As I said on my last post, September is “Coming Out of the Psychic Closet” month here on Conduit of Joy. We welcome all psychics, healers, intuitives, six-sensories, channellers - we love and accept you here. We applaud authenticity, and encourage you to be yourself, fully and completely.
Today, I’m publishing the second interview, in a set of interviews from intuitive folks who inspire me. As I said before, each of the interviewees featured is a gifted psychic, and a teacher to other psychics. I’m touched that each of these intuitives chose to participate in this project and thank each one of them for sharing so openly of their experiences. Apart from their psychic gifts, the fact that each one of these people is genuinely and authentically themselves, is a huge gift to the world.
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Today, I introduce Lisa Wechtenhiser, the author of www.practicallyintuitive.com. It is hard for me to be totally objective about Lisa, as she is a good friend, and I think she is the greatest thing since sliced cheese, but I’ll try.
Lisa offers individual intuitive readings, as well as intuitive email and phone coaching. Lisa’s style of reading blows me away, as her clairaudience is instantaneous. This means while she is talking to you, she can also ask your guides questions and hear the answers instantaneously. I have had the benefit of her gifts in several readings myself. Her messages are not only accurate, but she gave me information from my guides I could use in my life immediately, in a very concrete way. She is also a very funny, caring, down-to-earth person.
Visit her blog www.practicallyintuitive.com to get a reading.
Do you have specific “super powers” (ie. clairaudient, clairsentient, etc.)?
I am clairaudient which means I can hear guidance as clearly as if they were speaking to me in person. As an empath, I can feel emotions that belong to others as well which often helps me when I am doing a reading for someone – I can “get inside” their emotions and know what they can’t really put into words.
What general label to do you use for your “super powers”? (intuitive, psychic, etc.) Why did you chose this term?
I consider myself an intuitive counselor because I use these skills in service to others. I chose the term because it doesn’t come with the same baggage that the word “psychic” does and because there really is a lot of counseling-type interactions that go on with my work.
Do you believe you were intuitive/psychic as a child?
I was always very sensitive and picked up feelings of others easily (in particular, my mom) but thought everyone did that. My mom was extremely sensitive to the emotions of others and it was just something that came naturally to both of is.
What kinds of experiences made you think this?
I was easily moved as a child – and knew what was going on with others even when none of it was spoken. (I was so sensitive that I wasn’t allowed to watch Lassie because I cried myself into a frenzy at the end of the show where Lassie paws the screen as if waving goodbye.)
Was your family aware of and/or accepting of your psychic abilities?
Because my mom’s “abilities” were a given in our family, no one was surprised that I had some of those same skills – at least when I got older and understood them. Early on, I was just known as “the sensitive one”.
Who was the first person you told that you thought you were psychic?
I don’t recall telling anyone – it was just something I knew I was and that was it. I do think that being around my mom and understanding the connection between what she felt was going on and what WAS going on made it seem as if it was no big deal so I felt no need to proclaim it.
When did you fully accept that you were psychic?
I think it was about eight years ago when I started jumping into healing work in a big way learning Healing Touch. “Stuff” from others just came to me and I mingled with others who didn’t have as pronounced a skill set and it dawned on me that this wasn’t something everyone had to the same degree I did,
Was there a turning point that made you accept your psychic gifts? If so, what was it?
Hearing my cats speak to me was pretty big. :-)
Are you fully out of the psychic closet today? If yes, why. If no, why not.
Absolutely. It’s who I am, it’s what I do. I don’t go around telling people that when we first meet but if you know me for any length of time, you will come to know that I have these interesting skills and just sort of “know” stuff.
What was the worst reaction you ever got after telling someone you were psychic?
My cousin is a hardcore Evangelical Christian and believes I am doing the work of Satan and tells me so loudly. Stepping up to her challenge and telling her that she had no right to judge MY path working with God was a big turning point because it showed me that while I often keep quiet when others speak about certain things, I would brook no judgment of my work. I drew a line in the sand and it felt good.
What was the best reaction?
The best reactions are when I bring through information that helps clarify something for someone and they are able to take what they need from it.
How do you feel now about being psychic?
I really like it – it’s who I am and I am comfortable with it. Plus, it’s kind of off the beaten path and people are curious about it. I like sharing that information and educating others who ask me about it.
What would you recommend to other psychics who are “coming out of the psychic closet”?
Always remember that you do this work in service to humanity and don’t be cowed by the judgment of others. Be who you are and be it proudly!
What was one thing you feared about coming out that never materialized?
Early on, concerns I would be judged and made to feel like I’m doing a bad thing. I was judged, yes, but have never, not once, felt that I was doing something bad.
What advice do you have for anyone else who is considering “coming out of the psychic closet”?
Do what feels comfortable to YOU. You don’t have to keep up with anyone or measure your work by that of another. Just be you – the very best you you can be and that’s enough.
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Thanks so much to Lisa. If you have a “coming out of the psychic closet” story to share, please feel free to post it here.
You can also get a reading here, as always, whether you are an intuitive or not…. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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