According to Durham University, mediums that “hear the dead” may have a history of abnormal hearing experiences – they are more likely to experience absorption, which is associated with altered states of consciousness.
In the past, we have covered how science explains romantic attraction, and what science has to say about the possibility that aliens are attempting to communicate with us.
Now, science is giving us an explanation for the experiences of mediums.
There are countless beliefs about awaiting humanity on the second aspect of death. For some it is heaven or rebirth, for others, it is the soil of the earth or a new world. Then, there are further divisions – those who believe that communication is possible, and those that do not.
The research was conducted by Durham University to examine what some people are more likely to believe.
In the current epidemic, more than two million people have died. As vaccination patterns are slowly peaking for life in some countries, others are still waiting for their first innocence. The global population is experiencing more deaths in both mental and physical health. This is an unprecedented situation due to which communities are gaining support from each other.
First, what is spirituality?
One of these communities is the Spiritualist National Association (SNU). His website describes spiritualism as a “true” way of communicating with “departed souls”: “Spiritualist churches and centers provide many places where communication is possible through the medium, and many dear relatives and friends have shared this. Has continued to take advantage of the opportunity. Show interest in our welfare and us. “
There is growing interest in spiritualism in the UK, with many organizations offering support, training, and practice media services. The SNU claims to have a congregation of about 11,000 people today.
Researchers surveyed 65 clariadine spiritualist mediums from the National Association of Spiritualists, and in the largest scientific study, 143 members of ordinary people studied the experiences of clariant mediums.
The study co-authors at the University of Northumbria, Drs. Peter Mosley commented: “Spirituality reports unusual hearing experiences, which are positive, start life and they are often able to control. Understanding how these developments are important is because it helps us to hear the sounds Can help you understand more about painful or non-controllable experiences. “
Secondly, what did the researchers learn about communication?
Through their study, the researchers gathered such detailed descriptions that the mediums experience the sounds of the soul, and compare levels of absorption, hallucinations, clarity, aspects of identity, and belief in the paranormal.
Less than half spoke to the dead every day
They found that 6.7% of spiritualist participants reported hearing the deceased’s voices on a daily basis, with 33.3% reporting an experience of clairvidence within the last day.
Part of daily routine
A large majority (79%) stated that experiences of auditory spiritual communication were part of their everyday lives, when they were alone and when they were working as a medium or attending a spiritualist church.
Inside or outside the mind?
Although spirits were predominantly heard inside the head (65.1%), 31.7% of spiritualist participants stated that they had experienced the sounds of the soul coming from both inside and outside their minds.
Usually 21 when communication starts
Spiritualists first experienced silence at an average age of 21.7 years. However, 18% of spiritualists reported having clariadiant experiences as ‘as long as they can remember’ and 71% had not encountered spirituality as a religious movement prior to their first experiences.
Third, how are these experiences compared to normal people?
For the general population, absorption was associated with levels of belief in the paranormal, but there was no significant congruent link between belief and hallucinations.
To understand any of this, first we have to understand what absorption is.
According to this research, absorption reflects an individual’s cognitive ability to engage in sensory and imaginative experiences that alter a person’s perception, memory, and mood, with behavioral and biological consequences. In the words of Auke Tellegen, the psychologist who coined the term, it is a disposition or personality trait that allows a person to be absorbed in his mental image.
Researchers say their findings suggest that it is not giving in to social pressures, learning specific expectations, or a level of belief in the unnatural that leads to experiences of soul communication.
Rather, it seems that some people are uniquely predisposed to absorption and are more likely to report abnormal auditory experiences occurring early in life. For many of these individuals, spiritual beliefs are embraced as they align meaningfully with those unique personal experiences.
‘Learning and yearning’
Dr. Durham University’s Hearing the Voice project and lead researcher in the Department of Theology and Religion Drs. Adam Powell said: “Our findings say a lot about ‘learning and yearning’. For our participants, the principles of spiritualism are both exceptional childhood experiences as well as frequent auditory events experienced through practice.” I understand.
“But all those experiences can result in more than a few instincts or early abilities, believing the possibility of contacting the dead if a person made enough effort.”
Read the full study here.