I was given the delightful opportunity to do email interviews with those wonderful ladies of the paranormal, the Rescue Mediums.
Below find their answers to the questions I asked them, giving us insight into the work and wonder of what Jackie and Christine do when they do their spirit rescues, as well as their lives as psychic mediums.
1. How long have you known each other? How did you meet?
J – We have known each other since childhood, growing up in the same street. Years later, Christine then married my brother Kevin.
C – We have lived in the same village all our lives and years later I married Jackie’s brother but we are no longer together, having divorced in 2007
2. When did you first realize your talent? When did you begin deliberately using it?
J – When I look back now, I realise that I have always been able to communicate with spirit, but when you are a child, you just accept this as normality, and that everyone else can see what you can see. Then I suppose, my ability went away whilst I was busy growing up. As a teenager I was very interested in the paranormal, and looked into different communication levels, via cards, wicca etc. Then I got married, had babies, and did all the mumsy things. Christine and my brother Kevin had a really bad car accident, and it made me think about life and death in a very down to earth way. I had a thirst to know more, and so I consciously sought information on the various ways to communicate with spirit.
Christine and I attended our local Spiritualist Church together, and one night, the platform Medium came to us after the service. She told us that her Spirit Guide had told her that she had to ask us to join a development circle. We had never met this woman before, as she came from the Manchester area, which was an hours drive from where we live. So we were a little surprised, but agreed to do this. For the next year we travelled every week to train with this lady, firstly with other potential Mediums, then eventually, just the two of us, with her, at her home. The rest, as you know, is history.
C – When I was five I was taken to my grt grandmother’s house by my grandparents. My grt grandmother had died and I went with them to sort out her things. I could not touch a thing. I could feel grt gran there; I saw her sitting in her chair and I felt she was saying leave my things alone.
3. Could you please describe how a (normal/standard) encounter might seem to you. Eg, what do you see? Hear? etc.
J – This depends on the circumstances. Sometimes I do physically see the spirit, and also physically hear, but it is usually a thought process. Spirit have to learn how to communicate with you, as an individual, just as you have to learn to tune in to them. So each communication is different. For the most, I suppose it is rather like a daydream sort of feeling, if that makes sense. its ‘inside’ your head. Spirit have to ‘thought transfer’ what they are trying to say to you. Sometimes it can be extremely physical as in a strong smell, or even being pushed, prodded etc. My father in law actually pinches my backside to let me know he is around (cheeky!!) no pun intended.
I have to take all of the symbols, pictures, sounds, smells and also feelings and put them all together to be able to see, hear and understand. I always think that explaining spirit is rather like explaining how a radio works. You turn on the radio, and you can hear someone talking to you, you can hear the music and it makes you feel good, or the chat show that you listen to is really helpful and this puts a picture in your mind of what you are listening to, especially if its an excerpt from a book. Now you cant see the person that is talking to you on the radio, but you can hear them, so you know that they are there. Its just the same with the spirit world, they just communicate on a different vibration level that’s all.
C – I usually see spirit in my third eye although I have seen them fully manifest… I have like a tv screen inside my head and I can hear them too… I also see shapes and symbols which, with the help of my guide, Loni, I interpret what spirit are trying to say.
4. Do you come from a background of believers or other talented mediums?
J – Both of my grandmothers were psychic, although neither used their ability outside of the family. My parents are interested in the paranormal, and we have really interesting discussions about things. Most of my Mums sisters are psychic, and so yes, I suppose it runs in the family
C – Many of my family have the gift but they don’t all use it… My gr gran was a spiritualist and she had a crystal ball; she had to go to the spiritualist meetings in secret as they were not allowed in the early 50s.
5. Part of the appeal to the show is that you are both so down-to-earth and not “Hollywood”. Extraordinary women who have a fine tuned and extraordinary talent for communicating with the dead. Are you comfortable with the growth in popularity of the show and your own celebrity?
J – Its funny really, because the first time a fan of the show came up to us in Toronto, Chris and I just looked at each other and giggled. I have a saying that keeps me grounded and reminds me where my roots are, and that is ‘fish, chips, and mushy peas’. Its a proper northern England dish, and takes me visually back to eating fish and chips out of newspaper as a kid. Chris and I love working on the show, and don’t see ourselves as anything other than two lasses from Barnton who are doing a job that we absolutely love doing.
C – I am happy that the show is popular… I don’t feel like a celeb; I don’t feel any different. I really like when the fans come to say hello.
6. It seems like the most prevalent fad these days is seeking proof of life after death. What is your opinion on why it’s so difficult to “pin down” or actually “prove” the existence of life beyond this one?
J – We can only prove what we have done. As none of us have done the death bit, till we actually go over to the spirit world, we cant absolutely prove anything. However, we can believe in the available proof. The aim of a Medium is to prove that life is continuous once we go through the change that we call death. I personally have had proof over and over again that my loved ones in the Spirit World are still around me. I have also had proof of other peoples loved ones in spirit are around them. They do this by providing me with information that I could not possibly know without it being conveyed to me by the person now in spirit. That’s one of the reasons that i love to do the rescue work. Spirit give so much proof of who they are, where they lived, how they lived, why they are still around on the earth plane. That can be backed up by researching the information that you are given by them. It is tremendously satisfying to know that you can help spirit who need help, and to get confirmation that you listened properly to what they were saying to you, is terrific.
C – Proving life after death is the main function of a medium and is very important… to me. Proving it is not easy… I would love it if spirit could just say Hi my name is and I lived? but they can mostly only communicate by showing me pictures, etc… Also, the spirit-world vibrates at a much faster rate than this world… We vibrate at the same rate as our world that’s why it is solid to us… When we pass to spirit we vibrate at the same rate as the spirit-world and that becomes solid… The spirit-world is another dimension; it is in and around this world… Some spirits find it easier to communicate than others – just like on the earth-plane some people can learn to do things faster and better than others.
7. You both seem to use visuals in your rescues. Have you been artistic all your life or is this something that comes almost as “automatic or spirit writing”?
J – I have always ‘doodled’, as I think most people do, so how much of that was spirit, and how much of that was me just being artistic, I cant say for certain. I have always drawn faces, and love to draw and paint. I have painted in oils for many years, and love all the pre-raphaelite artists work.
I now consciously work with spirit to differentiate between spirit communication and me just wanting to draw or paint. Usually one of my Guides will urge me to pick up paper and either a pen or pencil. That way I know how they want to work with me. The drawings usually come very quickly, and I never know how they are going to develop. Sometimes the image however, is extremely strong and I have to get it down exactly as it is in my head. it can be really intense at times.
The drawing is an ‘image’ of a person and not a photograph, and the recipient of the drawing has to be aware of that. If the image is captured, then that is what is to be achieved.
C – I have always drawn ever since being a child… But I always drew faces, never knowing why, until I started incorporating this with my medium-ship.
8. What advice would you give to people who think they have a haunted house?
J – run!!! No seriously, they need to know if they feel threatened or upset by the spirit that they believe to be there. it could be that the spirit is just visiting and likes to pop in every now and again to see how the newest occupants are treating their former home, or it could be that they are the occupants own family member calling to say hello. The occupants need to ‘feel’ the atmosphere. If the spirit needs to be helped and guided towards the light, there will be a definite feeling in the house that cannot be ignored. They could always try to fill each room full of light and ask their own guides to help guide the distressed spirit into the light. I would advise anyone who is doing this however, to put psychic protection around themselves before attempting this.
C – My advice to anyone with a haunted house is to find their nearest spiritualist church and ask for help
9. Do you believe everyone has these abilities and if so, how do they move forward toward feeling comfortable with them?
J – Yes everyone is born with this ability of communication, I think everyone has a story of a baby, or very young child, looking at ‘something or someone’ in the room, and there is no one there, or of chatting away to that something or someone. That is how we are before we school our minds on how to live in the physical world. The best way to be comfortable with the natural gifts that we all have, is to decide what you are going to do with them. If you want to develop them, to communicate or just simply to be in control of what is happening to you, then you need to become aware of your gifts, then to develop them. This can be through a development circle, or on a one to one with a Medium. The key to any development is meditation. You have to be able to meditate in order to communicate in depth with your spirit guide. Development will be based on meditating and interpretation of the meditation. This is how we ‘learn’. Spirit teach us through meditation with pictures, sounds, feelings, smells etc etc
C – I truly believe we all have the ability to develop our gifts… Some people are more tuned into this than others… To move forward we need to find a development circle and meditate a lot
10. What is the most memorable case you’ve ever worked on together? Why was it so memorable?
J – In the show, they are all memorable, although we do have one or two favourites. Some can be very distressing, and intense, especially if it involves a missing person, or a murder victim. Cases involving children are always heart rendering.
I think the most memorable case that we have worked on together has to be the first rescue that we ever did. Many years ago we did an investigation in Leicestershire, England that involved a down syndrome youngster. He had been locked up in an upstairs room of the house by his father, who was a Minister of the Church. This was in the 1920’s. This poor young lad was chained inside the room, and there were bars at the windows. He was taken out at night on a leash for exercise so that no one saw him in the dark. We didn’t know any of this prior to our visit. The story unfolded during the rescue. It was very emotional as the youngsters grandfather came forward to take him into the light. He actually turned to us when he got hold of his grandfathers hand and waved goodbye. Everything was confirmed by the lady who owned the house as she had researched the story, and only taken the chains out of the room the day before we arrived.
C – The most memorable case was the first one we went on… It involved helping a down syndrome child into the spirit-world… This poor child had been chained up in a cupboard all his days and only taken out at night under the cover of darkness… This was in the 1920s… When we rescued him his grandfather came out of the light to take him over… It was very moving
11. If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?
J – I am perfectly content with what I do. if I need to change in any way, shape or form, I expect Spirit will direct me as to how to work.
C – I would not change anything because I cant think of anything to change
Rescue Mediums is a half-hour television show that follows the trials and tribulations of two internationally-renowned psychics, Christine Hamlett and Jackie Dennison, as they visit people’s homes and show wayward spirits into the light. Jackie and Christine’s psychic abilities include premonitions, psychometrics, psychic drawings, spirit contact, past life regressions… all helped by a very quirky sense of humour.
Rescue Mediums can be now be seen in 6 countries: Canada (on W Network), USA (on WE tv), UK (Discovery Health and Home), Brazil, Thailand and Sweden.