overhearing thoughts

Overhearing thoughts comes up in development circles.  This post was originally written on October 16, 2018 and still is useful for those learning.  

I am going to tell you a story about overhearing thoughts of others.   My friend Scott and I were business partners as my awareness of Spirit and acknowledgment that it was time to use my gift.   I was taking classes and coming into my own Spiritually.

We had our desks set up like a partner desk, so we faced each other.   On one day we were having a rather intense conversation about a problem that we were not sure how to solve.   In the middle of the conversation I started to research some information on the computer.  There was a pause and I heard clearly “What about marketing this house in the business journal?”    I looked up and said “well marketing it in the business journal would not be a good idea...”   The look of absolute horror on Scott’s face and the “how did you know I was thinking that” told me I overheard his thoughts.

That day changed our business relationship.   We are still friendly and speak occasionally, he has since moved away.   It also taught me a valuable lesson about telepathy.  I know understand that when Spirit is talking to me, it is using my telepathic abilities to communicate with me.  We call this skill clairaudience.

Boundaries Help Curtail Overhearing Thoughts

I did not do it intentionally, and it took me some time to place strong boundaries around my telepathic abilities.  This incident with Scott indicated I had come to a new level of communicating with Spirit.   From that point on, I set out boundaries to help this from happening.  Your growing telepathic abilities can result in unintended consequences. You may overhear someone’s thoughts telepathically even when that person did not mean for that to happen.

It is possible to pick up other people’s thoughts and you are not doing anything wrong. The person whose thoughts you are intercepting may have weak psychic boundaries or is very emotional, which cause their thoughts to be broadcast more readily, which means it is easier to pick up telepathically.

Today I understand the struggle my mother and I had all these years.   I was hearing her true thoughts and there was no getting past them.   I was wide open to those negative thoughts as she had no boundaries and was extremely emotional.   It is hardest to have the boundaries to those we are closest to.

What Should You Do When This Happens?

This is where you need to have a strong contract with Spirit that creates boundaries for this to not happen.   For instance with George, my husband, I have just that.    No matter what I don’t know what he is thinking unless he says it.   I know when something is bothering him, he is intensely thinking or just pondering something.  I know something is going on in his head, but what I have no idea.   When this happens, I have to ask “what are you thinking” to know.  Occasionally I will say something that he is thinking, but it is something that he doesn’t care I know.   He often says jokingly “get out of my head” and in my head it is a trap door being shut.   He knows if he wants to keep something from me that he is thinking, he can do so by setting the intention.

Real Life Situations

If you overhear something that you should not have heard and it does not affect you, I suggest you just let it go.   Much like you would if you over heard a private conversation.    Now, if it is something that concerns you like your boss contemplating a layoff I would keep that information to myself.   I would also update my resume and start networking.  Spirit may have let you hear that thought to help protect you.

This is where it gets tricky, you overhear someone thinking about doing harm to someone.    What do you do?   Just sending positive vibrations to that intended person is not going to be enough.    If you say something, that could make the situation more volatile.   You may feel compelled to find a way to alert the person, even anonymously.   Trust Spirit and ask for their guidance.  It may be as simple as leaving a tip on a police hotline.

It Does Get Easier

As you open up to Spirit you will need to learn to manage these new skills.  Placing strong boundaries around your mediumship and a personal code of ethics helps stop this from happening.   It will bleed into your life on occasion after you have them established.   Those you are closest to, those with weak psychic boundaries with others and other times it will happen.  Hopefully you will have strong ethics and know to keep that information to  yourself and never repeat it.  It becomes a part of you and your boundaries keep you safe.   Once you are aware of it happening is the first step to stopping it.


Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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