Since I was about 10 years old I have been able to see & hear those who have crossed over as well as see things that will happen. However a lot of my gift comes in dreams. I dream at least a week before a loved one's passing, of their death. Their face is always a glow but I recognize them. I have communicated with loved ones & friends after they have passed in dreams (I feel it's their way of telling me they are ok). It took me a while but for the most part I am able to "understand" what certain things mean and validate them.
I am able to hear voices and usually they have something to say to someone connected to me when I do hear them. I recently was able to help a close friend. I kept getting a male voice saying "ask her about the bear" and it would not let up until I did so. "I asked my friend who is the young male figure who has crossed over that gave you a bear." I find out she had recently boxed up some things a close friend gave her who had passed away in a motorcycle accident before I met her. I have had family & friends who passed come through in dreams to let me know they were ok and I would be ok. They use interesting things in the dreams that we would know to validate it is them.
Unfortunately I see & dream natural disasters, accidents etc. Things that are impossible to prevent from happening. My latest vision was the Earthquake in Indonesia. I always tell 1 or 2 friends after the dreams and that morning at 7am I received text messages from both saying "you won't believe what happened." I saw the Amtrak derail 3 days before it happened, and many more things. Sometimes they are strong feelings I feel that will not go away telling this or that is going to happen. I feel Alaska may have a quake soon may not be a big one. I see simple things that pertain to friends' personal lives etc.
I have so much to tell you but not enough space. I'm still figuring out how to use this gift. I "feel" when a spirit is near or with me. I believe my son has the gift as well. He is only 4. As I got older I was told my grandmother (maternal) also has the gift so I have someone to talk to about what I experience. I wish others had the same support. I know it would be easier for them. I am here to help anyone understand their gift or if you just need someone to talk to about it.:)