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Have you ever met someone out of the blue and you just “click”? It’s as if you’ve known this person all your life, right? Experiences like that don’t happen all that often so they sort of stand out. Well, I had that experience when I first happened upon Slade Roberson of Shift your Spirits. I knew when I saw his blog’s tag line (83% fewer hearts and flowers than the leading New Age blather) we’d get along fine. He’s amazingly down-to-earth and yet so very connected to Guides in Spirit. I read just about everything on his site in record time. My brain was like a sponge because the way he discussed topics that aren’t easily quantifiable spoke to me.

I recently finished a Professional Intuitive Training class with Slade and am featured along with others who have completed the course on his site, Automatic Intuition. (More about all that later.)

In Slade’s recent entry (found here), he talks about not seeing the forest for the trees when it comes to your intuitive gifts. Many people who have amazing gifts often feel disheartened if they cannot “see” someone’s aura or “hear” the voice of their Spirit Guide. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment from Slade’s post:

Intuition is something we all have, we already possess, we already use, whether we are conscious of it or not. One of the main things that I establish with clients and students is to start with what is already present.

It really is. My friends remind me of this often when I tell them to “just listen” for your Guides. “But Lisa, we all don’t hear them the way you do!” For me, it’s like breathing and so I’ve assumed others can do that as well. Not so. One of my friends feels things acutely in her body when she does Reiki for someone. Another friend can see someone’s energy field in her mind’s eye and share what is showing up there from a physical perspective. I can’t do either of those things. Does that mean I can’t pick up information intuitively? Nope. It just means that I have to work with what I have right now. Perhaps I will become conscious of those skills sometime. Perhaps not. But using what you already have and are aware of is a huge piece of doing this work. Any work, spiritual or not.

Slade finishes his post with this gem:

If you go looking for what you do not possess, expecting not to find it — guess what? You probably won’t!

If you affirm and focus on starting out wherever you are, with whatever you have, you are already on the path to true development.

Start where you are. Easy as pie, right? 🙂