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Podcast #47: What’s the big deal about coaches, anyway?

Coaching is a pretty big deal these days.
There are business coaches, personal coaches, and of course, the time-tested sports coach.
All of them help us be our best self with some (often tough) love, perseverance and holding a vision for us we cannot yet hold.
In today’s podcast, I talk about how eye-opening it is to have a coach in an area where you are particularly vulnerable.
Listen in!

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Podcast #47  What’s the big deal about coaches?

Hi everyone and welcome to the Practically Intuitive podcast. I’m Lisa from PracticallyIntuitive.com and on these podcasts I talk about all kinds of things from chit chatting with the dead to how to live your life consciously to bringing more self-authority into your life.

I like to keep the focus on practical matters so you can see that the woo-woo isn’t all ‘out there’ somewhere but right inside you.  All you have to do is decide to use it.

Today I’m asking the question: What’s the big deal about coaches? Good lord, there are coaches everywhere: life coaches, business coaches, sports coaches – well, they’ve been around forever, haven’t they?  There’s a coach for just about anything you want to learn about.

Do you even need one? I mean, you could go to a therapist or talk to your best friend over lattes or journal your butt off. Same thing, right?

No, not so much.

Here’s why: when you engage a coach, you are saying YES to seeing things differently. You are being willing to allow someone in close enough to see you and help you see the things you’re missing.

Well, doesn’t a therapist do that?  Kinda sorta but in general, a therapist has more of a focus on what’s happened in the past,  helping you untangle what got you here and offers strategies to integrate the healing into your life.  It’s a very structured relationship with tight ethical boundaries as proscribed by law.

A coach, on the other hand, is often a less-formal kind of relationship, more of a partnership where they walk along side you, pointing out the rocks and stuff so you don’t fall.  Coaches are more actively involved in your life than a therapist might be.

I’ve had a couple coaches in my life along with therapists (often at the same time!) and each has their role in helping me navigate the icky stuff in my life (and celebrate the wonderful stuff!).

As I’ve said in the past, I don’t fear emotional work.  So, I’m probably an ideal client because I love to get in there and dig around.

But I really came to understand the role of a coach in a setting that was, for me, very different.  And I wanted to share with you how it really brought home how much we thrive with the right support.

Yes, I went to the crossfit appointment and though I felt intimidated, I showed up.  Shannon greeted me and asked a bunch of questions and tried to get a feel for where I am physically. She had no judgment and I felt seen and heard as I sat on the couch and cried. (Still with the crying, I know!)

While I had some little fantasy of being taken to a room off the side where chubby chicks can crossfit without embarrassment, that was not quite the reality.

She put me right out in front of all the grunting, sweaty guys lifting weights.  And she stepped me through a short version of a crossfit work out.

I lost my fear, I lost my intimidation and all I felt was “I can do this!” because she helped me every step of the way.  She truly coached me in a way I’ve never experienced before because I’ve never, ever put my physical self out there that way before.

I signed up right then and there for twelve 30 minute appointments (2x a week) because she helped me see myself through her eyes.

One of the things I do well is see the potential in others. As a coach myself, I hold that vision until my client can see that potential too.  Then we walk toward it together.

This is what Shannon did for me last week.  She held the vision that I can trust my body to do these things.  And while I may not believe in that yet, I believe in her belief in me. For right now, that’s enough to get me to crossfit Mondays and Wednesday.

Can you imagine how much you’d thrive with just the right support?

Do you even know what that looks like?  I’d love to hear what you consider to be “just the right support” to help you move in the direction of your goals.

Please share in the comments below because while coaches are an awesome resource, they’re not the only ones who can give us what we need.  Who has supported you?

Finally, I’m really excited to be part of Jodi Chapman’s E-course called “Coming Back to Life”.  I’m involved in Week 4 which is all about opening to your intuition.  I’ve recorded a video with some hints and tips and things to look out for as you dive even more deeply into your inner wisdom.

You can join before 9/1 for the special earlybird price of 77$ and have this course delivered right to your inbox starting October 1st.  Lots of great people are sharing their stories and it looks to be chock full of information and practical exercises to help re-awaken your soul to the work it came here to do.

That’s a wrap for this week –  I hope you’ll come by the Practically Intuitive facebook page, there’s always something going on there!

Until next time, this is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com Bye for now!





Podcast #46: I’m so scared, you guys!

In today’s podcast, I’m sharing a secret with you guys. It was pretty profound when it smacked me on the head and I’m letting you in on my epiphany.

But don’t tell, okay?

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Podcast #46: I’m so scared, you guys!

Hi everyone and welcome to the Practically Intuitive Podcast.  This is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com.

Were you following along with me through the July Ultimate Blog Challenge? I went above and beyond and made it to 34 straight days of posting before I stopped.  I wanted to keep going but had three sessions and a long chat with a friend in crisis Saturday and just ran out of wisdom and oomph for the day.  I’ll be picking it back up though perhaps not at an everyday pace as before.   I found my writing mojo and really enjoyed it.

Today I’m going to share a secret with you and you have to promise me that you won’t tell anyone, okay? Promise?

I’m scared to death.  I mean like really scared.  Almost paralyzed scared.

Of what?

The coming end of the world according to the Myans?  Oh heck no! I’m ready for that.

Of riding a bike down the side of a volcano in Hawaii? Nah, been there, done that. (Well, done part of that until I almost plunged myself off the side and rode the rest of the way down in a car.)

Nope, I’m scared of going for a complimentary session at the local Crossfit gym.  (If you aren’t familiar with crossfit, it’s involves working from your core using kettlebells, weights and other strength training methods.)

The thing is, I’m not even going for a workout! I’m going for a free session to see if this is right for me.

I’m scared to pieces.

So what the heck is my deal??

Surely, you’ve heard me mention David Neagle, right? He’s a coach, yes, but more than that he’s a modern philosopher.  He takes ages-old wisdom and makes it understandable and practical for us today.  Once in a while, he reads passages from books such as Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” or Raymond Holliwell’s “Working with the Law” and I think to myself : “I know he’s speaking English and I recognize those words but I have no idea what he’s saying.”

But then when David breaks it down and translates it, I get it.  I see the wisdom inherent in the words and how to put it into action.  He has a no-nonsense, take no BS kind of approach (much like Caroline Myss) and I love it.

Anyway, back to my story.  I’ve been participating in Neagle’s course called “The Miracle of Money: Know your enemy”.  During this week’s lecture he challenged us by saying that limitation was all in our mind.  That limitation was an illusion.

He asked us to step into the understanding that God is within us.  He defined seeing God within us in part as  “the side of us that’s capable of accomplishing anything” and asked this very pointed question:  “What do you need to walk though in your life to show you that God is inside you?”

And my response?


Why? Well, he went on to ask us to look at one thing we are almost certain we can’t do.  The thing that scares us the most.  The thing that causes us to run away.


I can do deep emotional work on my own or with clients and I revel in it.  I can go to hell and back with someone and never question it or worry that I won’t get through it.  But put me squarely in my body and ask me to do something hard and I’m a mess of jello.

Not only does a crossfit workout put you right into that body, it asks you to test the limits of what your physical body can do.  Yeah, no.  I can barely even think about that.

I have no burning desire to do this.  What I do have is a teeny tiny nudge that started when my pal AJ mentioned a website where they cook special protein based meals for you and deliver them for pickup at local crossfit gyms.  Finding out that they deliver to one near me was pretty cool.  I looked around the crossfit site and thought it was interesting but not for me.  On I went with my little life.

When David Neagle posed the question about the thing we are certain we can’t do – it hit me so hard and so fast that I almost passed out. Mind you, I was driving at the time so that’s not a good thing.

This morning I sent an email to the local crossfit gym explaining my situation and asking if the program was appropriate for me or should I start in another place.  The response I got back made me burst into tears.

In part, she said:

  This entire thing is a process and it is HARD to change habits after a lifetime of not knowing what we didn’t know!  You are NOT the only one who feels this way and good on you for wanting to make changes in your life.  We do not take this lightly and know that we are here to support you through your journey.

So, that being said, “CrossFit” can be a solution for anyone.  Literally ALL of our workouts can be scaled to meet anyone’s fitness level so please don’t be scared.  I fully understand how intimidating it looks but I promise that our community doesn’t bite.  This is about YOU as well, so don’t worry, we don’t expect you to compete with the likes of the people on the videos you may have seen on CrossFit.com.

As soon as I read her email (and dried my eyes), I went to facebook and the first picture that popped up on my wall was an illustrated quote  by Louise Hay that said “Be willing to take the first step no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn.  Absolute miracles will happen”

Okay, so more tears. (And yeah, what’s with the waterworks??)

I may find out that crossfit isn’t right for me but I won’t know for sure until I go.  Just getting there is a bit step for me.

And my secret?

I’m not telling anyone – not the husband, not the cousin who is herself a crossfit queen, not my best buddy at work because I’ll be setting myself up for their judgment.  And I need to just go on my own and listen to my own inner voice that’s nudging me forward.

But I am telling you guys because I want to show you that we all have our hard things to work through. I easily swim in deep emotion but being in my body scares me to death.  Someone else might be Joe Bodybuilder but is terrified at the thought of putting himself out there and being vulnerable.   We all have our own issues and fears.

Neagle says that the goal is not the point at all.  The jewel is what you go through getting there.  All the lessons you need and want are right there.

I’ll let you guys know how it goes as I step forward into what scares me to death.

What is your one thing that you’re almost certain you can’t do? Is the limitation for real or is it created in your mind to keep you safe?

To help you not only pinpoint what that is but what your sweet, special nudge forward might be, I’m inviting you to a private one-on-one call with me at a special discounted rate just for the month of August.

The warm response I got back from Drea at the crossfit gym helped me realize even more how much it means to have someone who understands what you’re struggling with.

I can be that one for you and help find that place inside you that is stronger than you know.

That’s all for this week.  I hope you’ll keep checking in at Practically Intuitive.com for my posts and join me over on facebook as well.

This is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com – bye for now!

Podcast #23: Who is YOUR mirror? Why we sometimes react so strongly to others

If you’ve had a strong emotional reaction to something that’s hella out of proportion to whatever it is, you can bet cash money that it’s pinging something inside you that needs to surface.

We are all mirrors for each other – for better or worse. Mostly, it’s all just lessons. (I know! Isn’t every dag thing a lesson???)

Today’s podcast sheds some light on those mirrors and what to do about it when they show you a side you don’t like.

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Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain

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Am I your mirror? Are you mine?

Hi everyone and welcome to the weekly Practically Intuitive podcast. This is Lisa and this is my podcast about matters intuitive, spiritual and whatever rolls around in my head. If there’s a topic you’d like to know more about, please let me know either by email or leave a comment on this post over at PracticallyIntuitive.com. I’d love to answer your questions!

Just a reminder about the holiday discounts I’m offering – a one hour intuitive reading is $23 off the normal price, a 30-minute reading carries a $13 discount and the one hour cord-cutting is $28 off! And, as a special offer for my podcast listeners, if you purchase a session as a gift for yourself or someone else, I will give you my e-book “Trust What You Get” absolutely free! When you make your purchase, please just note PODCAST OFFER in the paypal comments box and I’ll send the Ebook right to you. (Please note that the holiday discounts and free e-books expire after Christmas 2011.)

So, what are we talking about today?

I am the metaphysical book reviewer for Pathways Magazine and I get sent a lot of books for possible review. It’s almost like a dream come true for me! More books and free ones at that! I recently received a 25th anniversary edition of “Living in the Light” by Shakti Gawain. Have you heard of it? I remember buying it many years ago but don’t recall reading it. (I think my addiction is to buying books and not always reading said books. But I digress.)

Anyway, I paged through it to get a feel for whether it’s something I want to review for the next edition and found a lot of good, relevant information on living intuitively. The more I read it, the more it resonated with me. It’s a really good book with lots of practical exercises and grounded information. I highly recommed it!

What piqued my interest and what I’m talking about today is something from that very book. Learning to view the world as your mirror. Think of everything you like and enjoy about your life right now. You created these things. They are your mirrors.

Other people in your life? Also your mirrors. Gawain says this: “If you are emotionally triggered by something a person does, the two of you are probably mirrors for each other. It may appear that you have opposing viewpoints, but internally you are probably similar. One of you is acting out one side of the internal conflict while the other plays out the other side.”

You just know I have a true-life example of this don’t you?? Ah, you all know me too well.

Once upon a time, I worked in an office next to a really nice woman. Usually, we got along fine. But she had this really deferential thing going on around the men in our office. As if they were always the authority figure or something even when they weren’t her direct supervisor. She’d go into subservient mode around them. I half expected to see her bowing and scraping as they walked by! And this was someone who knew the business inside and out and could dance circles around them knowledge-wise. It drove me nuts to see her do this.

Even before reading Shakti’s book, I knew that this was all about me and not so much about her. I mean, really, what does it matter to me in the scheme of things if she wanted to be so deferential? How was that impacting my life? It wasn’t.

So, it really must be about what it’s stirring up for me. Where in my life was I giving away my power? To whom was I being deferential? Was there room for me to make some changes?

I really did some soul-searching about it and made some small steps toward standing in my own power wherever it was needed. That was a good look in the mirror for me.

Another example of this concept was a co-worker who came and went all day as she pleased without consequence. I managed to work myself up into such a frenzy about it that I had to leave work early one day, I was just that angry.

Again, her doing that had little or no impact on me so why the full-blown meltdown? It was all a reflection of how I was feeling so imprisoned in my job and was angry about having to be there and be the one who cannot come and go at will.

When you experience an emotional reaction that feels really out of balance to what is happening, it’s almost a sure bet that it’s your shadow side poking at you, screaming to be heard. My shadow side reacts loudly to loss of power (in the first case) and being tied down (in the second) and let me know it. Big time.

By looking at these things as a reflection of what was being pinged inside me, I was able to bring them to the surface and get them out. The one where I felt like I was in prison? That was a lot of work unearthing and releasing. It was pretty deep and actually from previous lifetimes. Since it came screaming to the surface, I was ready to acknowledge and release it. So, I did.

Now? She still comes and goes and every now and again it pokes me but not like it did before. And when it does, I try to do something that makes me feel freer and not so tied down. I pay attention to those kinds of mirrors and know that it’s all about what’s going on inside me.

Are there situations in your life where the emotional response is out of balance to what’s really going on? I would invite you to write about it (or talk into a recorder if writing isn’t your thing) so that you can process and release it. If it’s showing up in a big way, it’s time to look at it and work through the ick so you can move forward. What’s that saying “What you resist, persists?” – so true. Until you pay attention and process what’s being shown to you, it will keep coming back like a cosmic 2 x 4 in bigger and bigger ways.

I’ll close this week’s podcast with the exercise from the book “Living in the Light” by Shakti Gawain:


Thanks, as always, for listening. This is Lisa from PracticallyIntuitive.com – have a wonderful “looking in the mirror” filled week! Bye for now!

Podcast #16: Loosen the chains that bind you: How to finally let go of the past

Wanna loosen the chains that bind you?

What’s stopping you from moving on in your life?

Find out more about what energetic cords of attachment are, how they show up and how things are different once you remove what no longer serves you!

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Previous posts and podcasts about cutting energetic cords:

Three Reasons to Cut a Cord of Attachment

Weekly Podcast #4: Toxic Cords and Why They Need to Go

Q&A on Cords of Attachment

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Hi everyone. Welcome back to the Practically Intuitive podcast. I’m Lisa from Practicallyintuitive.com. Thanks for tuning in.

Today I’m revisiting the topic of energetic cords of attachment because there’s a lot of interest in this subject in the woo-woo world but not a whole lot of information. I’ve had many clients say how much it’s changed their life and they hadn’t even realized that something like this existed until they tried it. It’s a game changer, I will agree. And in many ways, both subtle and not-so subtle. So, let’s talk about this again.

First, let me define what an energetic cord of attachment is for you: an energetic cord of attachment is an energy structure between two people that causes patterns from the past to continue into the present. Cords distort thinking and feeling, moving people around like puppets.

Just because you can’t physically see the cords doesn’t mean they arent there, allowing the energy to move back and forth between you and another person.

So, how does a cord of attachment show up in someone’s life? In an earlier podcast, I talked about my mom and how one thing her mother said to her had a profound effect on her life (and not in a positive way). Her mother made an offhand remark about my mother’s lack of skills in mathematics and for whatever reason, it stayed with my mother all her life – coloring her feeling about her own self worth. It seems strange in retrospect that one comment like that could affect self-worth to that degree but I bet you can relate. We all have our vulnerabilities and that comment just pinged my mom in one of those places.

Now, had she known about this wonderful healing, she could have cut that cord with my grandmother – the cord that recycled those comments, vulnerabilities and pain all day, every day – and been able to move on without hearing the words “you’re a dummy” in the back of her head.

Imagine you were stuck in a room with the most horrendous music playing all the time until it’s in your brain permanently and you think you’re going crazy. And then one day, the music stops. All of a sudden. And you’re no longer being tortured by it. You can hear your own thoughts again and everything isn’t crowded out by this sound.

That’s what it’s like when you cut a cord of attachment with someone. You can hear YOUR own thoughts again; feel YOUR own feelings. Uncolored by their influence. Makes a big difference.

The results of not having that influence? Good question. It depends on what each person chooses to do now that things are different.

When I’ve had cords cut with various individuals in my life, the feeling I was left with was as if I were watching it all on a movie screen. It created a lot of distance for me so things didn’t ping my vulnerable spots so much and I was able to make different, better choices in my life. It’s not a magic cure-all but it is an amazing gift to give yourself if you want to create something new in your life.

Just to be clear: each cord holds the toxic energies between you and that person and only those toxic energies are removed. All the nice lovey feelings that were once there or are still there remain – those are called spiritual ties and they always remain. Just the yucky stuff goes.

When I facilitate the cord cutting (working with Archangels Michael and Raphael along with your choice of a high vibrational divine being), not only is the cord cut, but I’ll look at some of the dynamics within that cord – how it showed up in your life and how things can change now that the energy is no longer running around in your auric field.

We also do a nice before and after picture of your aura so that you can see how things have changed on that energetic level. As I said, since it’s done on a whole different plane, it’s easy to think that nothing has changed because while you may feel lighter and happier as we end the session, the real shifts come later on down the road. Just because it’s easy, don’t be fooled into thinking nothing has happened. That’s how things work on that plane – easy and permanent. Nice, eh?

I’ve been on both sides of this healing and I can tell you that it’s made a big difference in my own life. The more I release of what no longer serves me, the faster I move through my work and the higher I evolve on my path.

Don’t live your life dragged down by someone’s bad juju with you – free yourself to be the very best YOU you can be. That’s what you’re here to do, after all.

I’d love to help empower you to make these changes in your own life. If cord cutting resonates with you, let’s set up a session. There’s lots of testimonials on my site from those who have have cord cutting sessions with me that speak to what a difference it’s made in their life. Trust in that, trust in yourself to know when to make a change. I’m right here when you’re ready.

A quick heads up for you all – I’m working on a new tele-class to be offered soon taking what I taught in “Trust What You Get” even deeper. In March of this year, I taught a 3 part tele-class about learning how to trust what you get through your intuition and working with your Guides and Teachers. In this new class, I’ll be taking you all a bit deeper into that work so that you won’t need to ask for signs – you’ll know what to do after tapping into your higher self. Look for a newsletter in the coming weeks announcing the dates of the class as well as a couple other goodies.

Thanks for listening, as always. Have a wonderful week! This is Lisa from Practically Intuitive. Bye for now!

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Podcast #15: Avoiding the baseball bat to the head: How to prevent small life lessons from escalating into big, painful ones

Have you been hit by the Universe’s baseball bat when you won’t take care of something in your life?

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose to get the nudges before they become cracks to your head. Much easier (and less painful!) that way, yes?

In today’s podcast, I talk more about this and share an experience in my own life where I didn’t pay attention soon enough and got “the bat”.

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Practically Intuitive podcast – I’m Lisa from Practically Intuitive, and this is my weekly platform to discuss lots of things related to using your intuition in all facets of your life.

So, yeah. Am I gonna have to slug you in the head with a baseball bat? That would hurt, don’t you think?

(I hear you all saying “Lisa, what are you blathering about??”)

I am talking about learning the lessons that come to you throughout your life. Some big ones, lots of small ones, some you didn’t plan, lots you did. All lessons.

And the Universe has many ways of respecting our free will to accept those lessons (or not, as the case may be). It offers a nudge, a reminder, clues and a whole bunch of other little ways for us to see the issue at hand. Most times, these are pretty gentle.

What if, though, you don’t see what’s going on? What if you see but don’t act? What then? well, that’s when the Universe’s baseball bat comes out. A metaphorical one, of course, but it can hurt just the same.

Wouldn’t you rather get your lessons as nudges rather than a bat to the back of the head? I know I would and while I like to think I’m pretty conscious about things, I, too have my blind side. I’ve been hit with the bat a couple times in my life and one of those times is going on right now. It’s regarding a situation at my day job that I’ve known was brewing but for some reason, I thought I could handle it all. Sure, I can do two jobs, right?

Yeah, no, not so much. The baseball bat to the head was a couple weeks of drama and tension and unhappiness until I finally accepted the reality of the situation. Looking back, I see the nudges I was given, I see the excuses I made and I now see how I have gotten to the point where quitting that job is a very real option if I want to keep my mind/body/spirit intact.

One of the most important ways you can make your life a lot easier is to watch for the nudges, watch for the clues about these lessons. Then, DO SOMETHING based on that knowledge. Ignoring it because you don’t want to see it or deal with it puts you on the road to “Bat to the head” avenue.

Using my own situation, let me show you some places where I could have acted but chose not to thus setting me up for the bat:

Part of my persona at work was “the one who could help or fix everything for you” and while I liked being that person most of the time, I was unable to separate out what I could reasonably do with what was too much for me to take on.

Now, having realized that, I could have spoken up to my boss and said “I can do this and this but not that,” and let someone else step up. That would have been a good way to avoid the bat to the head.

Instead, I chose to get all martyr-like about it and just take on the work of two people while seething inside. Hoping that someone would see what was going on and magically take it out of my hands, I struggled through day after day.

Not quite bat time but clearly me not paying attention – it was staying in my comfort zone (by being the martyr – and thanks mom for all the training in that skill!) by being the one who can do it all.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it suddenly dawns on me that I come home every night with a head on overload. Mostly, I sit and stare at a wall or surf the net randomly. I’ve lost my creativity, my joy for doing this intuitive work and my zest for life.

That’s okay, I think. Things will get better – someone will realize what’s going on and help me, right?

Another week goes by, the co-worker who wasn’t doing well is moved to another office. All his work, his full-time work, gets dumped on me now along with my other full-time duties. I go into the bathroom at work and cry.

Surely someone will realize this and come save me, won’t they?

End of the week – still staring at the wall, still not finding my joy and realizing I’m in deeper than I had ever, ever planned to be. Life as I know it sucks hard.

CRACK! That was the sound of the bat. I realized I had let myself get into this mess all along. No one was coming to save me. No one. I am the only one who can save myself.

This realization caused a wee breakdown but out of that came some big clarity. I have to lay down some boundaries now – such as handling one job or the other but not both – if I am ever to have my soul back. Doing this work with practically intuitive feeds my soul and if I’m not doing that work, then I’ve lost my biggest source of joy. The prospect of losing that and all the work I’ve put into it because I won’t speak up really hit me hard.

And it moved me into action. I’ve asked the Universe to show me all possible options for my next move whether that’s looking for a new job, speaking up at the old one and saying what I can and cannot do, even if it feels like letting everyone down, or some other thing yet to be determined.

It took me facing the loss of all I love and have worked for to prod me out of my “I can do everything “ box and I’m glad. I wish I had caught it sooner and made my voice heard at work but that’s okay. I got it just in time.

What is going on in your own life that you are tolerating? Will it take a bat to your head to get you to change direction? Or is there some smaller nudge that might do the same thing?

The lessons are the same whether you are getting a gentle nudge or a thwack of the bat. Really. So get it while it’s still gentle, okay?

Thanks for listening – this is Lisa from Practically Intuitive. Have a lovely week! Bye for now.

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Podcast #13: Spiritual Addiction 101

What is a spiritual addiction?

I talk all about it in today’s podcast and give ideas on how you can bring your quest for spiritual fulfillment into balance.

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Mentioned in podcast: Book review in Pathways Magazine – see pp 61-62

Podcast Transcript

from Practically Intuitive Podcasts

Wow, I can’t believe it’s October already and I’m on podcast #13! Hi everyone and welcome back to the weekly Practically Intuitive Podcast. I’m Lisa from Practically Intuitive – thanks for listening in!

My newly-redesigned website is up and running and I’m so excited about it. I’ll be adding more things to it as time goes by such as the book reviews I am doing for Pathways Magazine, mentoring packages to help you step into the light with your intuitive skills and lots more so bookmark it and come on back. You’ll find the weekly podcast posted on Monday and then something written on Thursdays.

And now, on to today’s topic: Spiritual Addiction (or, as Anna Conlan calls it “Spiritual Imbalance”). What is it? And if you are addicted, how can you bring more balance into your life?

Being out of balance happens in all areas, not just spiritual. You could eat only crap from McDonalds and no veggies and that’s being nutritionally out of balance. You could exercise 37 days a week and spend no time with your kids. That’s out of balance as well. Get the picture? Anything you do that is out of proportion to the rest of your life can cause problems. I don’t have to tell you that – it’s common sense, right?

So, what’s the deal with spiritual addiction?

Many of us, myself fully included in this group, really go overboard when first stepping into the spiritual world. It just feeds our soul and we all just “get it” and feel like we see everything through different eyes.

What’s wrong with that? Well, nothing really as long as you understand that learning, growing, doing things on your spirit filled path is but a part of the whole picture. When it becomes everything to you, at the expense of your daily life here in the physical, then it becomes a kind of addiction, like food or drugs or alcohol. When it prohibits your functioning in the material world, it’s an addiction.

For me, learning things like energy healing, Reiki, Law of Attraction stuff comes so easily. I don’t have to study. It’s like my major in college, counseling psychology, was a breeze to me. I absorbed the information and it somehow stayed with me. Seriously, I could easily be a perpetual student. I love learning. It’s that simple.

And because it came so easily to me, I devoured it like a starving person. It filled me up in a big way. That’s all fine and good.

Thing is – you have to do something with all you’ve learned or your hunger for it becomes that kind of imbalance. Like it’s all stuck up in your head as information but has no sense of practicality.

With any kind of thing you really dig, it’s got to have a place in your life. And it’s got to be balanced out with other more mundane things. Remember “Rockin’ the Woo-dane”? That’s what I’m talking about here. Your spiritual self is but a part of your overall self. It’s not the sum total of who you are.

If you find yourself a bit unbalanced in the search for your spiritual self, there are lots of ways to bring yourself back into balance. When I’ve done a few readings in a row and find myself flying along on the high high vibrations, I go out and hug a tree. I really actually do. We have several large trees here and hanging on to them reminds me that my feet are here, planted on this earth for a reason.

You can hug a tree, walk barefoot in the grass, eat some chocolate, go for a walk, hug your kids or partner – anything that calls you to be present and in your body will help you find that balance. Don’t let your search to find that spirit filled piece of you take over your whole life. It will come whether you go at it guns a’blazing or not, I promise. The most important thing is to use the information you’re gaining, whether in a reading, a healing or a class in your own life. Bring it down into the physical and use it to make things easier and better for you. Once you’ve integrated it, then you can take another bite and enjoy it even more because you’ve shifted from working with that last bit of information.

Balance and integration will help you grow in all ways: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Leave any of them out and you’re heading toward an imbalance and you don’t want that. For me, it was the physical part – and this year has been all about learning to live fully in my body as a part of the greater picture. Taking pilates was the first step and I can’t tell you how hard it was to pull my spirit back into my body – I was so used to flying around out there untethered. (And I’ll admit to you that several times I almost started crying in class because it was so hard to come back down into my body.) But you know what? I got there. Week by week by week. And now? Body and soul happily work together during class.

Balance and integration, y’all. That’s the key.

Thanks, as always, for tuning in. You can always find me over at PracticallyIntuitive.com. Enjoy the lovely fall weather and I’ll see you next week. Bye for now!

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