My 6 Step Formula for Learning to Communicate with Spirit

In this article I’m going to give my 6 step formula for psychic development. I’m hoping it will be helpful for those of you who are currently looking to develop your abilities. 

The most common scenario that I see among those who are interested in developing their abilities, is that they have done a workshop or picked up a few books, and learned a few pieces of the “psychic development puzzle”. But they’re still not in a position where they can communicate with Spirit “fluently”. 

If this is the situation you find yourself in, I’m going to tell you why you’re in that situation and how you can fix it.

In truth, developing your psychic abilities is comprised of six key steps.

Leave out one of these steps and you’ll fail.

In this article, I’m going to reveal what the steps are and give you some info about each one. 

So let’s have a look at those six steps — here they are: 

  1. Find your strongest intuitive gifts
  2. Sensitize & develop those gifts only to start with
  3. Learn how to communicate with Spirit using only those gifts. Find a process for connecting & tuning in that suits your gifts. 
  4. Learn to raise your vibration at the moment of tuning in
  5. Learn to enter the alpha state at will
  6. Put all of that together & practise!

I’ve been teaching intuitive development in some form or other since 2009, to thousands of people.

That’s given me time to develop a formula or step-by-step process that anyone can apply to developing their intuitive abilities so that they can communicate with their Spirit Guides, higher self, angels, ancestors or deceased loved ones.

I truly believe that anyone can learn to develop their intuitive abilities. Experience has taught me this. In addition, we all have a soul, and intuition is the language of the soul. We can all (and we most of us do) communicate with the soul part of us, in a variety of ways. 

So now let’s have a look at the formula for developing your abilities. It consists of several pieces, but if you understand and include each piece, and put them together, you can get there.

1. Find your most natural clair gift or strongest psychic gift

The biggest mistake that people make when developing their psychic abilities, is choosing a gift they don’t have and focusing on that in an attempt to develop it.

There are several psychic gifts that you can choose to develop — clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, dreaming, and various empath gifts.

A common dead-end road students go down (before they find me and my courses) is they decide:

psychic = clairvoyant 

…and regardless of whether they naturally have clairvoyance as one of their gifts, they go ahead and try to develop it anyway. When it doesn’t go so well, they give up. 

Here’s some articles about the various gifts — see which one resonates most with you:

(You can also take my intuitive gifts quiz here.)

So that’s step one in this whole process, and probably one of the easiest steps. 

Let’s have a look at the second step:

2. Sensitize & develop only your strongest gifts

Once you have located your strongest gift(s), it’s time to sensitize it.

What does it mean to sensitize a clair gift? It means finding or coming up with an exercise that develops only that gift. So, for example, if you’re clairvoyant, you’re probably going to focus on guided visualisation, because you strengthen your clairvoyance when you’re doing guided meditations or visualisations. You may also want to place a lapis lazuli over your third eye chakra and leave it there for 20 minutes. 

If you’re claircognizant (which means that you receive intuitive information through your brain, in the form of impressions that come in quickly before you even have a thought, also through ideas and “divine downloads”) you are going to want to find specific exercises to develop this gift.

Exercises for developing claircognizance therefore could be about opening up more space in your mind for insights to come in. It may be about becoming more skilled in paying attention to the impressions that come in before you have a thought. Meditation is likely to play a part for claircognizants, too (because it allows you to become more aware of your thoughts & impressions.) Tarot reading and oracle card readings are another good exercise for claircognizants, because they’re about working with imagery and when claircognizants see an image on a card, they usually receive information in response to seeing the imagery. 

In my Intuitive Awakening Course, I give several exercises for developing all the clair gifts. Ideally, these exercises should be done repeatedly, not just once.

Now let’s have a look at the third step for developing your abilities: 

3. Get a process for connecting & tuning in to Spirit that utilises your strongest gift(s)

Once you have (1) identified and (2) sensitised your strongest intuitive gifts, what you then need to do, is find a process to communicate with Spirit that utilises your particular gift. This is another area where people can go wrong — even if you manage to locate your strongest psychic gift and sensitize it, if you then use a way of connecting with Spirit that DOESN’T use your strongest gift, then you’re not going to get anywhere. 

If you’re clairvoyant, you’re going to want to connect with Spirit via the means of a guided visualisation or meditation.

If you’re clairaudient, you will want to use a clairaudient channelling process.

If you’re claircognizant, you’ll want to use automatic writing, or claircognizant channelling.

In my Intuitive Awakening Course, we cover a process for every gift.

Now onto step four:

4. Learn to raise your vibration at the moment of tuning in

Raising your vibration means, improving your emotional state, usually through the means of breath work + calling on a Divine being. (A Divine being is an ascended master or an Archangel). 

This step is important because if your vibration is low (aka you’re not feeling too good), say you’re depressed, angry or grieving, it can be much harder to reach Spirit and get guidance.

However, one of the things that can happen often is that people try to connect with Spirit for the first time when their life is not going so well, and they really need guidance. Maybe they’re really stressed or feeling depressed. In those situations, guidance may not be forthcoming.

Here’s why:

What happens when you communicate with Spirit, is that you are building a bridge, so to speak. You have to build your half of the bridge and Spirit has to build their half. You meet in the middle between the earthly realm and the astral realm. 

But if you’re very depressed or if your life is in upheaval, you sometimes can’t build your bridge. It’s your emotional state that is getting in the way.

So essentially you need a process that you use every single time you connect with Spirit, (consisting of breath-work & calling on the Divine) that allows you to raise your vibration & emotional state, and this makes it much easier to build your half of the bridge.

OK, let’s look at the fifth step necessary for developing your abilities:

5. Learn to enter the alpha state at will

What is the alpha state and what does this have to do with your psychic development?

Did you know that most psychics, when they are doing a reading, will shift out of the most common brainwave (the beta brainwave) that most of us experience in our day to day lives and into a different brainwave (the alpha brain wave), which is associated with a more relaxed state?

So, in order to access intuitive guidance from your Spirit Guides and higher self, you’ll need to shift out of a busy, busy, busy mentality and into a more zen, chilled out one. This is a measurable state, and your brain waves change when you are in it. It’s the alpha state.

However, you don’t need to be in the alpha state all the time in order to develop your abilities. You just need to be able to enter the alpha state at the moment of tuning in. 

What might this look like? It could mean 10 mins of meditation before you tune in. It could also mean the use of binaural beats.

So, that’s an important piece, too.

Let’s look at the final piece of the intuitive development puzzle:

6. Put all of that together & practise!

Finally, you have to put everything I’ve mentioned in this article together in order to get results. 

Miss out one part and you’re not likely to make a connection with Spirit. 

And then don’t forget the most important part: PRACTICE. It’s no good trying all of this once and then giving up. Once you have the right formula, you have to persist at it.

I know this seems like a lot of pieces to put together. But if you’d like a more detailed step-by-step process which will take you through how to do it, over the space of 13 weeks, check out my Intuitive Awakening Course. In the program, we go into every step in a lot of detail so that you can master it before we move onto the next one. Then, by the end, you are able to put it all together to connect with Spirit.

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Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. Catherine

    I have been so delighted with your Intuitive Awakening Course…I keep going back through it and keep on practicing. Each time I go back to your course there is more for me to learn and this has all been so exciting!

  2. Namaste

    Really love this article. The steps are super clear. Wish I’d had them when I started years ago =)

  3. Anna Sayce

    Catherine – That’s great to hear that you found the course helpful!!

    Namaste – Glad to hear it, thanks for sharing your feedback!


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