Hello, thank you for calling Spirit Support. I understand you’re having some issues this evening. How can I help you?
“Hi, yes, thank you. The messages and signs I’m getting are not coming true. What’s going on? Are my guides broken? Is there a break in the line? What do I do?”
(-end alternate reality where I offer customer support on Spirit issues…-)
Okay, does the above sound like a call you wish you could make?
I’ll be honest with you, it’s a call that I wish I could sometimes make.
When you’re working with Spirit, you’re working with messages that come to you via the clairs: clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, claircognizance (and perhaps through other extra-sensory modes as well).
Claircognizance is almost like cheating. If Spirit gives you a sudden knowing, then you’re pretty good to go. But not everyone is claircognizant, and even if you are you don’t always get your message through that sense.
Clairaudience is perhaps the next easiest to translate, but not always. Spirit might give you an entire sentence of communication (and if it does, good for you, I’m jealous) but it could also give you a single word in response to your question: Justice, perhaps.
…justice!? What am I supposed to do with justice?
Anyway, when you get into the other clairs, you’re getting deeper and deeper into the territory of (and complications with) translation.
There will probably be times – many times if you’re first staring out – that you get a sign, interpret it to mean something, and find that prediction crashes and burns in a magnificent way.
It’s okay to be frustrated. I want you to know that (in my humble opinion) interpretation is hands down the hardest part of being psychic/intuitive or working with Spirit. And getting something wrong doesn’t mean that the signs were wrong, only that we came at them from the wrong angle.
As for how you can get better at understanding and interpreting the signs you are given, I have two big suggestions:
Keep a Journal
Our memories are a funny thing. When we’re feeling low, they pull up all the very worst things as proof for why we shouldn’t trust ourselves, or give up. Our brain has a way of glossing over or omitting all those times that we were right. All those times we nailed it. That’s part of what this journal will be for – a reminder to you that you’re not crazy, and you’re not always wrong, but also as a way of separating the sign from the interpretation so you can look back on what messages you’ve received and ponder the truth of them.
Whenever you receive a message or sign, write it down in your journal. Then, if you think you know what it means or you have a feeling, write that down – but not on the same line. Create some space between the sign and your interpretation. When you separate the signs from the interpretations, you can choose to go back and look at what happened without your memory or initial interpretation twisting anything, and see if those signs didn't end up meaning something different. Make sure that when a message finally hits home, that you record what it meant, and in what way it manifested.
Ask for More
You may need to drill down, and clarify the messages you’re receiving. What happens when you’re talking to someone and you don’t hear them super clearly, or what they said doesn’t make sense? You say, “Huh? What was that? Could you please repeat?” Or, you ask them to say it a different way, or to give you an example. You can do the same thing with Spirit. Sure, there are going to be times when your messengers cross their arms and say: Nope! That’s all you get! – but much of the time you’ll be able to get more information from them to help you better understand what they’re giving to you. Ask follow up questions, like: What does this pertain to? Is this the past, present, or future? Can you say that in a different way? What else do I need to know?
If after all of that you’re still having issues, then it’s time to troubleshoot further. Before you write off your spiritual connection as busted, there are a few steps you can take – kind of like restarting your computer, or resetting the internet connection.
- Ensure that you’re receiving your messages from a place of love and clarity, not fear and confusion. If you have a practice (and you’re not just getting messages randomly throughout the day), make sure to ground and clear. Release expectation. Monitor the energy around you, and if necessary, envoke spiritual protection to keep out tricksters.
- Get confirmation with a second tool – pendulum, tarot, etc. There’s no rule that says you have to use one method, and one method only. Curious about a message you got clairvoyantly? Pull out your tarot deck! Got an interesting sensation clairsentiently? Whip out that pendulum and get some confirmation. This is a good way for you to build trust when you’re just starting.
- Get another reader to look at the same signs. Without giving away what it is you think the signs meant, have a tarot reader or medium do a reading on the signs that you received. If the messages align, then great! If they don’t, then you’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.
Remember that each “failure” is really a learning experience. It is not useless.
Also, practice practice practice practice practice practice (*deep breath*) PRACTICE.
Most of the world only gets better at something if they keep trying. There will be trip-ups, there will be mistakes, but they always serve a purpose. Don’t give up. Use your resources, fine-tune your approach, and soldier on. If you want to support yourself spiritually there is no substitute for experiencing and learning as you go.