6 Ways to Connect to a Lost Loved One by Megan Bailey

You can reconnect with your loved ones that have passed on.

Do you long to connect with a loved one that has passed on? It’s a common desire for many who have lost someone close to them, whether it be a parents, spouse, friend or other close family member. Losing someone you love is never easy and seeking out ways to reconnect with them can help.

People have been speaking with the deceased for thousands of years using a variety of different methods. You don’t have to go see professionals to communicate with spirits, and instead you might already have some trying to connect with you. Once you have a basic understanding of the tools, knowledge and information available to you then it will become clear that you can reunite with your loved ones. Here are some great methods and techniques to get you started.

Pay Attention to Signs

One tragic occurrence is when a loved one is trying to communicate with the living, but they are left unheard because the living didn’t notice the signs. In order to identify a sign from a loved one, you should begin to learn the types of signs they will use.

Some of the most common signs involve the senses. Feeling their presence around you, feeling their touch, smelling their fragrance, and hearing their whispers are a few well-documented ways. In addition, they might use technology to get your attention. Weird electrical activity and strange phone calls might be signs. Some spirits also like to leave small gifts, such as feathers, coins or stones, to communicate.

There is a vast array of types of signs your loved ones might use to get in touch with you. It might take some work to figure out which method your loved one will use to communicate with you. Spirits will usually try to use the methods that are most readily available to those they are trying to communicate with, but be open to all options.

Hold an Object of Theirs

Many psychics and mediums recommend holding a personal item that belonged to your loved one that has passed, because it’s believed that objects can absorb and retain energy. The energy that is left behind will give you a stronger line of communication.

In conjunction with some of these other steps, holding an object of your departed loved one is a way of enhancing your connection to them. Try holding their objects and praying to them or lighting a candle. The spirit will then have a more direct line of reaching you.

Focus on Your Dreams

Dreams are the most common way to be visited by those who have passed on. In most visitation dreams, a deceased loved one often enters the dream and is surrounded by some sort of light. In the dream, they typically will offer you some sort of message or give you comfort to let you know that they are OK.

Many people don’t remember their dreams, quickly dismiss them, or forget them in the minutes upon waking. In order to make sure those issues don’t ruin your chances of speaking with spirits, begin doing dream work. This means keeping a journal next to your bed and writing down your dreams each morning, so you won’t forget important themes or images. Study what your dreams are telling you, and begin to analyze common themes. With time and practice, you will have a better hold of your dream state which will allow your deceased loved ones to come in and visit you. Don’t get discouraged if this takes time.

See a Medium

Sometimes it’s necessary to enlist outside help if you aren’t able to connect with one of your loved ones. Mediums are well versed in connecting with spirits of the dead. They will be able to work with you one on one to create a “bridge” from the living world to the spirit world. Mediums have a special ability where they can sense the spirits of the dead much easier than the normal person.

Be wary about the medium you choose to go to. Even those who are not skeptical about the practice of speaking to the dead will usually be willing to acknowledge that not every medium is legitimate. As with anything else, there are scam artists out there. Research a medium before scheduling an appointment with him or her and try to verify that he or she is the real deal. When you meet for your appointment, take note of whether or not the medium is leading you on with questions and having you provide the answers they claim to be offering.

Pay Close Attention to Special Days

Knowing when to expect a visit really helps to narrow down the time you spend looking for signs. There are a few common visitation times, but they are much more likely to happen when you’re alone, sleeping and dreaming, during a difficult time in your life, or during family events. These include dates that are special to you and your loved one, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and other major life events. Pay close attention for signs on these days.

Ask Them to Visit

Spirits can become specific and deliver notes, radio songs, messages to you, words and much more to make sure you know it is who you think it is when communicating with you. All you have to do is ask! Once you’ve learned the type of signs your loved one can send, you can ask them for something more specific.

Many spirits will not contact the living unless they are told specifically that they can do so. It could be scary, traumatizing, or upsetting for many to be contacted if they are not ready for it. Spirits want to be invited back in to someone’s life and will wait for permission. In addition, some spirits may feel they have been forgotten and like they are not wanted back into the person’s life. Asking clearly that you want a sign from a loved one, and stating that you miss them deeply and desire a connection with them will help bridge this gap.

When you learn how spirits communicate and what signs they use, it becomes easier to be able to contact those who have passed on. Do a little bit of work and keep an open mind, before you know it you will have a sign from a loved one from the other side.

Article Source – Belief.net

Life after death: Woman passed through tunnel to a ‘mystical realm’ in NDE account by Sebastian Kettley

A WOMAN who claims to have suffered a clinical death during surgery and passed into a “mystical realm”, believes life after death is probably real.

Consciousness continues after clinical death, research shows

The woman, who introduced herself as Rebecca, shared her bizarre experience with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF). According to Rebecca’s detailed account, her heart stopped on the operating table 2003. Under the influence of general anaesthesia, Rebecca said she remembers going through a dark tunnel.

She said: “Whatever I experienced after this didn’t happen straight away. I remember being in total darkness.

“The best way I can describe is it’s like closing your eyes but there is no light or sound.”

When she flew through the tunnel, she felt content and weightless.

Once she exited, Rebecca said she was floating over a “pearly-grey, cloudy place” she described as a “clearly mystical or unearthly realm”.

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She said: “Gradually, I floated down to solid ground but it didn’t look solid.

“Then out of nowhere, this person stepped out from behind a veil of sorts.

“I couldn’t really see the face but they were tall and I would say it was a man wearing a robe.

“Looking back, I didn’t know this person. But at the time, I looked at the person and it was like I had known them my whole life.”

Rebecca also claims to have seen a woman in Victorian or Edwardian clothing.

However, she was soon told she had to go back and she flew backwards towards her body.

Rebecca said: “My mum told me later that my appendix had ruptured and that I had peritonitis.”

What I love most about this article is that when I had my own NDE I too didn’t experience anything but a warm and comforting darkness. I saw no lights. I heard nothing. If you’ve already read my book Life After Death you already know all of this, so I won’t go into it here. Still, this was my experience. AND… it was perfect. Too, having experienced it myself, I know it’s real. I also know that for some of us the darkness, the “perfect” darkness, is as far as we get. Love it! Calleen

Article Source – Express.com.uk

7 Types of Spirit Guides (& How to Connect With Them) by ALETHEIA LUNA

7 Types of Spirit Guides

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Right now, it seems to be a common trend to believe that spirit guides are primarily animals or angelic beings – but this is only one small dimension of the many possibilities that exist out there.

Spirit guides, I believe, can have unlimited shapes and forms. A spirit guide could just as easily be a soft gust of air that makes the hairs on your arm stand up, as it could be a full-blown godly being that you meet during a shamanic journey.

There are so many possibilities out there, and below I will break down the main “types,” “species” or forms of spirit guides which you might encounter on your path. Remember, you can have more than one, and most people often do!

1. Half Man Half Beast (Trans-Species)

Many spirit guides manifest themselves as half man/woman and half animal. Examples include centaurs, fauns, harpies, mermaids, sphinxes, fairies, and minotaurs. Many deities also appear as spirit guides, for instance, Anubis (jackal-headed Egyptian god), Ganesha (elephant-headed Indian god), Ra (falcon head, human body), etc. The first ever spirit guide that I personally made contact with was Pan, a half man half goat entity, who “revealed” to me my own personal shadow self and the need for me to embark on a journey of healing my core wounds.

2. Animals/Totems

Animals are well-known spirit guides and have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, perhaps thanks to their accessibility in our everyday lives. Some ancient cultures, such as the indigenous Americans and Chinese, held animals as sacred representations of their tribes or lineages. These days, animals come to represent and reflect a person’s own inner yearnings and needs, moving from group use to more personal and individual use in this day and age. I offer personal spirit animal readings here.

3. Light Beings

Many people describe “light beings” (also commonly known as guardian angels), as being their spirit guides. Light beings are said to help people move through traumatic areas of life such as death, loss, and grief. Light beings are called such because of their tendency to appear bright, glowing or full of light.

4. Ancestors

Ancestral guides are entities that have some kind of blood connection to us and our lineage. An ancestral guide could be a recently deceased member of your family (mother, father, aunt, grandfather), or a long-dead relative that you have perhaps never met in your lifetime. When I have done shamanic journeying in the past, I have connected with what I consider my ancestors. To me, they appeared as shadowy beings that felt distinctly familiar. They taught me that although I felt alone and isolated in my current family, I am part of something vastly larger. The messages that our ancestors bring can be beautiful and life-changing.

5. Plants

Shamans believe that the world and everything in it is composed of vibrant, living energy. This includes plants. Ayahuasca – a psychoactive brew that is made out of a vine commonly found in Peru – is one of the most well-known ways of getting in touch with the spirits of nature. Interestingly the Banisteriopsis Caapi (Ayahuasca) vine is known as “the vine of the souls,” and it is common for all those taking it to feel guided by the plant into the realms of inner and outer existence. The same can be said for many other psychoactive (and non-psychoactive plants). Plants can either be symbolic, like in pagan traditions that associate certain qualities with certain plants, or experiential, where ingesting the plant stimulates mental, physical, and emotional expansion.

6. Gods and Goddesses

Gods and goddesses have been worshiped, feared and written about since the dawn of time. They span across every culture, every tradition, every religion and every part of the world. Common gods and goddesses that serve as spirit guides include Athena, Quan Yin, Apollo, Lakshmi, Lugh, Kali, Hathor, Horus, The Green Man, and Selene.

7. Ascended Masters

Ascended masters are beings that have already lived on this earth, gone through a spiritual awakening but have become enlightened, awakened or have transcended the cycle of reincarnation. Thus, ascended masters represent the ultimate teachers and gateways to the divine. It is said that ascended masters, like all spirit guides, teach all people who call on them (not just you) to achieve greater wholeness and harmony in life. Common examples include Krishna, Jesus, Confucius, Kuthumi, Melchizedek, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Babaji, Gautama Buddha, and many others.

9 Ways to Connect With Your Spirit Guides

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This article is not about invoking spirit guides, as in calling on a guide who you believe will help you. Instead, this article focuses on how to reveal the spirit guides who have already been assigned to you and your life.

With that said, here are some different ways to connect with your guides:

1. Scrying

Scrying is the ancient divinatory practice of gazing into a reflective surface, such as water, mirrors, or crystal balls to receive esoteric information. From a psychological perspective, scrying helps you to get in touch with your unconscious mind and the important guidance which may be locked away within it.

Scrying is, however, something that must be practiced consistently – it is not easy. But if you are a visually-based person (i.e. one who receives insight through pictures, also known as clairvoyance), it is worth committing to. In order to connect with your spirit guide via scrying, set an intention to ‘see’ your guide. You may like to say a mantra or prayer to communicate with your guide your desire to meet them. Read more about scrying.

2. Dream Work

Just before going to bed, set the intention to see, meet, or speak with your spirit guide within your dreams. Continue this practice for two weeks and see what happens. When you wake up, note any strange figures or unusual patterns that emerge in your dream. The goal is to find repetition: what messages or dream beings keep appearing?

Sometimes our spirit guides don’t directly reveal themselves, but instead symbolically reveal who they are to us. Take note of symbols that keep emerging and journal about them. What do they mean? Once you have a strong inkling of who/what your guide is, thank them. Continue to ask for guidance and for their appearance in your dreams before going to bed. Learning how to lucid dream is also a powerful way to contact your spirit guides.

3. Silence Your Mind

One of the best ways to contact your spirit guides is by silencing your mind through practices such as meditation or mindfulness. Here is one simple practice:

Sit or lie down in a quiet place that is undisturbed by other people. Focus on your back or thighs as they come in contact with the ground. Notice the rising and falling of your chest. Listen to the sounds around you. Focus on being present in the Now. If you have raging thoughts, jump up and down for a little bit (to expel the frantic energy from your body), then resume your meditation. Let your thoughts become like a stream. Sit down and watch that stream as a silent observer. Don’t try to fight these thoughts, just let them flow. When you feel ready, ask to hear the name or see the face of your spirit guide. You might need to wait for a while, so be patient. Let go of expectations (they will block what you are about to receive).

Journal about your experiences afterward. If you struggle with this practice, don’t worry. Most people do. Just practice it for 10 minutes a day, and see what happens.

4. Bibliomancy

Bibliomancy is the practice of seeking spiritual insight by opening a book at a random place. This form of divination was popular in the middle ages, but it continues to be an interesting way of gaining guidance. Here is how to use bibliomancy to connect with your spirit guides:

Go to your personal library or collection of books. (Alternatively, if you don’t have any, go to a local library.) Stand in front of the books and close your eyes. Ask to be drawn to a specific book that will help reveal your spirit guide. I encourage closing your eyes as you do this so that you aren’t influenced by bias. Let your inner feelings guide you. When you feel a pull, run your hands over the bookcase or pile of books. Pick the book you feel most drawn to (remember to keep your eyes shut!). Then, either open the book at random and quickly look at the page, or wait for a page number to pop into your mind. Read what is in front of you.

Sometimes bibliomancy takes practice because it requires you to have a strong connection to your intuition. Other times, you won’t receive a direct response, but will instead receive a clue. Remember, spirit guides are powerful beings with their own personalities. Calling on them will not necessarily make them want to reveal themselves to you straight away. Often, by concealing themselves and making you work to discover them, you learn important lessons along the way.

5. Visualization

One relatively simple way of contacting your spirit guides is through visualization. There are quite a few spirit guide visualizations already out there on the internet which you might like to try out. You might even like to create your own visualization by listening to soothing music and imagining that you are walking down dark a staircase into a white room. Remember to always set an intention for your visualization. In this case, it would be, “I wish to connect with my spirit guide” or similar.

6. Plant medicine journeying

OK, a word of warning. This is not a lukewarm approach – and it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you are serious about connecting with your guides, I highly recommend shamanic journeying with plant medicines such as ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, and mescaline with trusted healers or shamans. Even marijuana, in the right ceremonial setting, can open a doorway into the ‘other side.’

Please note that journeying with sacred plant medicine doesn’t always bring what you want – it brings what you need. So while you may have the intention to meet your spirit guides, you might instead be tossed into a cosmic inner-space voyage or a subterranean sacred geometrical ego-death experience. It all depends on you and the medicine you need right now. (Note: please ensure you are mentally balanced before entering these trips.)

7. Trance

No, I’m not referring to a genre of music. I’m referring to a state of mind, as in, a half-conscious state. You know that strange mental space you enter before you go to sleep (technically called the hypnogogic state)? That is the state we’re aiming for. When you are in a trance, your mind is open and receptive. It no longer has the typical filters of conscious waking reality. As such, this state is perfect for connecting with your spirit guides.

Many ancient cultures used trance to ‘connect with the gods.’ Different ways of entering trance include self-hypnosis, various breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, watching a pendulum, visualization, drumming, and dancing. Read our article on inducing trance for more guidance.

8. Nature Immersion

When you take the time to look and pay attention, nature is sublimely magical. It is also a beautiful place to come in contact with your spirit guides (particularly animal spirits and trans-species beings).

Find someplace outside. Sit in a park, by a river or stream, or go hiking. Look at the clouds, bodies of water, and trees. Can you glimpse any faces? What animals keep appearing that have seemed to accompany you for a while?

Just the other week I was staring at the clouds. Out of nowhere, one particular cloud morphed into the face of Pan. I interpreted this as a clear reminder of his constant presence in my life. And yes, while this could have been a product of my imagination, the very fact that I interpreted the cloud as showing the face of Pan speaks a lot about my personal unconscious.

9. Look For Synchronicity

Synchronicity is another word for meaningful coincidence. Have you ever seen repetitive numbers (such as 3333, 1111, 1212), names, or symbols arise in your life? Pay attention. These often carry important messages.

Article Source – LonerWolf.com

Man pronounced clinically dead for three minutes describes what death is like

Death is one of life’s biggest mysteries, and it does not seem like there would be an answer any time soon. One man has shared his experience after being clinically dead for three minutes.

There are many assumptions on what death would probably be like when a person experiences it. Express reports that Reddit user Pwnographik recalled his experience with death after falling ill in a foreign country and suffering from a damaged stomach lining as an effect from going on the keto diet. Upon arriving back in his home country of Canada, he was confined in the hospital after suffering from severe dehydration resulting from his vomiting. His body was rejecting the IV and hydration until everything went black.

The Reddit user was clinically dead for three minutes, and he shared his experience after flatlining. “I didn’t see any white light or angels, didn’t hear any voices. I could see, but I didn’t have a body,” said the Redditor, who then described the next few moments as like being on another planet with totally different surroundings.

“When I looked down, I saw sand, and there was very shallow water. It was like an endless shore. The water was probably an inch or two high, but the best way I could describe it is when you walk on the very shallow end of the shore of a beach and that shallow end is just endless, like the water never got deeper or shallower,”

The user also revealed that the sky where he found himself in was purple, and there was no sun, only rays of light that were blue. “The feeling was so foreign to me. It just felt like every single problem I had, every single issue, no matter how big or how small was just gone. I just existed. It felt like everything was going to be okay…”

Scientists have also tried to explain whether or not there is life after death or at least the experience that follows after death. One scientist, Dr. Robert Lanza of the Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine, believes that death is not the end, but is a quantum reboot that places us somewhere in an alternative time.

Article Source – Econotimes.com

11 Types of Spirit Guides on Your Team by Melanie Beckler

I liked this article very much… I even learned about a couple of new guide types I hadn’t actually ever labeled. Mostly though, I agree with all of the them. Enjoy! Calleen

Life Guides are like the managers of your spiritual team.This spirit guide is with you from birth to death, and works to manage and coordinate all the other spirit guides, angels, and spiritual teachers assisting you at any given time.

Gatekeeper Guides guard your personal soul records (Akashic records). They connect you with the right memories at the right time to bring the healing, advancement, wisdom and knowledge of your souls memories into your current experience without overwhelming you with too much at any given time. Gatekeep guides also work to allow, or block entities as well as past loved ones to reach you, depending on what is for your highest and greatest good.

Teacher Guides appear to teach you, and guide you along your path.Teacher guides will appear in many different forms depending on your lessons and objectives.They provide guidance through dreams, meditation, and by leaving clues and signs for you, as long as you need them, and then they move on.

Timing Guides oversee synchronicity in your life. They will help you to be in the right place at the right time, to meet key people on your path and align with new opportunities on divine time

Karmic Guides help you to navigate personal and collective karma so that you can resolve it, step off the wheel of karma and experience new levels of love and blessings.

Creative Guides are just about what they sound like. They help to inspire creative visions, and help you to reconnect with the creative talents of your soul, from the physical realm.

Protection Guides could also be thought of as body guard guides. They protect you both mentally, spiritually, and physically according to what you allow and intend. This is a guide who is with you from birth to death, and who is highly enlightened. In addition to protection they oversee the spiritual guidance you connect with and help you to avoid temptations and distractions so you may stay aligned with your souls purpose and intentions.

Astral Guides. Exactly as it sounds, Astral Guides guide your experience in the astral realm. When you’re asleep, or consciously journeying into the astral plane during meditation, this guide is with you offering their protection and guidance.

Joy Guides are playful, and beaming with childlike delight. They are with you to help you lighten up and enjoy. Laughter is key to making the link with your joy guide.

Helper Guides come and go depending on your current projects, interests and points of focus. They will assist you as long as you need them, and then move on allowing you to move forward following the callings of your heart.

Spirit Animal Guides. Sometimes known as Power Animals, your Spirit Animal Guides offer you their powerful protection, guidance and assistance. Spirit Animals are ascended, and yet they retain a grounded connection to the Earth so they can effectively help you in navigating your life on Earth.

Nature Spirits, Angels, Archangels, Ascended Masters, Ancestors, and Saints are very similar in vibration to spirit guides, and have a great deal of guidance and insight to offer as well.

Ask For Assistance!

You have free will, and so the choice as to whether you work with your spirit guides or ignore them is completely up to you.

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Spirit Guides honor your free will, and will not interfere without permission, or offer guidance and assistance you haven’t asked for (consciously or unconsciously). Your spirit guides all work together in harmony with your higher self, to support you in life, and help keep you on track.

By consciously asking for help and inviting your spirit guides to assit you in your life, their guidance, and assistance can and does make a big difference.

With love, light and gratitude, 

Melanie Beckler

Article Source – ask-angels.com