When Attila and I decided to create Validate, an organisation to assist in bringing standards and cohesion to the paranormal community in Australia, we agreed on two things: we will always be independent and that he would be covering the physical evidential side of things and I will cover the spiritual aspect of the research to keep it balanced.
For a while now I have been following many groups springing up in this country in the wake of the paranormal craze wave that has swept around the world a few times in the last decade or so. The paranormal becoming ever so popular in social and broadcast media, there are many who jump on the bandwagon, with loud claims of the best evidence, best equipment, best crew and the best medium etc.
Being a medium myself, this is something that I take a great interest in and since the creation of Validate I have been watching the paranormal scene unfold Downunder with a massive following. Like any other craze, this brings with it those who will use it to further their own advancement, even on the expense of those they work with.
A medium can make or break a team; I have seen it, time and time again, with conduct that is less than professional and certainly not in the best interest of the client or the team involved. As unfortunate as this is, presently there are no preventative measures in place to stop something like that happening. There are those out there who will claim fame to many things they have supposedly done while being in the industry for many years misrepresenting connections to make themselves seem something they are not.
Unsuspecting groups will fall victim to those claims and will learn the hard way on how to be selective about whom they will support and let into their circle. And this is where some will come undone. The strain on personal relationships and the testing of loyalties is something that takes up a huge amount of energy and focus and instead of making headway in the field of paranormal research, these groups and individuals will be enthralled in petty turf wars and slagging matches.
Many have written about the same before and what I say is nothing new, of that I am well aware. Never before however have I been pulled into a conflict that involved the defamation of character of the teams and people that I personally work with as well as my own. I have stayed out of it for as long as I could but I can ignore it no longer.
Validate is an open organisation and invites open discussion on its work and any feedback anyone wishes to give. And I stress the word “open”. There are some out there who appear to be self-appointed judges of what is right and what isn’t, the only problem is that the measure of that truth is their own twisted agenda. I have seen through it and I know that in time others will as well.
One of the prerequisites of an intelligent debate is that you know your opponent and you have proof to anything you claim. When it comes to accepting claims made by others I prefer to seek my own truth so that I may make my own judgement and decision.
When this fledgling industry is hardly supported by any, other than our own community, it is no wonder that we are the laughing stock of many for lack of structure and professionalism. Without any industry standards to adhere to, there are many who blatantly promote themselves as experts in the field, (whether it’s science or Mediumship) with little to back up their work with but plenty of ego.
While I am all for supporting eachother and give eachother a leg up, there is a difference between being enthusiastic about your own group with the work being carried out and spreading unsupported claims fuelled by ego and demoralising other groups and individuals behind their backs. If you have people in your group who are doing this with your knowledge, it just shows a lack of integrity on their part and the lack of understanding of their own role.
I have said that a medium can make or break a team. Why is that, you ask? While other members of the team are bound by a set of rules, there is another set mediums should abide by: their own professional code of conduct. Most mediums work outside of their teams as private readers, platform mediums or even healers. Working on an investigation is completely different to any of those scenarios. How it differs is for another article, my point here is not that as I am writing this.
A medium’s word should not be taken without question. I have seen mediums work where the sole purpose of their being on the investigation was to spit out copious amounts of useless and questionable information that could neither be validated nor seemed to serve any purpose other than stroking their own ego. Taking up a whole night with someone having to follow the medium’s every word and capturing it on video or audio is not what paranormal investigating is about.
Mediumship is working with Spirit. Working with Spirit is working in servitude. This is the other side of the coin and a fine edge mediums walk when working in a PI team. Coming from a place of ego, whether it’s you stroking someone else’s or others boosting your own, it’s not contributing meaningfully to the research and it’s certainly not serving Spirit. If your medium does that, question them why.
As co-founder of Validate I can honestly say that we embrace all whose wish is to serve the paranormal community, whether it be with technical knowledge, PR skills, Mediumship etc as long as the contribution is honest and open and is in the quest of the Truth.
~Andrea Kaldy, Co-founder of Validate.
I am a lady who wears many hats: wife, mother, author, healer, witch, poet, editor, psychic medium and the list goes on. Through this blog I am living true to my Spirit. What you read here you may not agree with, it may not be politically correct, but it comes from the heart and you can be sure that it's absolutely, uncompromisingly and purely me.