A Beginner’s Guide to Talking to Spirits

by Mike Sententia on June 14, 2013

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This post is about accurately communicating info to spirits and ethereal software. If you want to know how to contact a spirit in the first place, see this post.

Clarification: Spirits are not ghosts. I don’t do anything with contacting dead relatives. If you came here for that, I’m sorry I can’t help, and I’m also sorry for your loss. Good luck!

A reader asked me how to learn to talk to spirits. This post is my response.

First, what happens when you talk with a spirit: You think, and the spirit reads your mind. Then the spirit places his reply into your mind. For me, this message feels like thoughts in a different internal voice, though it may feel different for you.

(Note that spirits don’t interact with air vibrations. There’s no need to speak out loud, though you can if it helps you focus. And you won’t hear words with your ears.)

There are three main goals in beginner communication:

  • Make it easier for the spirit to read your thoughts.
  • Listen carefully, so you hear the spirit’s reply.
  • Avoid mistaking your own thoughts and expectations for messages.

It’s hard to get all of these goals to near-prefect accuracy. I’m still working on it. But as a beginner, your goal is simply to get better at them. So, here are some tips and techniques.

Note: Communicating with spirits is the same as communicating with ethereal software. These techniques will also help your manifesting, psychic intuitions, and anything else you do with ethereal software.

Making Your Thoughts Easier to Read

First, think slowly. Focus on one concept, hold it in your mind for a second, then move on to the next concept. This gives the spirit a second to pick up your mind’s signature for each concept, rather than having to catch each thought as it passes.

(Pausing for each concept isn’t necessary once you know what you’re doing, but it should help you get started.)

Second, pay attention to which part of your mind you think with. I know, that’s a weird concept if you’re new to communication, so let me explain. You can engage different parts of your mind as you think. The signatures that the spirit reads, (the signatures corresponding to your mind’s state as you think your message), seem to wind up in whatever part of your mind you engage as you think the message. So, you want to engage the parts of your mind that the spirit is connected to.

To do that, quiet your energy and feel in your mind where the spirit connects to you. As a beginner, this will probably be your first time, and you probably haven’t developed this sense of where connections are. That’s OK. Just quiet your energy, notice how your mind feels, then have the spirit connect, and notice how your mind feels different. Try to engage the part of your mind that feels different.

(Quiet energy means that your energy is steady. Not low energy, just stable. If you visualize energy as a white light, visualize the light staying a constant level, and think about wanting to keep your energy steady. For more, see this post on quiet connections, which is similar.)

You probably won’t know what to do the first time, but as you notice the differences, you’ll learn to feel where the spirit connects. So keep at it. Once you can feel where the spirit is connected, keep that part of your mind engaged whenever you send a message.

Hearing the Spirit’s Reply

First, quiet your thoughts. Learn how it feels to have a still mind, and learn to hold your mind relaxed, so you can hear whatever the spirit places in your thoughts.

(Yes, to truly develop a still mind takes years of meditation. But you don’t have to be an expert, you just need to quiet your thoughts for 10-20 seconds to hear a reply.)

Second, once you learn to engage particular parts of your mind to send a message, you’ll feel like you should keep them engaged as you listen. You’ll want to listen intently, and engaging those muscles will feel focused and intent. But don’t do it. Don’t engage those parts of your mind. Just let your mind relax, and let the spirit’s message enter your thoughts.

See, to send you a message, the spirit needs to alter the signature of your mind. Engaging part of your mind holds it tense, so the spirit can’t change your mind’s signature, which prevents you from receiving the message. So, relax your mind to make it easy for the spirit to change your mind’s signature.

(By the way, I just verified this, using beginner communication techniques: When I engage / tense my mind, I can see the message, and I can tell that I’m not receiving it. If I really wanted to hear a message, I’d probably just get my own thoughts, saying whatever I expected the spirit to say. But when I relax my mind, the message is clear and easy to receive.)

Only Receiving Real Messages

This is the hardest part of communication, especially for beginners. There’s no simple answer.

When I receive a message using beginner communication techniques, it’s different than my own thoughts in two ways:

  • The message is more firm. With my own thoughts, I can easily shift images or change words. With a message, it’s more difficult. (Note that, a few seconds after the message passes through my mind, I no longer have a message; instead, I have a memory of a message, and I can shift that memory as easily as any other.)
  • The message has a different voice in my head. Note that this is probably just how my ethereal muscles represent their own knowledge that these thoughts are an external message, and isn’t anything inherent to how communication works. Which means that this may happen for you, or it may not.

(Also, note that receiving a message from a spirit while I think my own thoughts often results in those thoughts taking on the spirit’s “voice.” The spirit’s signature (from its message) gets applied to my own thoughts, changing the voice, even though the info is all from me.)

Where does that leave us? As a beginner, you’ll want to pay attention to the feel and voice of the thoughts passing through your mind as you communicate with a spirit, but neither gives you a definitive check. Learning to quiet your mind will help, also, as will learning to relax your mind as you receive messages. And remember: The goal isn’t 100% accuracy, it’s just to get better than you are right now.

With that in mind, I have one more tip: When you receive a message, say to the spirit, “This is the message I received, [whatever their message was]. Is that correct?” The spirit will then reply Yes or No, which is usually much easier to receive and read than a full-sentence message. Verifying each message will (1) help you get more accurate messages, and (2) get you some immediate feedback on your communication techniques, which will help you learn.

(And if the spirit always says that yes, you received every message correctly, be suspicious. Those Yes’s may be coming from your own thoughts, not from the spirit. Especially as a beginner, it’s unlikely you’ll receive everything correctly the first time.)

Summary

Think slowly, quiet your mind, and ask for confirmation. Then practice engaging the right parts of your mind.

I hope these tips and exercises help. If you learn everything in this post, you’ll probably know more about communication than most mages. And if you simply ask for confirmation after each message, you’ll already be ahead of most beginners.

Try it. And if you have questions, leave a comment below.

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Sam Young June 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Thanks for this, but I have one question and I’m not really sure how to word it. How do you connect to the spirit to begin with? Or does the spirit connect to you to start? Or do you just start thinking the concepts and then a spirit will connect to you automatically?

Also, can this technique be used for receiving replies from ethereal software?

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Mike Sententia June 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

My reply is here: http://www.magickofthought.com/2013/06/a-beginners-guide-to-meeting-spirits/

Yes, you have to do something. Just thinking about talking to spirits won’t make them contact you, unless the spirits (or their ethereal software) are already interested in you and monitoring your thoughts.

And yes, talking to ethereal software is the same as talking to a spirit, and these same techniques apply.

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Madison May 1, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Okay.um..I need help.
Since I was younger I can see people,now 2 or 3 years ago I can hear their conversations,
I can’t keep it long I guess I need to start focusin more?or something? Please say something I don’t know what to do.Thank you…

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Mike Sententia May 3, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Hi Madison, I wrote this in response to a similar question, it might help http://www.magickofthought.com/2016/01/speaking-to-spirits-how-disembodied-voices-might-work/

Good luck!

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mayra April 4, 2014 at 12:07 AM

hii there …I wanted to ask that i understand ur all teqs ..but can we used to see the spirits (who is a human in past tym) photographs and then send our messages?

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Mike Sententia April 4, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Spirits don’t interact with light. You can’t see them. When someone “sees” a spirit, they’re receiving a vision. Details: http://www.magickofthought.com/2014/03/seeing-spirits

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mayara April 5, 2014 at 5:56 AM

ohhhh OK ..means it not possible to talk a spirit via his / her photographs

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Mike Sententia April 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

A spirit is an entity who never had a body. It sounds like you’re interested in ghosts, which are a different thing. I don’t do anything with ghosts, and don’t particularly believe they exist. Sorry.

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mayara April 5, 2014 at 5:59 AM

and yup u r right sir ..I try ur teqs it feels like my own thoughts talking to me …plz guide me how can I believe that the reply showing in my mind that’s a spirit message …?

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Mike Sententia April 5, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The answer isn’t to believe the spirit is sending you a message. It’s to learn magick, starting from the very beginning, so you can do the techniques properly. Start with the “Start Here” link in the upper left, and also read the book-in-progress under “Free Books.” Do every exercise. Then come back to spirits in 6 months to a year.

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Martin April 15, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Hi, I found this a good read!
Ever since I was a child at night I hear a ringing noise in my ears, it feels like someone approaching and as if it’s a build up to a large bang!
I’ve been told that this coupled with me waking up 3/4 times a night , are clear signs/evidence of Spirits wanting to make contact , I have tried talking out loud to them, but haven’t heard anything! The ringing gets really loud at times and there’s been occasions where I’ve felt weird, almost dizzy! I see lights often (whilst in dark places), not your normal lights and even sometimes flashes when my eyes are closed! I will use your techniques tonight and see how that helps!
Thank you :)

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Mike Sententia April 15, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Hi Martin, that sounds really unpleasant. I hope something in here helps. I just want to mention, I’ve never experienced anything like you’re describing when working with spirits or magick. I have no idea what could be causing that, but I’d recommend that, in addition to anything magick-related you’re doing, you also see a doctor to make sure it’s not a medical issue. Good luck!

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Ainsley May 20, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Okay, so I have a couple of questions. I saw you told someone that spirit has never had a body, so now I am very concerned that I may be trying to contact demons.. I am a Christian, but I also have had my fair share of experiences with ouija boards and what not. I’m not going to go into details but after everything that has happened to me, getting things thrown at me, hearing something run though the house, getting covers pulled off of me.. Let’s just say I do not want to communicate with this thing. Is there anyway of doing this without contacting an evil entity?

Also I was wanting to know what you make of this. I was falling asleep on night, my mind was not relaxed what so ever. My thoughts were racing and I got completely interrupted because a woman tapped me on the shoulder. Not physically but my mental body. I remember thinking ok I have to remember what I was thinking about so I can come back to it in a minute. And then I looked at her and she put her hand on my shoulder and asked if I knew where (I am not completely sure if she said Madison or Addison) is. I said mam, I don’t know a Madison. She replied okay thank you and turned around and walked off. I remember feeling really sorry for her. And even though she wasn’t in my visual anymore I told her I was sorry anyway. Then I was like okay, back to what I was thinking about.. And then I thought wait a minute.. What the hell just happened? I wouldn’t have just imagined that! I was fully conscious and aware of my surroundings so I am positive that I was not dreaming. What do you make of this? Was I actually speaking to spirit, or am I just going crazy? Lol

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Mike Sententia May 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Neither. You were in an odd, half-asleep state. Your mind wandered, and when you look back on it now, you remember a woman. What actually happened? No way to know. Probably nothing magickal. But at least you were polite :)

The concept of demon has never resonated with me, so I’ll just talk about malicious spirits. Like people, some spirits are malicious, and many more are simply selfish. And like people, bad spirits look just like good spirits. Asking, “How do I explore magick without ever encountering a selfish spirit?” is like asking, “How do I post an ad on Craigslist without ever getting contacted by anyone dishonest?” Instead, learn to protect yourself: http://www.magickofthought.com/tag/protection/

And don’t worry about Ouija Boards. They’re just toys: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/2009/07/ideomotor-101-the-ouija-board/

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Mateo September 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Mike,

Thanks alot for this post. I’ve been talking with the spirits for about a year now, and what you said about placing your own thoughts on the message and confusing that with the spirit’s message rings very true. Just like you said, clearing your mind so there’s an empty space for the message hepls for it to come through clearly.

I’ve been very confused by alot of my interactions with the sprits, and finally learned what you said in a reply above : just like people, some spirits are good and some are not. One cannot group them together as a whole.

I can’t wait to read more or your writing! Thanks again,

TEO

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Mike Sententia September 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Thanks! I’m really happy this resonated and helped you. Enjoy the site -Mike

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Neely December 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Hi mike ,

So I have some questions. Can humans see spirts? Cause lately I’ve been seeing black mist at night and been gasping for air when I wake up and as soon as I wake up its above me and it totally freaks me out, I’ve been losing sleep because of this and I’ve been doing lots of research but can’t seem to figure it out? Could this be a evil sprit? Should I try communicating with it? How do I make it stop ? Or am I just crazy :/

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Mike Sententia December 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Hi Neely, that sounds really scary. I’m sorry this has been happening, and hope it gets better soon for you.

The spirits I work with do not interact with light. You can’t see them, though people do experience visions sometimes. But what you’re talking about sounds totally different.

There is a thing known as “sleep paralysis.” The body is paralyzed during sleep so we don’t walk around and hurt ourselves, and sometimes, that paralysis doesn’t end when we wake up. It can lead to trouble breathing and a lot of terrifying experiences, and it’s the source of legends like the Succubus.

That might be worth looking into, and a doctor might be able to help with sleep paralysis.

Even if the doctor can’t fix it, just knowing what’s going on might help. If you can tell yourself that it’s a natural function of your body that will pass with time, I could imagine that making it a lot less scary.

Good luck!

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Addy December 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

This worked! I have been wanting to make simple connections with benevolent spirits for years.

I cleared my mind, did a gentle meditation until I felt a tingling sensation in my head and spine (my physical cue for spiritual focus/heightened awareness) and begin to repeat the word “Hello” in my mind.

Just when I was ready to give up, I heard, very softly, “Hello” in a boy’s voice, most definitely not my own, as a I am a girl.

I’m excited to attempt this technique again.

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Mike Sententia December 31, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

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kiran January 8, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Hi,

Actually am looking for the ways to communicate with someone invisible (what u call a spirit)who has been trying to help me for a long time.I am a trader in stock market,he always tried to correct my trades in different ways.some times when I am going to place an order suddenly internet gets slow and order wil not be placed.Sometimes my account gets blocked ,sometimes my terminal crashes. Every time it happens I was wrong about the market direction.He is a damn good trader ,I don’t need any proofs now weather he exists are not but I just want to talk ti him ,talk to my mr.x.Is it possible via some electromagnetic devices r some thing. Thank you

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Mike Sententia January 11, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Hi Kiran, that sounds really neat, about bad trades getting blocked though “coincidences.” Exactly the sort of thing I want to shine some science on.

I’m not sure of the best approach. Try meditating, clearing your mind, and letting thoughts come to the surface. Or if you really want to dive in, work through the exercises in my book-in-progress, linked from the top nav bar.

Good luck!

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BB January 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Hello,
I have they ability to speak to spirits when they contact me. But it only happens when is urgent to them. It started right after I gave my heart to God. But I have always “known” things. It runs in my family. I do not know if it is part of my partial Indian Heritage. I have just always known things. But I never really trusted it till the last few years. The first time I was contacted by a spirit was at a ball game. I kept getting this weird “need” to talk to the lady behind me and to the right. Finally I asked her about her necklace. She replied it was a gift to remember her daughter who had passed. Then I knew what the sensation was. Her daughter was there. I told her she was and asked if she wanted the message. She was quite eager. I told her that her daughter was in a good place and that it wasn’t her fault. She started crying and I asked her if she knew what that meant. She said that she was driving the night the car rolled and the girl was ejected. She blamed herself. I then said her daughter wanted her to live her life for both of them. And to be strong. She then told me that she HAD BEEN planning to go home and kill herself that weekend. The next time I was at a friends garage sale. A man drove up and I asked my friend if she knew who he was (no). I instantly had the sensation and knew what it was. I went up to him and said I was sorry to ask, but did he recently lose a son? He replied yes. I told him he was there and had a message if he would like to hear it. He said yes, but seemed skeptical. I told him that his younger son was going to be okay. I asked him if this meant something to him. He said he was worried about him getting involved in drugs. I repeated that he would be okay. Then I told him his son wanted him to know that he was the strength of the family and to be strong. He then told me that he HAD BEEN considering killing himself.

So many strange other things have happened. The last thing…I was at the grocery store and there was a young woman in one of those riding carts. She was pregnant and had pre eclampsia. Her husband was with her. I laid my hand on hers. She had not told me the sex of the baby. I told her that her baby would be fine. He might be born early, but Daniel would be okay. She said how did you know his name was Daniel? I listened in my head to what I had just said and I told her that it was God speaking. There was no way that I could know this. What are your thoughts on all this?

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Chelsea March 10, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Hi just looking for some guidance maybe advice about my experiences.
I have always heard and seen things growing up some of which I put down to being tired but since playing the ouija board they have become stronger. Twice now I have lay in bed just relaxing clearing my mind as this helps me sleep but I started to hear static which became very strong then it stops and I heard someone say help me… the second time even louder with two males voices but could only tune into one of them who was telling me his name then I opened my eyes and could see his face when I shut my eyes again several images flashed in my head then it stopped any idea what this is ? is it communication or am I just losing my mind. Two other family members have heard voices in our house but not had the same experience with the static or visions… Please help thank you

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George March 12, 2015 at 3:43 AM

This sounds like hypnagogia, which is nothing to be worried about. As you transition between waking and sleeping, if you keep your attention alert then you will have auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic fragments appear. See here for example.

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Mike Sententia March 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Thanks! Good answer, George.

I feel like my blog just passed a milestone, where it’s becoming a resource for readers to help other readers. Splendid!

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Kat May 25, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Hello,

I am very interested in contacting entities, I am going to get a ouiji board, but, they are just a game and I’m sure are not legit.

I Have been reading for hours on end on many many websites, I have not yet tried meditation, and by the comments I think I’m going to tonight! What exactly is the environment and time I should do it around, should it be dark/ dim light? Should there be a candle? Please get back to me if possible, thank you, -Kat

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Mike Sententia May 25, 2015 at 8:19 PM

Meditation is excellent for you. It’s part of most studies of magick, and also has great non-magickal medical benefits. I highly recommend it.

I’d say, your environment should be whatever feels good to you, so it’s easy to have a relaxed focus.

In terms of ouiji boards, those are just for fun. You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija#Scientific_investigation

Good luck!

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Z January 14, 2017 at 12:18 PM

I have heard stories of ouji boards going up in fire because someone didn’t close it properly or protect them selves from the spirit. Just remember to say good bye to [name].

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Mike Sententia January 14, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Hi Z, saying “good bye” isn’t a banishing, it’s politely asking the spirit to leave. If you actually did encounter a spirit who wants to set your property on fire (and is somehow able to do so), asking it to leave won’t help. If you want to learn more about banishing, start with the LBRP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_banishing_ritual_of_the_pentagram or my posts on shielding http://www.magickofthought.com/tag/protection/

As far as a Ouija boards spontaneously doing anything, that’s about as likely as a Monopoly board spontaneously doing anything — almost certainly urban myth.

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Z January 17, 2017 at 7:16 PM

Hello,
Thanks for the information. Lucky for me I’m too nervous to use Ouija. At least this was out of a myth and not out of experience.

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landi June 12, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Hi there — I have been looking for a way to contct spirits and you were the only one to help thanks

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Mike Sententia June 12, 2015 at 5:31 PM

I’m so happy this is helping. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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Gary July 22, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Hi Mike. I have been reading your website and I am finding it very helpful and interesting. I have had strange things happening to me since I was very young such as premonitions and unexplainable cold spots. I normally experience things in bed when I’m relaxed or sometimes randomly. I Had a physic reading and was told I have physic ability. Now I am working on making my ability stronger, I know I make contact but is hard to make out messages and know if they are my own thoughts or messages. Any tips?
Cheers Gaz

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Mike Sententia July 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Hi Gaz, that’s excellent that you want to develop your skills.

Yeah, that’s always the challenge, especially for beginners: How do you know a message is your own thoughts of a real message? You probably saw the tips in this post. Beyond that, it’s learn all the skills of Direct Magick, like sensory connections and how to awaken your ethereal muscles. They’ll let you learn better communication techniques, which will give you better confirmation.

All these techniques are interconnected, so the best approach is to learn everything. Start with the book-in-progress in the top nav bar.

Good luck!

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Razak October 4, 2015 at 4:36 AM

Hello Mike,
I want you to help me to get one of your spirit, I want to work with them or please can you teach me the formula to use call the spirit sir, I will be glad if you help me get one spirit for my self. Thanks.

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Mike Sententia October 4, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Guide to contacting spirits: http://www.magickofthought.com/2013/06/a-beginners-guide-to-meeting-spirits/

For the spirits I work with, start using the ethereal software for my book. Get really good with it, and with all the fundamental skills like sensory connections and communication, and they’ll reach out to you.

Good luck!

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Chantell belton October 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM

How do you know if the spirit is there?
how do you know if its the spirit talking or is it me talking?

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Mike Sententia October 23, 2015 at 6:22 PM

I think you want the “Only Receiving Real Messages” section of this post. If you have a more specific question based on that, let me know.

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julian October 29, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Hi mike I have always wanted to connect with the spirit world and I saw your page for beginners hence the reason why I am here . I would like you to answer my question as you do say relax your mind etc . I suffer from tinnitus in my ear which is a high pitch noise and sometimes it feels like its at the back of my head . it can be annoying having this noise 24/7 , . would having tinnitus stop me receiving questions or answers as it is hard to try and use a certain part of the brain to contact the spirits or would I have to rely on images instead of hearing them ?

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Mike Sententia October 31, 2015 at 11:17 AM

I’m so sorry to hear about your tinnitus.

I don’t think tinnitus would affect communication with spirits or ethereal software. I don’t hear anything when I communicate, so all I need is to be able to focus. If you can focus through your tinnitus, then it should work fine.

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Davina November 7, 2015 at 2:45 AM

Hi, I am a fourteen year old girl who can see and somewhat talk to spirits. It was not brought to my attention till a week ago. I have know clue what I am doing and am scared of what I might do. I have one question how do you really know if you’re talking to a good or evil spirit? What if they ask for you to release them, what do you do then?

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Mike Sententia November 8, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Hi Davina, the good news is that there’s not much you can do wrong. A bad experience with spirits can result in headaches, fatigue, perhaps nausea, which are unpleasant but not worse than a night of heavy drinking. (Which you shouldn’t do yet, at 14, but the point is it’s nothing too serious.) Focus on learning your own techniques, learning to connect to ethereal software, use energy, communicate, shield, and all the other things we discuss here. In terms of releasing a spirit, I’ve only heard about that in movies not in real life, so if a spirit asks you to release it, ask what it means, what that would accomplish, etc. But researchers have been looking for paranormal evidence for over 100 years, so if it were easy for a novice to affect the world, even by releasing spirits, we’d have a pile of documented scientific evidence by now. So don’t worry, try things out, and enjoy exploring.

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Amber Nixon-Paquin November 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Is talking to spirits the same things as a tarot reading? Do you have to ask questions that reflect your life? Or, do you just speak with them about them? I’m just curious because I am beginning to gain a curiousity on spiritual energies.

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Mike Sententia November 20, 2015 at 12:09 PM

When I talk with spirits, I’m mostly asking about techniques for healing and other magick. So yes, you should ask questions about what you want to learn.

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Mary December 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Woh !! This is great Mike. Great site and very interesting to have knowledge of all this.

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Mike Sententia December 3, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Thanks!

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Darbe.jae December 6, 2015 at 4:16 PM

first of all I want to thank you for freely sharing such great information, it seems like it’s hard to find a website that gets straight to it and has such truth in their statements.so I’m very new to this, as in it’s only been a couple of days. I’ve been very thirsty for information and feel like I have learned a lot just with my first encounter.I’m searching desperately for someone that I can get some answers from, or clarification. I’ve tried a handful of people and none have adequately responded to my questions. Maybe I’m being told over all that I must learn for myself, who knows. Anyway I think this will be my last shot. A couple of things, one I heard in a comment above a woman talking about hearing ringing in her ears. I experience something slightly different that I am very intrigued by. It started maybe a year and a half to two years ago. Before something is about to happen or after it could be a thought that I have that’s an epiphany or someone approaching me something falling anything like that I hear a low tone in my ear. I listen to a lot of brainwave entrainment and it reminds me of some of the songs that I listen to. Although they’re not the same at all. also it seems like now that I’ve taken the giant leap into communicating, is there anyway to step out of noticing if that makes any sense, sometimes it’s exhausting noticeing everything that’s around me.

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Mike Sententia December 9, 2015 at 4:31 AM

I’ve heard of psychics who hear information. And often my psychic intuitions come with an alert to get my attention. Maybe that tone is how you receive the alert.

It sounds like you’re asking how to turn it off, or at least turn down the frequency. Think about receiving that tone, and try to connect to the source. Then ask it to reduce the intensity and frequency. No guarantees — to do the full Direct Magick technique for this requires, well, learning a bunch of Direct Magick. But it’s worth a shot.

Also, it’s possible that a medical condition is involved. Even if you’re receiving genuine psychic intuitions, the particulars of the tone could be related to a physical issue. So it’s worth talking to a doctor about it.

Good luck!

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Corbin Fushia December 17, 2015 at 9:41 PM

Can most spirits be friendly to
other people.

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Mike Sententia December 21, 2015 at 8:59 PM

Hi Corbin, I don’t have any statistics on that. But I’m guessing your real question is, “How can I be safe when I contact spirits?” My advice is to learn shielding and other aspects of protection / fighting, and then you can keep yourself safe even if you run into a malicious spirit. Posts: http://www.magickofthought.com/tag/protection/

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Ladonna Christy January 11, 2016 at 11:34 PM

Dear Mike: I am a first time reader of your site. I have been interested being able to hear the spirit guardian who has been with me for over 9 years now. I noticed you mentioned that you will not hear them out loud. What do you think of what I call ( my aunt’s favorite name for it) a “behind the wall” voice? I can hear him at times like a voice behind a brick wall. It isn’t clear but seems to be out loud somewhat like a distant radio. The only thing is if he speaks full sentences, I only clearly pick up a word or two. Yes and no answers are easy but that doesn’t always happen. He is patient with me but sometimes gets annoyed when I just don’t get the message. I will try your technique. I will get back to you if I find I am hearing the whole sentences better and clearer. What is your take on “out loud”? I am not schizophrenic because he has proven himself time and time again. Also if I were schizophrenic I am sure I would hear out loud clearly all the time and the “voice” would be telling me destructive things or something like that, right?

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Mike Sententia January 17, 2016 at 4:58 PM
Alexandra Howard January 19, 2016 at 3:56 AM

I talk to spirits everyday & I agree with much of what your saying. Your explanation on how its done it very much the way I explain it. I have a spirit guide who has helped me immensely in my life & gives me guidance & warnings for those around me. But I also speak to sprits of my loved ones & loveds one of those around me. I ignore ghosts because they are not enlightened & cannot help you. One of the most important things people must know is to pay attention to the subtle signs spirits use to get your attention when they want to share a message with you. There is no such thing as coincidence! I cannot stress that enough. There are spirits trying to push us all toward our paths in the life. I’ve been talking to the spirit of my child throughout my pregnancy & she is so excited to be reborn.the spirits you hear, see, smell, or feel here are ghosts. I dont waste time on them if they do not want to cross over. But spirits on the otherside can sometimes help them to cross over.

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Jean January 19, 2016 at 3:56 PM

I’ve been wanting to communicate to wolf spirits to do a certain ritual but keeping my mind still and calm is not my strong skill. So how can I learn to keep it still and calm

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Mike Sententia January 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Good question. I don’t have specific techniques, but broadly I’d say meditation should help with learning to quiet your thoughts. Any meditation teachers that can point Jean to good resources?

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deanna March 4, 2016 at 8:38 PM

i did the strategy u put but it didn’t work what should i do now?

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Mike Sententia March 5, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Start with the exercises in my free e-book. Follow the link in the banner at the top. Good luck!

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Kimberly March 20, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Hi there,
I have been having experiences with Spirits since I was little based on signs and the occasional time where I can see them. The last place I lived in the lady Spirit was rather upset because I kept ignoring her. She even went to the point of my lights dimming and creating two flashes of light before having the lights returning to normal. That was the only time I had a Spirit that intense. I want to be able to interact with them and not be afraid of them. I want to make sure I don’t let anything negative in as well. Basically I just need a starting point to this ability and where I can go from here. I am interested in not being afraid of this but being able to embrace the ability. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly!

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Mike Sententia March 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Hi Kimberly, here are all my posts on protection and safety. Enjoy! http://www.magickofthought.com/tag/protection/

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Caley May 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I have never tried anything like this before. Once I closed my eyes and thought a simple hello, I felt an instant connection in the middle of my forehead. I got a reply and my mind got very heavy. I opened my eyes and stopped at this moment. Is this normal? Does this mean there is a spirit interested in me? Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Mike Sententia May 15, 2016 at 4:41 PM

That’s interesting. It sounds like it’s within normal experiences of spirits and ethereal software, though it could also be suggestion or placebo. My advice: Start with the book-in-progress, free in the link at the top of this page. That will get you the tools to start exploring this more.

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Jack Lenders May 17, 2016 at 10:29 AM

my question is if at all I am able to connect to a spirit would it harm my mind I.e. controlling me???

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Mike Sententia May 18, 2016 at 7:46 AM

Short answer: Common side effects of energy include headache, mild nausea, things like that, similar to a hangover. Spirits who interact with novices sometimes cause problems like that, but that’s part of learning. Any spirit who could cause actual harm or serious influence probably isn’t interested in interacting with a novice, so you wouldn’t be able to contact them.

A longer, somewhat-related answer is here http://www.magickofthought.com/2015/09/a-common-but-useless-safety-measure/

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Adam June 15, 2016 at 2:31 AM

If you talk to a spirit with your thoughts, then I think it is easy to say something that you do not mean. Does the sprit know this or does it think that you really mean it. For example if you promise something or if you tell them to do something what ever happens. Does it know that you didn’t mean it or can you take it back?

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Mike Sententia June 16, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Hmmm, this could be an issue — we all get that there’s a difference between thinking something and saying it, but if a spirit is reading your mind, that distinction is lost. I’ll add this to the list of reasons to learn explicit communication, where you package up your thoughts into a message and then send it. Until then, just stay focused while working with a spirit. And yes, if you say “That was a stray thought, I didn’t mean it,” that should be OK.

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Adam June 15, 2016 at 2:33 AM

Can spirits hurt you? Can they hurt your body and your brain.

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Mike Sententia June 16, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Scroll up one, my response to Jack.

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Danielle August 5, 2016 at 10:35 PM

so my question is regarding spirits (that have never been human) and ghosts (which are dead people). When we receive messages from loved ones or from others who have passed, and get accurate information. Is that coming from a spirit connected to them on the other side? I ask because I keep reading the same thing that spirits have never lived, but I also keep reading about the messages that we receive from loved ones. I’m confused!

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Nick August 23, 2016 at 11:43 PM

So how do you know if the spirit is replying or its just your thoughts

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Mike Sententia August 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM

See the section, “Only receiving real messages” above

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james October 23, 2016 at 3:18 AM

good afternoon mike. one of my friend says that he can see the spirts and he talks with them. even he says that im too ready to talk with spirits. please tell me how can i be sure that i have capacity to talk with spirits. suggest me some small tips to conform myself that im eligible to talk with spirts

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Mike Sententia October 23, 2016 at 9:24 AM

“Eligible” doesn’t really apply here. You just need to learn the technique. It’s not like some people are born able to talk to spirits and other people aren’t.

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james October 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Thanks for your reply mike. please tell me how to learn the technique

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Mike Sententia October 26, 2016 at 1:25 PM

That’s what this post is about. Read it, practice it. Try asking specific questions, rather than “How do I learn this?” Also try the ebook linked in the top bar.

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Amanda December 5, 2016 at 2:10 AM

The beginning communications are so intense yet clear. I see visions the spirit shows that ties into the subject. I hear clearly messages of yes and no…

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Anthony December 14, 2016 at 6:11 AM

Hey my name is Anthony and I turned off my gift and I want to know how to turn it back on can u help me please

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Mike Sententia December 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Re-awakening to energy and magick is similar to awakening to it the first time. Start with the guide in the banner at the top of this page.

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Benjamin December 15, 2016 at 12:13 AM

what are the materials needed?

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Mike Sententia December 19, 2016 at 4:22 PM

1oz of gold, formed into a perfect sphere, blessed by a virgin under the light of a full moon.

OK, I was pulling your leg there. But think about why materials might matter. Does gold interact with spirits in some useful way? Do spirits care about rare metals? Not in my experience.

Some systems require specific materials. Enochian comes to mind. But that’s particular to that system, not something general for contacting spirits.

In general, no materials are needed, just skill at sending and receiving messages.

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Lorenzo Baxter January 24, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Hello there….I have a question. How “powerfull” are spirits? Are they just ethereal beings who never had a life on earth? And so their essence is dormant in the spirit world? Or do they have powers considered “beyond those of ordinary men or women” ???

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Mike Sententia January 30, 2017 at 3:48 PM

That’s like asking, “How powerful are energy workers.” There’s no one answer. But I’ve benefited greatly from working with spirits, and many of the techniques I use today came from spirits I know. It takes some time to network, and to develop the skills that will make you interesting and attractive to skilled spirits. Try to enter this with the intent of exploring, not the intent of gaining power.

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Lorenzo Baxter February 16, 2017 at 8:34 AM

Oh I hadn’t intended to make myself sound power hungry. I apologize. Bur when I read thus site, as simple to understand as 1-2-3, it became very easy to fall under the seductive influence of thinking of having “power”
Forgive me.

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Mike Sententia February 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

There’s nothing wrong with wanting techniques that can cause useful change in the world. That’s a lot of what I do, actually. And in the end, that’s what wanting power is: Wanting to be able to create change in the world. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But, if you want to create change in the world, energy and magick are a long path. It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to get reliable, useful techniques. (Most quick solutions are selling psychology or placebo.) That’s why I recommend exploring.

(There’s also the abstract lure of “being powerful” that the human mind is vulnerable to. Wanting to be powerful, rather than wanting the ability to solve a particular problem. I may have picked up some of that in your initial question, too.)

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akima March 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM

The Key to working with Spirits is to find those who are Nonviolent, avoiding aggression, and Nonsinning, avoiding harm to others. Then you can work on Projects. Buddha, Tao, Kami (Gods), and Megami (Goddesses) Bless you on your Spirit Quests from this humble little Japanese Shamaness – and may you find open minded people to work with.

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Lorenzo Baxter April 6, 2017 at 9:52 AM

I understand that this needs to be done one on one, you and the spirit you are speaking to. But, I would really like some time with someone who has legitimately experienced spiritual presence, or even using magick. Anyone available?

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Mike Sententia April 8, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Hi Lorenzo, I’m planning on offering online classes next year. (And in-person classes in San Francisco.) I also offer one-on-one healing sessions, and would be happy to offer coaching instead of healing techniques. Details and rates on http://healinglab.org

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Lorenzo Baxter April 5, 2017 at 12:35 PM

If I am ever able to contact the spirits, (I hope so) I have so many things I want to ask/learn/request. I realize only a spirit could give me the real answer, but could a spirit get “angry” of sorts for asking for too much? Like it might think I’m too greedy and won’t respond anymore?

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Mike Sententia April 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM

A spirit may lose interest and leave. I have not seen friendly spirits become angry because of too many questions, though. (But keep in mind, not all spirits are friendly — see my posts on protection.)

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C. July 16, 2017 at 1:07 AM

Hello, nice article, I enjoyed reading it. Recently I had some ”help” from a spirit, been going through something and what the spirit said helped. The voice, the presence, the feeling of it were clearly not mine. So why does a spirit appear in someone’s life in order to help that person? Why the help?

Thanks, and congrats on the website, I like it very much :)

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Mike Sententia July 17, 2017 at 7:24 PM
Kassandra November 12, 2017 at 3:30 AM

Hi I was just wondering do you find when you drink you hear easier? I haven’t been much of a drinker since i was young. I can’t seem to always hold their messages in and blurt out things that can upset ppl or make them happy.

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Mike Sententia November 13, 2017 at 6:18 PM

I don’t drink, but here’s what I’d say in general: There’s a difference between receiving something and receiving a message accurately. I’ve done a lot of work around receiving messages more accurately. And in general, I’d expect that being in an altered state would make it easier to feel something, but harder to receive it accurately. That said, if someone has data on accuracy of receiving in sober vs altered states, I’m all ears.

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