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Do-It-Yourself Ghostbusting

Recently, a friend texted me saying that her daughter who is away at college, had suddenly become plagued by a ghost (or something) in the campus housing.  It had gotten sooo bad, that she and her housemates were nervous wrecks.  Would I reach out and help?  Of course.

When I spoke with my friend’s daughter, the girl described lots of noises, doors shutting on their own, things like that.  It had just begun happening a couple of weeks earlier, seemingly for no reason. In that time, she and her roommates had become increasingly freaked out – – and had reached out to some other psychic-types (not me, that’s for damn sure) who had NOT helped, namely because those people had told her and her housemates that they now had gone from one spirit to multiple entities.  No particular reason for that assessment — but the girls were made completely nuts.

I understood how scared she was.  But I had to do the phone equivalent of grabbing her by the shoulders, shaking her and telling her to….CALM THE HELL DOWN.

Being that these girls are 20, they are still susceptible to that squealing/slumber party/”did you hear THAT?!” energy we allllll remember (c’mon, I know you do).  Look,  when something weird is going on,I know that it’s hard to stay chill — but the more you allow yourself to be terrified, the more that energy feeds whatever is going on around you.  It’s a physical law.  That’s why I got annoyed at the reports of those other “experts” telling them that now, they had a BIGGER problem.  Because they were contributing to the panic.

So, my first piece of advice is to find a way to stay cool.  The thing about ghosts is, they really can’t hurt you — and you, as a corporeal being, have way more power in the situation.  Often, ghosts don’t even know that you’re there — from their perspective, they’re just on a feedback loop, reliving a moment(s) from their life.  My book, OK, So You’re Dead….talks more about this.

Here’s an idea:  I told this young lady to treat whatever is going on in her dorm like a “raccoon getting in.”  If a raccoon or squirrel or mice get into your house, yes, it’s a pain — but you don’t lose your mind over it.  You just deal.  So if there are entities or energies that are disturbing the peace, don’t assign any special weight to them:  treat them like the bothersome guests that they are, and know that you can generally “exterminate” them.

So why is this activity happening?  She had no idea, but generally speaking, paranormal stuff can kick up when an older property is being remodeled, etc.  Moving things around in a structure shifts things energetically.  It doesn’t always happen, so don’t be afraid to re-do those floors — but it’s a typical reason.

Another reason is when folks “open a door” without knowing what they’re doing — as in playing with Ouija boards, etc.  I don’t necessarily believe that connecting with spirit-side via the talking board is evil — but it IS a portal, and if you treat it like a game, you may get some unwanted side-effects.  I wrote more about that here.

So if you feel you have unwanted energies in your house, what can you do on a practical level to clear them out — or at least, calm it down?  Here are some tips to do your own “ghostbusting.”

-Start by telling the ghost to leave you alone.  Let them know that they’re dead and they need to move on to “the Light.”    I know, it sounds a little too easy — but it does help. Sadly, many ghosts don’t know they’ve actually passed — so help them cross the finish line.

The trick is to do this when you’re not in an emotional mood:  being angry or frightened is not the state you want to be in.  When you’re calm is the time to lay down some rules.  Think of them like someone who’s lost their way, and you’re the kindly stranger giving them directions to get back home.  That’s really the bottom line.

-Sea salt.  This is an ancient “go-to” remedy for clearing out negative vibes.  If you can, go outside, and starting at the far left corner of the property, begin pouring out the salt, working clockwise and creating a perimeter.  If you only have a room or a portion of a building, throw a pinch of the salt (because a big, long line of salt may not be practical), still moving counterclockwise.  Pay extra attention to door entrances and windowsills.  As you do either ritual, say “I protect my home with this salt.  All negative energy must stop.”

-Shielding.  The idea is to visualize a protective barrier around your room, home or property overall.  Visualization is a powerful practice, and it works.  All you need to do is to relax, close your eyes and “walk through” or “around” where you live.  “See” the details in your mind’s eye.  Spend about 30 seconds or so doing this (it doesn’t have to be a big thing).  Now that you’ve done the “mental walk-through,” visualize a big bubble of white light settling around the property.  I often think of one of those glass domes you put over pastry.  Once you’ve done that, know that nothing bad can penetrate and that you’re safe from all harm.

-Sage.  Native Americans frequently burn it to clear out stale energies and clear their holiest spaces. Burning the herb thyme is also said to ward off spirits.  Personally, I’ve never done the Thyme thing, but I hear its effective.  Let me know your results if you try it!

-Finally, there’s a prayer/chant that is useful to add to the mix. You don’t need to be religious to use it.  The term “God” is kind of all-purpose:

“The light of God surrounds us/me.

The love of God enfolds us/me.

The power of God protects us/me.

The presence of God protects us/me.

Wherever we are (I am0, God is.

And all is well.”

 

The bottom line?  If loons like Bill Murray can get ghosts under control, so can you.  So don’t freak out!

 

Finally and as a reminder, I’ll leave you with this one by one of my favorite groups.  We are indeed spirits living in a material world.

A Psychic’s Take on Halloween

Ah, Halloween. Even these (many) years after trick-or-treating, I still remember how cool that night felt. Racing out the door after dinner, meeting your friends on the neighborhood streets that were lit only by streetlights (who DOES that anymore?), and of course, the candy. The frikkin’ candy that would keep you in a perpetual state of pre-diabetic shock for days after.

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But what I most recall is that magical energy in the air. You could feel it – literally. Like any spooky thing could really happen.  My friends and I saw ghosts and goblins hiding everywhere — and man, was it fun.

As a psychic-medium, I’ve since learned that there’s a very good reason for that magical “feel” of Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve – or “Samhain” – was one of the most important religious times of the year for ancient Celts. Samhain is still celebrated by Wiccans, as it marks the end of summer and the harvest, and is, quite literally, their “new year.”

The spooky angle of Halloween came about because of an ancient belief that this night was when the veil “between the worlds” was at its thinnest. The Celts knew that the spirits of the dead could come back and walk the earth – hence, dressing up in costumes to “scare” them away. That scare factor also accounts for the plethora of walking-dead-blood-spurting-chainsaw-wielding type movies that run on cable all week long.

I’ve since learned to view Halloween as not only fun, but sacred. There’s a certain power to honoring another “turn of the wheel” and the natural rhythms of the earth that were so well known to my ancestors.  Consider this time your “new year” and think about what you want to bring about or change in the coming months.

And because the wall separating us from deceased loved ones is not as high on this night, place a photo of someone who’s departed under your pillow. Invite them to join them in your dreams, and know that their presence is very real.

Happy Halloween!

(Just because it is one of THE great dance videos, here’s some Michael Jackson to celebrate. And admit it — you’re gonna be doing some of these moves in your living room. I know I am. Trick or treat!)

 

How to Raise Your Vibration – and Why You Should

The Beach Boys sang about it – and so did a pre-“serious actor” Marky Mark. I’m talking about “good vibrations.” “Vibrations”, as in a higher energy. “Good”, as in, well, good.

Working effectively with any metaphysical practice (like Tarot), or entities (like angels), requires adjusting our energy. That’s because our usual human energetic state just chugs along. We go on autopilot, with our vibration sort of “powered down.”

Not to mention, today’s environment pounds the crap out of our energy, between the food, toxins and endless electronic distraction we’re subject to. In that state, it can be tough to sense the presence of the higher-functioning beings that are always around us and want to help.

So humans and those other beings need to sort of “meet in the middle.” They slow their fast-moving energy down, while we raise ours. It’s a little bit like those planes that get fueled in mid-air.

“Raising energy” is different for everyone. Personally, I get uncomfortable if I feel too “buzzy,” so I’ve learned how to monitor myself as I do any exercise, and then dial it up or down as needed.

Regular meditation is and has always been the standard way to actively raise and control our energetic vibration, but here are some other things that can be done, pretty much anywhere:

-Drink water. Water conducts electricity. Electricity is a form of energy. Staying well hydrated keeps your vibe going.

I also like to write an intention on my water bottle, like “Health,” “Joy” or whatever I need. Water, boosted with an intention, has enormous power: the molecules are changed –literally.  There was an experiment done in which water droplets were either prayed over or yelled at. When viewed through a microscope, the prayed-for water exhibited a beautiful crystalline structure; the yelled-at ones looked dark, raw and dirty. Intention really packs a punch; make yours positive ones.

-Practice gratitude. Focus on what you have versus what you don’t, what’s going well versus what sucks.  That upgrades your vibration in a huuuuge way, because “gratitude-energy” resonates at a very high level. I like writing down 5 things each day that I’m grateful for.

On today’s menu, it was:

1) waking up in a warm, comfy bed

2) the “regulars” at the diner who always make me smile

3) the leaves turning colors outside my window

4) a hot shower and a cup of coffee

5) my three healthy, snuggly cats

Ain't my boys cute?

Ain’t my boys cute?

 

Right now, what 5 things are YOU grateful for?

-Listen to Buddhist or Gregorian chants. Not only do they sound gorgeous, there’s a very high spiritual energy attached to these particular forms of music. No surprise they’re key parts of two grand spiritual traditions.

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-Jump up and down. I’m not kidding. Physical activity raises physical energy — and your vibration. Dancing, walking, whatever will do the trick. But it’s been shown that just jumping up and down “excites” the cells in the body and makes them healthier. Hey, Van Halen was on to something….

 

Besides it being a part of working with angels, spirit guides or those on the Other Side, a higher energetic vibration is key to the Law of Attraction: when we sense the very real Universal Flow, we can then direct that heightened awareness and clarity to manifest what we want in our life.

But here’s the thing about raising your vibration: things in your life may start to go amazingly well. In fact, maybe too well. You may start to worry that something “bad” is bound to happen, that no one deserves all these blessings. Just remember that this state of increased happiness and awareness is what we’re supposed to be experiencing. That joy then ripples out to the rest of the world, so you getting a big break puts a smile on your face, which then makes you more likely to show kindness to someone else, and so on…Good stuff for you is good for everyone. Get it?

Life holds a balance, so yes, there will be tough times – they hold lessons for us, it’s just the natural order. But the truth is that we can experience a greater percentage of “good stuff” over “bad” when our vibration is better aligned with Universal Source. And we can handle challenges much more efficiently, because we can call on help from the Other Side – and actually sense it/work with it for a change.

So in any metaphysical or spiritual pursuit – or just plain old daily life –consider a heightened frequency as the gas that makes the car go. Get ready to go a whole lot faster!

Spirit Guides and Angels: A Cheat Sheet

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A new client was here the other day.  During the reading, I picked up some pretty specific information about one of her spirit guides, but when I relayed it, she admitted that she was a little confused about “guides” versus “angels” -which was which, who does what, etc. No shocker: the subject can be very detailed and dense, so I gave her this handy quick breakdown.  Consider it your spiritual “cheat sheet.”

 

SPIRIT GUIDES: our allies on “the Other Side.” They are most often human, but can also show up as animal or elemental (fairies, nature spirit) entities.   Generally, guides are a spirit who was human at one point.  They help us because they’ve “been there, done that.”  We’re each assigned one “main” guide at birth, who stays with us until we cross back over.

Although they’re always around, actually meeting a guide occurs during regular meditation.  This is the “quiet space” where they can reach you more easily.  If you only meditate for a few minutes each day, you will go a long way towards being able to sense their presence.

-Our main guide is with us from birth to death. Throughout life, other guides come and go as we need them. Ask for an appropriate guide to be sent to you when you require help with something special — like a job, family or health issue.  I wrote more about 8 specific guides here.

You may be given their name during prayer or meditation — maybe not.  You can call them whatever feels “right” to you — they don’t care!

ANGELS: Angels assist us on a more powerful, divine level. Angels have never been human; they are pure, divine energy.  There are many “ranks” of angels; whether you know these ranks or not doesn’t matter.  Simply asking for angelic assistance gets the message across.

-Guides are especially useful when dealing with human “issues.”  Because they understand what we go through, they can send us information, insight, etc. to help us deal with these earthly problems.

Angels, on the other hand, are for when you need to call in the really big guns. Their divine influence really kicks it up a notch or three.  There are no special rules for choosing a spirit guide’s help over an angel’s, or vice versa.  Ask for what will best serve you and leave it up to them.

-While we may actually “see” our spirit guide at some point (usually in our mind’s eye), it’s unlikely that we’ll see our angels (except in super-extreme circumstances – i.e. if they push us out of the path of a car, etc.).

-Guides and angels observe our FREE WILL; therefore, you need to ask them for help.

-The influence of guides and angels is subtle ; look for coincidences, signs, help or info that comes “out of the blue” or just pops into your head.  “Imagination” is the bridge between worlds, so TRUST what you get…and BELIEVE.   Don’t “overthink” — but remember, that whatever signs or information come from a guide or an angel will ALWAYS be positive.  They don’t deal in the negative, so be discerning with what you receive.

-Build a relationship with your guides and angels, as you would any other friend; acknowledge them regularly (say “hello” in the morning, count your blessings at night). Don’t always ask them for stuff – just be with them.

-You can ask for specific assistance (a big wad of money to drop in your lap when you need it) – but be open to the other ways in which their help may show up to address your problem ( a new job offer vs. winning the lottery).

-Track your encounters and experiences with a journal and check back to see how guides and angels have helped you.  And always remember to thank them!  It’s only decent.

PS — Remember, I’m here to help, so feel free to reach out for a reading.

 

I recently had a client here who told me that he was taking a psychic development class. But he quickly added that he had no intention of “turning pro” like Yours Truly. Another one of my blog followers posted something similar in a comment.

As if becoming a professional psychic, medium, animal communicator or whatever is the only goal. It most certainly is not. And it doesn’t mean you have to use whatever gifts you possess to read your cousin/sister/co-worker whenever they ask you to.

This does not have to be you.  It's definitely not me (at least in the wardrobe dept.)

This does not have to be you. It’s definitely not me (at least in the wardrobe dept.)

Learning to tap into the hidden ways that the Universe speaks to us every single day is something well worth your time. It can completely change the game, make you see things in a fresh new light, and give you unexpected tools to solve your problems.

My own journey started when a girlfriend told me about a psychic development course she was taking. It sounded fun, so I signed up, too. The first night blew my mind, and from that moment on, my whole life would be different. I dove right in, opting to further develop my abilities because it gave me a new way to do my life.

Reading professionally happened by accident when a New Age store opened by me. I wandered in to have a look, started a conversation with the owner and before I knew it, she asked if I’d like to do readings for customers. The rest is history.

I enjoy being a professional psychic; but there is absolutely no rule saying that you have to do the same. Psychic and metaphysical information is fundamentally meant to enrich life in ways you can’t even imagine.

Whether it’s a single book, an ongoing class or even just reading my blog (thank you!) – make some room in your life to explore the metaphysical world on a regular (OK, semi-regular) basis. Whatever speaks to you: Akashic Records, mediumship, angels, Reiki and energy healing, Wicca, Tarot, past-life regression – there’s an endless subject list, and it’s all fascinating.

If you’re like me, you may find that bits and pieces make the most sense. My library is a complete mash-up of topics. Some of those books really engage me; others make me roll my eyes (those are the ones I re-sell on Amazon!). I’ve taken some fascinating classes, and some that made me want to suck down an airplane bottle of gin in the ladies room during our breaks. All of it helped me find my own “psychic style” — which is more like a crazy quilt.

In case of ridiculous classes/teachers/co-students, break seal and drink.

In case of ridiculous classes/teachers/co-students, break seal and drink.

You may opt to delve deeply into a single subject and make that your primary focus. It doesn’t matter: all that information is out there to help us become better, stronger, wiser humans. You’ll find your groove.

Although you may be inspired to share what you’re discovering, remember: using what you learn to benefit others is not a pre-requisite. Let what you unearth transform you first. Then see where it takes you. Or doesn’t. Each of us has a unique path. That’s the beauty of it.

PS – if you want some fun ways to start opening your own channel, check out these posts. Here’s one….and another….and another.

The Abundance Tree

Money issues are always a biggie when someone comes to me for a reading. Unless you’re a Trump or Kardashian, cash flow is on most of our minds these days.

 

Now, let’s be real: I believe one has to be practical in money matters (balance the checkbook, be responsible, blah blah blah). But I also believe that our attitude plays a huuuuuge part in our prosperity picture.

If you worry constantly about not having enough, feel limited in how much you can earn, anything that signals “lack” –well, that creates an energetic block. It’s that self-fulfilling prophecy thing.

Money is one of those things that affects us on a very deep level. Changing your beliefs about money can be tricky – but this is where the angels can help.

Angels are super-tough but super-loving beings, with only one thing on their daily “to do” list: to help humans achieve their best life. They are very keyed in to the fact that the Universe ALWAYS provides – its just that we get in our own way. ‘Cause we have a hard time seeing past our own noses.

So here’s an exercise that can help you get in touch with the innate flow of abundance and prosperity that’s always available to you.

THE ABUNDANCE TREE

Start by turning off your phone, taking a bunch of deep breaths and totally relaxing. Take as much time as you need to really get comfortable and quiet.

Now picture yourself standing outside, with a beautiful gate in front of you. On the other side of this gate is a gorgeous private garden housing your very own Abundance Tree. Open the gate and step inside. Take a look around and notice the sights and smells. Really make this a real place.

In the distance, you can see a gorgeous, richly leafed tree. Walk towards it.

As you get closer, you see that the tree is made up of currency. Now you’re right under it, and as you look up into the branches, you see bills of all denominations – even checks made out in your name. The tree is loaded – literally.

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As you gaze at this amazing sight, your Guardian Angel arrives and stands next to you. In their hands, they are holding a receptacle. Look at it: is it a small cup, a bushel basket or something even larger? If it feels too “small,” ask your angel for a bigger one – because you deserve it!

Now take that container and stand beneath your tree. All you need to do now is to gently shake it and let the money rain down on you.   Feel all that money falling around you. Feel it as it brushes past your face and hands. Its an endless shower of money! It piles up around your feet.

Now gather it up in your special container– don’t be shy. Gather it alllll up, knowing that there is – and always will be – plenty. For you. For everyone in your life. Because this is your very own Abundance Tree.

Now that you have all the money you need – and know that there is always more where that came from – how do you feel? Take that feeling into your day, tapping into the endless flow of abundance that is always available to you.

Because the Universe does not want you to suffer for lack of resources.

Thank your angel for bringing you to your Abundance Tree – and know that you can visit it anytime you wish. Ask your angel to help you remember the wonderful feeling of having all the money you want or need.

Breathe in, gently coming back to the present moment. Open your eyes – but remember the feeling of having stood in the shower of your Abundance Tree!

 

So I know that I’m loving this exercise. Let me know YOUR results with it!

How To Meet Your Spirit Animal

Once when I was taking a mediumship development class, the teacher gave me a long, penetrating look. That’s always a bit weird. Spinach in my teeth? Someone doing “bunny ears” behind my head? WHAT?

She took a deep breath, pointed at me and said, “You must always bring an animal through from the Other Side for whomever you’re linking to….”

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I’m down with that. As a passionate animal lover, I love the energy they bring to our lives. Animals have their own wisdom and connection to the worlds. Even after they cross, they continue to impact our life. I wrote about this here.

There’s a stepped-up version of this, too: your Spirit Animal (sometimes called “Power Animal”).

I’ve discussed how each of us has several Spirit Guides at our disposal. These are entities who were once human and are available to help us navigate the ups and downs of life. Their 10,000 foot view of the Earth experience gives them a unique understanding of what we go through, and thus, some pretty kick-ass help.

A Spirit Animal guides us by way of their nature-based qualities and characteristics. Learning to tap into their presence will provide some surprising insights into our problems.

Like human Spirit Guides, you may have several Spirit Animals who come through during your time here. It all depends on what you need. Right now, I’m feeling the power of Bear: a creature who is confident, grounded and whose tall, fearless stance denotes leadership.

Not quite THIS bear...

Not quite THIS bear…

A friend of mine is seeing Hummingbirds everywhere, both in pictures and in real life. Clearly, she is being told to stay light right now – to trust that there is more going on, just like the rapid beating of the wings you can’t see.

If you’d like to meet your own Spirit Critter, here’s a great meditation.

Start by taking several deep breaths, relaxing more and more with each one. Envision a pillar of white light coming down from the Universe and filling your spine with its healing, protective power. Ask for the protection of any entity of your choice: Jesus, St. Francis, the Great Spirit – whatever feels right.

Now, imagine yourself walking through a beautiful forest. Really see the trees and greenery, hear the birds. Stay relaxed and don’t force this.

You hear the sound of a stream in the distance. Walk towards it. When you arrive, look around to see a gorgeous clearing all around you. The stream runs through it, the ground is comfortable. Take a seat and just relax.

Now, invite your Spirit Animal to join you in this sacred space.

This is a warm, protected place that only you and your Spirit Animal may inhabit; nothing can hurt either of you here. Listen and observe as your animal draws near. What do you hear, smell, see, experience? What animal is entering the clearing? Keep in mind, it might be a bird or an insect, like a butterfly. It doesn’t have to have fur, fins or claws.

After a few moments, ask your Spirit Animal a question(s). Go with what you get: a feeling, a word or phrase. Do you feel different in any way? This is the energy passing from them to you.

Once he/she has answered your question, feel free to spend some time bonding or playing with your Spirit Animal. There’s no rush, because you may return to this glade at any time in the future.

When you feel ready, thank your animal for coming forward. Now, retrace your steps back through the glade. Take more deep breaths, feeling yourself gradually returning to the “here and now.” Open your eyes.

 

After you’ve met your Spirit Animal, you may want to keep a reminder of them nearby. A photo or statue is a great way to keep their influence nearby, and allow their energy to infuse your daily life.

 

PS – And just because this STILL makes me laugh, here’s a revisit of the Ultimate Power Animal: Honey Badger!

7 Signs of Angels

One of the things I stress to my clients is, you don’t have to go it alone. Human life is hard, but between angels, spirit guides and our loved ones on the Other Side, there are plenty of folks ready to help guide us over the potholes and gaping sinkholes we encounter. All you need do is send up the Bat Signal. Then pay attention.

Here are some common signs that you’ve been heard:

1) Feathers: white feathers are commonly regarded as a sign of the angels. Sometimes you’ll find a big fat one; but small ones are no less potent. I was sitting outside the other day meditating when a tiny white feather drifted right down from nowhere. Sweet.

2) Butterflies. What a sign of transformation! You don’t necessarily have to see a live one; a photo or one on TV also counts.

3) Dragonflies. With their ability to “walk on water” (literally), dragonflies remind us to look beneath the surface. And, like the explanation above, an image will do.

4) Coins. Notice where and when you find them, if they’re especially shiny or have a significant date on them.

5) Music. Flip on the radio after sending up your request and notice what random lyrics have to say. Also, a particular artist may remind you of someone on the Other Side.

6) Rainbows. Judy Garland sang about ‘em for a reason. And they were a sign to Noah that the storm had passed.

7) Sparkles of light. When you catch them out of the corner of your eye, you can be sure it’s the presence of a helper.

The thing about these indicators is, they stand out. There’s something out of the ordinary about when, where and how you experience them.

I was once walking through Times Square with a colleague who was grieving the loss of his mother. Her nickname had been “Bird,” so every feather he encountered on the nasty, funky street, he just had to pick up. The gazillion pigeons in the area just gave him side-eye. Because, pigeons.

The point is, you’ll KNOW when it’s a sign. Trust it.

Also trust that help will come from spirit-side; but it may not show up in the way you expect. For example, you may be gently steered to overhear a conversation about a company that’s hiring, rather than get a promotion at your present job. Keep an open mind – our helpers know what they’re doing.

What signs of spirit presence have you experienced?  Leave it in the comments.

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Four Tools for A Spiritual Makeover

 

I recently re-did my office to make it my “reading room” for clients. Put away are the corporate items that once dominated the room: files, binders with reports, back issues of trade magazines and biz-related books. Those now reside in a couple of big containers stashed elsewhere.

Instead, I’ve consciously reworked the space to give off a peaceful, healing and spiritual vibe.   It helps me during the reading, but it also puts my client into a calm, positive space that they take with them afterwards.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a boatload of tools, tchotkes, potions, powders, Tarot decks, oracle decks, books and more related to the spiritual realms. I had fun dragging them all out and arranging them in my new room. But when it gets right down to it, there are four things that anyone can display in their home that will instantly pull in wonderful energies.

CRYSTALS

One of my friends had a living room that looked like a rock shop. Crystals everywhere.   I haven’t gone that far, but I do keep some particular ones in my room: quartz, amethyst and rose quartz. Those are the go-to stones and cover a lot of ground, purpose-wise. Displaying even a single crystal in your home changes the energies. I wrote more about stones here and here.

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CANDLES

The light from a candle isn’t just warm and peaceful, it serves as a beacon to helpful entities on the Other Side. They’re drawn to the gentle illumination. The ritual of lighting a candle instantly dials down the everyday drama and puts you in a more peaceful state.

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INCENSE

There’s a reason churches and temples burn incense: it creates sacred space. In some traditions, incense “carries” our prayers to the heavens.   Before my client arrives, I light the incense, then carry it around the room (in a dish of sand so no random embers drop onto the carpet). It’s the fastest way to “get in the zone.”

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STATUARY

At last count, I had figures of Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Kuan Yin, Archangel Michael, St. Teresa, St. Anthony, St. Francis, random angels, a Native American shaman and some Hindu god whose name escapes me. Seeing this parade of enlightened beings from all traditions grounds me. It reminds me that there are entities available to help us as we navigate life’s ups and downs. But even a single image of a being meaningful to you instantly draws in powerful spiritual energy.

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Got any favorite items of your own? How do you “make over” your space?  Spill it in the comments!

How A Dream Journal Connects You to the Other Side

One of the most valuable sources of spiritual information available to us comes through our dreams.  This is where our minds are stilled from the distractions of the day, where our subconscious relaxes and opens up. The dream state is the meeting place where our spirit guides, angels and loved ones on the Other Side can get in touch more easily.

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And its where we can access information and messages from these entities. Keeping a Dream Journal allows you to compile this rich source of info; simply trying to “remember” a powerful image or dream experience pretty much guarantees it will vanish by the time you’ve finished your breakfast. Besides, some messages may resonate days or even weeks later. So writing them down is just smart.

Because this can be such a moving, enlightening part of your life, pick out an extra-nice blank journal and a pretty pen. Scrawling your insights in lipstick on the take-out receipt just doesn’t have the same vibe.

The info that downloads from the spiritual realm may come as a simple word, a feeling, an image – or a whole, long dream where you’re jamming with Aerosmith while wearing a hoop skirt straight out of Gone With the Wind.

That's me with the scarves.

That’s me with the scarves.

I’m pretty good at recalling my dreams, and when I write them down, I go back and highlight particular words or feelings that jump out from the whole scenario.

Dating your entries is also crucial: when you look back, you may spot an overall “thread” that has meaning. Or individual dates may align with important events in your life: the death-date of someone special, your birthday, anniversaries, etc.

When it comes to both getting messages from angels, loved ones or spirit in your dreams – and recalling them in general –your intention is everything. Before you go to sleep, ask for something to be sent your way – and the ability to remember it. When you first wake up from your dream, stay still for a moment or two to “capture” it. Then record it in your journal. This becomes a practice, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a little time. It wlll happen.

I also keep a couple of “dream encyclopedias” by my bedside to help decode various symbols: many times, spirit utilizes universal images like rainbows or birds to communicate with us. No need to reinvent the wheel.

You’ll recognize true messages for the impact they have on you: they stand out from ordinary dreams. Sleep is a great thing – but that time drooling on your pillow can be incredibly healing in more ways than one. Nighty night.

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