Common Pieces of Misinformation About Psychic Mediumship
by Amanda Linette Meder
Psychic mediumship occurs when a medium (the conduit) uses already present psychic abilities to receive and translate communications from the other worlds.
A psychic medium acts as a receiver for information from a variety of transmitters: other living people, deceased people, natural spirits, prophets, God and so on. These transmitters deliver images, messages, singular words and symbols all joining together to create a picture that forms into the transmission the medium gives to either to a specific person or a specific group of persons.
There are two main types of mediums (receivers): clairvoyant mediums and clairaudient mediums.
A psychic medium can spend years avoiding and ignoring their gift until something pushes them to awaken their abilities. This push a medium receives is called their calling.
Once following the calling, a medium can choose to enter into a career path of:
spiritual energy healing
message delivery (message mediumship)
inspirational speaking and/or writing (using the messages they receive from the other world)
animal communication and healing
coaching and development
a combination of these
Much like a therapist, a doctor, a lawyer or a teacher, a psychic medium can work in a variety of specialty areas.
Psychic mediums come in all shapes and sizes, hail from all cultures and creeds, and even carry different belief systems (often based on their home culture's traditions or teachings), but one thing binds them all.
This is their purpose.
A psychic medium's purpose is on earth to help heal others.
A medium works to heal the pain of others by bringing forward the evidence of life from loved ones the other side, by answering questions to the unknown that provide certainty, or by teaching others who share the same gifts as them on how to use and awaken their abilities as well.
Despite this, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding mediums and how they operate.
Today, I'd like to clear that up.
the three most common pieces of misinformation
a good psychic medium is born with gifts
The gift is always with someone since the time of their birth, but much like a triggering event that can cause a later in life gene expression, there are many cases where the gift of mediumship doesn't appear for someone until much later on. This is called type 2 onset and you can read about it here.
Further, even if someone is born fully aware of their abilities, most mediums must be taught how to apply them for certain refined causes, for example, in the delivering of a private reading. Just as a professional football player may indeed have been born with fabulous musculature genes, he must train and review plays for hours if he ever decides he wants to go pro.
psychic mediums are lying
In April 2015, Dr. Oz and his guest, Dr. Amen, monitored the brain activity of Theresa Caputo while she was channeling a deceased person spirit for a guest live on stage. This scan, when compared to the brain activity of someone who is lying, looks completely different. The brain pattern activity of a psychic medium when channeling is more similar to a monk in meditation than it is the brain pattern activity of someone who is actively lying.
Further, now with advances in modern technology, such as the telephone and the internet, most readings in modern times occur by telephone or online chat. These telephone readings make body language reading impossible, a technique commonly claimed by skeptics to be the cause of 'the gift.'
a medium who charges will lose their gift
Similar to 'a psychic medium shouldn't charge money for their gifts.'
This myth states that if a medium really cared/was genuine, they then wouldn't charge their clients for their abilities. Originating from the mid to late 1800s in the United States, this myth stems from a belief at the time that mediumship was popularized, that any woman working for money is deplorable and it is the man who is to hold the home. Mediums who did not charge for their gifts were supported by husbands or fathers and because most mediums were women, and because any woman working any job for money was societally shamed, most mediums who did so, were shamed as well.
Since that time, our culture has changed dramatically. Psychic mediumship is now a career path embodied by both genders and many mediums charge standard counselor based rates for both their time and services.
And finally, my favorite piece of misinformation about psychic mediumship:
In 400 BC, Plato coined the term Daimon to refer to any spirit that was not God, an intermediary thereof and also benevolent and benign. Daimons acted as an intermediary between the human realm and God, where Daimons were things like nature spirits, deceased persons, spirit guides, and so on.
Then, with the advent of Christianity, the church brought in their own suite of spirits, the Angels. The church officials idolized the Angels to the people of the community and in an effort to convince people to join the church, they gave the Angels powers and jobs that were previously held by the Daimon.
As Angels rose in ideology and official charge, Daimons were slowly, well, demonized. Anyone who continued to convene with the Daimon throughout the Christian Revolution was then also demonized. This included mediums. Mediums who weren't appointed by the church, that is.
Non-affiliate church mediums are written in texts of the Bible to convene with demons (Daimons now evilized) and therefore it was claimed you shouldn't associate or convene with a medium. Sadly, this is a linguistic distortion of the word Daimon from old Christian culture extends to today, though the original word, never referred to anything evil or any variant thereof.
These stigmas are slowly changing today as more and more mediums start to tell their own story. To learn more about other stigmas and stereotypes regarding psychics and mediumship, visit my Stigma and Stereotype category on the blog (find the listing of articles here).
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Amanda Linette Meder
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