The spiritual journey

I’d love to capture the beauty in that working with Spirit, everyone’s connection as well as journey is unique to each person.  I feel it’s one of the most beautiful things about Spirit.  My journey with God had been there going back to childhood.  Through the years following it had subsided, unintentionally, but life seemed to get in the way of it.  Not only did I allow it to get in the way of that relationship, I had started to lose my faith in well, pretty much everything.  After some major life transitions, I found myself one day lying in bed, crying, at my lowest, or so it felt, wishing I had an answer to what all was taking place in my life.

I remember specifically calling out to my mom on spirit side begging for help.  My heart was broken, I was lost, I wasn’t sure who I was anymore.  My gifts always there, but hadn’t a clue how to access them or to really understand that they were even gifts.  I grew up not talking about death, or those on the other side.  We never spoke of anything spiritual other than Catholicism and God, and while I noticed ALL the woman in the family knew things and predicted things, I just guess I grew up thinking… everyone had those few of those “off” people in their family.  I kid, in looking back they were and are magically connected woman.

I believe from the core of my soul that everyone is gifted in their own unique way.  Some are just a bit more open to it naturally while I believe there are others who just need a bit of a push to opening those gifts. Those too who just need the faith in themselves that they are to help bring healing in more ways than they could imagine.  It’s not that one person does it better than another, it just means that in time everyone reaches a similar destination.  That’s part of the magic.

My gifts showed up in many ways. Knowing things I shouldn’t, listening to that intuition and not going places, and things happening. Sharing things with others that helped them, while seeing ghosts/spirit in ways that not everyone did. Knowing someone was going to die, or be sick without understanding out. That familiar “I’m ok” but you can sense more, and so on. But to me, being the creative youth I was, the artist, the daydreamer… it seemed normal. What I mean by normal is it seemed like it was just something that happened to everyone There were a lot of “did you see that” in my day, “did you hear that?”, etc. But that was part of the fun looks and questions.

The change in my life, I found my connection with God and Spirit and it grew in a way I hadn’t expected. I went from being clairvoyant, too clairaudient, to working with all the Clairs in time. It was such an adventure, but what I learned more than anything with Spirit is time with self. Spending time learning myself, my wants, my heart, my healing was how I was able to learn to connect because I was able to quiet my mind and just be. Once I got this down it flowed like water. I was able to learn how in healing self, grew that connection with God and Spirit, allowing certain messages to flow differently after different work I did on my own soul, my own healing in losing loved ones, it all added growth for the journey I was about to embark on. And here we are 10 years later.

For instance, when I started working with Spirit I couldn’t sense someone who had cancer or who had been murdered. It wouldn’t flow, so those pieces of evidence didn’t come to me. In time, while going inward to see my blockages that I had from losing my mom (to cancer at 6) and my best friend (who was murdered) I was able to do the work to allow myself nervous system to feel those, to be able to emotionally experience those. In this I hadn’t healed some of the wounds that I had taken on. By taken on I mean, I carried so much hurt still in losing both of them, that there wasn’t a part of me who had truly sat with it. We can sit with some things and while we feel sadness and experience tears, we don’t always go inward to really see why are they feeling like this, or why am I still experience certain pain with things, years later. This could be words we didn’t get to share to just survivor remorse, etc.

You see I believe that God gifts everyone with a bit of his light to not only help self, but to help others. (I’d like to mention to whatever your belief is, feel free to insert it where I may place God.  I believe that as long as you believe in something higher than yourself and of the light, you are in a safe and protected space while working with Spirit.). 1 Corinthians 12 is my favorite verse pertaining to gifts, Spirit and of Gods doing in giving us gifts to help the better of humanity in healing. 

NIV version states: 12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

This passage has always touched my soul.  It speaks to the things that most forget and that’s that, YOU ARE a gift of God, along with these gifts we are to be a gift to others.  So many get caught up in the fun of Spirit and mediumship or psychism, that they tend to heal everyone else, while forgetting to heal themselves.  When we are a channel of Spirit we are to show up for ourselves first, so that we are not running on fumes while trying to be of service to others.  It can become so easy to want to just show up for everyone else, but think of your channel as a pipe.  If you keep shoving things down that don’t belong what will happen to it? If they keep coming up and yet you still ignore the overflow, what will happen?  It will start to get all back up, flood in to areas it doesn’t need to be in, gunk on the walls, and things won’t flow as smoothly as they should.

In the case of Spirit when that channel gets backed up, it’s not just that the messages won’t flow as smooth, but it will cause you to exert more energy which will begin to make you feel more drained.  Spirit doesn’t want to take from us, in exchanging energy with clients in healing sessions it’s actually to make us more connected with self, and the beautiful energy that is shared.  Healing self of the past and present so that we may be present for the future with the messages of Spirit to go all around.

Your journey is beginning, and we can not predict how it will go. From the beginning it’s about you making a commitment with yourself on this path. You can do this! Some days are going to feel more exhilarating than others, some are going feel like, “Why am I having to do this or face this again?” What I can assure you is this, I and Spirit will help along every part of this journey. You are part of this, so we are here to listen, to help you in anyway, to assist in all ways. This is about truly opening up to the beauty of your heart and soul to help guide you to the path you are meant to be walking.

I can’t wait to share in this journey with you!

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