Can we talk to the dead? Can we talk to ghosts or spirits? People have always wanted to communicate with the dead. There are always things that remain to be said, and we long to reach out to them at least one more time. We want to know that they’re ok wherever they are; that they are happy and no longer burdened by the trials of earthly life. If we can communicate with the dead, it affirms to us that there really is an existence “somewhere” after this life. Today in Frightening Fridays, we are presenting methods that many assume are channels through which the dead communicate. We have also covered recent indecent of Indian celebrity Late Jiah Khan, where Jiah’s mother Rabbiya Khan took help of this medium to communicate with Jiah’s spirit and Jiah said she had not committed suicide, she was murdered! Horrible! Isn’t it? Scroll down to check exclusive report.
Methods of Communicating with Dead
Seances- Trance Mediums
A séance is an attempt to communicate with spirits. The word Séance is used for a meeting of people who are gathered in a darkened room around a table to receive messages from spirits or to listen to a spirit medium discourse with or relay messages from spirits; many people, including skeptics and non-believers, treat it as a form of entertainment.
The problem with all of these mediums is that there is no way to prove that the messages they are relaying really are from the deceased. They can pretty much say whatever they want, claim it is from a dead person, and well, who can prove that it’s not?
The Ouija board also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words “yes”, “no”, “hello” (occasionally), and “goodbye”, along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words.
Ouija boards were developed as a kind of home board game version of the séance. It simplifies the practice, requiring only two people and a planchette pointer and lettered board that substitutes for the medium.
While there is a lot of fundamentalist paranoia surrounding the Ouija board, with claims that they are portals to evil and controlled by demons, most users’ experiences are completely harmless, even dull. The “spirits” that come through the board often claim to be dead people, and the shock of that claim is enough to scare the bejeebers out of every teenage girl, but again there is no way to verify that claim.
Automatic Writing, Channeling
There are several cases – some of them remarkable – of people who have written books, music, and messages that they believe are channeled from the dead: Jane Roberts and her series of Seth books; J.Z. Knight who channels the 30,000-year-old Ramtha; Pearl Curran who channeled Patience Worth to write notable books; Rosemary Brown who wrote music she said came from Franz Liszt; Helen Schucman who claimed Jesus Christ wrote A Course in Miracles through her.
EVP and Ghost Boxes
Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) through sound recording devices and so-called ghost boxes are the latest technological devices with which investigators claim to contact the dead.
With EVP, voices of unknown origin are recorded on tape or digital recorders; the voices are not heard at the time, but are heard on playback. The quality and clarity of these voices vary widely. The worst ones are open to broad interpretation (some can hardly be called voices at all), while the best ones are clear and unmistakable. I have heard many excellent EVP and their origin certainly is mysterious.
Ghost boxes (also known as Frank’s box or “telephones to the dead”) are modified radios that sweep across the AM or FM bands, picking up bits and pieces of music and dialogue. The dialogue sometimes seems to answer a question, say a name, or something else relevant in one- or two-word bites.
The assumption by many paranormal researchers is that the messages from these machines are spoken by the dead. In my view, that is a very hasty assumption. Just because we do not understand how these voices and messages are generated, we should not leap to the conclusion that they come from dead people. In the case of EVP, this could very well be a psychic phenomenon in which the voices are somehow created by the subconscious minds of the investigators. I am less convinced of any paranormal element with the ghost box; I think it is a case of auditory pareidolia: the researchers hear or interpret what they want or expect to hear.
With some near-death experiences (NDE) there is a most extraordinary claim: NDErs having an out-of-body experience say they meet deceased friends and relatives face to face. The message from these dead folks is always the same: “It’s not your time yet. You must go back.” The person is then slammed back into his or her body. We must suppose that if the message was “It’s your time! Glad to have you! Welcome!” that the person would not have recovered and would have died.
Finally, with spirit apparitions we have face-to-face encounters with the dead without going through all the trauma of a near-death experience – the spirits come to us.
There are many thousands of cases of people who say that they have been visited by dead relatives and friends (usually recently dead), who appear to bring words of comfort to the grieving. In the most interesting cases, the people who witness these apparitions are unaware that the person has even died, discovering this fact only later.
Spirit of Indian celebrity Jiah Khan who passed away few months back, on communication with her mother said that she hadn’t committed suicide, she was murdered!
Rabbiya Khan petitioned the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI enquiry into the death of her daughter Jiah Khan few days back. What made her do that? Why she took this decision after long time? On this question, Rabbiya Khan herself said that it was Jiah who communicated through a medium (a London-based psychic) and apparently described in detail how she was murdered!
Here are tweets from Rabbiya Khan
Rabbiya tweeted that she went to a reputed psychic in London, who helped her get in touch with Jiah Khan’s spirit. She tweeted the same on October 13, 2013 on Twitter. Have a look.
Went to the medium one of the famous one on belgravia road got the answers pic.twitter.com/1IHAUClUSP
— RABBIYA KHAN (@RABYAK) October 13, 2013
Rabbiya then tweeted that Jiah communicated with Bebo (her younger sister) and described how she was strangulated.
I only ask the medium I need a reading and she described bebo exactly as she was and what happened that night
— RABBIYA KHAN (@RABYAK) October 13, 2013
According to Rabbiya Khan, Jiah also said that the crime scene was dressed up to make the incident look like a suicide. Here is another tweet where Rabbiya describes how Jiah was murdered.
@rimasmin she was kicked knocked out and then strangled to give the picture of hanging sad she was not capable to do anything like this
— RABBIYA KHAN (@RABYAK) October 14, 2013
Was Jiah Khan murdered?
The court documents that Rabbiya has filed has been endorsed by a professional. There have been several reports in the media about that plea which says that the wounds on her neck indicate that she was strangled with a belt. Grabs of CCTV footage have also been released to the media to prove that she was in a different attire minutes before her death and that she was not looking distraught or depressed even minutes before she allegedly committed suicide.
Law will take its own course and the truth will ultimately come out soon. But I am sure those of you who believe that the dead can communicate, might want to consider this incident as a proof!