Margaret Jang is a Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner, Numerologist, Intuitive, and a Spiritual/Inspirational Poet & Writer. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.margaretjang.com.
There are so many ways to describe a person who, while in an altered state of awareness, uses their natural inner senses to tap into the spiritual realm to receive and decipher information. Unfortunately, it creates much confusion leaving many people scratching their heads wondering how to tell the difference or asking if there is a difference and if so then what the difference is.
Word association is a man-made commodity in which new words are formulated everyday. Therefore, it relies upon personal interpretation, in which you really have to define the importance of why and how you connect with a particular expression or description.
If you browse through advertisements or scan the Internet, you probably have noticed a variety of titles that professionals choose to use. Some call themselves "a sensitive", "a psychic", "a channeler", "an intuitive", "a medium", "an empath" or "a clairvoyant" or they may even tack several of these together to add to their title; nothing like too much of a good thing.
No doubt their choice of title is meant to attract a certain clientele, but is it more than that? Can choice also be based on where or how the person was trained or if they are affiliated with the Spiritualist's movement or simply because they think that one is a grander or more powerful title than the other that signifies greater insight or power?
But no matter what title a professional is attracted to use, ultimately the goal is the same, which is to connect with the spiritual realm in order to receive information, inspirations, higher knowledge or wisdom from a divine universal source. The only difference is defining the person's intention - why do they want to connect to spirit and what are they doing with information received? Sadly, too much emphasis can be placed on what a person calls themselves, rather than what they are actually trying to achieve. Titles can do wonders for a person's ego and in our modern day society it seems that many think this defines who they are.
As an example and using your name as an analogy, does it really matter what people address you as, because the bottom line is that you are still the same person, plus you are still part of the human race. In other words, you can use any name you like to describe yourself, but in reality you are still just a human being like everyone else. So the same rule applies for titles....no matter what your title, whether it is simple or influential, beneath it remains the same person.
In this article I endeavour to briefly uncover the mystery surrounding the different classifications or titles. I illustrate terminologies, as depicted by dictionaries, to give you better understanding about the most popular descriptive titles chosen by professionals. Of course, as with any information offered you should always use discretion, as well as maintain an open mind, as you weigh the facts. Keep what works for you and then let the remainder go or better still, continue to investigate to further upgrade and improve your knowledge.
A Psychic According to Webster's dictionary, "a psychic is a person (as a medium) apparently sensitive to non-physical forces."
Great, this definition just adds to the confusion. First of all, everyone is born with psychic abilities to varying degrees; therefore, we all can basically call ourselves "psychic." These are not God-given gifts or special powers, as some are led to believe, but are actually part of our natural human physiology. Our natural inner or psychic senses go beyond our five main physical senses. The only difference is that some are born with well developed inner senses, while others must painstakingly practice to develop them. Also, one inner sense may be more dominant than the others; therefore practice is required to strengthen the weaker ones.
All information received through these inner senses does not come from a physical source; but rather the source is spiritual in nature.
The inner senses that I am referring to are:
1. Clairvoyance - clear seeing
2. Clairsentience - clear sensing/feeling
3. Clairaudience - clear hearing
4. Claircognizance - clear knowing
5. Clairalience (or clairaroma) - clear smelling
6. Clairambience (or clairgustus) - clear tasting
When professionals intentionally choose to call themselves "a psychic", they possibly want potential clients to think that they are blessed with special powers of insight gifted to them by the universe.
In some cultures it is believed that psychic gifts are handed down from one generation to the next to which the rest of the community are not privy. Alas, this type of outmoded thinking only spawns a demigod status. But then there are those who shy away from using the word psychic because they fear being labelled "weirdo" or having the stigma of a "charlatan" and worst yet, being confused for perhaps being a "witch"; heaven forbid.
A Medium According to Webster's dictionary, "a medium is a person through whom others seek to communicate with spirits of the dead."
Mediumship is better known within the circles of the Spiritualist's movement. While I do not propose to delve into the long history of mediumship dating to the British Isles, here in North America it was first introduced around 1848 in New York State.
The main purpose of a medium is to bring closure and comfort to the bereaved. This is rightly so in instances where a loved one is tragically and suddenly taken, thus leaving an unanswered gap causing insurmountable grief for those left behind.
There is an ongoing debate as to the differences between a channeler and a medium. Although the words are quite often used interchangeably, die-hard mediums will emphatically point out that they are definitely not the same, maintaining that mediumship is a specialty and much harder to learn, plus attain. While this may be true about "physical mediumship", when it comes to "mental mediumship", I feel that the gap closes drastically.
When learning mediumship, it is divided into specific classifications, physical and mental, with precise learning techniques for each. Generally you will learn "mental" mediumship before "physical", that is if you are drawn to learn "physical" at all; it is not everyone's cup of tea.
Physical Mediumship - this uses a deep, focused trance state (low theta to low delta 4.89 to 3 Hz) in which the medium serves as a temporary vehicle for spirit to communicate. In other words, the medium vacates the physical body to allow spirit to temporarily use it.
Physical mediumship can also encompass phenomena such as:
a. Apportation - the ability to transport or exchange items such as flowers or other objects to or from the spiritual plane
b. Direct voice - spirit communicates through electrical appliances such as the telephone, radio, television, tape recorder or through the voice box of the medium
c. Ectoplasm -a cloudy, odourless, sticky fluid-like substance is dispersed from the medium's orifices so spirit can appear as a physical form
d. Levitation - furniture, people or objects rise off the floor or float in the air demonstrating spirit's energy
e. Materialization - spirit or objects from the spiritual realm appear solid to the touch
f. Rapping - spirit communicates by making noises through raps, knocks or bumps on the wall or on furniture
g. Table tipping - a sťance table moves or rocks back and forth demonstrating spirit's energy and communication ability
h. Telekinesis or teleportation - the medium moves objects using mind power
Mental Mediumship - is the more commonly used form of communication where information is received from deceased loves ones. In mental mediumship, a medium may go into a light trance state (low alpha 9.89 to 8.2 Hz) with eyes closed or may prefer to keep their eyes open, while remaining in a slightly altered conscious state of mind. But in all cases the medium remains in full control over their body. It is this type of mediumship that channelling is often interchanged with.
Proceed to part 2.