Getting Started as a Psychic Medium

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Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. This is part of a whole series of articles about How to Become a Psychic Medium from my book Psychic School. We start off here by questioning motives and whether you are called to this work.

Becoming a medium requires qualities of integrity, perseverance, morality and above all compassion. However, not all mediums are spiritual. I have met mediums with low morals and high egos. I have even seen known fraudulent mediums who have in the past been exposed by Spiritualists working on the television. Sometimes the flower of mediumship blooms on strange soils but the human values and qualities of character I have spoken about are present in the majority of mediums.

Before we progress it is important to clarify exactly what I mean by a medium. Mediums are people who have a special gift that allows the spirit people to give messages from the afterlife. S/he is the link between the two worlds communicating with people who have died through mind-to-mind contact (telepathy). The aim of a medium’s work is to prove survival of the human personality after death and to help the bereaved come to terms with their loss.

The medium may produce enough information to satisfy the enquirer that their family member, friend or loved one still survives death. The medium may give an accurate physical description of the deceased, their work, anecdotes from their earthly life and what illness they died of and so on. Only once the identity of the spirit person is clearly established, will the medium give further evidence about shared and past memories to current events in the sitter’s life. In addition, the medium may give extra details such as information about hobbies and idiosyncrasies that can help to prove the personality of the communicator.

Becoming a Medium or Becoming a Psychic?

It is important to differentiate becoming a medium from psychic counselling and fortune-telling. A psychic is a person who has extra sensory perception also known as ESP or the sixth sense. These gifts include telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and sometimes psychokinesis. Although a medium will have the same gifts the psychic does not have the ability to give verifiable information about spirit communicators. A psychic is able to “sense” on a material level but is not able to “tune in” to the spirit world, expect by accident.

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Some of us call ourselves ‘psychic mediums’ because we have mediumistic ability and also powers of clairvoyance and prophecy. It is however unwise to mix prophecy and mediumship. In British Spiritualism the medium is forbidden to make predictions and restricts himself to providing verifiable information to prove that there’s life after death. Through the mediumship of the trance medium Emma Hardinge Britten Spiritualists were given seven principles that became the bedrock of their beliefs. One of these was the maxim “personal responsibility’ Taking personal responsibility for our lives implies that we have free will when deciding the future.

Psychic powers are very widespread and everyone is psychic to some degree using the natural intuitive or sixth sense that is inherent in all of us. In order to develop the mediumistic powers it is necessary to first develop the psychic powers and I will be talking you through these stages in this blog about becoming a medium.

I have a video on my psychic readings pages that explains the differences between a psychic and a medium.

Becoming a medium takes practice. Jane demonstrates to a theatre audience.Jane and Craig work in the theatre as psychic mediums.
Becoming a professional medium initially requires years of practice within Spiritualism.

The human qualities you need

We have already established that it is important to have patience when developing your gifts and to recognise that the path requires the spiritual qualities of integrity, morality and compassion. You may also have experienced suffering in your personal life so will have an empathy with others. Given that you have these qualities and a latent gift then, with work, your powers may begin to unfold. This will not happen all at once but over time. Sometimes you will make great strides and surge ahead very quickly but at others the path may seem steep and slow. But it is all part of the same journey. Keep going and never lose faith in yourself.

Faith in yourself is vitally important in the success of any enterprise. An entrepreneurial businessman has faith in himself but as success comes to him may grow to become arrogant and self-centred. It is sad to see self-confidence turn to arrogance for instead of receiving the admiration of others the person will only receive our scorn. These are clearly not the qualities you would expect to find in a medium and yet it is an endemic problem.

Can becoming a medium make you arrogant?

To prevent an arrogant lop sided approach to becoming a medium we need to temper our self-confidence with modesty. If we can do this right from the start then our mediumship will grow to become both accurate and spiritual. Too many fall to what in Greek Tragedy is called the hubris, that is overbearing pride, presumption and arrogance that eventually results in disastrous situations. In mythology the hero often falls at the last hurdle because of his pride. Hubris is defiance; arrogance and thinking you can outsmart the gods. Oedipus refused to believe that he had killed his father and married his mother; Creon insisted on leaving the body of Polyneices to rot in the fields and it was Hubris when the crew of Odysseus slaughtered the sacred cattle of the sun god.

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It is the same with inner work when applied to becoming a medium. The would be medium must fathom his unconscious to discover his intuitive self and even though personal spiritual treasures will be discovered it is vitally important to remember that the powers that come are not ours: they are on loan from God. Tell people what a brilliant medium you are to instil self-confidence, even brag in a humorous way about being so fabulous but in your heart stay humble. Self-righteous modesty is also arrogance. Have fun and joke about your gift but deep down be humble. Take yourself too seriously and you are lost. People will praise you, idealise you even, but always remember that we are the servants. It is our honour to do this work. It is we who should be grateful.

If we keep modesty in our hearts then the path to becoming a medium will become easy.

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  • Zachary Mattson Sep 9, 2016, 6:30 pm

    How long does it take to become a medium? Also, can someone with no experience with the spirit world become a medium?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 12, 2016, 10:05 am

      The time it takes varies. It is about training the latent gifts which many people may not have. If there is potential I suggest you can make a start usually withing five years of sitting in a circle. Some sit for a long time and never develop and of course others call themselves a medium immediately they get the first glimmer of psychic skill. One in a thousand is psychic and one in a million is a medium. Approach it with patience and in a spirit of discovery rather than expecting results. If the spirit have chosen you it will happen.

  • Stephanie Gregory Sep 1, 2016, 12:04 pm

    Can you send me more info on how to become a psychic medium. Thank you

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 2, 2016, 11:40 am

      Sorry we no longer offer our correspondence course but we still do have classes happening in our community area.

  • Manda Taylor Aug 30, 2016, 9:01 pm

    I need some help or advice. I have vivid visions of situations that are going to happen. I have seen and spoken to spirits especially when I was a young child. The older I have gotten things have intensified. I have vivid dreams that I am not myself I am someone else. Some of these dreams are recurring. They are not of this time period they are of past years. Sometimes I’m not even speaking English. But I understand what I’m saying and the situations that are going on. I feel these are spirits that are communicating with me I feel they are needing help or closure. This is the first time I have reached out for help or spoke this in public I talk with my family this. I am just wanting a better understanding of what I’m experiencing or am I just crazy? Please help me help them.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 2, 2016, 11:46 am

      You are jumping in at the deep-end doing spirit rescue. First thing you need to be certain of is that these are real spirits and not your imagination. I would suggest you visit a Spiritualist Church and maybe join an awareness circle to see if the spirits you believe are talking to can be verified.

  • Amy Aug 21, 2016, 5:29 pm

    How do you become a medium?? Do you just do the grounding?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 2, 2016, 12:34 pm

      Grounding may be part of the process. I suggest you sit for a few years in an awareness circle to see if you have any gift. If you do then sit in a development circle – some people can develop within about 3 years before taking on the next stage which is demonstrating in your local Spiritualist Church. I suggest you do another 10 years at this before you can say you have reached a level of full development. So in total I’d allow yourself round about 15 years training – assuming you have the gift. You can ask at your local Spiritualist Church or look up the Arthur Findlay College online.

  • Jess Jul 10, 2016, 4:31 pm

    I have a question for you. I have helped a friend who is a medium with doing readings for some of her clients although I would not call myself a medium as the only way I can communicate with guides and people who are in spirit is through Automatic writing ? What is this gift and how do I develop it? People have said I have passed on accurate information and have given me very positive feedback and I do feel as though I have really helped them but I don’t understand why I can only do it this way?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 5, 2016, 12:53 pm

      This method of communicating with spirit is also called psychography – often the words come from the subconscious mind but can also be given my the spirit world. It is an unconscious form of clairvoyance similar to trance. To develop mediumship of any kind it is best to find a development circle. Most of these usually are connected with Spiritualism. As at your local spiritualist church if they know of any circles you can join.

  • angela contreras Jun 5, 2016, 10:36 pm

    There have only been a few times in which I have engaged with those who have passed over. Twice it happened in a dream in which I was able to say goodbye to my family members who had passed away that I never had the chance to say goodbye to. Other times, it seems as if spirits are trying to communicate with me. I see things such as human figures but soon they vanish, and sometimes things will move, or fall around me while I am home alone. I do not know if these are signs that I am a medium, but I am trying to become one if these are not signs. Any advice or things I should know?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 14, 2016, 4:37 pm

      Most of what you have described could be imagination. The way to find out if you are a medium would be to join a circle. You can normally find out about these at your local Spiritualist Church.

  • Tiffany Jun 2, 2016, 1:38 am

    I’m constantly having dreams where my loved ones that are gone visit me and see how I’m doing. Is this the start of something?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 14, 2016, 4:43 pm

      You would need to draw some information from the dream that could be verified with someone else to prove if it is a spirit communicator. It would need to be something you do not know already.

  • Lindy Jun 1, 2016, 3:04 pm

    I am a black South African. I have a calling but it’s being a traditional healer. I would like to go to a facility associated with you to see if I have anything in being a medium. Like a spiritual church or something. I feel if I’m expected to do anything with my calling it would have to be a medium because anything else is just to much work.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 14, 2016, 4:50 pm

      Becoming a medium is still a lot of work- it takes a lifetime. I have not got a center at the moment to visit but you can try a search for ‘Arthur Findlay College’ – they offer courses in the UK and accommodate people flying in from all over the world.

  • Autumn Jun 1, 2016, 2:46 am

    I am a born Psychic. Recently a dear family friend has gone missing and is believed to be dead. I don’t believe she is dead. How ever when I do readings with my cards and a few other ways I read I come up with almost the same answer everyone which leads me to believe she is neither dead or alive.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 1, 2016, 2:02 pm

      Cards or any other form of personal clairvoyance are not really suitable as you will simply be reflecting your own changing thoughts. It would be best to see if another medium can give you a message about this but it is important that they know nothing about the situation in advance as their minds could interfere with any potential communication from the spirit. See a medium but tell them nothing about your friend and see if something comes through.

  • Jody May 23, 2016, 4:08 am

    Craig thank you for this site. I am 38 yrs old today and a few months ago I started noticing that I have many nights a week I have sleep paralysis and have seen my self sleeping and going to places in really vivid dreams which usually end up with sleep paralysis. I have noticed that at least once a week I have seen lights in my pitch black room that don’t scare me in fact they do the opposite. Would you know what is happening to me?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 23, 2016, 10:21 am

      Sleep paralysis is a common medical condition that I have spoken about in detail elsewhere on this website. The lights may be part of this and the dreams too. Also the lights could be caused by the cones at the back of the eyes firing. I’m not a doctor so cannot diagnose but if the lights are extremely bright I would suggest you get your eyes looked at by a specialist in case there are retinal problems. I would not read too much into all of this from a psychic perspective yet as there are many possible causes you need to first consider. Lights are often see during deep meditation and in psychic work too and like yours they are usually soothing.

  • Gail brown May 19, 2016, 5:11 pm

    Dear Craig. I am developing, I believe as a medium. I have had many wonderful experiences with the angelic realm but also have difficulty in understanding a lot of which I am experiencing. I generally go with the flow and allow time to rest in between. Most importantly I am aware that I have to find some answers myself. I too have the jerk experiences when in prayer or meditation, and have vivid dreams or visualization which can be beautiful or disturbing. I believe a lot of it is my fear. Am I right in this as it is all new to me and eventually everything will settle down in time. I do not work as a medium or practice in a circle as I believe I am to wait a while and follow advice from the angelic realm. The angelic real have beautiful energy and I know how safe they make me feel. Let everything rest in between receiving messages, and I will be okay I am sure. It’s a very slow process as I have to adjust to a different high vibration. So I have read and understand on how mediumship works. I am 56 years old and just started to find my feet in spiritualism. I am a practicing Christian and practice Reiki too. I would appreciate your advice.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker May 23, 2016, 10:30 am

      What you call the ‘jerk experience’ happens when your body relaxes very quickly and tension is released in a muscle spasm. You angel experiences may be your own unconscious or it could be the spirit world beginning to connect with you. Until you test these things in a spiritualist circle setting you will not know. In Spiritualism we have to give proof of a spirit connection in order to know that it is a truth and not just our beliefs. Your patient attitude and gentle spiritual experiences are promising though for future development.

  • ashley Apr 25, 2016, 8:53 pm

    Hi Craig,
    Since my grandmother has passed away 7 years ago, I have a feeling that my abilities are really coming through. When I get close to cemeteries, I get crazy head aches, like all the spirits are bum rushing me. When I’m in the car, and I pass a place someone has died, I know the gender, how they died and an approximate age of how old they were. I know when there is spiritual warfare going on in my own home, and I can feel it and I get my headaches. It scares me sometimes, and the head aches are killer, but when I ground myself and in my faith, the head aches dissipate and I can see an aura. I also know when there negative energy around, because I can see a black aura. I Have never seen an actual spirit, that’s why I don’t know if what i’m experiencing is mediumship or my imagination playing with me and everything coming from my subconscious.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 26, 2016, 9:53 am

      The auras you see may be caused by migraines if they are accompanied by headaches. I think most of what you have described sounds like imagination but if you are interested in knowing more then you should perhaps seek out a development circle with a medium and you can test your latent abilities. Many spiritualists churches have development circles or may be able to direct you to a group.

  • alma Feb 25, 2016, 8:00 am

    I only know I have messages to the other side with afterlife and I can feel my husband with me all the time protecting me, he often come to my dreams as well

  • Natalie Feb 13, 2016, 12:39 pm

    Hi Craig, Wonderful article! Thank you so much.

    I have a mini dilemma I would like to run past you. I am the daughter of a very respected psychic in Sydney, Australia. My mother raised me to be switched on to the other side and almost all things esoteric/spiritual. I have all the medium tell tale signs. Seeing and hearing spirits as a child etc.I knew I could converse with spirit from a young age because at 14 I was doing it at school, with the description of who I was seeing proving to be correct etc. Honestly there is far too much for me to write about. And my past experiences are not the point of this message. You see when I was younger I knew later in life I would be more prepared for this “other side of life”. So I now find myself at 49 years old with a problem, having just opened a “Tarot & Psychometry” business, I did not expect that about 75% of my clients would have a relative come through and I describe them, how they passed etc, sometimes communication is strong, other times it’s like we are speaking a different language and finally get there. My issue is, I did not expect that the minute I opened my doors for a general psychic reading, spirits would come through. AND I am not at all comfortable advertising…

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 22, 2016, 2:20 pm

      From the sound of things Spirit wants to work with you but you are resisting. They will not force you but if you want to follow this calling then I suggest you get some proper training so that you get to know how to work with the gift. Spiritualism is the best place to start if you need to find a development circle to sit in. Or you can set up your own home group as I have suggested doing in my book “PSYCHIC SCHOOL”.

  • Charles Jan 26, 2016, 5:01 am

    Being a psychic means one has to born with the gifts and you need to search to rediscover your ESP powers.

  • Dinnellys Jan 18, 2016, 12:07 am

    I’ve had medium abilities for a while. Ever since I was in middle school. It can be quite intense and exhausting at times. I’ve tried to ignore it, but somehow at times I cant control it and it just happens when the spirits want to communicate with you at all cost. What I haven’t mastered is how do you put your fear of it aside, in order to enhance your gift. At times… Well most of the times, it really scares me when they start coming through.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 21, 2016, 2:13 pm

      I suggest that should look into Spiritualism and perhaps join an awareness circle to test that you have real mediumship and that these are not just your own inner fears.

      • Olivia Jan 23, 2016, 4:07 am

        Is it possible to become a medium from scratch? Or do you have to be born with these traits?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 25, 2016, 4:48 pm

          You have to have the latent gift there in the first place but you will not know if you have it or not until you sit for development. Rather than seek out powers it is better to start your journey by seeking out your inner truth through meditation and investigation.

  • Victoria Jan 14, 2016, 10:23 am

    Craig, let me start by saying I really enjoy reading this forum and appreciate you answering questions. I am 23. My father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in May, 2 days after my college graduation. For months leading up to that day, I would get into my car or sit on my floor (my me time), and for no reason at all, beg God to the point of hysterical tears not to take my daddy from me. Though still taken by surprise, the few days before-hand, I had this sickening feeling that the time was nearing. My mom has been desperate to communicate somehow with my father, I am too to be honest. She has always thought that her and I and my grandfather have an “extra sense” (apparently in his 20’s, my grandfather could see and talk to the deceased and knew and expected people before he met them but asked for the gift to be gone) My mom has recently attended an Edgar Cayce seminar in VA beach but with no obvious feeling of success yet. I dream often and can normally always remember every detail about my dreams. No loud bang or gunshot or whirling winds for me though. There are a few occasions where I think there was a difference in just dreaming of my dad and him visiting me. Its always a generic setting but the times I woke up…

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 21, 2016, 3:21 pm

      The Edgar Cayce organisation is a good place to start in the USA. I’d love to visit their venues myself when I go again to the States.

  • Diane Jan 12, 2016, 2:08 am

    Hi Craig, I have a question, I have been following my path as a medium, I do belong to a spiritual church, but I had this dream of angels very angelic or even mystical. I woke up from it and felt very calm and peaceful and I went back to the dream and it kept continuing. I guess I’m asking what do you think of that, was it a message of some sort?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 21, 2016, 2:45 pm

      I would say that this is a message from your unconscious mind rather than from the spirit world. Nonetheless it is a significant dream that indicates that you are getting in touch with your divine nature.

  • sister P Nov 20, 2015, 11:13 am

    I’ve a develop psychic skill for years. I don’t read by cards and can just look at you start reading you. I can pick from your the sound of your voice over the phone, internet, by mail and so on. Sometimes I see dead people who give me messages. I feel that I need to do something with this gift. Can you direct me to the right place?

  • Kristin Sep 17, 2015, 10:18 am

    Hi Craig.
    I found this site looking online for advice on how to reconnect with my Powers/gift/abilities, and I find it very inspiring. I know that I have the ability to connect with the spirit world, I have had it since I was a child and used to see my great grandmother walking around in my aunt and uncle’s house. I did not know who the lady was until I saw a picture that my grandmother had, and said ‘I know her!’

  • caitlin Sep 16, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Hi, I just stumbled across this website and enjoyed reading through. My question is, I feel really intuitive about things, sometimes I am dead certain something will happen and it does and I often talk about things and seconds later they happen such as saying random words that someone on the TV will say, talking of an accident then coming across a road accident minutes later. But when I actually sit down mediate and try I draw a blank. Its so frustrating. Could I have mild psychic abilities or is it all coincidence? thanks 🙂

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 21, 2015, 9:42 am

      Your psychic abilities are just starting to appear but you will need to train them. The best place to start is at an awareness class at your local Spiritualist Church. This will help you get going with the basics.

  • Emma Aug 16, 2015, 4:52 pm

    I’ve been having dreams where I’m talking to people that have passed away but recently I’ve had a dream about someone’s nan that I’ve never met and knew nothing about. I saw a Photo of the person after the dream and it was the person I was talking to. Does this mean any thing?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 23, 2015, 1:21 pm

      As with all mediumship, you would need to get some form of verification about the information you get in order to prove to yourself that it is not your own imagination. The best place to practice to become a medium is in a circle or you can find out more in our community section of this website.

  • Eds Aug 11, 2015, 8:51 pm

    I get dreams and when I google search meanings it is so accurate. At work friends especially deaths. I sense allot for people and would share a thought that would turn out true. I am black and they want me to look into being a traditional healer. I prefer medium. Do blacks do this? Will my ancestors come thru and help with readings? Or do these things even correspond?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 23, 2015, 11:55 am

      Within Spiritualism there have been mediums of all colors, races and religious background. The healing traditions of Africa also have some spirit abilities and beliefs but I think Spiritualism is the best place to train to become a medium that we talk about on this website.

  • nicole Jul 15, 2015, 2:53 pm

    I would be interested in learning a little more about becoming a medium, not for profit but for myself, friends and family. My fiancee passed recently and he is sending a lot of messages and I would like to communicate with him properly. He was also very spiritual. I also found that very interesting about the “jerk” before you go to sleep, this happens often, but I haven’t noticed it so much since my partner passed.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jul 22, 2015, 9:35 am

      The ‘jerk’ you feel when going to sleep is caused by a release of tension as the body relaxes. I think you would be best visiting a Spiritualist Church for a while so that you can get some clear evidence from your fiance in spirit. Then you could join what’s called an ‘awareness group’ which is like a circle but gives you the opportunity to see if you also have medium powers.

  • Marcellus Jul 6, 2015, 7:27 am

    I’ve been meditating for two years now and studying witchcraft for about four years. I want to be a psychic, but I would never charge people and don’t want to be charged

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jul 14, 2015, 9:32 am

      You would be best visiting a Spiritualist Church then you could see what mediums can do. Some churches have development circles and awareness evenings where you can learn the basics. Keep up the meditation as this will help you gain insights.

  • Josie Jun 9, 2015, 9:26 pm

    Hi Craig. Ever since I was a child I have had conversations with myself but someone else is talking back to me in my mind, almost like there’s someone in the room but I can only hear them through my thoughts. As I have gotten older I can always feel when there’s a spirit in the room I can smell them sometimes. I have just recently started trying to expand this more by meditating and holding old jewelry and watches in the palm of my hands. The last couple of times I have done this I have had memories, I guess you could call them, of the people the objects belonged to go through my mind. Its hard to explain but its almost as though I am floating over the place or person where the memory is happening, are these things really happening or am I just creating them in my mind? I would appreciate if you could help explain this in any way thanks.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 29, 2015, 1:10 pm

      Check out the extract on this site from my book Psychic School about psychometry. This is reading information from objects. It is the best way to start to use your psychic powers but you will need to do it for people so that they can verify the information. In this way you can prove to them and to yourself that it is not your imagination.

  • Justyce Mar 25, 2015, 7:25 am

    Hello Craig, I really enjoy reading everything up above, I’ve learnt a lot already! I do have a few questions. I am a young women who has recently started to notice my mediumship open up. However, I seem to lack confidence in my abilities and need some verification. To start, I always seem to have vivid dreams of certain people who keep reoccurring. I question this because I have never seen a deceased loved one in a dream, but I always have other visitors who keep coming back. Are these people really spirits? Also, almost every day now, I see this twinkling light multiple times. It’s small, but it catches my attention. And it can appear anywhere. Right I front of me, beside me, anywhere. It looks like a little star and it only stays for up to 5 seconds. I also see white misty orbs just fly across the room and disappear. I’ll see mist circle around on the ground and vanish. I see shadows move from the corner of my eye. I’m just curious and Confused. Are these early signs of spirit manifestation? Do other mediums experience this before they develop their full abilities? I just feel alone, and doubtful. Am I actually seeing something spiritual? What is it that I’m seeing? And what does it mean? Also, one last question… do mediums have the ability to see and communicate with spirits everywhere they go? Or does it have to specifically be in a house where a spirit still lurks? Thank you so much Craig, I appreciate any type of explanation. I’m just so confused.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 31, 2015, 3:24 pm

      Some of the things you describe could be the signs of getting started with mediumship but there are also optical effects caused by the eye’s retina for example that can be confused with spirit lights. This is not really something I can access via the comments to my articles as I would need to sit with you in circle to make an assessment. Regarding your last question: mediumship is not dependent on place. The spirit world can connect with a medium anywhere. Don’t be misguided by all the silly ghost programs on TV that propagate ignorance about the true nature of mediumship.

  • Kaitlyn Mar 18, 2015, 1:00 am

    Whenever I close my eyes and it is dark, I typically see the color blue. And it just comes like a ripple. Sometimes I can sense people coming, but not always. I sometimes have dreams of things that happen later in the week, and I will sometimes see a dead relative. I was always afraid of the dark, fearing that monsters hid in the shadows. And I could visualize faces too. I have read off another website that if you recall a dream vividly, that is a great chance you are becoming a medium. Is this true? This happens to me about every night. I am only in my teenage years, is now too young to become a medium? Thank you!

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 1, 2015, 12:36 pm

      Having vivid dreams does not necessarily mean you have psychic ability but dreams can indeed be a ‘way in’ for people getting started with their psychic development. Dreams connect you with your intuition and it is through this that the clairvoyant powers may arise. My abilities started about the age of 14. There’s no hurry let the flower bloom at the right time.

  • Chidambaram Srinivasan Jan 4, 2015, 9:52 am

    Hello Craig,
    My wife, aged 32 passed away a month back. We have a daughter who is 5 and half years old. Ever since she passed away, I am deeply missing her and have the urge to talk or connect to her. One of my friend is a medium and she did help me out. However, as I do not want to disturb her every-time, I have been thinking of trying to become a medium. Can a dull and dump person like me become a medium? Will God be kind enough to grant me this capacity? My only intention is to connect with my departed wife and I do not have any other wish? My wish looks to be a selfish one. I agree. The reason as to why I want to become a medium is to connect with my wife when I want to? Please guide and correct me and also let me know what should be the starting point?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 6, 2015, 4:40 pm

      Mediumship can manifest in all sorts of people – it is not dependent on intelligence. Many mediums are not very bright but may have other qualities such as empathy, sincerity, perseverance, stage presence and so on. Once you get started at becoming a medium the spirit world will work with the talents and human qualities that are innate in you. You have learnt of the sting and pain of losing someone close to you – this suffering and deep need for certain knowledge may be a trigger to help you connect with the next world.

  • Ryan Nov 30, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Hi Craig, I really enjoyed reading through your site. I was hoping you could help me with some advice. I have only seen one medium before and the very first thing he said to me was that I am a sensitive or “natural medium” what made this a little more of a shock is that a couple year before that a medium said that to my mum about me and I wasn’t even there. I’m not a sceptic at all but afraid of the ability so I tried to forget about this but it always comes to my mind from time to time. Last week a random guy stopped me and told me that I have natural abilities and I need to stop being scared of it and embrace it! I sleep talk/walk often and my partner says I have two way conversations to the mirror in my sleep. Is this normal? I wouldn’t say anything has massively stood out to me other then that and the three messages of being a “natural medium” what should I do? Thanks Ryan

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 30, 2014, 8:10 pm

      You can only find out if you have the gift by joining a circle and practising. Once you know that you can give verifiable proofs then there is a good chance you have the gift. One place to start is within Spiritualism and many of the churches have awareness evening and open circles where novices are given the opportunity to work. I also offer workshops in the UK and USA where you could learn more too. See this page

  • carmen williams Jul 11, 2013, 8:49 pm

    I know that I will be a great medium someday. See I’m already building on my confidence. Lol I was just wondering about two things. First, why do mediums say its a “special gift” when anybody can do this, second. When I was younger, I used to have dreams which then came true, but the contents of the dream were of little or no important. Since the birth of my 3rd child I don’t have them any more. What does happen is right before I fall asleep I would hear a loud bang like a gunshot and a white flash of light. In the beginning I swore someone just fired a gun right next to my bed and if I’m not mistaken I’m the one that was shot. In the head. Does that sound crazy? It doesn’t happen every night. Could it be a spirit trying to communicate? I always seem to know who’s going to die next and predict things freakishly accurate. Two total strangers have told me that God told them I have the ability to spot evil a mile away and send it back to hell. Which is not a common gift for woman to have. I don’t know. Any advice? Thank you so much. PS. I have had evil spirits bother me at night. Thank you .

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jul 15, 2013, 3:54 pm

      Firstly, mediumship IS a “special Gift”. A great many people believe they have medium powers but you will not know this until you practice on a Spiritualist platform and can have your communications verified by the audience. Spiritualism is the place to ask if you feel you have a latent gift.

      I also have experienced the loud bang like a shot gun and the bright flash of light. The body will also jolt. I have encountered this during astral travel when the spirit body either returns or separates too quickly. Of course it could be a form of tension in the body releasing (hypnic jerk – also called a massive jerk, a myoclonic jerk, or a sleep start) except in my case the experience was followed by a very clear out of body experience in which I could see my body laid on the bed below me.

      Some psychologist theorise that the body reacts to falling asleep much in the way that a person may twitch when dying, and the hypnic jerk is a reflex used to keep the body functioning. Astral travelling – when the spirit leaves the body – must suggest to the body that it is dying which could then trigger the reactions I have described here.

  • yolande van Tonder Nov 13, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Greetings Craig. I found your web page for the first time today and it is awesome.I am very interested in joining your online meduimship classes, I was wondering if you could maybe give me an indication of what the costs will be in South African rand. Thank you kindly and God Bless.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 15, 2012, 1:42 pm

      When you buy my online classes for becoming a medium or psychic you are taken to a payment page. On the payment page you can opt to pay in your own currency and it will tell you how much the ‘Becoming a Medium Course’ is in South African Rand. (And thanks for the kind comments about the site!) I believe that The Institute of Spiritualist Mediums may be able to advise about churches in South Africa that may have courses about becoming a medium.

      • jo Jan 10, 2015, 11:15 pm

        I’ve noticed you’ve said a couple of times about joining a spiritualist church to develop but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be anything around me like that. I live in rural Ireland. Is it possible to learn and practice via books?

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 13, 2015, 11:24 am

          Up to a point books and personal meditation can help your development but a point will come when you either need to find a circle or set one up yourself. In my book Psychic School I show you how to do this. See book details here.

  • Misty Price Aug 14, 2012, 4:41 am

    I have at times been able to very strongly sense spirit around me, but only a few times have I ever been able to see it. I have a deceased nephew that comes to me in visions when I am asleep. I know this may seem silly, but I KNOW in my deepest soul that I am supposed to be able to do this but I just can not seem to connect. I have been told by another medium that she was shocked that I didn’t realize I had the gift! If you have any advice, I would be forever grateful.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 14, 2012, 11:11 am

      The process of becoming a medium is different for everyone: some are born with it and others don’t even know they have the gift. Dreams are a way that many people make their initial connection with spirit because the intuition is active and the rational mind that denies these things is less active. If you want to meet other people and know more about the development of mediumship you will get good advice from your local Spiritualist Church that will have services on Sundays and probably development circles. You may also enjoy our free online Chat Rooms where mediums meet to train and discuss topics such as becoming a medium.

      • charles Jun 2, 2015, 1:20 pm

        I would love to be a psychic medium please guide me.

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 4, 2015, 12:06 pm

          You can get started at our community section of this site where we offer a little free guidance and also detailed online classes and practice to paying members.

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