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Can We Talk to the Dead? Can the Dead Talk to Us?

Updated on May 4, 2018
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

To Cross the Great Divide - Communicating with the Dead

Death. It is something that is inevitable for all of us, whether we think about it or not. Death is also something that many of us experience on a very real level, specifically when we lose a loved one or someone that is in general very close to our it friend or family member. For immensely tragic losses, some of us may be left wondering - can we communicate with the dead? In fact, this question has been floating around the human hearts and minds since humans had a rational thought in their heads. As soon as the first person passed and left their family or friends here in the mundane world, we have wondered whether or not we could contact our dead loved ones.

So can we cross the great divide that is death and reach directly into the spiritual realm to communicate with the dead? If we can't talk to the dead, can the dead communicate with the living in some way? We'll explore the world of mediums, divination, and seances in this article and try our darndest to answer the question that has plagued the curious human mind for centuries - can we communicate with the dead...and if so, how?

Mediums - Facilitating Communication Between the Dead & Living

One way that it is believed that the dead can communicate with the living is through a medium (a person who plays the middle-man for communication between the dead and the living). What a medium does is listens, sees, or senses messages from the dead and then communicates those messages to the living.

There are modern-day mediums that have even been given their own television shows or have starred on television shows, examples being John Edward and Sylvia Browne. The question is, do we believe these mediums are really aiding in communication between the living and dead or are they simply faking it? Sylvia Browne seems quite far-fetched in many of the books that she writes (this is strictly my opinion here); however, when I've seen her do readings on TV and read about her readings, many many people claim that she is dead-on (no pun intended) with her readings. Does she in fact acquire her information on pure strangers from the dead loved ones of those strangers or possibly a higher power?

John Edward is a little less believable, in my opinion. While many people love his television show, I have always found it to be a little off. John Edward has been a proclaimed medium for years, and has performed thousands of readings...and usually the readings on TV consist of John calling out a name or "initial" or disease of some sort to the audience, then someone stands up or volunteers, confirming that someone they loved that passed indeed had the name of "bob" or the like. Is this to say that he doesn't communicate with the dead? I couldn't tell you for'd have to draw your own conclusion on that.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of psychics and mediums running businesses in the United States today. They are indeed in the business of what they call "communicating with the dead", but do we trust all of them to tell us what our dead granny might be trying to communicate or do we try to communicate with the dead in our own way? Or do we wait until the dead try to communicate with us? There are so many ways and trains of thought on this topic..,.

How to Do Automatic Writing (Ghost Writing)

When the Dead Communicate with the Living

There are sometimes when the dead try to communicate with the living in their own spiritual, special way...but the problem is that most of the time we aren't listening or don't believe that it is possible. Or both. What about ghosts? Do they have a message to bring the living or are they simply unintelligent beings roaming around on our plane waiting to find the light?

Some might say that ghosts indeed are intelligent and can convey messages to the living in different ways. Take for instance the ouija board and automatic writing. These are two types of divinatory techniques that are said to aid in communication between the dead and the living. Are ghosts able to communicate with us through a ouija board or automatic writing? Many psychics and spiritualists believe so; however, one has to be extremely careful in which ghosts or spirits are pulled into that level of communication. Ouija boards and spirit writing are said to open a door to any and all spirits...making the door hard to shut if the wrong one comes through. If you intend on trying to use the ouija board or spirit writing, I HIGHLY suggest doing your research before trying either out. In my personal opinion, the ouija board is dangerous and I will never use it again...but some experienced psychics have luck on it and are able to protect themselves from negative spirits.

As for spirit writing (automatic writing), I think it's a little less dangerous, but again that's purely my own opinion as some believe that automatic writing opens the pathway for one to be possessed by a spirit of the dead. Whether these possessions are by the dead or some spirit that is different altogether, we may disagree. The point here is, if you're attempting to let the dead communicate with you, be careful by which means you choose and be ready to protect yourself against negativity. Just remember, just as there are negative and cruel people in the world, there are negative and cruel people on the other side too. You don't go inviting everyone you see on the streets into yourself, now do you?

Usually when using a ouija board or automatic writing, these techniques can be wrapped into what we call a "séance". A séance is a session in summoning communication with the dead. Despite how it is portrayed on television and in the movies, seances don't have to all be evil and purported on bringing evil creatures to life...seances can also be used to contact whatever energy might be haunting your home or environment. Again, no matter what form of communication you use during a séance, please have someone present that is experienced with the spiritual realm and knows how to protect the circle before attempting to contact the other side. Don't be stupid...talking to the dead or spirits is not a board game, friend.

Other than the traditional means of divining and talking to the dead, what are other ways that the dead may communicate with the living?

Through dreams. Dreams are a big portal of communication between the living and the dead. Have you ever had a loved one pass and seen them that very night or the next night in your dreams? Is it possible that they were trying to say goodbye to you by coming into your dreams that night? I believe so.

Other means of communication between the dead and the living could include simple noises and movements that ghosts or spirits may make to grab your attention. Maybe your grandmother's favorite rocking chair begins to rock without anyone in it...maybe that's a sign and her communication to you that she'll always be around. We can't ignore these signs that our passed loved ones are trying to communicate with us...but we also can't thrive or hang on threads waiting for them.

However communication is attempted between the living and the dead, one thing is for sure...they are out there, whether you believe or not. And if you lend an ear to a spirit that is trying to communicate, or even your senses, you might just hear a message that the other side has been trying to give to you for a long time. Intepret the message quickly, don't dwell on it too long...and always filter out the fluff. What do I mean by this? You'll know when you get a message.

© 2012 Nicole Canfield


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  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    PS - Very good points you make, dear. Thanks for sharing and I'll check out your hubs soon!

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    This is very interesting. And while I do believe that some are gifted enough to share their talents I generally question those who do it on a grand scale, like J. Edward.

    The most authentic experiences seem to come in the privacy of our own lives. I have written about some of my experiences here on hubpages. I do believe we can communicate with those who have gone before us.

    Sending Angels to you this evening :) ps

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    Anne 6 years ago from Spain

    Hi Kitty. Many thanks. I have linked someone else´s hubs too, but just got a comment back to me not the author, I do hope I haven´t made an error. Your comment has helped to alay my fears on this.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    bac2basics - No worries! Thanks for the link and for the follow. Love your hubs too. Blessings! (you'll get there with Hubpages, it comes easy after awhile.)

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    Anne 6 years ago from Spain

    Hi Kitty. At last I have learned how to link articles to my hubs. So I hope it´s OK with you if I link this one. I have been wanting to do it ever since I joined Hub Pages..but only just figured out how !!! I also thought I was following you, but seems like I got that wrong will do now. Such a big learning curve, but I´m getting there. Great writing by the your style.

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home


    That's why I believe WE have power over demons by invoking God and Jesus' name and asking for help I guess that's the first time I knew God was real.


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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    TH - That doesn't sound like a benevolent spirit at all. I'm glad you were able to free yourself from it. Thanks for sharing and blessings.

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home

    Kitty... oh yes when i was 14ish I had a voice in my head for a few weeks until it said some odd things and so-I prayed real hard and Denounced it to leave me alone-And since then my voice is the only one in my head...


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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    bac2basics - Hi, and nice to meet you on Hubpages! Sounds like he makes his presence known when you need it most. That's wonderful. You're right, there are fakes out there but there are some good ones, too. I just tend to believe that the really good ones don't take $$$ for their abilities...sometimes they don't even notice how good they are. Thanks for voting & following! Blessings!

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    Anne 6 years ago from Spain

    Wow what a fantastic hub. I don´t need any convincing about the spirit world I know My late husband is keeping an eye on me and drops in from time to time.

    Reguarding mediums. I do agree there are a lot of fakes out there, but when you meet a good one you do know it.There is an English woman I have seen on American TV. Can´t remember her name off hand, but I really rate her.

    Thanks for a great hub.voted up and following.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Parks McCants - You're 100% correct on that. I have been there myself. I've opened a door once before where something came through that shouldn't have. Can you share more?

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    Parks McCants 6 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

    In my experience with 'calling ' the dead. Watch what you ask for.Be cautious as to the openning of portals into parallel dimensions. While most often positive,I've experienced angry, as well as negative energy transferred to the present realm through these portals,resulting in many a fitfull, sleepless night. Remember, you're in control of the contact...Us it!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    TH - Do you have an experience with a ouija that was negative?

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home


    Ouijas are dangerous- you are letting bad things inviting them into your home... your right No Ouijas


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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Muldania - Everyone's experiences are different, but yes I agree that many mediums are far off from being correct or even communicating with the dead on a real level.

    lucy - NO no ouijas! That's my rule for myself and anyone that mentions it I try to dissuade them from using it. Scary definitely opens some sort of door that most people don't realize it opens and then they can't shut it. Thanks for reading & commenting!

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    Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    Awesome hub! And I agree on the ouija. I would never touch one. Sometimes dead family members show up in my dreams, but I can never make sense of those dreams, cause they usually crazy.

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    Muldania 6 years ago

    I have had some very amusing experiences with mediums. Including the one, who told me that in my former life I was a dog which lived on another planet. I have also been told that the spirits of my father and mother were communicating with her. How they managed to do this, when they are both living, she didn't explain.

    My grandmother believed in the afterlife and told me that she would come back to visit me when she died. It has been 28 years since then, but she never did appear, even though I asked her many times over the years to do so. I did however dream about her after she died, in which she told me that she was feeling better. I think it is natural when anyone dies that we are close to that we try to see them once again. Even those certain that there is no afterlife, have tried. It is a part of the grieving process. After the loss of my cat a few weeks ago, I prayed, asking that I might see his spirit, if such a thing exists. But as time passes, we stop asking for this. I tend to think that if our loved ones are there, that they would give some evidence of it, and a medium would not be necessary. After all, they would be more likely to appear to their relations than some stranger.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    AP - Thanks for commenting! How's winter treatin' ya in your neck of the woods, friend? Sylvia, overall, I like her...I do find much of her stuff a big whacky and of course not all of her readings are correct...but then again, a psychic can't be right ALL of the time, ya know? As far as Edwards, I've never been fully sold on him either. I think the people who are truly developed perfectly as mediums probably aren't on TV. Thanks again for reading!

    Eddy - Thanks for bookmarking...come back when you have some time! :)

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    I am intrigued by this one so will am bookmarking and coming back to it a little later on when I will have the time to give it the attention it deserves.

    I'll comment fully on it then.

    Take care


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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Good morning Kitty. Got some doubts about Ms. Brown like you and do you think her books might be ghost-written? If Edwards is a cold reader he's one of the best which is probably the case there. A source I tend to give some weight to, says that there are really only 6 or 7 people in the world that can truly contact the other side but they're not supposed to, though some do anyway. Hmm, certainly enough anecdotal evidence to recommend leaving off the Ouija boards. You give a good caution about thoroughly researching before using one. Agree with your take on dreams too-something is definitely going on there we don't fully understand yet. Intriguing subject and good write Kitty.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Vinaya - I LOVE that take on ghosts and spirits. Thanks for sharing your view, it truly makes a lot of sense.

    Owl Ka Myst - Wow! Lovely story...and makes me know for sure that communication between us and the spirit world is definitely possible. It sounds to me like your lover was trying to let you know that he is alright. I used to read tarot cards but gave it up and am now more of a cloud scryer and I read bird flight patterns. Thanks so much for sharing and the best of blessings to you, friend!

    tebo - Good luck and I know you'll become very in tune with the spirit world throughout your life. Blessings to you, too!

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    tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

    Well I don't need to be convinced because I am convinced. As you mentioned it was due to a loss - of my husband. I feel sensations that alert me to a presence of some sort. I am fascinated by this subject and continue to try to enhance my psychic powers or abilities to connect with the spirit world.

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    Owl Ka Myst 6 years ago from In the Valley of Grapes

    It has been my experience that has me feeling that indeed we can communicate with the dead and vice versa. I have had ghost encounters, lived in a house with a ghost for 5 years. Then there was a 'coincidental' moment in my life. I am a bit sensitive to energies so when my lover was killed I wondered why I was not feeling his presence. I happened upon a book titled 'Hello from Heaven' that is about ADC (after death communication). One of the things it mentioned about items the dead use to communicate with, coins. I had my lovers work hat and would often put my face into it to smell him when I was missing him. About a week after reading the book, I picked up the hat to smell it. From inside the lining of the brim, a penny slid out and it was dated the same year of his death. I know for a fact that there had been no penny in the hat before since I had held the hat many times before.

    I am also a Tarot reader and sometimes I get information about and/or from those who have passed on. And while I am used to it, it is still amazing when it happens.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

    I believe in the existence of self (soul). The soul changes the body as we humans change clothes. The time when soul leaves the body and is about the enter another body is when souls becomes ghosts and spirits.

    Your arguments are very interesting.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    WD Curry - All very valid points, thanks for bringing them up. And you're right, this topic would take hundreds of hubs to really cover all the information in detail. Wonderful thoughts, thanks so much!

    TH - Very funny and true! :)

    Audrey - I too have had dreams of passed loved ones where I know that they were paying me a visit. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you.

    Epi man - Thanks so much for the FB link! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliments on my writing, too. Your words of encouragement are much appreciated. And yes, Tir Na Nog was a Celtic term for the "otherworld"...a place where souls were thought to go after life...also a place where the fay were thought to have lived. :)

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ..I noticed Tir Na Nog on your profile page - isn't that an old Scottish saying for heaven on earth .... or something like that - my mum and dad were from Scotland, Stirling to be precise and they had a wood cut-out on the cottage deck with that very saying

    lake erie time 5:23pm

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ...well here is another one of your fine well researched hub subjects for a posting on my Facebook page with a direct link back here - always a world class effort on your part because of your passion, conviction and integrity as a writer on this subject - hope you have been well my friend and a happy new year to you with health and happiness and prosperity in your life for 2012

    lake erie time ontario canada 2:24pm

    did I mention to you COAST TO COAST AM radio talk show - they often talk about the paranormal- check out their website and one of my favorite films THE HAUNTING (the original) as directed by Robert Wise in 1963

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    Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

    I have had an experience of having a very vivid dream of a dear friend saying goodbye only to find out that they had died that same night--for me this was a very life affirming experience---lovely hub!

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    tom hellert 6 years ago from home

    kity ,

    why not- ?

    The dead are there not really doing much I doubt they have jobs maybe some of them have to sweep up around Gods antroom maybe cut the lawn so I'm sure they might wanna chat...

    Think about those protective mothers Oh some of them will still be around after their death to mske sure stuff is going right trust me my moms italian... I know


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    WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

    This is too big of a subject for one Hub (I see you have more), but you did a masterful job of "exploring" and condensing the subject. We all have opinions, and then there is what is.

    "Whether these possessions are by the dead or some spirit that is different altogether, we may disagree." I like your open mind. Too many people rush to define and categorize, and end up in a futile fantasy. I have seen some things. You tell me . . . is that a spirit, or mental illness?

    In the Bible there is a story of a medium "bringing up" the spirit of Elijah to confer with Saul. It was recorded by a court scribe and there is no elaboration that dispels the notion that this person regularly communicated with disembodied spirits. Just because there are fakes and delusions, doesn't mean that there is nothing real. Keep that in mind when watching Christian TV.

    Argument to the contrary notwithstanding, we are spirits who have a body. The energy that sustains the spirit is of a different nature than that of the body. It is Soul Power.


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