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Thanks! This is good advice for me.
Giving up control can be challenging.
Sometimes I listen to quiet music and the urge to write can't be contained...
I posted to this YouTube video.
You left. It was October
The moon was harvest red and the days were short.
You left yet here you are with your magnificent beauty and infectious smile.
There is a vast emptiness. It reaches out to the brightest star and you fill the spaces in between.
You left and here we are - in each others hearts to embrace the memory and aliveness that has no end.
You left and yet you're still here, with me now. And we'll be together again.
I'm glad you posted this question as I've experienced this for quite awhile. It started about 9 years ago. Sometimes I would have a vision of an individual but usually just 'the feeling' associated with an approximate date - usually months and sometimes a year or more into the future. I questioned my sanity or whether I was playing a game with myself but after 6 or 7 occurrences over 4 years I took it seriously. When two relatives were diagnosed with cancer and I had 2 dates I became overwhelmed. I asked Amaya for a reading - which helped me at the time. The two dates I had were in fact regarding my brother in law and a friend who both passed away. The other relative was cured (thank God).
I asked my guides/God/the Universe not to provide the information as I felt it wasn't worth dwelling on. To my surprise soon afterwards I started seeing individuals WHEN they passed away. The first was a work colleague who passed away while riding his bike on a Sunday morning. I 'saw' him (3rd eye) while standing in my kitchen walking towards the sink to get a drink of water. It was quite clear and beautiful - very peaceful. I didn't know who it was at the time until I heard of the bike accident 2 days later. Since then I've seen other individuals as they pass away although not much activity the last few years.
For me I feel it's a natural progression of the human spirit and my growth in particular. I'm really not so concerned as I use to be. I suppose I'm more awake now then I've ever been. My take away is that life is a gift and very short. We need to make the best of it and help spread the love, Passing away is just a transition & you'll see that person (or spirit) again.
You know you've been deceived & that's a big step. In times of distress I've also called on Archangel Michael. Surround yourself with white light and stay in that presence as long as possible
Remember you are an individual, a spiritual being made from Love and Light. No person or spirit can take from you what is yours to keep - individuality and peaceful contentment. You need to choose to tell the demon to leave you and never return. Speak from your heart, with power and mean what you say. Do not speak from anger or pity for yourself. Ask for help from a higher power (God, Love, Angels) if necessary. You have the strength to do what needs to be done & you are in command.
I'm sure you've heard this advice already - hopefully it helps to be repeated.
Take Care- Kevin
I look for individuals I consider enlightened. For me they provide encouragement and a reminder of who I really am:
This site has meditation techniques and other info:http://www.ananda.org/meditation/free-meditation-support/articles/
Depak Chopra This site is waayyy too commercial for me but I get on the mailing list and wait for the free 21 day meditations.
Over the past year theyve offered a couple free for a 3-4 week period. You just need to be patient.https://chopracentermeditation.com/
Youre dad was into Physics? Maybe youll enjoy this: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/
You can lookup Poonja, Mooji or Ramana Maharshi or the poet Rumi.
I suppose its a personal choice and can really be anyone you consider closest to your beliefs. Someone you really understand. who communicates in a simple, meaningful way.It could be the Pope, Jesus, Buddha or Muhammad. It might be a friend or someone you find on this web site.
I dont know if this helps or answers your original question of How to.
For me it answers the question of Who am I and maybe the question - why did I see that person or my friend/acquaintance the night they passed away. It helps me to look deep inside for real answers. Ive learned things just happen when they do, usually for a reason and usually to teach something to bring me closer to the truth. For me it's about being patient and waiting for things to unfold.
I hope this helps. Take Care. Kevin
Here's an example of what I was talking about earlier. Ram Dass has a lot of free material and he addresses the mind/ego issue. There are other sites & individuals. I don't follow many but I can share a few more if you like.
I need to add one more comment because this has been bugging me a little bit.
Amaya has contributed a lot to the Empath Community. She has published so much material on this site. I really appreciate her for her knowledge and generosity. She's great and I really respect her. Also, as I said I give everything I pay for very careful consideration. I also believe that if a person can afford to pay, why not help support individuals who put themselves out there, take risks and offer classes, readings, counselling or whatever. I love to support the cause - if I can afford it. I read and research, then pay for classes and even attend conferences - to supplement my learning and move forward. Then I get into self discovery and reflection - it all comes together quite nicely. This is how I operate and it seams to work for me. Lucile - you have a gift & I'm sure you'll find your way.
I agree 100% withyou Shannon - gifts from God are free and yes we all learn when the time is right.
I was speaking to what has worked for me. There are books I buy and a few readings I pay for - only what I can afford and I give it very careful thought.
I'll admit that I get impatient - so sometimes I look for advice instead of waiting for an answer. I follow several individuals on the web - they all publish free advice.
There is plenty of teaching material available on the web - for free. This site is just one resource.
What works best for me is what I don't pay for - self discovery, music that speaks to me, words that sing to me, friends that listen.
Listen to your heart, listen to God.
I agree with you shannon! It's all free.
Feelings are energy. Often times I find myself so absorbed in the feelings of a friend that I forget to release or ground myself. Unreleased energy feeds on itself - that's when it becomes a problem for me. Usually I'll shut down until I can find a way to work through it. Sometimes I'll joke around to lighten up the conversation but often I find myself frozen in the moment, almost unable to function. When I speak my mind it's always a measured response. I think most of us hold back to some degree. Working through the emotions - that's the tough part for me although I'm getting better at it.
I've been in a similar situation for awhile now. I hope someone on this site has some suggestions.
My sensitivities came on strong about 2 years ago when my brother in law passed away. I've seen spirits of friends, acquaintances, etc as they passed away - and then found out about it a few days later. Met my guides & a few other things - It's sporadic.
Someone once held a reading event on this site. About 8 people attended. I was spot on for the person I read for (saw her grandmother). I then found a few local events through meetup.com and did some in-person readings ( again, pretty accurate). I keep looking for local events, and just joined a spiritual discussion group (found on meetup.com).
What I haven't found is the right person to workwith one-on-one or a group to practice with.
There are groups in my area (northern California) that offer training and I attended some classes however they don't feel right to me. Amaya has a class and she's a good resource to get started. I've been reading a lot (books), occasionally come up for air, continuing my search for someone to work with. It's kind of a personal thing and difficult to screen up front for the right person. It may be that it eventually comes to me naturally at some point? I don't know.
Perhaps someone else has suggestions.
If you want to exchange stories you can send me a friend request.
For the benefit of you and others on this board I'll share a few quick examples.
About a year and a half ago I went for a run on a Sunday morning. After my run
I was standing in my kitchen and suddenly in my 3rd eye I saw very clearly
a man with long blond hair, smiling and in the mountains with tall trees blowing
in the wind behind him. It was a beautiful and peaceful sight but I didn't recognize him.
Two days later I learned that a work colleague died unexpectedly on that Sunday morning while riding his bike. His passion was hiking and camping in the mountains - he had taken several trips to Nepal to hike the Himalayas.
I didn't recognize his face in my vision but it was him. From what I've read it is common for "spirit" to appear younger and sometimes different (blond vs black hair).
The day after my niece was diagnosed with cancer her grandfather appeared to me to let me know she was OK. I didn't know exactly where her cancer was - he showed me by placing a bow on it, letting me (and her, after I told her) that she would be OK.
I did recognize him - he appeared exactly as I remembered him. I confirmed that where he placed the bow was in the general area of her cancer.
That was 7 years ago and she's cancer free today.
I do not see spirit all the time - I see them on rare occasions - perhaps once or twice per year.
When I was younger I saw 2 "spirits" that appeared beautiful and full of energy however I quickly learned they were not pure. Thatwas an unpleasant experience (to say the least) & I won't go into details!
I suppose this is why I first posted here and perhaps why others share my concern for your well-being.
I'd like to think you're in a safe space with your friend/soulmate.
From my experience and what I've read it's always safe to keep a distance or should I say stay protected.
I should also add that I was raised in a very religious family. I am grateful for how I was raised - it has made me well aware of how powerful spiritual experiences can be - good or bad.
I hope this helps you in some way.
Thanks for posting your story.
Every time I've shared my personal story I've had second thoughts. It's very difficult to express in words an experience like the one you had.
That being said - you explained it quite well and there's no place better than here on EC!
I was sensitive at a very young age and like Mich have the gift of discernment.
Some peolple might label me Clairsentient or a potential medium. I choose to believe we're all capable - it's in our nature.
I won't go through my experiences only to say from what I've personally seen and felt I believe every word you say.
I've learned to set personal boundaries. I have a hard rule for any spirit, including my guides. The rule goes something like this:
I am an individual born from the light. Like those before me, I am a prism through which expression is manifested (call it God or Oneness).
I chose to experience life, here on Earth to learn and remember who I am. There are no shortcuts. My body is mine, for my own self expression.
No guide, spririt, relative, friend, soulmate or individual can enter my being or space. There are no exceptions.
Pure, unconditional love is amazing and beautiful. The spirit world seems amazing and far away however to me it's life here on Earth that is the illusion and so temporary.
There is so much to accomplish before returning home.
What some call a Spirit I call an individual. Any individual with good intention will respect your right to exist, to express yourself and to share whatever you can with the rest of us.
Awhile ago, while meditating I sensed what I thought was one of my guides wanting to enter my body. I pulled out my rule book with my one rule in it.
They listened and now I can respect them for it.
I wish you all the best on your journey.
Love and Light to you (and your soulmate).
The first thing I picked up was her education & initially thought she may have been a researcher.
Next I thought of politics - in a humanitarian sense.
Finally I picked up on some of the difficulties. Her life in China is really interesting, the fact that her family had to flee the country, also a very poor country. Fleeing may have been why I picked up on the Holocaust. I felt she was in a similar situation but not a holocaust victim. I think most Holocaust victims are not as educated and accomplished as she was, also I don't see or feel that kind of horror/pain in her expression.
She seems to be extremely well poised, given her life experiences - I think this was the primary overallfeeling I picked up with her.
Great stories - I have one more..
After my dad passed away I always thought that birds reminded me of him - especially ducks and geese.
My dad had a very peculiar sense of humor. I was at a family reunion one year, staying at my brothers house. Of course I was thinking about my dad during the reunion. One afternoon I poured myself a glass of wine. As I walked out into the back yard, wine glass in hand, a bird flying overhead pooped into my glass! A perfect aim!!
That was my dad & his sense of humor (also reminding me to watch my drinking)
Thought I'd share with this group an experience I had today.
I was out running and thinking about my spirit guides. I've been trying to make a decision on something and was hoping for a little communication. I haven't been in contact with my guides for awhile.
About 2 minutes after this thought, as I was approaching the top of a big hill a pigeon swoops very close to my right shoulder and lands on the road in front of me.
We stared at each other for awhile, just me and the bird - no other animals or people around. I walked in different directions and he followed me! I started walking fast to the edge of the road - towards a field (to get him off the road). As I picked up my pace he took off, flew in a circle over my head and landed again behind me.
It was pretty incredible!
I call him a carrier pigeon sent by my guides - with a message for me
I'm sure others in this group have had similar experiences.
This pose is interesting but different. Maybe it's because she's looking at the camera with that smile. It's like she knows something but isn't saying - I'd say appropriate for a fictional writer.
The pose of your first picture is more like she's contemplating or reflecting on life experiences - that's why I'll say the lady in the first picture writes non-fiction.
I haven't tried this ever - I could be way off.
She'd been through hardship but her intelligence and strength took her to new heights.
Like others, I also get the impression she's a writer (maybe it's the pose).
Is she a political figure? She was either raised poor or had been through some tough times.
Possibly a Holocaust survivor? - not sure she had that kind of rough life.