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D e f i n i t i o n s

Providing the definitions of key terms helps us to establish a common ground of understanding for the actual meaning of pivotal words, ideas, and concepts.

This, in turn, brings clarity into our communication.

The Clair senses
Distinguishing spirits 1

Animal Communicator: a person who can receive the thoughts and feelings of animals telepathically, intuition, (see more with Interspecies Intuitive Communicator)with a Heart-based language and translates their messages into words. A Validated means to be a two-way bridge for you and your animal family's well-being and fuller understanding.

  • Scientifically backed, practiced around the world in NGOs, Zoos, animal behavioral training centers, Wildlife refuges, and more.

  • This practice is also active and considered very normal in many indigenous cultures, and more, around the world.


Intuitive Interspecies Communicator
"Intuitive interspecies communication (IIC), is a method of connecting and intuitively exchanging information with non-human animals using a highly complex set of intuitive skills. IIC occurs across many cultures and is growing in use in contemporary wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, veterinary care, and is often used for resolving human-animal conflicts in domestic contexts. While IIC can occur while in direct physical proximity to a non-human animal, it can also occur over great distances and does not require face-to-face encounters nor the visual, auditory, voice or other cues humans normally associate with interactive communication. Illustrations of IIC are reported across many fields and cultures, but it is currently under-researched." Dr. MJ Barrett University of Saskatchewan SOURCE


Bereavement: is the period after a loss during which grief and mourning occur.



Charismata: Greek term charisma (charismata, plural) denotes any expression/manifestation of Spirit that flows from God's benevolent Love (charis) unto mankind (living beings);  any  Divine  Grace.



Charlatan:   a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.





Clairaudient: "clear hearing," the faculty to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity.


Claircognizant: "clear knowing"  :  the ability for a person to acquire (be given) accurate knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it.


Clairempathy: "clear emotion," Able to sense or "feel" within oneself the attitude or emotions of another person.

Clairscent: "clear smelling," Able to smell a fragrance or odor coming from a Life that is entirely in the world of Spirit. (Again, these are Spiritual senses; beyond the five senses.)


Clairsentient: "clear feeling or sensation" as distinguished from perception and thought : ('Clear Feeling') the ability to feel strongly and sense the emotions and feelings of people, animals, Spirits, and places around them.


Clairtangency: "clear touching," Able to perceive information about an article, its owner, and / or history by holding an object or by touching someone or something. This ability is commonly known as psychometry.


Clairvoyant: "clear seeing,"  someone who receives intuitive information visually : the faculty of discerning objects not present to the finite senses, able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception. The access and application to the Spiritual senses.





Contemplative Prayer: "Contemplative prayer invites us out of our self-focused stories...into a world we could inhabit no other way.  Suddenly, new stories are possible, heaven draws near and our souls are suffused with the colors of eternity." [Tara M. Owens]

  • "Contemplative nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with whom we know Loves us." [St. Teresa of Avila].



Counsel [Spiritual Counsel is lesser known term for SPIRITUAL DIRECTION]:  from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + root of calare "to announce"

  • Disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.

  • "Counsel is the third of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3... "Counsel allows us to judge rightly what we should do in a particular circumstance... allowing such judgments to be made promptly, 'as by a sort of supernatural intuition,' as Fr. John A. Hardon writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary."

  • "Through the Gift of Counsel, our conscience becomes a place where the human heart meets the Holy Spirit... the Gift of Counsel is an exchange of love... The Holy Spirit leads us to goodness by helping us follow God’s moral law." Jeff Arrowood


  • "...the virtue of prudence operates in accord with reason as enlightened by faith, this gift (counsel) operates under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the counsel given may be that about which reason would not be able to give an explanation.   As Our Lord said to the Apostles, 'When they hand you over, do not worry about what you will say or how you will say it. When the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. You yourselves will not be the speakers; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.'" Mt 10:18-20  (



Dialogue:  "Dialogue in the interreligious, interideological sense is a conversation on a common subject between people with differing views undertaken so that they can learn from one another and grow.

Intra-religious/ideological dialogue is vital for moving one’s community toward an increasingly perceptive insight into reality."

Find fullest definition Here!



Distinguishing spirits:  gift needed to distinguish between God’s work and the work of 'demons;' to test the spirits to determine if they are from God to make sure the messages are consistent with New Testament revelation.

Anne Marie is on constant guard, and has developed a vigilant, rigorous practice to discern even the most friendly sheep-in-wolve's clothing "spirit" and to not engage.  Only that of Christ.



Empath: one who experiences the emotions of others, and can often be felt as a first-hand experience.

  • "Empathic guides simultaneously perceive where and how you are while maintaining their own perspective. This allows them to be in the water and on the land at the same time, thus enabling them to help you get to shore in a quick and effective way," (keen 2019).

Having the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of others, without the others telling what they are thinking and feeling.


Godactus essendi - "~The unconditional act of Being." Thomas Aquinas

  • In Buddhism, the Ultimate dimension.

  • YHWH or Yahweh 

  • “I am who I am” (Exod 3:14)

  • "God’s personal name, so closely identified with his being... many orthodox Jews refuse to pronounce it, instead saying HaShem (“the name”) or Adonai (“Lord”), to guard this name’s sanctity."  SOURCE


Spiritual Advisors, Directors, and Companions may name the deepest of truths in diverse ways. They also honor the names that others revere.

Here are some of those terms of reverence:

Universe, God, Lord, Allah, YHWH, Great Spirit, Higher Power, Mystery, Sunyata, Brahman, Tao, Divine, Sacred, Holy, Almighty, Ultimate, the Beyond, Intimate, Abba, Nirvana, Wisdom, Source, Vishnu, Creator, Enlightenment, Interconnection, Holy One, All.



Grief: The normal process of reacting and responding to any perceived loss: death of a Loved one, physical loss, social, relationship, job, and more.


Holy: Old English hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from Proto-Germanic *hailitho, from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured." Source also of Old English hal "hale, whole;" 

Old English halig "healthy," hælan "to heal." 

Old Norse heill "healthy;" helge "holy, sacred.”



Insight: seeing into the True nature of reality. 

Disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.

Greater awareness of the inner workings of reality; breaking through illusions.

  • To become aware of exactly what is happening as it happens.

  • The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.

  • The act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively.

  • The ability to have a clear, deep, and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation.

  • 1200, innsihht, "sight with the 'eyes' of the mind, mental vision, understanding from within," from in (prep.) + sight (n.).



Intuition:  mid-15century, intuicioun, "insight, direct or immediate cognition, spiritual perception"


Intuitive:  1640s, "perceiving directly and immediately”

Intuitive Interspecies Communication (IIC)

" a method of connecting and intuitively exchanging information with non-human animals using a highly complex set of intuitive skills. IIC occurs across many cultures and is growing in use in contemporary wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, veterinary care, and is often used for resolving human-animal conflicts in domestic contexts. While IIC can occur while in direct physical proximity to a non-human animal, it can also occur over great distances and does not require face-to-face encounters nor the visual, auditory, voice or other cues humans normally associate with interactive communication. Illustrations of IIC are reported across many fields and cultures, but it is currently under-researched." Dr. MJ Barrett University of Saskatchewan SOURCE


"Having a person who deeply cares, understands and who will not attempt to pacify us with platitudes or impose their own religious, spiritual or new age beliefs about how we are supposed to view animals, our loss, or how we are supposed to heal. Having a compassionately skilled, unconditionally loving witness to our loss, our grief and our process of healing can make all the difference in how we heal our hearts and come closer to finding peace." Teresa Wagner



Medical Intuitive:  intuitive counselor who specializes in perceiving information concerning the human / animal body.  A Medical Intuitive can energetically read the insides (organs, glands, blood, etc.) of our bodies.



Meditation: “Meditation here is not reflection or any other kind of discursive thinking. It is pure concentration: training the mind to dwell on an interior focus without wandering, until it becomes absorbed in the object of its contemplation. But absorption does not mean unconsciousness. The outside world may be forgotten, but meditation is a state of intense inner wakefulness.” [The Upanishads]

  • In Meditation/Contemplation, we are, "...invited to come back to our breathing, so that our collective energy of mindfulness will bring us together as an organism, going as a river, with no more separation."

  • "Sitting meditation is returning home to give full attention to and care for ourself." A fantastic resource, The Mindfulness Bell Organization has a definition for "Meditate."


Mindfulness: "Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally (to one's thoughts, emotions, experiences... in the service of self-understanding and wisdom” [John Kabat-Zinn].



Mourning:  is the process by which people adapt to a loss;

:Accepting the loss has occurred.

:Working through the pain of grief.

:Adjusting to Life without the deceased; adjusting to Life with the loss.

:Starting a new Life with still maintaining a connection with the deceased.



Non-Analytical Thought:  "Non-analytical thought means a thought process in which no deliberate deduction takes place: individuals are not engaged in the consecutive testing of the obvious and/or typical routes to solution that define deliberate analysis." 

  • "Intuition and insight are intriguing phenomena of non-analytical mental functioning: whereas intuition denotes ideas that have been reached by sensing the solution without any explicit representation of it, insight has been understood as the sudden and unexpected apprehension of the solution by recombining the single elements of a problem."




Prayer: "Prayer is at root simply paying attention to God," (Ralph Martin) 

"Prayer brings us into harmony with the Science of Being." (M.B. Eddy)

"Prayer is a way of being; it can be more than one action."

"Prayer is attunement to and response to God's presence." (David Brenner)

{Prayer can be difficult to define ~Anne Marie}



Precognizant: To have, or profess to have, foreknowledge of; to know beforehand.


Prescient:  foreknowledge of events (by way of) divine Omniscience (not to be confused with prediction or fortune telling).

from Latin prae "before"+ scire "to know"::: To Know in advance.


  • Prophet:  one who utters divinely inspired revelations  (not to be confused with fortune teller).

:::  from Greek prophetes (Doric prophatas) "an interpreter"

:::  Latin prophēta "spokesman or interpreter of a god"

  • Disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.

  • A Spiritual Seer

Not to be confused with, "one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God's will, or having any define authority unto herself, nor changing, or adding to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures."

Anne Marie DOES NOT do this.  Anne Marie does NOT think that she is a prophet.

Prophecy (v.)

In the Judeo-Christian Spirituality context, dating back millennia: 

As an "ordinary congregational disciple who prophesies, without absolute divine authority," any 'prophesying' that I, Anne Marie, provide is on the basis of 'revelations' imparted to me by the Holy Spirit," From The Gift of Prophecy: in the New Testament and Today by Wayne Grudum. 114.

  • "...intelligent Christian preaching (versus) the result of some extraordinary working of the Holy Spirit," (115 parentheses mine), the latter being conveying the message of the Holy Spirit.

  • "...the possession of information that could only come through a revelation...and need not rely on ordinary means of acquiring information" (115).

  • "In fact, it is the telling of the revelation which is itself called the 'prophecy,' (117).

  • "In 1 Corinthians 12:29, 'Not all are prophets, are they?' implies that some people prophesy with enough regularity to be thought of as prophets [of the ordinary congregational apostle variety!]," (174 parentheses mine).

  • "In 1 Corinthians 14:1 Paul combines seeking the gift (prophecy) with maintaining the right motive (love), [and that ] they should strive to excel in building up the benefit the congregation" (178-180).


"...One who prophesies (as an ordinary congregational apostle  by the power of the Holy Spirit) speaks to men (all of Life) for edification and exhortation and consolation."  

(1 Corinthians 14:4 parentheses mine.)

  • Edification: Latin aedificationem (nominative aedificatio) "construction, the process of building; a building, an edifice," in Late Latin "spiritual improvement," from past participle stem of aedificare "to build". Religious use is a translation of Greek oikodome in I Corinthians xiv.

  • Exhortation:  from Latin exhortationem (nominative exhortatio) "an encouragement."

  • Consolation: consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer.”




Psychic:  Lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge : immaterial, moral, or Spiritual in origin or force, sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences : marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding:  Breath, Life, Soul.

  • From Greek psykhikos "of the soul, spirit, or mind" (opposed to somatikos)

  • "Characterized by psychic gifts" The term fist recorded being used this way in 1871::: [This is in the context of what was called the Spiritualist Movement. Lots of history, negative associations with the word and baggage as a result. <Anne Marie's comment.]

"Psychics differ from other types of spiritual guides in that logic is required to translate the information they receive.  In order to convey information to another person, they must decipher the images, words, feelings, sounds, etc. they receive in a way that makes sense to the person they are guiding. Therefore, psychic work involves both extra-sensory and sensory organs when serving a seeking client," (keen 2019).



Psychometry:  ability to discover facts concerning an object or its owner through contact with or proximity to the object utilizing what is beyond the five, scientific senses.


Relevance Theory:  A model of communication that accounts for how different interpretations arise out of different contexts. 

  • Putting one's self in the shoes of the original, ancient audience

  • For Our Charismata's purposes: "The cognitive environment of the Biblical authors."


Religious: relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.

  • scrupulously and conscientiously faithful



Remote Viewer:  the ability to acquire accurate information about a distant or non-local place, person or event without using the physical senses or any other obvious means. It is associated with the idea of clairvoyance, seemingly being able to spontaneously know something without actually knowing how one got the information.  It is also sometimes called “anomalous cognition” or “second sight.”  Accessed July 2021.  

[I actively engage this ability only during sessions as it occurs and is deemed useful.  Please see my Ethics Code of Conduct.]



Séance: a meeting in which a spiritualist attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead.




Soothsayer: Old English soð "truth, justice, righteousness, rectitude; reality, certainty," noun use of soð (adj.) "true, genuine, real; just, righteous," originally *sonð-, from Proto-Germanic *santhaz (source also of Old Norse sannr, Old :::Saxon soth, Old High German sand "true," Gothic sunja "truth"). 

  • One who speaks Truth

(Not to be confused with "fortune-teller.")



Spirit: an animating or vital principle held to give life, the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person: translates from Greek pneuma and Hebrew Rûaħ or ruach :::breath:::


Spiritism / Spiritist: "Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of spirits, as well as their relationship with the corporeal world.”  .2022.

::: the belief in the existence of non-physical beings, or spirits, that inhabit a spirit world. People try and contact them via occult means.   .2022.  




Spiritual: c. 1300, "of or concerning the spirit" (especially in religious aspects), from Old French spirituel, esperituel (12c.) or directly from a Medieval Latin ecclesiastical use of Latin spiritualis "of or pertaining to breath, breathing, wind, or air; pertaining to spirit," from spiritus "of breathing, of the spirit."

  • of or relating to sacred matters.

  • concerned with religious values

  • of, relating to, or consisting of the incorporeal

  • of, or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena



Spiritualism: The practice of having sittings for communication with discarnate spirits.

  • "Historically, spiritualism was organized in small groups that conducted séances, or meetings for spirit communication. Larger gatherings were held for public demonstrations of spirit contact and psychic phenomena. These gatherings evolved into the Sunday church services that became common in spiritualist churches in the 20th century." .2022.





Specialized Spiritual Direction - Companion (what Anne Marie offers as a service): is one modality, that is best utilized to accompany other similar modalities, to help establish a rooted balance in Life and in your Life and Spiritual circumstances. By skillfully bringing into the session specific gifts of the Holy Spirit [Charismata] as the Light by which to see, the Insight, and very specific Wisdom that applies immediately to your Heart, Life and Spiritual journey, Specialized Spiritual Direction sessions are useful for discernment, clarity, validating what you intuit, genuine encouragement where it is seen, upbuilding, and may supply stepping stones for fundamental Life changes. All guidance is not originating from "Anne Marie" but as Anne Marie being a translator and bridge of your content made possible by the presence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit working through her by GRACE. {Never to add to, compromise, or challenge the supremacy of Scripture.}
Predictions, Sorcery, Divination are not what SSD provides. "Prophesying" and "predicting" are very different. Predictions often enable a seeker, in an ultimately unhealthy pattern, to seek or grasp at a sense of control of future events. Predictions lead to very narrow and often disappointing outcomes because they are fundamentally "yes" or "no" questions; pigeonholing a complex Ultimate Reality into an unrealistic binary format. Prophesying keeps the seeker attending to the present moment first, seeking no power or control of the future; it provides a broad view vantage point with specifics and must always be held up against seeking God directly first, Scriptural teachings context, and often personal time of reflection and discernment usually with a person of the same faith.

SSD is not the modality that meets a need to debate Biblical texts, theological or ontological ideas.

Spiritual Companion-Director:  "...spiritual companionship can happen in a myriad of vocations and modalities, and so use the term as a more inclusive way of offering welcome to those who have not specifically trained as a spiritual director... Meeting with a spiritual companion (Director) can be a meaningful step to help you find wholeness and balance in life, not to mention a sense of connection with however you might refer to God, Allah, The Universe, or the Ground of All Being, that which connects us all."



Stigma: a mark of shame or discredit : something that brings censure or reproach : a condition of disrepute : a cause of blame, discredit, or scorn. Regarded as unworthy or inferior.



Supernatural: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the observable universe.

  • departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature

  • attributed to an invisible agent (such as a ghost or spirit) ::: [Our Charismata does not offer ghost or generalized spirit services.]



Telepathy:  The heightened ability to use the intuition that we already have : communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses : a Heart Connection.

  • 1882 coined by English psychologist Frederic Myers, literally "feeling from afar"



Transference: a psychology term used to describe a phenomenon in which an individual redirects emotions and feelings, often unconsciously, from one person to another.   S O U R C E "Good"



Virtue:   theological virtues of faith, hope, and Love :: a beneficial quality, a commendable quality or trait, Merit, Trustworthiness, Honesty, Integrity, Purity, behavior showing high moral standards.


All definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online, and The Online Etymology Dictionary unless otherwise stated.

The Online Etymology Dictionary  is highly recommended!

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