There’s more to mediums than candles and crystal balls.

When most of us hear the term “medium,” we think of Ouija boards, tarot cards, woo-woo and crystal balls. Well, that or Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo. But there is more to mediums than Hollywood has led us to believe. Here’s everything you need to know about the role of a psychic medium and clairvoyant, and what they say they do.

Mediums bridge the gap between the living and the deceased.

In other words, “a medium is someone who is able to communicate with souls on the other side” However, contrary to popular belief, mediums do not speak with the dead. “There is no such thing as death, since our soul continues to live on after our physical body dies. There is only a transition from the physical being to the spiritual being…and mediums are sensitive and intuitive enough to hear, feel, and see information coming from the other side.”

Okay, but how do mediums interact with otherworldly spirits?

There are numerous ways mediums say they can facilitate “conversations” with the deceased. As I medium I allow spirit energy to blend with my energy acting as a vessel for those spirits needing a human form to communicate with this world. Many mediums are also empathic, and thus are presumably able to share the experiences of those on both sides of the veil,” Some of us mediums are also empaths that allow us to sense and feel the emotions of our clients as well as the emotions of your loved ones; helping to convey their messages and feelings.

What differentiates a medium from a psychic or clairvoyant?

The distinction between mediums, psychics, and clairvoyants can be confusing. In fact, many believe the terms are interchangeable, but that is not the case. “Mediums are able to raise their vibration high enough to connect to the other side,” White explains. “Psychics have the ability to give information about the past, the present, or even the future, but not deliver messages from the other side” while “clairs” receive stronger messages overall, i.e. clairvoyants are clear seeing, clairaudients are clear hearing, and clairsentients are clear feeling.

Considering talking to a medium? Here’s what to expect.

Since mediums purportedly communicate with those who have passed on, clients should expect to “hear from” deceased friends and/or loved ones. However, the specifics of your sitting will vary. “Each medium operates differently, “Be open to an intangible experience, as well as receiving information that you may not have asked for. Expect some form of guidance, perspective, clarity, and authenticity,” and be patient. “Mediums are humans filling a heavy space so don’t hold them to an unfair standard.”

As for how to locate a medium, the best way is to get a referral. Sites like Certified Spiritual Advisors . Google gives users a quick and easy way to cut through the proverbial noise. (The search engine also provides detailed ranking information and—when applicable—customer comments). And personal recommendations are invaluable. However, regardless of how you make your selection, White notes you should choose a medium who “understands grief and loss… and gives good evidence of the loved one on the other side,” including specific evidence or memories of your loved ones that only you know. Their message should also make sense and give you a sense that your loved ones are around you and aware of what is happening in the earthly world. Don’t be afraid to ask your medium how they work. At the same time it’s helpful if you are ready, willing and open to connect with your loved ones on the other side!

We all have to ability to connect with our loved ones. Sometimes I am made to feel like I am “different” or “Special” because I can talk to their loved ones but the truth is I am a normal person, a wife a mother, a daughter and a grandmother. I just haven taken a gift/ability and chosen to live a life of service to creating a bridge for you to spend time with and connect with your loved ones. The truth is YOU have the same ability it’s just difficult to trust in the information that you get so that is where I come in to help you trust and believe. i am just the messenger.

Felicia Grant is a Certified Medium and Holy Fire® Reiki Master in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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