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Old 10-09-2021, 10:41 AM
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I know from long experience that there are many misunderstandings and part of that is down to the words we use. Only this morning I was writing to someone online about a scheduled meeting and explaining that the medium who would attend - my good friend - was a 'natural medium'.

Later I got to thinking. I knew exactly what I meant by that term and what was different about such a medium. But then I reflected over whether others also know?

As I did I realised it was almost tautological. Aren't ALL mediums natural mediums? What would be an unnatural one by comparison? Mediums are born and not made; it's an old saying. How much more natural could it be?

It's similarly tautological to refer to a 'psychic medium' - mediums are by their very nature, highly psychic. If they weren't they wouldn't be effective mediums. But 'psychic medium' is often used when what's really meant is 'a psychic'.

I don't talk a lot, especially about my 'specialist' subjects, much preferring the written word. It was slightly surreal, then, to find myself with three mediums and chatting with them about what mediumship truly should mean. One was from the US, the other two from the UK. As we talked it was clear that the US medium was used to doing something very different from what a UK medium would do. That was an interesting illustration of something I'd picked up elsewhere.

The conversation moved on to misunderstandings and how 'ghost' and 'spirit' are frequently muddled and misunderstood. The US medium said to me she didn't really understand the difference and asked, "How do you define a ghost compared with a spirit?" I quickly explained the difference but was surprised a medium would be asking me. Later it dawned on me why that was.

Over the years I've become ever-clearer in my mind about mediumship and certain other subjects. I hadn't realised before, however, that things hadn't been clear! In the past I must have thought I did know, and quite possibly I actually did, but now I have a clarity of understanding that was missing earlier. I'm grateful to those who have gotten it through to me.

So now I have confidence in declaring what's what and not feeling I should defer to the experience/status of others I had simply been assuming knew more than I. I am equally grateful to those who have worked on me to eventually reach that point!
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Old 10-09-2021, 03:28 PM
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I know what you mean i was born with my gifts so i was open to it from birth.

but as i have gone along on my own journey ,i too, have been asked what the difference between a Medium and A psychic is,
My answer is all mediums are psychics but not all psychics are mediums.



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Old 14-09-2021, 07:52 AM
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the difference

A simple explanation from the Spiritualists' National Union:

"What is Mediumship?

The main aim of mediumship is to provide evidence of survival of the human personality beyond physical death. Mediumship is a transfer of information from the spirit of a deceased person via a 'medium' to a 'recipient'.

A medium has the ability to receive information from a communicating spirit and pass on that information. In many respects this will be personal to the recipient of the communication."


The last paragraph is important in helping differentiate psychic sensitivity/awareness from mediumship, issues commonly misunderstood.

Where the beneficiary of information is the individual herself/himself then it's psychic sensitivity.

When communicated information is for the benefit of a third person it's mediumship.
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Old 14-09-2021, 03:07 PM
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A simple explanation from the Spiritualists' National Union:

"What is Mediumship?

The main aim of mediumship is to provide evidence of survival of the human personality beyond physical death. Mediumship is a transfer of information from the spirit of a deceased person via a 'medium' to a 'recipient'.

A medium has the ability to receive information from a communicating spirit and pass on that information. In many respects this will be personal to the recipient of the communication."


The last paragraph is important in helping differentiate psychic sensitivity/awareness from mediumship, issues commonly misunderstood.

Where the beneficiary of information is the individual herself/himself then it's psychic sensitivity.

When communicated information is for the benefit of a third person it's mediumship.
i was confused by what some of the disclaimer state when they do demeonstartions of mediumship by stating its just an experiment but it was quite clear to me when we were taught by gordon smith what i saw while blindfolded as not to know who your sitting for they were to utter no words yes or no just touch your arm or knee if you were describing what you saw was correct or not it was very much evidence to me as the picture flooded into my mind first passing of the two guides like i saw when i was a five year old up till present day but there seem to quite since the pandemic i never saw spirit in this fashion before
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Old 14-09-2021, 03:18 PM
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ONE TEACHER

One teacher who said he had taught for fifty years insisted you dont need to be blindfolded even though my teacher was the most accurate in the uk and has written many books i meet this person at a meetup chat in a cafe area, i thought it was perfect idea as one would not become nervous for who you were sitting for if you did not know there facially expression one would not become nervous and you could get on with the task at describing what you saw or felt clearly the gentleman was taught the old way new ideas are always coming forward to improve spirit connection
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Old 14-09-2021, 06:11 PM
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i was confused by what some of the disclaimer state when they do demeonstartions of mediumship by stating its just an experiment
It's a UK thing to stay the right side of consumer law protection.

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but it was quite clear to me when we were taught by gordon smith wh............hion before
The mode of mediumship isn't important - what matters is the accuracy and relevance of the message.
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Old 14-09-2021, 06:18 PM
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One teacher who said he had taught for fifty years insisted you..............ing forward to improve spirit connection

Of course you don't need to be blindfolded! Mediums don't routinely use blindfolds.

If you're nervous, if you can't concentrate without one, then you need to work at things a lot further and also work at ways to deal with nerves. An experienced medium in a development group would be able to help.

Those are neither old ways nor new ways.
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Old 15-09-2021, 10:20 PM
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Thats so true bobjob
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Old 16-09-2021, 09:31 PM
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I am a medium and would agree with Bobjob



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Old 18-10-2021, 06:37 PM
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I know someone who is a well known medium. He has done a lot of television work and written a lot of books about mediumship and also psychic work and psychic encounters. He calls himself a psychic medium. If someone needs help they may not need mediumship but they may want a psychic reading to be reassured that everything is okay. Someone who is grieving may want a mediumship reading in the hope that their loved one will come through and speak to them. The person I know can do both types of reading and so he calls himself a psychic medium rather than just a psychic. It's a way of offering both services. I live in the UK and I think this is what people expect over here.
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