A few years ago I used to watch, religiously, a program called Most Haunted. As you know, I'm fascinated with all things spiritual and have had many paranormal experiences that have both enlightened and frightened me. I used to curl up in bed, lights off, and watch the presenters of the show do their stuff; and some of it was actually quite believable. (stay with me) Some of the mediums they had on seemed genuine and I could quite relate to their senses as they accurately described what they felt, saw and heard. But as the program got more popular, so did the presenters and guest mediums, several of whom were beginning to make the show look a little false. I have most of the dvd's in boxsets and have watched each one. And then one day I realised that something ridiculous kept happening: each time alleged poltergeist activity took place, the camera was never pointing in that particular direction. It was however, always pointing at someone's face, showing the audience a reaction of complete surprise, shock, fright and, for want of a better word, acting. I have to admit that I really started to like some of the presenters, the main ones in particular, but when I flicked through some Sky channels the other day and saw Most Haunted was featured, I decided to watch, see which one it was, remember the many hours of entertainment our astral cousins would give me.
Derek Acorah was the first face I saw. I sat and stared open mouthed at the television before cursing myself for actually believing in the crap that was being portrayed before my very eyes. He had allegedly been possessed by a man who had been murdered a couple of hundred years ago. DA staggered in front of the camera, talking to Yvette in a most bizarre fashion, using words that would once have been spoken in the 1800's, like "wench". After a few minutes of parading like a lunatic on my screen, me continuing to stare like a guppy fish, DA fell to the floor as the camera followed his slow descent, perfectly orchestrated so as not to hurt himself. My beliefs in all things paranormal, especially that of ghostly presences, are strong, and once I'd stopped laughing I thought about the way mediums and those involved with the unexplained are mocked and made fun of, most probably because of the unbelievable antics of these theatrics.
The experiences that have happened to me have been very real. I've written about many of them in earlier posts before including them in my book. If mediums are possessed then that's great, or not so if it's not your thing. But I'll never forget a medium I once went to see about 6 years ago who told me, without knowing anything about me, that I must be very careful when meditating because of my epilepsy. I wish programs would be made that wouldn't make us laugh at staged mediums. Some are incredibly talented and I know a few personally. I might stick my Most Haunted dvd's on Ebay; make myself a few bob and give someone else a good laugh in the bargain.