Julie Beischel, PhD
Grief and Spontaneous, Induced, and Assisted After-death Communication
Nearly a third of American adults have had contact with the deceased. These spontaneous experiences of after-death communication (ADCs) can involve a wide variety of phenomena and do not seem to be related to any specific characteristics of the death or the experiencer.
Spontaneous ADCs are a natural part of the grieving process and generally have a positive psychological impact. Similarly, induced ADC experiences can also positively affect the bereaved. Extensive research in these areas as well as anecdotal reports and exploratory data imply a similar potential for assisted ADCs: the experience of hearing from deceased loved ones during readings with mediums, an often self-prescribed treatment option for the bereaved.
Mediums are individuals who regularly experience communication with the deceased and report the resulting messages to the living. The three types of content commonly found in mediumship readings assist the grieving in recognizing that their relationships with the deceased still exist, thus falling within the continuing bonds model of grief, and assisted ADCs may have advantages as well as disadvantages not present for spontaneous and induced ADCs.
Although mediumship has been examined scientifically since the 1880s, modern researchers are examining the accuracy of mediums’ statements under controlled conditions as well as the unique experiences, psychology, physiology, and neurobiology of mediums in various cultures all over the world.
Julie Beischel, PhD, received her doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona in 2003. She is the co-founder and Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, a full member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and the Forever Family Foundation.
Following the suicide of her mother and an evidential mediumship reading, Dr. Beischel forfeited a potentially lucrative career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue rigorous scientific research with mediums full-time. Her research interests include examinations of the accuracy and specificity of the information mediums report as well as their experiences, psychology, and physiology and the potential social applications of mediumship readings.
She has been invited to speak at Atlantic University, Gettysburg College (keynote), and the Rhine Research Center as well as conferences of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE), Forever Family Foundation, and the Society for Scientific Exploration and her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Beischel is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University and Director of the Survival and Life After Death research department at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration.
She is the author of Among Mediums: A Scientist’s Quest for Answers and Meaningful Messages: Making the Most of Your Mediumship Reading and editor of the series From the Mouths of Mediums: Conversations with Windbridge Certified Research Mediums. For more information, please visit www.windbridge.org.