To communicate with the spiritual, you need to understand what spirits are. Spirits are souls—the non-physical components of people. Souls separate from physical bodies at the time of death and continue on to the spiritual realm.
Souls can return and communicate messages to the living. Some people are gifted with the ability to easily communicate with the spiritual realm and quickly make connections between the realms. Mediums are able to directly communicate with spirit guides, spirit animals, and more.
After you choose to begin this journey, there will be no turning back. As it’s a journey of self, you’ll first need to understand who you are. If you don’t have an understanding of yourself, you won’t be able to discover which techniques and tools suit you best.
Be as open-minded as you can during the developing and learning process. You’ll be instinctively guided or feel drawn to techniques, tools, people, events and workshops that only over time will you discover whether it is for you or not.
Every person is unique. As long as you stay true to who you are, you can discover what will work best for you. So embrace who you are!
A Note About Empaths
If you’re a highly sensitive person—that is, you react with deep emotion to people, environments, and situations—you should explore what empaths are. An empath is a person who is highly sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people, of animals, and of their environment. They’re easily overwhelmed when viewing violence, devastation, dramas, or other painful events, even if they have no personal links to those things.
Empaths feel other people’s pain on a deep level, an attribute that cannot be learned. Empaths continually need to let go and to cleanse negative energies from themselves and from their surroundings. They do this by setting rituals and techniques such as walking in nature, meditation, swimming, or soaking in an Epsom salt bath.
When they feel the need to react or release, empaths need to gain control over their emotions. They pause and take a few deep breaths to help disengage themselves from the situation. Over time, they can become more desensitized and more able to control their reactions.
Developing empathic abilities doesn’t happen overnight. It takes patience, commitment, and dedication. It helps if you can surround yourself with like-minded people for support and encouragement. Try to find a group of beginning mediums, a spiritual growth group, or a meditation group. Such groups meet regularly and will offer you a safe space among like-minded people to explore the physical and the spiritual worlds. To grow and develop your gifts, you need to respect it and appreciate the fact that it’s like a muscle—you must exercise it. It will get stronger with use, patience, and time.
Classes and workshops will equip you with the knowledge, strategies, and tools you need to best use your gifts. It’s not only about communicating with the spiritual realm. There’s so much more to discover!
Step 1: Prepare yourself and your personal space. Find an area where you will not be disturbed. You may wish to light a candle, display a favorite crystal, or surround yourself with items that have special meaning to you. Have a journal and a pen handy. Sit quietly, relax, and let yourself become aware of your body.
Step 2: Protect and ground yourself. Visualize yourself stepping into a huge clear bubble. Once you’re inside, ask your spirit guides to fill your bubble with pure, white light and then to seal it. This will offer you protection. Visualize that your bubble has an anchoring cord that prevents you from floating away. This should give you the sense that you’re firmly grounded.
Step 3: Set your intention. Say out loud that you wish to communicate with the spiritual realm. State who you wish to connect with. This may be a spirit guide or a loved one who has died. Once you’ve spoken your intentions, the universe will answer.
Step 4: Record your experience. As soon as you finish, journal about what you felt, heard, and saw. Have trust in what you received, and write about it as soon as you can. You may start with just a single word symbol, and it may not even make sense to you. But this isn’t a time to judge; it’s simply a time to trust and believe.
Journaling offers you something tangible to look back on. When we connect with the spiritual realm for the first time, it’s like receiving a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle. This can be frustrating, and easy to forget before your next session.
Documenting your experience is the best way to measure your progress. This will also build your personal reference library of things like names, symbols, and colors. Signs and symbols will be uniquely yours. Only you will understand what your specific symbols mean.
At the end of each session, always remember to show your respect of the spiritual realm by saying “thank you” for allowing you to connect with it.