Ethics and the Professional Medium
Mediumship ethics and the responsibilities of the sitter

Have you ever wondered if you should see a Medium or a Psychic?

Do you even know that there is a difference?
Do you know what to do when you go into a reading?
Or realize that there are guidelines for both reader and sitter?

It is important to have an understanding of what will be most beneficial to you and what is expected if you are receiving a reading from a professional Medium, and of yourself. This will allow you to have the best possible experience.

First of all, ALL Mediums are Psychic… but not all Psychics are Mediums.
Understanding the difference will help assist you in the type of reading you really desire.

Psychics work with your personal energy and universal energy to help with your own life situations. While Mediums work with those who are in spirit and are out of the physical body.

Both Psychic and Mediumistic work is beneficial and serves a purpose.
People consult with Psychics for guidance on: relationships, life choices, career, and health. Psychics offer support for guidance regarding the past, present or probabilities for the future, so that you may decide to make choices that will be beneficial to your life. Remember, we all have free will.

People generally seek out Mediums for one of the four C’s: continuity, comfort, closure, or connection. Mediums provide evidence that we do in fact continue after the physical death, that there is in fact a continuity of life. Mediumship is for the grieving process to be eased on both sides of life which may create a sense of comfort and closure to all involved. The medium is the conduit that connects those in the physical with those in the non-physical.

We have mediumship because people here, and in spirit need healing and support. Spirit people can assist you, send you love and support, and even inspire you, but they can’t interfere with the lessons you need to learn while you’re here.

Mediumship or Psychic work should not be taken lightly as it is a responsibility and indeed a privilege to offer that experience to all who seek our services. One should always have only the highest and best intention for the sitter. And as a sitter you should come in with the same and understand that this is a really wonderful opportunity.

A professional and ethical medium will always strive to be the best instrument for spirit, thus providing accurate and beneficial information. Through practice and ongoing development the Medium is able to work with their guides and the spirit world to offer clarity and comfort.

Many Mediums are indeed “born with” an openness to communicate with spirit, for others it comes much later in life, but ALL Mediums benefit from ongoing development and training just as any other profession. Professional mediumship is a lifestyle with continual development, and the ethical medium will work to be the best.

Learning how to work with Mediumship for a professional practice for service to others is an ongoing process. Mediumship should be approached from the heart and of service to others.

Ethics, the Miriam-Webster definition is; the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group

What is ethical behavior for a Medium?

Working for the highest and best intention for all involved, period.

•Always being honest
•Mediums do not make predictions and forecasts
•Ultimatums will not happen in mediumship
•Spirit will not give information that will weigh heavy on the heart
•Will bring a meaningful and beneficial message
•Client confidentiality – always respect privacy
•Guidance can be offered from spirit but never absolutes
•No guarantees, never tell someone that a particular person will show up in a reading
•Do not embellish, cold read, or taint the reading. Leave your ego at the door. Readings are for the sitter, not the Medium
•Always ask permission from the sitter if you like to make physical contact, holding hands etc. during a reading
•Never try to give someone a reading if they have not asked for one. Do not accost the public; it is a violation of privacy
•Never predict or diagnose disease or death, this information will not come from spirit
•A medium must never conduct a spirit communication under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Responsibilities of the sitter - embrace the opportunity!
1.Come to the reading with an open mind
2.Refrain from expectation of outcome
3.Have an understanding of the process
4.Provide accurate and honest feedback as requested
a.Do not give false information. If you do not wish to engage with a particular person, say so and we can ask them to move on
5.Don't FEED the medium - allow the medium the opportunity to give you information, don’t tell them who’s, why’s, where’s…
6.Respect the way your medium works, they may not receive info like a previous medium, which does not make it any less valid.
7.Be a willing participant – this is an active experience between you, your spirit loved ones, and the medium
8.Be willing to do the homework to verify info that may not at first seem obvious
9.Set the intention of whom you desire to communicate with the day before and up until the reading
10.If you had a great experience, share it with others allowing them the opportunity of the same

There are many ethical and professional Mediums available today, knowing what to expect and what not to accept, as well as your role in the process will help insure a great reading.

Author's Bio: 

Lori is an evidential medium, spiritual life coach, and teacher offering communication and connection with those in the spirit world, intuitive guidance, and education on spirituality, grief, mediumship, and consciousness. Practical life skills to create a better life experience.