Messages from the medium

Carmel Baird and her family star in a CMT reality series called Mom's A Medium. (Courtesy)

Carmel Baird and her family star in a CMT reality series called Mom's A Medium. (Courtesy)

Rita DeMontis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

Do you believe in magic? How about mediums?

As much as I like to consider myself a realist, there have been moments in my life when things could not be explained away. Like dreaming of a long-lost friend — and getting a phone call from that friend the next day. Or thinking of someone who has passed away, and finding a card from that person within moments of that thought.

Pure coincidence you might say, but if you were to take a poll among your friends, chances are many would say it was something supernatural, or even psychic. And if you were to ask those same friends if they ever wanted to connect with someone departed from their lives — bet most would say yes.

When a loved one passes away common sense dictates our minds work overtime in figuring out a way of reconnecting, especially if a passing was sudden. Which may explain why mediums, psychics, and clairvoyants continue to be so popular. In fact, mediums — described as a person who serves as an intermediary between the physical and spiritual worlds — continue to be all the rage today. Psychology Today (Psychologytoday.com) cautions "mediums often claim the spirits communicate via sights, sounds, and even smells...this frames the spirit world in a way the living can understand, as an extension of the natural world."

And yet, many of us are pulled to the lure of the medium message. We can thank popular reality TV shows like TLC's Long Island Medium starring the effervescent Theresa Caputo of the long nails and crazy haircut, along with the award-winning Medium TV series which starred Patricia Arquette, based on the real life of professional medium Allison Dubois, the inspiration for the series, who made a name for herself working with police officials across the U.S., to solve crimes.

And now Canada has its very own medium to connect with — Carmel Baird, an Alberta-based mom and psychic medium who channels the dead in a new CMT (Canada) reality series called Mom's A Medium, the first episode premiering a few days ago.

Quite simply — Baird says she talks to the dead and helps families find closure. She, too, helps local investigators in missing person cases, all the while juggling the demands of a very busy family life that includes kids, grandkids, six horses, 10 chickens, six dogs all on a sprawling Alberta farm.

During a recent interview, Baird admits she didn't make the medium connection until a few years ago. "I always suffered panic attacks and found myself housebound for many, many days," said Baird. "I was always anxious as a kid and never went on sleepovers because of the anxiety. High school was an awful period for me, but I was always aware of...something." Medical help well into her 30s did not pinpoint the problem. Finally, fed up with her affliction, Baird looked for help and, working with a spiritual healer, she was offered the unconventional explanation that she was a psychic medium — her anxiety the result of being inundated with communications from the dead. "After that, I didn't look back and I started delivering the messages."

Channelling messages can be the most "amazing experiences for both the person and for myself." But they can be stressful and exhausting, too, adds Baird. "I drink a lot of water, eat too much sugar, and do whatever I can to keep myself grounded. I keep grounded by the animals in my life and I love the time I spend with my pets."

Baird admits she can't do as many readings as she once did, but her schedule is packed with 30 private clients a week, workshops and more — and she, too, works with local police officials, on missing person cases (she solved four recently).

The show revolves around her busy family life, her work and the ever-evolving emotional and spiritual experiences with the afterlife — one episode includes a private reading with award-winning country superstar Chad Brownlee that promises to leave you open-mouthed and speechless.

"Never a dull moment here!" quips Baird.

Mom's A Medium airs Fridays on CMT Canada.

Rita gets read

After the phone interview, Carmel Baird suddenly asked if I wanted a reading. Intrigued I said yes — I was astonished by what she shared. Some details are too sensitive but I will tell you she was spot on detailing the days before my mother's passing when we had to cut her hair due to all the matting in the back of her head making it difficult for her to lie on the pillow. "Your mother says she was sad to have had her long hair cut, but understood why you do it," she told me, which, to be honest, left me tearful — no one knew about her hair being cut before she died except for my siblings. "She also wants to thank you for looking after her ring." I was made the keeper of my mother's beautiful amethyst.

How did she know about the hair and the ring? I have no idea except to say the news did comfort me. And if that's what visiting a medium is all about, well that's fine by me.


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