What a Rescue Medium Does

Learn How Mediums Help Earthbound Spirits Transcend

Approximate reading time 6 minutes.

Some Call Rescue Mediumship the Highest Form of Mediumship

What a rescue medium does reveals how Mediums help earthbound spirits move into the light.

I Love Doing Rescue Mediumship!

I frequently do Rescue Mediumship. I’ve seen earthbound spirits since I was a child. However, it wasn’t until a memorable encounter with a spirit in a parking garage caused me to take rescue work more seriously.

My First Experience Rescuing a Spirit

Years ago, I attended a meeting at a hospital about doing spiritual work with hospice patients. I happened to notice a female spirit in the dimly lit hospital parking lot garage. The spirit appeared sideways to me, was grayish, and flat looking. My first impression was that of a cardboard image of a person.

Upon closer inspection, I ascertained that the spirit possessed some awareness but sensed extreme unhappiness. I decided to communicate with her with my empathic ability of Clairsentience. I then proceeded to offer words of comfort and prayer. To my amazement, the female spirit began to brighten in color, exude more peaceful energy, and then suddenly disappeared. Unknowingly, I’d done my first spirit rescue!

A Rescue Medium Helps Lost Spirits Move to the Light

A Rescue Medium is a specialty medium that has dedicated themselves to freeing trapped earthbound spirits. These Mediums have been trained to do spirit rescue safely and effectively. In fact, there are organizations committed to doing this kind of spiritual service. However, some Mediums naturally detect lost souls and can move them to the Light without having any training whatsoever.

Often, I put myself in the shoes of a stuck spirit that’s frightened, confused, or feeling hopeless. When I’ve helped a trapped soul move into the Light, I always get a wonderful feeling. It’s no different than offering a helping hand to a living person in desperate need. Most individuals feel this warm feeling after helping someone–no how minor the situation.

A Perfect Opportunity for Spiritual Service

When a Medium comes in contact with an earthbound spirit, either by intention or by accident, it’s a perfect opportunity to persuade the spirit to cross over to the Spirit World. Some of these unfortunate souls are willing to move on while others aren’t.

Regardless, with a little patience and coaching, even the most troubled spirit has an opportunity to be “rescued” from their trapped condition.


James Van Praagh on Rescue Mediumship

“Ghosts often have some type of unfinished earthly business. They stay here because they want more sensations of the physical world, are perhaps afraid of what awaits them in the afterlife, or most often are just plane nosy.”

~James Van Praagh, Spirit Medium, in the Forward for Mary Ann Winkowski’s Book, “When Ghosts Speak”, 2009

In addition, if the Medium or rescue group can offer compelling reasons for a spirit to let go and cross over, such as a chance for a better reality, a Spirit may finally decide to cross to the Light. 

“By the way, most of these ghostly entities are not scary and mean. They are just trying to get your attention so that you can help them.”

 Where You’ll Encounter Lost Spirits

Lost spirits are everywhere. For example, you could encounter one in your home, office, a playground, or on a bus. Most of these kinds of spirits are benign. They don’t wish to harm anyone but are desperately seeking help to move them out of their stuck existence. Other earthbound spirits are souls that have consciously chosen at death to remain on the earth plane and have absolutely no desire to move on.

Some of these souls may even be angry, mean, or vengeful.  Without a doubt, this variety of earthbound spirits is harder to work with.

Other forms of earthbound spirits live in a dream world. Their awareness of their surroundings is dim, and for them, there’s no passage of time. These are the kinds of lost souls that need help the most.

Lost Spirits Unexpectedly Show Up

When doing a Mediumship session or while in a Mediumship development circle, lost spirits may show up. If this happens, it can confuse you. At first, you can’t identify the spirit, and you’re not sure why they’re present.

Furthermore, you may even feel some irritation at your Mediumship Gatekeeper Guide for not keeping this spirit away.

Spirits Sometimes Like to Spill their Guts

When a spirit encounters a Medium that can communicate with them, the spirit may want to share the details of their death. The moment of death may have involved violence, trauma, and yes, even murder. Of course, this may be difficult to hear, and it’s essential that Mediums receiving a lost spirit remain detached.

If you happen to begin working with a lost spirit that has a sad story to tell, it’s critical that you stay kind and sympathetic without becoming emotionally involved.

Getting emotional will only serve to drop your energy level, and you may even lose contact with the spirit as well as an opportunity to help. However, just by listening to the spirit’s story, may accelerate the crossing over process because a level of trust has been established.

Is Your Lost Spirit a Ghost?

Ghosts and earthbound spirits are practically the same. Of course, there exist ghosts that are, in fact, a *residual haunting. And, there are *poltergeist spirits. This post is not about these kinds of spirits, but here’s a short description of each:

  • A residual ghost or haunting is something observed that has no intelligence. It’s like seeing a movie replayed in the air that repeats over time.
  • Poltergeist activity is a phenomenon that’s still not fully understood by paranormal investigators. The current thought is that these kinds of spirits are thought to be caused by an ‘agent’ (often a young person). More often, this individual is angry or has experienced some traumatic event. The resulting energy manifests in ghost-like outward manifestations that wreak havoc around the individual like objects toppling over or mysteriously thrown.

Don’t Fear these Spirits!

Most importantly, never fear a ghost that is an earthbound spirit. It’s true that at times even the most seasoned of Mediums instinctively fear the unknown and will shy away from spirits known as ghosts.

I once had a student who was a naturally gifted Medium. She loved communicating with spirits and relaying messages. Amazingly, she was terrified of ghosts. No matter what I said to alleviate her fear, she adamantly refused to have anything to do with earthbound spirits of any kind. And, that’s her right.

Long Time Earthbound Spirits

Occasionally, you’ll encounter a spirit that died hundreds of years ago. These spirits are often confused and not even aware that they’re dead. In fact, you’re perhaps the first human contact they’ve made since their death. When meeting a spirit such as this, again, you can work with them to make them aware of their situation. The spirit may be open to finally crossing over or refuses to budge.

Whether in spirit form or when alive, all humans are subject to the Universal Law of Free Will. If a spirit refuses to cross and wishes to remain in limbo, wish them well and let them go. At least you’ve planted the seed in their awareness that the option remains open for moving into the Light at any time.

In conclusion:

A Rescue Medium performs the essential task of helping earthbound spirits cross over to the Light. Finally, doing this kind of Mediumship work is the highest form of Mediumship there is.

Resource Wikipedia: Rescue Mediums

*Residual Haunting: An imprint on the atmosphere of a person. This is not an intelligent spirit.
*Poltergeist Spirits: Called noisy ghosts. These ghosts are never seen, but wreak havoc in a home by throwing objects and moving furniture around, among other things.



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Carol Nicholson is thirty-five years a professional Psychic Medium and author of numerous Psychic and Spiritual courses since 2001.
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12 thoughts on “What a Rescue Medium Does”

  1. The practice is inherited from the ancient Egyptians that believed the afterlife was located in the West.

  2. I am a psychic medium & would be very interested in becoming a rescue medium. I do some spiritual home energy cleansing as well as for clients that require it using the visualisation method & intention prayer.

  3. Hi Anna, that’s super. I love what you do! By December, we’ll have an advanced course in Mediumship that covers more about Rescue Mediumship. Also. I have a short movie on house cleansing coming on YouTube soon. Sign up for our newsletter for notification of both if you’re not already on it. Smiles, Carol

  4. Hi! Thank you for this article! I have been doing this work for the last year. When I had my “come to Jesus” moment with mediumship, these spirits were seeking me out. I had no idea this was even a form of mediumship. I just knew I couldn’t turn off the level of love and compassion I had for these souls. Thank you again for this ?

  5. Hello,
    My name is Joe, I am a paranormal investigator here in Massachusetts (Cape Cod) principally Mashpee Mass. I work in an area that has a lot of history to indigenous people of this area, the Wampanoag tribe. For the last five years or so, I have communicated with these wonderful spirit entities that I have gotten to know. However, I do sometimes encounter not so friendly ones, I would like to be able to help them help themselves. These spirit entities most of the time are not in the area I mentioned above, I explain to them that I am there to help them and to listen to their problem(s). Then I mention some positive words and see what their response is, truly, it is really up to them if they want to cross over, but I try to reinforce saying it would benefit them to a happier eternal life if they did cross over. Hopefully, they would be ready for that at that time, here again, I have to listen and understand their plight, then take it from there.
    Thank you for what you do for these souls.
    Joe Gilgen (Paranormal Peacekeepers)

  6. While spreading my lovers ashes his aunt and I sat on a rock by the creek a hummingbird flew between us about three times then stoped and took turns looking each from eye to eye. When he died he had a hummingbird sticker on his car and his name was animal Mike bc of the many many birds he raised. I would love to help earthbound spirits to move to the loving lite but the books are just to much. I have studied shamanism for 45yrs but this sounds like something I could do for sure. No worries ~Bren~

  7. Wendy Macphee Beckett

    I am a rescue medium. I have never had any training and kinda stumbled into it. First encounter was my husband’s father…he had unfinished business. Next a mother and daughter…catholic and afraid to cross over because of perceived sins. Third one was a young girl from the 1950s who was ritually murdered.

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