What is a medium?
A medium is an intermediary between our physical world and the people, animals, and other beings who live in the realm of Spirit. In common parlance, a medium is someone who "talks to dead people." A medium may also receive information from pets, angels, spirit guides, and others in the world of Spirit.
People seek out a medium's services for a variety of reasons. Clients sometimes come looking for general contact with loved ones who have passed to the other side. (Please note that "loved ones" include pets and other beloved animals now in Spirit.) Sometimes people want answers to specific questions related to someone's death, or reassurance that their loved ones are doing okay. At times people come to a medium for a reading for other reasons: they may want information from loved ones, angels, and spirit guides about current life dilemmas.
Mediums do not predict the future; nor are they fortune-tellers. They simply pass on information from Spirit about possible future or current events. We as humans have free-will and therefore the ability to affect possible future events. Some mediums are able to sense medical or health concerns. When this occurs, a medium strongly encourages the person to see a doctor, as mediums are not medical practitioners and cannot diagnose illness or prescribe treatment.
Just to clarify the difference between a psychic and a medium: A medium has the ability to communicate directly with Spirit. A psychic has the ability to read energies. Everything, from our food to our thoughts to the rocks in our driveway, has energy - in other words, it carries an electromagnetic charge that can be measured. Therefore, energy incorporates, embodies - energy is everything. (See Living the Field for reliable scientific information about this concept).
What a psychic is able to do is read energy. Not a scientifically measured electromagnetic charge per se, but the information carried within the energy. Psychics read energies that surround people: objects, auras (fields of color around a person), scents, characteristic behaviors, preferences, historical information, etc. They may actually see the energy of other people around someone as well. This ability is highly developed intuition. But it is not the same as the ability to connect directly with Spirit or loved ones who have passed on.
In short, most mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. Some people use the terms interchangeably, or use psychic as a modifier to medium, as in "psychic medium." We share this information with you so you can be more aware of what you are looking for when you seek intuitive guidance from a psychic or a medium.