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Do all psychics communicate with spirits?

Do psychics or mediums communicate with spirits?

Do all psychics communicate with spirits? What’s the difference between a psychic and a medium?

by Bob Olson, founder of & host of

Psychics (also known as intuitives) receive messages from universal energy, what some people call the quantum field, including your personal aura. This ability is best used for guidance around life issues and direction.

The primary purpose of psychics, in my opinion, is to confirm to us what our own intuitions are telling us in order that we learn to trust our inner wisdom. If a psychic can help us do that, they’ve done a wonderful job.

Mediums (often called psychic mediums) receive messages from spirit, including our deceased loved ones and our spirit guides, ascended masters and angels. Their ability is best for spirit communication.

The primary purpose of mediums, in my opinion, is to provide evidence that our loved ones are in spirit and are at peace in the afterlife. In this way, mediums help comfort and heal our grief, and they teach us to not fear death.

It is often said that all mediums are psychics (meaning that they have both psychic and medium abilities), but psychics are not mediums (meaning they have only psychic ability). This always seemed correct since mediums are gifted to receive both psychic and mediumistic messages. However, in the last decade of my research, I’ve come to recognize that this discrepancy between psychics and psychic mediums isn’t entirely accurate.

Due to the popularity of mediums (spirit communication) in the last decade, I know dozens of psychics who have become excellent mediums, as well. So evidence suggests that people who have psychic ability have a predisposition to be good mediums too. However, this doesn’t mean that all psychics are good at spirit communication. In fact, it’s equally true that not all mediums are good at using their psychic ability, either. Typically, people tend to be better at one or the other.

Think of psychics and mediums the same way you might think of lawyers and tax lawyers, or general physicians and cardiologists. You can certainly go to your family lawyer about your taxes and he’ll be able to help you to a point. But you’d get better service regarding your taxes if you went to a tax lawyer. In the same manner, you could go see your general physician about your heart, but if she thinks you need more specialized knowledge, she’s going to send you to a cardiologist.

That’s the difference between psychics and mediums. If you want information that comes from energy (guidance, direction, predictions), go to a psychic. If you’re seeking spirit communication, go to a psychic medium. It’s that simple.

by Bob Olson, founder of & host of

Bob is the author of ANSWERS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE and THE MAGIC MALA, which you can learn about at

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A former skeptic & private investigator, and the author of ANSWERS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE: A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR'S 15-YEAR RESEARCH UNLOCKS THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE AFTER DEATH, Bob Olson has been an Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher since 1999. In his search for evidence of life after death, Bob has tested hundreds of psychics, mediums & other afterlife-related practitioners. Bob is the host of AFTERLIFE TV, founder of BEST PSYCHIC DIRECTORY and BEST PSYCHIC MEDIUMS, and offers his PSYCHIC MEDIUM WORKSHOP to help psychics and mediums improve their abilities and business. Visit Bob on AFTERLIFE TV's FACEBOOK page & on TWITTER.