Understanding Psychic Mediums and Psychic Channelers
Almost everybody has heard of psychic readings, although not everyone is familiar with the different types of psychics that perform them. One of the most popular types of psychics is that of the psychic medium. However, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell the distinction between mediums and other types of psychic channeling. There are documented cases of people who have highly developed abilities in this area. Mediums actually have a long history dating back about 4,000 years. Some types of Chinese literature document ancient emperors consulting with mediums known as the Wu. Wu mediums claimed to be able to contact the spirits of the dead and relay information from them to the living.
Modern psychic mediums actually fall into two major categories. Mental mediums experience visions and hear voices that are imperceptible to anyone else. Hearing these kinds of spirit voices is often called clairaudience. These mediums are also able to access others' mental impressions. A couple of famous mental mediums are James Van Praagh and John Edward.
Physical mediums act as receptacles for disembodied spirits that try to manifest themselves in the world of the living. One popular physical medium is the Reverend William Stainton Moses, who is known for his ability to levitate. People at his gatherings also report strange spirit phenomena such as tilting tables and apparitions of ghostly human figures.
Ghost phenomena tied to psychic channels has also been documented in several movies and TV shows. Many cases of fake mediums exploiting people for money have undermined this area of psychic ability. Some of these false mediums have also used their talent to control and influence other people.
Trance mediums are able to allow various spirits to enter and take control over their bodies. The human psychics usually enter deep trances and lose awareness of what is going on around them. In these cases, the psychic often channels the information from other spirit beings. These psychics are referred to as psychic channelers. In some cases, psychic channels can speak in languages they have never previously studied and tell listeners complex or cryptic messages.
The kinds of spirits that contact mediums can vary widely. Some of them claim to be spiritually advanced beings such as ascended master souls. A few psychics claim to have contact with spirits that were not ever human but instead identify themselves as angels, demons, or some other types of supernatural beings. Another common belief among mediums is that departed souls only contact them if they remain close to an earthly realm.