What it Takes to Develop as a Medium
People often contact me asking if they have the “right” abilities to consider Mediumship training. I hear comments like, “I can feel spirits around me, but I can’t see them. Does this mean I can’t be a good medium?” Or, “I get vivid images of spirits and things they are showing me, but I don’t hear spirits speaking to me like mediums do on television shows.” Have you had similar thoughts about your own mediumistic abilities? Do you wonder if you have what it takes to become an accomplished medium? If you are reading this blog, then most likely you do. Start thinking about the different ways you might have experienced spirit contact in the past and continue reading.
What’s Required to Learn Mediumship Skills
- Knowledge of Your Craft
- Dedication and Practice Practice Practice
- Patience and Sincerity
- A Sense of Responsibility and Sacredness
- The Willingness for Spiritual Growth and Life Changes
- An Understanding that Communicating with Spirits is Natural
Since the inception of modern spiritualism, presenting validating evidence is vital in helping to identify the spirit making contact through a medium. The process by which the validating evidence is gathered comes through the various “Clairs” of the medium which enables them to describe a spirit’s appearance, their relationship to the sitter (the person getting the reading or message), how the spirit died, and other important pieces of information. It is through this process that a spirit’s actual identity can be believed.
Some mediums are more specialized by using only 1—2 of the below listed psychic “Clairs” and some utilize them all. This in no way should be construed to infer that a medium who does not use all the “Clairs” is any less gifted or trained than one who utilizes all of them.
Mediumship abilities stem from our psychic senses often referred to as the “Clairs”. After years of teaching psychic and Mediumship development, I have noticed most students will have at least one to two strong psychic traits. I call these the Primary Abilities, or “primaries”. For example, from experience I have determined I have two primary abilities and a one strong secondary ability. My own primary ability is Clairvoyance (clear-seeing). Clairvoyance is the ability to see relevant images in the mind’s eye. My other primary ability is Clairsentience. Clairsentience is ability to intuitively sense physical sensations or to feel the emotions of others.
The Psychic “Clairs”
(Clair means “clear” in French)
Clairvoyance: The art of “clear seeing” with inner vision in the mind’s eye
Clairaudience: The art of “clear hearing” with our mind’s hearing
Clairsentience: The art of “clear feeling” with our physical feeling senses
Claircognizance: The art of “clear sure knowing” as we speak wisdom
Clairempathy: The art of clear feeling others’ emotions” or emotional state
Clairvoyance-My #1 Primary Psychic Sense
Clairvoyance is how I first begin to know if a spirit linking with me. I have learned over the years that my Clairvoyance is the natural way I operate when spirits are making contact. When I have set my intention to receive spirit communication, I start seeing pictures of people and places right away in my mind’s eye. Sometimes my eyes are open for this, and sometimes they are closed. When my eyes are open, I still have the ability to see in my inner vision. This ability has always been with me and I have learned how to hone it.
These images can range from vivid clarity to hazy. I might only receive one image at first or several in rapid succession like a slide show. The image, or images, might be of a person’s face, their whole body, homes, landscapes, or symbolic images that give me additional information about the spirit linking with me.
Clairsentience – My #2 Primary Psychic Sense
My other primary is Clairsentience (clear-feeling). When a spirit is coming into my energy field, I might start noticing physical sensations in and around my body. These feelings may or may not occur simultaneously with the pictures I am seeing. I could experience a fleeting pain. I might experience light-headedness, which for me is a sure indicator of a spirit attempting to make their presence known. Another sign is a tickling sensation somewhere on my body. This tickling, or cobwebby sensation, usually happens on my face, neck, or on my arms. Hairs on the back my neck might stand on end. I might feel a pressure or fluttering sensation in my gut area, a feeling of heaviness in my chest or some other part of the body, and might even notice unaccountable drafts, breezes, or unusual coldness.
Over the years, I have learned how to interpret these sensations. For example, a feeling of tightness in my chest area could indicate that the spirit is trying to show me they died of a heart attack, a respiratory illness, or in an accident where the chest was actually crushed. Additionally, I might experience a shortness of breath or a momentary feeling I can’t breathe. These are just some indicators I experience letting me know a spirit linking with me and communicating to me important bits of information. This information can be about their physical or emotional state near death, or the death experience itself. Often these sensations come with a strong feeling of emotion. These feelings of emotion are called, clair-empathy.
Clair-empathy is the sensing and feeling emotions of others. For example, I might sense that the spirit had a sunny disposition in life and was a fairly happy person. Or, I might sense they were difficult or angry in life or had feelings of great unhappiness at the time of death. Usually, these types are feelings are registered in my solar plexus area and then wash over me like a wave of emotion.
I have learned to pay close attention to these types of feelings when linking with a spirit. If I am unsure of what I am picking up, I ask my Mediumship Spirit Guides for clarification. (Mediumship Helper Guides will be covered in a future post.) All this takes some work and practice to master.
Claircognizance – My Secondary Strong Psychic Sense
My two primary senses are often accompanied by a secondary ability of strong Claircognizance (clear knowing). Claircognizance is receiving information about events or people one would normally have no way of knowing about.
When I receive a claircognizant “hit”, I have a knowing about certain bits of information without thinking about how I know it. I will then relay this information to a client, or group, because I have learned to trust this “knowing” ability. Whether or not the recipient(s) of the message can identify with what I have presented, is something I will also be addressing in a future blog post.
I have to say that all this self-knowledge about my own Mediumship and psychic abilities did not happen effortlessly at the beginning of my Mediumship training. In the early years, there was some trial and error until I learned to fully trust the information coming to me.
Here’s my confession. My weaker abilities are Clairaudience. I cannot hear a spirit physically speak to me as with some mediums. However, I do get messages that register in my mind’s inner hearing. Another of my weaker psychic senses is Clairaulience. Clairaulience is the noticing of smells or fragrances which have no reason to be present. An example of this might be smelling roses, a strong smell of an aftershave like “Old Spice”, smoke or acrid burning odors, cooking smells, and almost any other kind of aroma you can think of. Of course, it is important to rules these scents out within the group or room you are in. This may seem elementary, but if you have someone present wearing “Old Spice”, for example, you need to ascertain this so you can rule it out as coming from a spirit. This isn’t to say I never experience Clairaulience. I do. It’s just not as common for me as my other “Clairs.”
Does it bother me that I do not have strong Clairaudience? Absolutely not! I realize that the way I personally perceive spirit contact is unique to me and that I am perfectly fine with how I naturally pick-up spirit contact. The way you perceive a spirit presence and get validating evidence could be the exact opposite of how I do. The trick is knowing what your strongest to weakest abilities are and accepting this.
There is no right or wrong set of psychic abilities to connect with and communicate with spirits. Be content with your own set of abilities if you know what they are. If after learning about the various “Clairs” utilized to communicate with spirits, and there is a desire to work on and open your psychic senses more, I highly recommend this.