Hearing Spirit Voices When Falling Asleep

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There is a magical time between awake and sleep where it’s possible to hear voices of spirits out loud. If you have been in that drowsy almost asleep state and heard a voice when no one is there, it’s likely that you are tapping into the vibrational level of spirit.

This has happened to me a few times. It always intrigues me when it does. The last time it happened, I heard whispering. The time before that, I heard a woman say a man’s name – “Lawrence”.

I noticed that it started to happen more frequently after I began practicing an alchemical breathing technique before I fell asleep. If you would like to tap into this phenomena, I suggest you try it and see what happens.

I read about this technique in Catherine MacCoun’s book, On Becoming an Alchemist: A Guide for the Modern Magician. It’s a book that will help you rethink the way you relate to the world.

Each chapter comes with exercises and interesting discussions. The breathing technique surprised me in its simplicity. However, it proved to be effective. Here’s how it goes.

Relax so that your out breath and in breath are relatively the same length.

Breathe in and don’t focus on anything in particular.

Breathe out focusing on your exhalation.

Repeat.

I breathe in and out from my nose.

As I was falling asleep, I didn’t notice who had said the name. She didn’t feel like family, and I don’t have a Lawrence in my lineage. My feeling is that this is a guide.

She could have also have been a drop-in – someone who was attracted to the light I was creating through this exercise and my intention of wanting to connect to Divine Energy.

When I was reading Catherine MacCoun’s book, I did several of the exercises for a few weeks. I also tried to reorganize my thinking about time, cause and effect. As this went on, I noticed that there was a lot of energy built up around my bed.

It was during this time that I was experiencing more and more physical psychic phenomena. Feeling as if I was floating. Hearing spirit audibly. Seeing through my eyelids.

For me, I love this stuff. I work at something all the time to keep myself growing and learning.

All was good until we had overnight guests and we gave up our bed to a visiting Medium. After he was gone, I noticed the energy that I had built up was gone too! The lovely energy that made it easy to connect to spirit dimensions!

I found out that my friend had noticed the energy and had actually seen swirls of it all over my bed. He cleared it because he didn’t want to sleep in it. Grrrr…

If you try this breathing technique, please let me know how it works for you. You may hear spirit voices as you fall asleep or you may psychically perceive other things. I highly recommend Catherine MacCoun’s book. We all could use a little more alchemy in our lives!

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48 Responses to Hearing Spirit Voices When Falling Asleep

  1. Julie says:

    Hi Selina, a few months ago, I had a similar experience. I woke up frozen, and then all of a sudden, I heard whispers and spiritual background. I was so surprised and scared, then I heard a dominant male voice saying hi and asking me how I am. I panicked and then it was gone…. I was frozen and I fell back asleep… :) I sorta wish I had a conversation but I can’t help being scared :(

    • admin says:

      Hi Julie,

      It’s okay, I work with spirit all the time and I still get spooked now and then! I think it’s because I’m not expecting to hear out loud in that dreamy state because I’d love to hear more! It just startles me.

      That and all the horror movies I watched as a kid! LOL!

      Selina

  2. Barbara says:

    My mother was in the state between sleep and awake for her nap earlier today (as she is suffering from pneumonia) and she heard a female voice say “It’s Time” It startled her so much that she was afraid to go to sleep. Could this mean she is going to die and a spirit or angel was warning her??

    • admin says:

      Usually an Angel or Spirit will not warn someone of a death. It does no good for us to know of our impending death and as they come to us in love and light, they would not likely convey such a message. The only time I know where Angels or Spirits come to those who are close to death is when the person is very ill and suffering and the message is a comfort. Even then, it is not common to receive such a message.

      The message”it’s time” could apply to any number of things in life. Maybe it’s time to heal. I would not make any assumptions about the meaning.

      I wish your mother rest and healing.

      • Claire says:

        May I suggest, for those who fear the very subject of ‘death’, that perhaps they might like to google the free pdf copies of a couple of ebooks by Anthony Borgia, called, “Life in the World Unseen’, followed by, “More About Life in the World Unseen”.

        (They’re free because they’re now public domain, so please avoid any websites trying to fleece you for them!)

        Those two books alone, will quickly help one come to realize that ‘death’ as we tend to think of it, is nothing to fear, and that what awaits one on the other side, is rather surprising – and most delightful – beyond our wildest imaginings.

        They certainly liberated me from silly superstition and untruths I’d been taught. :)

  3. Linda Williams says:

    Hi Selina: I find that I am quite clairaudient, and I frequently hear people calling my name, or I pick up snatches of conversation that make no sense to me. However, the strangest one I tuned into was this harsh male voice in the timbre of an English peasant
    of say, the middle ages, that spoke the phrase ‘Get you gone!’ How would you explain something like that? Do we ever receive snippets of conversation from our own past lives? I believe that our cells hold the residual energy of past lives.
    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Yes I do believe that we can pick up phrases and words from different dimensions and times. But it is also possible that there was a spirit speaking to you or that you happened to “eavesdrop” into the vibration of that particular spirit’s thoughts or conversation.

      On another note, as we live in a holographic universe, every molecule – including our cells – has the entire history of everything in it. Edgar Cayce said that the akashic records are everywhere. So your thought that our cells hold residual energies of past lives would make sense under that premise.

  4. Cg says:

    I am precognitive for years.Clairaudience only happened to me recently.about 2 months ago I was in work and I was stopped on my tracks by what sounded in my ears like a radio being tuned in properly to get a clearer frequency or sound. Muzzy at first then a voice of a couple emerged, a man & a woman who sounded as if they were debating or conversing in a strong manner. It only happened a few seconds then it was gone. Another incident 2 was ago, just before awaking from a dream in a like half asleep half awake mode, I heared children’s voices calling out the name Kyle or kylie in a hurried,worried tone as if this person is in danger.again few seconds then I was awake completely.

  5. Yolanda M says:

    Hi. I also hav ths thng of hearing these voices ryt b4 i doze of. Bt 2day sumthng weirder happened. Jst b4 i dozed off (my eyes wer stl wide open bt i ws half aslp), one of the spirits hit my hand. I imediately ‘woke up’ n was irritated. I felt like saying they had gone too far. Is the touchng part also normal?

    • admin says:

      Hi Yolanda, Yes sometimes spirits do touch us. If it bothers you, tell them to stop and ask you guides to intervene on your behalf so they don’t touch you. Selina

  6. Yolanda M says:

    Thanks Selina.

  7. Awura says:

    Hi a couple of months ago I was really depressed over a bad breakup and I tried committing suicide but God saved me I had also lost my job and everything I was in my room crying and telling God why he lets people take advantage of me I wasn’t asleep or nothing then I heard a female voice say my name and she said to me that it will be ok then it dissaperared I have no idea who it was can you please help me with this one.

    • admin says:

      I see a beautiful being of light, a young woman. Not a family member, but perhaps a guide or an angelic being.

      You are blessed and I am glad that everything is now okay.

  8. Youngkinglover says:

    In my state of dozing off i heard a wisper of two voices one female and a male.my mind was inmediately awake and consient but i couldnt move my body , i was laying on my belly. She exclaimed in a whisper: ay! No! Who is this ( i felt like she was teying to enter my body and in the background she was been pulled back or called by the man voice but i couldnt understand him. I didnt feel scared but trhough my eyelids i saw what resembeled a mayan calendar in black and white or some other similar symbols. Then i said God is my savior! (Because i kind of felt they were gonna take me) and right there and then i took a huge cool inhale air and woke up. Im not scared just very intrigued. Because i do beleive and have seen spirits in the past at the same time my boyfriend saw them so yea no doubt about it. What do u think the demale
    Voice
    Ment?

  9. monica says:

    It doesn’t happen all the time. when I’m half asleep I hear breathing and a voice speaking in my ear. It dosent make sense. My children wake up scared they hear the same thing. what does it mean? I like to know more?

    • admin says:

      Hi Monica, Sometimes we tap into other realms when are in a receptive state of half asleep. It might be a particular spirit trying to get your attention or it could be like tuning into a radio show while turning the dial and catching a snippet of conversation that doesn’t make sense to you. If all this bothers you, try asking your Spirit Guides, Family in Spirit and/or Archangel Michael to bless the family and house and to let you all sleep restfully and undisturbed. You can do this every night and teach your kids to do it too. However, there is really nothing to be scared of. This happens to many people all over the world.

      Selina

  10. Augusto says:

    I definitely got something from my mom. From an early age I’d hear things that nobody else did.(and so could she) My mom however, because of religious beliefs, did not want me to entertain this “gift”.
    Now, in my forties, its manifested all over again. Especially if I”m away on business and staying in old hotel rooms. I used to ignore it, but now I feel I’m ready to nurture it further. Thankfully there’s been nothing sinister or threatening so far.

  11. lakeshia says:

    hi im lakeshia. ive been hearing sounds, and conversations right before sleeping as well. i also have “sleep paralysis”. it really frightens me! ive also have been seeing 11 11 often and am feeling like this guy jeremy is my soulmate! i feel connected to him and feel like we are both telepathic with one another. are you feeling that he is my true love as well and im going thru a spiritual awakening??

  12. Meg says:

    I had a experience Saturday night. I heard a woman in her 30 or 40s say hello and it was loud and as if it was right in my ear! I freaked out as I just got comfy in bed and ready to fall asleep. I’m the only female in the home and everyone was sound asleep it was late about 5am as I couldn’t sleep. I got up and stayed awake the rest of the morning and felt uneasy and felt as I was being watched. Pretty sure this was a random visit from spirit and would like to talk but get way to scared of the unknown aspect of it all.

  13. Colleen says:

    I had a similar experience as well just yesterday morning. I sleep during the day because my boyfriend works nights and I like to spend time with him before bed. It was about 10 am when I finally crawled into bed. I always lay awake for about 10 to 15 mins before I’m able to get comfortable and fall asleep. My eyes were partially open when a male figure suddenly shown up in front of our closet on my side of the bed. He was leaning over, his face just inches from mine. I vaguely can tell that he had on blue and red shirt. He was blurry, and I couldn’t tell any facial features. Just as he appeared, he shouted, “Talk to me!” It startled me enough to open my eyes wider and look around. No one was there, except for my boyfriend who was fast asleep. I honestly thought I was dreaming but yet I wasn’t asleep.

    • admin says:

      Hi Colleen,

      Sounds like that spirit was really trying to get your attention by shouting! If he shows up again, you can ask him what he wants and who he is. If you are okay with that :)

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

      Selina

  14. Kay says:

    I have had this my whole life, but a few nights ago i heard an entire name really clearly :-/

    • admin says:

      Hi Kay,

      Very cool! It would be interesting to google it or see if there is a link for that name to your family or the place where you live. Just an idea!

      Take care,
      Selina

  15. Nadia says:

    For the past two and a half months I have been having angel visitations. I hear audible voices praying for me and telling me to trust in God. They put images of themselves in my head and once appeared to me as gold and white sparkling light around my eyes. Just two nights ago I was falling asleep and began hearing a conversation that I think I was a apart of. I can not remember what the conversation was about but I do know that the people (two of them I think) who were talking to me were making clear sense of things in my life for me (idk what things) but I know this because I kept saying “that makes so much sense” “I get it now” etc. I then began saying a prayer I have never learned before in my life. Any insight? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Nadia,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Yes, you were being given guidance and it is not uncommon for us to forget what transpired once we wake up. When you are in the in-between awake and asleep state, it’s easier for spirit to speak to you. Although your brain is aware and may answer, it’s really being understood on a deeper soul level. So don’t worry if you can’t remember what they said. The messages have been received and your spirit knows.

      Take care,
      Selina

  16. freya says:

    Ive been googling this subject today after the experience I had last night. I was just settling down to sleep and I heard a male voice call my name as if he knew me. I honestly freaked me out! So I got up put my lamp and tv on and tried to settle down again. This time I heard someone humming a tune but not anything I recognised. I kept saying in my head ” please let me sleep “. Hoping this voice would hear my thoughts?! Eventually I did get some sleep but it really unsettled me. Has something been switched on in me to allow me to “hear” – is this something that i should look further into?

    • sk42na says:

      Hi Freya,

      This may just be an isolated incident. Typically, if you are hearing on the spiritual plane it’s not going to happen every night. It tends to happen once in a while. You tried the right thing in saying to let you sleep. It may help you to try the following:

      See yourself, your loved ones and your place surrounded in beautiful white light. Ask your spirit guides and Archangel Michael to keep you in loving energy and protection so you can sleep well. Then thank them and rest easy!

      Hope this helps!
      Selina

  17. cindy says:

    Hi, I was between sleeping but not quite dreaming yet, when I heard a male voice in my ear. You’re cruel. I was also at work awake and hearing voices I was also able to hear two male voices talking to each other. What am I???

    • sk42na says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Sounds like you are having clairaudient experiences in that in-between sleep and awake state. I believe that it’s easier to tap into other dimensions when our brain waves are in this state. You are clairaudient which means “clear hearing”. It’s your psychic hearing ability. Some people would also classify that a mediumship ability as you are hearing spirits/entities/beings outside of you.

      In these states of sleep-wake, I think it’s possible to receive communication from other beings (family in spirit, spirit guides, other types of beings like non-human species including Angels, etc) but it’s also possible just to get a blip of another conversation kind of like eavesdropping.

      Selina

  18. Shavon says:

    I can tell when I’m in the lucid state and often times when this happens I call out the name of this guy I really like and suddenly his face appears clear as day and he’s smiling and I try to conversate with him. Well this morning I was lucid dreaming, called out his name, he appeared for about 2 seconds, and then a female voice called out the name “Catherine”. This female voice was clear and had a soft tone. Could this be an angel? Spirit guide? I’ve also been seeing repetitive numbers on clocks and in my dreams…

    • sk42na says:

      Hi Shavon,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences! Catherine feels like a spirit guide. Sounds like you are opening up spiritually! Repetitive numbers are both a sign and an activation. When I see those numbers it’s a sign for me that I’m in the flow.

      Take care!
      Selina

  19. robyn hall says:

    A friend told me she was awoken by a male voice saying I love you. A few weeks later she was awoken by a female voice singing a gentle smoothing song in the english. Each time she has woken frightened but unable to move.Can you put some light on this

    • Selina says:

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your comment. As she was unable to move, it may be that she was in the beginning stages of astral travel but had not yet left her body, or, she had been astral traveling and come back to her body but not fully integrated yet and thus could not move. She was likely hearing the voice of family in spirit or spirit guides. They feel loving and not threatening.

      Selina

  20. Mudit Singh says:

    Hi, I have a similar feeling a couple of times now. First time it happened, for the first few minutes I thought those were my friends talking until I realised that it was 4 in the morning and everyone in the hostel were asleep. Maybe that was when I had woken up(or so I thought. I don’t know. I still like to think it was a bad dream.) and at that moment I was completely frozen. In sheer terror I just listened to those voices as I was shit scared to look up. I quickly glanced a look at my roommate who was asleep and I tried to call his name but I don’t know why but I just couldn’t manage to speak. I tried all I could but I could manage only a brief whisper which was not enough to wake him up. Finally I quit all efforts and just waited for the night to pass.
    I don’t know what’s the reason but this is the first time I am away from home and add to that the tremendous pressure of MBA. I made myself believe that was just a nightmare which happened because of all this pressure. I would like to know more on this. It would be a great help. Thanks.

  21. Nancy says:

    I have experiences of voices waking me up, as if i was being talked to. I wake up and nobody is awake. Happened 3 times last night. At first it was 2 gentlemen talking about me. 1x my name was called and other was my daughters voice saying MOM. I looked around scared. What could this be.

    • Selina says:

      Hi Nancy,

      This happened to one of my girlfriends. She was sleeping and kept hearing her daughter calling her, but when she checked her daughter was sound asleep. Ended up there was a spirit in her house and I cleared it for her. It was just being a bit mischievous. After the clearing, it stopped happening. I feel that for you, it’s just a spirit trying to get your attention. Same thing with the two men. I don’t feel there is anything to worry about. In fact, the one gentleman feels like he is around you every so often like a spirit who works with you.

      If you are scared and you don’t want this to happen, then ask your guides to keep spirits from disturbing your sleep. If you are curious and you want to learn more, then ask your guides to help get whatever message these spirit have for you – if any – or if they are just letting you know they are there, then to make it clear who they are.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best,
      Selina

  22. LilZebra says:

    Since 2009 I have been meditating alot and speak with my great-grandmother who is my main spirit guide now. I have also spoke with my two future sons, whom I am getting to know their likes and dislikes before they are born.

    All of them I can hear pray with me at the end of the day, also gives me good advice.

    My great grandmother has been encouraging me to get a job again — I’ve been unemployed since 2011.

    My two boys want to help me so that they can enter this world. In 2011 when I entered trance state in a darkened room, I could see them sitting on the floor waving to me and tousling their hair. The eldest (future) son sat atop my bookshelf pointing down at me sitting on my mattress.

  23. lauren says:

    When I was younger ive had someone call my name just before I was falling asleep. And I remember always hearing whispers and going to my dad crying. Ive had other paranormal experiences. But one that I had recently really freaked me out. I was lying in my bed when I heard a loud very clear whisper saying “scare her” nothing happend after that but I was pretty spooked.

    • Selina says:

      Hi Lauren,

      It’s not uncommon to hear your name when there is a spirit trying to communicate with you or letting you know that they are around. It doesn’t happen for every spirit, but many people tell me that their name is one of the first audible clairaudient (outside psychic hearing) things they experience.

      When I have experiences like the one you describe as your most recent one, I usually ask my spirit guides to help me out by taking that spirit to where it needs to go to be happy and fulfill it’s purpose without hurting anyone unless the experience is for my highest good. But that’s what I’m comfortable with.

      You can also ask your spirit guides and angels to only let love and light through while you sleep. Do this before you go to bed.

      All the best!
      Selina

  24. Justin says:

    Hi,
    Recently in my while half asleep I thought I heard my wife and son speaking but wife was sleeping and son was not in the room. Multiple times I heard this and every time I turned over nothig.
    I asked (in my head) whos there? A voice in front of my face says “me, Justins body, Debbies body. ” Then I was poked in the back by a different voice and my name whispered in my ear. All went away after this as iwas wide awake w/ a racing heart. Any thoughts? Also during all this I sat half way up only to realize my body hadn’t really moved then something pulled me back into my body quickly.

    • Selina says:

      Hi Justin,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Sounds like you could have been in a half astral state. A racing heart, and body paralysis are some of the typical signs of the start of astral travel. In this state, it’s easier to hear and feel the astral realm. If it bothers you, ask your Spirit Guides to help you to not tap into these things. I like to ask that this only happen if it’s for my highest good in case there is a good reason to experience it that I’m not aware of the time. Hope this helps.

      Selina

  25. Gabby says:

    Hi,

    Recently when I was in a state between sleeping and waking I heard voices around me but saw no one. I was trying to wake up and I could see my surroundings but couldn’t move my body, this has happened to me before in the past and it is kinda scary. However, I didn’t feel scared this time because I just knew that the voices wouldn’t hurt me. I started to listen to the voices and they were talking about me. A man was saying to a woman how I couldn’t take something back with me because it doesn’t belong in my “realm”. She wanted me to take it in case of anything, I really don’t know, but he told her no that I just couldn’t. He didn’t sound mean or evil he was just saying to this woman how this item didn’t belong in my “realm”. It was really weird, does it mean anything?

    • Selina says:

      Hi Gabby,

      Sounds exactly what you describe it to be. Two people who do not “live” in this dimensional reality that we are in. You may have astral travelled and gained something while doing so which wouldn’t translate into our reality. Both sound like they had your good in mind, but each one had a different opinion.

      Take it for what it is. Sometimes we do tap into conversations that we wouldn’t otherwise have access to because our brain waves are at the right frequency to do so. Thanks for sharing this with us! It is an interesting experience!

      Take care,
      Selina

  26. Cecelia says:

    Hi there. Last night i woke up to go to the bathroom and then returned and just as i fell asleep it was asif i woke again but i froze, i couldnt move or open my eyes, i just heard like a mix of whispering all around me and all i could remember from what i heard, was: “its a girl!”. Right after that i fell asleep. What was that!!

  27. C. C. Scott says:

    Last night I was doing off on a friend’s couch. I was thinking about string theory and how other smaller dementions are entangled. I heard a woman’s voice say “I heard that!” It was a scream, not a whisper.

    My eyes were open, but I couldn’t move and I felt a presence above me. She started to say my name, and kept telling me to look up. She said she was going to kill me, started laughing and then I could move again and it was over.

    Either I had some misfires with my neurons, or I hit the frequency I’ve been hoping existed

  28. Nicole aguilar says:

    Hi!
    Well ever since I was 14 I have had these episodes of this state where im almost awake Still asleep and have heard voices its happened many times too many to remember but on two occasions I have seen the spirit in my dream and the first time she was yelling at me in my room as I was asleep only I could see her its hard to explain but its almost like a dream only once she stopped yelling at me she threw something off my tv towards me instantly I fully woke up and turned on the light only to see the object on the floor next to my bed I have another time something like that had happened to me but I would like to hear what you all think is going on

    • Selina says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Sounds like you have had some interesting things happen for a while! This particular incident that you describe feels like the female spirit was trying to tell you something but you weren’t able to perceive so she started to yell and use her energy to move objects. She feels a little frustrated but harmless in her energy.

      If you want to try, before you go to bed, ask her to find a way to get the message across to you so you can perceive and understand it. Or you can also ask your spirit guides to get the message to you as well.

      Take care,
      Selina

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