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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Unique and Thoughtful Gift

Some people are just really hard to shop for. And no matter who is getting your gift, it's tough not choosing something too personal ("Sorry, boss, you seem like someone who would enjoy satin sheets"), too impersonal ("But, honey, that toaster can fit a bagel!"), useless ("I didn't realize you were lactose-intolerant -- I'll return that cheese log"), or just in poor taste ("Sorry, I didn't realize when I tried to regift that bottle of wine to you that you've been sober for five years").

This holiday season, you might want to consider giving the 2016 Monthly Meditation Wall Calendar.

Research has shown that meditation can be beneficial for stress reduction, health, mood, brain function, performance, creativity, and even psychic development. 

Providing a friend or loved one with an easy way to bring meditation into his/her daily life is truly a gift.

Often people find trying to clear their minds difficult, but meditation is actually about focusing your attention and being mindful. It's not about asking your brain to stop doing all its jobs (it hates that!). It's easy for your mind to wander with your eyes closed, so a visual image that you can focus on can be helpful.

In the 2016 Monthly Meditation Calendar, we put together 12 striking abstract images that were created from data that were collected while meditators focused on 12 specific ideas including Abundance, Gratitude, and Choice. The data were transformed into images using custom Windbridge Institute software that my husband Mark Boccuzzi wrote. I wrote the intentions for each month that the meditators focused on and that appear on each page.

The calendar can be used as a reminder to take a few moments every day to focus on the image, be mindful of your breathing, and just exist in the present without worrying about the past or planning for the future. Voila! You just meditated! 

Specific simple meditation instructions are included with the calendar.

Grab a bunch for unique, gender-neutral gifts to use as last minute gifts, in gift exchanges, as hostess gifts, as teacher gifts, as New Year gifts, and more.

Get your 2016 Monthly Meditation Wall Calendar at:

In addition to the benefits of meditation listed above, a recent article in Grief Digest listed using a physical wall calendar (not an app) with room to write as a strategy for the bereaved in the new year "to be honest about the pain of our grief and resolve in the months to come to be proactive and do the necessary griefwork." It was suggested that someone who is grieving can use a calendar to write in 'appointments' with herself so that when well-meaning people try to get her to do things she might not be up for doing, she can say, "I need to check my calendar" and decline gracefully if need be. "Just by reserving time for yourself, you will give yourself time to breathe and reflect as the new year, with all of its demands and changes, unfolds." A calendar with listed appointments (with yourself or others) also addresses the feeling that "one day drags into the next, always the same." The Monthly Meditation Calendar might be a thoughtful gift for someone in your life who is grieving.

Get discount codes for use when purchasing a calendar at:

All sales support consciousness research at the Windbridge Institute (so they also qualify for Small Business Saturday).

Thanks! May the meditation practices you create bring peace, health, and joy to all those who receive your gifts.

PS - For more about the process behind the creation of the images, see Visualizing Intention: Art Informed by Science by Mark Boccuzzi.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Basics: Definitions of Mental and Physical Mediums

There are two main categories of mediumship: physical and mental.

During physical mediumship, physical effects including materializations and table-tipping are produced.

During mental mediumship, the medium conveys messages from deceased people or animals (called discarnates) to their living loved ones (called sitters) during a specific event (called a reading).

The states of consciousness experienced by the medium during either of these two different types exist along a continuum from waking states to trance states of varying depth. Many mediums experience significant alterations of consciousness on some occasions and a waking state (albeit somewhat altered) on other occasions.

For more info, see:

Beischel, J. (2015). Investigating Mediums: A Windbridge Institute Collection. Tucson, AZ: Windbridge Institute (Blurb).

Beischel, J., & Zingrone, N. (2015). Mental mediumship. In CardeƱa, E., Palmer, J., & Marcusson-Clavertz, D. (Eds.), Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century (pp. 301-313). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Basics: Definitions of Medium and Psychic

In my research at the Windbridge Institute, we use the term medium to describe an individual who experiences regular communication with the deceased. This is in contrast to a psychic who regularly experiences information about or from people, events, places, or times unknown to him/her.

It is often said that all mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums.

Anyone can have mediumistic and/or psychic experiences and the terms medium and psychic are used specifically to describe people who have those experiences regularly, reliably, and often 'on-demand'.

At the Windbridge Institute, we have been performing research since 2008 with a team of mediums whose abilities have been demonstrated under controlled conditions. This allows us to study the phenomenon with participants who are able to effectively and repeatedly provide information about the deceased during various research protocols.

For more info, see:

Beischel, J. (2015). Investigating Mediums: A Windbridge Institute Collection. Tucson, AZ: Windbridge Institute (Blurb).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Readings with a Medium: Phone vs. In-Person

It is important to note that a medium does not need to be in your city, state, or country in order for you to receive a good reading.  Phone readings can actually be better than in-person readings for several reasons:

You can be sure the information the medium is reporting does not come from what she can glean from seeing you.

The mediumship process seems to be a 'right-brained' or intuitive activity and if she can see you, her 'left brain' or analytical side may get in the way by trying to make assessments about you from your appearance, age, etc.  This is one reason why authentic mediums may close their eyes during in-person readings.

Any visible expressions of grief you may exhibit will not distract her.  If the medium you are seeing is an empathetic one (and that is not a given), the pain you are demonstrating can divert her attention.

She can perform readings in an environment that is comfortable for her and, thus, conducive to her process.  With phone readings, the medium is not required to, say, vacuum, put on her shoes, or prepare for a guest in other ways.

On the phone, a medium can just concentrate on receiving the communication from your discarnate who will be able to find her either way.

[From: Beischel, J. (2013). Meaningful messages: Making the most of your mediumship reading.]

For a list of Windbridge Certified Research Mediums (WCRMs), see:

Please note: To keep prices low, each of my individual books [Among Mediums, Meaningful Messages (which the above excerpt is from), and Vol. 1 of From the Mouths of Mediums] is available exclusively on as a Kindle e-book. However, a single paperback book titled Investigating Mediums ( is now available which includes the content from all three e-books plus additional articles. Please also note that you can download and read Kindle books instantly on almost any tablet, smartphone, computer, or other device using free reader apps available from

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Why are most mediums female?

I am often asked why I think most modern mental mediums are female. On our research team, 90% of the mediums are female.

I can only conjecture about this gender discrepancy, but it might have something to do with the evolution-based predisposition female brains have for communication skills.

Alternatively---or additionally and probably more likely---it might simply be a social issue: it is more socially acceptable to be a medium if you are female. Just like men are not necessarily better scientists but it has just been more acceptable historically and socially for men to pursue science, women are not necessarily better mediums but it has just been more socially acceptable for women to practice mediumship. Historically, women with scientific proclivities and men with mediumistic abilities were often told by society to focus their energies elsewhere so those occupations have been dominated by those genders. However, I know there's nothing about science that necessitates an Adam's apple (because I don't have one and I rock at it) and I don't think there's anything about mediumship that necessitates two X chromosomes (because the other 10% on our team are equally as capable as the ladies).

Again, this is all pure speculation and only research will be able to sort it out.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wow, I cannot stay on top of this

Hi! And, ugh. I really have a hard time keeping this thing up to date (obviously).

Maybe find me on Facebook:
(where I also rarely post)

Or check out our fancy updated new website:

...where you can join our email list for up-to-the-minute updates ...every couple months or so :-)

Designing and performing innovative research with psychic mediums while also writing something-or-other all the dang time and trying to remember to also shower and eat unfortunately doesn't leave a lot of time for catching up with y'all.

For now, here's a nugget: I'll be at this awesome conference right here in my very own city next weekend:

I truly hope you have a nice week. If you find yourself getting a little cranky, stop, close your eyes (not while driving), drop your shoulders, take 3 slow breaths, and think about something in your life that you're better off with than you'd be without.