I know this might sound unspecific, but I need help to understand these things that have been going on for my entire life. Since I was young I was seeing spirits, and I knew about things I shouldn't know, like I could read minds or predict the future, I've had dreams that aren't exactly predicting the future, but they give me hints about what is going to happen. I've had dreams about past lives or gotten memories that aren't mine. I know for certain I'm an empath, and I know that sometimes other's energy effects my own. Animals have even been known to be attracted to me, animals that would never go up to strangers do it with me. My mother says this kind of thing travels in our family, it began with my grandmother, though not as strong, and was passed down to her. Thus far, I have had it the strongest in my family. One of my close cousins has been showing signs of seeing spirits as well, though, she is years younger than I am. Six or so. I want to know what this all is, or why it's happening or even if it has some form of non-paranormal explanation. I'm not a religious person, and I have my own ideas of how things in the universe work, but I will keep an open mind with any suggestions.
It's going on for the entire 18 years I've been alive, and I still don't know what any of it is. I guess I just want answers for it, or at the very least, learn ways to control these things, as they have become overwhelming before. If any of you have any ideas of this is, it would be great to have some suggestions. I like to keep an open mind about things, so I won't rule anything out.