This was such an interesting post to read. I have learned alot of new terms since coming here in January. Terms for things I was already naturally doing but just didn't have a name for them. Only recently have I wanted to learn how to "control" and better understand what these "abilities" were called, or what they meant, or how to develop them further, but only because they seemed to be developing by themselves. So, I'll try to answer these questions too, but I'm sure they won't sound as structured or mature as all of you have described them so nicely. Be gentle! :)
A Reading: Well, I have never intentionally tried to really read anyone. However, recently on this board, I did intentionally try to connect with someone and did read her desire related to a personal situation with a very clear image and feeling. Normally, any information I get comes to me randomly, anywhere and anytime, because of some connection I have with that person. Now though it seems I also connect, without intent though, to just about anyone. Also until recently, information in the form of images or phrases, would only come to me when that person was in distress, which has also changed. For example, I am, and have always been, closest to my sister. Recently I got a picture of what she was seeing, as she was seeing it while we were on the phone. So I told her what she was seeing, before she could tell me. That was a first, and pretty cool I have to admit. Sometime, I would like to try a reading though and see how it goes.
Meditation:I guess I could say that I meditate in prayer. I empty my mind of all my own thoughts and picture a blank slate, then just kind of get into the "zone." When that space is completely quiet, then I might just rest in that peace, or talk to God, or sometimes I just listen to see what I hear, if there's any advice for me.
Visualization:The only visualization I've ever done, is as above. Just the "blank slate" to clear my mind so I can really listen outside myself. I'm not a very visual person, not the best imagination I guess you could say, so the blank slate is probably about my limit. :lol:
Receiving Information:Like I said, it's pretty much feelings, images, or phrases I hear. Whenever I "hear", feel or "see" something repeatedly, then I know it's something I'm suppose to pay attention to. I don't look for answers, I feel like that would often be misleading, like I was influencing it. I've found that if it's meant for me, I will receive it. Otherwise, it feels like a guessing game to me.
(edit) Also, I've noticed that if I see someones face or a name the moment I wake up, that it's especially urgent and always something to do with their health or wellbeing. I always contact those people the minute my feet hit the floor because twice now it's meant death. This happened this morning..hence the reminder and the edit.
I've actually found while writing this that it's kind of been hard to put into words things that have just been a natural part of my life. Things I've never had a name for and that I've always just seen as God's way of using me to help others. Which until recently, has always been the end result of any of the things that I've received. It's always been either that they needed physical help, or comfort, or prayer. Although, I have no idea how me seeing or getting visits from spirits that have already passed helps anyone, they just come to visit once in awhile and I've been okay with that. But that's a whole other story. This has been a good thing for me to actually sit and think about these things. I am so grateful to have found this place and have the opportunity to read the stories and experiences of others. I am also very grateful to have received some very kind, wise and patient counsel from a few who have been willing to share it. Thank you! :wub: