Written by Alex Cayas
Andrea Kadly is The Paranormal Medium. Andrea hosted of the original Australian paranormal productions Phasmophobia and In Tenebris from the Paranormal Investigators series, and co-creator at Moonlark Media, Andrea specialises as a field medium in the paranormal. Andrea has been investigating the paranormal for 8 years, most of that as a medium, working independently and with several groups as well as assisting with the design and run of several experiments for Validate which she co-founded. During the filming of the Paranormal Investigators series and through running Validate experiments she recognised a skills gap between traditionally taught spirit communication and what is required from a medium in a paranormal investigative context. Alex caught up with Andrea to chat about her work and Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo Presentation.
Share with us your mediumship journey? How did you get started?
I didn't start out to be a medium. I'm not one of those, "I've been talking to spirit since I was 3 months old" kind of people. I joined a psychic development class to work on my intuition and to learn new skills to expand with my passion for Tarot. Then one day during meditation in class I had an experience. Instead of following the script for the meditation that the teacher was narrating, I drifted off and found myself under water, sinking and wearing a divers suit. I had the sensation of drowning and thoughts in my head that I knew weren't my own.
Your presentation at the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo will focus on your experience and work with working on missing persons cases and cold cases. Can you share what got you started on this path and what keeps you there?
A few years back, again, during my initial development, in class we were practicing with bringing messages through for each other from loved ones who have passed. It never really worked for me. I was struggling to connect and felt like I was completely off my path. Instead of lovely comforting messages from deceased loved ones I was getting complete strangers that no one could really place. The information included coming through included things like murder scenes, extreme fear or anger, smell of blood and basically anything you would associate with violent death. It's not a walk in the park. My development teacher at the time had no idea how to handle this and was adamant that it wasn't my path and I was just doing it out of some sort of self serving attitude. Of course that wasn't the case. I never asked for it and the thought of doing this work never entered my mind until the information was starting to trickle through in class. What keeps me her? Good question. There is no triumph and glory in it as some might believe. I think the reason why I can do this work is because my psychological make up is such that I can look at a horrible looking scene and express heavy and dark emotions without freaking out. It's not for the faint of heart. Even though we pick our own cases with the circle, I find that we do get requests as well even without putting it out there, so to speak, that this is the type of work we do. I had come across cases through my involvement in the paranormal community and via private investigations that lead me to a cold case or a missing person's case. So, I think I can say, I didn't pick this job, it picked me.
You make it clear that you work with spirit and not the police. Can you tell us more about that?
I had the privilege of working closely for a short time with the family of a missing person at their request back in
2015. It gave me an opportunity to gain insight into what a family goes through when a loved one is missing. It was heartbreaking. It's not just about the person who's missing, it's a much bigger picture and infinitely more complex. I also had the chance to pick the brain of the detective on the case. It was a turning point in how I view missing person's cases. It made it real. I understood that any sort of interference may jeopardise a case and can mean the difference between successfully closing a case or not. That includes involving psychics. I was never one of those psychics that sent pages and pages of notes to the police or rang Crime Stoppers anonymously with information. Then brag about it on Facebook. That's just not done. We figured that if our circle can obtain intelligent and verifiable information then we can work with the source of that information to learn how to guide right people to that same information and through that a resolution maybe. It's a pretty radical idea, I know! As for how we get involved with cases, well, like I said before, we pick ones we are drawn to, some are requests. There is always something to work on.
There are strong misinterpretations about this type of work and often it is viewed as interfering with investigations, giving false hope to families and that anything you receive might not be able to be used as evidence. Share with us how you and your circle work.
Our number one rule is never to interfere. We don't push our information on anyone. We are not ambulance chasers. We keep any information we might gather recorded in a safe place. Never to be published or shared with anyone other than circle members. I can understand that the public's general idea of a psychic might be someone hounding the police or even families claiming they have information regarding a case. I have seen it happen and unfortunately it's pretty common. This kind of behavior can have devastating effects on a case and on the family and I have seen that first hand. That is just now who we are. Any case we take on by request is on a condition that we don't guarantee that we will be able to provide any information. We are very careful about what information we share with families.
Do you have any advice for those who think they have information on an cold case?
If they are a witness or have information that hasn't been obtained by psychic means, by all means go via Crime Stoppers. If you're a psychic and you think you have information about a particular case that you think might help, I suggest you keep notes of every piece of information you gather. Whether it's by psychic means or by reading an article or by talking to someone etc. Let the police do their job, they know what they are doing and they need their resources focused on that. Do not, under any circumstance, hound families, friends, or loved ones to accept the information you have. There are many sources of information a psychic uses and that includes cold readings, cryptomnesia and even common sense deductions. All of which have a very high chance of producing incorrect or fragmented information. Or even information out of context. Psychics don't solve cases. The police do. The purpose of the work we do in our circle is never to solve a case but to gather information and prepare the entity we are working to be able to communicate with those who actually have the means to resolve a case. Hunches and gut feelings are not the exclusive abilities of psychics. Crimes have been solved many times before because someone had the nagging feeling of taking a second look at something or going in a particular direction. I think you know where I'm going with this.
We've all heard the phrase "psychic detective", what are your feelings around this title?
I really don't like that expression. It gives some sort of official air to this work that isn't really there to be honest. The approach we are taking isn't something I've seen done elsewhere. Of course it doesn't mean there aren't other people out there using the same or similar approach. While discussing specifics of cases is a no no, I think talking about the type of work we do in general will help bring awareness to to draw a line between doing this work ethically and with high sensitivity to the needs of the families and those who have different, perhaps more selfish motives. In our circle's case it's a work in progress and we learn a tremendous amount as we go. We learn, cement, review and revise processes and I suspect it will be the case for a very long time to come. Our main values, honesty, integrity and transparency are the pillars that our circle's work is built on and I am hoping that one day the phrase "psychic detective" will be synonymous with those values.