Summary – It is valuable to distinguish the exact difference between a psychic and a medium and to understand why one gift is not more advanced or valuable than the other. Rather, each gift is beneficial at very distinctive times and situations. What should we look for when we are choosing a professional psychic or medium?


Have you ever heard this phrase from a Spiritual Expert, “All Mediums are Psychic yet not all Psychics are Mediums"? We will examine some thought-provoking influences against this. First, however, we need to establish the general definition between a Psychic and a Medium.

What is the Difference?

A Psychic perceives information on past, present, and future. Examples of connecting are ESP, clairvoyance, reading the auric field, or connecting to the Spirit Guide.

A Medium receives information directly from a loved one who has crossed to the spirit world. Receiving is “to be given or presented with something”.

In Mediumship, the loved one in Spirit gives the Medium specific information. The Medium should be able to provide evidence to the client for the client to know their loved one is conversing with the Medium.

Perceiving and receiving are very different actions. Perceiving is “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.” A perception may be based on the personal experiences or levels of understanding on a subject matter. Learning to separate opinion from valid psychic impressions emanates from years of experience and professional training.

The information provided by a Spirit Guide may vary greatly from the information provided from a deceased loved one. When a Spiritual Expert makes the statement that all Mediums are Psychic yet not all Psychics are Mediums this creates an energy or assumption that one is better or more advanced than the other. Both gifts are extremely beneficial but for very different reasons.

What are Real World Examples of this Theory?

Just because someone has perfected the gift of connecting and communicating with loved ones who have crossed over, does not mean they are proficient at reading the energy or auric field of the person in front of them. Nor does it mean they are as skillful with connecting to the sitter’s Spirit Guides. For some professionals who can connect with both Spirit Guides and deceased loved ones, they are able to pinpoint either the vibrational difference or the direction the Spirit appears to them. In other words, one professional may have Spirit Guides appear on their left and deceased loved ones on their right. This is just one example of how an expert reader has become adept in their area of expertise.

What if someone wants to know if it is in their best interest to stay in a relationship? A Medium may connect to the client’s mother who never liked the partner, to begin with, and still doesn’t! It is highly beneficial for the Medium to share this sentiment from the mother to the client. This provides the client with an opportunity to communicate with their mother who has crossed to the other world. However, to properly provide guidance to the seeker on the question, a Psychic connection could be beneficial as well. The Psychic tunes into the Spirit Guide of the client and the client’s partner to provide information on the past, present, and possible future of the relationship. The Psychic can then provide information on the present status of the relationship. This may include information such as, the partner has another person’s energy influencing them now, or possibly they are having a personal crisis which is affecting the relationship, etc.

What Do I Look For?

When we are trying to decide on a professional Psychic or Medium to help us, the first place we want to examine is the website. Does the Psychic or Medium have their services broken down by psychic guidance or mediumistic only sessions? If not, this is something we really want to find out if their area of expertise is more as a Psychic, a Medium, or if they consider themselves experts in both.
Has the Psychic or Medium been thoroughly blind tested? Research is important, as many psychic directories will allow anyone to join.

Testimonials from others who have experienced the service of the Psychic or Medium is another great way for us to read about other’s experiences.

In closing, choosing a Psychic or Medium is something where it is beneficial to put some thought, research, and energy to. This helps guarantee the experience will be valuable and memorable. Knowledge is key and knowing what our expectations are from an appointment prove to be invaluable.

About the Author

Jill M. Jackson is the 2016 and 2015 Psychic of the Year by Best American Psychics. She was given the Social Activism award in 2014. Jill is an international Psychic Medium, Author, Spiritual Teacher, and Speaker. Jill is also one of the OMTimes Experts.

Jill is under contract with Creative Laughter Productions for a metaphysical television show.
To learn more about Jill and read some of her testimonials, visit

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Comment by Jill M. Jackson on July 5, 2017 at 12:35pm

Hi Lisa, Do you know if my article submitted in May will be published? Thanks! Jill

Comment by Jill M. Jackson on May 22, 2017 at 8:10am

Thanks Lisa 

Comment by Lisa Shaw on May 22, 2017 at 6:40am

Thank you, Jill, for making this distinction.  I"m forwarding this to the publishers for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  I edited one line in the conclusion to read a bit more smoothly: "In closing, it is beneficial to put some thought, research, or energy  into choosing a Psychic or Medium. "

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