How To Develop Your Psychic & Intuitive Abilities - Part 1

This blog post was written in response to a question emailed to me by one of my clients. It was such a good question that I thought it deserved a blog post (or 2, or 3)!

Andrea's Question: "Do you have any recommendations about how one should go about furthering their psychic abilities? I've read tarot cards on and off, and seem to have a knack, and then of course there's my natural ability to "read" people. But not necessarily with dates & times and all that predictive stuff"


My Response: I personally like to learn experientially in a hands-on fashion, but my very earliest experiences with the intuitive realms involved private exploration of dreams and dream journaling, astrology, tarot and paganism. I began learning about these things in my early teens and have gone on to develop my natural intuitive abilities (which we all have) with the help of teachers, through group classes, workshops, lectures, books and private sessions with healers and intuitive guides.

Dreams:

I started out by working with my dreams and recommend keeping a dream journal by your bed where you can record dreams when you wake up or by setting an alarm clock to wake yourself up at an odd hour to facilitate dream remembrance. Significant dreams will stay with you and resonate for years to come and you will begin to know which dreams are significant with practice. You can also work with lucid dreaming or by asking yourself a question before falling asleep and requesting that the answer come to you in a dream. Often dreams will allow you to re-connect with deceased friends or relatives and sometimes you may astro travel as well.


Recommended books: “Symbols for Self Understanding” by Betty Bethard

Astrology:

There is much more to astrology than just your sun sign (determined by the day you were born.) Becoming involved with the study of the planets and stars will expand your awareness on a universal level connecting you with the bigger picture crossing generations and even universes. My own studies in metaphysics began with dreams, then astrology.


Recommended books: The Only Way To Learn Astrology (6 Volumes) by Marion March & Joan McEvers, Planets in Transit by Robert Hand, Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller, The Liquid Light of Sex by Barbara Hand Clow, The Changing Sky by Steven Forrest

Recommended magazine: The Mountain Astrologer

Recommended authors & teachers: Steven Forrest, Barbara Hand Clow


Tarot:

Tarot decks are a whole world onto themselves and can involve you in an ancient study of images and symbols with mysterious origins. Working with tarot cards has allowed me to access the many realms depicted in the cards. By working with a Pre-Celtic Shamanistic deck called The Greenwood Deck I first encountered one of my main spirit guides while meditating upon the Ancestor card.


Recommended books: Tarot For Yourself by Mary K. Greer

Paganism & Goddess Worship:

I became involved with the study of paganism and ancient goddess religions when I was at university taking a Women’s Studies class, but was first introduced on a personal level to this topic by a male friend of mine who liked to dress up as Pan on Halloween. I have attended several goddess groups and pagan rituals but prefer to practice my own solitary, eclectic and personal blend of reverence for Mother Earth.


Recommended books: The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas (archaeology), The Motherpeace deck and book by Vicki Noble, The Book of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

Recommended authors, teachers & leaders: Starhawk, Szusanna Budapest, COG (Covenant of the Goddess)

This blog post details how I developed my own metaphysical practises and studies and I hope you will expand upon these suggestions in your own personal way. Upcoming posts will delve into: shamanism, energy healing, herbs, mediumship, crystal healing, channeling, psychic work, law of attraction, meditation, yoga and past life regression.

To read more posts about My Psychic Background please click here and for Psychic Development please click here.

A Dream Collection featuring the Artists of Etsy


"You may find your thought processes turning inward this month, so be on the lookout for some amazing dreams."

This was a comment featured in last month's New Moon Newsletter and boy, I wasn't kidding! Here is a recent collection of dreams donated by the creative artists and crafters over at Etsy. Sweet Dreams to All! (and don't let the bed bugs bite!)

SpasticRabbit's Dream:
Me and some friends were at an aquarium walking down a hall towards a concert. My friend was freaked that the glass would break and the shark would get her, I told her not to worry because the lion fish would get her first.

We got to the concert and the band kept fluidly changing (for a while is was KISS then Meatloaf etc) They asked for some extras so me and my friend volunteered. They dressed us up as mattresses and we ran around stage being chased by guys dressed as radishes with pumpkins on their heads. By the end of the dream our costumes morphed into bread and sandwich components.

boygirlparty's Dream:
a few nights ago, i had a dream about a sad clown named Leebo that everyone started calling Tae Bo. Does that mean that i am a sad clown and i need to work out more? cause i already exercise a lot...

CREATEaTHOUGHT's Dream:
Last night I dreamt satan was a vampire and if he bit me I would become his wife and then he would be able to take over the world. Then I slashed him to pieces very bloodily and said a chant about being white light not dark evil light and turned him to dust.

mycreativeinstincts provided the "Dreamland" tile art bracelet pictured below and ZenGarden created "Genie with tears in his eyes" pictured directly above.

SlapHappyDrums Dream:
I was out of town and my husband had a dream he had to call and tell me about. He dreamed the answer to solve everything. Of course he couldn't remember the steps to take to get the world on the right track but for a brief moment he said he had it.

NoctisAeterna's Dream:
It starts off in a crowded area, like a mall or theater - I think it's a theater, judging by the surroundings. Not a movie theater, but a theater where stage performances are put on. We are locked inside.

Anyway. Everyone seems to be in a bit of a panic, because there are aliens in the theater. They are tall and humanoid, with bluish scaly skin like a snake's - they're not particularly scary or threatening, but everyone is afraid of them because they look strange, and are turning humans into more aliens somehow. I'm one of the people who is being turned into an alien - and I've been chosen by their prince to be his wife. For some reason, this doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother the others.

I go into a washroom, and look into a brightly-lit mirror. My skin is scaly and blue now, my previously-short hair is now long and thick and curly, and I'm suddenly dressed in a white dress with lacy sleeves. I'm wearing lavender lipstick, and decide I don't like it, so I wipe it off with the back of my hand and look through a drawer beneath the mirror, which is filled with more makeup. Picking out a bright red lipstick, I apply that instead.

Outside the room, I hear a man shouting that he's figured out how they're transforming humans, but it's already too late.

BarbaraLousBoutique's Dream:
I had the Etsy dream. Again.
Ya know, the one where I sell something?
*snort*

Peachcult's Dream:
Half naked Mayan priestess with big feather headdresses chasing me up a tree and throwing cocktail weenies at me.

If I was a boy this would reek of Freudian issues.
As a girl it's just oddly disturbing.

I like what ZenGarden has to say about dreams:
"Our dreams use symbols, like a game of charades, to convey a message.
Betty Bethards' dream book, "Symbols for Self Understanding" (published by The Inner Light Foundation) has been my guide for many years. Your dreams prepare you for the next 24 hours - it's amazing, if you watch you'll see. I don't watch TV but sometimes I will dream about what will be a big story in the news the next day. Basement dreams are the 1st Chakra and attic dreams are the 7th Chakra. Cars are physical energy....a bus, for example, represents tremendous physical energy. Telephone calls in a dream are very important. They are messages you should always pay attention to."

Why We Dream - Dream Interpretation Made Simple

This article was written by UK based freelance writer, Laura Gellar.

What is the one thing we all have in common as a race? We dream! Dreams are sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes so confusing they leave us baffled for days, but dream interpretation isn't as difficult as many people try and make it out to be.

Why do we dream?

Different people have different opinions on this and I'm no expert, but I do have my own view of why we dream. I believe that in some cases it can be our subconscious mind trying to bring things to our attention that we may have overlooked in day-to-day waking life. I also believe that some dreams are messages from family members that have passed away, spirits trying to give us a heads-up on what's happening. However, I believe the golden rule of dream interpretation is that dreams are meant to be interpreted and understood, but not controlled. Experimenting with dreams by trying to control them is becoming vastly popular, but I believe this is wrong, dreams are a gift and we should treat them as such.

Rule #1 My first rule of dream interpretation is “Don't over analyze your dreams!”

Dreams can give us strong but simple messages:
My friend had a dream that she was kidnapped, tied to a chair and gagged. The person doing this was her boss. So I told her to look at her day-to-day life and figure out if anything was really bothering her, or making her unhappy. After a few hours of talking she realized that she was desperately unhappy at work because she hardly ever got to see her family (kidnapped.) She felt that she didn't have the freedom to say and do what she really wanted to do in her job (tied up and gagged.) Her boss represented the job itself.

Rule #2 Always keep a notebook and pen beside your bed, so that you can write down your dreams as soon as you wake up.

Dreams can become very complicated and confusing:
A lot of people dream about family members and friends that have passed away. Yes, this can be unnerving and a little scary, but for those of us who are non-psychics that are not able to tune our minds and bodies in to the spirit world it's often the only way that spirits can visit and communicate with us. Sometimes spirits want to tell us something, or warn us, but often they simply want to say ‘hello’ because they miss us as much as we miss them!

Interpreting your dreams takes practice. I don’t believe it’s something one can do for another person because everyone is unique. You know what's happening in your own life and you are the only one who can ever know what your dreams truly mean.

To sum things up:
1. Keep it simple and don't be afraid.
2. Listen and learn from your dreams and they will help you more than you ever thought possible.

Laura Gellar is a 27 year old freelance writer. She started writing at age 19 for a local teen magazine called Sugar. She writes short stories with a supernatural twist, as well as feature articles on a variety of subjects for local UK magazines like Take A Break, a Women’s Weekly. You can find Laura online at her Creative Heart Blog and on Twitter at GellarGirl.

To read more metaphysical and healing stories by Guest Writers please click here.

How To Get Ready For Your Soul Reading

Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare for your reading so that you can have the best experience possible.

Be Prepared

The clearer your questions are, the clearer my responses will be and I would definitely advise you to check out my areas of specialty beforehand. If one or more of these tools or techniques appeals to you please let me know. Also, be sure and take a look at these soul reading samples to see if my style of reading fits your needs. I want to make sure we’re a good fit before we begin. Most people find the experience of getting a reading to be fun, inspirational and healing.

Plan on receiving an excellent reading

If this is your first reading, or you're feeling unsure or skeptical please try and keep an open mind so that the reading can take effect, both consciously and subconsciously, in direct and subtle ways. After a few days, you can question and analyze your reading from a more intellectual point of view.

Keep an open mind and heart

Sometimes a client can be so resistant to an answer that they didn’t want to hear, such as, “Is this person my soulmate and will I be with them forever?” that they will not benefit from the overall message of the reading. Over time, the big picture will start to become more clear and you may discover that you already have your answer.

Will I be able to ask questions about past, present and future issues?

Yes you can, but my readings are also intended to be therapeutic and healing based. If you are looking for more of a 'fortune teller' or ‘entertainment style’ reading I can always direct you towards someone else. Ultimately the goal of a soul reading is to encourage you to go more deeply within yourself, so that you can begin making the changes necessary to lead a fulfilling and exceptional life.

How do you read cards if the client isn't handling them?

I don't read cards like a tarot reader does. I use the cards as a visual affirmation to confirm the insights I receive during the reading and I don't look at the cards until after the reading is finished. During the reading, I hold my hand over the card to sense it's energy and this usually confirms what I'm picking up about that person's situation/question/issue during the reading. (See the photo below.)

The artwork (I only work with oracle cards of my own creation) is meant to expand the reading into the visual realms, because I find that people resonate with artistic beauty on a whole different level than the written word. Because I have always been an artist I truly and deeply believe in the healing power of art.

The real work has just begun

During a reading you will often receive confirmation about something that you already know and this is wonderful, because it's Spirit’s way of giving you the thumbs up. Sometimes you will receive information that may throw you for a loop, and in that case it's best to give it some time. Very often clients will write to me a month later telling me that their reading finally makes sense. But information alone is not the sole purpose of my readings. My intuitive skills are just a diving board, and a preparation, encouraging you to take the plunge so that you can delve more deeply into the heart of things. Once you are aware of what you are dealing with, you can then move forward and actually do something about it.

How to book your reading

You can book your reading from my website, www.KathyCrabbe.com or, if you would prefer to email me directly with your credit card information that is fine too, we can do it in several emails for security purposes, or over the phone, if necessary.

You can read what my clients are saying about their readings here.

You can also read over 370 feedback responses to my readings in my Etsy Shop.

What Is A Soul Reading?

As a soul reader and spiritual guide, I am always being asked what it is that I do exactly! My friend Donnaleigh asked me this morning, "What is a soul reading? People are using that phrase now, and in my mind I picture it as an energy reading and a whole life synopsis rather than a psychic reading that pertains to specific questions. What is your sense?"

So I came up with a detailed response to her question and thought I would post it here to give folks a better idea of what I mean by a soul reading.

What is a soul reading?

A soul reading is similar to a psychic reading, but more in-depth. Yes, it involves prophecy, but it also involves healing, inspiration and practical exercises designed to jump start the process of your soul's transformation by giving you the tools necessary for your journey.

I begin each soul reading by taking a look, with the use of my third eye or inner vision, at your overall energy state along with your soul's Divine essence - this is the part of you that never dies.

Reading soul energy over a distance actually gives much better results, based upon the techniques that I employ. It allows me to focus my full attention upon your soul's energy, and not be distracted by your feelings or reactions. I can still sense if you are nervous, unfocused, or even skeptical, but because you are not directly in front of me, it will not distract me from reading your energy.

TECHNIQUES:

Reading Auras

A reading of the energy field around your body through clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), clairalience (clear smelling), or clairsentience (clear feeling/touching).

Your Soul's Purpose

A look at your soul's mission and potential as expressed through your personality in this lifetime and in past lifetimes.

Therapeutic

An exploration of your physical, etheric, and astral planes to detect disease, blockages of life force energy, and unresolved emotional issues. Visualizations, affirmations, and gemstone healing exercises may be suggested.

Mediumship and Channelling

I am a medium and often receive channeled guidance, visions and messages from ancestors (departed loved ones), spirit guides and animal totems on the astral planes. I connect with these guides using clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairalience or clairsentience.

Prophecy

Foretelling the future through inspired inner visions.

Oracle Cards

My artwork is intended as a sacred touchstone enhancing the message of your reading and will help you resonate on a visual level. I work with 4 oracle decks of my own creation: the fairy herbal healing cards, the lefty oracles, zodiac goddesses, and Celtic tree wisdom cards.

Ancient Knowledge

Accompanying your reading, and in combination with the oracle cards I pull for you will be a wealth of information regarding specific gods and goddesses, zodiac based archetypes, herbal wisdom, and Celtic Druidic tree knowledge. (My art history degree does come in handy sometimes!

Astrology

An astrological chart is like a blueprint of your soul. It is a way to tap into your inner psyche so that you can understand yourself and others better. Tuning into the cosmos and cosmic patterns can help you shed light upon your everyday life and prepare you for major once-in-a-lifetime transitions.

BENEFITS:

  • A reading is like a wake-up call for your soul.

  • Discover your soul's true purpose and unleash your creativity.

  • Move forward beyond crisis, clear blockages, reduce stress and promote peace of mind.

  • Connect with your ancestors and spirit guides, feel guided and loved.

Kathy Tyson, Technology Coordinator/Business Entrepreneur, North Carolina, USA: "This reading has given me the opportunity to go A HA! Every bit of it resonated within me. I love your visualizations and affirmations. Again, I am grateful for your gift from God. You are truly blessed."

More Testimonials can be found here.

Preparation

I meditate and do energy work and yoga for up to an hour before and after each reading in order to prepare for a session.

I also spend about the same amount of time writing, composing and fine tuning the final illustrated transcript (and don't forget the follow-up email support that goes along with each reading!) So consider when you’re booking a reading, that it's approximately a 2 hour minimum commitment of my time.

You will also benefit from my background in fine arts and poetry, along with the fact that I type really fast!

I have given thousands of soul readings online since August of 2008. My specialty is helping clients get back on track by providing healing guidance and empowering tools along with messages from guides and ancestors.

Why I love what I do

I feel honored and inspired to work deeply with people on a soul level and I am always thrilled to hear about the effect a reading has had upon a client's life. This work is extremely rewarding and I feel blessed to be given this opportunity. I continue to grow and learn from amazing healers, energy workers and intuitive guides so that I can offer you more in depth guidance and healing all the time.

Note: I want you to be 100% satisfied with your reading and I'm always available afterward to discuss your reading in further detail.

Here is a sample of an actual soul reading. You can purchase a reading here. You can read what clients are saying about their readings here.