I came out of the closet as a spirit medium / animal intuitive in November 2011 both literally and figuratively. Literally because I closed a successful women's consignment store that I had owned and operated in for almost 12 years which, believe me, was like being in a huge and wonderful walk-in closet stuffed full of awesome clothing, shoes, purses and accessories. And figuratively because I could no longer deny the fork in the path I was being called towards, something that had been swelling in me for over 20 years and had been growing greatly in intensity for 3 years, that being to acknowledge and honor my intuitive gifts, bring them out from hiding into the light and start using them to serve others.
Like so many practicing intuitives, I'd had many experiences while I was growing up that pointed to a natural "ability" culminating with some pretty intense paranormal experiences that were brought on quite dramatically by a severe blow to my head during a skiing trip in the early '90's. Trying to make sense out of what I was going through at that time ( although I already intuitively knew ) I connected with a number of professional psychics who would listen to my story, nod knowingly, then smile warmly and inform me "you're a medium."
"No friggin' way" said I. Repeatedly. Over and over again for 20 years. And the more that I attempted to withdraw my energy and block this "reality" the more that it pursued me... in ways that were not comfortable for me, I might add. Finally I gave in, committed to my growth and set out on a course of study with a number of wonderful teachers who helped me safely and comfortably integrate the energy and develop and hone my skills. And it was then that it became fun and amazing! I surrounded myself with people who were supportive of my talents and accepting of my chosen path. I practiced and practiced and then practiced some more. And I loved it. I felt like I had come home.
I also became acutely aware of how things were changing in my day to day life as I continued to operate my store. I became a magnet for people who had questions about the paranormal or were seeking advice and guidance around their own paths and purpose. I was also naturally attracting many people whose loved ones had recently passed away and I was happy to be able to bring them some comfort and awareness that their son or father or whoever had not left them behind, but were actually still quite near them in spirit cheering them on. As my energy gradually turned more and more towards my new path, I felt my passion for running my shop slipping away. After much soul searching I finally made the decision to bring an end to that part of my life so I could fully embrace my new path and livelihood.
Within days of closing my store I began doing readings and animal intuitive consultations professionally. And I have never looked back. I have enjoyed meeting many new people and have discovered things about and parts of myself that I hadn't been aware of before. It hasn't been easy peasy building another livelihood from scratch, and there is always so much to do in an effort to expand my reach and build my business, but I can say that I have loved every minute of it. I know that I am on the right path at this particular time in my life because I feel so energized and alive doing this work, and content and happy.
I am also aware that, though many of you already know what I've been up to for the last couple of years, there are still many of you who don't know. And there may be some who consider it odd or out of sync with who they think I am or what they think I should be doing or hold the opinion that I might even have gone a little weird. Hence my post title "Coming out of the closet". Because that's what it feels like in many respects. Let's face it, I haven't been called to a regular, traditional or conservative new path and what I now do is still considered a little "out there" by many people. But I'm embracing and loving it and serving and helping others in the best way that I know how for now. And that's what matters the most to me.
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