Psychic, Intuitive, Channel, Medium… What’s the difference?

Enlightened Brain - Psychic, Intuitive, Channel, Medium… What’s the difference?

As we browse the Internet, metaphysical bookstore, and listings for spiritual advisers we get confronted with many terms explaining spiritual advisory work. Many people lump them all into the same category and some people who use the terms for themselves aren’t really sure what they mean.

I think that in connecting to a guide it’s important to know what type of work they will be performing for you, what their style is and where they get their information.

Psychic, Intuitive, Empathic, Channel, Medium

What do they all mean? And how are they different from one another? Let’s explore!

? PSYCHIC ?

Psychic work is anything that involves sensitivity to non-physical or supernatural nature. In dictionary terms, it can also be anything that pertains to the human soul or mind as opposed to the physical which is the human body.

Before we can understand what psychic work is what have to understand what it is not.

The normal means for gathering and processing information relied on our five senses (sight, taste, hearing, touch, smell) and our logical/linear brain. Psychic work is the process of obtaining information not using those methods. In psychic work extra-sensory (‘beyond the senses’) methods are used to gain insight to people, events or situations that would otherwise not be available to the normal range of senses.

An example of this would be reading the personality of someone who had not yet been met, therefore negating the possibility of logically accessing them through interacting with them using the five senses.

Psychic work is often described by those who are psychic in terms of the extra-sensory way in which they receive insight. Examples include clairvoyance (‘seeing’ without the physical eyes), clairaudience (‘hearing’ without the physical ears) and clairsentience (‘feeling’ without the physical body itself). This may seem confusing but think of it this way…

The physical senses are only physical/material expressions of spiritual senses. Just like electricity precedes the toaster turning on, so too does energetic or spiritual sense precede the physical sense.

That means behind the physical eyes there are spiritual eyes. Behind the physical ears there are spiritual ears, and so on. A psychic is able to hone in on the very subtle workings of these spiritual senses and interpret the information gathered by them.

Because all life is connected, thoughts have energetic presence and situations follow an energetic ‘matrix a psychic can perceive those subtleties in the same way we normally perceive the road in front of us, a conversation with a friend or the taste of a fresh strawberry.

All people are blessed with the ability to negotiate on the spiritual/psychic level a psychic is just someone who has fine tuned the art of perceiving incoming information that is normally overlooked.

Psychics differ from other types of spiritual guides in that logic is required to translate the information they receive. Once a psychic gets information on the spiritual/energetic level, they must then process or translate that information so that they can convey it in physical terms (usually words).

Many psychics are aware that their own spiritual senses speak in a unique language to them and that in order to convey information to another person, they must decipher the images, words, feelings, sounds, etc. they receive in a way that makes sense to the person they are guiding. Psychic work involves both extra-sensory and sensory organs in its serving a seeking client.

Most experienced psychics are very much in control of turning on or off their psychic senses. A great psychic adviser has the ability to connect to a person or circumstance and quiet their normal senses so that the information received by the subtle senses is loud and clear. They can then literally dialogue with a person, place, event, issue, etc. on the psychic platform and receive information in a similar way we might dialogue with another person and get information from them.

? INTUITIVE ?

Psychic work and intuitive work happen on very much the same level but there is a fundamental difference in these styles. Psychics must ‘process’ or ‘translate’ the insight they receive on the psychic plane into real-life meaning because it comes to them on a level beyond what would make sense in normal language, imagery, sensation, etc. intuitives tend to get a flash of insight that needs no translation at all.

Intuitive insight cannot be controlled the same way that psychic insights can, and tends to ‘hit’ people from out of the blue. Common examples of the intuitive ‘flash’ can be found in almost every Mother on the planet what we often call ‘Mother’s intuition’.

Intuition, in my opinion, is something most people experience all the time. We get ideas, creative inspiration, feelings of apprehension, etc. and hopefully we act on them. Intuition is literally our back-up system, so that when our psychic senses are in a state of atrophy due to disuse, intuition kicks in and sometime kicks our butts!

Often intuition speaks to us in a very familiar voice. It ‘feels’ and ‘sounds’ within like our own thoughts and that’s because it is our own. Like psychic work, intuition is us connecting to a more subtle frequency of communication between where we are and the rest of the universe is.

With intuition, the only difference is that lack of conscious ‘translating’. Intuition is best reserved for personal revelation and insight because it tends to speak only about circumstances that affect our lives, loves and journeys specifically in one way or another. Intuition is a spiritual safety net that grows more and more clear the more it is honoured and followed.

I always teach that words of gratitude after every intuitive flash will ensure they become more frequent and more clear every time. Think of intuition as a muscle the more you flex it, massage it and attend to it’s needs the bigger and stronger it will grow!

? EMPATH ?

Empathy is best described by also understanding its counterpart, sympathy.

Sympathy means ‘relative/same/with symptoms that implies if a friend is sad we also ‘become’ sad taking on the symptoms of the person we are helping. The issue with sympathy is that when you are in the middle of the sensation you lose the big picture of what’s happening and cannot ‘read’ it with the same clarity an empath could.

Empathy means ‘beside symptoms that means we are fully aware of the depth and intensity of any particular emotion, thought or situation but are still not swimming in it ourselves.

For example, we may have a friend who is experiencing grief we are able to literally feel and experience the depth of their sadness but we still keep one foot in our own space so that we do not identify with it or make it our own.

Empathy is a strong healing force because it allows a person to share, in a deep and spiritual way, what they are experiencing with another. Sometimes we don’t feel like anyone around us really ‘gets’ how bad it is but an empath always does! Empathic guides simultaneously perceive where and how you are while maintaining their own perspective.

This allows them to be in the water and on the land at the same time thus enabling them to help you get to shore in a quick and effective way. Most advanced empaths I know are also very psychic and are able to use empathy to connect to a client for deep understanding and healing release while using psychic abilities to help the client solve any problems.

I believe that all advanced psychics are empathic, but not all empaths are psychic-aware. I have met many people who have not tapped their psychic potential but who still get sick or sad when anyone near them is experiencing those distresses.

I always encourage empaths to learn how to control their empathic abilities, create personal energetic and spiritual protection and learn to unfold empathic abilities in to full-blown psychic ones.

? CHANNEL & MEDIUM ?

The difference between channel and medium is often very unclear. I have my own feelings about how they differ and that’s what I will offer you here.

A channel is a person who is able to turn down their own rational mind, ego, logical processor and personal belief system to allow spiritual/psychic/intuitive messages to flow through them, just like if they were a telephone wire. These messages usually come from a defined and known source (hopefully!).

Channel work can be very difficult for most humans because we all have very strong personal beliefs, ideals, logic and dependence on our rational minds. If any of these things turn up while channelling the channel loses its purity and becomes filtered by our own paradigm.

Think of channelling as a message going from one telephone to another and the personal paradigm of the channel as static… bad news! Most all channel session I have received and viewed have been at least slightly tainted with the channel’s own ego paradigm.

Channels tend to be a conduit for complete forces. That means, they channel the soul, the universe, the Divine, specific vibratory forces like love, healing, etc. Many channels are both channels and mediums by my definition and excel at both when they are well experienced and dedicated to the art.

That takes us to mediums…

Mediums tend to channel complete personalities rather than complete forces. Where a channel may be a conduit for the cosmic flux, a medium might be a channel for your deceased Aunt Suzy, their own spiritual guide, Archangel Michael, etc. They are aware of the personality they are channelling and are versed in the quirks that may come up in a session.

Some mediums work only with spirits they have a long-standing and comfortable relationship with, while others open up to seek out a specific or unique spirit depending on the client they are serving. Archangels and Saints from the Judeo-Christian paths, celebrities and personal spirit guides are the most common personalities I have seen being worked with in mediums.

When considering a medium session you have twice as much research to do. You must first explore and get to know the medium and ensure you feel comfortable with them. Then you must ensure the same about the spirit they act as medium for you.

Please keep both aspects of this in mind when selecting a medium guide so that you get the most out of your session! The doors to the spiritual realms are blown wide open in a medium session and it takes a great guide to know how to make sure everyone stays where they should and influences don’t go further than they are welcome to.

I hope that clears up some of the often confusion terms we use in this work and helps you decide what kind of spiritual adviser would work best for you!

I encourage you to research more on your own and hopefully jump in (if you haven’t already!) and experience a live spiritual guidance session for yourself!

Josh WilliamsAbout the Author: Josh Williams is a professional Psychic Adviser, Life Coach, Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healing Channel. For over 10 years he has been serving clients from all across the globe, acting as psychic client advocate, teaching meditation, ritual, manifesting and spirituality techniques and just loving life!

Josh has recently started offering a wisdom blog which is updated 5 times a week presenting practical but powerful spiritual wisdom for the modern-day. You can view Josh’s blog by clicking HERE

Intuition ~ an Intuitives View

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Intuition ~ an Intuitives View

In these days of burgeoning interest in all topics metaphysic, intuition and psychic phenomena have piqued the curiosity of many. Indeed, we have all, by and large, been fascinated by accounts of experiences involving psi (that elusive “x” factor that causes psychic phenomena), usually assuming that these phenomena belong to a realm out-of-the-ordinary and are not within the daily purview of most of us “common folk.”

As one who has delved more and more deeply into the world of intuition as a practicing intuitive, albeit somewhat unintentionally, I would like to share some of the things I’ve learned about these interest-provoking, yet little understood phenomena. I say “albeit somewhat unintentionally” because I did not set out years ago to have this as a career goal: it was not what I majored in in college nor something I had ever seen myself doing.

However, at the same time, being somewhat of a “reluctant” intuitive has given me an interesting perspective on this often misperceived topic as I had to develop and work with a faculty I didn’t even know was there.

I think what most of us do is to assume that intuitive/psychic phenomena are something that other people experience (and I’ll use these terms interchangeably in this article to refer to informational phenomena, rather than other forms involving psychokinesis, teleportation, etc.). One thing (of the many) that I’ve learned from doing this work is that everyone is intuitive and can have “psychic experiences.” Intuition is democratic; it really is everyone’s birthright.

I’ve also learned that what I used to consider as other-worldly really is a very natural part of life. Intuition and psychic knowing are actually another form of intelligence, another way of knowing and apprehending. For those who are interested in developing and using their full mental and knowing potential, developing and using their intuition is essential.

However, one flip side of this aspect of intuition is that, because intuition really is a form of intelligence, it is not always connected to spirituality. We have often assumed that intuitives, just because they are intuitive, are spiritually oriented; this ain’t necessarily so! As an ability, it can be used for good or ill, just like anything else.

Consider, for example, the reports of psychics who tell vulnerable clients that they have a curse on them and they can remove it for some exorbitant fee. Although this sort of misuse would appear to be in the minority, the point is that spirituality is not always a correlate of psychic ability nor, conversely, is psychic ability necessarily a portal to mystical wisdom and higher knowing. When the two are combined, however, ah, now that’s a beautiful thing! But I’m digressing….

One fascinating aspect of intuition is that it can come in many different forms and, just as I am convinced that everyone has intuitive ability, so too have I learned that the form it can take can vary greatly from one person to another.

I always assumed that intuitive or psychic information came in the form of sudden, strong awareness, almost like being hit by information, and, indeed, some people do get information like this. Intuitive insights can also be very subtle — a sense or feeling or impression about something.

And some people simply have a knowing about things; this knowing can be so deep that it will often be there with no effort, as if by osmosis, a knowing that is deeply integrated and ingrained and may just come to conscious awareness at the appropriate time. One just knows — without knowing how one knows or when one came to know.

Aside from the strength or subtlety of these awarenesses, the form can vary greatly as well. Some people will see images or hear voices (either literally through the auditory faculties of their ears or in their heads or minds). Some may see or sense colors. Others may have an impression that does not come in the form of one of the five senses.

Some people are very sensitive to energy, whether it’s the energy of a place or location, people’s energy, geological or geothermal energy, nature energy, animal or plant energy, or even color or light energy. Some people are sensitive to the energy of objects, receiving information from holding them. This latter form is called psychometry and many forensic psychics who specialize in working with police on solving crimes work with this form.

The type of information that comes from intuition can also vary. We have all had mundane experiences where we think of a song right before it’s played on the radio or think of someone just before they call on the phone. Psychic information can come in the form of events — what is going to happen — whether trivial or significant. It can also come in the form of meaning, what the meaning or significance is of what someone is going through.

There are truly many variations on the forms and types of intuitive experiences and the information they may provide, as well as the way they come to people. I am often asked by clients how I receive my information and what form it comes in.

It took me a long time to figure this out and to know how to respond, because I was not doing what I thought an intuitive did (or should do?). (I read people’s energy — directly experiencing it — on a level not usually associated with the body, receive information, and work to interpret it — usually in the form of a direct experiencing that is difficult to define, a sense, an impression, sometimes visual images, sometimes words or quotations, sometimes colours, etc. I am particularly sensitive to people’s and animals’ energy.

And I also have a deeply seated knowing about things.) Some intuitives/psychics specialize in certain types of phenomena or information: some specialize in health, working as medical intuitives; some, in finding missing people or lost objects; some, in communicating with passed-on loved ones; some, in animal communication; etc. Some people directly access their information; others work with guides as intermediaries.

The point I would like to make is that intuition/psychic informational experiences are a much richer, more complex, and diversified phenomena than most of us have realized and, because of their richness and complex beauty, are well deserving of our admiration as another of the universe’s creations and marvels.

We can all have one or more types of intuition in one or more forms. The information or content we get can run the gamut from the mundane to the divinely sublime. But we all usually have some form or forms of it, and, if we’re truly open and don’t put preconceived terms and self-imposed limitations on it, can receive many different types of information in different forms.

The trick is to start to work with what we have (and may not even know that we have). Ofttimes someone will have an ability and just assume that everyone else does. For instance, a gifted healer I know has always been able to see people’s organs and assumed that everyone else had this trait.

It is in starting to work with what we have that we start to open up the treasure chest that we have been given in our lives. There are many benefits of doing this aside from the trivial and temporary side effects of wowing or entertaining ourselves or others, or of simply manipulating energy or playing psychic games.

We can have many practical benefits in our lives with regard to information that can be helpful to us in a practical, quotidian fashion. For instance, we have all heard about people averting potential tragedy or catastrophe by heeding gut feelings or other intuitive information they received.

In addition and quite significantly, when we begin to tap into our own intuitive/psychic knowing ability, we begin to strengthen in ourselves. Once we begin to develop our own knowing, it is very powerful and deepening. No one can take that away from us. With knowing comes the beginning of understanding. And with understanding and insight can come wisdom if we are so open and so inclined.

There are many ways of starting to develop our innate gifts. There are several very good books on this subject that are available. I as well as others have taught workshops on this. One can just practice and feel one’s way along.

The key is to know how it works for us and also simply to believe that it is indeed there. We have to first acknowledge and own that we do, in fact, have some form(s) of intuitive ability. Once we figure out how ours manifests, we must honor our gifts and their form(s).

“One tricky little potential sticky point to using intuition/psychic ability is in learning to distinguish what is true knowing from what may be coming from our own “stuff” — our wants, needs, fears, mindsets, beliefs, etc. True intuition is not colored by emotional feelings; it is neutral, colorless. Nor is it filtered through our mindsets or cultural filters. If we get a feeling about something that is tinged with, for example, fear, it may just be coming from our own issues. Pure intuitive information is just that: pure, and uncontaminated by our “stuff.”

One reason why it may have been more difficult for us in our contemporary Western culture to work with our intuition, aside from the fact that it hasn’t been valued in our culture, is that it often works in a different way from our normally used and encouraged faculties. Intuition is receptive.

It is a receiving of information, which is a different mode from that of our left-brain logical modes which are active as we analyse and probe. Instead of trying to figure things out intuitively (which doesn’t work because it’s a figurative oxymoron), we must instead receive information, paying attention to what comes. I am convinced that we all receive information all the time. It’s just that we aren’t trained or encouraged to pay attention to these subtleties.

As a matter of fact, I am convinced that we are all spoken to all the time by this wonderful universe, if we are inclined to listen or pay attention to the signs we are given.

It is perhaps my own personal prejudice, but I also feel that the highest manifestations of intuition/psychic information come in a spiritual form and/or have spiritual relevance — that give us information for our own progress on our paths (or for others on their paths).

I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I have a strong sense that the more we connect to the knowing place within ourselves, the more we also connect to the divine. And the more we consciously connect with the divine, the more true knowing we have.

We don’t have to become professional practicing intuitives or psychics to develop our potential and benefit from it. Intuition is real. It is a very natural part of life. And it can be yours if you desire for it to be. It can enrich your life, as well as that of others around you. And it is deserving of our respect, because it can serve a quite honorable purpose.

This article was first published in “Innerchange Magazine” in the February/March 1998 issue.

 – About the Author:

Diane Brandon is the Host of “Living Your Power” on the Health & Wellness Channel of VoiceAmerica.com, as well as an Intuition Teacher, Integrative Intuitive Counsellor, and Speaker. She is the author of “Invisible Blueprints” and several articles on personal growth topics, as well as a contributing author to “Speaking Out” and “The Long Way Around: How 34 Women Found the Lives They Love.” Her private work with individuals focuses on personal growth, working with dreams, and personal empowerment, and she has done corporate seminars on intuition, creativity, and listening skills. More information may be found on her websites, http://www.dianebrandon.com and http://www.dianebrandon.net. She may be contacted at diane@dianebrandon.com.

Creating in the now…

Creating in the now… If you think back over your life, about all the things that have happened to you.
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Creating in the now…

If you think back over your life, about all the things that have happened to you, all the things that you have given away, and all the things that you’ve received. They’ve all happened in the present moment. Unfortunately, so often, our focus tends to be on what has happened, what we’ve given away already, what we will have to give away, and what might happen in the future. Which is a dichotomy in itself really (the latter I mean) because nothing ever happens in the future. Ever. Everything always happens in the Now. The present moment.

Let’s look at this in more detail. Imagine that you are moving home. You’ve bought the house, you’re waiting for the Completion Day in a month’s time. You’re getting excited about moving into your new home. Hopefully you’re not getting depressed about having a mortgage! You’re planning on where you will put your furniture, how you will decorate, how you will fix up the garden, and so on.

This is all good stuff, and wonderful to do. It can create wonderful feel-good energy that helps you feel happy and be in a flowful state. Remember, when we feel good, we create and attract even more positive experiences into our lives.

The trick about visualising the future, however, is also to focus upon enjoying where we are right now. Completion day may well be in a month’s time, but when that time comes around it won’t be in the future, it will be NOW. You will be moving in NOW. Nothing ever manifests for us in the past or future, only in the present.

Everything we’re aiming to manifest into our lives needs to come to us. We need to allow it in. We need to take intuitive actions to help create what we want, and feel good about what we’re doing that’s getting us to where we want to be. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to be an impatient bunch of humans and, because what we want isn’t here yet, or doesn’t seem to be coming quickly enough, we get frustrated and sometimes even give up!

Esther and Jerry Hicks have a great analogy about this in terms of travelling from one place to another. We get halfway there and realise we’re not there yet so we go back home again.

But we realise we want to be somewhere else and so set off on the journey again, only to get half way and get frustrated because we’re not there yet, so turn around and go back again. And so on, and so on, and so on. Notice a pattern like that in your life? Ever hear yourself saying things like “I want it but I haven’t got it yet, I really want it but I still don’t have it, I keep moving towards it but it’s not here yet”.

See where your focus is? Not on what you WANT but on the fact that you haven’t got it yet. After all, even God took 6 days to create the Earth. Imagine if God had given up halfway through because it wasn’t finished yet?! 😉

In order to create and manifest what you want you need to feel good about where you are on your journey right NOW. In the Now. In the present moment. Feel good that you ARE moving forward. Feel good that you are leaving behind what you no longer want. Feel good about anything and everything. It is only in feeling good, and making peace with where we are that we’ll actually get to be where we want to be.

Don’t get frustrated because moving day hasn’t arrived yet, get excited about how what your house will look like when you’ve moved in. Get excited about how happy you’ll be there. Feel elated about having achieved what you wanted to. Feel good about the place you’re living in right now. Feel good about how smoothly the process is going. Feel good about packing things up, ready to be moved. Etc, etc.

Do you see, by focusing upon, and feeling good about, the current moment, you are creating a happy, enjoyable life right now. It’s OK to acknowledge contrast – but then focus upon what you do want. Don’t keep “waiting for it to happen”. If you keep waiting for something to happen it never will. Create a happy, enjoyable, delicious life in the present moment. Enjoy every moment of the journey, because when you get to the perceived destination, there’ll always be another dream or goal to aim for.

An article written for spiritguides.co.uk by Alun Jones