I’d wanted to visit a medium for years.  I’d never made a move to do so because I honestly didn’t know how to decipher between a fake and a genuine medium.  One day and strictly by coincidence, I had an appointment with a client who’d recently lost her son.  During our counseling session she confided in me that she had visited a medium.  I asked her to tell me about her experience with the medium.  She explained the content of her visit to him.  She went on to explain how shocked she’d been that he knew things about her son’s death that she hadn’t shared with him.  “In fact” she went on to say, “I hadn’t told him anything about my son’s death yet!”  She still seemed a little shaken by the shock of realizing that the medium had been ‘for real.’ 
I knew instantly that it had been no accident that this client had come to see me; more importantly, I knew that this was the medium with whom I would schedule an appointment!  I asked for this medium’s name and phone number and she graciously obliged.  The following day I scheduled an appointment with him.
If, like myself, you wish to communicate with a loved one on the other side, you will be well advised to 1. Trust that the best way to locate a trustworthy, reliable medium is to ask around. You might be surprised at the large number of people who seek out this type of professional help following the loss of one dear to them! and 2. To do this rather than to try to communicate with any spirit on your own!  Too many doors of an unimaginable, negative nature can be opened trying to do this on one’s own!

The medium I talked about above is Troy Parkinson and he is located in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.  You can gain access to him on my Facebook site, “Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund,” or at my paranormal Facebook site, “Have You Witnessed the Paranormal?”  For anyone not living anywhere near St. Paul:  Ask the individual who is referring you to a medium the question, “Did the medium communicate any information to you from the afterlife that he/she had absolutely NO way of knowing unless it genuinely came from the person with whom you wanted to communicate on the other side?” (This is how I found Troy!)  If you call him, please let him know who referred you to him.

With everything else you’ve been through if you’re considering a visit to a medium, the last thing you need is to be taken-to-the-cleaners!

(Copyright 2019 by Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund)


When apparitions appear, it could be that the source of this phenomena is that they are actually “place” memories.  These apparitions can appear as “solid” (the same as any person.)  The theory in parapsychology used to explain apparitional “place” phenomena (which were imprinted upon the location years ago) is that one can respond to past images.

Scientifically speaking, the world we live in is governed by light and energy.  Memories can be stored in an environment.  A “place” memory is similar to a recording that exists long after a person has died.  Some people have a sensitivity to place memories and can pick up those traces.  Scientists have yet to understand how these energies are stored in the environment or why so few individuals can perceive them.  We all have these abilities, but in some people they are much further progressed.  One source could be fluctuations in magnetic fields that occur when rocks shift beneath the earth’s surface.  These fluctuations are known to affect the right temporal lobe of the brain and can cause hallucinations.  Studies have shown that a person’s perceptions can also be influenced by ions or electrically charged particles in the air.  Strong positive ions noted in the air have a negative effect on a person’s mood and perceptions.

To measure differences in a magnetic field an electromagnetometer is used.  Power lines, electrical appliances, and electrical wiring are known to cause magnetic fluctuations.  To a sensitive person these can cause hallucinations.  To have a negative effect on brain activity the magnetic field would have to fluctuate over time, thus must be read over time.  A reading of .01 Milligauss would be a low reading while a reading that reaches 40 Milliguass would be a high reading that could explain visual phenomena.  A dwelling can be wired with sensors and a computer can record the readings in order to understand what is occurring.  But doing so will not stop apparitions.  In fact, it can antagonize them and cause any havoc they are creating to worsen.

High reading results can be indicative of a haunting.  Geological research may reveal that a small earthquake can cause a fluctuation such as this in the earth’s magnetic field.  If there happens to be a seismic fault near a property, apparitions/hauntings may result.  Magnetic impulses generated by movements along the fault may stimulate a person’s brain, and positive ions can adversely affect a person’s perceptions.  (Also relevant is the fact that place memories are commonly known to be recorded in limestone and other certain, specific rock.)

Should physical harm such as scratches appear on the subject however, or shadow people or haunting noises (such as banging noises) or perceptions of evil that instill fear, indicate that there is something more at work and that it is definitely of a paranormal nature.   (Scratches that occur in a series of three are of an evil entity/spirit that is mocking the holy trinity.)  Enlisting the services of a psychic or physical medium (such as Amy Allan or one’s local paranormal society investigators) can be very helpful in tracing the origin of, and of ridding a haunting.  There can also be a genetic link.  Investigating the family of origin and to explore whether or not there were psychic abilities that can be traced back and that have been genetically “handed-down.”

Sometimes hauntings can actually be attracted to a particular family.  There are several different factors involved in this; location (see above information), one or more members who are mediums and do not realize this fact about themselves and who have psychic abilities.  In this case, a family could not just move/relocate and expect nothing more of a paranormal nature to happen.  Because of their abilities things will happen throughout their lives.  This is not to say that any family is plagued by demons.  Entities or spirits who come through that way tend to be people who were not great people in life.  They were angry in life and are still angry in death; some are serial killers, murderers, rapists and the like.  They can also manipulate how we perceive them – basically feeding off of our fear.  To decide that an angry, mean presence is demonic is to create more fearfulness and thus runs the risk of becoming a vicious cycle.

Many people turn to their faith (i.e. their pastor or church.)  While this can be comforting, it seldom rids a family or their home of spirits, evil or otherwise.  (Which the movie “The Exorcist” – which was based on a true story – bears out.)  It is far more important to understand exactly what it is that is happening to the individual:

  • An extremely active location/home,
  • What are the individual’s abilities (psychic, mediums)
  • What is the reason the deceased individuals are attracted to them, (i.e. mediums are a type of beacon for the dead; almost like a light in a pitch black room and they’re just attracted to that light)
  • The individual must accept their abilities.

I can bear this out in that while I am not a medium, I am psychic (i.e. I sometimes know things without there having been any explainable way for me to have known them.)  I believe that I inherited this ability from my maternal grandmother who was psychic.

~Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund, Paranormal Researcher