I went about it backwards. My first spiritual studies were metaphysical: as a teenager I learned to do astrology and tarot readings, and I researched and wrote a science paper proving the validity of E.S.P.
Not to say my way was “wrong,” just to say it’s the opposite of how most spiritual traditions go about it. And I figured out why…
Years later when I went through psychic training, I would find myself doing handstands during the breaks of weekend meditation workshops. It just didn’t feel good to me sitting for hours on end.
I remember one of my classmates telling me she would only date a man who had our specific training. Wanting her happiness and fearing she was limiting herself, I said, “there must be so many men out there on different spiritual paths, but who are really wonderful and conscious.”
Others I knew stopped hanging out with their friends who didn’t practice what we did. And despite the immense benefit of clearing my energy so I could feel my own truth, it seemed the teachings over-emphasized separation.
It made me sad, and it only went so far in terms of helping me.
Once I began my business of teaching intuition and doing readings and healings, I signed up for a bunch of “Mind-Body-Spirit” type of conventions. For a few years, I traveled regularly around the country and gave short readings at my booth along with classes and talks.
I thought I would fit in there, but I actually felt like a fish out of water. I was doing yoga and singing in between sessions, and eating healthy lunches that I’d brought.
It seemed like so many of the other psychics were gifted, yet unhealthy and off-balance.
The clients I had there were also very different from those I have today. Over and over I had to explain to people that I was not really there to predict their future, spy on the people in their lives, or tell them what to do. It was a rude awakening in what people thought a psychic did, and it really helped me discover my path.
Fortunately, I’d also been involved in dance, gymnastics, martial arts, and yoga since I was young– so I had a lot of body-knowledge to balance all the meditation.
I had also dabbled in other spiritual practices—like Buddhist and yogic traditions that incorporated health, moral ethics and personal empowerment. While those practices certainly awakened my intuition, the teachings did not emphasize learning to be “psychic.”
While I had natural gifts that begged exploring, I understand now why most traditional spiritual teachings didn’t focus on these gifts.
Their philosophy is that the gifts will develop if you do your spiritual practice, but that if you focus on the gifts first you will not be balanced enough to apply them constructively.
Fortunately, the path I followed did include grounding and centering in one’s body, and the meditations I teach are based in those methods. I have found this meditation plus some kind of body practice (currently yoga and walking), excellent nutrition and holistic health care keeps me feeling vital.
But the other and I think most important piece is the heart. I have always been a passionate person with an easy time making friends, but only after years of professional teaching and counseling have I really begun to appreciate the depth and power of my heart.
I give thanks to some of the teachers I found after my psychic training:
- teachers of yoga who emphasized breath
- teachers of sacred sexuality and relationship,
- teachers of forgiveness and ancestral clearing—who have helped me go much deeper with my spiritual path and with what I am offering.
Really, anyone can close their eyes and get guidance.
If you decide to turn your intuition on, it is like closing your eyes and imagining you turn on the TV. Ask your question and imagine you turn the TV to the channel that plays the answer, and notice what happens.
It’s no big deal. We can all do this just like we all can picture a red apple.
The real art, one I have taken over a decade to practice, is how do you convey a message to someone in a way that truly helps the person? How do you know how much to say, what to say when, or how to interpret what you see in a way that makes sense to another?
Now, some of the most important things I teach my advanced students have nothing to do with techniques. I teach how to look for what is life enhancing– not just to answer someone’s question, but to see more than they see about what their heart really wants. And then, how to have the courage and compassion to say it in a way they can hear it and make use of it.
I teach that healing is restoring wholeness. It is not making something happen for someone or taking something away that hurts. It is simply reminding them of all they already are and seeing them as that, even as I see their humanness as well.
You are psychic
We are all already amazing beings with infinite potential. When we ask questions like “What’s wrong with me?” or “How can I fix this person or thing that’s broken?”— any time our questions come from mental anxiety rather than from sincere yearning to be all we are, we limit the answers and we limit our lives.
It doesn’t matter if you ever want to read or heal someone else. You are psychic already, 24/7, and the more you can feel the truth in your heart and the joy in your body—even a glimmer of it—the more happy you’ll be with the answers you receive.
I am beginning to agree with the ancients–why develop these gifts if the rest of your life is out of balance? And I am grateful to be alive in 2012 where we can bring it all together and embrace the gifts more openly than ever.
As humanity’s awareness grows, I am here to share how we can be intuitive and have healthy bodies, calm minds, ecstatic hearts and successful lives! Thanks for reading, share your comments and thoughts below, and if you’d like to learn how, I invite you to check this out!