I was given the delightful opportunity to
do email interviews with those wonderful ladies of the paranormal, the
Below find their answers to the questions
I asked them, giving us insight into the work and wonder of what Jackie
and Christine do when they do their spirit rescues, as well as their
lives as psychic
1. How long have you known each other?
How did you meet?
J - We have
known each other since childhood, growing up in the same street.
Years later, Christine then married my brother Kevin.
C - We have
lived in the same village all our lives and years later I married
Jackie's brother but we are no longer together, having divorced in
2. When did you first realize your
talent? When did you begin deliberately using
J - When I
look back now, I realise that I have always been able to communicate
with spirit, but when you are a child, you just accept this as
normality, and that everyone else can see what you can see. Then I
suppose, my ability went away whilst I was busy growing up. As a
teenager I was very interested in the paranormal, and looked into
different communication levels, via cards, wicca etc. Then I got
married, had babies, and did all the mumsy things. Christine and
my brother Kevin had a really bad car accident, and it made me think
about life and death in a very down to earth way. I had a thirst
to know more, and so I consciously sought information on the various
ways to communicate with spirit.
and I attended our local Spiritualist Church together, and one night,
the platform Medium came to us after the service. She told us that
her Spirit Guide had told her that she had to ask us to join a
development circle. We had never met this woman before, as she
came from the Manchester area, which was an hours drive from where we
live. So we were a little surprised, but agreed to do this.
For the next year we travelled every week to train with this lady,
firstly with other potential Mediums, then eventually, just the two of
us, with her, at her home. The rest, as you know, is history.
C - When I was five I was taken to
my grt grandmother's house by my grandparents. My grt grandmother
had died and I went with them to sort out her things. I could not
touch a thing. I could feel grt gran there; I saw her sitting in
her chair and I felt she was saying leave my things alone.
3. Could you please describe how a
(normal/standard) encounter might seem to you. Eg, what do you see? Hear? etc.
J - This
depends on the circumstances. Sometimes I do physically see the
spirit, and also physically hear, but it is usually a thought process.
Spirit have to learn how to communicate with you, as an individual, just
as you have to learn to tune in to them. So each communication is
different. For the most, I suppose it is rather like a daydream
sort of feeling, if that makes sense. its 'inside' your head.
Spirit have to 'thought transfer' what they are trying to say to you.
Sometimes it can be extremely physical as in a strong smell, or even
being pushed, prodded etc. My father in law actually pinches my
backside to let me know he is around (cheeky!!) no pun intended.
I have to
take all of the symbols, pictures, sounds, smells and also feelings and
put them all together to be able to see, hear and understand. I
always think that explaining spirit is rather like explaining how a
radio works. You turn on the radio, and you can hear someone
talking to you, you can hear the music and it makes you feel good, or
the chat show that you listen to is really helpful and this puts a
picture in your mind of what you are listening to, especially if its an
excerpt from a book. Now you cant see the person that is talking
to you on the radio, but you can hear them, so you know that they are
there. Its just the same with the spirit world, they just
communicate on a different vibration level that's all.
C - I usually see spirit in my third
eye although I have seen them fully manifest... I have like a tv
screen inside my head and I can hear them too... I also see shapes
and symbols which, with the help of my guide, Loni, I interpret what
spirit are trying to say.
4. Do you come from a background of
believers or other talented mediums?
J - Both of
my grandmothers were psychic, although neither used their ability
outside of the family. My parents are interested in the
paranormal, and we have really interesting discussions about things.
Most of my Mums sisters are psychic, and so yes, I suppose it runs
in the family
C - Many of my family have the gift
but they don't all use it... My gr gran was a spiritualist and she
had a crystal ball; she had to go to the spiritualist meetings in secret
as they were not allowed in the early 50s.
5. Part of the appeal to the show is
that you are both so down-to-earth and not "Hollywood".
Extraordinary women who have a fine tuned and extraordinary talent
for communicating with the dead. Are you comfortable with the growth in
popularity of the show and your own celebrity?
J - Its funny
really, because the first time a fan of the show came up to us in
Toronto, Chris and I just looked at each other and giggled. I
have a saying that keeps me grounded and reminds me where my
roots are, and that is 'fish, chips, and mushy peas'. Its a proper
northern England dish, and takes me visually back to eating fish and
chips out of newspaper as a kid. Chris and I love working on the
show, and don't see ourselves as anything other than two lasses from
Barnton who are doing a job that we absolutely love doing.
C - I am happy that the show is
popular... I don't feel like a celeb; I don't feel any different.
I really like when the fans come to say hello.
6. It seems like the most prevalent
fad these days is seeking proof of life after death. What is your
opinion on why it's so difficult to "pin down" or actually
"prove" the existence of life beyond this one?
- We can
only prove what we have done. As none of us have done the death
bit, till we actually go over to the spirit world, we cant absolutely
prove anything. However, we can believe in the available proof.
The aim of a Medium is to prove that life is continuous once we go
through the change that we call death. I personally have had proof
over and over again that my loved ones in the Spirit World are still
around me. I have also had proof of other peoples loved ones in
spirit are around them. They do this by providing me with
information that I could not possibly know without it being conveyed to
me by the person now in spirit. That's one of the reasons that i
love to do the rescue work. Spirit give so much proof of who they
are, where they lived, how they lived, why they are still around on the
earth plane. That can be backed up by researching the information
that you are given by them. It is tremendously satisfying to know
that you can help spirit who need help, and to get confirmation that you
listened properly to what they were saying to you, is terrific.
C - Proving life after death is the
main function of a medium and is very important... to me. Proving
it is not easy... I would love it if spirit could just say Hi my
name is and I lived? but they can mostly only communicate by
showing me pictures, etc... Also, the spirit-world vibrates at a
much faster rate than this world... We vibrate at the same rate as
our world that's why it is solid to us... When we pass to spirit
we vibrate at the same rate as the spirit-world and that becomes
solid... The spirit-world is another dimension; it
is in and around this world... Some spirits find it easier to
communicate than others - just like on the earth-plane some
people can learn to do things faster and better than others.
7. You both seem to use visuals in
your rescues. Have you been artistic all your life or is this
something that comes almost as "automatic or spirit writing"?
- I have
always 'doodled', as I think most people do, so how much of that was
spirit, and how much of that was me just being artistic, I cant say for
certain. I have always drawn faces, and love to draw and paint.
I have painted in oils for many years, and love all the pre-raphaelite
consciously work with spirit to differentiate between spirit
communication and me just wanting to draw or paint. Usually one of
my Guides will urge me to pick up paper and either a pen or pencil.
That way I know how they want to work with me. The drawings
usually come very quickly, and I never know how they are going to
develop. Sometimes the image however, is extremely strong and I
have to get it down exactly as it is in my head. it can be really
intense at times.
drawing is an 'image' of a person and not a photograph, and the
recipient of the drawing has to be aware of that. If the image is
captured, then that is what is to be achieved.
C - I have always drawn ever since
being a child... But I always drew faces, never knowing why, until
I started incorporating this with my medium-ship.
8. What advice would you give to
people who think they have a haunted house?
No seriously, they need to know if they feel threatened or upset by the
spirit that they believe to be there. it could be that the spirit
is just visiting and likes to pop in every now and again to see how the
newest occupants are treating their former home, or it could be that
they are the occupants own family member calling to say hello.
The occupants need to 'feel' the atmosphere. If the spirit needs
to be helped and guided towards the light, there will be a definite
feeling in the house that cannot be ignored. They could always try
to fill each room full of light and ask their own guides to help guide
the distressed spirit into the light. I would advise anyone who is
doing this however, to put psychic protection around themselves before
C - My advice to anyone with a
haunted house is to find their nearest spiritualist church and ask for
9. Do you believe everyone has these
abilities and if so, how do they move forward toward feeling
comfortable with them?
everyone is born with this ability of communication, I think
everyone has a story of a baby, or very young child, looking at
'something or someone' in the room, and there is no one there, or of
chatting away to that something or someone. That is how we are
before we school our minds on how to live in the physical world.
The best way to be comfortable with the natural gifts that we all have,
is to decide what you are going to do with them. If you want to
develop them, to communicate or just simply to be in control of what is
happening to you, then you need to become aware of your gifts, then to
develop them. This can be through a development circle, or on a
one to one with a Medium. The key to any development is
meditation. You have to be able to meditate in order to
communicate in depth with your spirit guide. Development will
be based on meditating and interpretation of the meditation. This
is how we 'learn'. Spirit teach us through meditation with
pictures, sounds, feelings, smells etc etc
C - I truly believe we all have the
ability to develop our gifts... Some people are more tuned into
this than others... To move forward we need to find a development
circle and meditate a lot
10. What is the most memorable case
you've ever worked on together? Why was it
- In the
show, they are all memorable, although we do have one or two favourites.
Some can be very distressing, and intense, especially if it involves a
missing person, or a murder victim. Cases involving children are
always heart rendering.
the most memorable case that we have worked on together has to be the
first rescue that we ever did. Many years ago we did an
investigation in Leicestershire, England that involved a down syndrome
youngster. He had been locked up in an upstairs room of the house
by his father, who was a Minister of the Church. This was in the
1920's. This poor young lad was chained inside the room, and there
were bars at the windows. He was taken out at night on a leash for
exercise so that no one saw him in the dark. We didn't know any
of this prior to our visit. The story unfolded during the rescue.
It was very emotional as the youngsters grandfather came forward to take
him into the light. He actually turned to us when he got hold of
his grandfathers hand and waved goodbye. Everything was confirmed
by the lady who owned the house as she had researched the story, and
only taken the chains out of the room the day before we arrived.
C - The most memorable case was the
first one we went on... It involved helping a down syndrome child into
the spirit-world... This poor child had been chained up in a
cupboard all his days and only taken out at night under the cover of
darkness... This was in the 1920s... When we rescued him his
grandfather came out of the light to take him over... It was very
11. If you could change one thing
about what you do, what would it be?
- I am
perfectly content with what I do. if I need to change in any way,
shape or form, I expect Spirit will direct me as to how to work.
- I would not change anything because I cant think of anything to change
Mediums is a half-hour television show that follows the trials and
tribulations of two internationally-renowned psychics, Christine
Hamlett and Jackie Dennison, as they visit people’s homes and show
wayward spirits into the light. Jackie and Christine’s psychic
abilities include premonitions, psychometrics, psychic drawings,
spirit contact, past life regressions... all helped by a very quirky
sense of humour.
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Rescue Mediums can be now be seen in 6
countries: Canada (on W Network), USA (on WE tv), UK (Discovery
Health and Home), Brazil, Thailand and Sweden.
2007 - JLee Davis