Channeling Erik – Miraculous Conduit to the Afterlife or Exploitation of a Mother’s Grief?

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The Channeling Erik Blog

I’ve been wanting to review the breakout phenomenon that is Channeling Erik for some time.  Dr. Elisa Medhus and her blog have become the newest spiritual darlings of the new age sect.  I’ve been following her blog for about a year now, and have seen it grow into a brand; she’s penned two books, holds events and workshops of her own, and is now being interviewed by all of the usual denizens of the new age circuit.  I’m surprised she hasn’t been interviewed by Bob Olsen yet, but I’m sure that’s bound to be in the works sooner or later (if it isn’t yet, at the time of this writing).

That being said, Dr. Elisa Medhus is in a club that no parent ever wants to join.  Her son sadly committed suicide by self-inflicted gun shot wound.  Dr. Medhus, being a doctor and an Atheist, was struggling with her grief and all of the guilt and questions that accompany a tragedy of that magnitude.  After receiving a few tantalizing clues that her son might still be around in some form, she sought a medium that could connect her with her son, Erik.  She found that medium in the person of Jamie Butler.  After a few sessions, Elisa started a blog entitled Channeling Erik to journal her grief, connect with other bereaved parents, provide suicide outreach and chronicle her sessions with Jamie.

I actually found this blog through youtube.  Elisa posts some of her sessions there, and I was intrigued but hesitant. In most cases, mediums are lucky to get a half-dozen facts that are verifiable by the family.  In this case, Jamie claims to physically see Erik standing in her room, and describes both his mannerisms as well as parrots him word-for-word.  If she is the real-deal, she could very well be the most talented medium in the world.  On the other hand, I’ve never seen anything close to her talent anywhere else, which of course, makes me a bit suspicious.  In fact, she doesn’t call herself a medium, rather a spirit translator and the description, based on what she seems to do, is accurate.  On youtube, you can see her regarding someone off camera, listening and sometimes laughing, and asking for clarification at times.  If she’s faking it, she’s honed her craft well.  Dr. Medhus seems to believe that Jamie is real and that she is sincerely speaking with her son which does carry a lot of weight for me.  I would think that a mother would be able to instantly tell if someone was lying about their child, including getting facts wrong about Erik’s death, his family and other assorted issues.  I cannot believe that Dr. Medhus is so desperate to believe that she would overlook glaring mistakes and I can’t imagine that Jamie Butler could lie so well and so completely for this long without any major slip-ups.  Jamie has expanded into full trance channeling; which they do as organized events.  I’ve watch these events, and see where her body is supposedly taken over by Erik.  It’s very convincing to my eyes.  The first time that Jamie trance channeled Erik, Dr. Medhus described how it felt to “hug” her son.  She said that he loped over to her in the same sheepish way he would have when alive, and the hug, even in the wrong body, felt real to her.  I asked her if the mannerisms were truly Erik, which she emphatically agreed they were.

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Dr. Elisa Medhus

Although some of what Jamie and Dr. Medhus post is hard to swallow, I am loath not to trust a mother, especially a doctor who is trained to pay attention to details.  In my opinion, there are only three possibilities.  First, Jamie could be a tremendous fraud, spending all of her time researching deceased personalities and honing her acting skills to the level where she can fool a grieving mother.  Secondly, Jamie might be a lackluster fraud, getting a lot of facts wrong and yet because Dr. Medhus wants to so desperately to believe, she edits out Jamie’s mistakes.  Third, everything on the Channeling Erik blog might be actually as its portrayed, in which case, it’s worth our attention and respect.  If you aren’t already familiar with the Channeling Erik blog, or the two books that Dr. Medhus has written about Erik and the afterlife, I would advise you to visit the blog, read from the very first post of the archive, and after following for a few months minimum decide which of the three realities you believe in.

After many personal sessions, Dr. Medhus and Jamie began to branch out in their conversations.  Somehow, Erik is able to bring forward various celebrities and historical figures for Elisa to interview.  Usually, mediums can only bring forth people emotionally connected to the sitter, so celebrity interviews are not possible unless the sitter is themselves connected.  This garnered the attention of a lot of new-agers and spiritual seekers, and began to propel Dr. Medhus and Jamie into the spotlight.

One interview was with Jesus himself.  This attracted a lot of interest, but also ire.  The interview itself was interesting, and Jesus admitted that his birth was common and also that he survived the resurrection.  It doesn’t quite square with what I’ve read about Jesus through other channeled sources, namely Seth, but it doesn’t exactly disqualify it either.  Seth gets very technical in his explanation of the crucifixion, bringing up probable Christs and multiple realities.  I would think that the real Christ would spare us the highly technical spiritual aspects and just go along with the party line.   Regardless, an interview with Jesus Christ is an extraordinary claim; this is the man that millions of Christians around the world revere above all others and would likely do almost anything to be able to see and speak with the almighty.  So, it felt oddly disjointed to be watching a video where Jamie is claiming to speak directly with him in the middle of her living room.  Elisa was not raised with religion, so some of her questions were a little cringe-worthy.

As always, I like to keep an open mind but a level head.  When she interviews celebrities, I like to research what was said to look for errors.  Elisa doesn’t get into scandalous topics on purpose, as she says, this is not meant to exploit.  Nevertheless, there is information that the real celebrity should not get wrong.  Every celebrity interview that I researched gave information that could be readily found in the wikipedia entry for that person; which, for a skeptic might be a strike against Jamie Butler. There are times after a difficult question, where Jamie tends to temporarily change the topic, or laugh, or have some sort of difficulty.  This is the time when perhaps she could be glancing at her wiki page or thinking of an answer.  Again, I haven’t made up my mind either way, I’m just putting it all out there.

I did find some really glaring problems with her interview with John Lennon.  John claimed his aunt inspired him musically and gave him his first guitar.  This is completely incorrect according to his own quotes while alive, where he discussed how he felt stifled by his aunt.  Moreover, his mother gave him his first guitar.  Jamie also got information wrong about how he died and his religion. [Updated 1/31/16: Dr. Medhus addressed the inaccuracies in the lead up to her John Lennon Interview, Part II: “And now for part two of John Lennon’s interview. Please know that I make a point not to fact check after any of these sessions. Because all mediums are human, and all humans have some filtering, of course we can expect an inaccuracy or two. Taking that into account, I continue to be amazed — no, awestruck— by Jamie’s gift. She is the most open channel I’ve ever had the honor to know.”]

I went to the blog and found a few people who mentioned these inconsistencies, but their comments were ignored.  Apparently, there have been distortions in the interviews from Walt Disney and Buddy Holly as well, though I didn’t research them myself, but read comparisons that others had done.  I understand that distortions are part of mediumship.  No medium is every 100% accurate all of the time.  The whole thing feels a bit strange though, and it definitely sticks in my mind when I’m evaluating the blog.

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Jamie Butler, Spirit Translator

The next issue I have is with money.  When I researched Jamie Butler initially, I found that she was charging around $200 per session.  It’s a little on the expensive side, but taking her talent into consideration and the fact that most people only sit for one hour, I think it’s appropriate.  I would pay $200 to have a deceased love one’s words translated word for word for me, including descriptions of what they look like and their mannerisms.  However, since her stratospheric rise in popularity from the Channeling Erik blog, she has since raised her prices to $500 [$600 as of 2016] an hour.  I have nothing against professional mediums charging for their work; but it seems to me that this price is exorbitant.  I know that Elisa is still paying Jamie, because she has mentioned that Jamie is very expensive and she was starting to look at other mediums to share the load.  I would think that Jamie would give Elisa a deal, since Dr. Medhus has increased her popularity and visibility 100-fold.  I don’t know what kind of system they have worked out – I don’t know if Dr. Medhus is paying retail prices or not, but I certainly do have a problem with someone charging $500 an hour for their services.  If I were gifted in the way that Jamie claims to be, I would keep the prices reasonable so that grieving parents could access these services.  Charging this much for a session prices out many people who could really benefit from her abilities.  Instead, she’s catering to the rich or the seriously desperate.  According to her website, she only accepts phone or Skype appointments, and if you bring another person, there is an additional $75 dollar fee.

In this world, we do pay more for rarity.  She supposedly has a rare gift; and sure, it’s worth more.  But keep in mind that she has few overhead costs.  She isn’t running a store, she doesn’t need inventory.  She was given this gift freely; she didn’t have to attend school or spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a degree.  While I’m sure she has put time and some money into this, it can’t possibly justify costing two or three times as much as seeing a medical doctor for an hour.  Dr. Medhus is, in fact, a medical doctor.  If I spent an hour at her office, the bill surely would be far less than $500.  The costs of a doctor go toward insurance, office space rental, staff salaries and more, not to mention the decade spent studying to become a doctor and all of the school loans that invariably go with it. Jamie Butler works out of her home and uses nothing except the skill she was born with and a computer.  What about this requires charging people $500?  She’s not the only medium that does this, by far, but I think it smacks of greed.

A lot of people would disagree with me, I’m sure.  They might say – a rare painting can cost thousands, a rare diamond can cost millions.  What price can you put on having an hour to speak directly with a cherished love one?  I can understand why people would pay it.  Maybe it’s unfair that I would hold mediumship abilities to a higher standard.  But when you come into this life with a spiritual gift, I think it’s wrong to use it for greed.  Again, I am not against her charging enough to have a comfortable life.  But consider that if she does only four sessions a day – four hours total – she’s making $2,000 dollars a day.  That’s $40,000 dollars a month, or a whopping $480,000 a year.  That’s a half-million dollars a year, ladies and gentleman.  For a part-time job.  Let that sink in for a moment.

Again, I want to say that I don’t believe that Dr. Medhus is anything but an honest woman who is grieving terribly.  I sincerely hope that she is not being taken advantage of, because honestly I can’t think of anything more monstrous than for a person to take advantage of a grieving parent.  When that parent realizes that their communications were a lie, you’ve just destroyed their faith and basically killed their child all over again.  There are a lot of mediums out there that would gladly take money and lie with a smile.  Aside from the money she charges and the dubious celebrity interviews, I still have some faith that Jamie Butler isn’t a fraud and it mostly rests of my belief that Dr. Medhus, after all of this time, would have finally noticed.  I just don’t think anyone could keep up the lie that well for that long without being called out.  In addition, Jamie, speaking for Erik, gets into some deep, difficult spiritual topics.  I think it would be difficult for Jamie to make up long complicated answers on the spot and stay consistent over time with her philosophy.

Then, there is the spiritual information itself.  I have read both of Dr. Medhus’s books.  The second, “My Life after Death’ was supposedly written by her son, through Jamie.  The information is consistent with my research about the afterlife.  I didn’t find any contradictions, and I really enjoyed the book in spite of myself.  I noticed certain turns of phrase that Erik uses that match Dr. Medhus’s speech as well, which you would expect if she had raised him.  For example, they both say “fussed at” instead of yelled at, or nagged at.  It’s a small thing, but I noticed it.  The book goes into great detail about Erik’s family and the circumstances around his death.  Unless Dr. Medhus is unknowingly complicit by reminding Jamie about what happened, the info is correct.  I would hope that Dr. Medhus, in her desire to believe Jamie, wouldn’t overlook fact distortions.

In summation, I want to believe that Jamie is real.  Partly because I can’t fathom the evil that she must possess to take advantage of grieving families, and partly because there is a lot of great spiritual information available here.  If she is truly in contact with Erik, then his descriptions of the afterlife can teach us a lot about what we will encounter when we get there one day.

I think it would be wrong to dismiss Channeling Erik out of hand.  It does seem too good to be true, particularly when they post celebrity interviews.  They are one of the only sitter/medium pairs that have done this, and it has attracted the attention of a lot of skeptical ridicule.  However, it is important to note that we don’t become all-knowing in the afterlife, so distortions and errors can come from either Erik or Jamie, or both.  We shouldn’t convince ourselves of their fraudulence just because of a few mistakes in translation.  However, it would be equally wrong to believe with wide-eyes every tantalizing thing channeled by Jamie Butler.  You must always keep an open mind and learn what you can from every source of information about the afterlife, and yet, always be on the lookout for liars and charlatans.  Sadly, there are many out there and they aren’t always so easy to spot.

Channeling Erik could be a one-of-a-kind phenomenon or the result of a mother so lost to grief from losing her son to suicide that she has convinced herself that Jamie Butler and her wall-street CEO-level salary is the salvation that she needs to cope.  Through her desperation to believe, she might overlook fact distortions or subconsciously edit them out to preserve her need to believe.  The one thing I can say for sure is that Dr. Medhus truly believes.  I feel there is zero chance that she is complicit in any lie.  I do not believe she would exploit her own son’s suicide.  In addition, she has stated many times on her blog that she doesn’t make a cent of profit from either the blog or the books, nor does she accept charity.

Ultimately, the truth may never be known.  In this case, it will likely be a matter of faith- your faith- that you feel this is real in your gut.  Similarly, you may visit the blog and decide that it feels completely wrong.  Either way, I do encourage you to put the time and research into it.  It it is an honest connection to the afterlife, it might very well be one of the most amazing introductions to the afterlife through the experience of a very entertaining young man.  Don’t take the chance of missing out on the possibility by dismissing this out of hand.  On the other hand, make sure you read and watch with a critical eye.  Look for fact distortions, especially with the celebrity interviews.  Take the time to really study the blog and watch the videos before you make a decision.

If you do take the time to research the blog, I would love to hear your opinions and comments.  Until then, I will continue to follow the Channeling Erik blog and report back with any updates.

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57 thoughts on “Channeling Erik – Miraculous Conduit to the Afterlife or Exploitation of a Mother’s Grief?

  1. Thank you Jenn for introducing me to this remarkable case which I had not heard of before.
    I will check it out.
    I applaud your balanced review – not being afraid to point out the apparent failings.
    I am at a disadvantage of not having studied this first but is there no two-way communication with this entity?
    Why doesn’t someone challenge the mistakes?
    If I had communication which told me a lie about John Lennon, I would call them out on it and ask for an explanation.
    Certainly in the Seth dialogues – and even with the Bashar material – there is much discussion when something is said which doesn’t add up to the receivers.

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    1. Dave,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my really long post and for appreciating my honesty. The Channeling Erik blog members are a tight-knit group and very supportive of Dr. Elisa Medhus, whose son sadly committed suicide and is now communicating through the medium Jamie Butler. I think this is why no one challenged the inconsistencies in the celebrity interviews. Sometimes people can get so caught up in wanting to believe something, that they fail to really analyze it with a clear head and a critical eye. My search for life after death has to be based on clear evidence, not wishful thinking. Although I do have some reservations about Jamie Butler only because of those inconsistencies and because of her prices, I think Elisa Medhus herself is beyond reproach. Her site is fantastic as are the two books she’s written, and while her blog is getting more and more famous in the community, I just want to remind everyone not to get too starry-eyed; it’s important to always look at every angle. I haven’t decided on Channeling Erik – but as I said in my post – it’s worth investigating. If the medium is completely legit, it could be one of the best afterlife communications in a long time. But, as they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. It takes me years of checking and cross-checking various channelers and mediums before deciding if I believe they are legit enough to contribute to my search for life after death. I guess I just never want to follow inaccurate information, or be taken for a fool. I also want anyone who reads my blog to trust that I tirelessly scrutinize everything, analyze every piece of information to ensure that there are no inconsistencies and root out the charlatans, frauds and liars.

      I’m so glad you brought up Seth. After all of this time, Seth is still the only source of channeled afterlife information that I trust at this point. I enjoy other channelers, but until I can track them over the period of years to check for inconsistencies, I simply can’t make a determination on them.

      You also mentioned Bashar. Are you a fan? I’ve listened to Bashar and I am liking what I hear so far, but I need to do more serious study on him before deciding.

      Anyway, when you have some time, check out the Channeling Erik blog, and even more importantly, watch the youtube videos of their celebrity interviews. I’m interested in your opinion!

      Have a great day!!
      Jenn

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  2. Thankyou Jenn for your balanced assessment of how you found the whole Channelling Erik/Jamie Butler/Elisa Medhus thing (I’m not sure what to call it – “circus”? “performance”? “show”?). And I agree for the most part with what you write, except for your impression that perhaps it’s the real deal because you feel Dr. Medhus was beyond reproach, and surely, being a grieving mother, she wouldn’t go along with such fakery.
    I wrote reviews for all 3 books (her two, plus Jamie Butler’s) and I can tell you there is nothing authentic or genuine about either of them. The “followers” (friends and family) are a very tight little group posting lots of 5 star reviews, manipulating and inflating the ratings and voting systems across the various social media platforms and Elisa is constantly exhorting her followers to recommend, rate, like and review the books and videos. Anyone who dares to criticize any aspect of it is a “heartless” individual (“can’t you see she’s GRIEVING?”). This card gets played often. Or you’re snobbily accused of not being “sufficiently advanced” upon your “spiritual path” or “journey” to be able to “receive” the messages Erik is sending via Jamie.
    But one look at the more than 200 (!!) Youtube videos they’ve made together and it’s OBVIOUS this is pure fantasy (and, dare I say, commercialism). Have you ever heard of ANY medium able to interview Mother Earth??? Jamie Butler can.
    And you’re correct that Ms Butler has gained immensely from the partnership, hoiking her fees up to $500 an hour. But they’re MINIMUM 2 hour sessions. So DOUBLE the calculations you did. She also has a facility she runs in Atlanta called the Love and Light “Institute” where she rents out space to other complimentary-aligned practitioners (of yoga, meditation, grief workshops, etc) and those rates are pretty exorbitant as well. $250 for 4 hours, $400 for a day (just to step inside the door). Have a few people running a 2-3 day workshop and that’s nice pickings for a “non-profit” organisation who are just providing a room. Add to this her various appearances and the spirit world has truly blessed Jamie Butler. A girl who, according to her own book, signed up for her first “Psychic Awareness” course at age 18 with her friend Michelle, yet paradoxically states on several other websites that she’s been “psychic since birth”. (Ah the written word….biting again).
    As for Elisa Medhus, I can understand that she’s willing to overlook the discrepancies and the red flags (even if she knows deep down that she’s been taken advantage of) because all of this activity around Erik enables her to keep him “alive” and keep him being talked about (and when you’ve lost a loved one there’s nothing you want to do more than talk about them) which must be very comforting. But somewhere along the way I think both she and Jamie Butler both recognised the financial opportunity (would they have made all those videos and each written books, as well as touring the country if they hadn’t?). It’s perhaps now a very lucrative merry go round that she doesn’t want to get off. Watch enough of the videos and you’ll see her often facilitate and cover for Jamie Butler’s errors. She also stays away from the hard questions or from pressing the point further, which, for someone with her education and training, you’d expect her to do. So she’s modified her own behaviour to try to avoid spotlighting any obvious or potential deficits (unfortunately even this tactic isn’t enough to make much of what they film look in any way believable).
    In response to one of my reviews a comment was posted outlining how Dr. Medhus (nee Ribelles) was brought before the Texas Medical Board in 2012 for various misdemeanors and is now no longer practising as a medico. (This is publicly availabe information). Perhaps the books, blogs, websites and Youtube videos became her new passion once she was no longer able to practice. It’s probably paying better!! (though the followers also insist that it’s all altruistic; NO-ONE is making any money). This is stated over and over. (If either book had ever eventuated into the movie she wanted, I wonder if she would have waived her fee). Somehow I don’t think so.
    The whole thing feels manufactured and not believable. I’ve said before the only surprise is that so many people choose to suspend their critical thinking and common sense, and believe it anyway.
    That’s the only mysterious phenomenon here.
    The subject matter may be of an ethereal and esoteric nature, but it still needs a degree of logic to assess whether it reads as authentic or not. And this just doesn’t.

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    1. Dear Suess777, Thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate your bravery and honesty. You make some valid points. I agree with you that the culture on the CE site is very tight-knit; they don’t take to challenges very well. When I was researching the discrepancies of some of the celebrity interviews, I found some intrepid soul who asked about problems with the John Lennon interview on the blog. The person was completely ignored. I found that disturbing. The followers do tend to be so protective of Dr. Medhus and Jamie that honest discussion isn’t possible. As I stated in my post, I am aghast at the money charged by Jamie Butler. She’s now raised her prices to $600 an hour. Along with the information you provided about her love and light institute, if that is correct, it is a racket. I have looked on the internet for any testimonials from people who have paid for a sitting with Jamie, but I can’t find anything substantial. Again, I can’t come out and say for certain she is a fraud because I have no proof, but the abilities she claims are rare. I would like to reach out to some mediums that have a good reputation to find out if its possible from their perspective to contact celebrities. Suddenly, in the last four years, we have 4 mediums (all connected to C.E.) channeling celebrities and historical figures.
      I’m glad you brought up the fact that Dr. Medhus’s questions aren’t very hard-hitting. It was something I didn’t bring up in the post, but its something that has bothered me as well. In many cases, Dr. Medhus only asks softball questions and even reminds Jamie about facts surrounding the life of the person they are supposedly interviewing. As a fan of physics and science in general, I was interested to see their interview with Einstein. It was cringe-worthy, to be honest. Now, if Jamie had whipped up a few equations or spoke intellegently on the nature of quantum reality, I would have been impressed. Instead, she claimed to have difficulty with his accent and floundered through the whole thing. Now, you have suggested that Dr. Medhus might be complicit with all of this; I’m not sure I’m ready to make that leap yet (though anything’s possible) mainly because it’s just too horrible to consider. If anything, I have an easier time beliving that she’s unconsciously covering for Jamie, desperate to believe herself. Jamie isn’t the only medium she has used, either. Its harder for me to consider that an entire handful of mediums are engaging in fraudulent behavior. Is it really possible that all of these people are lying this well to Dr. Medhus? Then again, if she is willing to believe without much evidence, then it is possible. If the Channeling Erik outfit and community are real, then this is what I’d advise them to gain some credulity: 1.Accept challenges, discuss inconsistancies and demand evidence. 2. Allow competing points of view respectfully shared on the site 3. Ask hard-hitting questions during celebrity interviews: dates, places, and information that would be difficult for someone to come up with off the top of their head. Alison Allen claimed to bring in Henry the Eighth and all six of his wives, had a long conversation with Anne Boleyn but when asked the age of her death, couldn’t produce a number. Would the real Anne Bolelyn suddenly forget the age of her death? Channeling Erik claims a lot and the fans pounce on anyone who questions these things, but if they are truly this gifted, they should welcome any reasonable demand for further evidence, especially in light of the extraordinary claims they are presenting as truth. Until that happens, I remain open-minded but skeptical. Thanks again, Suess777, hope to see you around the site. -Jenn

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  3. Thanks Jenn – I think you’re right that Elisa Medhus just desperately WANTS to believe that Jamie Butler is truly in touch with her son, so is willing to overlook much in pursuit of that. I also think the whole thing has taken on a life of its own, so just managing all the spinning plates would keep her so busy that she wouldn’t have time to critically analyse those discrepancies (or even keep up with them all). And now – being in this “partnership” she’s probably no longer able to be objective, or critical in any way. It would seem ‘disloyal’. I think there’s just a degree of acceptance there (despite her doubts).
    And I guess, if you’re a medium, the temptation is always there when you have a client sitting in front of you, to give the client “something” rather than give them back the $150 or $200 ($500, $1000???) and say “sorry, I wasn’t able to connect today”. Such gestures may be viewed by the mediums as “gentle white lies” done with the best of intentions, for the good of the client. That may be how some reconcile it with themselves; they wouldn’t see themselves as “charlatans”. I’d like to know how often this happens, but I imagine it’s something that no medium would ever admit to. And as you say, if Elisa Medhus is willing to believe without much evidence, then it is entirely possible that she’s receiving questionable information from several sources.
    Thanks for your well-balanced appraisal of the CE site, and I’ll be interested to see what else you may uncover. Cheers.

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    1. You’re very welcome! I am still in search of any testimonial from sitters for Butler – good or bad. Until I fork over $600 for a reading (not happening) I guess I will remain undecided, but I’m certainly going to keep watching and reporting any developments!

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      1. Hello- for what it’s worth, I’m a nurse and I have kids n I also think Jamie’s prices are steep but I have a couple validation stories for you to consider- without being “totally wrapped up in channeling erik” just watching a YouTube video now and then- I too thought erik/Jamie/Elisa were phenominal! On the 17 min erik documentary on you tube – I saw and ofcorse heard Erik’s voice- I saw one word come through AUDIBLY on the recording- and wondered to myself- how could Jamie be saying word for word what erik said when I only heard the one word on the recording?? WELL MY QUESTION WAS ANSWERED ONE NIGHT BY ERIK HIMSELF!!! Ok I had allowed my son to take my car to work a 4p-9p shift and fell asleep- I awoke at around midnight- realizing my son should have been home- I jumped outta bed- ran to his room- he wasn’t there- I ran to my phone and started to text him- it went something like this “where the hell are you? I didn’t let you use my car to be driving around having a good time……” THEN IN MY HEAD I HEARD ERIK SAY “man! Man!” But I just KNEW he was saying “man, you need to chill the hell out, man! You got a good kid he doesn’t do anything wrong” I just KNEW he was basically saying “calm down, chill out, your son is not bad” HOW DID I KNOW WHAT HE WAS SAYING WITH JUST 2 WORDS?? I guess that’s how the mediums work!!?!?? Well i found my son out back with a friend boiling crabs- it was late but he was home, safe, and not doing anything bad! So I laid there- kinda freaked out- fell back asleep- in the morning upon waking I heard him again say “it’s all good.” BUT I KNEW HE MEANT “it’s all good, don’t be afraid, this is just how it works, you were wondering so I showed ya” and that was months ago and I haven’t heard him again but I feel my question was answered—- THEN our family had a second encounter??? Ok it starts out skeptical- soooooo- my daughter and I had on an app called ghost radar- we find at times the words that come up are quite relevant- we don’t use it all the time, but we turn it on for fun— well I bought her a little Manuel shift car- was worried the first time she left for work- I said “you’ll be ok, I prayed and i asked Jesus to ride along in the passengers seat” then AS A LITTLE JOKE I SAID “oh so I guess erik n Michael jackson will be riding in the back!” We giggled- she left- then the ghost radar that had been quiet said “ERIK” and “DATE” we were both floored!!! The ghost radar has a vocabulary in it, my grandson playing with the phone had DELETED ALL THE WORDS IN THE LIBRARY LONG AGO, not only is “ERIK” not in the vocabulary, there’s not even and “Eric” in the vocabulary as it has ALL been removed- now you can take all this for what it’s worth, but me and my kids know erik has interacted with us and even though we’ve followed off n on, I do not own the books yet, without being obsessed or something I guess is what I’m saying- I know I have no proof (I do have a screen shot of the ghost radar that day cuz I texted it to my daughter ofcorse) but I promise and would swear in court these 2 events happened— for what it’s worth!!! Sunshine & Smiles, Sherry 💗

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        1. Dear Sherry,

          We’ll I’d say those are some pretty incredible experiences, and certainly if they happened to me I’d be very much convinced. Hey, maybe you have some mediumship abilities you weren’t aware of? Thank you very much for letting us know, it really helps to make a decision when you can get the opinion of a lot of different people, and I always encourage people to have an open mind and consider all of the facts. I hope you will visit the blog again in the future – let us know if Erik decides to chime in on anything else! I know of the ghost radar app, it has said some spooky stuff to me when I was playing around with it.

          ~Jenn

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  4. I wouldn’t call myself a critical person. I guess I’m more inclined to be gullible upfront. i.e. I look at anything with an openness to be impressed. That way, I don’t discard anything which may turn out to be valuable or contribute to my understanding of reality.
    My first encounter with channeling was the ‘Seth’ book, ‘Seth Speaks’. It bowled me over and reading a few pages convinced me to buy it (And nine more after that)
    ‘Seth’ has such a lovely way of explaining that was like finding an oasis of truth in a desert of conflicting opinion. But, I would think that all channeled material, has to be couched in the circumstance of time and space and within the context of the person who is the channel.
    After Jane Roberts died (Physically) I thought that was the end of a wonderful source of understanding. But then came the Internet and many other sources of channeled material. Much of it interesting, but for me, lacking the assurance of ‘Seth’.
    But then I discovered ‘Elias’ – channeled through Mary Ennis – and as he has said that ‘He’ knows ‘Seth’ and is in a sense a continuation of ‘Seths’ intent. ‘Elias’ is (For me) the one channeled material, that for many years now has been the goto authority on any subject.
    I am also a devotee of ‘Bashar’. I don’t care if his claim to be some kind of alien, in a different dimension etc is too difficult to swallow. What he says and how he explains existence, is so interesting, I can’t put him down. He certainly opens up peoples minds to their own content and belief structures.

    So, then I discover Channeling Erik and am immediately sucked in to this odd way of channeling. At first it all seems to be good. It almost seems that Erik intended to achieve this new level of interaction, by his death and its consequent impact.
    But, even for gullible me, I finally started to feel this is too good to be true.
    This led me here to Jenn’s excellent assessment of the phenomenon.
    For me, content is all! Whatever the claims, it stands or falls by what it is giving us.
    Saying that the ‘Afterlife’ is this or that way, cannot be verified, so doesn’t help us much. (A ‘psychic’ once told me a whole future life scenario, of which nothing occurred) So, interesting as Erik’s explanations may be, it may all be just one unique experience.
    It’s much the same, with NDE’s, which seem very individual and unique.
    Trying to draw a comprehensive picture of what life after death is like,from them, is compromised by this uniqueness of experience, in my opinion.

    With channeling, each channeled entity, or personality, seems to have its own different way of explaining what fundamental reality is. ‘Elias’ is different to ‘Seth’ – though with many similar concepts, such as ‘simultaneous time’ and ‘You create your reality’. This agreement about fundamentals is at least reassuring! It makes a cohesive sense!. But, given the multi-dimensional nature of ‘All-That-Is’, or source, any description of reality may seem to have unique features.

    Like others, I am skeptical of ChannelingErik’s ability to ‘Bring in’ any historical personage, for interview! I was though, very interested in the ‘Bigfoot’ series of three video interviews. I am a Bigfoot believer and have read many hundreds of encounter reports over decades.. I found those interviews making a lot of sense – as regards the behaviour I’ve read in the reports. It was the claim that Bigfoot can move dimensions (To explain its elusivity) that I find difficult to accept. But hey, Reality is multidimensional, so who knows?

    Michael DB

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    1. Michael, thank you for your excellent comment. I agree with a lot of what you said and I’m proud to say that I am a follower of both Seth and Elias through and through! Seth is pretty widely known, but I’ve never met anyone else who has found Elias! Mary Ennis hasn’t published a book and hasn’t marketed herself, which on one hand gives me more faith in her validity, but it does seem that the wealth of knowledge that Elias presents is lost in the internet. When I first found Elias, I decided to create a spreadsheet to compare their views and answers on a variety of topics. Basically, I was looking for any contradiction and flaw. I still haven’t found any! They do have a very different way of explaining things, but i would expect that of any spirit who has differences in personality and perspective. When I really started studying the afterlife, I was very frustrated by the myriad descriptions and sometimes conflicting information. I guess I wanted a straight-up objective description. I realize now that the afterlife is not only multidimensional, but that it is subjective; a world of thought manifestations that change based on the state of mind of the spirit in question. There is no one afterlife that is the same for all, but it is crafted by the personality experiencing it. Spirits are also not all knowing when they cross over, so we have to take their limitations of experience into account as well. Still, with the help of Seth, Elias and the myriad of other spirit communications, I have found that a solid framework of the afterlife has emerged. If you are interested, read my epically long post “The Multidimensional Afterlife, Parts I and II” where I am trying to piece it together based on citations from various sources, including Seth. I may be entirely wrong, and I’m sure I am about some things, but it’s an attempt, anyway. 🙂 You mentioned Bashar. I have listened to his channelings, and from what I’ve heard so far, it falls in line with Seth, which is my litmus test for most things. I haven’t heard enough to really make a decision – it usually take me a very long time to decide on channelers because its so hard to find any real verifying evidence of what they say, but I will pledge to listen to more of his channelings with your recommendation. Lastly, I haven’t yet listened to the bigfoot interviews though I have seen them on youtube. I will check them out. Speaking of bigfoot, are you familair with the Missing 411 stuff by David Paulides? If not, you absolutely must check out his research on both bigfoot and his investigations on the many strange instances of missing people in America’s national parks. Listen to this interview on youtube: https://youtu.be/Mh1yKqsnulY It’s chilling. Here is his research on bigfoot: https://youtu.be/CeT2FG88PIM Anyway, I hope to see you around the site! I am always up for conversation and its always nice to have a fellow Sethian around! Have a good one! -Jenn

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  5. […] Most recently, she interviewed one of the mediums used by Channeling Erik, a woman by the name of Kim Babcock.  You can see many of her “celebrity interviews” on my post here, and if you aren’t familiar with Channeling Erik, a phenomenon that has captured a lot of attention, both positive and negative (including from me), you can read my post on it here. […]

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  6. Thank you for this analysis. I have listened to a whole bunch of the interviews and read some blog posts. There is something very off with the whole thing. I find it interesting that people think that the mediums are responsible for some kind of trickery, though. I agree that they are probably of varying talent in terms of how they pick the information up, but I am not sure you really need to relay a spirits message by repeating it in your own words. How about the idea that the real problem is with the spirits themselves? I myself have a terrible experience with earthbound spirits and their ability to trick you into thinking you are channelling spirit guides. I think most of us can safely conclude that the spirit world does exist. The question is, from which level of reality are they channelling, and how well are the mediums able to discern who they are talking to? Two mediums I encountered ended up channelling the earthbound spirits that were attached to me, without blinking. As for Erik, I can’t quite see that he would be earthbound, as they are a lot more limited than ones that have passed into the light and been rid of their emotional and mental energy bodies. Yet I wonder if he may be on low astral level as a result of his suicide, and just playing games. To me, the “teachings” offered by Erik are woolly to say the least. It’s really a whole load of toss that almost anyone could make up at the spur of the moment if they were fast thinking enough. There is hardly any substance to the more complicated ideas, and the rest is just trite shite that could easily be picked out of Psychology Today. I am wondering whether maybe Erik is indeed real, but not half as evolved as he’s made out to be. Perhaps he got into this for fun, and finds it hard to get out of it again. I am disturbed by the inconsistencies and sensationalism. I find the idea of placing farts in people’s houses ridiculous. I find the swearing inane. No matter how you look at it, swear words contain a negative energy that should probably be used sparingly. I find the explanations about the after life lacking and the bitty information about dimensions and other interesting phenomena shallow and inconsequential. I agree with others that the Seth material is a whole lot more convincing. The Erik videos have gotten shorter (perhaps because of the cost, but it’s silly nonetheless) and that makes the information even bitter and more ridiculous. Nothing is dealt with at any depth whatsoever. It’s a terrible mix of stuff that’s all topsy turvy, and there’s no rhyme and reason in the way they pick their subject matters. I have read the second book and find that it’s pretty much just repeating what the Theosophists have already been reporting about Heaven. There were no interesting revelations whatsoever. I find his comments on earthbound spirits very evasive and am terrified that people will mistake earthbound spirits for him, as they can make themselves known in a variety of ways as well. Nowhere does he warn people about them and he even proposes that people use Ouja boards!! This is a really serious matter that I’m trying to cover in my own blog at http://www.vivi-Mari.blogspot.com, as I’ve been under siege by earthbound spirits for a few months now. Because of my own experience, I am quite intent on finding out how all this works and what a phenomenon like Erik is really about.

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    1. V,
      Thank you for your insightful comment and for sharing your experiencing with earthbound spirits. I am so sorry that you are dealing with some of the lower astral entities, many of which can be REALLY nasty and pester the living when they get the chance. I dealt with them too a few years back, and it was horrible. Many people don’t realize that there are levels to the spirit world, where based on a spirits character and state of mind, they will be attracted to the lower astral realms where they are accompanied by other spirits of their caliber. Sadly, those are the types of spirits one tends to contact when using a spirit board. Although Jane Roberts did initially contact Seth through a Ouija board, she was meant to channel Seth from before birth. Most people won’t have that kind of experience. Channeling Erik does promote the use of a spirit board without telling people of the risks involved, which is wrong. There are safe ways of doing things, but going into something without any clue is a recipe for disaster. I think Dr. Medhus has jumped into this spirituality stuff with both feet without first really understanding what it is all about. She was an atheist until her son sadly passed away and then immediately created the blog, hired Jamie and a host of other mediums and with the current popularity she enjoys, I think she is a bit naive about what she is doing. She requires no evidence from her mediums other than what she got from Jamie about her son, and the celebrity interviews are suspect. Her son has become a cult of personality, and I’m wary. People don’t realize that just because we pass into the spirit world, we don’t become all-knowing. As you said, there are inconsistencies and questionable things said that also makes me think that Erik is spouting opinion rather than coming from a point of real knowledge. We don’t even know the level of distortion that can be added the mediums themselves, as they are just as questionable. I would much rather study the undeniable brilliance of Seth and/or a higher-level spirit such as Silver Birch, whose words are inspiring and provide really original information (especially Seth, whose books really changed my life). I am so sorry that you are being plagued by earthbound spirits right now; if you want to talk privately about what you are going through, my email address is on my contact page. I also had a harrowing experience with nasty lower-astral entities. It can ruin a person’s life.
      -Jenn

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      1. Hi, so nice to talk to somebody who also has a questioning mind! I actually have a Master’s degree in the psychology of religion and seem to be picking up where I left off years ago. My current experience is driving me in the direction of investigating into this stuff a bit more, but I am of course not sure where it’s all going at the moment. Somebody has to try and clarify what is really going on although people are also entitled to their own spiritual paths. I agree that Dr Medhus seems to have been taken in by it all and does seem innocent in all of this. I would love to talk about your experience and will write ASAP! Thank you for the offer. This is the most terrible experience in my life to date, but hopefully it will lead to some good stuff in the future.

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  7. Hallo Jenn
    Thank you for the time you have put in, to give us your view about the channeling erik blog and videos.
    I have watched these videos now for the past few month and enjoyed it in the beginning a lot and finding me asking more and more questions about some topics.
    Let me shortly give you a brief introduction where I came from and why i am interested in these kind of things like afterlife and mediums.
    When I was a young adult, i had a difficult time in my life and i was questioning what that is all about what we are doing here. I said – when life is so painful why I should even consider to life it any longer. The short answer was – there must be more than this life and I am here for a reason. After that, I found peace in myself and I am 100% sure we will have an afterlife. Also I figured out that miraculous things will happen in your life when you believe in them and you let the energy help you. Sorry for my german english here what makes it quite difficult to express my self in a way I would do in my native language.
    In my early esoteric days I was introduced to the channeling medium Jakob Lorber who lived in the 18 century in Europe. People who lived with him together and followed his path have said that he was writing for 24 years every day to write down what god was telling him. He did this to his death. I was convinced that this is a trustful source, because there is no way that someone is doing like this to fake the world – In these days he was not getting anything out of that by doing this – also the resonance for a lot of stuff what i was reading there was so positive and I was agreeing for the most things how to see the world and how to handle things in the normal live.
    After reading than more books like Jabob Lorber ( including seth ) I had a quite a magical time when I was awakening some early morning around 6 am and was energized like never before. I was so pumped up and full of power that I was not knowing where this came from. I was so clear in my mind that I was able to answer any question somebody asked me. It felt like that I was on a complete different level to experience human living. Everyone who was in these days around me was feeling my energy and I was able to bring big groups together to work on live changing things for a better world. Probably we can agree at that point – it sounds to good to be real – Right? But believe me, that was my experience –
    It took about 2 month when I started to get cocky and felt I can do everything – it felt like I was a little boy with a really sharp knife in my hands
    At that point a voice came in my head and said to me that I am not ready yet and from that point on the energy was slowly disappearing ……….

    Now its 20 Years later and I still know what I have experienced and with my knowledge I was able to shape my life in a form that I am only doing what I like to do by living from being a music teacher and making music, but I know there is more. there is more for everyone on this earth – more from everything – there is a fuller life – a better human experience than most of the humans are living at that point.

    Now back to channeling erik and if that is a fraud or not ? I have really no idea if yes or no, but what I know is that there are things what I believe and think I already know that some people take a harsch opposite site and tell me that I am wired to believe in something like this and when you asked the most people about after life, than they will say no – that is absolute bullshit ( eriks word here ) I believe that there is much more in life than what the science has proved yet, but there are still enough people who need everything proved from another source before starting believing it.

    By seeing what Jamie Butler is charging now for her service I have also a bad feeling by her motives – but I am not convinced that this must be the hint to be a fraud – probably she is not so social adjusted that she feels guilty to take so much money – or she don’t want to do this to much and that is why she raises the prize so much that only a few sessions give the same outcome than working all day long for a business what would be quite exhausting – I don’t think that these prizes will lead into full days channeling and an outcome from $500 000 a year.

    otherwise I find this erik channeling quite refreshing and it changes my mood to a better form most of the time and I like the way how she is in her positive nature.
    I would be quite disturbed when I would figure out that she is faking all that, because I had to questioning myself than a lot more about a few things.
    I think you said you believe that everything is possible. that is quite a statement and when we ask a few questions about everything than we have an issue at some point.

    the channeling erik blog is in relation to everything is possible not so much that we could say that this is not possible or true…..

    thanks again
    Oliver de Peralta

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    1. Hi Oliver,

      Thank you for your comment. You expressed yourself beautifully. I don’t believe that Jamie is an outright fraud, or at least I’m leaning away from thinking she is. I am not as confident about the other mediums that work for Channeling Erik. Unfortunately, because Jamie doesn’t provide any evidence in her videos, I can never be sure. I don’t appreciate the money she charges but I know that not everyone will agree with me on that, and that’s okay. Dr. Medhus was quite convinced, but we don’t have that first video to help us make that decision. The advice I give to everyone with questions about mediums, channelers, gurus, spiritual teachers and the like is this: Take from what they offer the things that help and inspire you, and leave whatever doesn’t. Sometimes we won’t have proof, that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something if in your heart you feel that it is right for you. For example, I fully believe that Jane Roberts channeled Seth, but I have no proof. I know that his philosophy changed my life. I had a similar transformation when I was young, feeling that nothing made sense in the world and very worried about death. After reading the first Seth book, suddenly the world made sense to me. It was a kind of spirituality that didn’t require religion and in my heart, it rang true. So ultimately, Oliver, you have to decide how you feel about it. If you feel like it rings true to you, then you should be free to enjoy the videos without any judgement. I’m just here to put all sides of the argument out there to help you make that decision.

      Oliver, I’m so glad that you decided to write, and I really hope that you come back often! I will have to see if Jakob Lorber was translated into English. Sounds interesting.
      Jenn

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  8. Seems to me to be a pretty sad example of exploitation of the kid’s death. Someone wants to make a lot of money off this. I did read the website pretty thoroughly… they “channeled” “Bigfoot”. And “Yeti”– both of them. Not to mention Lucifer. People will believe anything. I also find it weird that they say Erik is “somewhat of a celebrity” in heaven (I was under the impression that “popularity” isn’t a thing in heaven?).. that he casually talks about hanging out with Brittany Murphy (because a recently deceased famous person is of course who he would be hanging out with)…. and that Nikola Tesla helps mediums, and is involved in the “Channeling Erik” website. Also that Jon Benet Ramsey is still a cute little girl in heaven and her job is now to help puppies find their spiritual side. (They go on to say that is why we see funny videos of cats and dogs being “humanlike ” in Youtube videos) I can believe a lot of things but this stuff is beyond ridiculous. The mom gives me a bad vibe. She cusses, she seems obsessed with how people perceive her, and she seems to me to be shamelessly exploiting the whole situation. The only person I feel sorry for is the kid that shot himself.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Now that Channeling Erik is using different mediums of dubious quality and skill, their claims have gotten more and more strange. I have a softer opinion on Jamie Butler in that I believe she has some talent but the other mediums that she has been using of late have left me with a bad taste in my mouth for sure. Dr. Medhus appears to be a novice spiritualist and right now she is at that stage where everything seems possible and believable. She’s not asking these mediums hard questions in order to get to any semblence of truth or expose fraud. They are putting a lot of claims out there without any evidential statements. Back in the days of actual spiritualism, sitters demanded far more of their mediums – requiring names and dates to prove who was speaking. Now we are expected to take them at their word? That’s not how evidential mediumship works. When Janneke of Wisdom from North asked a singular evidential question to validate the medium’s real connection with Erik (the son who committed suicide), the medium differered, pivoted, then finally said that it ‘wasn’t how she connected with spirit’ and one must ‘trust’ or else piss off the spirit. Sorry, that’s bullshit and the CE fans should demand better. I think it started out with good intentions, I just think Dr. Medhus is a bit nieve. C.E. is now just a platform for every silly new-age idea that exists and without a filter, even the things that they have done that I thought had some merit must be called into question.

      Edit: that was a bit harsh. I’m not going to delete or edit my comment because this is how I feel, but I will add that I think that Dr. Medhus has her heart in the right place. She still has a chance to really improve things by having a higher standard for what she presents, ensuring that the mediums she works with are providing evidential information and then sharing that with her followers. A little research into these topics would be helpful too so that her questions come from a place of knowledge, not wide-eyed acceptance.

      ~Jenn

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      1. Despite the tragic circumstances that started Channeling Erik in the first place, that fact that they are touring and selling things does open them up to scrutiny. Channeling Erik is a business now. I think honest criticism and open-minded skepticism is fair, which to me means asking tough questions that does not come packaged with cable-TV-style insults and grandstanding a la James Randi.

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    1. Thank you! I’ve been searching for any testimonials about Jamie’s private readings, I’m so glad you found some. I am going to check them out right now.
      ~Jenn

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      1. Something that I have noticed about Jamie, that I find a bit peculiar: she claims to be uncomfortable when Erik swears and that it’s not in her natural vocabulary to swear so it was hard for her to get used to when channeling Erik. However, I have found, on many occasions when you watch her videos (e.g. the one she posted yesterday on her Facebook page about karma/contracts) and she willingly used the word “asshole” and “boom” – which appear very much in line with how Erik talks. So I have two thoughts on this: either she has “taken on” his style of communication, or from the get-go this was the persona she provided Erik. I’m not sure if she’s the real deal, or if she simply 100% believes in her abilities to the point where she’s convinced herself and can disassociate and “turn” into someone else. For “Grace” a spirit she channels, she uses a British accent. I would like to know if she could then do any accent…? You would assume she could, because it is “spirit” talking through her right? It’s unfortunate there are not many more reviews from others about their reading with her. I think the content she provides is interesting, engaging. I am just not sure if I believe in her mediumship abilities.

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  9. I’m fascinated by all this. In one of the videos of Jamie’s conversations with Erik you can hear two voices. One is supposedly the voice of Jesus, and the other is of Quintin Crisp. You can find the video on YouTube called ” Jesus the afterlife interview by Medium: Jesus’s voice caught on tape” Jesus speaks 26:30 and Quitin speaks at 33:07. If you play back one of Quintin’s interviews on Youtube the voice matches the one in the video. How do you explain these voices? I’m really struggling with all this and would like to believe it’s true, but the skeptic side of me doesn’t.

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    1. I have heard that too – the Quentin Crisp voice, and I compared it to audio of Crisp when he was alive. It’s pretty amazing, actually. I think Jamie does have mediumship talent, though with mediumship, it’s not really black and white. Mediums have to always guard against distortions – thoughts of their own that intrude against what they are picking up from the spirit. In fact, for anyone who has mediumship abilities, I believe the measure of their success really depends on the level of distortion that they can guard against. In the case of Channeling Erik, I believe that a certain amount of true mediumship, and in this case – an EVP – did and does happen, but in each video and with each medium that is used by C.E. we don’t know how much of what they say is coming from the spirit and how much is distortion from their own minds where they just don’t realize the distinction. In traditional evidential mediumship, the standard practice is to start with evidential statements about the deceased so that the sitter can be assured that the medium is truly in contact with the deceased as well as ascertain the level of distortion present. For example, if a medium gets 10 statements out of 10 correct, such as names and dates that they couldn’t have otherwise known, then the sitter knows this medium is subject to little distortion and will believe the statements that follow as genuine.. If a medium bombs on the evidential statements, and maybe only gets one lucky guess, the sitter knows that whatever comes next is likely just lucky guesses or flat out wrong. The major problem I have with C.E. is that they don’t provide any evidential statements so we can’t decide for ourselves what the ratio of distortion is. So while I do believe Jamie has talent, I don’t know how much of that interview is truly the spirit’s words and how much is not. That really has nothing to do with the EVP on that video, which does seem to be genuine (and pretty darn cool!). As a fellow open-minded skeptic, it makes it all the more difficult to really determine the verasity of any medium that isn’t using the practices of evidential mediumship, since some of what they are saying could be valid, and some may not be. So I definitely empathize with your struggle for sure. Thanks for your comment – we are all open minded skeptics here, so all viewpoints are welcome and wanted. Having an honest discourse is the only way to try to get to the bottom of these things.

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  10. Please can somebody tell me why Jamie said that Jesus story in the bible was real, she got emotional and then in a different interview about God said he was just the original source of energy. Don’t make sense to me. Either Jesus story is real and God is or God is just energy and he didn’t give Jesus , his son to die on the cross for our sins . I’m confused so much

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  11. Please can somebody tell me why Jamie said that Jesus story in the bible was real, she got emotional and then in a different interview about God said he was just the original source of energy. Don’t make sense to me. Either Jesus story is real and God is or God is just energy and he didn’t give Jesus , his son to die on the cross for our sins . I’m confused so much

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  12. I will write on this matter only once as I don’t want to get dragged into an online discussion but note the concerns raised here about the US phenomenon of ‘Channelling Erik’. Until a fellow Bowie casualty sent me, in outraged amusement, the link to an interview purporting to be with the late star I was not aware of the late Erik Medhus and his mother’s attempts to make contact.. .or the industry that seems to have sprung up in its wake. I do not wish to offend against anyone’s belief, or lack of it, but can only comment on what I have observed and from my own experience. I would caution anyone however to make up their own minds.

    While this not about me, I think I should start by declaring where I stand on this issue although I hope you’ll give me a fair hearing. I have, over 51 years, had about 12 or so minor mediumistic experiences – all of them spontaneous and none featuring celebrities or while I was half-asleep, under the influence, depressed or wishful-thinking. I have also had experiences, when young, with mediums and psychics, who have fallen into 3 categories – ‘genuine’, ‘probably have some minor talent but pad it out with lots of cold calling techniques just in case’ and ‘bogus and/or deluded’. There’s no empirical evidence (I love my parents but I can’t ‘prove’ that either) but on my reckoning the genuine accounts for at best about 3% with most falling into the second group. In short, yes I know real mediums are out there but are as rare, as we say in England, as rocking horse sh*t.

    Anyway, I haven’t seen anything else of the whole ‘Erik’ thing but I do share some of the concern raised here. The item I was sent featured Dr Medhus, Erik’s mother ‘interviewing’ the late David Bowie through a man calling himself ‘Whitehawk’. A number of things could be observed from this:

    • Whitehawk answered almost every question from Dr Medhus IMMEDIATELY…there was no stopping to ‘listen’ nor was there any evident trance.
    • Whenever there was a pause, Whitehawk’s eye accessing suggested confusion, not listening, as if he might be constructing an answer.
    • Bowie, through Whitehawk, did not seem able to remember either the name of his most famous creation (‘‘something about Stardust?’’ ) or his very recent last album and intended epitaph.
    • Bowie, through Whitehawk, claimed to have nothing at all to say to his widow Iman, who lost her mother within months of his passing and before this ‘interview’ was conducted.
    • There is no information available as to who Whitehawk actually is and how he came to be a medium or why Dr Medhus is happy to accept that he is the real deal.

    I now hear that the Erik Bandwagon has expanded… more mediums, more famous names, and presumably more money. In some ways it is pure comedy gold; a catalogue of excruciatingly bland ‘interviews’ with the biggest celebrities and even with the Incarnation of God Himself and His mother. It’s not of course without precedents; there are plenty of books dedicated to the channelling of the late John Lennon and George Harrison, both appeared to have traded in their sharp Scouser wits for American idioms and banal patter. So what, you ask, if Bowie or Lennon or Elvis or whoever doesn’t sound like themselves anymore… does it really matter? Well yes, I think it does.

    The purpose of a medium is one thing and one thing only; it is to prove the existence of the soul or consciousness after physical death; it is not to satisfy curiosity, it is not to enable us to converse with famous people we never got the chance to meet, it is not to ask Granny where her money is hidden and it is not to entertain. Central to this idea is the necessity to prove that the person who makes contact is who they say they are and that evidence is almost always contained in the small (and to the outsider, rather dull) stuff: the little phrases, the in-jokes, the memories. To accept the testimony of any spiritualist without such evidence is foolish; either because the ‘medium’ is a fraud or (as can occur rarely but does happen) there is a mischievous or even malicious entity pretending to be the late departed. Either way, banal platitudes just don’t cut it as evidence.

    It’s easy too to forget that at the heart of all this is a woman grieving for her child and a young man who has taken his life, and deprived his mother of all that young life had to offer. This brings me to the second point about mediumship; having made the contact and convinced the grieving that the loved one is still ‘alive’, the medium must help the bereaved to move on. Dependency on mediums or the late departed is little better than inconsolable grief and while we will have a life beyond this one, it is our duty to live fully in this world while we are here whether we believe in that life to come or not.

    While I feel it would be presumptuous to question Dr Medhus’ integrity; I would sincerely question whether she is able to move on as she appears stuck in her grieving process and at the mercy of people (if the Whitehawk interview is characteristic) who show little mediumistic ability and less scruple. Bereavement is a stage that we all have to go through and the time it takes will vary from person to person but focussing so much on mediumistic contact with a dead child may ultimately hinder rather than help the grieving process and it was for this reason the Church traditionally discouraged such contacts. A good medium should be like a midwife; there when needed but left well behind by the time the child’s at school.

    It well may be that the initial contacts made with Erik were genuine but I am far from convinced by the use of celebrity ‘interviews’ which now seem to be an integral part of the ‘Channeling Erik’ brand ( apologies for that word). It weakens rather than endorses the claims for survival that Dr Medhus appears sincerely to make; it demeans the spirit of the young man now portrayed as little more than an astral groupie; it disrespects the lives of the famous departed and those who actually knew and mourn them; and it exploits the grieving – not less Dr Medhus herself.

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    1. Great post, Dianne. Especially in the US (where I am from) I am becoming more aware of, and disturbed by, the rock star medium culture that seems to be all about marketing, show business, and soap operas than a more serious, researched, evidential, and measured demonstration of soul survival. Having to wade through all the hype and show to find a more credible path to gaining insights about the afterlife makes learning more difficult. For example, I spent maybe 50 hours watching Channeling Erik videos and reading the site before deciding that it wasn’t very credible (the medium at the time, Jamie Butler, seemed much more believable to me than those channeling Erik now.) Much of what is available on YouTube as channeled messages from historical characters and celebrities, as you say, has little to no validation. Wanting to believe is so much different than being given evidence. Meanwhile, people who become disenchanted with Channeling Erik because it has gone beyond credibility may choose to give up the whole search entirely.

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  13. This is an interesting assessment of Channeling Erik, and I appreciate the article. Personally, I find it difficult to imagine someone describing the mannerisms of deceased celebrities in such detail. I think that’s what pulled me in originally, and I’ve read several of the interviews since. The one issue that I have is with the Sandy Hook case. Erik described coming into contact with one of the children, a boy named Noah Pozner, who passed away that day. There is a picture of Noah on the Channeling Erik site with the story, and I recognized him right away. This is where I am skeptical. The Sandy Hook shooting has been deemed a hoax (google it…I was floored.) After Sandy Hook, the picture of Noah Pozner was later used after a shooting that took place 2 years later in Pakistan, at the Army Public School in Peshawar. Now, maybe Erik made a mistake and thought he had encountered a Sandy Hook victim, maybe not. Either way, I’m thrown off by it. Dealings in the spiritual realm …well, that’s a lot to take on at any front. As it stands, I don’t think anyone can make all this stuff up. There are too many details that add up and too much consistency. I’m glad for that. Still, just one spirit’s opinion or take on things shouldn’t be the only guide we use, if any.

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  14. ANY medium who is not encouraging the testing of the medium and the spirit contact needs to be trashcanned regardless of how entertaining or “skilled” they might be. Run.

    The test for both medium and spirit, especially if you are in contact with an excarnate, is very simple.

    1) There must be presented information that only the sitter and the excarnate can know or, better yet,
    2) Information is presented that is UNknown by the sitter, later to be found to be accurate.

    All other information, no matter how spectacular it is, does not meet this criteria for survival of consciousness (life after physical death). Enjoy all spirit communication, just keep in mind what is of the most importance…to you.

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  15. The book itself is just plain silly in parts. Erik says no movie theaters “because we can see all we need to see when we watch the earth” yet on the same page we learn that he has a flat screen TV I guess there’s an afterlife channel up there. Or maybe he subscribes to satellite TV. 🙂 And there is materialism galore with the deceased son kicking back while he “watches” his TV in an afterworld and “eats” a pizza, and boasts of his hot car and boat and watches whatever programming “we damn well please.”

    Where the medium, without getting into any of the needs or questions of the sitter, and without doing any kind of fishing (the sitter doesn’t speak), first establishes the reality of the contact by bringing forth evidential material (e.g. things only the sitter knows). How can that be done with a celebrity? And though Medhus prides herself on her skepticism and “scientific approach”, on those website conversations you don’t get any sense that she’s trying to do that with the famous dead people that show up.

    No thanks, there are too many well spoken, interesting and much more easily confirmed a genuine AND valuable mental mediums, this is one I pass on.

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  16. Hi all,

    Has anyone else noticed that there are occasionally errors in the comments section on C.E? Quite a few times I’ve noticed Elisa answering her own comments as if the original comment was written by someone else. I think they write some of the comments themselves under various names. Personally I think the whole thing is a sham and Jaimie comes across as disingenuous to me, but that’s just my intuitive radar going off.

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  17. Something that I have noticed about Jamie, that I find a bit peculiar: she claims to be uncomfortable when Erik swears and that it’s not in her natural vocabulary to swear so it was hard for her to get used to when channeling Erik. However, I have found, on many occasions when you watch her videos (e.g. the one she posted yesterday on her Facebook page about karma/contracts) and she willingly used the word “asshole” and “boom” – which appear very much in line with how Erik talks. So I have two thoughts on this: either she has “taken on” his style of communication, or from the get-go this was the persona she provided Erik. I’m not sure if she’s the real deal, or if she simply 100% believes in her abilities to the point where she’s convinced herself and can disassociate and “turn” into someone else. For “Grace” a spirit she channels, she uses a British accent. I would like to know if she could then do any accent…? You would assume she could, because it is “spirit” talking through her right? It’s unfortunate there are not many more reviews from others about their reading with her. I think the content she provides is interesting, engaging. I am just not sure if I believe in her mediumship abilities.

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    1. Interesting. I heard from a person who works on a radio show with her in no uncertain terms that she has ‘broken ties’ with Channeling Erik. When I had asked about it, I was reminded again that she was definitely not working with them anymore. I wonder if there had been a falling out? As for her abilities; its too hard to know. I listened to a mediumship session she did with a client who posted it on youtube and it didn’t sound anything like the stuff she used to do with Erik; I don’t mean in content, just that she claimed to respond word for word with Erik, and with this client it was more vague. The client also volunteered a lot of information – a no no when seeking mediumship services. So I don’t know. There would be lots of ways that she could prove her talent, but if she doesn’t feel like proving it to people like me, I guess she isn’t required to. Unfortunately, there are a lot of would-be supporters who can’t get in line without it. As for the accent; a lot of channelers use accents. Jane Roberts, Elias, Bashar, Veronica, etc. Some don’t – Lee Carrol, Geoff Hoppe, etc. The way it was explained by Jane Roberts was that Seth created a psychological bridge, relying on her vocabulary to form ideas into words. Others have said that the medium moves his or her consciousness aside to allow the spirit to speak through them. Leslie Flint also used accents, though oddly, some were wrong. For example, his ‘Chopin’ sounded French, when he was Polish. Now, Channeling isn’t understood from a scientific perspective, so who’s to say what role the medium has? Skeptics often point to the fact that mediums can’t speak additional languages while in trance (well most, anyway). If the channeler is relying on the medium’s vocabulary, then it makes sense that they can’t. On the other hand, then why the accent?

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  18. Absolutely I agree with you on her readings with clients being so vague and her readings with Erik and celebrities being so specific. She would answer questions more quickly, whereas with client readings she takes a very long time in a round about way.
    I hope this next comment isn’t offensive, however I find it very odd that she has as much post-secondary education as she does but her own vocabulary, knowledge is very limited when you hear her speak or channel. There is only one interview that had me thinking she was 100% legitimate, and that would have been Gandhi’s. He was a very well spoken man and she struggled to say some of the words he did, which to me felt authentic to who he probably was. But many other videos/interviews/changelings have me questioning more than believing.

    Here is something interesting, apparently the producer of her recent podcast “the lighter side” has left the show and/or was fired. He’s posted this on some website and I’m curious to know what happened. It should be noted, he has a picture of Honey Boo Boo as the profile picture instead of Jamie.

    “HEY LUMINAIRES Producer Andrew is no longer with The Lighter Side show due to irreconcilable differences. For those who have followed Jamie since channeling Erik we can tell you it is those same differences which brought that relationship to an end. While we do not speak for Channeling Erik we were privy to the split. The same can be said for the departure of Jamie’s former Co-Host Amy Nyland. Sometimes greed can mire the good. If you have any questions we are happy to address them at this time.”

    Source: https://player.fm/series/the-lighter-side-with-jamie-butler

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    1. Hi there,
      I wanted to let you know that I did follow up about what happened with Jamie and ‘The Lighter Side’. I’ll be posting about it soon. Thanks for the heads up! I’m going to listen to the Ghandi interview – interesting. I wonder, though, if her intellectual presentation is intended as contrast?
      Jenn

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      1. Looking forward to hearing about what you learned. I still find it peculiar that there are virtually no reviews on her online. You bring up a good point regarding her creating contrast. I find she’s a very good actor. Even in her video clips for the “Lumineers” she’s quite animated, I think she can play the part of Maitland and Grace well if she wanted too. That said, it would be interesting to hear from someone who has seen her channel live. Truly, I’d like to hear from someone who has had a reading by her and was blown away with her accuracy; a balance to my incredibly skeptical view of her. I think it comes from wanting to believe, but seeing too much that “doesn’t add up” to be able to actually believe.

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  19. I appreciate everyone’s posts, and my comments are all given with due respect to Erik and his mother, as well as the mediums. About nine months ago I heard Elisa and a medium, I didn’t really pay attention to the name, on Jennifer Mcclean’s podcast. They were promoting a book and there was a “channeling Erik” during the show.
    I was painting a bedroom at the time. I found the interview and channeling to be odd. It was tedious and I felt like I was listening to a 13 year old boy much as described above.
    I paid little attention and hadn’t thought about it again until recently. Last night I watched a YouTube of Eriks mom questioning Kim Babcock channeling the higher selves of Hillary Clinton and Donald trump. At some point they delved into questions of the candidates”lower selves”/current consciousness. What did Hillary do with her missing emails. Again, odd and seemed biased and perhaps lacking in ethics. I can’t imagine either Donald or Hillary had been asked and given consent.
    I lost a 19 year old son in a car accident two years ago. Several hours after he died, he woke up a medium 1/2 way across the US in the middle of the night. The medium was unknown to my son and me. She was a family friend of a friend of a friend of my son. She described the accident with great accuracy, including the names of the kids in the car. She had the personality down etc etc. very evidential. Since then I’ve been to many mediums and studied extensively myself. Most channel my son with much evidential material. Most of the mediums channel him from a very high place. One channeled him (repeated sessions) like a 19 year old stoner; focusing the session on the feelings of him being high, and seemingly from a low astral plane. Kind of like listening to Erik. A different medium suggested it was the ability of the medium or that the deceased hadn’t ascended to higher realms. She also said my son was similar to Erik in that he would be channeled through many people?? Who knows.
    What I don’t get is the whole concept: mediums who need to channel thru Erik. Most mediums I have seen just channel, thru the sitters guides, thru their own guides. Can anyone explain what’s that’s about? Why do they need Erik?
    It’s all very superficial. I have watched Pamela Aaryln channel higher spirits Jesus and company. The sessions have great depth, historical accuracy and beyond information I also feel healing and spirit.
    Oh, for reference Jamie Butler is booked out 5 months and starting 2017 she will be charging $800/hr.
    Sorry for the long ramble. Peace.

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    1. You are perfectly allowed to ramble! That’s why we are here, to share thoughts freely. What an incredible story about your son waking up the medium! What a treasure to get such an evidential reading – especially when it was unsolicited. As for Erik, I don’t think any medium ‘needs’ Erik. It’s really hard to say if they are using Erik because he’s now so beloved, or if they are really channeling him. I agree with you – a good medium connects with loved ones of the sitter, that’s it. Since you’ve used a lot of mediums, do you feel that your son truly came through 100%? Did mediums give you information (besides the first one) that they couldn’t have otherwise known from your facebook page or google?
      Warm regards,
      Jenn

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      1. Hi Jenn
        Ive found the difference in mediums to be very interesting. Some are hard core evidential and super accurate, which is important to a lot of people, I might not have gotten a spiritual/healing feeling from them, and that’s is something imp for me.

        I think I’ve gone to 6+ since my son died. My last name (and sons name) are very unusual; so when I’ve made appts it has been just with my first name and usually spur of the moment. It’s not in my personal interest to “test” mediums (I think I use my own skills for that) but I don’t give them information about anything when I go- I prefer them/spirit to lead, and I guess that’s how I get my confirmation. I don’t pay ahead of time or give any indication of identity. My siblings and I started filming the sessions so were were quite good at zero info. I saw mediums in AZ; FL;UT; ID and I am certain he came thru in all.
        Only from one or two have I been told that I would receive a specific type of info that I did not know at present. And it was accurate.
        One medium said my son was at his funeral (of course) and that someone had already or would soon give me proof. Months later I put in a flash drive I had been given by my sons coach of all the pictures he had taken of him over the years (600+). He also took pictures at the funeral. And the day I opened my computer, it opened to photos and there were giant orange orbs in the 8 pictures taken while his friends were putting him in and out of the hearse. And the coach had given that drive to me right after the funeral.
        On a side note: six weeks prior to his accidental death, I had one appt with a medium id never met. Randomly out of the blue I was at the gym with a friend and she was talking about it- she got me in on a cancellation 2 hours later. The first thing she said was you are hereabout your son; he is going to be in prison or paradise. (He had called me that morning out of the blue saying he wanted to leave college/ 1 hour after I made the appt). Anyway, because of all the psychic/ medium stuff that happened right before his death/ and the contact from the unknown psychic that came via a friend that also had no Facebook conne tion with the medium. I offered to send any of his friends that were interested to the “local” psychic/medium to help with their grief. Maybe 25 went, they were all 17-19 years old. I scheduled the appts; the medium only had their first name but she knew they were connected to me and my son. Each person that went got validation- my son complimented people on their new hair styles; glasses; noted their birthdays and if they were wearing clothes of his; what they had left at his grave. One had put up a mini shrine in his room. He apologized to one friend that he had picked on and didn’t realize how bad it hurt him. And admitted to someone else the truth about a lie he had maintained while on earth. Talked about very personal issues that happened. The sessions then went on to issues in the kids lives that had nothing to do with the loss of my son/ troubles in their own lives. Some of the kids were directed to focus on friends that were silently suicidal. We filmed many of the sessions, most of the kids went back for second sessions about a month later. Additionally I was later told one of my sons friends booked an appt maybe a year later- and the sitter was crying because of a loss, and my son popped in 1/2 thru the session. The medium had no idea there was a connection and the girl had been in love with him.
        I hate to say my only experience that resembles some of the casualness and lower astral level is with a medium I worked with recently for 6 months. She channeled a boyfriend ffrom my past- on his birthday. But initially it was his father that came thru and it was the fathers death day. She had good skills just struggled with my son and probably because our relationship interfered. Those were the sessions that resembled Eriks; like he was a stoner, blah blah.

        I have to say I’ve seen folks with large national followings and small town local folks and the cost was $65/hr to $175 (conference rate). And I’ve never seen anything quite like the channelingerik stuff. I just don’t get it. I think the mediums don’t need Erik and maybe channel better without all the distraction of Mom and Erik. The sitter and the “spirit coming thru” seem to get lost in all the commotion.
        Staying true to my name, another long post!
        I love your site! Thanks for your info!

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  20. Please remember that when the blog started off, correct me if I’m wrong but, I believe Jamie said she could never filter celebs with such consistency as she did with Erik. This may be why others talents are expanded in their sessions with not an overly gifted channeler but a bright enthusiastic afterlife student who has enlightened all of our lives. I have read volumes and CE corroborates spot on with others I respect to dismiss out hand. Not to mention the quantum k knowledge about physics and the almost effortless way he breaks it down though graciously he would deny this. Elisa and Erik, bless their souls, are the real deal. Jamie may have taken advantage of a situation financially but certainly not metaphysically. God bless their hard work and soulful revelations.
    Reverend Lambert Scalvini

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    1. It is interesting that you mentioned the physics. I wasn’t impressed in the least with her alleged channeling of Einstein. I appreciate your enthusiasm though, and I’m glad you’ve been inspired by Jaime. I wish there were more tangible evidence that can’t be dismissed so easily. And I can’t help but be bothered by what I perceive as greed. On the other hand, what I think doesn’t matter and I always encourage people to be open minded. I wish I could believe but as of now there are too many open questions. Take care, and Thank you for your comment!

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  21. I am not impressed with Jamie Butler, Elisa Medhus or Channeling Erik. Period. Aliens? Give me a break. It smacks of fraud at least on Butler’s end. I find it interesting she is not mentioned by Bob Olson on his site. I have had sessions with several mediums over the past ten years and I can say that Glen Klausner is the real deal but Thomas John, without a doubt, has me convinced that he is the cream of the crop. Both gave me specific details but Thomas gave heart-rending *messages* (“He is showing me…”) from my father that only my father and I shared when I was a child (I am in my sixties.) and I was so astonished I cried after the session. Fortunately, I had sessions with Klausner and Thomas John when they were virtually unknowns and their fees were low. Currently their fees are too high for my budget.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences with these mediums. It’s always nice to hear that there are still genuine talented people out there. Thanks for your comment!
      -Jenn

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  22. Hi Jenn,

    Just wondering when you were going to post about Jamie and what you found out about producer Andrew’s departure from “The lighter side” radio show?

    It seems things are always changing there. I have to also say, I’ve mostly stopped watching the videos she puts out because I am finding more and more parallels between how she talks and how she said Erik talked. For her to always “blush” when she would use a cuss word, yet now in her own shows she does – she also says “dude” all the time and does the “ding” sound, that apparently Erik uses. So if Erik isn’t there… and she’s not channeling him… and his character makes her “blush” at times… then why is so much of that coming out in her own shows without him? Could it be because it was all made up?

    I sure hope not. Curious to hear what those that don’t rave about her, have to say.

    I do feel Kim Babcock, the new medium Elisa uses is far more believable and does not backpedal on anything she says.

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    1. Hi there,
      Andrew and I had a lovely and informative conversation in September, then things got ultra-busy for me for the holidays. If I do decide to write about their experience now that I have more time it will be more about Andrew’s year-long attempt to market a medium into an everyday world and the stresses that ensue which I think is interesting in and of itself. It is interesting what you have observed about her mediumship without Erik and the similarities. The ding sound was definitely credited to Erik so its interesting if she’s using it elsewhere. Ultimately, we have no real evidence of Jamie’s abilities without the ability to gather a large number of testimonials from people who have had one-on-one sessions and know what they are looking for. Unfortunately, the cost for her sessions are prohibitive for most people and it looks like Jamie is trying to head in a different direction anyway.
      Jenn

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  23. Thank you for your response. It is too bad there isn’t enough testimonials or reviews to be able to capture client experiences with her. I’d be interested to hear his perspective. From the outside, she appears very marketable – her personality, look and cheerful presence makes her quite relatable and not as “odd” as some other mediums can often present.

    I did partake in a learn-it-live session with her. It was a total waste of money and time. My question was never answered and so I can’t speak to her validity.

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    1. What I learned in our conversation was truly fascinating. I hope to do the experience and story justice. I’m sorry you did not have a good experience. Maybe you’ll find a more traditional medium in the future who can give you a better reading. I’ve had bad experiences too and it’s frustrating to waste the money.

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  24. A CE reader asked who would win the 2017 US Presidential Election and Kim Babcock said Trump would win almost before Elisa was finished with the sentence. (This while channeling Erik).

    One could wonder why on earth a fake medium would even go into that position, when ALL POLLS indicated the opposite? For example, Bashar predicted Hillary with 87% accuracy. Kim Babcock – 100% Trump.

    Yes – from a scientific standpoint, this is not conclusive but highly indicative.

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    1. Eh, I’m not sure Yang. After all, she did have a 50/50 chance of getting it correct. There were others who predicted a trump win as well. I’ll give her credit for getting it right, but I would have to see fat more to be swayed. That’s interesting that bashar even attempted to predict and got it wrong. Seth, another channel, has said that we create our reality and have multiple probable realities so I think it’s tough for any psychic to really get it right. Nevertheless, I appreciate your vote of confidence in Kim. She may have some talent as an intuitive, but I haven’t personally seen enough to have an opinion. In terms of her abilities as a medium, she doesn’t provide evidence so it’s impossible to measure.

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  25. Hi Jenn – I just came across your site and am so glad I did–I’m so appreciative of your thoughtful, balanced approach and open-minded curiosity. I’ve taken a similar approach myself since I began exploring the possibility of the afterlife when my sister died in 1999, and I’ve had readings with a number of mediums, including Jamie Butler in 2013 and Alison Allan in fall 2016. I came across CE soon after Elisa started it and read it fairly regularly until recently–I, too, have been put off by the celebrity interviews and also by Elisa’s political views, but mostly grew weary of the resistance to asking for evidence, the group-think among the followers, and the somewhat superficial, frivolous tone.

    I typed almost verbatim notes during both Jamie and Alison’s readings (unlike some mediums, neither Jamie or Alison provides recordings of their readings), and looking back over them, I’d grade Jamie about a C and Alison about a B when it comes to specificity and relevance to me. Jamie started off by asking if I knew Erik, saying he was there, and so it was mostly Erik talking and helping members of my family communicate. But it had none of the chatty detail of the CE readings, and physical descriptions of some of my relatives were inaccurate. I also got the “proof is in your heart and beliefs” answer from Jamie when I asked for a name or memory (supposedly my father said this, which does not sound at all like him, as he was a complete skeptic). The things Jamie/Erik said would happen in 2-3 years have not happened (and did not at all seem likely at the time of the reading, either).

    By contrast, I’ve had some amazing experiences with other mediums describing things that either had already happened that I didn’t know about but were confirmed months later, or things that were going to happen soon and did. (It’s those experiences, along with what seemed to be astonishing signs from my sister during the year after her death, that have been most persuasive to me, because I can come up with no other explanation for them other than the existence of an afterlife. For example, one time the medium said my sister kept talking about her birthday, which had recently passed, and “Jason.” I did not know a Jason, so had no idea what she was getting at. Six months later, my sister’s son informed me he’d had a child with his girlfriend, born on my sister’s birthday, and they’d named him Jason.)

    Alison’s reading was less general than Jamie’s and although again there was no mention of names or other concrete evidence, she was fairly specific and accurate about things going on in my life (she said she was connecting with my higher self). Once again, though, none of the “happening soon” things she described have happened.

    So all in all, I have pretty much the same view as you do–I credit Elisa with being earnest and honest, but also gullible and not a critical thinker, and I fear Jamie (and maybe some of the others) may be taking things far beyond their actual abilities. I think my reading with Jamie was about $125 or so–it really is appalling that she would have raised her rates so much ($650/hour her website says now, although Elisa recently cited $800); I feel the same way about George Anderson and his $1200 fee.

    Thank you for all that you’re doing here at this site and I look forward to reading more of your entries and participating in the conversations!

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    1. Thank you so much for your honest and interesting appraisal of these mediums! It rare to find anyone who has actually had a reading with Jamie Butler and is willing to discuss it -I’m sure many readers will find your comment to be very interesting in light of the way Jamie portrayed herself on the site. Evidential mediums are called that for a reason – they provide evidence! So the “proof is in your heart and beliefs’ line is total BS, as I’m sure you agree. Especially in light of what they charge. Its truly terrible and feel exploitative. I’m so glad that you’ve had some good experiences with other mediums. It can be very difficult to find a really good, talented, honest medium, but when you do – it can be a life changing experience. That’s amazing that the one medium picked out your sister’s son’s name six months before he was born! Incredible!
      Anyway, sorry this reply is coming late – just catching up after some busy weeks, but looking forward to some interesting posts that I am cooking up. Sometimes it takes a bit of time, but I do try to reply to every comment I get – so I hope we can talk more in the future.
      all the best!
      Jenn

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