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What is a Medium?  

"Musings of a Medium"

"So, What is a Medium, Really?"

There are lots of practitioners out there calling themselves different things i.e. Medium, Psychic-Medium, Psychic, Spiritual Counselor, Spiritual Advisor, Tarot Card Reader etc. It can get quite confusing when choosing someone to go to for a reading. Is one method better than another, what are the differences and what exactly do they do when they "read" you?

Let's start with some simple definitions.

  1. Medium - someone that connects with Spirit and persons, animals that are dead (commonly referred to as "crossed over" or "passed").
  2. Psychic - an individual that has extrasensory abilities and/or strong intuition that is sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception.
  3. Psychic-Medium - a person that has both medium and psychic abilities.
  4. Spiritual Counselor - a counselor (sometimes licensed or not depending upon laws of the state they reside in) that offers counseling based upon personal connection with Spirit and spiritual beliefs.
  5. Spiritual Advisor - a person that offers advice based upon personal connection with Spirit and spiritual beliefs.
  6. Tarot Card Reader - one that utilizes Tarot Cards and their meanings to bring forth information that might answer questions or give general information about a particular situation or circumstance.
  7. As for others not mentioned in these simple definitions, they could be any combination of the above or called something entirely different depending upon that individual's belief system and tradition he/she may follow.

Depending upon what book you read or who you ask, the common belief is that mediums are born. Most need to develop and grow their gifts and abilities. Many Mediums have been communicating with the dead from the time they were children, and some may have discovered the gift later in life after a traumatic event brings it forward. Psychic abilities can be learned. Everyone has some psychic ability and intuition. It is those gut feelings we get. For example, you are driving down the road and you come to a fork, you can take either right or left and something in your gut tells you to go left. You go left and everything is fine and you learn later that if you had gone right you would have been in the middle of an accident. A Medium, however, communicates with the dead through seeing (clairvoyance), hearing (clairaudience), feeling (clairsentience), knowing (claircognizant), smelling (clairalient), and tasting (clairgustant). The way a Medium contacts Spirit or the dead varies by individual. Some may go into a trance-like state, others close their eyes, there are those that use their hands or move their eyes in a different way and then there are mediums that you can't see what they are doing or how they are getting their information. It doesn't matter how the medium makes the connection, it is whether or not the message is meaningful to you.

A Psychic-Medium blends communication with the other side along with intuition and sensitivity to bring the message forward. Oftentimes the information can appear to be silly or inconsequential. That is just one way Spirit validates their presence in your life. For example a friend that has passed brings through a message about make-up that is all over the bathroom and most of it is expired. The person receiving reading laughs because that morning they spilled their make-up bag all over the bathroom and when putting the make-up away they realized that much of it was past the use date. The message seems trivial but proves to the client that her friend is indeed with her and knows what is happening in her life. Because of his/her sensitivity to energy, a Psychic-Medium may tell you things that just happened to you or thoughts you might have just had because these events and thoughts are imprinted in your energy field and he/she can pick up on them from that field. Since a Psychic-Medium has mediumship abilities, he/she may actually see, hear, feel, or just know what is happening within your energy field. The combination of abilities provides the opportunity for much more information to come through to the client. However, that does not mean that other methods i.e. tarot, counseling, etc. are not as effective. All methods can be very meaningful and successful.

A Psychic utilizes his/her sensitivity to energy and strong intuition to do the reading. He/she depends upon his/her connection with Spirit along with deep intuitive abilities to read the energy imprints around the person being read. Since an individual's energy imprints contain information regarding past, present and future a gifted Psychic can access that information as well as bringing forward amazing messages that are helpful and meaningful to the client.

Tarot Card readers are skilled at reading specific or many different decks of Tarot Cards utilizing a variety of "spreads." A "spread" is the way the reader places the cards before the client. There are hundreds of spreads that the reader can use. The number of cards used depends upon the particular spread. A gifted Tarot Card Reader knows the cards intimately and utilizes his/her connection with Spirit to bring the information the cards hold forward for the client. Many times the client comes to the reading with a question or questions so that the reader can receive answers specific to the question(s). If the client desires, the reader can also do a general reading so that he/she receives general and oftentimes specific information pertaining to past, present and future for that client. Tarot Card readings are quite effective and can bring much meaning to the client.

Clients seek Spiritual Counselors/Advisors for assistance with specific life problems. Because the Spiritual Counselor/Advisor has a strong connection with Spirit and may even have some additional gifts i.e. mediumship or psychic abilities the client receives counseling/advice that may resonate more with him/her and allow a more complete healing. Also the tools given to the client may be more holistic and natural. This type of counseling is a very valuable and rewarding way to heal.

Regardless of the type of skill the person uses to bring information to a client, how effective or ineffective the reading is depends on that specific client and his/her behavior not just on the gifts of the person doing the reading. The person seeking a reading or advice should come into the process with an open mind, an open heart and the knowledge that this is not an exact science. A reading is not about "testing" the Medium, Psychic or whomever doing the reading, nor is it the reader's job to make a believer out of the seeker or prove anything to that person. The responsibility of the reader is to bring forward information that is hopefully meaningful and helpful to the person being read. When going for a reading be fair, honest and open to the reader and he/she will do the same. After all, the reading is for the client's benefit not the reader's. It is important to remember that any information received during a reading also depends upon the individual's free will and choice.

When choosing a Psychic, Psychic-Medium or Tarot Card Reader, ask friends, family, coworkers for referrals, check out advertisements in local spiritual or new age type newspapers or go on line and search the web for your area. After you have found someone don't be disappointed if this seemingly wonderful person doesn't resonate with you, we are not all energy matches. Don't give up, follow your own instincts and intuition and try with someone else. Readings are a wonderful tool to help a person that feels stagnated, or someone that is grieving and canít seem to move forward, or to assist with finding an answer to a specific question or problem. As that famous bible quotation says "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Matthew 7.7. So, happy seeking!

ChandraMa is a nationally known Psychic-Medium, Spiritual Advisor/Teacher and Shamanic Healer that practices out of Shakti Om Intuitive Arts and Healing Center in Augusta, Maine.

This was part of the speech delivered by ChandraMa at the Whole Health Expo in Portland, Maine on March 31, 2007.

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