What Do Spirits Feel Like?
A Short Guide On How To Sense Spirits
Amanda Linette Meder
Felt things in tunnels and old buildings before? Have you suddenly perceived a change in a child's room at night? Noticed a chilly sensation come through a space quite quickly? Well then perhaps you’re already feeling spirits presence. Think of it this way -
Imagine you are at a party. You're 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 anymore, everyone is a bit tenser, more still, more heavy and quiet. You know something isn’t right, but you don’t know what.
Has something like this ever happened to you?
If so, congratulations.
You can sense energy.
What just happened in this room is that there was likely an argument in your absence and tense, then rough emotions, death glares, and words carrying certain tone were sent out into the room as energy.
When energy changes it sends reverberations of a certain vibration through the space, even in just the form of sound wave, as any musician will tell you, it has an effect.
This energy is what you felt. Even though the argument had ended, the energetic nature of the interaction is still present.
How Energy Sensing Works
Each of us exists in both energetic form and physical form.
Some call this the spiritual body and physical body, the duality.
The spiritual body is what senses the unseen, and the physical body senses what is in the tangible. Like the yin-yang of senses, if you will, and if you can sense emotions in a room, you can also sense those in Spirit.
Those in Spirit, even without physical bodies, still have energy bodies - all of which carry a certain vibration and resonance - and any emotion that carries with it.
The ability to sense those in Spirit is called clairsentience, which means ‘clear feeling' and it's a lot more common a gift than people think.
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. So technically, each and every one of us has some level of clairsentience and we all interpret this energy a different way.
Clairsentience is usually the first of our abilities that open up because we all use it in our day to day lives to assess our surroundings for safety and to ultimately, ever since birth.
And some people believe that people who grew up in abusive homes are actually naturally attuned to be more clairsentient than others once they reach adulthood, as they've had so much time and the necessity to develop the ability to predict behaviors.
Generally, we don’t have to be told to know someone is mad at us - as long as you’re perceptive, you know. You can sense it. This is clairsentience working without even your immediate knowledge.
There is a language of energy that exists for all emotions, and each person you meet. All those in Spirit are energy and operate in this same language of energy.
If you can sense human energy, you can sense Spirit energy.
When learning how to sense Spirit, discernment is essential. Because, 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.
And when you can tell who is communicating with you, then you can be more mindful at the level of which you engage.
So below, you will find the most common ways the different groups of spirits feel, to help you with more mindful engagement and more positive interactions in the Spirit world.
What Do Spirits Feel Like?
When a human Spirit is present, each one of us has a unique sensation that we experience.
Heat in the air or a warmth sensation
The feeling that you're being followed or the comfort of another presence with you
You may feel a heaviness or pressure around you or over your head.
A sudden fastness or feeling of acceleration your world, as though you are falling on a roller coaster
Expanding on each, let’s start with warmth:
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.
Spirit who is present has energy that is not limited to their physical body, thus, they can expand it to get your attention and this expansion creates friction, which creates heat.
In addition to heat, the presence of the deceased you know 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 things 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. 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 are a special type of deceased person, those who have not crossed into the Light, sometimes referred to as earthbound spirits.
Earthbound deceased spirits tend to 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 are also anxiety-inducing, sometimes creating the perception that one has a shortness of breath when one is present.
I describe it like a “being in a crowded elevator" type of feeling.
This is because the deceased are so densely connected to Earth, and it could be their anxiety, worry, concern, and fear you are picking up on. Some people find that ghosts are cold or chilling in feeling - as they often draw on your heat (energy) to sustain themselves.
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.
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.
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 usually pick up a unique ‘fingerprint’ of this Spirit.
For example, for a strong and protective warrior, you will also get a sense of protected and safeness.
Earth And Fairy Spirits
Earth Spirits like fairies, gnomes, and animal Spirits, often visit my making their awareness knowing in an attitude or emotional behavior shift.
a joyous feeling
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 often show themselves to illuminate untapped skills of awareness, in many forms. They are also normally the first to come forward in Reiki attunements or in meditation.
Interested in connecting to the Earthen realm?
For connecting with animal Spirits, I like connecting one-on-one in meditation, as they are usually the first to come forward when you are attuning.
In Janet Raftis’ post on How to Connect with Nature Spirits, she mentions a few ways you can get in touch with these beings.
There are also a lot of great book and oracle resources out there, but I primarily like these:
The Field Guide to the Little People: A Curious Journey Into the Hidden Realm of Elves, Faeries, Hobgoblins & Other Not-So-Mythical Creatures goes into identifying them all.
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals by Lori Morrison
The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron Reid (this oracle deck is also available virtually for free)
So To Recap:
Deceased loved ones can feel heavy, like a pressure
Spirit Guides and Angels can feel like a tingle
Earth Spirits can make you feel more joyous
Though there are variations and some cross-over in each, but these are the basic ways different spirit groups may feel -
Now that you know the first three primary groups of Spirit, the next step in improving your Spirit sensory abilities is to go into further detail on the topic or attempt connecting with one of the groups in meditation.
The best part is, many people are more sensitive to those in Spirit then they actually realize. And once they learn all the signs of Spirit’s presence, they’re more likely to notice stuff that's been happening all along.
To dive deeper:
In my eBooks, The Medium's Toolkit and then even in more detail in The Spirit Identification Key, I go into further detail where I discuss all the most common ways to sense, hear and perceive those in Spirit.
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Amanda Linette Meder
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Last updated 2019.07.22
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