Xazmin Garza went to see Theresa Caputo, known for her show Long Island Medium, in a live venue. According to Xazmin, Theresa was doing message work and asked the crowd, “Who lost someone with an M name over here?” and a dozen people all responded. This type of message delivery is what I call message casting. I’m not saying that Theresa is a bad medium. What I am saying is that message casting is bad form. I’ve seen lots of mediums, of high, low, and mediocre quality do it, and it’s bad form in all cases. I’ve had the spirits do it with me once or twice too. It pissed me off, because I’m specific with them about not wanting to work that way.

The article continues on to say that she did some work that was very accurate, which is great. But form counts. Bad form is like farting in church. A fart in church doesn’t invalidate the content of the service, but it changes your experience of it, and not for the better.

The biggest problem with message casting is that it hurts our credibility. The credibility of mediumship is delicate to begin with, and looking like you’re throwing your lure into the pond and hoping for a bite surely doesn’t improve it any. It doesn’t inspire confidence in the seekers. A case in point is the article I wrote about someone who went with me to see message work, for the very first time, noticed it, and caused me to create a term for this behavior.

Message casting is also an open opportunity for cynics to make us look bad, and put us in a position that’s hard to explain, even if we tell the whole truth that it usually doesn’t impact the message itself. At that point, it’s like trying to explain how your toxic fart in church is because the food you ate last night disagreed with you. Nobody wants to hear why, no matter how true your explanation is.

My suggestion for dealing with message casting is to be strict with your spirit folks about it. Between the medium and his or her spirt folks, mediumship is a two-way street. You have a say in what goes on, to a fair extent, and this is a place where you can have your say. As for me personally, I say this – if you can’t point me directly to the recipient of the message, then the message isn’t getting delivered. Fah-get-about-it. Spirits are capable of finding the recipient, and I don’t want any baloney about it. If they can’t or won’t do it, then the message isn’t worth delivering in the first place, because form and credibility matter down here on the Earth plane, and we can’t afford to compromise it. When the medium can’t tell which person it is from two people who are standing right next to each other, that’s understandable – I’ve seen that many times, and it gets to the right person. Not a huge deal, and not what I’m talking about. But just throwing it out there and trolling the crowd for a recipient hurts our credibility, and we can’t have it.

I’ve not heard of “piggybacking” as the article describes it, but it makes a certain amount of sense to me. I’ve sat in many sessions of message work, and while listening politely to the messages given to other seekers, I’ve thought about how some of it might apply to me as well. Kind of like food for thought, but not so much like a broadcast that was meant for me, the seeker, and whoever else. My view of it is that if you happen to get something of value from a message intended for someone else, great. Just don’t expect it, or make too much out of it. But do be thankful, because the spirits don’t have to talk to us – directly, indirectly, or at all. It’s a choice on their part.