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Psychics and Mediums - What's the difference?


Did you ever wonder what the difference is between a psychic and a medium? Well there is indeed a difference and it is important to distinguish between the two. A person can indeed be both as you need to be psychic first of all to develop or possess the advanced skill of mediumship, but many psychics are simply psychic and do not have mediumship skills or if they do it is only a fleeting link and not enough to substantiate the name of psychic medium. A psychic has abilities on a physical level, they can read an aura and gain knowledge about a persons past or present experiences and to a degree predict future outcomes. Telepathy is an example of psychic ability. Psychics do not provide evidence of life after death, but do show that we all have the possibility of supernatural abilities.


To the majority of the population, the word psychic is used as a general term in reference to those who perform psychic readings for people.  More definitively, psychics are those individuals with metaphysical skills, abilities or senses.  What most people don't realize, is that everyone is psychic.  It's just that not everyone has the same depth of these senses.  Lots of people will admit to having good intuition or that they sometimes rely on that little voice in their head or on their gut instincts.  They're psychic too.  It's just that they're not yet practiced at their psychic abilities is all. 

For those of us that have come to the point of purposefully seeking to learn, to grow and to expand our senses and knowledge that is related to our metaphysical skills, the word "psychic" is usually used in reference to those of us on a recognized path to spiritual enlightenment.  It is a general term that covers people who display one or more of the advanced senses, such as clairvoyance or clairaudience.  Oftentimes psychics elect to use their developed senses in order to provide insight and guidance to others.

Psychics typically will use their strongest senses in their work helping others.  So you will find psychics that use any and all combinations of the senses and skills, such as clairvoyance and remote viewing and empathy.  Although some psychics simply work using their clairvoyant and related senses in psychic readings, many psychics elect to use tools (such as tarot cards) or practiced methods (such as psychometry) in addition.  (Please refer to the Methods of Divination section).

There are many possibilities for applying psychic abilities.  Outside of doing private psychic life readings for people, options include, but are not limited to:  media psychics, mediums, psychic investigators, profilers, teachers, therapists and counselors, and healers.  Psychics come from all different backgrounds and ethnicities; they have a wide variety of career paths and interests.  The only absolute thing it seems that all true psychics have in common is that they will never claim 100% accuracy, because they are all aware the future is ever changing.


Mediums, or Channels, are those who are able to use their psychic abilities to communicate with the Other Side, with spirits and/or with other entities.  All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums.

Mediumship is accomplished by different methods:  conscious channeling, trance channeling, and automatic writing.  Conscious channelers use the senses, such as clairvoyance and clairaudience, to relay messages to people from loved ones that have passed, from spirit guides, or from other entities.  Trance channelers go into a hypnotic state so that the spirit may use the body of the medium to pass along messages. With the exception of a few rare instances, this is done by the will of the medium...spirits don't automatically jump in and start speaking.  Automatic writers channel messages by writing or typing messages in which either the spirit directs the writing hand (as was the case with Ruth Montgomery, the most well-known channeler to date), or the spirit will telepathically pass the information to the medium as they write.

Some people choose to separate the terms medium and channeler to pertain to different things.  These people will say that mediums are those who only communicate with 'lower level spirits'...meaning those who do readings for passed spirits.  Then they reserve the term channeler for those who communicate with spirit guides and 'higher level entities' (angels for example).  This is most likely a case of those individuals feeling the need to discern who is being channeled or simply a matter of ego, because no matter what information is being relayed, it is done using the same senses and methods.

Physical mediumship is very specialsed and concerns the use of ectoplasm which is used for spirits to manifest either themselves or move apparatus around as evidence of their presence. Mediums will have a conscious agreement with the spirit world entities or their own spirit guides to channel messages from them.

A person can be a medium and a psychic at the same time. Mediumship is a higher form of communication and works at a higher vibratory level. If you imagine a radar scanning around a mediums head, using this they pick up finer frequencies that the spirit world exist within. A medium shall be more sensitive as a person to pick up mediumship messages.

Physical mediumship is one of the hardest and highest forms of mediumship as it offers the best form of proof of survival due to the spirit form entering the aura of the medium and using the mediums physical energies to appear in solid viewable form in the recognizable way the spirit once existed in the flesh on the earth plain.

Mediumship is more advanced than a psychic as it connects two worlds which are the physical as well as the spirit realms. A psychic can read someone but that is not the same as giving advice and evidence from the spirit side where those once living reside. For readings always choose a psychic medium for the best results and more information.

A medium can open conduit between the spirit world and this world. They allow spirits to inspire them and communicate with them with thoughts, symbols and feelings which the medium then coveys to the sitter. These are called evidential pieces of information and serve to act as proof of survival after death, using techniques such as clairvoyance which is seeing beyond the normal senses, and also clairaudience which is hearing beyond the normal senses, clairsentience for this skill this is a person who will pick up a thought and just knows it. This type of person is sensitive to precognition and has hunches, dreams and knowledge.

Use the above as a guideline to help you decide what kind of spiritual advisor would work best for you. If you want information that comes from energy (guidance, direction, predictions), go to a psychic. If you’re seeking spirit communication, go to a medium. It’s that simple.

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