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.
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Some teachers teach a traditional method where they have their students work directly with various spirit guides, who act sort of as "middlemen", while other teachers teach an informal, more modern method in which they bypass the "middleman" or "spirit guides" and have their students communicate directly with deceased loved ones.
Information may be received through such means as:
a. Automatic writing/drawing - the medium's muscle reflexes are manipulated by spirit. In other words, spirit guides the movement of the hand.
b. Clairaudience - hearing words, messages or music, but not through the physical ears or from a physical source
c. Clairsentience - feeling or sensing messages or guidance
d. Clairvoyance - seeing mental pictures, but not through the physical eyes or from a physical source
e. Healing - the medium receives positive energy from a universal divine source (spirit) to heal self or others
f. Inspiration - medium receives sudden ah-hah moments, thoughts or ideas
g. Inspirational writing - spirit supplies information or knowledge for writing material
When professionals purposely chooses to be addressed as a "medium", most likely they want potential clients to be aware that their prime objective is to connect with deceased loved ones. In other words, a medium primarily connects to deceased loved ones in order to bring forth messages, but not just any message; the medium must also provide proof of source or proof of survival. The medium will describe the deceased person in such a way that it will prove or validate this is really that person or the medium will provide proof that is meaningful to the client (or sitter).
Meanwhile, channelling encompasses a broader spectrum with more open-minded learning techniques. Many will argue that a medium receives information directly from a deceased loved one, thus bypassing the use of the psychic inner senses. Many mediums believe that while they work with spirit guides, channelers do not. Many will argue that while a medium can be a channeler, a channeler cannot be a medium. Many mediums argue that channelers do not work with spirit influence. And so the disagreement between the two representations continues.
A Channeler According to Webster's dictionary, there isn't any definition for a channeler, although at Dictionary.com "this is a person that serves as a medium for (a spirit guide)."
Whoa...more confusion to add to the debate. To clarify this further, a channeler works with spirit, but usually doesn't make a distinction about directly contacting deceased loved ones as does a medium. A channeler's purpose is really about bringing forth information, but doesn't focus on precisely how it is obtained. Just like a "medium'" a "channeler" may also go into a light trance state with eyes closed or may prefer to keep their eyes open, while remaining in a slightly altered conscious state of mind and as well, they always have full control over their body.
The word "channeler" is a newer, more modern form of terminology, which is becoming widely accepted in this era. Despite the on-going controversy, there are people who call themselves "a channeler", but who also connect to deceased loved ones, as well as work with spirit guides, so perhaps they really aren't so concerned about their title, but rather more concerned about the information they bring forth.
Professionals who choose to call themselves "a channeler" mainly does so because they want the public to be aware that they only act as a conduit or as a channel or vessel for receiving information from the spiritual realm. Generally, they do not purport to bring forth any particular type of information, although some claim to connect and work through a specific entity or spirit guide.
A Sensitive According to Dictionary.com, "this is a person who is sensitive; a person with psychic powers; a medium."
A sensitive's dominant inner sense is clairsentience (clear sensing/feeling), but obviously if a sensitive is a person with psychic powers; a medium, according the dictionary interpretation, then the other senses are also used, except they aren't as noticeable.
As you can see, this is just another play on words relatively meaning the same thing. Using another analogy, you can liken it to the different pronunciation of words such as potato or tomato, depending on your living locality. Does it really matter how it is pronounced, because in reality they are still the same vegetable or fruit?
An Empath According to Dictionary.com, "this is any fictional character that has a paranormal or psychic ability to sense the emotions of others."
Basically, this is a person who is highly sensitive to picking up or absorbing energy vibrations or information from their environment or from other individuals. Truthfully, this doesn't sound too much different from "a sensitive." An empath's dominant inner sense is clairsentience (clear sensing/feeling), but this doesn't mean that the other senses are not also used.
An Intuitive According to Webster's dictionary, "this is a person who immediately knows or understands something without conscious reasoning or without the effort of the mind."
An intuitive uses the inner sense of claircognizance (clear knowing), where you don't know why or how you know something, you just do. Some people call this their intuition or gut feeling, while others refer to it as a sixth sense. Again, most likely all the inner senses are utilized with claircognizance being the most dominant. But then there are those who regard "just knowing" as part of clairsentience (clear sensing), which is likely a case of personal interpretation.
Oddly, some people feel that if they refer to themselves as "an intuitive", this will detract from the fact of how they obtain their information. They seem to think that they won't be regarded as having "special" powers or that they may be regarded as having "limited" powers.
A Clairvoyant According to Webster's dictionary, "this is a person held to have the power of clairvoyance (or clear seeing)."
Of course we are all born with this ability, except it is a stronger, more natural inner sense with some people. But upon developing the inner senses through daily practice everyone has the potential to be clairvoyant. Mistakenly, some people seem to forget that clairvoyance is only one out of six natural inner senses that are used when connecting to spirit. Unfortunately, they somehow have a misapprehension that it is some God given special ability.
When someone prefers to call themselves "a clairvoyant", they most likely want potential clients to realize that they can psychically "see" into the past, present or future. However, this sort of distorts its true meaning in which clairvoyance is one of six natural inner senses depicting "clear seeing" or seeing pictures within your inner eye, also called the "mind's eye" or "third eye" (not your physical eyes).
In Conclusion The inner senses should never be misconstrued for one being more powerful or better than the other. They are all equally as good and each person will utilize them in their own unique way. The important factor to remember is not which inner sense that you are partial to using, but how well you can use it and for what greater purpose do you use it for.
Apart from "physical mediumship", I find too many similarities amongst the other titles preventing me from fully discriminating one from the other. The big question remains.....how important is it to use a particular title? Does it make you a more powerful conduit for spirit? Does it make you feel or give you a public image that you are more special than another? Or will it bring you more fame and prosperity? Carefully scrutinize your motives before choosing a title making sure that you are morally and ethically inspired.
And for those who persist in maintaining that there are extensive distinctions among the above, so be it. After-all, you are entitled to your own opinion and reasoning. But be prudent about falling into the trap of thinking or believing that you alone have a significant power or gift that is unequalled by anyone else, because then you will be caught within the grasp of negative-thinking EGO....not a worthy endeavour.