Melissa’s definitions of spiritual + mediumship terms

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clairvoyant

clairvoyant (adj)

  1. Of or relating to the psychic sense of sight (clairvoyance).

ex.: I woke with a clairvoyant image of a birthday cake in my mind.

clairvoyant (n) [outdated usage]

  1. a person having or exhibiting extrasensory perception or psychic abilities; a person using extrasensory abilities in a professional capacity. Although this term is still used, it is outmoded/outdated for this particular usage. It is important to note that psychics simultaneously utilize multiple extrasensory abilities (such as clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, etc.).

ex.: The clairvoyant predicted I would have three children in the future.

See also: clairvoyance; intuitive; psychic; medium

development circle (message circle)

development circle or message circle (n)

  1. A group of people who congregate on a regular basis for the express purpose of communicating with the deceased and practicing their skills as psychics and mediums.
  1. An individual meeting or gathering of individuals for the purpose of communicating with the deceased and practicing their skills as psychics and mediums.

ex.: She practiced and learned to trust her psychic abilities by attending a weekly development circle.

aka “message circle”

evidential mediumship

evidential mediumship (n)

  1. Evidential mediumship is a category of mental mediumship in which Spirit communicates (through a medium) signs, symbols, and memories that are verifiable and therefor prove the communication is valid. Evidential mediumship, made popular by the Spiritualist movement, seeks to prove life after death and that spirits in the afterlife maintain an intelligence and an on-going awareness of our lives. The sum of evidential messages in a reading, such as a significant birthday or anniversary, a person’s favorite color, and demeanor are intended to prove beyond doubt to the recipient that their loved one is the communicator. Many mediums will use a mix of evidential mediumship and messages, depending on the preferences of the spirit communicator and the needs of the recipient of the message.

ex.: The evidential medium proved to me she was connecting with my grandfather because she knew things about him and our family that no one else could have known. 

higher self (soul)

higher self or soul (n)

  1. the eternal and omnipotent consciousness of an individual in its purest form. While the higher self benefits from lessons experienced in various lifetimes, it is unencumbered by traumas, emotions, or fears. Our higher self is the part of our consciousness that transcends lifetimes and exists in the space between lifetimes; it is the truest and most perfect form of our selves. It is perfect, complete, and consists of compassion and unconditional love.

ex.: I wasn’t sure which job suited me best, so I consulted my higher self in a meditation.

life review

life review (n)

  1. The phenomenon experienced by the recently deceased in which their soul experiences their physical lifetime in order to evaluate their progress, learn from their experiences, and see their experiences from others’ points of view. I like to think of the life review as similar to reviewing videotape of a sports game. However, Spirit indicates that during a life review, they also experience their life experiences from the perspective of others. For example, if you had an argument with your spouse, during your life review, you will likely experience the argument from your spouse’s viewpoint. So if you said something hurtful to your husband, you will feel the emotions he experienced as a result of your insults.In addition to reports by Spirit (communicated through mediums), there is also much documentation on the concept of the life review as experienced by those who have had near-death experiences.ex.: She didn’t fear her life review because she was confident she had lived her life ethically and morally.

medium

medium (n)

  1. any individual who exhibits the ability to perceive the presence of spirits and interpret their messages. Mediums serve as an intermediary or translator between physical beings (the living) and spirit (the dead).
  2. An individual who works professionally as an intermediary or translator between physical beings (the living) and spirit (the dead). Mediums deliver messages for clients from their deceased loved ones and other spirits.

ex.: The medium relayed many messages from my deceased grandmother that no one but she could have known.

mediumship

mediumship (n)

the process of perceiving and communicating with spirits in the afterlife through a medium (or spirit communicator). Because mediums have varying experiences and frames of reference, the nature, content, and delivery of each mediumship message will vary.

ex.: Mediumship helped him heal from his wife’s passing.

See also: evidential mediumship, mental mediumship, physical mediumship, trance mediumship

mental mediumship

physical mediumship (n)

  1. Physical mediumship is a classification of spirit communication that (utilizing both Spirit and medium energies) produces physical phenomena that can be witnessed by anyone. The physical phenomena may occur in an organized setting (such as a séance or development circle), or it may occur without intention (for example, a lamp flickering without reason). Physical mediumship (as in the case of séances) is rare because it requires a great deal of dedication and meditation for the medium to develop.

Types of physical mediumship include transfiguration, overshadowing, materialization, materialization using ectoplasm, levitation, moving or influencing physical objects (telekinesis), direct or independent voice, apports, and asports.

ex.: I attended a physical mediumship séance and was amazed when objects began floating through the air.

physical mediumship

mental mediumship (n)

  1. Mental mediumship is a classification of spirit communication that requires the acting medium to use mental reasoning to consciously decipher signs and symbols from the spirit communicator and then interpret the message for the recipient/client. The message originates from Spirit and is passed through the conscious mind of the medium. Their frame of reference and belief systems act as a filter, so some of the mediums beliefs, experiences, and even their tone of communication can potentially flavor the message.

psychic sense of emotion (clairempathy*)

psychic sense of emotion (n)

the extrasensory perception that corresponds with feeling emotional vibrations; the capacity to perceive emotions or emotional input beyond oneself. When we experience our psychic sense of emotion, we experience an emotion, energy, or vibration that is not our own. The source of the emotion may be a person, a spirit communicator, an animal, an environment, or an inanimate object. This sense is easily mistaken for one’s own emotional state although the logical reasoning for the emotion is lacking.

ex.: When I walked into the room, my psychic sense of emotion made me feel my parents had been arguing even though they were smiling and pretending to be joyful. They weren’t!

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of feeling (clairsentience*)

psychic sense of feeling or clairsentience (n)

the capacity to perceive emotions, energetic vibrations, and sensory content beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of feeling, many people describe it as a “gut instinct” or “intuitive knowing.” You may perceive the data physically (such as feeling a hand on your shoulder), mentally (such as relating to emotions), or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness something relating to feeling/sensations (such as the feeling of being late for an appointment). I like to further categorize the psychic sense of feeling into the psychic senses of touch/feeling (clairtangency) and emotion (clairempathy).

ex.: The first time I experienced clairsentience, I felt a strong sense of love and compassion for a woman whose husband had passed; he was able to make me experience the emotions he felt for his wife.

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

See also: psychic sense of touch/feeling (clairtangency); psychic sense of emotion (clairempathy)

psychic sense of hearing/sound (clairaudience*)

psychic sense of hearing/sound or clairaudience (n)

the extrasensory perception of data that corresponds to and transcends our physical sense of hearing; the capacity to perceive sounds and auditory content beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of hearing, you may hear sounds audibly, mentally, or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness of something sound-related (such as a song or the bark of a dog).

ex.: When I perceive things using my psychic sense of sound, it often sounds just like my inner voice that recites to me my grocery shopping list.

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of knowing (claircognizance*)

psychic sense of knowing or claircognizance (n)

the extrasensory perception of data that corresponds with mental reasoning; the capacity to perceive information beyond physical understanding. When we experience our psychic sense of knowing, we experience knowledge of a concept beyond conventional reasoning and without prior experience, learning, or input. It is sometimes described as an inner knowing.

ex.: My claircognizance worked well for me the other day at the grocery store; I don’t know how I knew what the exact dollar amount of my tab would be. I just did.       

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of sight/seeing (clairvoyance*)

psychic sense of sight/seeing or clairvoyance (n)

the extrasensory perception of data that corresponds to and transcends our physical sense of sight/seeing; the capacity to perceive sights and visual content beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of sight, the visions may be physical, mental, or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness of something visual-related (such as the shape of a circle).

ex.: My psychic sense of sight indicated I was communicating with my client’s deceased grandmother when I saw a mental depiction of my grandmother’s kitchen table.     

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of smell | clairalience*

psychic sense of smell or clairalience (n)

the extrasensory perception of data that corresponds to and transcends our physical sense of smell; the capacity to perceive smells or olfactory-related data beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of smell, the odors may be physical, mental, or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness of something relating to smell (such as Dad’s favorite cologne bottle).

ex.: She hoped to develop her psychic sense of smell, so she was constantly smelling spices and flowers of different varieties.    

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of taste | clairgustance*

psychic sense of taste or clairgustance (n)

the extrasensory perception that corresponds to and transcends our physical sense of taste; the capacity to perceive taste or taste-related data beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of taste, you may taste something physically, mentally, or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness of something relating to taste.

ex.: Because my psychic sense of taste reminded me of the taste of communion wine at the beginning of my client’s reading, I deduced that his father was religious and attended church regularly.

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic sense of touch/sensation (clairtangency*)

psychic sense of touch/sensation or clairtangency (n)

the extrasensory perception that corresponds to and transcends our physical sense of touch/sensation; the capacity to perceive sensations or sensory-related data beyond the physical senses. When perceiving data or communications using our psychic sense of touch, you may feel things tactilely, mentally, or you may simply have a metaphysical awareness of something relating to touch (such as the feel of sand-paper or the heat of the sun). In some cases, the psychic sense of touch may also be the absence of feeling (such as one’s hands going numb to indicate a person who had diabetes).

* This is not the same as Psychometry

ex.: My psychic sense of touch made it seem like someone was tapping my shoulder, but there was no one there.      

* Many people still use these terms derived from old French combining the prefix clair (meaning clear) + corresponding verb tenses (i.e. to see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to touch, to emote, to sense, and to know). However, memorizing those terms is not necessary for understanding the concepts. In my workshops and discussions, I will opt for terms everyone can easily comprehend such as “the psychic sense of …”

psychic senses, the

psychic senses, the (pl. n)

any of the extrasensory faculties of perception used to collect, perceive, and interpret metaphysical stimuli. Just as our physical bodies gather and detect information using basic senses (i.e. sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, emotion, and mental reasoning), our etheric or metaphysical body detects information using corresponding etheric (or psychic) senses. All individuals have the capacity to utilize these senses, though to varying degrees of awareness, proficiency, and accuracy. Just as a gourmet chef develops a keen sense of taste through repetitive use and practice, individuals can develop, hone, and strengthen their psychic senses as well.

ex.: He heightened many of his psychic senses by meditating regularly.

sitter

sitter (n)

a person who receives (or sits for) a psychic or mediumship reading. This term has the same connotation as being a “sitter” for a portrait.

ex.: The sitter was very anxious to hear what the psychic would report.

sitting

sitting (n)

another name for a session or reading. This term has the same connotation as a “sitting” for a portrait.

ex.: She brought a notebook to the sitting so she could take detailed notes of the psychic reading.

sitting with Spirit (sitting in the power)

sitting with Spirit or sitting in the power (n / v.part)

The ritual and meditative practice in which mediums raise their energetic vibration to connect with the collective of etheric souls in the space beyond lifetimes. Like meditation, the individual often sits in solitude/silence but with the added and express intention of developing a friendly and working rapport with all spirit entities (including spirit guides, inspirers, and communicators).

The purpose of sitting with Spirit is not to obtain messages from specific spirits but rather to increase the individual’s efficiency to raise their energetic vibration, maintain a link with Spirit, enhance their comfort and ease of blending with spirit entities, increase their awareness of spirit presence, and facilitate development of the individual’s communication skills for future sessions and demonstrations of mediumship.

ex.: She thought of her daily practice of sitting with Spirit like conversing with co-workers over a cup of coffee; getting to know her guides on a more personal level helped them work together more effectively and efficiently.

Spirit

Spirit (proper n)

the collective of all sentient beings that transcends time, space, and lifetimes. Spirit is the collaborative whole made up of all etheric souls (such as spirit guides, angels, deceased beings, and the evolved souls or higher selves of those still living, etc.). Spirit is an all-seeing, all-knowing universal intelligence that ascends toward un-conditional love, learning to express the vibration of compassion through their countless individual life experiences but otherwise un-encumbered by trauma and negativity.

One way to imagine the collaborative nature of Spirit is to think of how an ocean appears to be one large mass of water, but in fact, it is made up of countless water droplets. Metaphorically speaking, Spirit too is a vast ocean made up of countless individual souls.

ex.: Although losing his job was a difficult experience, he had faith that Spirit was guiding him to a new career path more fulfilling than the last.

See also: higher self; soul

Spiritualism (Spiritualist church)

Spiritualism or Spiritualist church (proper n)

Spiritualism is an ideology or movement which centers on the tenets of (1) the continuation of life after death, (2) the intelligence of Spirit as discarnate beings, and (3) communication with Spirit through mediums. Church services are reminiscent of Christian rites although a primary component of Spiritualist churches is that mediums address the congregation and provide mediumship messages for attendees. They believe that messages from Spirit prove the validity of their beliefs and also provide guidance and support for those who are still living. Spiritualism is most prominent in the UK, the US, and Canada. For more information, consult the Spiritualist National Union at https://www.snui.org.uk.

ex.: I attended a Spiritualist church and, during the service, a medium gave me a message from my deceased grandmother.

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