Through my research and the way my mentor explained to me it boils down to traits you’re born with and how advanced those traits are. All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums. And not all mediums are channels or vice versa. Yes, I was confused too LOL
Psychics have premonitions and can see the past, present and future. They use tools like tarot cards, crystal balls, runes and other tools to help them with a reading. Psychics may or may not be mediums. I have read that psychics are born that way but I personally believe anyone can learn to be psychic. Your intuition comes from your higher self, which we all have. It’s a matter of learning how to tap into it and practicing that on a regular basis.
The next level in advancement is Mediums. Mediums are psychics which can communicate with those in the spirit world. They may hear, see, smell or sense them in some other way. They can develop the skill to receive clear messages from loved ones. In this way, they are channels. Opinions vary on whether mediums are born or if anyone can develop the skill to communicate with spirits. My thinking is that your loved ones in spirit are already communicating with you (whether you’re a medium or not). They do it through synchronicity (which you may call coincidence), signs and other things.
The next level up is channeling. Channels can tap into the highest realms of beings like angles, archangels, spirit guides and ascended masters. I can channel loved ones in spirit too, but mostly talk to the higher realms. On occasion, loved ones will come through when I’m doing a shamanic healing. There have been times I meditated to channel one person’s loved ones but someone else’s had a message to deliver. General consensus (and I believe) channels are born with their abilities. I believe since mediums are already channeling one level of spirits, it would be an easy and natural shift to channel higher realms as well.
Somewhere in this mix is trance mediums. Trance mediums do exactly that — they reach a state of consciousness where they are in a trance and allow an ethereal being to speak through them. Some will leave their body and let the entity take over. Some will not. Sometimes they will take on the voice characteristics of the one being channeled, such as accent and tone. Sometimes it is their own voice. Either way, the words are definitely not their own. Again, consensus is that trance mediums are born with their abilities and it’s not something that can be learned.
Regardless of whether you are a medium, a channel or a trance medium, you have to meditate regularly and get proficient at reaching that higher state of consciousness. You also have to “build your power”. No mediumship occurs without power. Power can not be built without meditation. Building your power a is technique that I will write more on later.
A channel is a psychic/medium that can channel messages from the highest realms like angels, spirit guides and ascended masters.
What is Shamanism?
In short, shamanism is an ancient practice of healing. Shamanism involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness to bring back information, healing and power. Shamans believe all physical, emotional and mental dis-ease is caused by a root spiritual imbalance. Shamans are the “walkers between worlds” and use this ability to restore balance by healing that root cause.
Contrary to popular belief, shamanism is not a religion. It is a method, a tool if you will, used for centuries by indigenous tribes to heal their people. It can (and does) co-exist with all religions from Christianity to Buddhism. There are Baptist ministers who are shaman. There are Buddhist shamans, Wiccan shamans, Gnostic shamans and people you would never imagine would practice shamanism. That said, it IS a spiritual calling, such as a priest or other holy servant has. And that is exactly what we do — we serve in some capacity to heal mankind, animals and the planet. This article by Paul Sivert does an excellent job of showing the differences between Shamanism and organized religion.
Shamanism is not an exclusive practice. Meaning, shaman work with multiple healing modalities alongside shamanism. These can include Reiki energy healing, Angelic healing, Esoteric healing, mediumship and many other methods that compliment shamanism. My personal practice incorporates spirit channeling, mediumship and Reiki healing. Many times I will work on a client and a loved one in spirit or spirit guide/animal comes in to assist or with a healing message.
I was called to Shamanism when Spirit (God) gave me a list of the skills I would need to carry out my life’s intention. One of those is “ethereal healing”. Ethereal healing involves healing that which can not be seen — the emotional, the spiritual and the mental. This is done through shamanic soul retrievals, shamanic breath work, past life regression, mediumship and energy healing modalities that work on a deep level. Mike Sententia at The Healing Lab
is doing some fantastic work on his version of ethereal healing, which integrates spirits with consciously directed energy healing like Reiki and biofield healing. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike for my future podcast. If you can’t wait fo my podcast release, you can listen to his interview with Greg Carlwood
, where he gets in depth on his research. Amazing work to scientifically measure and validate energy healing as an effective healing tool.
Aspects of Shamanism
Shamans have a connection to nature because it stems from nature itself. Mother Earth lends her power to the shamanic healing process. We are concerned with the healing of all things because we are all connected spiritually. This includes people, plants and animals.
We endeavor to create a spiritual practice that promotes improvement of the body, mind and soul. Shamanism lives outside the sacred healing space. As a shaman, you don’t clock in at 9 am, do your healing sessions then clock out at 5 pm. Shamanism is a 24/7 way of life. Just as the monk commits to a life of purity and impeccable living, so must the shaman. We must live with integrity and the full expectation that karma exists (because it does!). We will only ask for the highest and best good of all. This is the only way to live in harmony with our soul and all of creation.
Shamans commune with and honor nature as sacred spaces. We love rivers, lakes, mountains, oceans, caves, stars, moon and the sun – we feed energy to and are fed by the energy of these natural wonders. When we receive our bands of power, we can strengthen and feed those bands with these same things. Shamans hold ceremonies to show our reverence for and to work with the natural world to bring harmony and balance to our planet and the universe.
Caring for the Shaman
Healers naturally give to others more than they give to themselves. However, self-care is critical. Shaman are known as the “wounded healers”. We heal everyone but ourselves. If you are considering the shamanic path, know that you MUST practice self-care or you risk infecting your clients with what I call your “bad ju-ju” or “hooch”. You must clear yourself of any past issues and going forward you must stay vigilant to resolve any future issues as they arise. For this reason, during shamanic training, we are not only taught the shamanic methods for use on others, we do these same healing methods on ourselves for self-healing. We undergo the soul retrievals and all the work necessary to clear ourselves so that we do not bring it to those we will be healing in the future. This self-healing is an intense and moving experience.