Monday, July 26, 2010

The Questioning of the Unknown

"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep."~John Milton

I came across an article in The DENVER POST written by Joanne Ostrow about psychics, mediums and other paranormal events that have become common place on our television and movie screens.

Ostrow wrote, “Between-world spirits, reincarnated beings and plain old dead folks are casting shadows all over the network schedules. It's a good time to be a ghost on TV.

Psychics, mediums and other ghost whisperers have found a place in the public imagination. Procedural dramas increasingly rely on that extra dimension for a plot boost. These days, it's not enough to bring good detective skills to the table. Clever crime solvers need a direct line to the great beyond, too.

What does this say about the cultural moment? Why is the medium overrun with mediums?”

Within the article she quotes Stuart Fischoff, professor of psychology at California State University and Los Angeles bureau chief for Psychology Today, in regards to this interest in the paranormal. He stated, “It's in our DNA. The questioning of the unknown, it's what the ideas of God and Mother Nature are all about. To help explain the unexplainable. These (paranormal ideas) are being exploited by entertainment, not created by entertainment."

Well said. I agree that the increased interest in the paranormal is innate within mankind--communication with angels, spirit guides, and loved ones, along with channeling, psychic readings, and all, has always taken place in our American culture and in most all others. I believe the escalation in acceptance of the phenomena may be because we now have “permission” to talk about it as we see it nightly in our homes, in our theaters, and read it in our books, and on the Internet.

I have been saying for some time now, with television presenting shows such as those of mediums John Edward, James Van Praagh, Lisa Williams, series like Medium and Ghost Whisper, movies such as Ghost, and best-selling books by the aforementioned psychic mediums, have made the subject acceptable and moved it out of the “spiritual closet.”



Nancy said...

I agree. I think people are ready for these ideas to be mainstream.

Linda Pendleton said...

I believe many are, Nancy, and the young people today seem very accepting of diversity.