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By Lisa Wechtenhiser

stop chasing wrong thingsI’ve had many, many (MANY!) intuitive readings in my life. Some were interesting and helpful. Some were interesting and not-so-helpful and some were downright wastes of time and money. It’s sort of the nature of the beast, you know? You pays your money and you takes your chances. 🙂

It is a good practice, however, to be clear what you are seeking when you book an intuitive reading (with me or any reader/healer) and have an intention for the work you will do with them. It is this focus and intention that sets the stage for the work you do together and what you carry forward after the session ends.

Suggestion Number One: Do research on the person with whom you want to work.

All intuitives, psychics and healers are not alike. (And yey for that!) I have the amazing ability to hear Guides and Teachers in Spirit and help you hear them as clearly as I do. Others use tarot cards and read the story within and give you guidance based on that. Still others work in the Akashic records to help clear past agreements that no longer resonate. Whatever the modality for healing, the important piece is that you know how they work and whether it’s a fit for what you need.

Recently, someone booked a reading with me at the suggestion of her friend. Apparently, this person’s understanding of the word psychic didn’t match what it is I do because she was disappointed that I didn’t tell her the future or give her a timeline for what was going to be happening. That’s not what I do nor what I claim to do. I have three years of blog posts, podcasts and all kinds of information here on the site that tells you who I am, what I do, what I believe and how it might (or might not) work for you. Because she didn’t do her research to see if what I offer matches what she needs, she really didn’t get out of the reading what she wanted. (And that made me sad because I really want my readings to bring enormous value, you know?)

And it’s okay that not every healer or intuitive will feel right to you for reasons you probably couldn’t articulate if you tried. There are healers I know whose energy feels “pointy” to me. I know they’re quite good at what they do but I don’t care for “pointy” energy. (I know it when I feel it.) So, I don’t work with those individuals. That’s what is right for me. What is right for you? Only you know. But if you don’t do your due diligence and research, you may find you wasted your money and time on someone who isn’t a match for what you want and need out of the reading.

Suggestion Number Two: Be sure you’re in a place where you can take in the information and act on it.

Some of the less helpful readings I got were purchased on a whim, like at a psychic fair, or someone sitting at a table in a bookstore. There’s all kinds of noise, chaos and funky energies rolling around at these things and I find that as soon as I stand up from the table, I’ve forgotten most of what that person has said to me. How is that reading at all helpful to me if I don’t take it in and (duh!) remember it? Yeah, not at all. (By no means the fault of the reader, I want to add. They may be incredibly good but I haven’t given myself the opportunity to ‘hear’ any of it.)

A reading bringing through guidance from your higher self, your Guide team, from the Akashic records are all sacred communications, I’ve learned. It’s not a parlor game (or it shouldn’t be, in my opinion) – it is communication just for you from those divine beings who unconditionally care about and love you. Take it seriously and put yourself in a space where you’ll get the best use out of the guidance. Otherwise, you are wasting your time (and money).

Suggestion Number Three: Set an intention before you have the reading

Many clients come to me with the vague request: “What do my Guides want me to know?” That’s pretty broad, right? The Guides want you to know a lot of things. 🙂

Come with specific questions or a topic around which to work. The Guides work better when you give them a focus. Now, in a sixty-minute session, there’s plenty of time to look at different things and I often do with my clients (and find that they all tie together in some fashion at the end) but if you’re getting a shorter reading and come with questions like “how’s my health?” or “I’m not happy. Why?” – that is way too broad for a twenty or even thirty minute call.

It’s usually true that when you engage someone for a reading or healing, you have the underlying issue rolling around in your head somewhere. Something is bothering you enough to pay someone to give you some enlightenment on that topic, right? Then dig a bit into that thing that’s bothering you so you come to the call with what you hope to learn about this issue or what the next steps might be.

Specific is better than broad when doing intuitive work.

Intuitive work and asking someone into your energy is a sacred thing. Don’t give that away lightly.

Know who you’re working with, do it in a way that honors the divine quality of the information and bring a clear and specific intention to the session. You’ll be sure to gain valuable insight and actionable steps when you do this.

Trust me.

Am I the best fit for your inner soul work? If you’re not sure, contact me and let’s talk. I can explain what I do and how it might benefit you and see if it’s a match. And remember that you can always start with a lower investment reading on Super Session Saturdays and test the waters.