To test a Medium that speaks as or for an independent entity.
Medium: also known as a psychic, channel, amanuensis, messenger, intuitive, extrasensory perceptive, supersensible (sic) contact, thetan, seer, oracle, pythia, vehicle, kutb, shaman, instrument, witch, sorcerer, fortune teller, and so on.
Some examples of mediums that claim to channel intelligent autonomous entities:
Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009) Summit Lighthouse/Church Universal and Triumphant Messenger for many entities called Ascended Masters
JZ Knight (1946-????)
Jane Roberts (1929-1984) 'Rupert' medium for "Seth Speaks"
The following simple tests are designed to examine the claim that a human being has contact with or is possessed [inhabited] by an intelligent entity that is either a non-corporeal spirit or the spirit of an incarnated adept or a combination of both. In other words, does an independent, autonomous, intelligent entity act and speak through a human medium?
If the medium fails these tests or refuses to take them, no license to practice in any way, even for free, should be permitted. The medium must be deemed a fake to protect the gullible among spiritual seekers in society.
Of course, we can go on with more tests, but I hope the reader gets the point. We are only testing what is already claimed by the medium that the spirit or entity is independent and intelligent and has fewer limits than the medium or human vehicle it possesses or is using as an instrument.
Here is another way to test a psychic with a $1 million award if the psychic proves his or powers are real.
I have often heard devotees of channeled entities say, "It does not matter to me that the enitiy is real or not. The information resonates with me and that is all that matters. It is my truth." To these poor saps I post a warning:
Your experience, mind and intuition can easily fool you.
In my years of research, most "spiritual" seekers I meet believe they are skeptical but upon questioning they have no clue what it means to apply skepticism and empirical standards without a confirmation bias. Occult arts from astrology to psychic readings and psychic healing arts from mesmerism to reiki all depend on the same naive consumer responses, for example, "It works for me" or "my experience was good." Experience is necessary as a first step to grasp a personal reality, but it is only a first step. For example, one can have a great experience in ancient Rome drinking wine from a glass goblet but over time the lead in the glass over time would damage your brain, drive you insane, and eventually kill you. One can have a profound realization about one-self after taking an free introductory test administered by Scientology, but ten years down the line and several hundreds of thousands of dollars later you will find none of the promises made by the "Church" fulfilled and your recovery from that "experience" will be excruciating when you finally wake up enough to defect.
Joe Szimhart 2/28/2013