An Amazing Experience—What Is Physical Mediumship?
Physical mediumship is when something physical and tangible is produced through the gifts of the medium. I have been hesitant to write about this aspect of my experience for many reasons. First of all, it is really difficult for people to wrap their minds around the phenomena that takes place. We have a hard enough time accepting the validity of messages that come to us from the other side, even when they make total sense to us, but the idea that something physical can be brought into this reality from spirit, well that seems entirely beyond reason.
Another reason I’ve held off on writing about this phenomenon is because for a bereaved parent, it’s not necessarily the life-line to their child that they need. My first goal is to get people connected up with their child so that they can breathe a little easier and I know how important it is that they be able to trust that. Because physical mediumship receives so much opposition and scrutiny my concern was that if I shared my experiences with readers that they would lose faith in me. I can easily see that point when people begin to veer off from taking me seriously. I need only to talk about the cat’s eye stone that was “apported” through medium Reverend Ron Fredrics to me, or the amazing image of Danny on the “silk” produced in a session with Reverend Hoyt Robinette, to make their eyes gloss over with disbelief. Before I know it, I am categorized as a bereaved mom who’s lost all sense of reason and then I can’t help anyone.
None-the-less I’m taking the plunge and sharing these experiences with you because I can’t contain myself. I have no doubt that if you research this online you will find all kinds of diverse reactions to this type of phenomenon. Some people will swear to you that it is all fraudulent while others will swear to you that the medium is greatly gifted. I believe the latter but as always, I will write up my experiences for you as clearly and honestly as I can remember them, and you can draw your own conclusions.
I will start with my experiences on April 30 and May 1, of 2010. My husband Jerry accompanied me to Odenton, Maryland where a medium by the name of Hoyt Robinette was offering 3 separate events through a group called “Inspired Journeys of Maryland”: private billet readings, spirit card circles and silk circles.
Jerry and I both had private billet readings in the morning on April 30th. Prior to the reading I was given a small piece of white paper, which I was told was my billet. On the billet I was encouraged to write down the names of anyone in spirit that I wanted to contact. I was also told that I could write down a question and then to write my name.
I had been to billet readings before, however, they were always in big group settings where billets were collected in a basket which was placed within reach of the medium who, while blindfolded would take each billet, one at a time and “read” it. I put the word read in quotes to indicate that this is not what you and I consider reading, for the medium’s eyes were both taped shut and blindfolded. This private billet reading, I could see, would be different. It was just myself and Hoyt and he did not use a blindfold.
I handed my billet to Hoyt as I walked into the room where he was waiting for me at a small table. On my billet I had written the names, Danny Migdol-son, Herman Perl-father, Harry Edwards-healer/mentor, Marie Curie-healing guide. We sat down and I was immediately taken by how friendly and easy-going Hoyt was. He started talking to me right away. Below is the session I typed up from the recording:
SHERI’S PRIVATE BILLET READING WITH MEDIUM HOYT ROBINETTE APRIL 30, 2010
Robinette: Okay, all right. I do hear that name though. It’s a last name. It’s not a first name. So it’s Edwards.
Sheri: Yes, correct.
Robinette: The name I’m hearing called to me and you might know there’s lots of love with this one because you put it, you put it down in here? You put it down with love and so the love comes back to you. It’s ever returned. You know you give love and it doesn’t’ come back with meanness or hatred anything else, it comes back with love. It’s like the circuit, the full circuit: you give love it comes back to you. In a relationship with spirit, in that relationship as well. Anyway, I feel that these are here with you. I want to say that there’s um, Marie, no, Marie, that is here with you, it’s said in such a way that it sounds like Mary but it’s Marie. Marie is here with you, Curie, Curie, Madame Curie is here with you so I’ll say this is one who is close to you and I feel like that this is good, and I want to say there is another who goes by the name of Herman who is here with you, or somebody named Larry or Harry, Harry.
Sheri: Yes, that is the first name of Edwards.
Robinette: All right. All right. This one is here with you. I guess you’ve got everybody. He says, “Quite the healer, quite the healer she is.” So know that he is here with you. He says, “I’m going to continue to be with you and I’m going to help you through any and all of your difficulties but I’m going to continue to give that energy that you so need. I’m going to make your energy above all of my, of importance to, above any others. That does not mean that I am going to withdraw my energy from any or all others but I’m going to give you the priority, if you will.
Sheri: Thank you thank you.
Robinette: So I feel like that these folks are here and there are some others. I’ll tell you who the others are in a little while, and I feel like that this is good. It seems to me that you do a very, very important thing for a lot of people. You help a lot of people It’s a far-reaching ministry. That’s what it is. It’s not just a service or a job you do, it’s a ministry and it’s far reaching and it helps people there and there and there and then the ones here, so it’s like a complete range, it helps a lot of people and I feel like that this is good, so we help you to accomplish that and that’s a good, good thing. Mother Theresa says, “I join this too because it’s a healing, it’s a healing that ministry which we are involved in and it helps to help heal people’s hurt, their heart and when their heart is not ailing then their body is not. So, I’m helping you to accomplish that because we reach many, many people with it. We maybe reach one who will know about it but that one will give it many others because,” she says, “you know the pebble never has just one effect. It reaches out very far. Those are all pebbles, the people who hear of or know of your ministry, so this is good. And we will likely help you for all the days or your life with this.”
Seems to me like there’s another one here who wants to speak with you. There’s another, I don’t know if I should say a guide, I don’t know exactly who that would be but there’s another who will tell me momentarily, uh, uh, Daniel Daniel,
Robinette: Okay, Daniel is here. Who is this?
Sheri: My son.
Robinette: Okay, Daniel. He says, “I have no doubt that you have the worst memory of anybody” he says, “because I was just in here! I was just here” (My husband Jerry had the session right before me and of course Dan had been there). I don’t remember anything, yet he was here just a moment ago, anyway he’s here and he says “I’m happy to let you know that I’m free and I’m happy and I’m well.”
Sheri: Good baby.
Robinette: “I knew that you would want to know that because that was one of your greatest worries, your greatest challenges in this life and I knew you would want to know that what you gave to me was invaluable to me. And I’ve taken all of it with me and I know everything now. I know everything. I used to think that I would. “One day,” I said, “I’ll know everything” and I had no idea how I would know that. I didn’t know I meant it this way but as it turns out, that’s how I meant it. I know it in my soul and not with my super brain.”
Sheri: That’s okay Dan. That’s how I know it too.
Robinette: So this is good, um, um and with prayer, with prayer all things are possible, all things are possible with prayer, not just one or say another, and maybe this one but all, all things are possible and you are helping to make that reality to many people who never gave it a thought, who never gave it a thought before.
Sheri: Well they are now!
Robinette: They’ve got some thinking going now.
Robinette: So this is good. Reaching out to people who have found themselves, who find themselves in the same place that you have been or even maybe that you currently are in, the situation or life situations; you reach out to those people because you can’t really give to anybody unless you’ve had it yourself. You can’t say “Oh, I know where you’re coming from.”
Sheri: If you don’t know.
Robinette: If you haven’t been there; if you’re not maybe there right now, of if you have been there yesterday, or some yesterdays ago, you can’t reach out till you can say well, I uh…You may say, “Oh I know, it must be difficult. I’ve never been through that, but I know it must be difficult and I’ll give you all the support that’s necessary, the healing or the prayer or the prayer that brings the healing, give you that.” But it’s so much more powerful when you can say, “I know because I’ve been there.”
Sheri: Yeah! That’s why my life’s been so tough huh?
Robinette: So that you can gain those experiences. So that you can say, “You can’t tell me anything. I know it already. I can tell you that I’ve been there and I know what tomorrow will bring for you. So I know what it is, and it’s like… “Aaahhh…wow…okay” and they want to give their heart to you for that moment, they will give their heart to you and sometimes they want to cry.
Sheri: Oh yeah.
Robinette: and that’s good, that’s good, cleanse yourself, do it. And sometimes they want to ask why or they want to ask why or they want to…
Sheri: Pound their fist.
Robinette: Pound their fist and say “Why him? Why Me?” But, well….
Sheri: Why not?
Robinette: Yeah, why not? Why not? You know, it’s like Dan says, “Same with me.” He says, “You know, if you ask why Dan? It’s because Dan was finished.” He was finished with his mission, what he had to accomplish. He said, “You know, it’s just one of those things.” He said, “If you’re one or if you’re one hundred” he said, “when you get finished, then you die because you’ve got other things to do.” He says, ”It’s not just this idle man of, you know, this little one lifetime, it’s a constant both here and there. You know if you’re here,” oh he’s talking about if you’re here meaning in the spirit, “or if you’re there in the living, it’s the same thing: learning and growing, learning and growing, and then when you’ve learned all you can here in spirit, you go back and take all of your knowledge with you and give it to the people you come in contact with, and get from them and then when you’ve gained it all, do it again. Back and forth” so he said “I was finished.” It just makes such good sense to me now. If he or anybody else would have told me that before I would have said, out of your mind. But I know now, so good. That’s a good, good thing. What else do you want to ask?
Sheri: I’d like to ask him how it is that he assists with The Prayer Registry. Does he round up the kids on that side? He had said through Roland Comtois, that he tries to see that the prayers go where they need to be. I’ve organized a Prayer Registry and parents who’ve lost children register with me. It’s a free service and then I put the calendar online and all the members of the Prayer Team, (that’s the parents who pray) we go online and see which child passed on what day and on the anniversary day of their crossing we all link up in prayer and send prayers out and Dan and another boy, Joshua Dapp, have come through mediums to say that they have felt the prayers, that they uplifted them and to thank us. Then he came through and said he helps to carry this out. I’d like to know a little bit more about that.
Robinette: How he helps to carry?…helping to carry it out means to bring it all together. He said it could be a futile effort if we’re not brought together but he says bringing the prayers to the correct…and he said the prayer is just energy that’s brought to the recipient and most importantly, like it is for you, brought to you too, brought to the parents. Because he said, “You know, truth told, I needed some help, I needed some guidance and some prayer after my passing but” he said, “the one who needed it most was you. We make sure it’s given where it needs to be most. If that boy or girl who has passed needs it a lot because of their confusion then they get the lion’s share of it. If on the other hand the mother or parents or others, if their bereavement is just too much, then we give the lion’s share to them.”
Sheri: That’s wild. That so great!
Robinette: So he says, “That’s what it is.” He said, “So you don’t ever have to say this is for the parents because of their heavy load that they can’t seem to bear right now, because we make sure where it goes.” He says, “It’s just offering up the prayer and the energy and we make sure it gets where it’s supposed to go because” he said, “Nobody can do this unless they’ve been there and I have been there!”
Sheri: What a good boy! I have the feeling that Dan and I are bringing the children to the parents and the parents to the children. That it’s a mission to kind of let them connect through spirit so that they can all be healed and know that the love goes on and that spirit goes on, and that’s the message.
Robinette: Absolutlely! Couldn’t be better.
Sheri: Okay, when then, that’s wonderful!
Robinette: So, that’s how it goes, and I feel like, that it’s going to continue to go right on, right on and on; not just, that’s where it’s gone and now let’s see where we go from here? It’s going to continue to go because it’s self-perpetuating. It’s not something that we have to, at the monthly meeting or the annual meeting say, “Okay, now how are we going do it?” It’s going to just perpetuate itself on like forever, like forever.
Sheri: I think so. I set it up that way.
Robinette: He said, “It’s like the clock. It perpetuates itself and as it swings this way it gains energy, so that causes it to be able to swing back this way and it gains energy that way, so its always gaining and using, gaining—using, gaining—using,” so he said, “That’s the way with this.”
Sheri: That’s great, and the way his brother set it up for me online, the calendars are set up for life. Once I input a child’s name and date, it will be there forever, so I feel wonderful about that.
Robinette: Sure, absolutely. So, I feel like that’s the good news and that’s the good thing that is coming to you and know that all these people that I mentioned including Bartholomew.
Sheri: He is the only name that I don’t recognize.
Robinette: He’s a guide, a master guide that’s with you, who has come here to help you.
Sheri: Okay, I’ll take all the help given. Spirit restores me.
Robinette: Yeah. Exactlty so! Okay, that’s all I’m going to tell you today.
Sheri: Thank you so much!
You can imagine how thrilled I was after a session like that. Danny sounded so good and happy and to think that even Mother Theresa approved of The Prayer Registry was very exciting. I left there with a warm glow and the feeling of being very loved by my people on the other side.
SHERI’S EXPERIENCE WITH HOYT ROBINETTE’S SPIRIT CARD CIRCLE APRIL 30, 2010
That evening Jerry and I returned to Inspired Journeys to take part in a Spirit Card Circle. I had seen what some of these cards looked like online and I was intrigued. We entered a fully lit room with chairs set up in a row across the room. There were about 25 of us, all women with the exception of Jerry. We sat down and in a few minutes Hoyt came into the room carrying a snake weave basket with a top. After greeting us, he took the top off the basket and showed each of us the inside of the basket. It was completely empty. Hoyt then handed a brand new package of blank 3 by 5 cards to Jerry and asked him to open the package and examine the cards to make sure that they were all blank. Of course they were, it was a brand new pack. Then we watched as Hoyt lined the bottom of the basket with blank cards and then placed on top of the cards markers, crayons, pens, colored pencils, and sharpies. He pointed out that he was leaving all the tops on the markers and sharpies so that they would not leave random marks on the cards. Then he added another row of cards which he covered with another row of writing utensils. He continued to layer the basket in this manner, cards-writing utensils, cards-writing utensils until he had enough cards for everyone to receive one. Then he put the top on the basket, which he explained created a completely dark space within the basket, apparently necessary for the cards to be made. Then the basket was placed on a table approximately 2 feet from where I was sitting. The entire time we sat there, it was neither touched or moved.
We were then given billets. We filled them out with the names of anyone in spirit we wished to contact, and again we were permitted to write down a question before writing our own name. I put down a whole group of deceased people I care about. Of course first and foremost was Dan, then my father Herman Perl, then my healer Harry Edwards, along with my other healing guide Madame Curie, an old friend Van Zandt Ellis and my grandparents. The billets were then collected and given to a blindfolded Hoyt who spent the next 40 minutes going around the room and giving each person a very interesting reading.
When he came to my reading, Hoyt mentioned every person whose name was on the billet. He then started to speak about my spirit card. He said that Harry Edwards wanted me to know that he had the pleasure of orchestrating the picture that would be on my spirit card, not that he did the art personally but that he orchestrated what would be on it. He said that it would be a scene of the English countryside so that when I felt stress I could use it to calm myself down. I remember thinking, “He orchestrated my drawing? Who’s doing the actual art?”
When all the readings were completed Hoyt opened the snake basket and began taking out the most beautiful cards I could have ever imagined. Mine was an extraordinarily gorgeous picture of mountainsides and rolling meadows. It literally feels peaceful. Even more shocking was the back side of the card for it was signed by: Daniel Migdol, Herman Perl, Harry Edwards, Mme Marie Curie with two other names that I didn’t recognize, Bartholomew and Chief Laughing Moon.
I was so excited. This card had my son’s name on the back-side with a little heart next to it. His name was on Jerry’s card too, with that same little heart. If I hadn’t seen this with my own eyes, if the basket had not been filled with blank cards right in front of my eyes, had the basket not been covered and placed two feet away from where I was sitting, had I not kept my eyes on that basket the whole time and had we not been in a completely lit room, I might think some hanky-panky had taken place. But on the contrary, everything was right out there in the open.
When we got back to our hotel room I could hardly sleep. I was totally thrilled. I wanted to call and tell everyone I knew, but I was hesitant. I knew that no matter how I explained this phenomenon, I was bound to upset a few people. I could just imagine the reactions I would get. “She’s really gone off the deep end this time!”
I knew that what I had experienced bordered on the realm of the unbelievable, but there you had it. The cards went into the basket blank. Writing utensils were added. The basket was covered, placed on the table and not moved or even touched again until it was opened and the most amazing works of art came out of it. The names on the backs of the cards were relevant to the people who received them. To this day I can think of no way that this phenomenon could take place except by forces beyond my comprehension.
SHERI’S EXPERIENCE WITH HOYT ROBINETTE’S SILK CIRCLE MAY 1, 2010
The next day at 2:00 PM we met with another group of approximately 20 people at Inspired Journeys. This time Hoyt had a stack of small squares of white cloth about 9” x 9”. He told us that technically the material is not silk, but that he calls it silk. He also had a few bottles of ink, which he opened and left on a small table.
Each of us received a billet and the same instructions were given, to write the names of the deceased people we wished to connect up with, as well as a question. I was getting pretty used to the routine and I loved it. The very idea of filling out a paper to present a question to those in spirit was right up my alley for fun adventures. I know there are some who would rather travel to mysterious places and see unusual sights. An event of this nature however, is both unusual and mysterious enough to satisfy me!
On each of our seats was a piece of construction paper. After our billets were collected in a basket Hoyt explained that total darkness was necessary for a silk circle to be successful and so all the lights were turned off. Although it was afternoon, the room had no windows. It became so dark that I could not see even a shadow. Hoyt came around the room and gave each person a piece of cloth, which we held on our laps on top of our piece of construction paper. It was so dark that we had to take his hand as he got near in order to be sure that he stopped by each of us and gave us our piece of “silk”. I understood that in the dark the spirits would be able to leave images on the cloth.
After everyone was in possession of their piece of cloth Hoyt proceeded to give billet readings, just as he did the day before, except for the fact that this time we sat in total darkness. Although a billet reading in a group is much shorter than a private one, I am always interested in listening to the readings of the others. It’s reassuring to realize that everyone, whether they know it or not, has their own spiritual entourage that stays very close to them. Those of us who are open to it and desire to interact with it get far more support from the other side than we ever thought possible. It is fascinating to see that every name is recognized, every message appropriate and understood.
When all the readings were completed, with the room still in total darkness, Hoyt went around the room to each sitter. With a red flashlight he attempted to give each of us a glimpse of our cloths before we had to roll them up inside our piece of construction paper, keeping them out of the light for another 12 hours.
This process of going from person to person took some time and I began to get anxious. I started to worry about whether I had done something wrong. I realized that I still had a folder on my lap from Inspired Journeys under the construction paper and as ridiculous as it sounds to me now, I began to worry about whether I’d have any images on my silk at all. Old, ancient childhood fears that I had done something wrong began to surface and in my emotional state I had no objectivity to hold onto. I began to weep silently but internally I was flooded with extreme emotions. All the loss, all the missing, all the longing rushed forward and I cried and cried to Danny. “Please!” I said. “Please put your image on my cloth. Please Danny. Please. I need this.” For the first time in that session I was really glad to be sitting in the dark.
After what seemed like an eternity, Hoyt shinned the flashlight on my cloth and I saw only one image up in the left hand corner and it reminded me very much of Danny. I felt some relief before I rolled up my cloth in the construction paper and slid a rubber band that Hoyt provided, over this scrolled up mystery cloth.
We drove back to New York after that with our little cloths in tow. At 3:AM I was up and opening up my scroll to find numerous other images none of which were recognizable to me, all of which were much fainter than the one that looked like Danny.
This image didn’t look like it had been produced from a photograph, but from a rendering produced by an artist’s hand. It looked a lot like Dan to me, however even more impressive than the physical resemblance was that familiar twinkle that comes across from the eyes. I took a photograph of the small image on the silk and sent it to my computer. Then I enlarged it, printed it out, and framed it and put a couple of them around my room.
Interestingly, Dan looks a little older in this picture and his beard has grown in some, which felt comforting to me. As a bereaved parent, one of the things that is so hard to contend with is the fact that all of your child’s photographs stop at a certain age. Here is was almost Mother’s Day and I felt as if Dan had given me the best possible gift, an updated rendering of himself. I was really happy about it. To this day I feel like the eyes follow me around my room and I see the smallest hint of a rye smile and that twinkle in his eyes.
By the next day, after my husband and son had read through some of the accusations and criticisms that are printed online about silk circles as well as Hoyt Robinette himself, they were concerned for me. Jerry bought and read a book specifically about how these images are produced fraudulently and both my guys felt that I was getting carried away in questionable waters. While they both admitted that the image on the silk bore a resemblance to Danny, at the same time it was not exactly Dan. I kept arguing that this was a rendering and not a photograph, subject to the artist’s interpretation and ability. They were beginning to worry about me and I was getting mad as hell at them.
According to Jerry’s book, these images are fraudulently imprinted onto the cloth from newspapers with an invisible ink that begins to develop in the dark, only to be finalized with the infra red light! And that red light really clinched it for him. But I kept wondering, “What are the chances, if this was fraudulently produced, that I would randomly get an image that hits me so strongly? I mean really, what are the chances?”
I became really irked when the same logic was applied to the spirit cards. There was a lot of suspicion regarding how the names on the back-side of the cards got there, the insinuation being that the medium and his cohorts, (well, he couldn’t carry this out alone) copied the names down from the billets onto the backs of the cards. But, there was literally no time to do this as the billets were collected after the basket was loaded, covered and placed 2 feet from where we sat. I had watched closely as all the cards were placed in the basket, making sure they were all blank with nothing on either side of them. When and how did all this fraudulent action take place? It couldn’t possibly have been carried out in the time and space provided. I admit, however, that I was relieved to recall that the woman sitting next to me, who had taken part in a spirit card circle before, had decided to test this very suspicion by putting no names on her billet at all. When she received her card, she immediately flipped to the backside and let out a holler! Her card sported the names of all of her significant people. At the time I didn’t understand why this was so important to her, but now I did, for if the names were fraudulently copied from the billets onto the spirit cards, where did they copy the names from for her spirit card?
I decided to hold off on writing about these experiences until a time when I had the opportunity to be in session with Hoyt again. I was pretty excited when a friend of mine brought to my attention that Hoyt would be in Rye NY doing some spirit card circles in early September. I immediately arranged to take part in one along with my daughter Jessica who is 18 and my dear friend Joyce Liechenstein.
The circle began the same way that it did in Maryland. We filled out billets and they were collected. Hoyt showed us the empty basket and we watched as he loaded it with blank, white, 3 by 5 cards and colored writing utensils. While the box sat covered right in front of us, a blindfolded Hoyt “read” billets and gave fantastic readings. This time I decided that I would do a little billet test myself! I decided to put only 2 names on my billet to see if any of the names of my significant others would appear! On my billet I put only two people, Danny and my dear friend Michael who had passed very recently. For my question I tried to get away with 2 questions. This is what I wrote: Danny is that you on my silk and can you tell me how this art is done? This is what Hoyt said:
Hoyt: Dan says, “I don’t know heck about how this is done. I was as surprised as you were. I don’t know any more than you do about these magical things but yes, it was me, it was definitely me and it will always be me!” I had been hoping I’d hear that. Then Hoyt asked me if I knew who Lucas was. I said that I didn’t recognize the name. Hoyt went on to say that he was a guide, Dr. Lucas, he thought. Then Hoyt said this: “He says it doesn’t matter. He got his picture and his name on your card and that’s what matters.”
When the cards were passed out I was even more excited. Mine had: Harry Edwards, (my healing guide) Mme Curie (my other healing guide) Seth (my teacher) and Dr. Lucas on the backside. On the front side are two faces that I do not recognize. I am assuming that one of them is Dr. Lucas.
You may ask, why does this matter? It doesn’t bring your child back and this is true. But it does help you to connect up with the realm that he or she now dwells in and to even communicate from one realm to the other. It’s a little odd at first, billets, blindfolds, darkness, but to me it represents a chance to feel closer to Dan and all the others in my entourage.
I now have my spirit cards and my image of Dan from the silk in frames, and I like looking at them. They remind me of the presence of all those beings and energies that I can’t see, but know are around me and that comforts me.