21 Signs You're A Medium
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As I started developing my gifts and sharing them with the world, lots of people thought I was crazy. And truth be told, I'd almost convinced myself of that, too.
But I soon realized that something more was going on. After all, if you're an otherwise a rational human being in all other areas of your life, why would you be crazy, but *only* in this one way?
See, it doesn't make sense.
After years of validation and feedback, it's confirmed: what I got is an ability, not a disease.
Since then, I’ve met many a person with abilities just like me, but have become convinced by friends, family, media, own insecurity - that they've got a problem, rather than just a rather interesting quirk… so I wrote what you're reading now - this post.
If you're reading this - I want you to know you may not be crazy. At least not like that.
Experiences happen whether you're under stress or not, and regardless of how many remedies you try. No matter how many variables you change, you'll find yourself right back to square one. Sound familiar?
People who date mediums find them more compassionate, empathetic and thoughtful than other partners they've had and those who are friends with a medium, never have to live a moment in their life without someone to call on for support.
Mediums are really just big empaths.
But with one teeny-eensy catch:
They pick up on feelings, emotions, and impressions from the living and from the dead, the spirit world, and Angels, rather than just from the living. See, not so bad.
You don't have to be a professional medium to sense the presence of Spirit; anyone can have this ability. And there are two types of onset - one onset later in life, and one early on. Think: like Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. One has to do more with heredity and genetics (we think), and the other has more to do more with certain weatherings of life experience that make you more susceptible to opening up to it.
Anyway, I'm getting over my head now: what follows is a list of symptoms that commonly present themselves when you have is the gift of mediumship.
Taken alone, each thing on this list could require medical attention, but when combined with 15 or more signs…
21 Signs You're A Medium
You've always had an interest and belief in the paranormal.
You can walk into a room and feel pressure, heat, heaviness or emotions.
You recall seeing or sensing spirits as a child or know relatives or have.
You had an unexplainable fear of the dark, either in childhood or now.
You have an active dream life, including vivid nightmares or lucid dreams.
You are woken up at night frequently and/or generally don't sleep well.
You’ve had that weird, creepy feeling in old buildings, cemeteries, or in places of trauma.
You’ve seen things out of the corner of your eye: white smoke, sparkles, shadows, figures.
Someone close to you has died, and you've been experiencing a lot of odd things.
You hear voices and have convinced yourself it's nagging thoughts, overactive imagination, or things you just made up.
You’ve pretended conversations with animals: cats, dogs, wildlife (these are not pretend!)
You’ve been getting bad anxiety from out of nowhere, having a hard time breathing.
You hear strange noises other rooms when no one else is there or home.
You don’t like to be alone especially at night.
You've felt watched (Caren Reads also mentions this in her post, 15 Ways To Tell You’re A Psychic Medium).
You, or someone you’re related to, has pointed out spirits or paranormal experiences they've had.
You’ve had paranormal experiences yourself that you can’t entirely explain.
Electronics, appliances, lights, and TVs all tend to go out or flicker around you.
You have a habit of delivering spirit smackdowns: profound lengthy manifestos to others, then after the words leave your mouth, you have no idea where the information came from.
You've developed a nervous twitch and it's been getting worse.
You’ve taken prescription pills, drugs, alcohol doused in essential oils to avoid any of the above.
If 15 or more of these things check "yes," congratulations, you're having a baby!
You may be a medium and there are perks. Laura Lynn Jackson has pointed out that these psychic awarenesses do carry benefits, such as saving your budget by getting nudges on lower-cost purchases.
And you may find it helpful to know that what you are experiencing is fairly common, and you aren't alone.
Lots of people from all over the political, religious, age, class, race, industry spectrum have pulled me aside to talk about this. It's just something no one wants to discuss because they're afraid everyone will think they're crazy. It's a terrible isolation loop, really. Thankfully, this is getting better as more and more people come out of the closet.
But moving on… A lot of completely well-rounded people can see, feel and hear through the veil from time to time. Though it's true: it's not something always easy to get used to at first, but over time, trust me - it grows on you. It really does grow.
The beauty of this gift is that you don't necessarily need to do anything with it besides embrace it, develop it to the point where you’re aware of it, and then let it enrich your life in whatever way you want it to.
I find the most alarming part of unearthing your psychic gifts is not knowing when they are turning on, so how can you tell when it's happening? How can you tell when your gifts are opening up?
Thankfully, some first signs of mediumship present themselves physical signs.
Sudden migraine, side temple headache: rare
Sudden nausea, upset stomach: common
Dizziness, faintness of breath: pretty common
Tightness in chest, difficulty breathing: very common
Sensing anxiety, fast-moving energy all around you: common
That's why you see on TV, mediums suddenly grasping a wall or something when Spirit comes through because it can hit you like that.
Sometimes it still hits me like a wall, and if you want to get technical, Light Love and Spirit has this post on how it can hit you on different sides of your body and Susan Jamieson also mentions it can feel like tingling, pulsing or numbness, which is a little more gentle.
So if you feel any of the above sensations, on either side of your body, in any known spirit-y local, old antique stores, train stations, performing arenas, anywhere where you have a lot of inward/outward influx of people and energy - hospitals - and so on, you may be sensing a spirit.
But, it can also happen in your home, especially after someone you know dies.
I describe the feeling of spirit present to me as similar to when you are climbing the great drop tower at an amusement park, but it feels slightly different and nuanced to everyone.
In my eBook, The Medium Toolkit, we go over the most common ways all the different types of mediums sense, see and hear those in Spirit, if you're interested in learning more. Also, this whole blog is dedicated to new mediumship and processing all the feelings surrounding new and old gifts alike.
So it's Ok.
You're here, among peers - take some time to look around.
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Amanda Linette Meder
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Last updated: 2019.07.22