Who else would love to be able to communicate with spirits and other side? Think you’ve got to be born with some sort of super duper psychic gift to be able to have extraordinary experiences with the wild, weird and wonderful world that awaits?
The truth is, one of the things that frustrates me more than anything is reading all of the new age nuttiness and spiritual silliness that surrounds the topic of spirit communication.
On one hand……you have psychic mediums who want to convince you that ONLY those born with very special gifts can communicate with spirit and that you need THEM to connect with your loved ones.
(or have any sort of extraordinary spiritual experience at all)
On the other hand…..and maybe more dangerous and frustrating, are the psychic development “teachers” who want you to believe that any odd or unexpected experience is really a sign from spirit, or evidence of something extraordinary.
For example, I read an article earlier today where the “teacher”, who is signing up people for a psychic development course, told her readers that things like “not sleeping well” or having a fear of the dark or even hearing voices that you can’t explain is a sign that you are a medium.
The truth is, these are signs you are a HUMAN being…..with the same frailties, flaws and foibles as everyone else walking around the world around you. (and if you are hearing voices you can’t explain, it could be a sign of something far more serious and something that any responsible advisor of ANY type would ask you to get checked out before moving on to the medium hypothesis)
That said, I DO believe that there are many powerful, profound and life changing experiences that you can have that DO in fact point to having a more direct pipeline to the world that awaits.
1 – Having had a near death experience. There is something about having had an NDE that seems to open up survivors to a whole host of psychic abilities thereafter. This has been documented in hundreds, if not thousands of cases….and there is even mention of it in the scientific literature with regard to the types of life changing after affects that NDE’ers seem to have thereafter. While there are many different theories of WHY near death experiences seems to open folks up to an intuitive inner sense or expanded awareness after their ethereal adventure…..most people who have actually HAD the NDE will tell you it’s like they are bringing a little piece of that world back to this one, and that once you get a glimpse of the true bliss, beauty and “bigness” of the spiritual sea in which we all swim, it’s impossible to fully disconnect from that experience when you come back to our bodies. (of course skeptics would disagree!)
2 – You embrace the magic and mystery of meditation.
The truth is, many exceptional spiritual transformative experiences happen through meditation, and this includes the feeling of “presence” that comes with many deep altered states. There are also very specific types of meditations that seem to be really effective for bringing forth the spirits of the dead……including, in my own practice, a type of “metta” (loving kindness meditation) that works wonderfully well. And while there isn’t a lot written about mainstream meditation practices in the Western world (like “mindfulness” for example, as it’s typically covered in the media) and it’s relationship to psychic and spiritual experiences, many of the mainstream Eastern meditative traditions that are the basis for this practice cover these abilities in great depth.
(and actually describe many of the different types of “siddhis” or spiritual superpowers, that advanced meditators can expect 🙂
Also note – Many trance mediums use meditation as a way to enter into an altered state where all sorts of amazing abilities and information seems to manifest – from channeled texts, to great art, to great intuitive insights and information that come from spirit as well.
3 – You are a more right brained person in work and at play.
In other words, you are creative, dreamy and more connection oriented than practical, pragmatic and coldly analytical. You value personal expression and feel most alive when immersed in activities and experiences that are emotive and sensory.
In my own view, most psychic and spiritual experiences may emanate from a part of the brain being more “wired” into the invisible world around us all.
The differences between skeptics and believers MAY emanate from a combination of very different cognitive wiring…..and the an open mindedness to explore intuitive insights and information that those on the other side of the spiritual street block out. (and maybe……..where most of the invisible world can be found! 🙂
The vast majority of my own spiritual experiences have taken place in dreams. But not any dreams……but rather, crystal clear, hyper lucid and life changing dreams that are very different than the ordinary. Many lucid dreamers, for example….will have what are called “dream visitation experiences” where a loved one will appear unexpectedly, and the nature of the dream is so vivid, that is stretches the word “dream” to it’s core. Many millions of people have had ADC’s (after death communication) experiences with a loved one in what is called the “hypnagogic state” as well, which is that strange space between waking and sleeping that can be a treasure trove of rich adventures. (especially if you learn how to fully embrace it as well)
5 – Lastly, if you’ve lost someone close to you, especially a spouse or a child, the chances are, you WILL have a visitation experience of some kind.
While it’s certainly a community that NO parent would ever welcome, some surveys show that more than 3 out of 4 parents who lose a child will have at least one powerful and profound ADC experience thereafter, often with a visual component. Other surveys show that about 50% of those who lose a spouse will have a similar experience, again….often having a visual basis that involves an apparitional visit or “full body” appearance.
There are many good books and interesting research on these and other types of after death communication, where ordinary people have extraordinary experiences with the other side…..without needing someone to tell them they are a “medium” first. (“Hello from Heaven” is a great beginners book)
Being human is often more than enough….and simply being open to embracing the full depth and breadth about what this experience of aliveness entails.