What is a Medium, What do they do, and How do they work?

What is a Medium?:

A medium is a person that is available to the other side so that spirits can communicate with living people through the medium. Typically mediums are ordinary people that just happen to have the ability to use more than just their five basic senses. Contrary to what the movies and many frauds may have you to believe, mediums can NOT pick and choose what spirits they contact and when. Spirits decide if and when they will communicate with the living and that’s if they are even strong enough to do so in the first place. As I’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, there are some spirits that either due to a few number of lives, a lot of lessons to be learned on the other side, or numerous other reasons, some spirits literally aren’t strong enough to interact with this plane, sometimes for many years.

A well developed medium will learn the methods that work best for them in order to request specific spirits. At the end of the day all they can do is request, because as I mentioned above in the end only the spirit can decide if they want to communicate or not. A developed medium will also learn how to differentiate between sincere spirits that come through with love and good intentions versus troublesome spirits that like to lie, manipulate, and overall cause trouble for the living; primarily through false information and playing on the grieving’s already fragile emotions.

How Does a Medium Work?:

While all mediums are vessels for the spirit world, they all work in different ways and within their own gifted strengths. As human beings, some of us see better then others, have better hearing, or a heightened sense of smell. Mediums have extra senses that ordinary people don’t have, but just as the strengths of our five main senses can vary from person to person so do the extra senses of mediums.

In terms of the extra senses mediums have… some only have one extra sense, some have a couple, and a few like myself have all of the extra senses; typically these mediums are referred to as multi-gifted mediums. The main extra senses that mediums can have are identified as: Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Clairvoyance, and Empathy. While many mediums are empaths, not all empaths are mediums. So what are these extra senses and how do that work?


The term clairvoyance means clear seeing. There are two different forms/manners of clear seeing: subjective and objective. Seeing a spirit objectively is seeing it as clear as a living person standing in front of you. Often people that see a spirit objectively have to do a double take because they look so much like a living person, but something still feels off. Typically by the double take the spirit is either gone or it has become clear that they are not a living person.

Seeing a spirit subjectively is more of an eternal image, sort of like when you can see pictures or scenes in your head when thinking about a memory. Seeing a spirit subjectively is often more then just seeing the spirit, they often send other images and visual messages as well in hopes of getting a message across.

I experience both forms of Clairvoyance often, but most Clairvoyant mediums experience subjective Clairvoyance more prominently then objective Clairvoyance.


The term Clairsentience means clear sensing or touch. Much like with Clairvoyance there are two different forms/manners of clairsentience: subjective and objective. There are various ways to experience objective clairsentience and I’ve found the stronger the medium or sensitive, the more it varies. Many people swear they feel exceptionally cold in the presence of a spirit. Many get tingling, goose-bumps, or the chills. Those that feel a spirit physically touch them can often clearly feel it, they can even distinctly identify the sensation as a touch of the hand, a pinch, a pull, etc. These are all forms of objective Clairsentience.

As a medium gets stronger in their abilities they may be able to physically feel the spirit’s pains and/or illnesses. Empaths prominently experience this form of objective Clairsentience. For Example: Every time my Grandma comes I start to notice more so because I start having trouble breathing and needing to catch my breath, then I officially sense her after my symptoms started. Also, if I walk through cemeteries or hospitals I often have a hard time because many times out of nowhere I experience severe pains that leave when I remove myself from the area. Maybe it’s a pain in my arm, my head, my stomach, wherever the near spirit’s injury was is typically where my pain goes. These are all forms of objective Clairsentience.

“You could cut the tension in the room with a knife.”; we’ve all experienced this sort of feeling. We’ve also most likely felt the intense left over energy from the living, both good and bad at times; when a medium experiences this type of sensation while dealing with a spirit it’s referred to as subjective clairsentience. Most often subjective clairsentience has to do with emotions the spirit is trying to relay to the medium. One may feel sad, scared, angry, anxious, or even happy out of nowhere, but those emotions are in actuality the spirits emotions, not the mediums.


The term Clairaudience means clear hearing. Just like with Clairvoyance and Clairsentience there are two forms/manners of Clairaudience: subjective and objective.

With objective clairaudience you can hear the spirit as if they were right next to you, often it’s like someone is talking right into your ear. I often hear talking and even full on conversations and find myself responding out loud asking “What did you say?” thinking it was a family member or friend. Of course they typically have no clue what I’m talking about so I stop, center myself, listen again, and then realize it’s not anyone living speaking and I go from there.

With subjective clairaudience the spirits communicate with us in the same way that we talk to ourselves in our head, but it’s slightly different. When you’re talking to yourself you know it, but if a spirit starts talking you’ll typically be able to tell something is different. When you first start experiencing subjective clairaudience it’s normal for the voice to sound like your own, however you will most likely notice a difference in the way the voice speaks; such as grammar or the type of words they use, they may vary greatly from your way of speaking. As time goes on and you get more used to your gift you will start to hear changes in the voice communicating with you and there will be no doubt that it’s not your own voice in your head. If you have or have had a chatterbox spirit guide then you can definitely understand this.

I’ve joked since I was a kid that I have an AM radio shoved in my head that I can’t shut off; though over the years I’ve gotten better at managing the knobs and controls. =) At night sometimes when I’m trying to sleep I can hear music, conversations, and parties; of course I often get little buggers that see my resting as prime time to be heard too.  These experiences all happen subjectively in my mind, sort of like thoughts, but they’re not my own, they’re not even in my voice. All of these types of occurrences/experiences are examples of subjective clairaudience.

Whether you’re a medium, a sensitive, or an empath you can experience one or more of these forms of communications. Don’t be discouraged if you only experience one or two and don’t be overwhelmed if you experience a lot or even all of them. The best thing to do is identify what you are experiencing, understand it, and then learn to control it and you should be just fine. =)

- ParanormalPI