Those three words are very different concepts, but our culture likes to connect them. I love this article on how this relationship was established and the inherent problems with making them be related. It's worth five minutes of your time. Really.
The interesting thing to me is that while this relationship model hasn't turned out to be especially useful for business (where it originated), it is profoundly valuable for spiritual exchanges. Why?
It's useful because something goes on that we can't explain with words, nor understand in our Earth - 3 Dimension - Body paradigm. Practitioners feel this when they get information outside of the five senses. They interact with spirit or energy in a way that might not have any inherent meaning to the practitioner, but these interactions impart information that has VOLUMES of meaning, symbolism, and connection to the client. So information becomes instantaneous knowledge and many times, wisdom, sometimes for both practitioner and client.
It is not a linear process nor is it a purely intellectual process.
In our current society, information inundates us. Social media prompts us to give our opinions on everything. There is much more difficulty in discerning if someone is giving an opinion based on knowledge than the days when most of our conversations were local, singular, or in person. We've learned to accept position, degrees, certifications, and years of experience, as proof that a practitioner has knowledge if not wisdom.
But something unusual is happening. Many of us - those who are called to explore spirituality, healing, and connection - are finding ways of being of service that don't fit into the currently accepted validation constructs. There isn't a degree for what I do. I just learned more about something I do naturally and found that it has some value.
I don't think building a construct for practitioners will be the answer either. The very nature of the work REQUIRES that the client be personally discerning. We are being led back to trusting our instinct, to being responsible for ourselves.
My opinion on why we are going through a distrust phase - examples being the media and leadership - is that we are being pointed back towards ourselves. The pendulum needs to swing back to personal responsibility, and spiritual seeking provides those opportunities regularly.
So gather information on a practitioner you are interested in working with, but also trust your instinct. Discernment gives you a better opportunity to acquire knowledge and wisdom.
And now, the third post (after Energy and Mediumship) to explain how the modalities work for me - so you know what I'm doing and what to expect during a reading.
The Akashic Records are an energetic repository of information, knowledge, and wisdom. These are not different words for the same thing - but that's another post.
After I Read your Energy and connect with Loved Ones, Guides, and Angels, I can research your questions in the Akashic Records. Again, my process is simple. I say a brief, four-line prayer, and enter my Akashic Room. I join my spirit animal (a grizzly bear named Teddy) in the room, and together we go into the Communication Room (the meadow as I described in the Mediumship post). We go up the three steps, cross a bridge, and enter the Library. A Librarian takes us to a private room with table and chairs and then brings the requested Soul Book. The Books are different for each Soul. The Librarian places it on the table and then my Teacher - Bandar - comes in and assists me. Teddy stays by my side. I read, interpret, experience, and download information from the book. I rely on Bandar for his interpretation, translation, and instruction. My "research" in the Library allows me to address your questions and concerns.
Most people associate the Akashic Records with past lives, and indeed, that's one place to find them. But the Akashic Records are so much more. In the Akashic Library is your Soul Book, and everyone else's Soul Book, and books for all sentient beings. I've heard it said that the Akashic Records only houses information for Earth, but I disagree. Experience has shown me that is not the case. The Temple of Life is similar to a museum where you can go to learn and interact with any subject in the Universe.
In your Soul Book, the sections about Current Life, Past Lives, Career, and Relationships are often multi-media.
If you have relationship questions, we can look at your various relationship contracts. If life purpose is your primary reason for booking a Reading - we can look at career. There are also books for places and non-sentient beings such as plants.
As you can imagine, this research can take much more time than merely passing on messages from loved ones. It has always felt disingenuous when a practitioner says it will take more than one session to accomplish a task, but sometimes that is true for information, knowledge, and wisdom from the Akashic Records. It is what it is. However - there is another way. Learn to read your book.
You. Can. Read. Your. Soul. Book.
1. Information: a book, a teacher, a YouTube video
3. No prior skill
My recommendation is that you learn to read your Soul Book. It takes a while, but it's possible and available. You won't ever need a medium, or psychic, or tarot reading ever again. Sometimes it's fun and valuable to have an outside source confirming what you know to be true, but you won't ever feel that someone else has information that you are somehow not allowed to have. As sovereign beings, we are allowed and encouraged to enter the Records for guidance and information.
I also recommend that you learn from Teri Uktena, who is a skilled practitioner and teacher.
During the session, we can cover a lot of ground. I intend to set you on your way to self-discovery, but I'm happy to help you as well with a Reading or two.
Here is the second post (after Energy) about the modalities I use and how they work for me - to help you decide if I would be a good fit for your needs.
Mediumship is being the middleman, the messenger (don't shoot!), and a conduit of sorts. I channel information sometimes from a collective I call The Choir who have been helping me all my life.
My process is simple. I imagine myself in a shaft of gold light that flows down through me, all around me, and into the earth, grounding me. I walk up three stone steps (first step - peace and tranquillity; second step - love and light; third step - communication) and find myself in an Akashic Room - a meadow that is very beautiful. I meet my spirit guide Marshall (they don't have names - it makes humans happy to call them something because that's how we roll) and ask him to interpret and organize for me.
Then I call in whoever you want to contact. Unlike some mediums who say they have no control over who shows up, 90% of the time, whoever I call for - appears. I have no idea why this is, but clients have verified that who I am describing is that particular loved one. I also have no problem getting my loved ones to come in.
I communicate with your loved ones, and often they appear in the way they felt the best - not always how you remember them - and I get lots of personality and feeling. The intention I set for these encounters is that YOU will feel them also. It's one of the things all of us as practitioners can do to help you - assist you in your connection with the ones you love. The Reading can be a big old love fest, or if there were issues left unresolved, we could begin to untangle them.
I can then contact your guides and angels and give you information from them.
I don't know how Mediumship works, but I have an opinion. I think that because we are all from one Source energy, we can communicate with separate beings because we are not separate at all.
I thought it might benefit those who are not sure about booking a reading with me if I give you examples of what I do, and how I do it, and how it is evolving every time, almost every day.
When I say I "Read your energy" - what does that mean and what do I and/or you do with that information?
Energy is the first information I receive from you - and this is how it usually goes:
I begin with asking you to say your given name and then spell it for me. The vibration (energy) of your name and the vibration of your voice lets me "find" you. I have no idea how it works, but it feels like when you are looking for a certain word in a "Find a Word" puzzle, and you suddenly see it - your focus zeros in on it. Only my focus isn't on paper, it's on energy, space, vibration, "out there."
I then ask you (usually telepathically) if I may see your energy body. There are different levels of energy bodies, but "energy body" simplifies the explanation. I don't usually say this out loud to prevent confusion. I believe that I am speaking with your Higher Self when I ask this and on rare occasion have been told "no." So your soul will not let me see your energy if you don't want me to.
Then you show up in my awareness. Sometimes I see colors in my mind's eye, like a memory or imagination, and sometimes I just feel it.
I describe to you what I see (I Read your energy), and if my guides or your guides want me to interpret or explain something, I will. Often, I just give you what I get. It is for you to know and come to understand. So think about what the movement, colors, and shapes could mean to you. Sometimes your interpretation is much more critical to your understanding that anything I could say.
It's also just a snapshot of the moment. It doesn't mean your aura is a particular color or shape. These colors come about from the light that you are as an extension of Source, and like sunlight going through a prism, they result in color - you are a prism, and the condition of this prism expresses color and shape.
I spend a few minutes on describing what I see because I wouldn't see it if it meant nothing. This description (and oh, how I wish I could draw or paint) is my chance to help you to see the brilliant, fantastic embodiment that you are. If I say that Princess Diana's wedding dress is white - that is true - but it leaves out a multitude of details that allow you to form a picture in your mind. So, I endeavor to give you a Reading of what your energy looks like at the moment.
If your energy body looks shabby or dull, I will tell you. It's not a judgment. You should see mine on Saturday morning when my dog wakes me up to go potty at 4 am. Sometimes the process of having a Reading done makes you feel vulnerable, exposed, anxious, fearful, and those emotions show up. I read for a friend not too long ago who was very hesitant, and her energy swirled in slowly on the floor and gradually "stood up" when I said out loud to her, "I see you - you're safe."
To be honest, I don't know why my guides structure my Readings this way. Maybe in their Universal Humor, they are starting every conversation with the basics - energy - and when I see you as that pure form, then your soul responds with joy at being seen as you truly are - brilliant light.