The Differences between Mental, Physical, and Trance Mediumship

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Find Out about the Three Primary Categories of Mediumship

Are you fascinated with the idea of Mediums and Mediumship? Are you glued to the television shows which feature mediums? Do you often wonder if you could do what they do? If you answered yes to any of the above, find out more about the three primary categories of Mediumship. Discover if any of these categories fit the kind of medium you are.

Mental Mediums

In the past several decades, Mental Mediumship has become the preferred method of Mediumship demonstrated by most Mediums. This form of Mediumship is primarily done in a full state of conscious and are completely awake. However, some Mediums will place themselves into a relaxed level of consciousness to perform Mental Mediumship but are not in a deep trance as with other forms of Mediumship.

Mental Mediumship is predominantly done in well-lit room with the Medium fully visible. Mental Mediums are usually fully conscious and aware while interacting with Spirits. Even in a light trance state, they are able to impart information from a Spirit very much like having a phone conversation with someone and relaying the gist of the conversation to others in the room. Therefore, most popular mediums seen on television and in person, are mental mediums.

Physical Mediums

Physical Mediums are capable of producing physical phenomenon that is either felt or seen by others, and most agree on what is being witnessed or felt. This phenomenon can manifest in the form of *ectoplasm, breezes, rapping noises, spirit voices, and so on. Physical Mediumship is more associated with the late 19th and early 20th century’s primary style of Spirit Communication. The drawback in doing Physical Mediumship is that it is tremendously draining on the medium’s body and therefore it’s not as commonly demonstrated as Mental Mediumship is.

What Makes Physical Mediumship the Highest Form of Spirit Contact?

Some spiritualists claim that Physical Mediumship is the crème de la crème or highest kind of Mediumship abilities. Also, one of the greatest feats of a Physical Medium is to produce a full apparition.

Trance Mediums

A Light Trance Medium can be a Mental or Physical Medium. However, if they fall into the category of Mental Mediumship, the medium is usually in a very light trance state but is still aware of their surroundings. Light Trance mediums can interact with others in the room while at the same time, are receiving and relaying messages from the Spirit World. I am a Trance Medium.

A Deep Trance Medium is a medium who places his or herself into a deep semi-conscious or completely unconscious trance state. Deep Trance Mediums often link up with what is termed a “Control Guide” who speaks for the Spirit that wishes to communicate or helps the medium produce the actual voice of the spirit wanting to speak.


-Cabinets were common in the early days of Mediumship. Physical Mediums would sit inside and produce spirit phenomena outside the cabinet.
-Orbs often appear in reference to investigating ghosts through taking photographs of a location–and taken on most any kind of camera. They are roundish in shape and are said to be Spirits trying to manifest.
-Ectoplasm is a phenomenon which is not only associated with ghosts, but also was first known as being a substance emitted by Physical Mediums during demonstrations.

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