Communicating with Beings: Clairvoyance vs Mediumship – What’s the Difference?
What's the difference between clairvoyance and mediumship when it comes to communicating with beings, entities and spirit guides?
When it comes to dealing with beings, I get asked this question a lot from my students and those in my Psychic Awakening Facebook groups.
To answer this question, first I'm going to give a quick definition of each. More in-depth explanations are found in my psychic training book, "Journey of the Awakened Psychic."
Then, I will give the advantages and disadvantages of each...
What is clairvoyance?
When you break down the word, "clairvoyance", it's broken down into two parts: "Clair" means "clear". "Voyance" stands for "seeing". In other words, "clear seeing".
What this means is when it comes to energy and communicating with beings, you can "see" the energy of these beings when opening your third eye.
When it comes to clairvoyance, the images you see will often be colors, shapes, symbols, silhouettes, the outlines of a being. When it comes to seeing angels, for example, many will literally see the angel's wings or the halo of an angel.
What's the advantage of tapping into your 3rd eye clairvoyantly?
There are two main advantages I'll discuss here:
1) A picture paints a thousand words
Ever hear that saying, a picture paints a thousand words? You might get simply a color when tuning into the energy of a being.
And yet, when you observe that color, you notice...
- Is it bright?
- Is it faded?
- Is heavy-looking
- Is it more like static?
- Are there multiple shades appearing?
When viewing clairvoyantly through your third eye, one thing I remind my students of over and over again is this:
It's no accident nor is it a coincidence that what you're seeing is what you're meant to see.
So in that regard, when you do get an image, the next step is to then allow for the flow of the "thousand words" or message to come through on that vision.
I cover exactly how to do this in days 4 and 5 of my free Awaken Your Psychic Gifts in 5 Days Challenge training.
2) You can "view from afar"
What do I mean by this? In a moment, I will talk about how mediums work with energy.
However, for now, understand that when you look at energy versus channeling that energy, then you can be more of a neutral observer.
It's the difference, for example, between watching a football game from the stands versus actually playing in the field playing the game.
Clairvoyants observer energy. Mediums experience energy.
Why is this an advantage for clairvoyants?
When you're not actually in the energy, then you can be a bit more neutral to what you are observing.
This is neither good, bad, better than mediumship. However...
When starting off, many awakening psychics are first extremely overwhelmed when first tapping into their gifts.
By viewing the energy from afar first, then, then you have a better chance of not being overwhelmed or consumed by the energy you're viewing.
Now that we covered clairvoyance, let's move onto mediumship.
What is mediumship?
Unlike clairvoyant who see energy, mediums experience energy with the body.
In one classic scene in the movie Ghost, a being enters the body of the character, a medium, played by Whoopi Goldberg.
In that scene, the being, in that case a dead person, saw that there was an opening to come into Whoopi's body.
In that moment, Whoopi in a sense became that being. She was experiencing the energy of that being. She talked like that being. Her facial expressions changed. She even looked and sounded unlike herself.
To be a medium, it's not only about channeling beings. Mediums can channel all kinds of energies to be experienced.
What's the advantage of mediumship and channeling energies?
As above, I'll cover two advantages of mediumship:
1) You can become the energy or the being you are channeling
In more advanced trance mediumship programs I've been part of, we work with beings in a very specific way.
First, you create RULES with the world of spirit in order to work with you. Especially since it's YOUR body, you want to be very specific with how your body is used.
Picture your body as a million dollar violin used by the world's top violinists.
- Would you let just anyone play this violin?
- Wouldn't you have rules before anyone even touches this violin?
- And wouldn't you want a level of skill before letting that violin be played?
That said, once those rules are set up, there are agreements set between you and the being you want to to channel, then you can allow the being to use your voice box, use your body, or deliver messages that way.
By that point, if you want to channel Jesus or some Archangel, then you get to experience that level of energy which is truly an amazing experience!
2) You get more direct messaging
Unlike seeing a "picture that paints a thousand words" (which is definitely not a bad thing by any stretch!!!), when you channel the message of a being, you get the exact words directly.
In my experience of channeling this way, there are words that will come out of my mouth that definitely are words I wouldn't use in everyday conversation.
Even the diction, the cadence of the sentences, or even the tone of voice can change.
So what are the disadvantages of each?
First of all, I know of many who practice BOTH clairvoyance and mediumship. The last thing I want is for this to come across as one being better than the other.
As a matter of fact, I have many mediums who come my way as students who want to better see out of their third eye clairvoyantly.
There are clairvoyants who see beings and entities all the time who want to channel messages better...
That said, here are the disadvantages of each approach:
Disadvantage of clairvoyance
As noted above, clairvoyants have the advantage of viewing from afar. In a way, what this means is you're viewing from a more neutral vantage point.
What many natural mediums will say who enter my clairvoyant training is th