A lot of people are quick to say that they can’t connect to Spirit because they don’t see Spirit.
I can understand that. Seeing is believing, so they say. And I myself am reluctant to trust my own abilities unless I clearly see a Spirit first.
My modus operandi here is not to suggest that you need to break down the brick-wall of doubt and psychic self-blocking (even though you do) – instead I’d like to introduce you to a little something akin to a side entrance.
It’s not a shortcut to connecting with Earth Spirits, but it is another way in if you’re caught up on the seeing is believing issue.
Here’s the key. You need to start with Earth Spirits that you can either physically see or touch.
Or did you forget that trees, flowers, plants, cats, dogs, birds (all animals and plants) are Spirit, too?
Just as we’re ghosts inside of meatsuits, so too are all living things. Every rock, crystal, animal, and plant has a Spirit. And the fast-track to connecting with all Spirits (especially the ones without physical form) is to start with the ones that do have physical forms.
Step 1: Find an amenable Spirit.
Animal companions are perfect, as are beloved plants either in your house, or out in the yard, but you could also set out to do this activity with a wild animal, such as a chipmunk, or the birds that congregate at your birdfeeders.
Note: If this is your first venture into consciously connecting with Spirit, then it’s best to choose something that’s not going to dart off into the woods unexpectedly.
Step 2: If possible, make physical contact.
Of course, I don’t recommend you do this with wild animals, nor with any plant that might be poisonous. So if you can’t make physical contact, try to be as close to the plant or animal as possible. This is why cats and dogs make excellent helpers for this activity.
If you choose a tree, lean against it.
A plant, sit as close as you can to it, and touch one of its leaves or flowers.
Step 3: Open up your senses. All of them.
We’re going to skip right over the part where you tell me that you don’t have a psychic bone in your body.
You have psychic senses. They’re probably stronger than you realize. Don’t even try to tell me you don’t, because I will launch into a tirade the likes of which you’ve never seen. This is one hill that I will fight and die on, so please, swiftly dispense with the excuses and trust me.
This next part only requires that you keep an open mind, and breathe. Acknowledge and lovingly dismiss any resistance. And be patient.
One of the biggest barriers to sensing Spirit is getting tunnel vision that’s directed at your own brain. You become an observer of yourself rather than an observer of the Spirits and energies around you, and when you do that…you get nothing but a hyperawareness that you’re not getting anything.
If you find yourself in that position, imagine that your awareness of the world is a bubble. And as you breathe, you expand it, past your brain, past your body, and out – far enough to encompass the plant or animal that you’ve chosen to connect with.
It may help to close your eyes. Breathe. Always breathe. Release tension in your shoulders, hands, and toes.
Leave your mind a careful blank. And wait.
Something is going to pop into your awareness unbidden. A sound, a feeling, an image, or a sudden knowing.
Whatever you get, no matter how bizarre it may seem, trust it.
Congratulations – you just connected with Spirit!
As I write this, I’ve been reaching out to a Christmas cactus by my desk. It sings. It’s one, clear, high note. And it’s beautiful.
All Spirits can communicate. They may not all have a message for you, but they have an energy that can be acknowledged, interpreted, and appreciated.
(This article is an excerpt from "Earth Spirits," issue no. 2 of the Sacred Space Journal. Want more articles and insights into earth spirits?)