12 Important Questions about Mediumship and Psychic Development Answered

Find Answers to Your Psychic-Mediumship Development Questions Here!

I receive many questions on a daily basis from individuals thinking about starting Mediumship and psychic development studies. I decided to put the most common of these in one post. Read on and perhaps you will see a vital question answered that is most important to you at this time.


A Medium is someone who can communicate with spirits on behalf of another living being. The word suggests that the medium acts as a midway point, halfway between the worlds of the living and the dead.


There are several kinds of Mediumship. Below are the most commonly recognized:

Mental Mediumship:

Is where the medium is in full control of their own faculties and can make the spirit connection while entirely aware of their surroundings. Mental mediums have the abilities to make the required contact and relay messages to others present.

Physical Mediumship:

Is a medium that goes into a very deep trance state and with the help of their unique spirit guides and controls, produce phenomena such as ectoplasm, sounds outside of themselves, music, spirit lights, apports (objects “coming out of nowhere”) and a host of other types of spirit phenomena. Many confuse the art of Mediumship with Channeling and Carol personally believes they are not to be confused with one another. (See below for an explanation of what Channeling is.)

Trance Mediumship:

Is where the Medium will allow themselves to drop into a profound state of altered consciousness with the intention of allowing their individual guides to work through them. This is very similar to Physical Mediumship. However, there is usually NO physical phenomenon that takes place. On rare occasions, physical events can happen.


With the proper training, dedication, practice, and mindset, almost anyone can become a medium! Of course, some individuals are natural mediums and have everything they need to be a full-fledged Medium early in life. They most likely have experienced spirits coming to them already. These types of individuals only require some learning tools and management of their abilities, so they are not always bombarded by the dead all the time.  Many individuals have this ability and choose to ignore it. Some are frightened by it, and some, feel a strong calling to make it a vocation.


A Psychic is an individual who uses their innate or developed sixth sense abilities to give an intuitive reading to a person by “tuning in” with that person’s energy field (either in person or by distance). In doing so, they can offer up specific information to help the individual in their life’s journey, answer pressing questions, and provide overall basic guidance. Very often a gifted psychic can tune into future events and help the individual avoid major pitfalls. Mediums can also be a trained psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. In fact, many psychics have the ability but choose not to pursue or develop it.

A Clairvoyant is very much the same but focuses on their Third Eye to receive images and interpret these images for self or for a client. Sometimes a clairvoyant will receive images of a universal nature that could indicate a future event for a personal or global event. This is called Precognition.


A Channel is an individual who opens a special mental channel to the spirit realms and can access higher entities. This is done for the purpose of receiving and passing along vital spiritual concepts. Messages are often relayed vocally to a group, written posts, or in a book. In some cases, channeling information is obtained by means such as automatic writing, Ouija Boards, and similar methods. Some of the most well-known channelings can be accessed in The Michael Teachings (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) and Seth books (by Jane Roberts).

Channels are more focused on the overall picture rather than communicating directly with departed loved ones and friends, etc. Channeled messages could originate from the ascended master teachers, spirit guides, angels, or from our own higher self. This information is primarily received for the good of mankind and imparts spiritual understanding and addresses questions of an esoteric nature. There are times during a Séance or in a Mediumship circle, that one or more mediums will channel healing messages to the group or, in rarer instances, to a specific individual.


There are many categories of ghosts which are sometimes also called earthbound spirits. Earthbound Spirits are souls who for whatever reason, either elect not to make the full crossing to the astral realms where most spirits reside. Or, were so traumatized by death, they actually don’t know they are dead and wander the earth plane as invisible entities.

Earthbound spirits can be intelligent, meaning they can interact with the living or are just residual imprints or shells that replay their death over and over causing what is called, “a haunting.” Are earthbound spirits demons? No. Contrary to popular television shows that depict ghosts and earthbound spirits as demons, they are not! However, there are some malicious earthbound spirits that are intent causing problems for the living. In our Mediumship Home Study Course, we delve deeply into the topic of earthbound spirits and how to deal with them.


This is a highly rare to non-existent occurrence. When doing Mediumship readings (usually termed sittings), or practicing in a Mediumship Development Circle, encountering a Demon is almost unheard of and only if someone summons one through ritual dark magic. I strongly advise any individual not to do this! And, unlike what you might see on ghost hunting shows, demons do not lurk in every dark corner. However, demons will try to influence the living and usually targets someone who is highly vulnerable. If you go looking for a demon because you believe they will give you power or just out of curiosity, you are setting yourself up for disaster!


The Ouija Board has gained nasty press over the last ten to twenty years due to Hollywood movies, television shows, and the like. By invoking strong protection techniques, and Ouija Board can be utilized safely. The same goes for Angel Boards or similar kinds of spirit contact boards. Too often people pick up a board for fun and don’t know to use proper protection techniques. This can sometimes lead to inviting any spirit in and often these types of spirits like to stay and be mischievous. Or in rarer instances, cause harm. Personally, I never use an Ouija Board.

Table Tipping can be safe if all participating work with the light and divine energies, and, invoke strong protection before a session. I have witnessed some amazing displays of Physical Mediumship by others while doing Table Tipping with a group.


This has to be the decision of any aspiring student. You can either stay mum about what you are doing or gently break the news to others. Stand firm if Mediumship is truly something you want to pursue. Church groups don’t need to be informed of this unless you are willing to come under fire. Attempt to find some sort of local Mediumship Development Circle to gain support. It you can’t find one–start a Meet-Up group and find a quiet place to practice. We teach students how to do this in our Mediumship Home Study Course.

Doing Mediumship is not evil or dangerous. If in one’s heart and the fervent desire and/or strong abilities is present, pursuing Mediumship training is viable. However, it has to be very carefully thought out and anticipate dealing with the tensions that it might create with those around you.


In the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, there are warnings about someone practicing Mediumship resulting in dire consequences. This is because the priests of the day wanted complete power and status over the people. However, in The New Testament, the apostles say something far different. For example, John 4:1, which says we should “test the spirits as to whether they are of God”?  How are we to test them if we shouldn’t be talking with …?


You will not fail! Any individual who thoroughly studies Mediumship and is serious about their craft will not fail. Unique abilities and style of communicating with spirits may vary. However, it might take some individuals longer than others for everything to click into place (see “unfoldment” below).

As a Medium, individuals are using their inherent psychic senses of Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Empathic Senses, and Claircognizance (see post on what the psychic senses are) to make a true connection with the Realm of Spirits.

If you are studying Mediumship and spirits aren’t connecting with you, frustration and disappointment may start to creep in. Don’t let this happen to you! If you hang in there and continue practicing, making actual contact with the Spirit World will begin to happen and you will build a greater level of confidence every time you begin a contact session. It is a beautiful feeling to experience a connection with loved ones that have passed and even Angels and Spirit Guides. You will soon discover how doing Mediumship is a beautiful and heartfelt experience by helping others through their grief of having lost a loved one.


Unfoldment is merely the process of developing Mediumship skills step-by-step. Unfoldment involves the various stages of learning how to make true spirit contact with the other side. This process can be either slowly accomplished or done at a rapid rate. However, we highly advise students to progress slowly and steadily for building a strong and solid foundation of abilities. Burnout is a genuine possibility if one tries to develop Mediumship abilities too quickly.