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What’s underneath the YOU you show the world?

There was an interesting article posted to myBusiness of Intuition Facebook group about the face you show when you’re posting on Instagram (or other social media sites). Called “What I Instagrammed vs. What Was Really Happening -or- My Entire Life is a Lie, the writer talked about how the story the picture tells is often quite different than what’s really going on. Isn’t life that way, lots of times? The stories we tell ourselves (and show others) can sometimes be very different than what’s going on. I find it’s that way in the entrepreneurial world, too. Look behind the curtain of flashy websites and claims of $10,000 months and it’s all there. This is why alignment of your inner and outer self is so important, not just in business but in your life. When you go with the flow (of your skills, of your inner desires, etc.) life seems to get a lot easier. Not saying it’s all easy but easier. As I’m studying Beth Grant’s Archetype Alignment Grid for Certification, I’m looking at all the different natural styles (Truth Guide, Guru Star, Connector and Supporter). Where I see people run aground is trying to market in a style that isn’t natural for them. In other words, they’re trying to be what they’re not. And it shows. (And it shows up really big energetically. If your clients are highly conscious people, they’ll know right off the bat.) Whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook or some other online platform, jut be who you are. I don’t mean you have to wander around in your pajamas with messed up hair all the time (is...

Don’t contract! EXPAND!

Last week, I had the good fortune to interview the wonderful Glenyce Hughes – did you listen in? Check it out here: We talked about ways empaths and other highly-sensitive people can stay in their own energy and not get caught up in everyone else’s. Glenyce mentioned a tool that seemed to fly against conventional wisdom in the energy/Woo community. Here it is: instead of closing your aura, bringing your energy inward, setting up protective boundaries and generally making yourself energetically smaller, why not open up and E X P A N D? Well, there’s a new concept! Really? I thought. Hmmm. Interesting. Expand your energy out and out and out so that you get bigger instead of smaller. I’m so used to shutting off, closing down, running away (mentally) from stuff that to open up and expand feels … scary? odd? foreign? to me. What happens when you do that? I wondered if I’d be asking for everyone’s yuck to come flying at me which I really (really!!) don’t want. But I’m trying it (because, hey, why not?) to see what happens when I bring my big energy out. Remember that any time you shift something big (and doing this IS a big deal, even if you don’t think it is), those around you might not take to it immediately (or at all!). I bet, though, it feels so empowering that you won’t want to go back to contraction and smallness. Your challenge for the week is this: in situations where you are used to closing off your energy (disagreements with your partner, visiting hospitals or cemeteries, volatile environments), consciously...

Transformation takes time

This past week, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend Ignite, an event my coach, mentor and good friend Angella Johnson brought to life. (Yep, that’s us on the left.) Ignite is like Woo + Biz on steroids! There was marketing, strategy, bellydancing, drum circles, shamanic meditations, POD POCing, and tons more. [Here’s a short video I did talking about it.] For me, it was the culmination of some deep inner work that started last year when I was out there, working on that oh-so-fun visibility thing. Between then and now, I went back to a full-time job when my husband got laid off, realized I could no longer be in a corporate cage and had to find the strength to say “I can’t do this any more” and came back to full-time in Practically Intuitive. All the inner work I did in the time in-between paid off, though. At Ignite, I learned that I was really ready to be out there, speaking and teaching in a way I was terrified of just one year ago. I shared the stage with three of Angella’s private clients, talking about our work with her and how it’s shifted us AND our business. When I had to pass the mic to Paula Mosier, I had this thought “but I have more to say!” and that was the moment I knew – it’s time to do this. What I want to share with you is this: sometimes big shifts happen in the blink of an eye and sometimes they take longer than we’d like. Know that however long it takes is exactly the right...

You just do you, okay?

So, back in the day, I was sort of (totally) obsessed with the musician Prince. I found him on Midnight Special (showing my age here) and was smitten with this strange little man. Saturday night, roaming around the channels on television, I happened upon Purple Rain, his tour de force movie made in 1984. I’ve seen it probably thirty times and yet, I always stop what I’m doing and watch the last twenty minutes. He is like electricity (in a puffy shirt) on that stage – you can’t look away.That man was born to be on a stage. In real life, however, he’s quite shy and reclusive, maintaining complete control over his work and his surroundings.( If you’ve got a bit of time, you have to watch Kevin Smith talk about meeting Prince – it’s hilarious! * major language warning) Apparently, he’s been that way most of his life. I did a bit of reading on the making of Purple Rain and found out that it got made solely because Prince was so strong in his conviction to tell that story, he bulldozed over movie execs who questioned who he was, why no one in the movie could act except two people (the rest were band members and friends), and lots of other things. He was *that certain* of his story (and himself). And the rest is history. What if you had that same kind of trust in your own abilities? What if you took all the fears, the “I’m not good enough” voices, the “they’ll laugh at me” worries (seriously, did you see that get-up P-dog wore in...

Who do you listen to?

This is going to be a short post this week with just one focal point: who do you listen to? I mean, what teachers, mentors, guides really resonate with you? I want to share with you those who have been instrumental in shaping my view of spiritual matters as well as business ones. Maybe you’ll see some familiar faces, maybe you’ll see some new ones. The very first person I listened to in-depth was Dr. Wayne Dyer. Goodness, I inhaled all his material early on. I even went to see him speak and marveled at how he could just talk about these complicated topics off the top of his head. The most important bit of advice I got from Dr. Dyer? “Detach from the outcome.” (hard to do, let me tell you!) That led me to a woman I consider the Mother Superior of the Woo and that’s Caroline Myss. Her seminal book “Anatomy of the Spirit” showing the connectedness of the Hindu chakra system, the seven sacraments of the Christian faith and the Tree of Life from the Kabbalah was light years ahead of its time when it came out in 1997. She was like every nun I had in Catholic school (but in a good way, not in a ‘throw chalk at you for talking in class” way). It’s one of my bucket list items to work with her personally but I’m not sure my overly sensitive self could handle it. I adore her. Every single thing I know about the energy system, I learned from Caroline Myss. My good friend Joy Phillips has studied the archetype system...

It’s all about alignment!

Alignment, baybee! That’s where it’s at! If you’re a member of my free Facebook group “The Business of Intuition“, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re not (horrors!), here’s the scoop. Beth Grant, of Truth and Consciousness has created a brilliant way to work in your business. It’s called the “Archetype Alignment” grid and focuses on using your natural style rather than trying to force yourself into a way that feels uncomfortable to you. Some of us are lucky to intuitively know which archetype is our natural one and that’s really when marketing gets easy and a lot more fun. Some of us follow the big names and are instructed to do it their way and then feel frustrated when our business just dies on the vine.And some of us have no clue at all and wander around in a dark closet, feeling for the doorway. Wouldn’t it be nice to know which marketing style works with your own personality so that there’s a lot more ease and joy in putting yourself out there?  Beth’s grid makes it easy and she offers a lot of support on how to use this information (for free) so if you’re curious about whether you’ve been working in a soulfully-aligned way, check out her site at Truth and Consciousness. I’m telling you all this why? Because I’m currently working my way through the Certified Ambassador program and will soon be using this with my clients in our one-to-one work. The fun is in putting together marketing programs that feel good, are aligned and help you create the consistent income you want. I wish...

If only it was this easy!

A couple weeks ago, I saw someone in an entrepreneurial group talking about how, as a new coach, she made something like $15,000 in the first three months. Good for her, I thought. It’s always nice to see people do well. Then she launched a program to teach others how to do exactly that. And that’s where I furrowed my brow a bit. She posted in this group about how it was a myth that it takes a while to build a solid business because she did it in under six months. And had everyone high-fiving her and congratulating her. Hmmm. Here’s the thing: each person’s success depends on about 800 different factors. And to promise to show someone the way you did it presupposes that they are just like you. Which is not the case, unless you’re an alien of some sort and then maybe, right? Who knows? Someone could have zero clue about anything but have the right energetics and BOOM! $15,000 in a few months. Someone could be doing every single thing the “experts” tells them to do and month after month goes by with zero business because there’s some underlying stuff getting in the way. But saying that doesn’t get you clients, right? It’s so much sexier to say “I made this much money in a short time with little training and you can, too” because we all want to BELIEVE. We want to believe that it’s possible for us. And that building a business doesn’t have to be difficult. It bothers me when programs or courses are put out there telling you how easy...

What to write about if you’re not a writer

I have always been one to communicate (a lot, according to my family) and when blogs were first getting started (way back in the dark ages circa 2002), I took to them like the proverbial duck to you-know-what. Making the transition from that personal blog to blogging for Practically Intuitive was easy for me because my writing voice is exactly the same as my speaking voice. I just changed up what I talked about, mostly. It can be difficult to know what to write about when you first start your online business, especially if writing doesn’t come easily to you. Where do you even start? And, what if you don’t even think anyone is reading it? It’s like blogging into the abyss! What’s the damn point, right? This super article by CoSchedule gives you a great framework for where to start and how to build your content over time. It’s a good read with lots of helpful info for newbies. Lisa’s blogging tips for new intuitives, soul-preneurs and anyone else who wants them 1. Don’t be bummed out if no one comments. I used to get so hung up on that! Do I love them? Yes. Will I die if I don’t have any? No, probably not. Neither will you. Write, share the word about what you’re working on and keep moving. 2. Go visit other blogs and leave good comments there. Not for spamming purposes but to create some energy around you and your business. You’ll get known in places that you might not ordinarily get seen. One of my friends and good clients found me on a Problogger site years...

It’s better to give than receive. Really??

I’ll start this post out by saying that I have a very difficult time receiving. I much prefer giving because, well, it’s easier and more fun for me. Picking out just the right card and gift is an art and it’s one I’m quite good at doing, thankyouverymuch. Still, if you’re always giving and not often receiving (gifts, compliments, help, etc.) then the balance is way off. You aren’t being re-fueled in a way that supports you. Before you know it, you’re depleted and resentful. This was me, several weeks ago. I was all grumbly and sad because it felt like I was giving a lot and no one was giving back.I asked a few trusted friends if I put off the energy of not needing anything and I got a pretty unequivocal YES. It was kind of humbling to realize that I was the one shutting myself off from getting what I most wanted. I was so afraid that I’d come across as a whiny 5-year old, begging someone to pay attention to me, that I managed to go in the opposite direction and act like I needed nothing.Then I ran around feeling hurt because no one paid attention to me. Geez, Lisa. Ah! But there’s a silver lining! Since I’m the one blocking the way, I’m also the one that can move. The shift is mine to make. I’m not sitting around waiting on someone else to change so I can be happy and get what I need. It’s all in my hands. What about you? Are you a perpetual giver but a craptastic receiver? Why might that balance...

Connect with those who said YES to you!

One of the most important parts of creating a business is having a connection with those who want to hear from you. I’ve been writing a newsletter since I started Practically Intuitive in 2010 and I credit much of my success to keeping in touch with my subscribers on a pretty consistent basis.

How NOT to work with your Guide team

Once upon a time in a land far away (better known as 2010) I created something called“Email Coaching with your Guide Team”. Here’s how it worked: each Sunday, I channeled a message from my client’s Guide Team for them to take action on during the week. They’d correspond with me and let me know what happened as a result of that action. Sounded good to me in theory. In practice, not so much. What happened was I started getting emails from my clients asking “what do the guides think I should do about this?” or “what do my guides say I need to do now?” Hmmm.  That wasn’t how I envisioned it. What happened was that I created a space (unintentionally) that fostered a dependence on whatever edict was handed down from the Guide team.  Shoot. Once I saw that, I ended that program quickly because that is so NOT the way to work with these high vibrational beings. They do not wish to foster dependence on their words for they are not the ones taking action here in the physical. You are. You must always be the one to make those choices and when you wait with bated breath for their next utterance, you are giving away your self-authority. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m big on self-authority. Here’s what I wrote about it back in 2011: Self-authority (as I understand it) means having the ability to discern what is for your highest good and acting on it. For example, society’s mores say that you won’t get a good job without...

Interview with Flora Luck

Last December as part of the Magick, Miracles and Mojo Telesummit, I had the opportunity to speak with the lovely Flora Luck. I met Flora in a Facebook group and love the work she’s doing in the world.  You can find her at The Good Luck Lady. She’s sweet and sparkly – magical, really! We had a nice chat about what I do here at Practically Intuitive and what life as a professional intuitive is like. Love to hear your comments on the interview – what was the piece that most resonated with you?   http://www.practicallyintuitive.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/conversation-with-flora-luck.mp3...

Release the Bling!

In the first of a series of posts here on Practically Intuitive, I’ll be sharing where I see budding entrepreneurs get stuck and how to navigate around those pieces. Today, it’s all about stepping away from the bling!

Will people ever open up your gift?

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and are gearing up for theWhoosh! of the Christmas season to fly by. One of my big joys is finding the exact perfect gift for someone.  I pay attention year ’round to things my loved ones mention on Facebook or in conversation in an off-handed way. They don’t even realize I’m listening to what their heart wants but I am. My reward? Watching them open the gift and saying “How did you know I wanted that?” That fills my heart up with an almost indescribable sense of joy. (Parents probably know this well, right?) I bet that’s the feeling the Universe gets when you truly open into your gifts and share them with the world.  You know those gifts – the ones that are so easy for you to do but somehow you find hard to share with the world and (gasp!) get paid for it. Thing is, you might be sharing your gift in the form of trades, barters, discounts or even for free. But let me ask you this: is that REALLY serving people?  Or maybe you find yourself bogged down and overwhelmed with the stuff you have to do for a business: website, emails, marketing, and (horrors!) sales conversations! There is an easier way for people in the world to open your gift. And guess what? When they open your gift, they open the gifts of truth and power within themselves and that is where the magic happens! This is how we change the world – through our gifts. If you know it’s time (and you don’t necessarily FEEL ready), leave a comment below...

Leap and the net will appear, right?

Happy Friday to you! The wind is whipping around outside, my dogs are playing in the leaves and it’s a lovely November day here in Maryland. All I need is a #PSL and life would be darn near perfect! The other night during a conversation with one of my Level One Professional Intuitive Certification students, we touched upon the topic of whether you had to ‘go all in’ and quit your day job to show the Universe that you’re serious about getting an intuitive or healing business going. Some coaches and mentors will tell you YES! Do it! Jump off that cliff! Others will suggest a more conservative approach  – segue into your business by building it part time while you have steady income. What’s the right answer? There isn’t one. Really. What works for me may (or may not) work for you. There is a big difference between trusting the Universe to support you as you do your work AND leaping because ‘well, the net will appear, right?’ – a world of difference, in fact. The good news: YOU CREATE THE NET! The bad news: YOU CREATE THE NET! Translation: it’s up to you how you do it.  Or even *whether* you do it. No matter what, the important thing is that you think it through.  Make sure your decision makes sense for your life AND your business.  I’ve known people who have planned it out meticulously and I’ve known people who just said “I’m outta here!” and somehow made it happen. It’s entirely up to you. You get to choose how and when to make the shift.  Sometimes you’re ready but can’t quite pull the plug out...