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Double Vision: Was this Dream Creature Real?

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My 12-year-old daughter has been having "dreams" that I think may be actual encounters with some sort of astral entity. In the dreams, she says that a "freaky looking" creature that resembles a fat baby with big black holes for eyes is harassing her. It doesn't "walk" - it zooms around and can travel through walls. For the most part, it just pokes at her and seems to get a kick out of getting a reaction out of her. In the first dream, after it poked her she poked it back, and it started laughing, like it was playing a game with her. She says it's like an evil little toddler. When she runs away, it chases her and moves through walls to poke her again. She wakes up panicked and really freaked out. I told her that whatever it is, it seems to want to provoke a reaction, so to get rid of it, she should try to ignore it. She said she can't control what she does in dreams, so she doesn't know how THAT will help. I am wondering if maybe this creature is something real in the astral. Any thoughts?

- Robyn

Dreamchaser:

Not everything in this world or on the Otherside is beautiful or even pleasant to look at. In fact, some things are just downright ugly. That includes spirit guides, ghosts, entities of all kinds (like this little blob thing) and even some angels.

Just like some humans are not attractive, some Otherworldly beings can be downright hideous. Just because something is ugly or scary looking does not automatically make it evil. We should have learned that lesson from the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I believe it is human nature to equate ugly with evil, and frightening in appearance with negativity.

This dream being is a real entity on the Otherside, and it is simply playing with your daughter. When she poked it, it laughed, and now they play a game together - or so the being thinks. Just like lots of other annoying young creatures, sometimes it does not know when to stop, or when enough is enough.

Your daughter can simply say STOP in her dream to this being, and the being will stop. Your daughter thinks she is powerless on the Otherside, but she is not. She can implant the thought or command to say STOP in her own mind while she is awake, and then she will "remember" it while she is asleep.

Another thing that you may want to tell her is that she has guides, angels, and all kinds of beings on the Otherside who are there to help her. They will hop to her every command (providing she is not asking them to harm or hurt someone).

So before she goes to bed at night, she can ask for the spiritual beings around her to please help her with this troublesome little blob that she encounters. They will help her while she is sleeping.

Anything we experience while sleeping occurs on the astral plane. Everything that is there is VERY real. We may think we are having these fantastic dreams with all these amazing imaginary creatures, but they are real adventures.

To some people, it may really come as a shock that what we dream is REAL in the astral. Granted, things look different there than they do on this plane, but it's just like life on earth: if we travel to distant lands, we will see people who look different, encounter foods that look and smell different, buildings that look different, etc.

Being on the astral plane is just like traveling to a distant land and experiencing new things. Just because there are no beings on this planet that fit the description of your daughter's newfound playmate, that doesn't mean he's not real on some other plane.

Help your daughter learn how to summon the helpful beings around her, for they won't jump to our aid without being asked first. That is a very powerful lesson for us all.

I wish your daughter peace-full dreams.

*****

Astrea:

All kinds of strange things happen to sensitive people during puberty. We're psychically more open then than we are at any other time in our lives. Anyone with any kind of psychic ability will start to experience things that are extremely hard to understand.

Since your daughter has some natural psychic talent (she probably gets that from you!) this is the time to ENCOURAGE it. This is the MOST PSYCHIC your daughter will ever be naturally, without having to work at it. She's coming into her ability, and if it isn't squelched, she'll always have it.

Remaining open is so difficult, and these creatures make it even harder. That's their JOB! They like to discourage those of us who can see them, whether we're awake or sleeping.

Sometimes as we awaken psychically, unpleasant entities hang around us. As our bodies change and our minds expand, lots of "things" such as she's described will enter into our dreamscape. Given her age, I believe sheĆ­s dealing with a real astral entity, for this sort of thing is common during puberty. Since her hormones are probably going wild, these entities are drawn to her unsettled energy.

Whether this one is demonic or angelic, it seems to be really annoying, so it's time to get RID OF IT once and for all. Fortunately, there are many things you two can do to rid her of this pesky experience.

I have lots of recipes for getting rid of nightmarish creatures. The best way for people your daughter's age is to put the shoes she's worn that day under her bed facing opposite directions, one facing north, one facing south. If she's worn several pair (as teenagers often do) do this with EVERY pair she's had on that day.

This will keep unwelcome astral entities at bay, because with her shoes facing opposite directions, they won't be able to figure out which way to go to enter her dreams.

Also, put a little lavender pillow next to her bed pillow. The scent of lavender will drive away evil entities because it smells too NICE. It will also cover up the aroma of her hormonal changes, further confusing this creature.

Since she is open to "visits," she may experience some Angelic Presence in her dreams, but it's doubtful she'll remember it. Angels come and go, but usually don't want to be "seen" or remembered. As she gets older, these impish creatures will move on to other teenagers, but it's scary at the time it's happening.

Dreams fade so quickly. If she's willing, have her record her dreams in a dream journal, so she'll have them to remember when she's older and perhaps her OWN daughter is going through something similar. Her children will probably inherit her abilities, so it may be very helpful to have a record of her experiences to refer to.

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.

Double Vision: Is it Wise to Read for Yourself?

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Do you advise for or against reading for yourself? When I try to use a pendulum, I wonder if I'm influencing it to give me the answers that I want. It's the same with tarot. Is it wise to do readings for yourself, or do we just end up leading ourselves down the garden path by viewing everything through the lens of our desires?
Thanks! - Lisa

Dreamchaser:

I am probably going to take a lot of heat for this answer, but oh well - I like living on the edge!

We can't read for ourselves because we can't be objective enough to see clearly. I've had people tell me that I'm not really psychic if I can't read for myself. I think that idea is totally false.

Obviously, I am psychic, but I am also human. If I try to read for myself, I get caught up in what I want to hear or have happen. If I think I want a certain outcome, I try to make whatever divination tool I am using give me that outcome. This is sort of like trying to cram a round peg into a square hole - and appearing to succeed!

What we CAN do is ask for signs from Spirit. (Ironically, this relates to our other question this week.) We can pray for messages and/or meditate in our own way to hear our own answers.

We all have psychic ability. We all have a sixth sense and "gut instincts." If we ask for clarity or an answer, it will come to us. Usually, however, that answer comes in the form of a message from Spirit via an external source.

When I'm seeking answers for myself, I listen to everything around me. I listen closely to the music on the radio or whatever is on television or to conversations around me. So often I hear the answer I'm seeking from "casual" sources.

For example, I recently asked Spirit if I should break off a relationship with a person who does not seem to be honoring me and my spirit. The answer came when this person did not contact me and did not return my calls. While this may not seem obvious to some people, I knew it was my answer.

It's only human to not like all the answers we receive and then to try another method to see if we can get a different answer. We can make our minds "see" or "hear" what we want them to see or hear, but we're only fooling ourselves. When asking for answers and guidance, we have to be truly open, receptive and honest with ourselves. We also have to be ready to receive any answer - even those that don't match what we think we want.

One way I rise above all of this confusion is to just live my life in the NOW. If I am living in the NOW, then whatever I need automatically comes to me. The past and the future don't matter when I'm in the NOW. I just trust that whatever comes across my path is exactly what I need at that time. It may not be what I think I want, but I know it is what is right for me.

When we live in the NOW, we relinquish the control we THINK we have over our lives and allow Spirit to guide us.

I wish you obvious answers.

*****

Astrea:

Reading for oneself is tricky, because regardless of the method, it's possible to influence or misinterpret the information received.

I imagine trying to use a pendulum for yourself would be VERY difficult, as your subconscious might "swing it your way" without you realizing it. Cards might be a little more accurate, though you can influence which ones you draw from the deck based on your desires. Even if you're good at automatic writing, you may never be sure that you aren't just writing down what you hope to see.

Every reading is an emotional experience, whether we're trying to read for ourselves or others. The more emotionally invested we are in the happiness of the person being read for, the more we'll influence the answers received.

My fellow psychics seem to be evenly split about whether it's wise to read for oneself. Some of them do it every day, and it becomes just another daily habit like brushing their teeth or getting dressed. Many of them believe this is a great way to test yourself and get connected with your divination tools before you go to work with them.

Like me, others believe you should NOT read for yourself or your own family because it's so hard to drop those rose-colored glasses.

Most people who are doing readings for themselves are involved in some kind of situation where they are worried or feel out of control, and when I feel that way, my cards WILL NOT cooperate and give me any kind of clear answers. Also, most people wouldn't be able to see past all the apparently negative stuff on the surface to the ultimately positive reasons it is happening.

If you MUST read for yourself, I recommend one of those $300 astrology programs that some genius mathematician has honed to a fine point. Those will give you objective readings because you can't control where the planets are landing in your sign at the time. Astrology isn't foolproof, but it's about as accurate as anyone can get in this kind of work.

Otherwise, I feel it's better to get someone ELSE to read for us. Even a friend can exercise more objectivity about our concerns than we can.

Sometimes I just spontaneously receive messages from my guides whether I try for them or not. The other day as I wrapped up many hours of doing readings at Psychic Chat, I discovered a card was missing from my tarot deck. I looked under the chair, and there it was. I was AFRAID to turn it over, but to my relief, it was the Sun. If it had been the Tower, I might have crawled under the chair with it and stayed there until the next morning!

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.

Double Vision: When Spirit’s Messages Don’t Make Sense

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I have been trying to communicate with my angels for a while, but all I receive are phrases that don't make much sense. Further, there is nothing in these messages that prove they are from my angels. I try all the recommended steps over and over, but have no luck. I pray for a clear path to my angels, try to clear my mind and open to any response they might give me. I ask for a sign that they are here with me, but get nothing. Do you have any advice or suggestions?

- Yolanda

Dreamchaser:

Whenever I hear someone (myself included) saying, "I ask for a sign but I get nothing," I always think of the movie Bruce Almighty when Bruce is driving and he is yelling for God to give him a sign. On the road in front of him is a truck completely filled with road signs. Of course Bruce does not see those signs as the answer to his prayers, so he continues to scream at God.

If you are asking for signs, you are being sent signs. You just aren't recognizing them.

You never did say why you want to talk to your angels so badly. Is there a specific reason you must talk to angels in particular? I suggest that for now, you quit trying to talk to angels, and start by asking for God to answer your questions and prayers instead.

Each human is different. Each person has a method of spiritual guidance that works better for them than any other method. For example, the best way Spirit can get me to sit up and pay attention is to send an animal my way.

Lately I have been seeing lots of Blue Jays. Basically, the Jay is here to tell me that I am moving into a new period in my life, and I can own it or run from it. Either way, the Jay will help me. The Jay doesn't care which direction I choose; it is MY choice to make.

So you see, Yolanda, I received a sign from God via the Blue Jay. Most people, however, would not look at the little Jay sitting on the fence post as a sign from God - especially if they were set on hearing from angels.

I also suggest you learn how to meditate. Most people hear the word meditate and immediately imagine someone sitting in a lotus position, serenely humming "OM." That works really well for some people, but for other people like me, that form of meditation is not the answer.

I have found that if I go to the beach or out into the woods and sit and stare at the water (or into the trees), I will start to have "random" thoughts come into my head. These are thoughts I know I did not create or think up on my own. THAT is how I meditate, and that is how I hear God speaking to me.

Sometimes what we "hear" will not make sense at that time. Write it down anyway and go back to it later. Often it will make sense as life continues to unfold around you.

You need to get logic, self-doubt, worry and defensiveness out of your system, for those energies will only blur your "reception" from ANY spiritual being that wants to communicate with you. I think you personally are suffering from DOUBT.

I wish you clear and open channels.

*****

Astrea:

Some people seem to be blessed with a naturally clear connection to their angels, while for others, this requires effort and concentration. Some of us are even downright resistant to such messages because sometimes we don't want to "hear" what our angels have to say.

Regardless of the reason you're having trouble accessing your guides and angels, there are many rituals you can do to tune in. For most of us, it just takes practice.

The first step is to identify which angel or guide you wish to reach. Similarly, one of the difficulties most people encounter has to do with being clear about what they are seeking. You should form the kind of information or guidance you're looking for into SPECIFIC questions.

I won't do general psychic readings because the information I receive will be overwhelming and very vague. A general question like "What should I do with my life?" would be just as overwhelming to a guide or angel in Spirit. Determine what you're trying to achieve before you ask your guides or angels for answers.

The Kabbalah offers lots of ways to invoke angels for specific purposes. There is also a vast body of angelic lore that may help you decide which angel to ask. The most obvious choices are the four archangels who rule the twelve astrological signs.

St. Michael (who happens to be the only being who is both an archangel and considered a saint) is for Fire Signs, intellectual pursuits and mental balance. The Archangel Gabriel is for Air Signs, and also for emotional healing and comfort. The Archangel Raphael is for Water Signs, warming and healing. The Archangel Uriel is for Earth Signs, concentration and motivation.

There are also twelve "Messenger Angels" who take your desires and prayers to your assigned Archangel, but without your birthday, I have no way of knowing which one you might want to consult. According to angel lore, every one of us has been assigned a guardian according to the date, day, hour and day of the week of our birth. Again, I'd need your full birth information to determine this angel's identity.

Once you've decided which Angel you wish to ask about a specific situation, write down the name of that Angel in Enochian, Hebrew or English. Sleep with it for one week under your pillow. Keep a notebook right by your bed so that you can write down the helpful clues that come to you in your dreams.

When the week is over, light a white candle and burn the paper as you whisper prayers of thanksgiving for the answers you've received.

Astrea:

Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.