Psychic, Intuitive, Medium: What’s the Difference?


As we browse the Internet, metaphysical bookstores and listings for spiritual advisers, we get confronted with many terms explaining spiritual advisory work. Many people lump them all into the same category and some people who use the terms for themselves aren’t really sure what they mean. In connecting to a guide it’s important to know what type of work they will be performing for you, what their style is and where they get their information.


Psychic work is anything that involves sensitivity to non-physical or supernatural nature. Before we can understand what psychic work is, we have to understand what it is not.

The physical senses are only physical/material expressions of spiritual senses. Just like electricity precedes the toaster turning on, so too does energetic or spiritual sense precede the physical sense. That means behind the physical eyes there are spiritual eyes. Behind the physical ears there are spiritual ears, and so on. A psychic is able to hone in on the very subtle workings of these spiritual senses and interpret the information gathered by them

Psychics differ from other types of spiritual guides in that logic is required to translate the information they receive. In order to convey information to another person, they must decipher the images, words, feelings, sounds, etc. they receive in a way that makes sense to the person they are guiding. Therefore, psychic work involves both extra-sensory and sensory organs when serving a seeking client.

Most experienced psychics are very much in control of turning on or off their psychic senses. Great psychic advisors have the ability to connect to a person or circumstance and quiet their normal senses so that the information received by the subtle senses is loud and clear. They can then literally dialogue with a person, place, event, issue, etc. on the psychic platform and receive information in a similar way to how we might dialogue with someone and get information from that person.


Intuitives tend to get a flash of insight that needs no translation at all. Intuitive insight cannot be controlled the same way that psychic insights can, and tends to ‘hit’ people from out of the blue. Common examples of the intuitive ‘flash’ can be found in almost every mother on the planet — what we often call ‘mother’s intuition.’

Intuition is a spiritual safety net that grows more and more clear the more it is honored and followed. Words of gratitude after every intuitive flash will ensure that they become more frequent and more clear. Think of intuition as a muscle — the more you flex it, massage it and attend to its needs, the bigger and stronger it will grow!

Empathy is best described by also understanding its counterpart, sympathy. Sympathy means ‘relative/same/with symptoms’ — that implies if a friend is sad we also ‘become’ sad, taking on the symptoms of the person we are helping. The issue with sympathy is that when you are in the middle of the sensation, you lose the big picture of what’s happening and cannot ‘read’ it with the same clarity that an empath is able to do.

Most advanced empaths are also very psychic. They are able to use empathy to connect to a client for deep understanding and healing release, while using psychic abilities to help the client solve any problems. Most, if not all, advanced psychics are empathic, but not all empaths are psychic-aware. Many people who have not tapped their psychic potential get sick or sad when anyone near them is experiencing those distresses. Motivated empaths can learn how to control their empathic abilities, create personal energetic and spiritual protection and learn to unfold empathic abilities into full-blown psychic ones.
Channels and Mediums

Channels are able to turn down their own rational mind, ego, logical processor and personal belief system to allow spiritual/psychic/intuitive messages to flow through them, just as if they were a telephone wire. These messages usually come from a defined and known source.
Channels tend to be a conduit for complete forces. That means, they channel the soul, the Universe, the Divine, specific vibratory forces like love, healing, etc. Many channels are both channels and mediums and excel at both when they are well experienced and dedicated to the art. Which takes us to…


Mediums tend to channel complete personalities rather than complete forces. While a channel might be a conduit for the cosmic flux, a medium might be a channel for your deceased Aunt Suzy, the medium’s own spiritual guide, Archangel Michael, etc. This person is aware of the personality being channeled and is versed in the quirks that may come up in a session.
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