Welcome to SoM, and these forums.
Seems to me, you have some psychic abilities ( or there of ), and need to be taught how to control/use them.
You're hell hound encounter, is a bit off. Staring into the eyes of a hell hound, will kill you. They are considered an "omen of death", but one would show shortly before your great aunt's death, not 7 years before.
Animal spirits, which are considered "earth elementals", are usually black with red eyes ...
Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your blessed gift. I can only hope, that another after me, can ...