How to See Spirits (and Make a Fool of Yourself)

Talk about synchronicity. Someone brought to my attention that today is George Harrison’s death anniversary. As I recall, I “coincidentally” posted John Lennon’s interview on his birthday. Ya just can’t make this stuff up.

Now, Erik is going to play the teacher and show us how to see our deceased loved ones. May I suggest you do this in solitude rather than in public. As you will see, if you were to practice these techniques in a busy mall or grocery store, you’d be hauled off to the looney bin n shot order.

Me: Can we learn to see things differently, like training our brains to slow down our perception of that high vibration so, for example, we can see the wings of a hummingbird in flight at a complete standstill? I mean, is there some way that we can do that so that we can see our deceased loved ones who are not visible to us because they’re vibrating at a frequency that’s just too far above our visual spectrum?

Erik: Yes.

Me: Oh, okay. So, we need to make software that will help us train our brains to do that. That’d be so cool.

Erik: Well, there’s other tricks as well such as blinking your eyes very fast when you’re looking at an object that’s vibrating or moving really fast.

Me: Oh, yeah!

I grimace as my cat tilts her head with concern as she watches me flutter my eyelids.

Erik: It takes snapshots, and because the eye is shutting off and turning on, it doesn’t allow the pupil to dilate the way it needs to and to let bursts of light in that’d be too much. The eye can’t quickly adjust to it when you’re blinking fast.

Me: Hm!

Erik: This allows too much light in. Blinking will help you see subtle energies, but it does depend on the quality of light as well.

Me: So—

Erik: Also, fluorescent lights tend to help—

(Long pause)

Me: Tend to help what?

Jamie (giggling): Oh. Sorry! Did we just stop talking? Is that what happened?

Jamie and I chuckle.

Jamie: I was telling him, ‘Yeah I teach my classes, and I’m actually teaching a class today in seeing auras and energies and spirits.’

Me: So cool!

Jamie: And I tell the story about how I used to go to the meat department in the grocery stores, because the light was so bad in the meat department, it made it easier for me to see people’s auras.

Me: Hm!

Jamie: And so I would stand there and pretend to shop for meat even though I was a vegetarian and look at people’s energetic fields.

Erik: It’s the quality of light.

Jamie: I like the eye blinking thing. I don’t teach that.

Me: Yeah. Wouldn’t want you going around the meat market fluttering your eyes.

Jamie: I could just hear them. “Excuse me ma’am. Can I help you?”

We both belly laugh.

Jamie: ‘No, thank you.’

Erik: And training to look at subtle color, subtle vibration is getting yourself to—

Jamie (to Erik): I know, right?

She continues to translate.

Erik: Getting yourself calm.

(Long pause)

Jamie: He just said two things I said in my class and I said, ‘Erik, are you saying that because it’s what I teach? Like, are you in my head or is that your way of …’

Erik: Well, you need to find some kind of technique where you can unfocus your eyes while still looking at something. You know, fuzz them out when you stare or like when you stare at a star in the sky and all the other stars disappear.

Me: Oh yeah. Okay.

Erik: That kind of staring technique—but you’re focused on one element and the rest just kind of fuzzes away. Do that on an inanimate object. Something that has color. You know, you can create a program that does this on the computer where it gives you a shape and you have to look at it, and while you’re staring at it, take your eyes kind of around the perimeter of the item or the shape a few times and then kind of come back to the center. Then you’ll start seeing a glow. Most people see a white glow, and some people will see color.

Me: You mean notice the perimeter with your brain rather than moving your eyes around it?

Erik: No, you can actually move your eyes around the perimeter but still keep them in that unfocused state. It’s exactly what you have to do with those Magic Eye pictures.

Me: See, those Magic Eye pictures never work on me, because one of my eyes doesn’t converge properly since I had amblyopia as a kid.

Erik: But it’s the same kind of technique, because once you get into the 3-D image you look around and you can see the 3-D image. You don’t have to stay focused right in the center. So if you just look—take your eyes and have them follow the whole perimeter of the item then come back to center, you’ll start seeing that glow. But then, here’s where you gotta teach yourself what the mirroring effect is.

Jamie (to Erik): Begins with a G? What are you talking about? Ganzer? Ga-ga, not gator. Go Gators!

She’s a Florida girl. Guess she felt compelled.

Jamie: I have such a tickle in my throat for the last 40 minutes.

(She clears her throat.)

Jamie (irritated): Can’t get it to stop!

(She clears her throat again.)

Me: Drink some water.

Jamie: I just tried that, and it just made it tickle more.

Erik: So, once you figure out if you’re not seeing the complementary color of the object you’re looking at—

Me: Okay.

Erik: If you’re looking at a red pen and you see a green glow, then you can just scientifically tell yourself, “Well, that’s the mirroring effect. My eyes are just playing a trick on me.” But if you’re looking at a green pen and you see a blue glow, then that shit ain’t the mirroring effect.

Me: Right.

Erik: Whereas if you see a yellow glow, you have to say to yourself you’re picking up the subtle energy. And then try it on live creatures. Live creatures have a bigger energetic field, and you’ll see many layers of glow.

Me: Okay,

Erik: It just comes with practice. It’s teaching your eyes that they don’t have to look at the surface of something.

Me: Yes, but the seeing the deceased who are vibrating at such a high rate that they’re well outside the visual range on the electromagnetic spectrum—

(I also clear my throat.)

Jamie: You too?

Me: Yeah, you got me feeling your tickle. Thanks.

Jamie giggles.

Erik: You can use this same technique to see the spirits. You just tell us, ”Sit down in that chair over there,” you know. “Stand against that wall right here, and I’m going to sit down and I’m gonna look atcha.”


Erik: But nobody does that shit because everyone is gonna think you’re crazy for doing it: crazy for practicing and crazy for believing that the spirits are going to listen to them and obey them and sit in a chair or stand against a wall. That’s total bullshit. We would have done it while we were alive; we’d definitely do it when we’re dead. Then, once they start seeing the silhouette or the splotches of color, they think they’re fucked up because they’re seeing it! So, you can’t win for doing and you can’t win for succeeding here. It’s cuz of the stupid brain.

Jamie giggles.

Erik: Cuz of judgment.

Me: Analytical crap. Okay, so is it better in fluorescent light then?

Erik: Yeah, it’s easier because it helps the eye not be able to focus exactly clearly on the material item.

Me: All right. Is it better if the light level is lower, higher or what?

Erik: Nah, that’s going to be a personal preference.

Me: Okay.

Erik: For me, I like it when the lights are bright, like they’re really on.  That gives more reflection off my vibrational body.

Me: Okay. Is it better to use a dark background, a light background?

Erik: White. Yeah, go to a white background.

Me: Okay.

Jamie: That makes sense, because then you’d be able to identify exactly what color it is.

Me: Yes exactly.

Erik: If you’re doing a dark background, then you just need to go completely dark. No lights. Dark background. That puts you in the setting of like a psychomanteum.

Me: Would it also help to flutter your eyelids fast during that exercise, too?

Erik: Yeah, yeah, yeah!

That would take a whole world of coordination and rhythmic skills I don’t and will never have. 

Jamie: I’m going to try that in my class today. I’m going to have my students do that. See if it works.

Me: While we’ve been talking, my eyes and eyelids have been doing all sorts of crazy things. I’m so glad nobody’s looking through the window. They’d never be the same. 

We all chuckle at the thought. Well, there’s my poor cat, though.

Me: God, we started with hummingbird wings.

Jamie: We’ve been all over the place, haven’t we?

Me: Yes, we have!

Just a reminder: If you want to talk to a deceased love one or ask Erik about your spiritual mission, your past lives, health, career, relationship issues or more, there’s a small group channeling call coming up next week. Here’s the link:

On a sad, personal note, my daughter’s beloved dog, Winnie, has gone missing since Thanksgiving Eve. We’ve combed the area for hours, put our a Pet Amber Alert, called the City of Houston Solid Waste Department to see if she was picked up dead in the road, went to all the animal control and animal shelters, the SPCA, CAPs, etc. We put over 75 posters at intersections. Eventually, we got in touch with Jamie and Erik says she was picked up by an effeminate man. He justified his actions as “saving her from irresponsible owners.” Sadly, Winnie had a tag with Kristina’s address and cell number so it would have been easy to do the right thing. Sigh. We’re just devastated.

On that note, I’d like to share a song from blog members Kent and Cindy Lehman’s band, Eclectic Verve. Kent wrote song when his cat of 19 years died in his arms. Some people don’t understand how much our animal companions mean to us. They’re a part of the family–and often the ones that are the most unconditionally loving and bring the least drama.

Here’s their YouTube Channel and website:

Their songs are available on iTunes and you can subscribe to their newsletter through their website. An interesting note: Kent is a skilled medium and enjoys channeling Erik!


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  • Jay

    I’m such a huge animal lover. Have 3 dogs. Couldn’t imagine them being lost. My heart breaks for your daughter. If Erik can tell you that someone has the dog, why can’t he tell you specifically who does? Your daughter should have her dog back. Aauugghh… this frustrates me.

    • Jane5

      Jay that was exactly my response – I am so mad at that man! I mean I’m glad he’s not harming Winnie but to steal someone’s dog! Especially when it has the owner’s info. on the tag!! What a selfish jerk! “I want this dog so i probably should just have it.” Hopefully he will re-think his decision.

  • The only way I can describe what I see is like when you’re driving down the highway, and off in the distance you can see the heat waves coming off of the road. They’re clear, not any color, but you can see them rising up from the road. That’s what I see when I look at people and animals. I WISH I could see colors. I sometimes see (from the corner of my eye) a white light up by my ceiling, but if I look directly at it, I can’t see it anymore. As soon as you said to try fluttering your eyes (blinking fast) I tried that, but it made me feel pukey…LOL

  • ClauBueno

    Hi elisa! I will try these exercises! Maybe while i’m sitting here at the court house under the fluorescent lights! 😉
    I just can see the white light around some things when i “exercise” but not really colors. I’m reading this book right now “change your aura, change your life” and see if i add some techniques as well.
    Another thing that i noticed when playing w the 3D pictures is: when i have my contacts or glasses, my focus on the picture gets lost easier. But if i have my eyes “bad” i mean, with no corrective lenses, it seems to hold the 3D image longer when i get distant from my face/eyes… I dont know if the “defect” of our eyes has any influence.
    Sorry about winnie… I know these pups are our babies… They really are! I hope things change and this person returns her!

    Tchau for now,

  • MikeHulse

    You can also do this by squinting your eyes just enough to see out of. Also candle light works best for me.

    • Ooo, I like that idea, Mike, because I’m so spastic when I try to blink fast.

      • MikeHulse

        It takes several attempts to get right Elisa, but it has to be enough you can see some details of your surroundings. Another way is to stand at 90 degrees to the subject and look to the very corner of your eye (depending on which side the subject is). Then slightly adjust to 100 – 120 degrees. Just so you can still see them. Practice till you find the perfect angle for you, but at least 90 degrees. 🙂

  • mgclv

    Gorgeous song…so moving and beautifully composed…our animal friends are so worthy of tributes like this incredible song and video! Sending prayers that whatever the outcome with dear Winnie, that there is peace and healing for all involved. Much love to you all.

    • Thank you for your kind comment, mgclv. My husband Kent loved his cat Sting, but didn’t realize the extent to which Sting had influenced him until the last few weeks of Sting’s Earth life. We hope this song brings comfort to other people remembering their animal friends.

  • Maybe that’s the problem! I do it with my glasses on!! I’ll try them without.

    • Ceridwen777

      My hubby has to take his glasses off to see people’s auras – no colors, just white to shades of gray or dark spots…

  • Jan Drake Bakke

    So what did the man do with Kristina’s cat? I love this music!!They are wonderful!! Intewresting on how to see spirits and auras. I am able to see the white around people.And see colors around objects alot. Not people yet. Wished I could take class. soon!!!Thanks Elisa!!xx

  • Amy

    Love this!

  • sherrilltradedooverexperience

    Would Erik, Mom, Jamie, or ST like to sit down and talk to Terence McKenna? An ethnobotanist who was working on connecting his collection of psychadellic plant material into the cultural beliefs indigenous to the region, promoting the use of psychadellics for society at large, and being a bit of a 2012 new age person even if it was based on separate work related to the amount of novelty in world. Novelty increasing ever faster until eventually leading to an “omega point” where humanity transcends itself in ways indescribably fast and radically.

    This would be incredibly interesting to me as he died wanting to see 2012 ish but died of cancer in 2000 and his vids are all over youtube about expanding your mind and critiquing modern western culture and science’s apporoaches to modern problems of today

    • He’s on the list too!

      • sherrilltradedooverexperience

        Phew!…pssst…how can I send you a donation?

    • That’s a great idea! I hope they consider it.

  • sherrilltradedooverexperience

    I can understand the pet thing. Our cat, 17, is older than our marriage, means more than the world to us and he just recently went from running around the house and waking us up at 5 am to having no energy and not wanting to eat. Thankfully there are great vets around here and the antibiotics seem to be working as the only thing he hasn’t gotten to is cleaning his belly. At first they thought his kidneys were done but blood work showed o.k. He had a lot of fluid building up in his tummy. They thought maybe his heart was enlarged but the bloodwork showed his heart is reasonably well given his age (of course since he was a high energy cat for his age, very fit, not fat, and could still run and jump). The only troublesome thing is they saw a spot on his lung and we have to wait for him to return to his old self a little more and give him a rest before putting him through a biopsy to see if the mass is cancerous or benign. I love this cat, more than my own health, which I could be told by UCLA that there’s nothing more to do and go back to hospital without a bit being upset at my passing.

  • Can’t you just come over here and give me lessons? Ugh.

    • MikeHulse

      Yeah well sadly am not a well paid professional like your good self lol Am just a lowly paid worker :-(. Unless you’re offering to cover my airfare and stay over, then yes :-).

      The nearest I’m gonna get to anything American is my reading with Jamie on the 17th. Until then I’ll have to wait until 2014, when we come over to do some ghost hunting.

      • I’ll have to get over there one day! What do you mean, you’re coming over to do some ghost hunting?

      • MikeHulse

        If you like your history you’ll love it here (besides the rain) lol In 2014 myself, partner and about 12-15 people have booked some apparently haunted venues in the USA. Places like Bobby Mackeys Music World, Ashmore Estates, McPike Mansion and more. There are 9 venues booked. We hope to visit Lizzie Bordens & Villisca Axe murder house in passing through.

        We will be armed with Infra Red cameras, Voice Recorders, EMF devices, Ouija Boards and more. What is more amazing is we are going to be pioneers in this. No other group in the history of UK paranormal investigations on this large scale has ever investigated and documented any haunted locations in America.

        Then in 2016 we are investigating Vlad Dracul’s palace in Romania. Woo hoo.

      • Amazing that this has never been done! Are you making this a TV episode?

      • MikeHulse

        We’ve contacted some companies over here, but nobody seems interested!

  • You’re so sweet! I can’t take donations. I plan to publish a book and use the proceeds to help pay to connect deceased with family members with channeling sessions but til then I can’t cuz it’d feel like exploiting Erik’s death. People jump my ass for thinking that way, I know, but it just feels weird. That’s why I don’t accept ads and why I pay for all sessions, hosting fees, and all other expenses myself. Thanks for the offer, though.

    • donna

      You are amazing, Elisa

  • Amber

    I don’t know what your ‘magic eye’ pictures are but I figure they might be those pictures where some other picture is hidden within one and it looks quite 3D as opposed to the flat picture in the background? I used to keep a monkey picture of one of these because I was absolutely thrilled I’d cracked it. At first the simple instructions didn’t seem to help but I persisted. It was really about focusing centrally in the picture until, like magic, something else was seen. You don’t shift your eyes to look at it or it vanishes, but rather, see it sort of peripherally at the same time. When you get used to doing it you can very gently shift your eyes slightly to view the image more clearly. You get used to the ‘method’ and your brain remembers how, so that you get to doing it immediately. You then move on to different pictures.

    Another thing I can do (in my very baby stage!) is to look in a mirror some few feet away, with a white wall a good few feet behind. Again, the focus is a gentle stare into my face, without being tempted to shift the eyes. What happens is that I then detect a whitish aura around my head about half an inch or so (poor dense me, someone said Mother Teresa’s was 3 miles wide!).

    I guess there are other baby steps people will know of that will prepare for spirit-watching. Erik’s lesson is cool but so very advanced for folk like me. You said it for me Elisa with your “That would take a whole world of coordination and rhythmic skills I don’t and never will have”. Haha. I know it’s defeatist, but yet Erik knows that it’s only a matter of practise and if we can do a little bit we can eventually do a lot. (that’s the theory bit…I’m off for a cup of tea….)

  • Nancy Antia

    Hi Elisa, I’d like to ask Erik if it’s possible to see spirits when you close your eyes and then you open them while your eyelids are still closed. In other words your eyes are open and you’re actually staring at whatever comes to your sight but they remain closed all the time. I used to do that a few years ago when I went to bed – and to this very day I don’t know why I did it or how on earth I started – because it wasn’t particularly fun; it was more like something to do before going to sleep. One night, while I was doing this, after a little while, I saw very clearly small pictures of people I had never met or seen before, suspended in the air going from left to right at a moderate speed. The photos were like those that are taken for cards or driving licences, things of that sort. They were men and women looking serious, I mean nobody was laughing and the way they were dressed made me think they might have lived at the beginning of the last century but I can’t be sure because I could only see their faces, necks and the upper part of their chests. I remember so vividly I wanted the display to stop for me to be able to look at them but it wouldn’t. It was like a slide show with a pre determined speed 🙂 A year or so after that experience I found by chance somebody on the internet that had written about his experiences doing exactly what I used to do. For him it was a much more profound experience because he was met by a being that was not from earth with whom he had conversations. He had a long and very complex story to tell about their relationship and what he found out and learned from this being. I was not interested in such a story so I quitted reading about it. I tried to repeat the experience I had had that night many times to no avail. If you could also ask Erik who were those people and why they showed up in the middle of nowehere, it’d be wonderful. Thank you!

  • Nancy Antia

    I hope Winnie is found and brought back home. Don’t loose hope. Many times dogs do make it back by themselves too!

  • Yvonne Chireau

    This is great teaching. The point is that ANYONE can see into the other dimensions, and you cannot fail. There are lots of tools out there to help us to do this. It is very important to approach this without fear or anticipation however. Thanks for the lesson.


  • Yvonne Chireau

    Oh, and Nedda Wittels is a lightworker that specializes in finding pets and communicating with animals, and teaching us the same. She is online and it might be worth making contact. Love you

  • I know exactly what Erik is speaking of, as I was led to a site that had exercises to help train the eyes to see auras. It really works. Im not sure if it was the exercises, or just an innate gift, but soon after a few days I began seeing vibrational energy, including vibrational beings. Majority of them were just outlined in a specific color. They had no substance, nor did some have on clothes. At first it was quite scary, because I wasn’t sure if my mind was playing tricks on me, or not. You want to tell yourself that you are imagining these things, but there comes a point when a spirit will poke you just to reassure you of your sanity. The only downfall is knowing that I am never alone. I remember when I used to shower, use the bathroom and get dressed without having the awareness of being surrounded by an audience. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy each of their presence, as they are now apart of who I am. Okay, now back to why I began writing this post in the first place. Here is the link to the exercise. Read the instructions carefully and most importantly, breath and just have fun! 🙂

    Directions: Red and Teal Circle

    Step 1 – Take 3 deep breaths and allow yourself to become relaxed. Once relaxed place the focus of your eyes on the black dot between the red and teal circle. Stay conscious of your breathing and allow your eyes to relax. Try and look past the black dot, as though you are looking through the computer screen. Try your hardest not to blink, but after awhile blinking won’t matter. Now, try and bring both circles to the middle. Have them overlap. Try to think of the red circle and have it overlap the teal. Then try to think of the teal and have it overlap the red. Continue this until you feel a need to stop.

    Directions: Blue and Red Circles

    Step 1- The same directions for the blue and red circle are the same as the directions mentioned above.

    Directions: RED Circle w/ Black Dot

    Step 1 – Now, the red circle with the black dot in the middle is a test of seeing auras. Take 3 deep breaths and relax. Focus on the black dot. Then allow yourself to look past the black dot. You should start to see a color coming from behind the red circle. Try not to lose focus on the black dot. Observe the aura of the red circle with your peripheral vision. What color do you see?

    Step 2 – Once you are able to see the aura of the red circle you will want to further your development. This time, you will try to move the aura of the red circle in a clockwise motion using only your peripheral vision. It may take time, but keep going, because the rewards are sure to be worth your wild.

    Best of Luck To You all!

    Love and Light,

    Tyler Hebert

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