"Medium," "Psychic," "Intuitive," "Psychic Medium," "Intuitive Psychic Medium."
These are all titles that I have used to describe myself at one point or another, and that I’ve heard other professionals use, as well. However, the differences between these terms are so subtle that they can be difficult to distinguish.
Having been trained in the sciences, it feels important that my first blog post start with identifying the terms that I use to describe my gifts and the work that I do here.
Let’s start with the term, "Medium." According to the Google definition:
1. An agency or means of doing something.
2. The intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses or an object or a force acts on objects at a distance.
Working from those definitions, we could say that a Medium who works with Spirit is the agency or means of relating impressions from Spirit.
A Medium then, is essentially: the means through which information from Spirit comes through.
Much as a radio is the means through which information from radio waves comes through, a Medium is the means through which information from Spirit comes through.
Now let's look at the term Psychic.
Google’s definition is:
1. relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance
noun: psychic; plural noun: psychics
1. a person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.
So, a psychic is a person who uses inexplicable faculties to obtain information.
It is true that psychics utilize one - or a combination - of the following extrasensory perceptions or “clairs” to gain information: clairvoyance, or clear seeing; clairaudience, or clear hearing; clairsentience, or clear feeling; or claircognition, or clear knowing.
Once information is received, the Psychic must then interpret the meaning (because there isn't a spirit there telling them the explicit meaning).
I would argue with the google definition, however, in that while every Medium is psychic (as Mediums receive their information through one or more of the clairs), not all Psychics are Mediums (because Psychics don’t connect directly to a spirit to gain information).
My friend and colleague, Amanda, breaks it down like this: Psychics Perceive; Mediums Receive.
This is a great way to remember the difference between the two.
It would be nice if we could keep our definitions and terms clear cut and move on with our lives, but, in reality, there exists more variation and overlap.
For instance, sometimes Mediums receive complete messages that require no interpretation. At other times, the spirit they are working with may communicate with symbols, metaphor, or analogy, in which case, the medium needs to interpret the information they receive,thereby utilizing their psychic gifts of perception, causing them in that instance act as a Psychic Medium.
Psychics use their extrasensory gifts to gather and interpret information.
Mediums use their extrasensory gifts to receive information from Spirit.
A Psychic Medium uses their extrasensory gifts both to receive information from Spirit, and also to interpret information they receive through their extrasensory gifts.
So, what then, is an Intuitive?
According to our friend Google:
1. using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive
So then, we could say that an Intuitive is one who uses their feeling sense to interpret information. This could be a ‘gut feeling,’ for example.
Here again, we have overlap → if an intuitive uses their feelings to get information, isn't this the same as clairsentience? And in that case, isn't an Intuitive the same as a Psychic?
Well… no. A Psychic who uses the gift of clairsentience, would, by definition, gain actual information from the feeling. Say, for example, that a Psychic is reading for someone who is experiencing heartache. Through clairsentience, the psychic might feel pain in their own heart, which they would interpret as heartache in the person they are reading. Whereas an Intuitive’s ‘feeling’ is more general, such as sensing that the same person is sad, but not knowing specifically why or how.
So, now we have the following working definitions:
Intuitives experience feelings that they use to then make interpretations
Psychics use extrasensory perceptions (the clairs) to interpret information,
Mediums receive information through extrasensory perceptions that does not require interpretation.
As for me?
It would be accurate to mash the three definitions (that we've worked so hard to arrive at!) together and describe me as an Intuitive Psychic Medium, as I utilize all of the things!
Many times, I will first have an intuitive feeling about a person or situation, only to have the feeling later confirmed, either with a psychic vision, or via mediumship, such as when one of my guides shows up to tell me point blank and with detail, what the truth of the situation is.
Of course, every situation is different, so who knows which combination of gifts I will use at a given time!
Therefore, you can feel free to call me a Medium, a Psychic Medium, or an Intuitive Psychic Medium and all would be correct!
--Hopefully we are all feeling more clear about what all of that means ;)
Best wishes and love,