In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to write a little “how-to” piece on connecting to the other side. In addition to crossed over loved ones (including the 4 legged variety) who watch over us from Heaven, each of us also has a team of helpers, consisting of angels and spirit guides, which I will refer to as our spirit team. These benevolent guardians walk beside us always, assigned to our cases for the full length of our stay here on Earth. Connecting to our spirit teams and learning to recognize their subtle guidance can bring clarity and comfort into our lives. By following the steps below, you can blow the dust off your 6th sense, and get back in touch with these celestial helpers.
Step 1: Identify your ‘Clair’
We all come into this world with the innate ability to see, hear, feel and know things that aren’t perceptible through the 5 senses. You may even recall having paranormal experiences in your childhood. Unfortunately, if you ever tried relaying those experiences to a well meaning adult, you were most likely patted on the head, and told it was just your imagination or a dream. In western society, we tend to disregard our natural connection to the other side; instead of developing our cosmic communication skills, we pull the proverbial shade on our window into the spirit world. By the time adulthood sets in, we become so absorbed in daily life that we’ve all but pulled the shade, drawn the curtains and boarded that baby up. Sadly, this magical part of ourselves often becomes a discarded fragment of our youth, along with the headless barbies and broken crayons.
The first step in prying those boards off your window into the spirit world is to identify how you connect to it most naturally. There are 3 basic ways to receive messages from spirit: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.
Clairvoyance, or clear seeing, means you have visions, sometimes with your actual eyeballs, but more-so in your mind’s eye. You may see scenes play out like you’re watching clips of a movie, or perhaps colors or written words pop into your head.
Clairaudience, or clear hearing, means just that – you hear words or phrases in your mind. Your sprit team will send loving, to-the-point messages to nudge you in the right direction (if you are hearing voices telling you to do bad things, you are NOT connecting with your spirit team – get that checked).
Clairsentience, or clear knowing, is often referred to as gut instinct. This happens when you “just have a feeling” about a person or situation, or you inexplicably change routes on your drive home, and learn later you avoided a major traffic jam.
Did you pick one? If you feel like you don’t have any of them, just choose the one you’d like to develop.
Step 2: Raise Those Vibes
Your vibration is basically your mental frequency; if you’ve ever seen Mediums work, that’s exactly where the phrase comes from: they raise their vibration and the souls of the deceased lower theirs so they can meet in the middle and communicate through the ‘clairs’ explained in step 1.
There are several ways to raise your vibration. First and foremost, meditate regularly. Clearing the mind will go a super long way in increasing your receptivity to divine guidance. Now before you panic, it’s not necessary to take a vow of silence and stand on your head for 8 hours a day. Sitting in silence for 5 minutes and focusing on your breath, or staring at a candle flame is a perfectly respectable meditation practice. You may find it challenging at first, but know this: there are no failed meditations! Even if you manage to clear your mind for the time it takes to breathe deeply 3 times, you’ll benefit greatly in body, mind and spirit.
Other ways to raise your vibes include lighting candles, and eating healthy, unprocessed foods like fresh produce, lean meats and organic grains. You can also use crystals and essential oils to pump up the volume. The Haven Shoppe’s Crystal Visions Body & Soul Mist is an excellent little helper, created with the specific intent to raise your vibes and get you tuned in (wink, wink!).
Step 3: Ask
OK, you’re totally prepped at this point. You’ve identified your clair, and vibes are high. This step may seem overly simple but it’s probably the most important. If you really want to start becoming aware of the messages your spirit team is sending you, ask for their help in doing so. Request that they send you clear and unmistakable guidance. A fun way to get started is to ask them to send you a sign in the form of a specific object – like a feather or dollar bill; something tangible to validate that you’re truly connecting. Have yourself a spiritual scavenger hunt.
Step 4: Mind Your Manners
When you begin to receive messages from your spirit team – and you will – acknowledge them! Its so easy to rationalize away the subtle signs, even when we’ve specifically asked for them. This majorly stunts progress. So even if part of you is skeptical, acknowledge the ‘alleged’ sign anyway, express gratitude, and then ask for another, if you need confirmation. You can ask for signs all day – there’s no limit; these fabulous beings literally have all the time in the world (and then some). The more you appreciate and acknowledge their messages, the more they’ll throw at you.
Try these tips and leave a comment to let me know how you do! I’d love to hear your about your experiences.
With Much Love,
Ready to take your intuitive skills to the next level? Read 10 Ways to Develop Your Intuition for tips, tools, and ideas.