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Channeling Farrah

In a new interview appearing in Out Magazine, actress Tori Spelling claims that her former neighbor, the late Farrah Fawcett, communicated with her from the dead during a session she was having with TV psychic John Edward. Spelling claims she was consulting with Edward with the hope of contacting her deceased father when the psychic interrupted the session to say that Farrah Fawcett was "coming through." "It was pretty surreal," Spelling said. "We were neighbors for years. She basically wanted me to give a message to [Fawcett's son] Redmond and to her family and she was doing these very specific call-outs for things that they would understand." Spelling's tale may be nothing more than a publicity stunt for her new book, Uncharted TerriTORI, but she is adamant about what happened. "If it had been some psychic that I'd walked in off the street for five bucks it would have been different. But it came through John Edward," she says. "He's a medium, so he channels people. I've been to regular psychics that turn over cards, tarot cards, and sort of read your future, that type of thing. But, with him, literally people just come to him and say things that they want the person to hear." Apparently, Spelling makes a habit of contacting the dead. She spoke about a time when she and her husband contacted his deceased parents. "They were coming through and they were saying things that literally only Dean would know, that I had no idea about. So, I don't know, I believe in all of that." Prominent celebrity psychics like John Edward make it all seem very real and even ordinary. Edward, who has his own TV show on the Sci Fi channel, claims to be a Catholic whose clientele includes priests and nuns. Even though he acknowledges that the Church opposes what he does, he says he often prays the rosary and meditates before making contact with the spirits. To say the Church opposes what he does is an understatement. The Lord God Himself has spoken against the practice of contacting the dead and has done so vehemently. “Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller or soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord.”(Deut. 18:10-12). The main reason the Lord makes this strong statement is because of the dangers involved in dabbling around in the spiritual realm, a place that is fraught with peril for the unsuspecting. Even though New Agers like to create an assortment of sweetly-named spiritual beings such as "spirit guides" or "avatars" or "ascended masters," their only proof that these beings exist is from other psychics and channelers. According to information gleaned from Scripture, historical records and tradition (such as the revelations of the saints), we know of only three beings who exist in this realm - God, angels/demons, and disembodied human souls. For reasons described in detail in my blog on Ghosts, we know that God is capable of appearing but would never do so during a "seance" or "channeling session" because He has condemned these practices. Nor would angels do this because they are His messengers and can only do what He commands. Disembodied souls (what most of us call "ghosts") do not have the ability to communicate with the living because humans have no natural power, either in this life or in the next, to communicate with the material world apart from their bodies. Any such ability would have to come from either a preternatural source (an angel or a demon) or a supernatural source (God).(I explain this in much more detail on the Ghost blog.) This leaves only one possibility - demons. Anyone who has even a modest education in these matters knows that one of the devil's favorite tricks is to masquerade and deceive. He especially likes to appear as an "angel of light" or, in this case, as a Charlie's angel. The devil certainly has the power to do this, and his fanatical hatred for God and man gives him the motive to do so. Even though the devil can do nothing that God does not permit him to do, we all know that the devil is permitted to tempt man in a variety of ways, including this one.  (See Catechism #395) The practice of contacting the dead is dangerous for the clients, and especially for the channelers who are allowing demons to use them for the purpose of luring people into sin against the command of the Almightly. Anyone who wonders what kind of damage is done to a person who serves as a medium need only read the testimony of former clairvoyants such as Moire Noonan (author of Ransomed from Darkness).  “As I became more psychically proficient, I actually began to see angels and demons,” writes Noonan. “I saw so many things, most of which I didn’t want to see. Demons, after all, don’t approach one gently, asking ‘do you have time for me now?’ Once the door is open, they bombard you. I eventually found it hard to sleep because my mind was always rushing, without interruption . . . Ask anyone who’s been a psychic, especially a clairvoyant. They will tell you the same thing: they have no peace.” A booklet on psychics is available in the Learn to Discern series. Click on the "New Age Resources" button on the navigation bar for more information. Send your New Age questions to