I am 18 years old and I used to be able to see and hear spirits when I was little, seeing them was no different than seeing a living person. I couldn't decipher the difference until someone mentioned that I was talking to no one. That still happens every now and again where I will see someone and then realize they were a spirit. When I was little I had a run in with someone not so friendly and it scared me and caused my abilities to be turned off. Now, after years of trying to get them to turn back on, they are slowly but surely coming back. I will sometimes see or hear spirits both in and out of my own mind. Even so, more often than not I will hear a spirit walking around or hear someone say something to me and know they are there but am unable to see them and when I do it is only for a second or an outline as if my brain tries to turn it off or block it.
Does anyone have any tips or advice on how to strengthen my abilities so that I can see and hear spirits again fully, like how they were before I accidentally turned them off? I have tried meditating multiple times and still am, I tried opening and cleansing my chakra's which seem to have helped a bit. I have gotten over my fears that was connected to seeing spirits and ghosts. I have met my spirit guides and asked for help, I have tried a couple more things as well and have no idea what else to do. My friend can also see spirits and a lot of times when something bothers me it tends to go to her I do not know if this could be connected or not? I also have noticed that I see spirits a lot recently as outlines when I am not paying attention but when I try to look they then disappear and am unsure if my mind is unconsciously turning or blocking my abilities and if so I don't know how to remedy this.
I don't know if anyone may also understand this or know how to help but, when I ask spirits it tends to revolve around letting myself see and hear spirits, letting myself be happy, and returning to the source or beginning. The letting myself see and be happy I understand that part as what I am to do but don't understand how to do it as I obviously want to and I thought I was, that bit only popped up a bit ago but, the "returning to the source of beginning" has been floating around and coming up for a while and I have no idea what spirit could mean by it.