How does one communicate with spirits when they’ve never tried it before? Or, when you’ve tried it and had iffy or no results, how do you move forward? Allow me to assist you! This will be a multi-part post series, and I’ll update this post with links to the other parts as I make them.
Step 1: Believe In Yourself. Seriously! I know it sounds cheesy and kind of laughable, but you are never going to get anywhere if you don’t believe in your own ability to contact spirits. There is no straightforward way to tackle this, like simple mathematics or even like writing a well-structured sentence. Many people have many different methods of how they communicate with spirits, and they only way they could do it is because they believed they could in the first place, and they proved themselves right. Let me give you an example of an attitude I see commonly, and how we can approach it:
“I’ve never communicated with spirits before. Pendulums can be vague and controlled by my subconscious, and I have no prior knowledge or experience with tarot or runes. Telepathy sounds intimidating, and I don’t know if I’d be able to discern which voice is which in my head. I’m terrible at meditation and visualization, and I don’t have the patience or focus for scrying. Things like shufflemancy and bibliomancy confuse me because I don’t know how to interpret them. How can I communicate with my spirit companion?”
The number one problem this person has is a lack of belief in their own ability. Look at this: they have already discounted their ability to learn tarot, to try telepathy, to practice meditation or visualization, or to attempt to interpret songs or books that are close and familiar to them. If you really have no prior experience, your best bet is not going to be handed to you on a silver platter! Most people who work with spirits have worked hard and practiced daily for a very long time to be able to use any of the communication methods they use.
Here is the attitude you should try to have instead:
“I’ve never communicated with spirits before. I’m a bit skeptic, but I can try using one of my necklaces as a pendulum. I can use free, enthusiastic online resources and communities to help myself learn tarot. Telepathy sounds intimidating, but I think with practice I can learn to trust that what I’m thinking is not completely in my head. I can use free, guided meditations on YouTube to assist me with focusing while meditating, and I can start visualization exercises slow and simple. In time, I think I can master at least one of these methods for use in communicating with my spirit companion.”
The fact of the matter is, there are so many people who would love to help you learn how to do something! Your spirit companion would also love to help and adapt to whatever method is most convenient for you, as they often adore helping you with whatever they can. But in order for all their help to work, you need to put in a fair amount of effort, too.
When adopting a spirit companion, or entering the field of spirit work, you are making a choice to adopt a hobby, lifestyle, or commitment that requires determination, work, and effort. Not everything is going to come to you easily and naturally. You need to be able to accept that, and be positive about it! Only then can you move forward with spirit communication.
Step 2: Learn to communicate on the most basic level. In order to interact with someone, you first have to know they are in the room. Learn to familiarize yourself with your spirit's energy! If you have a vessel binding only, this may be as simple as holding their vessel in your hands and asking them, by name, to show up. What sensations do you feel? If you feel nothing, consider that they may be busy or not around at the moment, and try again later. But if you feel anything, or see any "images" in your mind's eye, that may be their calling card. It doesn't have to be a rush of wind or the intense flickering of a candle - something gentle and subtle can be enough.
To tell if your companion is busy, you can ask your pendulum. Another way to do it is try to reach out, or do something I call "pinging." Have you ever read the book Eragon? In that series, some people have the ability to probe or reach out with their minds, and the way the author describes it reminds me a lot of how I feel about tapping into the connection I have with your companions. You can do this by visualizing your companion and just seeing if you can "feel" their presence. If it's feeling unresponsive or quiet, they may be busy, and might come to talk to you later. You have to trust in your own ability and intuition here! There's no tried and true method for anything in the art of spirit work, so do what feels best for you.
Overall, you're beginning a wonderful journey for communicating and having a wonderful, enriching experience with your spirit companion. I believe in you - now it's time for you to believe in yourself!
The next post installment will deal with different methods for communication. Read now!