10 Things They Don’t Tell You about Being a Professional Intuitive

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1. Being a lightworker may actually require you to assist those who are lost among shadows or even in deep darkness. Those who walk in the light are not the ones who need you most.

2. Even when you are tired, stressed, feeling insecure, feeling like you’re not at your best, that you’re not in a strong enough state to perform a reading, when your intentions are to be a vessel for someone else, the energy and information you require will show up.

3. It’s not always about retrieving answers — more often times than not the client needs you to reframe her questions.

4. More people are turned on by what you do — intrigued, interested, curious — than turned off. Hardly anyone thinks you’re “crazy” and more people than you ever imagined — nearly everyone you meet — wants to talk to you about what you do.

5. Being “able” to do psychic readings for people starts with the simple decision that you’re willing to try in order to learn and develop your abilities.

6. The confidence you feel you need before you can start giving readings actually comes from giving readings. Whatever confirmation you’re waiting on, that you think will happen before you begin, will be waiting for you when you dive in.

7. You may not necessarily ever know “for sure” that you’re right — unless and/or until your client tells you so.

8. It’s actually easy, rewarding, and pleasurable! Being a professional psychic does not make you feel “insane;” and people are not coming out of the woodwork to judge you. There need be no victims here.

9. You’re not in competition with any other intuitive. There are “enough” clients for everyone.

10. You can develop psychic abilities. You can learn how to become a professional intuitive — from a combination of intention, experience, and guidance. You will acquire different skills from other intuitives, and you will likely have not just one teacher but many over the course of your lifetime.

What would you add to this list? Those of you who are already professional intuitives, what do you know now that you would not have foreseen before accepting your path?

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5 Benefits of Learning to Do Readings for Others

Many people take professional-level intuitive development courses like Automatic Intuition even when they do not have intentions of becoming a professional psychic or healing arts practitioner.

Why is learning to do readings for others so important to your own intuitive development?

Why would you want to do readings for others if it’s never going to be a job?

Can’t you just communicate with your own guides?

Can’t you just develop your intuition on your own?

Obviously, for some of us this is either a calling, a sense of life purpose, a career, or all of the above.

But, if we take Life Purpose and Career off the table, what are the benefits — to your own intuitive development — of learning to do readings?

How does performing readings for others impact the development of your own personal psychic abilities?


Lightworkers are found in all walks of life; we represent a great wave in the spread of holistic, spiritual literacy that balances our capabilities in information technology.

To be of service to other people — to learn how to express love and experience joy — is one of the fundamental reasons you have incarnated on this planet. You’re not just communicating with Spirit, with your angels, with your spirit guides for yourself — you’re doing so on behalf of the collective soul of mankind.

There’s just something powerful about the Service component — when you do for others, your intentions are met with exponentially greater energetic resources. Anxieties and petty concerns melt away.


Being overly self-involved is its own kind of blindness, on so many levels. Empathy, compassion, and nurturing other living things is at the foundation of psychological, spiritual, and even physical health and longevity.

The expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” is about not having objective, outside perspective from which to view your challenges. You can’t do that for yourself — you always need someone else.

In order for everyone to have that access, in order to participate in that energy exchange, you must contribute as well as consume — you must reciprocate.

Stepping outside yourself and holding up that mirror, being that sounding board, looking at someone’s situation from a different angle with a fresh set of eyes is something that absolutely everyone requires from one another.

Emotional Detachment

Emotions can distort everything.

It’s almost impossible to discern intuitive wisdom — or at least trust it 100% — when your emotions are involved.

Are you just hearing what you want to hear? Is it really wisdom you’re accessing or just wishful thinking?

As with perspective, it takes a compassionate partner to establish a true sense of clarity.

It’s easier to trust the input of someone who has no emotional investment — often a stranger provides the ultimate freedom of perspective and emotional detachment.

Intuition vs. Imagination

How do you know for sure if it’s your intuition or just your imagination?

You don’t.

You can hang around in the vacuum of your own mind receiving intuitive impressions all day long… and never know if what you’re getting is “real” or meaningful.

The best metric for evaluating your intuitive abilities and the truth of the psychic impressions you receive is another person’s feedback.

The perfect approach to this “Intuition vs Imagination Quandary” is to perform readings for other people — preferably strangers. The best way to identify a “psychic hit” is when you pick up information about someone you’ve never met before, communicate those impressions, and hear feedback about the accuracy of your intuition.

That’s the most powerful source of encouragement and confidence in your abilities that you will ever get.

Points of Comparison

Just knowing what intuitive information looks, feels, and sounds like when I retrieve it for other people makes it that much easier for me to evaluate or to discern the messages I receive for myself.

The more readings I do for others, the more my personal intuitive vocabulary grows.

Signs, symbols, and patterns that show up with great frequency become a kind of private language — the quantity, the data, the points of comparison are acquired by reading for other people.

Over the years, one of the greatest benefits I have discovered to doing readings for other people — one I had not anticipated — is that I can retro-engineer my own wisdom and advice.

I now find myself constantly comparing my own questions and challenges to those that I’ve observed with my clients and asking “What would Spirit advise a client to do in this situation?”

This has been fundamental to my learning to Walk My Own Talk.

What would you add?
Setting aside the obvious rewards of doing readings as a job or an expression of life purpose, what surprising personal benefits have you discovered doing readings for others?

Please leave a comment and share your experience.

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The Best Way to Use Tarot Cards to Develop Your Psychic Abilities

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Many of the students I mentor through the Automatic Intuition Professional Program have at least minimal experience using Tarot cards or other oracle systems. For some, reading cards provides an entry point to performing psychic readings, connecting with spirit guides, and learning the spiritual language of archetypes.

I hear over and over again that even those who receive highly accurate psychic hits and intuitive insights using Tarot consider divination cards to be “crutches” (or, at best, “training wheels”) — and they fear that continuing to use oracles may stunt their “pure” intuitive growth.

I advise a very simple and powerful way to incorporate your use of divination tools so that it supports your “pure” intuitive channel and helps strengthen your confidence in your psychic abilities.

Myth: If you use oracle cards you’re somehow “less” psychic
Let me just state that, for the record, I do not use Tarot cards or runes or pendulum dowsing with my clients, not because I think that would make me “less of an intuitive,” but simply because I find divination tools to be a bit tedious compared to other techniques. I can retrieve so much more information, more specific details, more quickly, using “pure,” internal intuitive channels — such as the clairvoyant scanning and clairaudient divine dialoguing techniques that I teach in the workbook.

I will sometimes use a divination system when reading for myself, especially if I’m feeling stuck or confused about the messages from Spirit I’m trying to discern. External tools provide an objectivity that can be challenging to achieve when you are emotionally invested in your own Stuff… which creates psychic noise.

But if you think that a person who reads cards for others can’t be an amazing talent, I must tell you that my own personal psychic, the person I go to when I most need the advice of a professional intuitive, is a Card Master. He is one of the most incredible card readers I’ve ever met in my life! Not only does he have an impressive intuitive connection to Spirit through his cards, he is also very highly adept at an intellectual, academic level.

He has the largest private collection of oracle decks that I’ve ever seen assembled under one roof (and that’s including metaphysical bookstores); and he has total intellectual recall regarding card meanings across a wide range of oracle systems. Name a card, from any system, and like a little human comparative archetypal computer, he can recite and discuss the significance of that card.

And that’s just his Thinking Mind at work — combined, as a supportive ally, with his Intuitive Mind, his readings are phenomenally accurate and insightful.

I’m sharing this so that you can positively re-frame your attitude — if you like to work with Tarot, or if you’re going to incorporate any external divination system into your process, don’t disparage it or think “less” of it — at least affirm the highest possible potential.

Do not use oracle cards at the beginning of a reading
Most people use cards to initiate a reading — as a prompt, or a jump-off point. Even though your purely intuitive abilities may come to bear on your interpretation at some point in a card reading, it’s difficult to isolate your internal intuitive channel from the external cards.

If you feel that using cards is a “crutch” or that the information “just came from the cards, not through me” using cards at the beginning of a reading reinforces this feeling of dependence. You may “give the cards all the credit.”

Do not use a guide book
Another “transitional” or “developmental” way to support your Intuitive Mind is to begin using oracle cards without “looking up the meaning in the accompanying book.” The pictorial, symbolic nature of the Tarot (and all its many iterations) relies on a deep, archetypal vocabulary that has been refined over centuries and predates literacy — the human mind (both spiritual and intellectual) speaks this language. Indeed, many clinical psychologists and academics, such as Carl Jung, have passionately explored the nature of Universal archetypal truths that form the foundation of dreams and the subconscious or Collective Unconscious.

Those guide books are the recordings of an individual author’s general interpretations of these archetypal symbols. You have your own comparable “access” to this vocabulary — we’re all hard-wired for it.

Use divination tools at the end of a reading
If you struggle with the “Maybe I’m just making this up” mindset or feel insecure about the accuracy or relevance of your purely internal intuitive channels — the psychic impulses you retrieve through clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognizance, and clairsentience — incorporating an external tool that you can’t “control” can actually be quite powerful.

The best way to support your confidence in your purely psychic abilities (other than the client’s confirmation of the information you share) is to witness how an external source affirms your intuition — after the fact; not at the beginning, but at the end of a reading.

Employ one of the many techniques in the Automatic Intuition course (or those you’ve learned from other sources), jot down what you see, hear, know, and feel — then, pull a few cards to confirm your reading.

When you see that an external source, one you can’t control or “imagine” corroborates your intuitive hits, it increases your confidence instead of undermining it.

If your “goal” is to move beyond relying on external divination tools such as Tarot cards to trusting your own psychic abilities, this is a practical approach to shifting your process.

Think of this basic strategy of using Tarot cards at the end of the reading, instead of at the beginning, as “checking your answers in the back of the book” — a tried and true learning strategy you’ll find in textbooks and crossword puzzles everywhere.

What is holding you back?
What misconceptions are keeping you from developing your abilities?

For most applicants, I offer a live personal one-on-one conversation with a simple set of questions that reveals what blocks, if any, may be halting or slowing your intuitive development.

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