Have you ever visited a place and immediately felt like the vibe was off and you just wanted to hightail it out of there?
Well that was me about a year and half ago. I have always been able to feel when something was wrong with a person even if they were smiling on the outside, but this experience was like none other.
I was looking to buy a house to transition from city living to a more peaceful existence. You know, to focus more on my spiritual practice and to relieve myself of stress and anxiety. I saw a house that looked like a good prospect in a great neighborhood, although it needed a little TLC, I asked my realtor to set up a viewing. I wasn't 100% sure this was the house for me but I wanted to see it and at the very least get some ideas as to what I want in my home and what I didn't want.
As my appointment drew closer I started having really bad anxiety. I tried to convince myself that there was nothing to be nervous about, I'm just going to see this house and it's not like I'm going to make an offer on the spot if even at all. Though I worked hard to relieve myself of this anxiety it just kept getting worse and worse. I met up with my realtor and a friend so that we could all drive to the house together. The three of us chatted for a while which helped the anxiety die down but the second my realtor said "let's get a move on" I went into straight panic mode. This isn't normal behavior for me, at least not to this extreme. I thought driving us there would help distract me but the closer I got to the house the worse I felt. At one point I even said out loud "I can't do this, I'm going to be sick. I need to turn back around". My realtor demanded that I was not turning around and that I could do this. Worse case scenario, if I got sick I would just have to use the bathroom at this home (yeah f'ing right, there's no way I'm getting sick in a stranger's bathroom). My realtor and friend both tried to convince me that I was going to be ok as I pulled into the home's driveway but I wasn't so sure.
We walked up a stone pathway to the home's double door entry, opened the door and were immediately greeted with an old musty smell. It was quite overbearing and didn't sit well with me at all. I'm very sensitive to smells so I was more then a little put off by this lingering odor but decided to keep an open mind. To the right in the living room and dining room area was a glass curio displaying antique pieces with a sign that said please do not touch. I wondered if these antiques were causing the old smell or the cause of the anxiety. I wasn't sure, but the energy just kept getting weird in this house with each room I entered. The anxiety was coming back and I could feel my heart racing again. I kept trying to change the subject by discussing possible interior design ideas that could make this place work for me. I would have to knock down some walls to create the open concept I wanted but who knows if this old house could support such a plan. I would need to find out if they were load bearing walls or not. Ok this isn't helping at all, I thought to myself. We made our way down the hall to view the bathroom which was something straight out of the 60's. Total gut job for sure. Further down the hall were three bedrooms and when I got to what I thought was the master, I stopped dead in my tracks. I knew exactly where the energy was coming from. Chills and goosebumps overtook me. I called for my friend to come into the bedroom and without saying a word to him, he became equally creeped out as I was. There hanging on the wall was an old black and white photo of a lady that looked like it dated back to the 1920's or 30's. The look in her eyes stared straight into you and seemed to follow you all over the room. It was as if I could feel her presence in this house and she was not happy that we were there, so we quickly left that room. Believe it or not we continued our tour down to the"finished basement" which was clearly the source of the musty smell and would need more fixing then I could afford. If there was an upset spirit in this house urging us out, I was more then happy to oblige. We quickly left the house and I kid you not, the second I drove off the property the anxiety completely went away and I was no longer sick.
Seeing is not always believing. Just because you can't see something doesn't mean it's not there. Other than that creepy picture, I didn't see anything abnormal in that house (extremely outdated sure) but boy I sure did feel it. My senses were telling me that something was there way before I even stepped foot on the property. I truly believe two things took place that day. One, my Spirit Support Team was warning me not to go to that place for a reason and two, I was picking up on the presence of a ghost or several that occupied the space. I later discovered that the house had been shown many times without a single offer and that the house had been put on the market and then taken off a few times with each time the price being lowered. Seems as if I wasn't the only person picking up on the bad vibes of this house.
Everything is made up of energy, so it's not hard to believe that we can feel that energy if we are open to it. What I was experiencing that day was clairsentience or "clear sensing". Clairsentience is the psychic ability to feel the past, present, and future of a person, animal, place, or thing. Those who are clairsentient are able to sense the emotions and feelings of the world around them. You don't need to be a professional psychic to sense the energy around you, in fact you're probably already doing it.
Signs that you might be clairsentient:
Sensing energy takes practice. The more you open up to it, the stronger your intuition will become and the clearer you will be about the types of energy you are encountering. Knowing where the energy is coming from is the key to controlling it so that this gift will serve you and others well.