People who can perceive things that are not detected by the five basic senses are called clairvoyants. Some of the clairvoyants who have harnessed their abilities use these for a lot of things such as warning people of impending disasters or catastrophes. Mediums on the other hand, are people who act as channels or go-betweens. Messages from the spiritual plane are interpreted by mediums. Some mediums claim to leave their body and consciousness during a session and let spirits use them to get their messages across. Though there are clairvoyants who can also hear or see spirits from the departed or other forms, some of them are able to do so without having to leave their physical bodies behind.
Even though there is a marked difference between a clairvoyant and a medium, there are individuals gifted enough to be described as clairvoyant mediums. This double distinction arises from the fact that they possess qualities that indicate both their clairvoyant powers and their abilities to become mediums. Not only are they able to see the past, present, and future, but they can also rely on messages from spirits and other entities to further evaluate matters.
Clairvoyant mediums who have put their abilities to good use help people understand and communicate messages to and from the spiritual world. Seances and clairvoyant readings are the terms used for sessions conducted by clairvoyant mediums. Some clairvoyant mediums undergo trances during these sessions, to go on the spiritual plane to seek answers or allow a spirit to take over their body for the time-being.