Spirits try to contact the living in a number of ways.
In fact, a lot of the time, they do so through our own inexplicable or spontaneous thoughts or feelings.
Maybe you don't believe in "ghosts" or "hauntings," or maybe you're so freaked out by the idea that you just don't want anything to do with it.
But if something made you curious enough to check out the common signs a loved one is trying to get in touch and you don't understand why, maybe you're already making contact.
Here are five signs someone is trying to contact you from the other side:
1. Ears ringing or hearing meaningful songs
If you can't identify a physical reason for your ears ringing, buzzing or popping, but you keep experiencing this sudden onset of audio-interference, it could mean a spirit is trying to contact you, according to Amanda Linette Meder, author of "The Medium's Toolkit."
Another way spirits reach out is through music.
You might keep hearing a song that reminds you of your lost loved one at the exact moment you start thinking about them.
Rebecca Rosen, renowned medium and author of "What The Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well," discusses musical signs at length in her book.
2. Feelings similar to anxiety
Spirits also reach out to people through the power of clairsentience.
You can "feel" a spirit near you in spite of the fact that you may not be able to see or hear them.
Tightness in the chest and feelings similar to anxiety often come up when a spirit has been trying to make contact as well.
In "The Medium's Toolkit," Meder explains that "when a spirit is communicating using clairsentience, emotions of The Spirit are felt within the body of the medium, and physical sensations are felt both on the skin and within the body of the medium."
3. Repeating numbers
Many times, spirits will reach out using numbers in an attempt to contact you.
I once spoke to a medium during a time when I was seeing 111 and 1111 everywhere. It was on broken clocks, license plates and parking meters.
Everywhere I looked, I was seeing this number.
As I spoke to the medium, in awe of how she was able to recall intimate, unknown details about the death of my loved one, a poster on the wall behind her caught my eye.
On it was the date in huge blue font: 11/11.
4. The distinct feeling of having someone right behind you
The feeling of having someone right behind you, but then turning around and having no one there, is a definite sign you are being contacted by a spirit.
But, it's different from what we've all seen in the movies.
You won't necessarily get a spooky, terrified feeling of some aggressive ghost breathing down your neck.
In actuality, the feeling of a spirit nearby is like having a familiar friend right behind you, playing a fun joke.
This type of contact is also through clairsentience. You can feel them, but you can't see or hear them.
5. Seeing someone in your peripheral vision who isn't there
According to Meder, "spirits can be seen externally outside of your body, and they can also be seen internally, in your mind's eye."
But when they do appear externally, she says they "generally appear in your peripheral vision, when you're not looking directly at them."
Much like when you can feel a spirit behind you, through a clairvoiant or "clear seeing" channel, you can genuinely see someone directly next to you in your periphery.
Then, when you turn to look, they aren't physically there.
If you have recently lost a loved one, or you have lost someone and find you've recently been flooded by memories and thoughts about them, it might be a nice idea to reach out to a medium for a reading.
It helped me immensely in dealing with my own grief, and it provided insight that no therapist or grief counselor could.