1) Your Body Heats Up
It is very common, especially in the beginning of connecting with your guides or channeling, for your body’s temperature to rise. It is quite possible you may begin sweating through your shirts when you begin connecting, you may noticed an intuitive or two doing this on stage when they channel for a live audience.
When I first began doing sessions with people I would flush completely and feel an influx of energies surging through me. It took me a few months to feel at peace with this new experience, but as I did my temperature went back to normal. Feeling heat is nothing to be concerned about as this is how our body responds to heightened focus as well as the actual interfacing with higher worlds. As you continue to surrender to the process your body’s response will become more manageable.
2) Speaking in Tongues
Once you make a connection with spirit and information begins to pour in, our first instinct is to begin expressing or translating that energy. This may take the form of strange sounds, tones or even beautiful songs that seem to be in another language. This is not necessarily the case for everyone as it depends on your personality. If you fancy yourself a musician or are particularly inspired by sound this may be especially true for you. There are even individuals like Tom Kenyon and Lisa Gerrard who use this skill to create beautiful transcending music. Spirit tends to speak loudest through the channels we use most and if yours is sound and music then this may be an experience you can look forward to having!
3) Mudras and Movements
Just as we find ourselves making sounds as we enmesh with our higher selves, we can also begin moving our bodies to express the rhythm of the energy as it moves through us. Flowing, twitchy or rhythmically rocking and swaying our body may feel natural when connecting to spirit. This can be accompanied by strange feelings within your body such as: lightness, creepy crawlies, tingling, sinking, expanding, floating, releasing/pushing out or even a sensation of coming together or drawing in of your energy. You may experience all of these at some point within your connection practice. These funny sensations are your higher energies bringing your consciousness back to centre, this re-alignment happens naturally as you align with your higher-self.
With focus you can also begin to use the movement of your body as a way to interpret messages from your guides. For example, world renowned channeler Esther Hicks one day found herself tracing letters with her nose when she was just beginning to connect with Abraham. This was an impulsive movement that she wasn’t initially aware that she was making. It turned out that the letters spelled out Abrahams name and in that realization she was able to form a precise connection with her guide(s). Speaking of letters, automatic writing is another popular way to communicate with your guides using inspired movement.
4) Anxiety or Panic.
Waves of anxiety are not exactly what we think of when connecting with our guides, but in reality it happens more often than we’d care to admit. As we release ourselves into the void we can feel very triggered. We are used to spending the majority of our day in mind and when we leave that level of awareness we can feel unsafe. This is accentuated by the fact that connecting with our higher-self means letting go of control, we cannot be actively analyzing our experience and expect to have an authentic connection, it takes openness, surrender and trust to have a significant experience. Being confronted with letting go can bring up all sorts of control issues that we may not have even realized we had. Your mind can’t come everywhere with you, when your soul knocks you have to leave it at the door.
It should also be mentioned that diving into the unseen world also jostles up our fear of the unknown. We naturally begin to project our worst case scenarios when we have no idea how something works. This is a primitive protection mechanism that we must override. We can also observe this when we fear the dark, as soon as those lights go out we begin to project our fears onto the darkness.
In reality this dynamic is very significant to our soul’s journey, part of our purpose is to re-connect with our higher dimensional selves, and it is through this process that we learn to give in to the all knowing element of our awareness that helps us express our most divine path on this planet. We learn how to use our awareness in its highest capacity and to traverse the non physical and therefore physical plains fearlessly.
Surrendering and listening is just as important as action and speaking.
5) Entering a Trance State
Relaxing and streamlining your focus naturally places you in a trance state. This means that you may zone out and lose your perception of time, your body or even the room you are in. Don’t be intimidated by this as it is the beginnings of peering into the higher worlds, you begin to disassociate here as you associate there. It can help greatly to imagine strong tree roots anchoring you down into the Earth as you stretch up into the cosmos. Let yourself stepping this deep focus and know that your guides are there with you to get the most out of it.
6) Lots of Emotions
It is very common to feel strong emotions when you begin to open up to your heart and soul. This deeper focus allows layers of emotions to finally speak in the open space you have provided. Meditation and intuition development is as much a purification of the heart as it is gaining cool abilities and exploring higher realms.
Our higher self will ask us to move through trauma and own our joy as we ask it to connect us with our highest self. The more we authentically connect with spirit the more we are called to become lighter and more coherant. To have a solid connection we need to become emotionally functional and there is no room to have closets full of pain and fear. We will be called to become honest experiencers and expressers of our emotional world and in turn our emotional world will become a profound language of spiritual communication.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Now get out there and connect!