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I'm wondering what the view is on humans who can talk to the deceased? By deseased, I mean humans who have passed away on earth who have not been reborn into the Hungry Ghost realm. I have known genuine mediums (of whom are not Buddhist) who have contacted loved ones for people; and they do not do this for the money or to rip people off, they do it to let the living know that they're loved ones are happy and at peace. I'm sorry if this sounds very out of place, since the Hungry Ghost realm is a result of a bad karmic life, I cannot believe a medium contacts the deceased from this realm when a lot of love is given by yhe spirits of humans that come through to communicate. In terms of mediumship, I'm referring to the spiritualist movement (spiritualist churches and demonstrations of mediumship).
In the last 6 months, I went with a friend to see a medium (They were happy for me to sit in). My friend had not visited this medium before or had any prior connections with them. The only communication they had was a single phone call to book a suitable time to meet. my friend has no social media accounts; so no prior snooping could have been done on the medium's part. When we arrived and sat down, the medium 'tuned in' as all genuine mediums do, and without them even saying a word the medium had accurately got the name of her father who passed away 18 years ago, their grandad and aunts and uncles. Described them perfectly and told of some of my friends past events to boot. The medium told us both not to 'feed' him as he wanted no sort of information from us; yet he managed to do what he did sincerely.
I have not described this incident to poke holes or to cause any doubt in regards to Buddhist thought; but I have a genuine belief that humans can have an ability (Whether it is a type of attachment or unhealthy practice) to contact the deceased.
What I'm trying to do is to place this practice of mediumship into Buddhist thought, cosmology and/or philosophy; as I have no reason to disbelieve Mediumship and I have no reason to doubt my Biddhist school of thought (Theravada) so I'm trying to find a middle ground here between the two which I'm confident that it exists, I just have not found it yet. Even if it's to the suggestion that the hungry ghost rralm isn't just full of greedy, tortured souls; and there are different levels - to an extent where humans become ghosts/spirits and suffer just as much as we do (possibly a bit more due to it being a lower world) but still have the power to practice and feel loving-kindness.
Any helpful thoughts and suggetions are deeply appreciated!