Mediumship is a form of Channeling, where in channeling you invite in a Spiritual being to communicate through you, using your body as a vessel to deliver messages to those in the physical world.
In Channeling, Spirit joins, merges and meshes with the energy of you while entering through your body to speak. Generally, those who invite in Spirit to step forward and speak through them, have done so consciously, knowledgeably, and are doing so on their own free will.
The reason why someone would generally channel a Spirit (invite a Spirit to energetically merge with their body to speak or act) is to hear messages of guidance, love, and insight from a being who is considered to be more spiritually evolved than themselves. This being, is often a Spirit Guide, Angel, or a Spiritual Being from an Ascended or Higher Realm.
Generally, in channeling, the person who is inviting the Spirit to speak through them, is developing a singular relationship with this Spirit, such that, they continue to build a mutually beneficial relationship with each other over time. Meaning, if someone defines themselves as a channel, there is one Spirit or a small set of Spirits with whom they’ve developed a trusting relationship with and allow these Spirits to use their body, mouth, and energy to communicate with those in the physical realm.
Channeling relationships are often mutually beneficial, where the person who invites the Spirit to step into their body receives something of value from this Spirit in exchange, and vice versa. For example, the person may receive good feelings, feelings of love, joy and upliftment, and receive helpful messages of guidance for themselves and others from the Spirit Speaker.
How Mediumship Is Different
In mediumship, the person communicating with Spirit typically does not allow the Spirit to step into his or her body, but rather, allows the Spirit to blend with their energy, alongside their body - the Spirit stands next to the person they wish to speak through. In mediumship, the medium, listens, senses, sees, and absorbs the messages that Spirit speaker would like to translate to those in the physical world. In other words, with channeling - the Spirit simply does all the work for the person - and takes over the body, using the mouth and body to communicate, where in mediumship, the medium maintains control of his or her body (usually, but not always), receives the messages from Spirit and then delivers those message at his or her discretion.
Many mediums unknowingly actually perform channeling, and many channelers unknowingly also perform as mediums - as Spirit will sometimes step into and merge with body to communicate for you or step out of it, and stand alongside you.
Overall, many mediums maintain complete consciousness throughout the connection and can recall all that was relayed during the union between them and Spirit, whereas with channeling, the individual may forget or not entirely recall what was said or done while their body and mouth was being borrowed by Spirit.
Mediums, while they will also develop a close and trusting relationship with one Spirit or a small group of Spirits, such as their own Loved Ones, Guides, and Angels, they will generally communicate with a wider array of Spirits, opening and ending connections at will and welcoming in those in Spirit for small groups, such as one-on-one connections, where channels, will more often deliver messages to broader audiences, though this is not a end-all, be-all rule.
What are the overall differences?
Channeling involves a Spirit stepping into your energy and using your body and mouth for a vessel, where mediumship involves Spirit relaying information to you, and you maintain control of your body and mouth and what get’s relayed.
Channeling often involves bringing through one Spirit or a small group of Spirits over time, where mediumship often involves bringing through many spirits over time.
Channeling may involve the channeler forgetting or not remembering major parts of the connection, where in mediumship, the medium can generally remember major parts of the connection.
Mediums may switch into channeling (spirit steps in and speaks for you) and channelers may switch into mediumship (spirit steps aside and speaks alongside you)
Mediums often deliver more messages for one-on-one audiences, and channels often deliver messages for larger audiences such as in speaking events, books etc.
Both are alternating and complimentary methods of Spiritual communication and either method can be learned by someone who is adept at practicing the other technique.
These are simply the general differences between mediumship and channeling and while there may be others, remember, there are always exceptions to every rule! So, if you find yourself practicing one, when you thought it was the other - don’t worry about it.
All forms of spiritual communication are equal in value.