about the old man in my attic, but as an only child who was into all things creepy, I was easily dismissed as having an overactive imagination. Every house I ever lived in was “haunted” but it wasn’t until I came into my mediumship after the sudden passing of my mother in law that I realized it was ME who was the common denominator. This is mostly because I had no idea what to look for. I had no idea how to control it. I had no idea that it was a part of my daily life in more subtle and nuanced ways. Once I realized what clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience really felt like- it was like an epiphany. So much of my life was making more sense. And as I opened myself up to it, things began increasing with a speed that sometimes was frightening.
The Universe and the Spirits around us are constantly trying to communicate with us. Everyone has the ability to listen, but only some will be drawn to hear it rather than to shut it out. Madame Flora is an incredibly relatable character in the fact that she hears this call well, and it scares her! Much like many of us who have been through the tumultuous and confusing struggle of developing our gifts! Rather than lean into it, she tries to make it go away. I believe for her, the drinking was a form of self medicating to quiet the voices. What she doesn’t understand is that the alcohol makes this worse. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and thereby your ability to maintain healthy boundaries with Spirit.
I have worked hard over the years to fine tune these abilities and these boundaries. Because I know the incredibly healing value in the work that I do. When I sit with a client and am able to consistently provide them with past, present, and future evidence from their loved one on the other side, so they know they’re not alone- that’s magic. When people leave our sessions crying, telling me how relieved they are, how good they feel, how deeply they now can believe- that’s magic. When I’m able to help my clients learn to communicate with their past loved ones themselves- that’s magic. And Madame Flora had that capacity too. Even while thinking she’s a fraud, she provides healing for these grieving parents. If only she had learned to approach her gifts from a place of love rather than a place of fear, imagine the good she could have done.
I’ve had many times over the years of doing this work where my boundaries were not held strongly enough and spirits have snuck in without my permission. It can be scary but also confusing. I no longer will even have a glass of wine if I plan to connect or meditate because it’s important to me to be selective about who can communicate with me and when. Some nights I’m still woken up by a shadow man in the corner, or a woman with head injury circling my bed on a horse.
The truth is- if you’re listening, the dead do answer. And if you’re not willing to learn the appropriate ways to control it- it can drive you mad.
THE MEDIUM OCT 30 & 31 2019
Frank L Wiggin Auditorium Peabody City Hall 24 Lowell St Peabody MA 01960
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