The Difference Between a Psychic, a Medium and a Trance Medium

Until I hired a mediumship mentor, I was confused about the differences between psychics, mediums, channelers and trance mediums. Are you born with the abilities or can anyone learn them? What makes one different from the other?  How do you know which one you are? This article will shed some light on those questions and explain the different skill sets involved.


Think of psychic/mediumship abilities as degrees from a college. You start with some talent (like pro athletes, some people are just born superstars) and then you hone that talent. Or you start with no talent and you learn a particular skill. Psychics are like the Associates Degree in the psychic world. This is where you start the groundwork.

Psychics have premonitions and can see the past, present and future. They have strong intuition (inner “knowing” – they just “know” things but don’t know HOW they know it). 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. Some signs that you are psychic include: Knowing who’s calling before you answer the phone, “gut feelings” that turn out to be true, “knowing” something that turns out to be true without know WHY you know it, prophetic dreams that come true, etc.

Supposedly, psychics are born with abilities 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. So, in my opinion, we’re all psychic.


Mediums are like the Bachelor’s Degree in psychic abilities. We have an extra skill set that psychics do not have: spirit communication.

Follow me here: All mediums are psychic but not all psychics are 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. They can communicate with spirit guides and angels, which are on a higher vibrational realm than loved ones who have crossed over.

Opinions vary on whether mediums are born or if anyone can develop the skill to communicate with spirits. My personal opinion 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, dream visits and other ways. I can take people on journeys to meet their spirit guides and angels, which are in the spirit world. People hear and see them clearly during these journeys, so does that make them a medium? If they can do it through a guided meditation, why can’t they do it on their own?

Spirit Channels

I’d consider Spirit Channels as the Masters degree. They take mediumship up a notch by directly channeling information from the highest realms. All channelers are mediums and psychics. Not all mediums are channelers.

What is the difference between mediums just relaying information and channelers “channeling” information? It’d compare it to the difference between driving a car and riding in a self-driving Uber. The medium is actively in control of the car. The channeler is present IN the car but something else is operating it. The channeler is receiving a steady flow of information and relaying it verbally or through automatic writing. When I channel, I’m not consciously thinking about the words I’m writing. It just flows. If I were doing mediumship and not channeling, I would be consciously interpreting the symbolism and words. It would not be flowing automatically without my own thoughts interjected. It would be an active three-way conversation between me, the other side and the client.

Channels can tap into the highest realms of beings like angels, archangels, spirit guides and ascended masters. I can channel loved ones in spirit too, but mostly talk to the higher realms. 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 a natural shift to channel higher realms as well.

You may be a channeler if you find yourself writing words that aren’t your own during automatic writing sessions. I can “feel” when I connect to that realm and things start flowing. I can’t really describe it but you will know it when you feel it the first time. There is no thought process, only words. Like water flowing from a faucet.

Trance Mediums

Trance mediums are what I’d call the Ph.D’s of the psychic world. The most advanced medium. Trance mediums are born trance mediums. The soul and it’s spirit guides decide before it is born whether or not trance mediumship is part of it’s “spiritual toolbox”. All trance mediums are channelers, mediums and psychics. Not all channelers are trance mediums. I am a trance medium. At this time, I prefer channeling to trance mediumship, even though my guides tell me I’m “greedy” with my mediumship LOL I may get more comfortable with the prospect of trance mediumship later, but for now, I’ll stick with channeling.

If channelers are riding in the Uber car, trance mediums ARE the Uber car. Trance mediums allow their consciousness (ethereal presence/soul) to LEAVE their body so that another ethereal being can use their body (car) to speak through them. This is achieved through an elevated  state of consciousness. There are a couple of ways of doing this.

One way is to leave your body completely and be unaware of what is taking place while you’re somewhere else. I can not begin to tell you how extremely important it is to be DISTINCTLY intentional about the entity you chose to trance channel. ONLY deal with the highest entities – angels, ascended masters, spirit guides. You do not want to just lay out an open invitation. ALWAYS involve your spiritual army in this process. Not following these precautions is how spirit possession occurs. If you allow a lower level entity to take over your body, it may not leave! This is why you need a sitter.

You will always have a “sitter” with you to record what’s been said or what’s happened (because you will not be consciously aware). The sitter will also make sure you return to your body in a timely manner. Time is irrelevant in the spirit world. If you’re out vacationing while another entity is in your body, you will have no concept of how much time has passed. The sitter keeps track of time in the physical realm and will “wake” you up after a pre-determined specified amount of time.

The second method of trance mediumship is a hybrid. This is what I do. I do NOT leave my body. I “blend” my energy with one specific ascended master which I have built a relationship with. This is the ONLY entity I do trance work with. I can tell exactly who I am working with because of the way her energy feels and we have a secret sign we use that no other entity knows. If I don’t get that sign, then I know this is an imposter. If the energy doesn’t feel the same, I know it’s an imposter. Again, be intentional about who you are willing to work with.

While I CAN do trance mediumship, I rarely do. Call me crazy but I have a problem with just giving a carte blanche library card to an outside force. They might check the book out but never bring it back LOL

During trance mediumship, mediums may demonstrate voice characteristics of the one being channeled, such as accent and cultural dialects. Sometimes it is the medium’s own voice. Either way, the words are definitely not their own. The physical mannerisms of the medium may change as well, including facial features and hand  gestures. It takes an enormous amount of energy for an entity to move a physical body’s hands, arms etc. It takes less energy to produce sound using the voice box, lips and facial muscles.

The only way to know if you are a trance medium is to mentor with another trance medium or to accidentally get “jumped”. Getting “jumped” is when a spirit jumps in your body and starts talking through you – with or without your permission. A friend’s daughter had this happen to her. “Angie” had no idea she was a trance medium. One day, she is at a friends house and the friend’s dead boyfriend takes over Angie’s body! She was aware of the words being spoken but she did not give this guy permission to use her body. Angie didn’t even KNOW she had the ability! Needless to say, she wanted to know immediately how to never allow that to happen again.

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. None of this should be done without proper spiritual protections in place. In the near future, I will write a guide on how to properly protect yourself and build your power. Until then, I hope this article has shed some light on the differences between psychics, mediums and trance mediums. I do offer a mentorship program and local meetups for those wanting to develop or strengthen their abilities. Contact me for details.