Mediums and Psychics-How Are They the Same and Different?

I am often asked how mediums are different than psychics.  I wish I could say that there is one “generally agreed to answer” to this question.  To a large extent, I have found that the answer will depend on the area in which you are located (e.g., area within the United States, which country). The following answer is the one that I give to my students because I think it helps them differentiate between the different ways in which metaphysical work can be done.

  • Psychics: These are individuals who use “the clairs” (e.g., clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance) to communicate with entities that do not exist in the dimension that we currently live in on the Earth plane.  This can include ANY types of entities . . . angels, guides, ascended masters (e.g., Jesus, Buddha, Mother Mary), fairies, and even those souls who have lived on the Earth plane but are no longer living (both human and animals).
  • Mediums: These are individuals who use “the clairs” (e.g., clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance) to communicate specifically with the latter group . . . those souls who once lived on the Earth plane but do not currently exist in this dimension.  This can include deceased loved ones (i.e., people you have personally known during this lifetime), people you have never known (e.g., a grandfather who died before you were born), famous individuals that you have never met, and even pets.  Mediums most often connect with those who  have crossed over to the light, but some mediums are able to  communicate with those who have died but haven’t chosen to “cross over” yet.

So if you read these descriptions above carefully, you will see that psychics and mediums are similar in that they use the same techniques or language (i.e., “the clairs”).  They use this language to communicate with entities that are not physically located in our dimension.  However, they are different in that mediums are a type of psychic that specializes in working with souls who once lived here on the Earth plane and are no longer here.

Therefore, another way to explain this is:

  1. All mediums are psychic.  Both groups use “psychic skills” (i.e., “the clairs”) to communicate with those not located in the present dimension.
  2. However, not all psychics are mediums. This is because not all psychics choose to “talk to dead people.”

I think of it this way:  The term “psychic” is a very broad category . . . much like an umbrella.  Underneath that “psychic umbrella” are specialists.  Mediums are one type of specialist, but there are psychics who specialize in communicating with angels, saints, and even “elementals” (i.e., Earth angels such as fairies or gnomes).

When seeking out the professional services of a psychic or a medium, it may be helpful to remember that most psychics deal primarily with angels, guides, and ascended masters.  However, some CAN connect with deceased loved ones, but they don’t necessarily publicize it.  A relatively new term being used today is “Psychic Medium”, which is a way for a psychic to indicate that they can connect with both angelic or spiritual realms (e.g., guides, ascended master) and those who have died.

How do you develop your mediumship skills? Classes in mediumship are harder to come by than psychic development classes.  However, keep in mind that the same “language” (i.e., “the clairs”) is used by both psychics and mediums, so a good place to start your training as a medium is to take basic psychic development classes from a teacher who supports your goal of developing your abilities as a medium.

However, receiving specialized training in mediumship is helpful, which is why I will be teaching a series of mediumship classes on the 3rd Thursday of each month in my Psychic Development and Channeling class in Orange County, California.  If you are ready to learn how to connect with those how have passed, be sure to join us for the MEDIUMSHIP SERIES starting April 21, 2011 . . . and continuing every 3rd Thursday thereafter.  Don’t worry if you have to miss a class now and then . . . this is designed to be the type of class where you can attend when you can and miss when you must!

For more helpful information, be sure to check out my FREE ebook called Basic Definitions of Metaphysical Terms for Psychics, Mediums, and Healers.