This is a new area of PaganPath for questions submitted through email. Each week we will select a question from those we receive and publish Friday's response. All private information will be removed of course, and anonymity preserved. Questions are abbreviated and summarized to assist in maintaining privacy. This week, several questions were posed in a single email regarding dreams, prophecy, shadows and feeling a presence in a room.
My dreams are often prophetic and sometimes very frightening, how can I control them or know which ones are predicting the future? Sometimes when I wake up it feels like someone is in the room and I see shadows moving out of the corner of my eye. I feel odd and spacey all day. Should I try to channel this entity?
My first suggestion is that you obtain and regularly use a dream journal. They are very helpful in letting go of dreams that haunt your memory. By forcing yourself to record your dreams, you can see any patterns that are developing, have proof of prophecy, develop your own interpretations as the one's that are prophetic come true. Often the true dreams aren't recognized until after the fact, writing them down helps you to understand which ones are predictions. A dream journal will help you to release the negative emotions so you can go on with your day to day activities without that spacey shaky feeling. Other centering and grounding techniques may be helpful to you and can be found throughout the PaganPath site. There are also tips in the Witch Cats article here.
If you have dreams of demons or evil creatures and these energies seem to persist after you are awake, then be very cautious. Don't worry, they probably aren't the 'devil' calling you! ("chuckle") but could be a variety of things such as:
- a warning that your relationship is ending or that you fear it is ending
- something from your past that pertains to the present reappearing (such as a negative sexual experience)
- an energy "pocket" that happened to be drawn to you because of your potential magic and psychic skills and lack of knowledge about them
- an anxiety attack
- or hundreds of other reasons. Chalk it up to experience and it might have more meaning later on.
If you are having severe problems in this area, know that there is a thin line that sensitive people must walk. The skills that are considered belonging to "psychics" and "Witches" are often similar to the symptoms of schizophrenic people and people with other mental dis-eases. This is a thin thin line!
Gather knowledge about mental dis-eases and see a counselor who is sympathetic to psi phenomenon, or even one who uses the Tarot, but also has the educational background in psychology to know where that line should be drawn for you. A psychiatrist may not be in order unless your counselor suggests it.
Witches often use the term "between the worlds" to explain the "place" where magick happens. Between the worlds of the realm of spirit, and the mundane world. Walking between the worlds can be seen as walking this thin line. As you know, we all have to be responsible for our mental health. My mother once said, "crazy is often lazy" Ask yourself questions about your experiences such as:
- Are your dreams more vivid seasonally?
- Are they more vivid during the full moon?
- Is there a pattern to the types of dreams you have?
- Do you hear voices or conversations while awake?
- Is your home or bedroom holding negative energy that needs to be released?
- Do you have the control to stop the dreams when necessary?
- Are there gaps in your memory such as childhood experiences?
Write down every occurrence of dreams you can remember, even if you only hold onto fragments. Use your dream journal the very moment you wake up, while your memory is fresh. Force yourself to do it, for your mental health, spiritual growth, and self-empowerment. Your perception peaks may follow a moon cycle, they may only happen when you are in certain situations such as a relationship that you feel insecure in, they may only happen around your birthday, they may happen seasonally, etc., etc. Know your patterns and you know what to expect.
The only thing I can tell you with any certainty is this: do not get involved in channeling! Avoid going to channelers frequently, avoid attempting to contact any spirits or house spirits, and avoid any meditation or self hypnosis tapes that involve contacting angels or spirit guides. The dreams you are having may show that the perceptions you have are quite sensitive. Because you are not fully in control of them yet, there are nasties out there that would be happy to control them for you.
I know that sounds odd, but hyper psychic people should generally not channel, at least not at first. I don't pretend to know what these energies are, but only that they are. They are easy to avoid, but hard to get rid of if you've invited them. Make sure you know how to control your energy and have a great deal of confidence and self-knowledge before you do any channeling.
By the way, the shadowy figures or movement in your peripheral vision is often termed "Witch cats". I cannot say for sure what they are, but they seem to be the dust bunnies of the psychic/magickal world. They are often, but not always, negative energy. But like the physical dust bunnies, they are easy to clean up and remove, and aren't generally "out to get" anything.
They can develop into a mighty infestation if left to their own, or if energy is added to their presence by becoming paranoid about them. In other words, if you become afraid of them, they will taunt you... the brats! hehehe I've written another article about Witch Cats where you can find out more here.
If you are experiencing a lack of memory about experiences in conjunction with nightmares, and are feeling detached or out of place, these could be signs of a trauma. Don't let anyone tell you what that trauma might be, it is for you to figure out if that is actually what it is. Be careful to find a counselor who can help you without planting ideas in your mind about what that trauma (if any) actually is. As you explore your mind and your skills, the memories will unveil. Having someone you love and completely trust when they do appear can be very helpful. But in situations that lack the love and trust, you have to depend on yourself. Self love and acceptance is necessary anyway.
Traumas can often be major triggers for psychic potential. You've probably heard stories of women lifting cars off of their children in crashes, or of autistic children having a genius talent in music or numbers, etc. These "super human" talents may not be that unusual, just untapped. Sometimes a great stress will trigger survival and perception skills ranging from strength to telepathy!
Some Witches feel detached from mundane life, maybe because they walk frequently between the worlds. Many psychics also report a sense of isolation, of being an observer, or of having to distance yourself in many situations. Again, this is frequently a natural safety mechanism, like the lack of memories above, but it is also par for the course of walking between the worlds.
These things probably don't happen to millions of people, but they do happen to many. That handful of people can do great things if they find their own control of their skills. There are some who form covens and work for healing, global issues, and politics. There are some who become psychics for hire and help many people. There are some who just become very wise through the years. They are out there, but the ones who are willing to work to gain control of their skills are rare.
You may be one of the many who have these skills, but only you can determine that and only you can gain control of those skills to utilize them. There are counselors, friends, books, web sites, etc. that will help, but essentially the responsibility is yours.
Many blessings on your path.
You may notice that both the question and response have been edited. This is to preserve privacy and I apologize for any disjointed thoughts or incongruencies in writing that this causes. The responses to the letters to the editor will reflect my views. This is entirely appropriate as everyone has a different approach and there are few absolutes in the paranormal or Witchcraft. Some of the responses may have been written without enough reflection on my part as I often reply to many dozens of email messages daily. Hence, the letters and responses are presented here for us all to learn from and share in each others' celebration of life. I have no technical qualifications as a professional counselor and simply offer an opinion (which may change even after I write my response).