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Discussion in 'After-Death Communication' started by mac, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. mac

    mac Staff Member

    Many websites or forums can be found with the words spirit or spiritual in their title. They often cover a multitude of interests and the adjective 'spirit' or 'spiritual' at one extreme may just mean 'not of the material' or at the other extreme be used to describe life at levels which challenge our understanding.

    Many people use the word 'spirit' when they really mean individuals who are very much alive but not in-the-body. But the word spirit may also be used to describe the very energy which gives substance, form or life to everything we see - and everything we can't. The creator of all things, or 'God', may even be referred to as The Great Spirit.

    Many websites have sections which deal with life after physical death and ways of communicating with those who have passed over; the words mediums, psychic, sensitive and channelers are frequently mentioned. Sometimes the ideas involved are confused and confusing.

    What follows is an attempt to simplify, clarify and perhaps define them and explain how they are often used.


    One of the simplest definitions of a medium could be: 'A person who facilitates communication between someone in the world-of-the-spirit and someone who isn't.'

    Certain mediums have conveyed the words and teachings of spiritually-evolved teachers and guides. Such guidance is not personal and applies to humankind generally. In the past details about the nature of life after death, and the dimensions in which we live, have been communicated in just such ways. This might be called teaching or philosophical mediumship. Guides and teachers often say they have experienced life on earth.

    When information is communicated through a medium there is always a risk of coloration from the mind of the medium. The more developed is the relationship between the sender and the medium (as was the case with certain trance mediums) the better may be the minimisation of coloration from personal or cultural bias, prejudice, belief etc.

    Mediums found in the religion and philosophy of Modern Spiritualism often act as 'go-betweens'. They act both for their 'sitter' (the seeker/enquirer) and for those in the unseen world wishing to connect with her or him. They may be called evidential mediums because they gain from the communicator evidence of identity along with information the receiver finds personally relevant. A medium may (for example) use clairvoyance (seeing, describing) and/or clairaudience (hearing) to acquire details which authenticate the message.


    A sensitive may be thought of as someone able to sense the presence of unseen individual(s) in another dimension of existence. The unseen individual(s) may, or may not, have lived on this earth.

    A sensitive may communicate with an unseen discarnate but if (s)he doesn't act as a third-party go-between for others, (s)he would not be classed as a medium. Any information or guidance would be primarily for the benefit of the sensitive.


    One way to think of a psychic is as an individual able to 'pick up' information from both discarnate and incarnate individuals – from 'spirits' or from ourselves. They do not act as a go-between for communication as a medium does. This may explain the saying “All mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums.”
    Some psychics may use what they learn, in conjunction with interpersonal skills and abilities, to counsel or advise a sitter.


    Channeling is a technique that became more widely recognized a few decades back. Channelers claim to communicate the words of discarnate entities, some of whom have not had earth existences. It may appear similar to mediumship but one difference is that evidential communication seems rare - communicators do not appear to have familial or friendship links to the receiver. They may be described as Ascended Masters or as named angels and archangels and may say they have not experienced incarnate life here.

    Although one channeler may suggest her/his communicator is their personal 'guide', another channeler may act simply as an uninvolved go-between. When this happens it may be seen as similar to mediumship.
  2. ravensgate

    ravensgate Regular Contributor

    Mac, I think your definitions and clarifications will help many get a better, clearer understanding; they sure helped me, and I thank you. Would it be possible to make your post a "sticky"?
    Now, still on the subject of ADCs, I read/heard that some discarnate will show images to convey messages or use such images to "prove" it's really them to a grieving loved one. Others will communicate "verbally" with the medium, basically having a conversation. Why the difference? The mediums who can hear those who have transitioned, do they possess the gift of clairaudience, whereas those who are shown images/scenes do not possess that gift?
    I ask because I've heard mediums says, "He is showing me a ----"; others will say, "She's telling me that you should go ahead and----"
    Would love to read your opinion of this.
    Thank you, mac! :)
  3. mac

    mac Staff Member

  4. ravensgate

    ravensgate Regular Contributor

    :cool: Thanks!
  5. kim

    kim Regular Contributor

    May the sensed presence of the unseen individual include the revelation of scenes from the future in whatever dimension they exist in?
  6. mac

    mac Staff Member

    I'm unable to answer that question other than to say "maybe".

    No-one can discount another's personal experience but the nature of such experience isn't the subject of the conversation.
  7. mac

    mac Staff Member

    My pleasure to offer these further thoughts.

    I'm a simple guy and use the term 'medium' simply to describe what a practitioner does but not the way she does it. :)

    Your description of clairvoyance and clairaudience is certainly the way I understand those words and mediums may use either or both attributes. I'm aware, though, that others see 'clairvoyance' as something different, yet another example of how one word can mean different things to individuals. I expect some members will also have heard of other 'clair' attributes.

    It appears some of our friends and family unseen communicate in whatever way they can to show their continuing existence. I suppose that just as with us incarnates, some discarnates communicate better than others.
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  8. mac

    mac Staff Member

    Yes, the thread is already a sticky one. :)
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  9. kim

    kim Regular Contributor

    Sorry 'bout that, but I think there might be something tremendous happening in my life and I don't want to carelessly allow it to slip by, so I just wondered a little bit.
  10. mac

    mac Staff Member

    YOU are hardly likely to allow "something tremendous happening in your" to slip by.... ;)

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