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Psychic Mediumship: Gift or Skill?

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Are psychic and mediumistic abilities gifts possessed by only a chosen few? If they’re gifts, shouldn’t they be practiced for free?

Patricia Arquette as Alison DuBois of MEDIUM

These notions persist in books, movies, and television shows. The popular TV series Medium, starring Patricia Arquette, portrays protagonist Allison DuBois as someone whose gifts invade her life and overtake her. Dreams haunt her, and dead people show up when she least expects it, forcing her to deal with their demands. She wants to use her gifts to help people, but she won’t take money for it.

I suppose the spiritual abilities of some people are so powerful and prominent that they overrun waking consciousness. Such individuals are described as “natural mediums.” But does this make them spectacularly unique? Specially gifted? Perhaps not when you compare them to other talented people.

Is Anyone Specially Gifted?

Stephen King and a few others have achieved notoriety through their storytelling and writing abilities. But just because they achieved stardom does not set them apart completely from other writers. Many authors are not as popular, yet have taken their desire to write and through education, hard work, and persistence developed themselves into serviceable writers able to make a living from their work.

Although not everyone has the raw talent to write or sing or excel in sports professionally, those who do still took what they were given and developed it into something useful that others want. To the spark of talent everyone must add the kindling of skills development and practice.


A mediocre writer can, through learning and practice, become a better writer—even a selling writer. On the other hand, someone with perfect pitch may never become a singer if she doesn’t learn voice craft and practice to develop performance skills.

Why Anyone Could Be a Medium

Some individuals may have more natural psychic and mediumship ability than others. But because everyone is a spiritual being, everyone has the ability to contact spirit. What prevents the “average” person from developing these abilities is personal belief, education, and practice.

First, you must believe that human beings are spiritual beings and, as spiritual beings, you can contact the spirit realm.

Second, you must learn how the spirit realm operates and what methods make for effective communication. Here’s where you learn skills just as anyone else does—writer, artist, singer, craftsperson.

Finally, once you know spirit contact is possible and you learn how to do it, you must practice those skills until you master them. That practice, as with any other discipline, is what enables you to become a serviceable psychic or medium.

Perhaps you don’t want to contact Spirit professionally. But because mediumship is not a gift bestowed on only a special “chosen few,” you can still learn to do it. It all starts with desire.

What Are Your Desires Telling You?

What have you always wanted to do? What’s that thing that you keep putting off but which refuses to leave you? Discover it, pursue it, engage with it.

From the time I learned how to print words on school tablet paper in second grade, I wanted to write stories. For a long time they were pretty bad. I was not a “natural born writer.” After three college degrees and 40 years of practice, I’m finally making something of it.

Who cares if you’re not “naturally gifted”? If you desire to do something, follow it; give yourself wholly to it. Even if it becomes no more than a hobby, you’re developing a seed God has planted in you.

Others may feel called to a career in the metaphysical arts. If so, those who have spent a significant portion of their lives—investing time, energy, and financial resources into developing their spiritual skills—are worthy to make at least part of their living from their work as psychics, mediums, or healers.

Is It Ethical to Charge for Spiritual Services?

This is a sticking point with some who believe that psychic abilities are special gifts. “How can you charge money for it? It’s a gift, right?”

No one in any profession should conduct business in such a way that bilks or defrauds the public. (I don’t like crooked plumbers any more than I care for crooked psychics.) But, like any other ability such as writing, teaching, or accounting, mediumship is a skill that, if practiced honorably, is worth being compensated for.

Did you pay for schooling to develop your particular interests in order to work for free? Of course not. I certainly didn’t. Whatever the discipline, those who invest in developing their abilities should be able to make a living from them, or at least earn back their educational investment. This goes for psychics and mediums too.

Practice Makes Perfect

Although some people may be more naturally gifted as mediums, massage therapists, singers, cooks, what makes their native abilities marketable is skill, developed through education and practice. All hard work deserves recognition and remuneration.

“Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”
1 Timothy 5:18 NIV


Speaking at First Spiritualist: “Singing in the Spirit”

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I will be speaking at First Spiritualist Church of McKeesport, PA, on Sunday morning, June 19, at 11:00 am.

My topic is “SINGING IN THE SPIRIT”: Using music and singing to raise your vibration to connect with Spirit and usher in breakthroughs.

I hope to see you there!

For more information, go to: First Spiritualist Church. 809 Locust St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Mapquest: http://mapq.st/jWe91p.

Written by LeeAllenHoward

June 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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