Difference between a Psychic and a Medium

The difference between a psychic and a medium and why the distinction between the two is very important.


Whether one refers to themselves as a psychic medium, spiritual medium, intuitive medium or any other similar title, it’s all essentially the same thing….the emphasis being on talking to spirits in the afterlife. While I refer to myself as a “psychic medium,” there is a big difference between a psychic and a medium.

There is a big difference between those who grant themselves the label and those who simply are the label. In every walk of life there will be humans who play with labels simply for their own egos benefit. Be very sure of those you choose to work with….they should have displayed their abilities in some way or other for you to trust.

My article today focuses on those who truly have abilities of communication beyond the humans senses we use everyday.

A psychic isn’t necessarily a medium, but a medium is a psychic. This is an important distinction and a good place to start, because I meet clients all the time who misunderstand the difference and confuse the two.

Psychics tune into the energy of people or objects by feeling or sensing elements of their past, present and future. Simply put, psychics rely on their basic sense of intuition and psychic ability to gather information for the person being read.

Mediums take it a step further. A medium uses his or her psychic or intuitive abilities to see the past, present and future events of a person by tuning into the spirit energy surrounding that person. This means mediums rely on the presence of non-physical energy outside of themselves for the information relevant to the person being read.

Similarly, all medical students are required to take the basic entry-level medical courses, such as physics, biology and chemistry. Pre-med students are trained in the basics before moving on to higher-level courses and choosing their medical specialty, such as cardiology, paediatrics or oncology.

The emphasis of my work is mediumship: making connections with and delivering messages from people who are no longer living to those who still are.

I receive information primarily and directly from the dead, spirit guides, angels, archangels and high vibrational energies existing in the universe around us.

This guidance comes with the highest love and light, and they wait often hoping that we will wake to the opportunity of guidance we can be given.

You see, you are spirit having a human experience. Its often only when we return to spirit that we realise we were intended to use the spirit hand being offered. Part of each lesson we all choose to incarnate for….is often to awaken to this fact, to use all available in the universe – not just what our human thinks is available.

While there are a few different forms of mediumship, I work as a mental medium, which means I communicate with high vibrational energies, spirits, through the use of telepathy.

Spirits impress my mind and body with thoughts and feelings that come in the form of “clairs.” I mentally “hear” (clairaudience), “see” (clairvoyance), “know” (claircognizance) and/or “feel” (clairsentience) messages from spirits. I often get “smells” (clairscent), “tastes” (clairgustance) along with being “touched” (clairtangency) as well and my ability to remote view generally coming into each session.

I suppose I act as the bridge between the spiritual and the physical world, with the intention of healing both worlds. I’m the piece of string linking the two plastic cups if you will 😉 allowing you both to chat.

Each session unique based on the spiritual energy present and the human that I am reading for. A great misconception is that all spirits communicate in the same way…they do not. A great misconception that all humans are able in all clairs. They are not.

Which allows a sigh of relief from some of you reading this…

It takes great energy for spirit to communicate with a vibration that is not equal to theirs. Humans vibrate at a much lower frequency than spiritual energy.

In the same way variations of spirits operate at different frequencies…earth bound spirits are operating at a lower vibration than deceased loved ones who are lower than spirit guides and then angels.

This is why I am always so very insistent on people not dabbling. If you wish to connect spiritually get guidance and setup from one who can protect you and allow you to embark on a light and loving journey. Its a pleasure to have opened this door for many.

Not all spirits communicate in the same way, they use the skill which makes most effective use of their energy to communicate and to hold a connection.

My Grandad was the very first to begin communicating with me in my deceased family. For years he kept giving me the same sign…time and time again, no matter where in the world I was…the sign would find me. Looking back now it was so obvious.

Since then he has always used static images to communicate with me, but when he himself comes through he makes a big show of walking into the room in grand entrance. This is a moving image in my minds eye as if I was seeing it with physical eyes.

My Grandad on my Fathers side….has always come through smell. I will know he is with me first of all because I will smell the distinct smell of old fashioned tobacco. He has been crossed over for some time so his vibration is high almost like he contacts me from further way than others. This isn’t the case but its how it feels. He will use my mind to just know…to know that something occurred as if I had been there myself.

My Nan on my Mothers side will come in with words, thoughts that I hear in my head but with the sound of her human voice.

My Nan on my Fathers side, well she shows objects and then makes me think a train of thought about that object….then I have to play dot to dot to get to the point she makes. Not always easy…but good fun.

My main guide……well he is with me constantly….we are little like a double act. I hear him and see him, yet he is almost a version of me…my ying to his yang. We bicker, we laugh, and he is with me when I cry or need picking up. Yes yes…he’s just reminded me that I also swear at him!!! Well I’m human after all

And of course as she waits patiently to be introduced my beautiful Mum….what can I say. She is within me in all ways. She has learnt quickly and she tends to show me images….like screen shots of an event…for usually she is trying to let me know that someone in the family needs me…or her of course, through me. When she’s here for me, she will walk as her Dad does into the room and she will sit next to me….just as she does just now.

Of course I will clarify. Those I speak of are an energy vibrating at such a high level of light and love that we cannot perceive them as they are, so when I say my Mum sits next to me….her energy does…and she uses my ability to create a human association with what she is trying to communicate to me, a vision of her in my minds eye sitting next to me. If you want some help…..she’s blonde, petite shoulders…always with statement coral lippy 

Just in this small select group….each comes through my abilities in their own way. They have a strength or a preferred way to communicate.

So if you are clairaudient and a spirit uses images….well no connection people …this will be why sometimes you’ve been to a clairvoyant hoping for Great Aunt Sal…when Uncle Bob came.

Also why those who have abilities have these hiccups, all readings going great….then one just doesn’t.
An important distinction is that while psychic readings often focus on predicting future events, mediums primarily tune into past and present issues. It’s my opinion that predicting the future, while sometimes helpful, runs risks.

Those who have read with me are always very clear on free will and why their spirit chose this incarnation for this souls lifetime…..For the free will of yours and that of others can alter any path.

Always remember that when you came into this world, and at any moment in time you can absolutely redirect your course and create the life you want by changing your thoughts and actions.

Psychic information is often insight into what potentially could happen based on the road you are currently traveling—when coupled with the connection to those in spirit realm including your higher self – your spirit, it can be a great source of guidance. Your spirit team knows why you came….it wants to help you with your path, remind you of your chosen course in fact.

Just as in any profession, mediums have specialties and areas of expertise. Unlike Allison Dubois in Medium, I rarely work with the police in solving crimes.

Over the years, it has become very clear that my job lies in working with souls who have happily crossed over to the other side and, for the most part, are at peace. Sure, they may have regrets or unresolved issues, but they’re not haunted or lost. Oftentimes, it’s the living that are not at peace. The main goal of your deceased loved ones and spirit guides is to assist you in moving on, free of grief and struggle, so you can fulfil your life lessons and enjoy your time here on earth.

Some people ask if I, much like a doctor, chose this specialty as my service. On a basic human level, the answer is no…it chose me.

On a soul level this is what I signed up to learn and overcome in this lifetime (among other things ), for both my path and those who walk parts of it with me.

My responsibility lies in simply acknowledging my abilities and what comes naturally for me, and embracing my role to serve as a messenger for Spirit.

So you may have heard the terms, psychic / medium / psychic medium….and hopefully you are now a little clearer on what that means.
With Love xxx

3 thoughts on “Difference between a Psychic and a Medium

  1. Thank you for sharing Zowie, always, I love your writings. Inspires me to dig deep within my being. You are able to answer so many questions with you sharing your posts. My being thirsts for knowledge. Will be in touch for another session shortly. Much love


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