Archive | October 2013

Is There a Difference Between a Medium and a Psychic?

We are all spiritual beings, and everyone has psychic and intuitive ability to some degree, which can be developed even further with intent and practice.  While everyone is born psychic, however, not everyone can be a medium.  So what is the difference between a psychic and a medium?  Mediumship ability is the ability to communicate with spirits in the Spirit World.  All mediums have psychic ability, but not all psychics are mediums.

Psychic ability is the ability to sense things using the senses outside of our normal physical senses, like being able to sense energy, feelings, even thoughts, and the past, present, and future.  Psychic ability includes the “clairs” – clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairgustance, claircognizance, and clairalience.  Mediums, as psychics, naturally use the “clairs” in their communication with Spirits, as well, it’s just that not all psychics have the ability to communicate with Spirits and entities.

Clairvoyance is the ability to “see” things outside of the normal range of physical sight.  So when I am receiving clairvoyant information, visions, pictures, visual symbols, including numbers and letters, and even situations playing out like movies come to me in my own mind.  Some clairvoyants can actually see the physical manifestation of spirits (as “ghostly apparitions”), but luckily I mostly do not see them that way, and I am very glad because the idea freaks me out too much, and is probably the reason why I do not wish to develop that part of my clairvoyant ability any further.  I have had experiences with seeing the physical manifestation of Spirits, and most of the experiences did not scare me at the time, but just the thought that something might someday scare me if I developed the ability further, is enough for me to avoid it, and I think this is the reason why Spirits know not to show themselves to me in that way.  My clairvoyance, like with other psychics and mediums, generally happens as visual messages in my head.  I can’t quite explain well how it works, but there is definitely a completely discernible difference between clairvoyant messages that I get and my own thoughts, ideas, and imagination, so there is no confusing clairvoyance with imagination.  I also get confirmation from people who I do my readings with, and when clairvoyant information “comes true”, that the information is indeed separate from my own imagination.

Clairsentience is the ability to “sense through feeling” things outside of the normal range of physical experience.  When I am receiving clairsentient information, I can psychically “feel” body sensations of other people and of Spirits when they were still alive.  Some psychics and mediums get actual physical sensations, while others psychically sense the feelings.  I usually psychically sense a Spirit’s physical body and bodily sensations from when they were alive, rather than get actual physical sensations, but the actual physical sense does happen to me occasionally during readings.  Guides and Spirits will let you know when you are “right” or “onto something”, or to pay attention to something, by giving you physical sensations like a poking sensation, chills, and goosebumps.  Clairsentience is very “feeling” oriented.  A psychic or medium will get “feelings” about people, situations, places, and things when using clairsentience.  Empaths and people who are very empathetic are usually very clairsentient.

Clairaudience is the ability to “hear” things outside of the normal range of physical experience.   Most mediums, if not all mediums, are clairaudient.  I happen to be very clairaudient, and it was the first “clair” that developed the strongest for me and made me realize that I am a psychic medium.  I can psychically “hear” voices of spirits communicate actual words, names, numbers, and letters to me.  Most of the time my clairaudience works psychically, rather than physically, but occasionally I can hear spirits speaking or whispering to me out loud with my physical sense of hearing.  Again, as with the other “clairs”, there is no confusion between the clairaudient messages I get and my own thoughts and imagination.  The “voices” are very distinctly separate from me, and I can even sense the speaking style of Spirits and the distinctive sound of their voices.

Claircognizance is the ability to just “know” things that one could not possibly know by any other means other than psychically.  In other words, claircognizance is just knowing things without learning them from someone or something directly teaching you from either the physical or from the Spirit world.  I can’t explain how or why it works, but it just does, and it is definitely different than working with the other “clairs”.  Sometimes I will get a sentence from a Spirit (clairaudience), or a feeling about something (clairsentience), and other times I will get a vision (clairvoyance), and then other times I will just blurt something out because I just “know” it right away, something very specific, and the person I am reading for is always surprised at how quick it came out, and usually responds with “Oh my God, how did you know that?”.  Honestly, it surprises me all of the time, too, it just works! I happen to think that the reason claircognizance works is because claircognizants are connected to the Akashic Records, which is the energetic record of all knowledge – everything that has ever happened and ever will happen. Claircognizant people are usually very mentally-oriented and analytical in their lives in general. Claircognizant people are also usually very telepathic.

Clairgustance is the ability to receive actual “taste” sensations while receiving psychic information.  The psychic might “taste”, either psychically or physically, tobacco for instance, if a Spirit was a smoker while alive, or mint, if a Spirit characteristically loved mint candies.  I have only experienced this a few times myself, and am working on developing this skill further.

Clairalience is the ability to actually sense “scents” while receiving psychic information.  As with clairgustance, a psychic or medium will either physically or psychically smell things associated with a Spirit.  So I might be able to “smell” a sweet smell if a Spirit wore a special kind of perfume, or smell flowers if they were particularly fond of flower gardening while they were alive.  Once when a Spirit came through, I could strongly smell the scent of dill, as the Spirit was characteristically fond of pickling when they were alive.  A lot of people who do not even consider themselves very psychic have clairalient experiences.  For instance, I have heard many stories of people suddenly being able to smell the perfume or cologne of a relative who has passed to the Other Side, and many times when a negative Spirit is present there will be a sudden, foul stench in the area.

Anyone can learn to develop the “clairs”, as everyone has psychic ability.  Not everyone can develop mediumship ability, however, because not everyone is born a medium.  A medium gets their psychic information from the “clairs”, as well as directly from Spirits and entities.

© rockymountainmedium.wordpress.com 2013

What is Grounding and Why it is Important

_IGP8997copyrAs spiritual, intuitive, and psychic beings, we are all susceptible to collecting negative energy from other people and our environment.  As we go about our days, especially in this modern, electronic world, our auras collect psychic debris and our energy fields and chakras can become unbalanced and blocked.  This can make us lose focus and interfere with our daily functioning, both on a spiritual and physical level. Spiritual and physical grounding connects us to Mother Earth energy, which is very healing and therapeutic to our physical and spiritual bodies.  The practice of grounding helps to balance and clear blockages from our energy centers and chakras, especially the root chakra, which is associated with daily, mundane functioning, our physical survival, work (including the ability to make money), our sense of “roots” to our home and family, and stability.

A person who is not grounded will feel spacey and have a very hard time making decisions.  Their intuition will be “off”.  Whenever I psychically see someone that is not grounded, I can feel their energy field as depleted and blocked in areas, and they are not centered.  Not being grounded affects a person’s whole energy field, resulting in an imbalance and/or blockages in the other chakras besides the root chakra, as one chakra being unbalanced or blocked will throw the other chakras out of whack.  It will affect one’s power center, allowing others (including negative entities) to “suck” one’s energy and power away from them.  It can result in one becoming an “energy sucker” themselves (on a subconscious level), as the individual who is not grounded subconsciously takes in other’s energy in order to compensate for their own energy imbalances and blockages.

Grounding on a regular basis can benefit everyone, but anyone who wishes to develop their psychic and intuitive abilities should ground daily, AND also directly BEFORE and AFTER doing any psychic or intuitive work (and yes, each and every time).  Firstly, it helps to release negative energy that our spiritual bodies have collected, which ensures that there will be less negative “interference” while doing intuitive work.   Secondly, it helps to balance and heal our energy centers, which also prevents negative “interference”. Thirdly, it not only clears and balances our energy fields, but it offers PROTECTION from any negative interference and negative influences while working psychically.  Protection before doing psychic work is extremely important because you are opening yourself up to receiving message from Spirit, which includes negative entities and energies.  With the protection of grounding, negative “interference” will be greatly minimized, if not prevented all together.

So how does one ground themselves? There are several methods of grounding, and the following grounding meditation that was taught to me is a very good one.  It is not only very effective, but has the added bonus of being extremely calming and relaxing.  I not only do it before and after doing any psychic work, but also any time that I feel frazzled or anxious, or when I am having a hard time thinking about a situation clearly or having a hard time making a difficult decision.  It calms me down immediately.  It can be done either standing or sitting.  I prefer to stand because I find it much more effective for myself, but others may find that sitting is more comfortable and effective while doing this exercise.

First, plant your feet firmly on the ground or floor.  Now close your eyes and visualize strong roots growing from the bottom of your feet and moving deep down into Mother Earth, as deep down as your intuition guides you at the time, even to the center of the Earth if that is what you feel you need.  You can also visualize a third root growing from the base of your spine into the Earth at the same time, which connects your root chakra directly to Mother Earth.  Firmly plant the roots into Mother Earth. You can even visualize the roots wrapping around a rock deep into Mother Earth if it makes you feel more anchored.  Your feet, physical body, and energy field should feel very heavy and anchored at this point. Now send all of the negative debris that your energy field has collected down through those roots, and intuitively, or with your voice out loud, ask Mother Earth to take care of the negative debris for you and offer you healing.  Next, visualize light moving up through your planted roots and up into the bottom of your feet (and root chakra if you’ve visualized a root growing from there, as well).  Your intuition will naturally pick a colour (or colours) of the light that moves up through the roots.  Go with whatever colour comes to you for it is what your energy field and physical body especially need at the time.  Let the light move up through you and fill up your whole body, UP through all of your chakras, down your arms to the tips of your fingers, and up to the top of your head or crown chakra.  Now visualize branches growing from the top of your head, your crown chakra, and branching out to the Sun and Moon at the same time. Next, visualize WHITE light from the Sun and Moon moving down through those branches and into your crown chakra, and state, either intuitively or out loud, that you are now being healed and protected by white light.  Move the white light down through your whole body, down through your arms to the tips of your fingers, down through all of your chakras, and down to the bottom of your feet.  Visualize the white light enveloping your whole physical and spiritual body.  You are now grounded! Your feet should feel very heavy and there will be a noticeable difference in the sensation of your energy field.

Visualization and meditation are not the only way to ground oneself, as certain physical activities can also be very grounding.  Also called Earthing, walking BAREFOOT outside right in the grass, soil, or on natural rocks is very grounding and therapeutic.  I have read that studies have even shown therapeutic health benefits of earthing, ranging from decreasing inflammation to lowering blood pressure.  I would suspect that earthing in a natural wilderness area or in sacred areas would be even more beneficial than earthing in an urban area.  Gardening is obviously a very grounding physical exercise.  Being close to animals is also very grounding, as they are close to Mother Earth themselves.  Home cooking, especially with fruits and vegetables, can be a very grounding exercise, as well.  Working with natural materials, such as wood, rock, natural fibers, and natural metals is also grounding.

Even though there are physical activities that can be grounding, however, it is very important to still spiritually ground oneself through visualization on a regular basis.  It not only keeps your energy field flowing smoothly and connected to your own body rather than to everything and everyone else, but protects your energy field from negative influences, as well.  It doesn’t take a long time to do and the benefits to your spiritual and physical body are numerous.

© rockymountainmedium.wordpress.com 2013.

Inner Power – Oracle Card For Friday, October 18, 2013

Today’s Oracle Card is Inner Power from Doreen Virtue’s Healing With The Fairies Deck.

What a great card to draw for the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries this evening! Now is the time to realize the power of your full potential, and to release any fears about embracing and using your power as a spiritual being.  We often talk about fear of failure getting in the way of one’s goals and growth as an individual, but fear of success is also very detrimental to one’s growth.  The fairies are reminding us that it is okay to embrace our power as spiritual beings, and to embrace our spiritual gifts.  We are our own creators and now is a good time to get rid of negative beliefs that prevent us from harnessing our inner strength and spiritual power, and believe in ourselves, our connection to the Universe, and our abilities.

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Tarotscopes for the Month of October 2013

Every month I am going to do a tarot spread for the coming month, with each card representing a monthly theme for every sign of the Zodiac. Some of what I write here is the traditional meaning of the card, and the rest is my own interpretations and insights that I get at the time of the reading. It is a good idea to read the tarotscope of the dominant sign(s) of your natal chart. Your Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars sign will be relevant, especially if more than one falls in the same sign. If you don’t know the sign your other planets are in, you can order a natal chart wheel and computer interpretation from me, or search online for a free birth chart. I hope you enjoy your tarotscope – and don’t forget to check back for your next monthly tarotscope!

ARIES – Six of Swords

This is a time of transition, a time to leave past hurts and troubles behind. You have had some recent emotional hardships and conflict, but now is the time to leave difficult situations and negative thinking habits in the past. This will be a difficult transition, but it will ultimately bring more peace back into your life. Let your rational, logical side lead you in the right direction rather than your emotions and attachments to outdated ideas, for they are clouding your judgement right now. Now is a good time to spend some time by water.

TAURUS – King of Swords

You will encounter a situation that will require a strictly rational approach, and you will be meeting or dealing with people who are very rational and emotionally detached themselves this month. This is a good time for exploring and expressing your intellectual side, and for engaging in intellectually stimulating activities and conversation. You may also need legal or financial advice in the coming month. Maintain a sense of authority in work and business dealings at this time.

GEMINI – Four of Cups

You have become bored and disinterested with someone or a situation recently. Now is a time to remind yourself that “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”, and to go within to seek satisfaction and peace rather than blaming your dissatisfaction on everything and everyone else. Take the time to appreciate the good that you already have in your life and more good will come your way.

CANCER – Four of Swords

Now is the time for some much needed rest and recovery. You have been faced with a lot of challenges recently, but now you need to retreat and relax, and gain some perspective before you can face the challenges again. Once you recover, you will have the strength to move ahead, but only after a period of withdrawal and rest from the situation.

LEO – Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune card is a reminder that in life we have to accept that there are bad times, as well as good. The bad times help us to appreciate the good times better. Accept the down times as opportunities for growth and learning. Take an active role in manifesting the good things that you want out of life, rather than waiting for good things to happen to you. A new cycle is coming up in your life, and taking an active rather than passive role will steer this cycle in a positive direction for you.

VIRGO – Page of Wands

Now is a time for tackling some restless energy within you and exploring your creative side. You may be starting an exciting new project. This is a time of enthusiasm and exhuberance. Good news is coming your way! You will experience an increase in social activity and rewarding work experiences in the coming month, enjoy!

LIBRA – The Chariot

The Chariot reminds us to work well with others, even in the face of conflict and difficulty. Don’t fight against people or circumstances that surround you right now, work with them. Look at yourself to see what you can change about yourself, your thoughts, and your behaviour rather than trying to change others, and a difficult time will end up making you stronger than ever, triumphant rather than defeated in the end.

SCORPIO – Two of Cups

This month may mean the beginning of a new relationship, or the rebirth of an already existing relationship. Take the time to think of ways you can help refresh any existing, stagnant relationships. Whatever your relationship circumstances, this is a good time to pair up and spend quality time with loved ones.

SAGITTARIUS – The Magician

You have the knowledge and experience to manifest good things into your life right now. Focus on positive thoughts and positive outcomes, and you will be able to create a positive new cycle in your life. Use your creative thinking skills, and this will bring about great new changes into your life.

CAPRICORN – Three of Wands

Now is a very fortunate time, for your hard work and dedication will finally be rewarded. You will also always seem to be at the right place and right time this month, and good opportunities will seem to just jump in your lap. Business and work activities will be especially rewarding this month, so it is a good time for networking and taking advantage of business and work contacts.

AQUARIUS – Page of Cups

Now is a good time to explore your subconscious and intuitive side, and to get more comfortable and expressive with your emotions. You will notice an increase in your intuitive powers at this time. Take advantage of your increased intuition and sensitivity right now and explore your creative side. Good news about family is coming your way.

PISCES – High Priestess

Use your intuition to guide you at this time and clarity will come to you. Explore your subconscious in order to solve any issues in your life that no longer serve you. Now is a time for seeking inner guidance, so pay attention to your dreams and intuitions right now. Your inner voice is wise, so listen closely to it, you will need it at this time.  Hidden knowledge will be revealed to you if you pay attention to your intuition.

© rockymountainmedium.wordpress.com 2013