5 Reasons You Should Not Discount Your Intuitive Readings

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It’s effective at certain times of year to put up special offers. The Holidays — New Year’s especially — are very important to the personal development market and spirituality- based businesses. You’ll certainly find some sparkly signs stuck in the virtual shop windows at Shift Your Spirits… for information products — courses, tutorials, meditations.

Items that have already been created and can be downloaded or shipped, not my most exclusive, one-on-one service — personal intuitive readings.

Before you run a discount on your own readings, please consider some reasons why it may not be as much of a benefit as you think…

1. Negative Comparison
The perceived value of your readings becomes diminished when you advertise sales on your services with the same language and energy that you might use to promote products. It’s human nature for a client to compare the “bargain basement” sale price of your services to that of another intuitive and believe that yours must not be worth as much.

2. Perceived Level of Professionalism
When you lower your rates too much, you may simply appear desperate for clients. People may assume your schedule is unfilled because you’re not professional, you’re still learning, or your word-of-mouth reputation is not strong.

3. Delayed or Deferred Client Action
Instead of purchasing when the impulse strikes, your clients will wait in hopes of a future sale. Potential clients who have followed your blog or subscribed to your mailing list for a long period of time will have seen you “run specials” before. If they know that you typically offer a deep discount on your readings during the Holidays, they will hesitate and decide to come back later. By the time “later” occurs, their interest may have passed.

4. Energetic Investment of Client
The quality of clients can be negatively affected by a sale price — you are more likely to attract undesirable encounters with people who want to “test” your abilities or people who are psychic addicts if you price your readings too low. It is generally true that clients who are more invested and committed are easier and more enjoyable to work with.

*Please note the exceptions:
When you’re just starting out and trying to build a practice, of course you want to give people a chance to sample your abilities and spread the word.

And later on, when you’re established, you can always give a free reading to someone in need. No one’s stopping you from responding to a plea that touches you or making an exception for a special circumstance. But it’s your call. You can give away your services whenever you feel truly guided to do so, not because you are beholden to a discount.

5. Workload & Burnout
When you run specials within specific time frames, your work load becomes bunched up — several months’ worth of readings, all scheduled around the relatively narrow time span of a promotion. No matter how good your intentions may be, trying to complete a marathon of readings can negatively impact the quality of your readings. You simply burn out.

Sure, it works, but…
I see professional intuitives of all levels of experience and renown offering their services in this way. Why? Because it does work. You will see spikes in interest, your schedule will fill up temporarily. But the damage to your overall brand can have a more long-term impact.

What’s a better strategy?
Passive income streams.

Selling your time has a limit — there are only so many readings you can give in a day, a week, a month. Selling information products is nearly limitless. Write books and tutorials. Create classes or lectures that can be downloaded. You do the work once, and sell it indefinitely.

And if you want to manipulate the price points on products, it has little to no impact on your workload or the perceived value of what should be the most exclusive thing you offer — personalized, one-on-one readings.

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The Intellect is Not the Enemy of Psychic Ability

One of my students told me during our initial coaching session that he gets little bits and pieces of psychic hits — small, specific details — but that he hopes to achieve a stronger, more thorough connection where he can continue to channel additional intuitive information.

Often, the smallest “nugget” of intuitive insight provides a lot more to work with than you might expect. And that additional, more complete, more thorough picture actually does not always come intuitively — much of it can be achieved intellectually.

The Intellectual Mind is not an adversary of the Intuitive Mind.

The Thinking Mind can be a powerful ally, so long as it allows the Intuitive Mind to have its chance. The goal of the Intuitive is not to eradicate the Thinking Mind, but to use the Intellect to support the Intuitive.

It’s a powerful, useful relationship — the roles are just often inverted in such a way that the Intellect hogs the microphone, upstages the Intuitive, drowning it out and never giving it a chance to contribute.

Intuition is quiet, brief, subtle, and receptive. The Intellectual Thinking Mind is loud, wordy, repetitive, and projective.

Impulse & Synthesis

In the training we explore the relationship between Impulse and Synthesis. Impulses are the “dots” — synthesis is how we “connect the dots,” incorporating our intellectual frames of reference.

Approach your goal of communicating psychic information like this:
Allow the Intuitive Mind to deliver the package; then allow the Intellectual Mind to unwrap that package.

The actual example from this conversation:
The student told me he was picking up (intuitively) the image of colored lights moving around me. He said “That’s all I’m getting though — just colored lights around you.”

Notice his use of the words “all” and “just” — he felt the intuitive vision was “small,” not a lot to work with…

That’s actually a lot to work with! It’s a great starting point. A small package with a big story stored inside.

The psychic vision is like a small knot of information delivered by the Intuitive Mind, but it can be unraveled by the Intellectual Mind in a very useful way.

I coaxed him, interviewed him, questioned him in order to assist him in using his Intellect as a kind of forensic detective to further investigate the seemingly small clue supplied by his Intuition.

Drill down with questions:

  • How many colored lights do you see?
  • What colors are present?
  • Are the colored lights bright and vibrant? Or are any of them faded, faint, or dull?
  • On what side of my body do these colors appear?
  • What does the left side of the body indicate versus the right?
  • Which side of the body corresponds with reception; which one with projection?
  • What do each of these colors (traditionally) metaphorically stand for or symbolically mean?

He “froze” the image in his mind, and examined that image with his intellect.

  • When he counted, he saw that there were five colors represented.
  • He named the five individual colors that he was seeing.
  • He saw that two of the colors, blue and pink, were on the left side of my body; the other three on my right.

I asked him then to interpret the significance of these details using his intellectual frames of reference — not his intuition, but the information he has learned in past courses and books he has read. I asked him to refer to the Color Reference Charts in the Automatic Intuition workbook to assign potential meanings to the colors.

He was able to supply a thorough list of meaningful details, not intuitively, but by intellectually elaborating on that initial, “small” first image. He was able to tell me a Story about my energetic state by synthesizing meaning from an abstract visual image in his Mind’s Eye combined with external sources of knowledge.

Had I been a client, I might not have known the right questions to ask — but the next time he reads for someone and sees colors around that person, he can supply the same list of questions himself, use the same process.

Client Confirmation
I was able to confirm for him that whenever I have had my aura photographed, the right side of my body has always presented with more activity and colors. My aura tends to be heavy on the projective energy. Not only that, but the receptive side of my aura is nearly always where you will see the blues.

What he was picking up was more rich in detail and more accurate than he might have first imagined.

All you need is a small psychic impulse — much of the meaningful details in a reading can be supplied by an intellectual process and intellectual references. The confirmation of how and why this information is significant will often come — not from your intuition — but from the client’s feedback.

Allow the Intuitive information you receive to be “small” — remember (the cliche) that there is an enormous tree locked away in that little acorn.

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