Do Empaths Have Mediumistic Abilities?

pschic development imageBecause Empaths are an intuitive bunch it can arouse the question whether they also have psychic and mediumistic abilities. Being mediumistic is not a trait to fall under the ‘traits of an Empath’. However, there are some who do have this ability.

Some Empaths have mediumistic abilities and some mediums have Empathic abilities. But whether we were born with mediumistic abilities or not, it is a gift that can be developed. If it is something we are drawn to and want to develop most can work towards becoming gifted mediums. Empaths are highly intuitive and are aligned to most things of a metaphysical nature. We often experience a strong pull towards mediumship in the ‘early days’ of awakening. However, it is not a subject one should take lightly and finding a good teacher is essential. The teacher has to know and understand all about the traits and sensitivities of an Empath.

When tuning into any external energy, especially spiritual, it is essential to close down after connection and only ‘open up’ out of choice. Empaths are already open to absorbing wayward energies and when unaware, can attract unstable energy and emotions like a magnate. Before contemplating any kind of connection to the spirit world it is essential the Empath knows how to ground and protect themselves. It is not a good idea to even contemplate trying spiritual work if you are dealing with irrational fears or painful emotions (like attracts like).

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When I first began on this path, I was interested in all things ‘spirit’ and mediumship. So much so, I went to a spiritual circle to enhance my psychic and mediumistic abilities. I attended classes where we learnt how to receive and interpret messages. But even though I had this unquenchable thirst for knowledge and thought I should develop my psychic and mediumistic abilities, something didn’t feel right. At this stage in my awakening I had no idea I was an Empath. I also had no idea I was picking up other people’s ‘stuff’. Nor did I know why being around certain people felt so awful. The teacher I had, at spiritual circle, also had no knowledge or understanding of Empaths. When I explained to her what I was feeling and experiencing, she brushed it off and said it was ‘just me’.

I was pulled. I did not want to quit, that was taking the easy way out. But I also felt what I was learning was not a fit and it did not feel safe. I threw my decision out to the universe with the statement: ‘If the spirit circle is not serving me, take it away.’ My group was cancelled a few days later.

Back then I wanted to develop the gift of mediumship but my intuition was warning me against it. Had I continued opening up with an unaware teacher, as an unaware Empath, I would have got into an emotional and spiritual mess. I now know it was not my path to become mediumistic or psychic, I just wanted to learn more about it.

When most Sensitives have an interest we want to learn as much about it as we can. But something I came to understand on my journey is just because we study a subject in-depth doesn’t mean we have to develop, practice or teach it. We learn things for many reasons. Knowledge gives us a better understanding of life and its many mysteries!


That said I believe the role of mediums to be important. They remind us of where our true home is. They give us proof that life continues after this incarnation and provide words of comfort from loved ones who have passed over.

If as an Empath you wish to develop as a medium or psychic my advice is to find a really good teacher and always listen to your intuition. If something feels off, it will be!

Until next time…


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6 thoughts on “Do Empaths Have Mediumistic Abilities?

  1. Hi, thank you for this post. I am an aware Empath, but I fell into the trap of thinking I should develop my mediumship skills. I went to a group and was assured that everyone was ‘vetted’ before being allowed into the ‘closed circle.’ I only went once and paid a heavy price for it – I am not sure what I picked up, but It absolutely floored me as I ended up in bed all weekend. Please, Please be careful as an Empath about joining any groups or circles and even check out the people you go to for healing or therapies. If their spiritual hygiene is not good, you will absorb something. I am not trying to frighten you, but I have found that even though I ground and protect myself and really work on these things, I still can be vulnerable. Thank you for creating this wonderful site xxx

  2. why can’t we Empaths just follow our intuitive signals if we wish to do so without going through a process of becoming a medium. I am just learning how to understand myself.. Unless I feel it necessary to tell someone of a situation that needs awareness, it is enough for now.. Being an Empath is an often difficult road to travel. I am grateful to have finally understood and try to watch out for the pebbles or rocks but to take it further into mediumship is a road I choose not to travel for the sake of all concerned.

    • Hi Sweetsyl,

      Developing our ‘Empath intuition’ and intuitive signals is an easy-ish and safe process for us (thankfully). But developing as a medium can be more complicated. You are totally right to listen to your own intuition in not going down that road.

      Thanks for sharing🙂

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