What Is A Medium ?

To put it very simply, a Spiritualist medium links with loved ones who have passed to the spirit realms, and gives evidence of survival through messages to the relatives or friends.  


There are two types of mediumship:

Mental Mediumship

Occurring through the medium’s own consciousness, without the use of the physical senses, and only seen or felt by the medium. In terms of how the spirit’s convey their message to the medium, there are a number of different methods of communication the spirits can use:

  1. Clairvoyance: The ability to see anything is not visible to the physical eyes. Medium’s are able to see people, animals and objects, which appear to the medium to be external to themselves.
  1. Clairsentience: The ability to feel or sense the spirit’s presence. Probably the most common form of mental mediumship, it requires the medium to sense the personality and physical attributes of the spirit’s presence. This may manifest itself through touch, smell or temperature change,  and sometimes may convey through feelings how the spirit passed to the spirit realm.
  • Clairaudience: The most objective of the spiritual senses, since the message requires no interpretation. The medium is able to hear spirit voices, which are inaudible to everyone else.


In the 1980’s there was a huge surge in interest in Spiritualism, and many platform Mediums were able to give demonstrations of Mediumship in huge venues. The most famous was Doris Stokes.

Physical Mediumship


Best described as the manipulation of energy and energy systems by the spirits. The manifestations can take the form of :

  • knocks or raps on solid objects
  • the use of a spirit voice through the medium
  • transfiguration (where spirit faces appear in front of the mediums face)
  • materialised spirit bodies or body parts, like hands and feet.


Physical mediumship is witnessed by everyone present regardless of whether they consider themselves psychic or not, and differs from mental mediumship, which is only experienced by the medium through their own perception.