Dimension of Dreams
In this column I cover what it means to be a
psychic, a medium or channel, a clairvoyant or clairaudient. Some of these terms
are often used interchangeably but they mean very different abilities. All,
however, have one thing in common. They allow the person with the ability
to communicate with the Spirit world. I am always impressed by anyone who has
developed any of these abilities. I think it is from being taught as a child to say prayers but never to listen for the answer. So when
I first met a person who could 'hear' answers I was shocked that it was
possible! I thought I'd have to wait until I was dead.
Since then I have come to realize that an ability to
communicate with spirits and hear their answers is a natural thing. We would
easily accept that one spirit can communicate with another. The difficulty
comes when we try to consider if a human can communicate with a spirit. But
what is a human? A human is a spirit who has taken on a physical body. A human
communicating with a spirit can be more correctly phrased as A Spirit in a
human body communicating with another Spirit. Now that does not sound
nearly as miraculous!
Many people block their spiritual abilities, such as
communication with spirits, through believing it to be beyond their reach.
What we believe, forms the basis of our reality, so we must clear these blocks
to clear the way for our communication ability to work. We accept, or hope,
that when we die our Spirit lives on, but our attachment to the body in the
short time we have been here, usually means our consciousness has been dragged
down to thinking that we are the body. Several things, such as pain and our
senses, converge to make us believe this. It is best for everything you do in
life to remember that you are a spirit with a body rather than a body with a
spirit. This will elevate your consciousness and help you to make choices that
are more in line with why you took this spiritual journey in the first place.
As you might expect, our dreams tell us exactly how we
each individually communicate with spirit and what, if anything, is preventing
us from working that ability. I firmly believe that everyone can communicate
with spirits, however, not everyone is here to pass on messages from spirit.
Communication is a natural ability we are born with. Children can communicate
well before they can use a language. By coincidence as I am writing this my
10 year old son is teaching my 4 year old daughter how to say the word 'binoculars' and laughing at the word she is coming up with. It brings home
the effort we each put into learning to speak in the human world. This is a
lot more complex than communicating with spirits!
So as you approach communication with spirits, come from
the perspective that you are first and foremost a spirit, and that
communication with other spirits, whether incarnate or not, is a totally
natural thing. Now let's look at the different styles of communication.
Psychic / Intuitive
The world psychic is often used to describe
anybody with a spiritual gift so let me explain the true meaning of being
psychic. We all have a higher self or soul. It is termed higher self because
it is the part of us that never lost awareness and is therefore at a higher
state of awareness than our physical self. All souls are connected through
love. Therefore our higher self is in tune with all other souls. A psychic has
a special connection with their higher self while on the earth plane. Through
this connection they can tap into their own higher wisdom but since this is
connected to all souls they have the wisdom of all souls at their disposal. A
psychic has no need to communicate with other spirits because all their
information comes through the special link they have with their higher self.
is no restriction on the information that can be received over a psychic
connection compared to other types of connections. However, one important
advantage is that no other soul in the physical or spirit world can interfere
with this connection. It is a connection that is tamper proof! The psychic,
however, still has their own bias to deal with so their ability to receive
information clearly is improved by being as objective as possible about what
is being received and what it will be used for. If a psychic would be upset to
receive particular information this would affect their ability to pick it up.
intuitive is the same as a psychic. They are really just two words for the one
gift which works through feelings. Most of us would be aware of following our
intuition / feelings on at least one occasion, where despite all logic our gut
pointed us in a particular direction which we knew would work out. There is no
arguing with a feeling. It just is. When developed we can receive an enormous
amount of information through this connection and at phenomenal speed. It is
like we receive a flash and everything is contained in that flash. It could
take hours to expand it all as it is so comprehensive. The way psychics fail
is when they cannot discern their own feelings from the information they are
tuning into. So a psychic could be convinced they are picking up something when in
fact they are tuning into their own hopes or expectations about the subject in
question. Learning to tell the difference requires practice.
dreams a psychic ability is indicated by symbols such as glass doors or
unusually large windows on a house or building. It is quite common for
dream of walls in a building being made out of glass, particularly the top
half. These all symbolize their special ability to see through things. To the
rest of us it appears like they have a special vision to see through our
problems and pluck the solution or cause out of thin air. Another common
symbol is the moon or anything that illuminates the dark such as a candle or
lamp. Again these represent their ability to shine a light in the dark. A
psychic is often referred to as having a sixth sense. You will often see an
eye, which represents the third eye at the sixth chakra, on their business
cards. Therefore dreaming about somebody with a sixth sense or even dreaming
of visiting a psychic
means that you have the ability yourself. Dreaming about the color indigo, the
color of the sixth chakra (at the brow), or silver, the color of the moon also
indicates you have this ability.
abilities work through our female energy so it is important for a budding
psychic to deal with any unresolved issues they have with mother. For this
reason you will often see dreams about this ability also asking you to cut the
ties with your mother. Doing this clears the blocks you are carrying and opens
up the pathways for your special power to flow freely.
Channel / Medium
A channel is a person who specifically talks with discarnate spirits. When
giving you a reading they will tell you who is giving them the message. Mostly
we go to a channel in the hope that our deceased father, mother or a loved one
that we miss will come through. Often we are surprised at who does actually
show up. People who have wronged us while living often appear in our readings
to apologize for their behavior. Many people are initially unreceptive to
these apologies. However, the fact that they happen is very revealing. To me
it shows that the spirit world does indeed have a view of the bigger
picture. When a soul passes over and sees things from this higher
perspective they can clearly see the damage they have caused their victim.
A channel is not limited to communicating with souls who
have crossed over. They can also communicate with other spirits. Anyone who
knows about their involvement in our lives wants to hear from their Angels or
Guides. Almost everyone has had the sense in childhood that they were being
watched over. The souls doing the watching are our guides. At least one of our
guides will remain with us from birth right through until death. At various
points along the way our guides will organize other guides to help us in areas
that require expertise best provided by other souls. Quite often guides will
use a departed loved one to communicate with us. This is for three main
reasons. The first is that we will accept more easily a message from someone
we loved dearly while on earth. The second is that it adds a touch of
earthiness to what can often appear to be a cold message from a spirit who has
long since evolved past the level we are at on earth. Lastly it is much easier
for a channel to communicate with a soul who recently shared the same plane as
the channel. Communicating with a guide requires the channel to elevate their
vibration to quite a high level. This takes a lot of energy. Communicating
with any soul takes energy, and the higher the vibration of
the soul being connected with the more energy it takes. Conversely it is far easier to connect with
souls who are at a lower level of awareness.
A channel has a particular guide working with them
specifically controlling the channelling gateway from the spirit side. This is
very important to realize as it is best to allow this guide to control who can
gain a connection to the channel. After all they can clearly see the level of
each spirit who comes along. It takes time to develop trust with this guide
but it is well worth the effort. Start by asking your guides to never allow
anyone come through who would harm you. This is very easy for guides to do and
you only need to ask them once. Once you ask trust that they know what
they are doing. Don't ask them and then continue to worry about it as you are
then keeping control and blocking their help. It is like you keep a foot in
the door when they want to close it! It is your body and your connection after
all so you have the ultimate say.
As a channel begins to develop their ability they are
likely to first connect with earth bound souls. These are the easiest to
connect with as they have not really left the vibration we exist in. It is
best to be aware of how to help these souls before you begin. Explaining to
them that they have guides and all the need to do is ask them for assistance
is quite often sufficient. However, you can come across souls who have been
stuck for a long time and it can take longer to help them move on. Usually it
will take at most twenty minutes to help someone who is fairly stuck. Others
can be helped in a lot less time.
This brings me on to a point that is very important for
channels. There are souls whose level of awareness is so low that they amuse
themselves by interfering with a budding channel. This interference can be in
many ways. It can be pestering you constantly so you can't think straight or
sleep properly. It can be pretending to be your Guide and giving you false direction or
it can be downright malicious, prophesizing the death of those close to you or
claiming that it will bring that about. Even before a person realizes that
they are a channel, souls in the spirit world can see their ability shining
like a beacon. This can draw these undesirable souls into their life and many
channels experience this problem. Part of developing as a channel is learning
how to protect yourself from this. Protection is quite easy and like most
things awareness is the key. First you must realize the level of awareness
held by any soul who would intend to do you harm is akin to that of a child.
If a three your old child picked up a knife with the intention of hurting you
you would realize that the child is more likely to hurt himself than you.
With considerable ease you can remove the knife from the child. You will also
realize that the child needs love and nurturing and has obviously been influenced in the
wrong direction. So too it is with souls who would harm you. They don't have
any real power, despite their claims, and the best thing you can do for them
is to send them love. This problem only happens with channels. A psychic is
not open to the influence of other spirits unless they are also a channel. So
a psychic can happily wade into getting information for any client that comes
to them whereas a channel must first test the energy the client brings with
them. Once they tune into that they will know whether to only connect with
their own guides for information or whether they are safe to allow souls
around the client to come through. In some cases it is best to just send the
client on their way and explain that the connection is not working. Never put
yourself through an ordeal that you don't need. As your experience grows you
can take on more complex situations with ease.
None of this has to happen a channel. The key is to
developing yourself is by getting into the right circle and only connecting when the energy is
conducive to development. On my courses I briefly touch on how to do this and
also how to tell whether a psychic or channel you are getting a reading from
is actually connecting with the spirit world or not. My wife, who is a channel
by profession, runs courses on how to communicate with Angels and at least the
first half of the course is taken up by learning how to tune into the energy
around you to determine whether it is a good space for connecting with the spirit
world. This is learned as a series of simple exercises. Ensure that any course
you take covers this. While it not essential that you are shown how to do this
on the course it is important that the facilitator creates a 'safe place' for
the participants. Many facilitators do this for you without pointing it out.
They tune into the energy of souls around and even the energy of the participants. All who would
drag the energy down are excluded from the session through various techniques
employed by the facilitator. For example, if a participant is depressed over
something their energy must not be tied in with the rest of the group for that
A person is either born a channel or they are not a
channel at all. Channelling requires both male and female energy working in
balance and as such is often indicated in dreams by weddings or attention
being drawn to the aisle in a church. A church is obviously a spiritual
location so indicates the dream is about the dreamer's spiritual dimension.
The aisle is a channel between the seats in the church which separates the
left side from the right. The left and right indicate male and female sides
and the channel is a pun on the word itself. In fact any pun on the word
channel will do in a dream. For instance, the Channel Isles or the English
Channel would also indicate the gift. A symbol which is perhaps more common
than any other is a post office or a mailman. A post office is where messages
are sent for sorting and delivering. A mailman is the agent who carries out
this function. A channel does the same thing with spiritual messages. It is
their job to pick up messages and deliver them to the correct recipient! A
common symbol which always amuses people is a whale. They symbolize a channel with
their special ability to live in the sea (the spirit world) despite the fact
that they are air breathing mammals like us.
Flying with a Guide in a dream also indicates that the
dreamer is a channel through the ability to rise up to the level of the
spirit world. Dreams about music indicate it as music comes to us from the
spirit world. Film stars are a common symbol as they don't say their own lines
- they say what they are given to say. Again this is what a channel does.
Symbols which are not as common are tubes or cylinders especially if they are
open at both ends. A channel is open at both ends with one end being the
physical world and the other being the spirit world. Usually some trauma
around the time of a person's birth is what makes them a channel. Life being
threatening, either through physical danger such as being premature, or
through emotional trauma causes the soul to step back from the earth plane
rather than come into it fully. This action causes them to have one foot in
the spirit world and one foot in the physical world. This is maintained
throughout their life. While it is indeed a trauma it is something that is
most likely planned to happen well in advance. There is almost always more
than just maintaining the connection with the spirit world that is the reason
for this being part of their life.
Lastly if you dream of a medium or channel then you
clearly have that ability.
This is another word that is wrongly used to indicate anyone with a
gift. Clairvoyant literally means to see clearly. A clairvoyant receives messages from the spirit world through
images or symbols. It is always best for the clairvoyant to interpret these
images for their client rather than to just pass a description of them on. If
this is how communication works for you push yourself to make sense of the
images. Just say what comes to you. Remember the words do not need to make
sense to you - it is the person you are reading for that can best make sense
of the message. Give yourself time as quite often a clairvoyant needs to think
about what they have received to decipher it.
A clairvoyant can also see the aura and spirits very
clearly. On my courses I find that one person in twenty five or more has this
ability. While others describe the aura they are seeing as something with a
touch of color here and there the clairvoyant comes out with such detail that
everyone else in the group stops to listen to what they get. Invariably
clairvoyants are also good artists and can also draw what they are seeing.
They can also explain the meaning of the colors and energy they see when looking at
a person's aura. When we move on to seeing spirits they shine again. They can
see the clothes a spirit is appearing in and describe the features with
The two main symbols in dreams that indicate you are a
clairvoyant are eyes and television sets. It can also show up in dreams
alongside other gifts. So to dream of being a channel and a clairvoyant means
that a lot of your channelling will work through imagery.
Clairaudient means to hear clearly and a clairaudient hears messages from
the spirit world. The symbols that indicate this in dreams are ears and radio
sets. This is always connected with the channelling gift so you would usually
see other symbols in the same dream indicating channelling is a gift of the
dreamer. The beauty of getting communication this way is that you don't have
to decipher it. You hear the words and you repeat them!
This gift is in more of us than you'd think. When we are
off guard our guides can pass us a message by giving us the line of a song. You
could wake up with it on your mind or it could just pop into your head when
you're walking down the street. Take note of this and see if it is an answer
to a question you were pondering. Then wait to see what else you get. You find
that the line or song stays with you until you acknowledge it. Then it just
stops. Wait to see if another song or line pops into your head. Don't try to
force one. It will come spontaneously. Putting all the lines together will
make a message that requires little to decipher.
For the true clairaudient, however, the words they hear
are just like they are talking to another person in the room. Many report that
they hear the words in their own voice while others hear it differently. Whatever
way it works for you just take the time to become familiar with it so that you
can be sure that you are being given a message rather than putting words into
your own head!
Many channels start off with getting messages one way
but it changes as they become more experienced. My wife, for example, used to
hear her guides. Now she gets all her communication through feelings.
Ironically the depth of information she now gets is much greater now than when
it worked through hearing. As you progress allow that your
communication techniques may be varied and change over time. Channeling works mainly through three methods;
feelings (similar to a psychic connection), clairvoyance and clairaudience.
That’s it for now. In part IV I continue with more gifts and the symbols from your dreams that indicate
you have them.