Imagine you are at a party.
You are having a really good time. You’re socializing, talking to friends, and drinking a fun, summer cocktail, that you never get to treat yourself to. Suddenly, you realize your drink has gone empty and you need to head into the kitchen for a refill.
When you re-enter the living room, the energy has seemed to shift. Things don’t seem as fun, everything is more tense, more still, more heavy. You know something isn’t right, but you don’t know what.
Has something like this ever happened to you?
If so, congratulations! You have the ability to sense energy.
What just happened in this room is that there was likely an argument in your absence and tense, rough emotions, stares, and words were set out into the room as energy. This energy, is what you felt. Even though the argument had ended, the energetic nature of the interaction was still present.
Each of us, exists in energetic form and physical form. Some call this: spiritual body and physical body. But, that really doesn’t matter here. As long as you can sense emotions in a room, and maintain your awareness of surroundings, you can sense those in Spirits.
Those in Spirit, even without physical bodies, still have energy bodies - all of which carry a certain vibration and resonance - much any emotion carries with it. You don’t just say hateful words, you also feel it boil up from within you. You simply don’t express loving thoughts and actions, without also feeling the energy of love. Thus, without words, emotion, or thought, the presence, the feeling, of a Spirit can still be identified.
All that you need to do, is tune into awareness of your space. The ability to sense those in Spirit is called clairsentience, which means ‘clear feeling’. To some degree, each and every one of us has feelings and can therefore, sense the feelings, emotions, coming to us as energy, from those around us. And therefore, each and every one of us has some level of clairsentience. Clairsentience is usually the first of our abilities that we use in our day to day lives to assess our surroundings for safety and to ultimately, develop our intuitive gifts.
You know the difference in the feeling and energy of each emotion, essentially by heart. After all, you don’t have to told to know someone is mad at you - as long as you’re perceptive. There is a language of energy that exists for all emotions and each person you meet, and all those in Spirit are energy, there is also a language of energy for each and every Spiritual being - Angel, Guide, Loved Ones, or Earth Spirit. In learning how to sense Spirit, it essential to know the feeling and energy of each type of Spirit, that you are most likely to encounter.
In many cases, this ‘sensing’ is an attempt for a Spirit to get in touch with you, or at the very least be aware of its presence. If you can determine in which of these above ways that you ‘feel’ Spirit, keep this thought in your mind and test it.
What do Spirits Feel Like?
When a human Spirit is present, each one of us has a unique sensation that we experience.
You may feel a heaviness or pressure around you or over your head. A heat in the air or tingly sensation on your arms and back. A sudden fastness to your world, as though you are falling on a roller coaster. I often describe the presence of a human spirit as a thickness, warmness to a room, as those you entered a space with a dense crowd at a party . . . yet, hardly anyone, perhaps just yourself, is present. The reason for this, is because the Spirit who is present has energy that is not limited to their physical body, thus, they can expand it to get your attention.
The presence of your deceased loved ones often feels very comforting. And, many people do not realize the presence of a deceased loved one for this reason - it feels good - and we usually only ‘pick-up’ on those thing that feel scary to us. A hug, a brush of your hair, holding your hand, and a gentle touch – feeling their touch is most common in the days directly following your deceased loved one’s passing, however, some Spirits do continue to visit, long after their passing, using the ability of touch. This may also manifest in feeling them not touch you, but an object near you, for instance, noticing someone sit or lay down in the bed next to you.
Ghosts, human Spirits who have not crossed into the Light, create a heavy, dense feeling in a space, because they are so closely tied to earth. If you walk into a space and suddenly feel like a heavy blanket has dropped on you, there is a good chance a ghost is with you - a remnant energy from a previous emotional event, or a human being. All ghosts feel dense. The more closely tied to the earth a human ghost or how recent the event, determines the level of denseness, or powerful, the energy in the space.
Many people, myself included, feel that ghosts typically make you feel not only heavy, but also anxious or afraid. This is because they are so densely connected to Earth, and It is most likely THEIR anxiety, worry, concern and fear you are picking up on, rather than your own. Some people find that ghosts are cold or chilling in feeling - as they often draw on your heat (energy) to sustain themselves. Learn more about the differences between Ghosts and those who have crossed over here.
Guides and Angels
Spirit Guides and Angels are often referred to as Beings of Light, and as such, they have a very high, elevated, lifting feeling, when one is present. Often, the presence of a guide will feel like a tingling sensation, sometimes described as a numbness, on one or all parts of your body. When my Sister senses her Guides, it feels like a tingle on her crown, where other clients have described simply a presence stepping close to you, or a tingle or numbness in the forearms or hands. Depending on the Guide or Angel that is visiting you, in addition to the slight tingly warmth you feel on your body, you’ll also pick up a unique ‘fingerprint’ of this being. For example is a strong and protective warrior, you will also get a sense of protected and safeness.
This feeling of a gentle massage or shimmer on your skin, is most commonly a Light Being - a guide or Angel. The sensation of an Angelic presence is usually associated with visions of light, flashes of light, or dreams with light beings. Learn more about seeing Angels here.
Earth spirits like fairies, gnomes and animal spirits, often visit my making their awareness knowing in an attitude or emotional behavior shift. Do you normally feel down and grumpy, and recently, you’ve been feeling giggly and like a jokester for no reason? Have you found yourself going into nature and coming out with elevated joyous spirits? This elevated, joyous, change in a more gentle and light-hearted attitude shift, is often the work of a fairy or a gnome.
Animal spirits, often make their presence known with sudden awareness - you may begin to notice things you haven’t before, and have heightened abilities to step out of yourself and become an observer. Animal Spirits provide us with untapped skills of awareness, in many forms.
The next step in improving your Spirit sensory abilities is to learn how to see and hear those in Spirit.
In my eBook, The Medium's Toolkit, we discuss the most common ways to sense, hear and perceive those in Spirit. The best part is, you don't even have to be a medium to enjoy it! Many people are more sensitive to those in Spirit than they actually realize.