Good Guys vs Bad Guys in the Spirit World
identifying each is easier than you think
When it comes to the intuitive world, I often think of it as a vast, wide ocean.
Each time we reach out to communicate with those in Spirit, be it our own Spirit or the Spirit of another, such as a Guide, Angel or Loved One, we dive into the ocean of the vast unknown and start swimming.
We already have a pretty good understanding of the types of characters you meet on dry land in the physical world. You can easily spot the friendly folks and differentiate them from the ones that give you the shivers as you walk by
And if you can do it in this world, you could do it in another world.
You, in this moment, have a rough idea of the people who could lift you up and the people who could bring you down. You may even be able to identify at least 3 people that you know right in this moment who continually make you feel good in their presence... and perhaps just a few people, that you have known or simply passed by, who have continually made you feel worse or uneasy in their presence.
In the Spirit World, these individuals are called:
Light Spirits - Good Spirits, Benevolent Spirits, Friendly Ghosts, Angels, Spirit Guides, Loved Ones in Spirit, and all those living in the the Divine Light.
Dark Spirits - Bad Spirits, ‘Evil’ Spirits, Dark Spirits, Earthbound Ghosts, and all those living in the Dark, the Shadow of the Other Side.In the intuitive ocean, there are hundreds if not thousands of species you could potentially meet, all within these two groups of Spirits. There are just as many angels as demons, as there are many other ones.
They exist in both planes and on a whole spectrum in-between.
But before we get into the nitty-gritty, the first step in identifying a spirit is identifying that one is actually present, because sometimes it's just residual energy. (Learn more about that here). So let's start there.
The 4 Main Signs a Spirit is Nearby and Affecting Your Energy
Increased pressure around your head, chest or in the room around you. This can manifest as feelings of heaviness, difficulty breathing fully.
Sudden acceleration, feelings of nervousness or anxiety, as indicative of an increase in energy in your space. This can manifest as nervous twitches or ticks.
Hearing whispering, talking or humming around you
Feeling that someone is in the room with you, but being unable to physically see anyone
Also, nausea and indigestion, inability to eat meals, this often happens before I give readings and it's my sign that spirit is already present
After you’ve verified that a Big Fish has just swam by you in the ocean, it’s time to identify whether it is a Shark or a Whale.
Back to the ocean analogy.
Whales in the Spirit world are... Spirit Guides, Angels and Deceased Loved Ones.
They have big, influential impacts on the ecosystem within the oceans, yet they won’t hurt you. Many Whales in the Spirit harvest their own energy directly from the Divine Light, thus they won’t draw on your energy or resources to obtain their own. They’ll swim by you and while an interaction with a Whale has a chance to profoundly impact your life. It’s usually for the better.
Sharks in the Spirit World are those who exist in the darker realms, and they don’t harvest energy from the Divine Light. While they certainly could harvest energy from the Light, they actually gain their energy from the other creatures swimming in their space. These are Earthbound Spirits, Ghosts or other entities lacking a Divine Source. Sharks are in the intuitive ecosystem for balance, awareness and to increase survival awareness and ingenuity for the other creatures. With Sharks present as you swim in the ocean, you maintain keen awareness of your environment and become a better swimmer, a gift given to you by the Sharks.
With Dark Spirits, you learn discernment. And with knowing the opposites, you can compare the differences as you learn how to identify a Whale (a benevolent plant eater) from a Shark (a potential predator).
Discernment is keen perception with the absence of judgement and it is an essential part of learning how to interact in the Spirit World.
Without the ability to identify who lifts us up and who brings us down, how would we ever grow? How would we ever progress and move forward? How would we ever decide on the right friends for us?
In the Intuitive Ocean, it’s essential to learn who are the potential friends you can surround yourself with, and who are those in which you are safest to swim away from.
How to Identify a Light Spirit
Light Spirits are your friends. They are your Guides, your Angels and your Deceased Loved Ones who have fully crossed over and are existing in Spirit to enhance, support and assist you in your physical life. When they are present, you’ll likely notice some of the tell-tale Spirit signs, discussed above, but there will be additional identification characteristics, so that you know for sure, that this is a safe-Spirit that you are interacting with - someone who is aligned with your highest and greatest good.
Once you identify that a Spirit is present in your space by feeling an increased pressure, noticing a sudden acceleration in your energetic system, hearing voices or feeling someone invisible around (these are all key traits of Spirit ID), these ID characteristics are often signature of a Light Spirit:
- Pleasant skin sensations such as tingling, tickling, warmth
- Pleasant internal sensations of fullness, warmth, feeling as though you’ve been ‘joined’ by someone
- Kind words and thoughts as in hearing gentle words of encouragement, supportive words, or funny words
Paired with the tell-tale signs, additional pleasant symptoms are a sign a Light Spirit is with you. For more on this, see The Spirit Identification Key.
How to Identify a Dark Spirit
Dark Spirits are individuals who may have not crossed over into the Light yet or they are individuals who are purposely chosen to live and lead a darker life and Spirit Path. Whether or not they are loving, compassionate souls at heart is irrelevant here, as many people are loving and kind at heart, but projecting something else externally that is unsafe for your well-being. Think of it this way, on Earth, I have many friends who are kind loving people, but sometimes, when they are angry, upset, grouchy, self loathing or unsatisfied, they can act as a Shark, and bring my energy down or eat away at my present state of being.
Dark Spirits are sometimes only Dark Spirits for a temporary time, where some can be crossed over, talked out of it or changed to another way of life, but in this exercise, don’t worry about it. Just know there are those Spirits that can bring down and feed on your energy, in an effort to gain the energy they need for survival. These are ghosts, earthbounds or entities who have specifically gone away from the Light and transitioned into the Dark Underworld. When they are present, you’ll notice the tell tale symptoms listed above as heaviness, pressure and acceleration, but you’ll also notice a few other additional characteristics. These individuals are not, at present time, aligned with you for the outcome of your highest and greatest good.
Once you’ve decided that a Spirit is present in your space, these ID characteristics are often signature of a Dark Spirit:
- A sinking/cooling feeling in your gut or around you, as if the energy is getting lower around you
- A feeling of fear which is sometimes their fear you are sensing, in the case of an earthbound, but if you feel afraid, honor it, it’s your intuition telling you something
- Hearing negative words and thoughts is a sign that there is someone around you who is manifesting energy that will bring you down
Paired with the tell-tale signs, these are additional symptoms are a sign a Dark Spirit is with you.
Once you know who is swimming with and near you, you have a better idea of how to navigate the ocean, which activities to keep doing or to stop doing, in order to attract more Whales (Light Spirits) or to attract less Sharks (Dark Spirits).
If you should encounter a Shark, you’ve done nothing wrong. This is a natural part of swimming in the ocean of the spiritual world. Sometimes, you can’t help who swims by you, yet, you can help how you respond to it. Be proactive in learning how to identify who and what swims by you when they do, and you can promptly choose an action.
Next time you encounter a Spirit, use just a few of these identification characteristics to narrow down whether you have a Whale or a Shark on your hands. Then go from there.
For more information on Spirit Identification please see the articles and resources below, or check out my eBook, The Spirit Identification Key: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Who's Who in the Spirit World.
Amanda Linette Meder
Other Articles You May Enjoy from around the web:
- Symptoms of Ghost Affecting or Possessing a Person (Spiritual Research Foundation)
- How To Get Rid of a Ghost (Legends of America)
- Intelligent Spirit vs. Residual Energy: What is the Difference?
- Basic Demon Identification, For Those Who Worry (Long Island Paranormal Investigations)
- Ghost or Demon: How To Tell (Spectral Intelligence Solutions)