Posted August 31, 2012 by Paula Hammond - Features Editor in Features
 
 

Speaking Spirits


Things that go bump in the night are the stock in trade of any good horror story. But, just when does a ‘’good story’ become something more? This week, The Possession opened at London’s Film4 FrightFest, adding yet another title to the long list of chillers reputedly ‘inspired by a true story’.

Things
that go bump in the night are the stock in trade of any good horror story. But,
just when does a ‘’good story’ become something more? This week, The Possession opened at London’s Film4
FrightFest, adding yet another title to the long list of chillers reputedly
‘inspired by a true story’.

The film tells the terrifying tale of how one
family unleashes the wrath of an evil spirit, locked in an antique ‘Dybbuk
box’. Reportedly the owner of the real box did offer to send it to the
filmmakers who – perhaps sensibly – declined. Never the less, during filming,
The Possession was be-devilled by strange happenings. FilmJuice’s Paula Hammond
asked professional medium, Emma Toynbee,
just how seriously we should be taking tales like The Possession …

How
do people generally react when you tell them that you’re a medium?

Most people in London are intrigued, but then I
don’t tend to interact with people who are particularly conservative or
narrow-minded.

How
does your talent manifest itself – voices, visions, or just general
impressions?

I’m predominantly clairvoyant, so I see filmic
style 3D images, and also 2D symbolic reference images. I also hear words, not
voices, and feel sensations in various places in my body.

Films
like The Possession give people the idea that the spirit world is a big, bad
scary place. In your experience, is that true?

Spirits aren’t at all scary, mediumship is
fascinating. First and foremost, spirits are energy, and don’t even have a
physical form, so it’s incredibly difficult for them to interact with our more
physical and densely vibrating reality. That’s why I find horror films so
hilariously ridiculous.

What
has been your oddest experience as a medium?

Having Out-Of-Body Experiences (OBEs) are definitely
the most memorable esoteric experiences I have had to date. What an eye opener
that is. Mediumship pales in comparison.

Has
your talent changed how you view life and death?

Yes of course. Now I don’t just believe that
there is life after death, I KNOW there is. Communicating with spirit is one
thing, but having your own consciousness projected out of your body and into
another dimension of reality, i.e. where we go when we die, really leaves no
room for doubt in this matter. I now live an almost completely non fear-based
existence as a result.

Can
anyone get in touch with the spirit world or is it a talent you’re born with?

I feel everyone has these gifts innately present
when they are born, but you have to really want to develop them for it to work.
Because if you imagine that the spirits we are talking about are just people
too, and would most people want to go to great effort to talk to someone who
didn’t want to talk to them – no. Spirit communication is difficult for our
friends and relatives on the other side, as they have to sufficiently lower
their much higher and faster vibration of energy to connect with us. This is
difficult at the best of times, so they wouldn’t choose to try and communicate
with anyone and everyone, it would be like turning up uninvited to a private
party…like that film The Wedding Crashers, haha.

Being
psychic – a gift or a curse?

A curse if you’re of an unbalanced and arrogant
disposition, but for me it’s wonderful ability to be treasured and respected.

If
you were faced with a situation like The Possession, how would you deal
with it?

I wouldn’t ever be faced with that situation
because it’s total fiction, which is only very, very, very loosely based upon
the truth.

The
Possession is out in UK cinemas now.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com