What is Evidential Mediumship?

Mosaic from Other SideEvidential mediumship is the practice of gathering and communicating information for the recipient of a reading to validate in order to help him or her identify the loved one in spirit who is coming through. It is very important to identify the communicator prior to the sharing of personal messages. Knowing who is communicating is as important as the messages being shared, because the specific messages could only originate from a specific being in order to have meaning and provide healing for the recipient. For instance, if a recipient received a message about a loved one in spirit saying “I love you” from the Other Side, it would be nice to hear. However, if the recipient knew the message was coming from his or her mother who had a hard time saying it while living on earth, it would take on a whole new meaning and add depth to the communication, especially when accompanied with an apology by the mother for not saying it while she was alive.

Utilizing the Extrasensory Senses

Information is transmitted between the spirit medium and the communicator using the extrasensory senses. These senses, which are gifts that a spirit medium is born with but may not always be aware of, mirror the earthly senses of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling; however, the stimulus is received internally rather than externally and it includes claircognizance, which is the extrasensory sense of clear-knowing. Therefore, when transmissions from another dimension occur, a spirit medium, or a person who is highly sensitive to and aware of his or her extrasensory senses, must place his or her focus on the internal information being transmitted soul to soul. It is, in essence, a form of telepathy in which information is transmitted through the transfer of energy.

How to Gather Information

To expedite the identification and validation process, the spirit medium asks questions of the communicator coming through, such as:

  • Are you male or female?
  • What did you look like?
  • What did you do for a living?
  • How did you die?
  • What was your personality like?
  • How old were you when you passed?
  • What is your relationship with the recipient?
  • Where did you reside?
  • What were your hobbies?
  • Did you have any siblings?

Requests  can also be made, such as:

  • Share with me a memory that will help the recipient identify you.
  • Show me where you lived.
  • Share with me what life was like for you.

Free Will Reigns

In response to each of the questions and requests, the communicator in spirit decides whether or not he or she prefers to answer, and if so, how he or she will answer. Free will is a gift that we retain throughout our existence, and attempting to control a communicator in spirit or demand specific answers may be met with resistance. Keep in mind, those who have ascended to heaven have a much broader view of life on earth, and they know better than we do the information we need to receive in order to heal our lives.

Enhancing the Senses

When a spirit medium consistently practices the evidential mediumship method, the communicators in spirit coming through often provide answers to the questions and requests before being asked. The answers come in a variety of forms depending on the skill level and heightened awareness of the spirit medium. Again, all of the extrasensory senses are used; however, some spirit mediums are more attuned to certain senses than others. For instance, clairvoyance, also known as clear-seeing, may come easier for one spirit medium, while clairaudience, also known as clear-hearing, may be the specialty of another. Spirit mediums can work on improving awareness and abilities regarding all extrasensory senses; however, it is important to note that the dominant sense may be toned down a bit in order to heighten awareness of the sense the spirit medium is working on. This may be disconcerting at first because the spirit medium may be used to receiving information a certain way. Once a spirit medium has experienced this type of transition, it is easier to recognize the fluidity of the communication process, as well as its ability to change and grow as the spirit medium is ready to explore the full scale of his or her gifts.

All Information is Important

It is important to note that recipients of a reading may or may not recognize all of the information coming through. This does not mean that the information is incorrect or random in any way. Even if you do not understand the information, it may have great importance to the recipient. Do not dismiss it. Communicators on the Other Side bring through specific information and messages for a reason. If the recipient does not immediately recall the information or if it does not readily make sense, ask him or her to write it down as its meaning will be revealed at a later date. It may be that the recipient has temporarily forgotten certain details, or it could be information for the future, or it could be that the recipient needs to speak to another person on earth to validate the information. Either way, loved ones in spirit will do what they can to help the recipient remember at a later time or will help them to remember the information that came through in the reading when the future event occurs.

Keep Growing

When practicing evidential mediumship, a spirit medium will often develop his or her own preference for the order of questions and requests asked. It is often helpful to revisit potential questions and to think of additional ones in order to delve deeper into communications from the Other Side for the benefit of the recipient, as well to increase the depth of one’s skill set as a spirit medium.

Blessings and love to you and yours!

With Light and Love,
Karen T. Hluchan

Spirit Medium, Motivational Speaker, Reiki Master, & Author of How Have You Loved?


Karen T. Hluchan is a spirit medium, motivational speaker, Reiki master, and author of How Have You Loved? Through her mediumship practice, Healing Spirit with Love, she devotes her time to the healing of spirit on earth through her connection with heaven. Her passion for her calling is shared through the spirit readings, demonstrations, and workshops she provides, as well as through her writing and Reiki. All of her work is inspired by the divine light that is within us all. She has a great love of nature, people, and the planet, and she enjoys her connection in spirit, both here and in heaven.

Receiving Divine Messages from Spirits in Heaven

Sunrise at HaleakalaAs a Spirit Medium, I help to connect people with loved ones that have crossed over into heaven, as well as with spirit guides, guardian angels, past spiritual masters, and archangels. Loved ones who come through in a reading include both people and animals. I am constantly delighted and amazed at the messages that come through, as well as the way in which they are communicated.

How Communications from Spirit are Received
When I communicate with spirits, all of my extrasensory senses are utilized. Through clairvoyance, or extrasensory seeing, I am shown motion and still images of the deceased, as well as images that have symbolic meaning for the recipient of the reading. Through clairsentience, or extrasensory feeling, spirits send me physical indicators about the way in which they passed, such as a short sharp pain in the area of my heart which indicates that his or her life ended due to a heart attack. Through clairaudience, or extrasensory hearing, I am able to pick up auditory messages that spirits want to pass along to you. The use of clairalience and clairambience allows me to pick up on messages that are sent through my sense of taste and smell. For instance, I recently had an experience in which the strong taste of cigar smoke came through in a reading. When I shared this information with the recipient of the reading, they confirmed that the loved one coming through was a cigar smoker. Lastly, messages are sent to me using claircognizance, or extrasensory knowing. This is information that is known within my spirit. It is not shared through any of the others senses, it is information that has been downloaded to my mind that I share with the recipient of a reading.

Messages Shared After Loved Ones Have Been Identified
Once a spirit has been clearly recognized by the recipient of a reading through the initial validation process in which identity-revealing information is transmitted, such as about physical characteristics and personality traits, then it is time to share the messages that the spirit wants you to receive. The messages often include love, asking for forgiveness, and comfort about the spirit’s arrival in heaven.

Truthful and Heartfelt Guidance from Heaven
Because these spirits are in heaven, and can better see and understand the process of life on earth, they often offer guidance about your life path. It is important to keep in mind that the gift of divine communication is not to tell you what you necessarily want to hear, but to share with you the truth. The messages you receive are of great importance to the growth of your soul. Because we have been given the gift of free will, it is always up to the recipient of the reading to decide whether to follow the advice that is gifted to them by his or her heavenly support team.

What Happens When You Choose to Ignore Messages from Heaven
Some people have a strong adverse reaction to the messages because it requires that he or she let go of anger, grudges, and negative thought processes that he or she has held onto for a long time. The spirits are telling the person this, not to make the him or her angry or upset, but rather to help this person to release harmful patterns that are holding him or her back from achieving personal happiness, and could even be causing the recipient of the reading emotional, mental, and physical distress. If a person chooses to ignore the messages that spirits have shared with him or her, the spirits will not give up on their quest to help this person. He or she will continue to come across situations that will challenge him or her to grow as a soul, and to open his or her heart and mind to a more positive life path.

What Happens When You Listen to Divine Guidance
I am very happy to report that most people are open to the messages that they receive from spirit during readings. They understand the priceless value of the heavenly guidance that has been given to them. Amazing transformations and events do occur in the lives of the people who do take the messages to heart. I know not only because I am one of them, but also because of the feedback I receive from thankful clients who tell me about the fantastic turn their lives have taken as a result of following the advice given to them by their loved ones in spirit.

Best Advice
When you are the recipient of a spirit medium reading, my best advice is to keep an open mind about who will come through for you, as well as the messages that they will deliver to you about your life. It is a gift of divine guidance and intervention that could completely turn your life around if you listen closely to the information that spirits are sharing with you. This information originates not from the spirit medium who is delivering it, because he or she is only the vessel through which the communication flows, but from your heavenly support team who views your life from a much higher perspective. They want to see you succeed with the life lessons you have chosen for this lifetime, and hope that you recognize the honor and the blessings that they have gifted to you through their heavenly communications with you.


With Light and Love,
Karen T. Hluchan
Spirit Medium, Motivational Speaker, Reiki Master, & Author of How Have You Loved?


Receiving Messages from Spirit Using the Five Clairs

To communicate with us, Spirit utilizes our five main senses, as well as our databank of memories. All of us, not just Mediums, can be receivers of messages from Spirit. It is a matter being open and receptive to the messages that are being sent, as well as a well-developed intuitive sense, that allows you to recognize them.

As with Mediums, you may be naturally stronger with the receipt of messages through certain senses than with others. For example, you may be more visually-oriented than feeling-oriented. After you have explored your natural abilities and gifts, you can begin to work on improving your skills with the rest.

SensesBrief Definitions and Examples of the Five Clairs

Clairvoyance is the visual receipt of information from Spirit. This occurs when we see Spirit or signs from Spirit. For those with this gift, we actually see Spirit manifested or images (motion or still) sent by Spirit in our mind’s eye, also known as the Third Eye. Visual messages from Spirit can also include signs in this world that let you know that Spirit is near. Some of the more common and easy to spot include finding coins on the ground, seeing butterflies or dragonflies, finding feathers, etc. These are signs from our Angels (feathers are their favorites) and deceased loved ones that they are around us.

Messages received through our sense of hearing are called Clairaudient communications or Clairaudience. This type of communication can be in the voice of Spirit, or it can come through in your own voice. It can also be messages that come through as music or other sounds. There is a knowing, a utilization of your intuition, that indicates to you that this is a message from Spirit and not just a random thought. Spirit may send auditory messages that guide us to be in a particular place at a particular time or to interview for a particular job. With music, it may be the lyrics that are important or that it was a favorite song. Please note that Spirit will never guide you to do something harmful or completely out of character for you. Know that Spirit is there to help you, not harm you or cause you to harm others. They work through Love and anything unloving is not them.

When you feel the presence of Spirit either physically or receive emotional signals, it is referred to as Clairsentience. For example, when I give readings, I feel slight pain or heaviness in my chest when Spirit is indicating to me that they had a heart attack or problem with their heart while they were here on earth. This information is called a validation and it is used as an indicator to identify who it is that is coming through for you. It is important to note that as a trained Medium, I am very aware of the difference between what is my pain and what is Spirit’s. If you are experiencing unexplained pain, I would recommend that you get it checked out by a physician. Other physical sensations may include the feeling of a depression on the bed in the size and shape of your beloved pet that has passed on.

You may also feel the emotions of Spirit, such as a strong sense of love or happiness. In addition, I often experience/feel the personality traits of Spirit when they come through in a reading, such as eagerness, shyness, or exuberance.

Spirit also sends us messages through our sense of smell. This is called Clairalient communication or Clairalience. Have you ever been somewhere when you suddenly smelled cookies baking or someone’s perfume or cologne and there was no logical source for that scent to be in the air? Who is it that you are reminded of when you pick up those scents? It is exactly who you think it is, be it your mother, grandmother, father, friend, spouse, etc.

Clairambience is the receipt of messages through the sense of taste. It works in a manner similar to Clairalience, when you can actually taste a food, such as an orange, or another substance, such as the bitter taste of certain medications, without it actually being in your mouth. I do experience this; however, it is not as prevalent as the other four Clairs in my readings.

Abilities and Gifts

All of us are born with the ability to communicate with Spirit, whether it is in simple or complex ways. As with all gifts, some people have stronger abilities than others. For instance, while I can play golf, it does not mean that I will win the LPGA or even become a pro, no matter how many lessons I take or how much I practice. It does mean, however, that I can enjoy the game. It is the same with psychic and mediumship gifts. Some of you may have enough of the gifts to enjoy them, while others of you may be or become strong vessels for the receipt and interpretation of Spirit messages. No matter what your level of ability, if Spirit is meant to communicate with you, they will, whether it is directly with you or with the assistance of a Medium.

Spirit is always around us. They take great joy in knowing that their messages have been received. I hope you enjoy your exploration of the Clairs. Keep in mind that you can always ask your Angels for help and guidance with the development of your gifts and abilities.

With Light and Love,