We are made free by our mastery of what is necessary for our growth. There have been moments in my life when I realized there was something I needed to do and, if I acted on it, I always experienced a feeling of release. I was liberated from an existence limited by fear and began a richer, more satisfying life. I remember when I realized I needed to learn to meditate, I was not sure if I could but I knew that I had to give it a shot. That “leap of faith” started me on a journey I continue to walk. After 30 plus years it is hard to imagine living without meditation. On one level I consider it essential to my sanity, but on a deeper level it sustains me spiritually by helping me learn and grow through my life experience.

Something which has made my journey a lot easier is the community of fellow practitioners I have belonged to all this time. That community is constantly changing but it has been consistently supportive over the years. Participating in a class or reading with others is where you learn to persevere through the challenging times and validate the steps you take as you become more capable, more fully yourself. Ultimately the spiritual path is an individual and deeply personal experience but that does not mean that you have to become an isolated loner, far from it, it is in relationship with others that you realize your strengths and weaknesses, your gifts and needs.

Over the years I have been told by people, who I recognized would benefit greatly from developing their intuitive abilities, that they don’t want to do it because they needed to focus on themselves. Ironically that is exactly what reading someone else enables you to do, in fact, I would venture to say that you become more aware of your self and better able to heal yourself in a reading than by being all alone by yourself. It is important to remember that the people you are reading with are also focused on self-awareness and self-healing and that sets a powerfully validating energy in the room which each person benefits from.

Last year a long time reading client, who I have also done some one-on-one training with, came over from Europe to spend a week at our center. As she was leaving she told me how much she had enjoyed being in our classes and especially reading with others. She asked me, partly in jest, where the students came from because they were so friendly, supportive and fun to be around. I explained to her that this is what happens when a bunch of people get together to learn and grow using their intuitive abilities. The energy their practice creates forms an environment which encourages the seeds of intuition and compassion to grow and flourish in each individual.