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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trusting Intuition... with Special Thanks to Reiki

Ever since I began practicing Reiki in January of 2011,  the innate intuitive abilities that had somewhat dulled over the years when I was not so deeply in touch with my spirituality have come gently back into my reality... and then some! There was a time just before I was introduced to Reiki where I knew I was ready to progress down my spiritual path, but I didn't know how to just "turn on" those deep knowings that I knew were still in there somewhere. I did a lot of energetic foot stomping, just wanting to know and be and do now, now, NOW! You know how well Spirit responds to impatience, don't you?? ;) Ha. It's like trying to push a river.

Wise words that haunted me during that time, yet still provided some frustrated laughter were:

Stop trying so hard; you're getting in your own way!

Oh, sweet patience. It has been a long few years navigating the lesson of patience, but boy has it paid off.

I digress...

So, these days, I am MUCH more patient. I have my moments, for sure, but when it comes to trusting Spirit, I have finally been able to simply ask for what I need (which is very often a prayer for guidance) and then sit back and allow things to unfold. (Okay, okay... sometimes I'm sitting back and doing some foot tapping and clock glancing, but you get the gist.)

And beyond asking for anything, it is the simple fact of remaining open to receiving intuitions from the Love and the Light that has made such a beautiful impact on my life of late.

NOTE: I always specify that I am open only to receiving from the Love and Light. I don't want any ol' spirit beings trying to come in and stir the pot. That can be very confusing and, in my opinion, is not spiritually healthy. Now, it is certainly possible that the Love and Light would wish for me to help a wounded spirit being, and I have done so... but that, to me, is different from being open to receiving messages from those who do not walk in the Light. I always ask the Love and Light to surround and protect me, and if I have any doubts at all about what I am receiving, I call in the Light with my whole being to be sure whether what is coming through is a part of it. Energies that are not of the Light will dissolve or retreat in its presence!


Last weekend was the "busiest" intuitive weekend I have ever had. Well, maybe besides the week or two after my uncle passed this summer and decided to follow me from room to room turning lights on and off! Love you, Uncle Bob:)

I give you three intuitive chapters in less than 24 hours:

I. Sweet Melissa
II. Mooney
III. "Lenore" (name changed for privacy!)


I. Sweet Melissa

So, Saturday started off with me taking my cats to the vet for some vaccines. No biggie. Driving down the road on my way there, I saw my old coworker and his fiance drive by. They have lived hours from my town for years now and, as it turned out, were only in town to pick up some of their things and a moving truck and move out of state. The fact that I saw them at all, far from the town center and just moments before I turned onto another road, was pretty unlikely. Sign from the universe #1.

My old coworker's name is Matt, and his fiance's name is Melissa, and later that evening, my husband and I were to be hosting a music night at our home. As they drove past, I thought, "We should play the song Sweet Melissa later." Universal energy nudge #2.

Cue music night chez moi: Our friend who is first to arrive sits to talk awhile before the rest of the crew gets there. He shares with me that his good friend has just passed away. We talk about the friend for a bit before I ask what his name was. The man's name was Matt. Yep. There's #3. At that moment though, I didn't think much of the connection. I just noted in the back of my head that, huh, I had just seen my old friend Matt earlier that day. What a co-inky-dink.

As the evening progressed, we played many songs and sang our hearts out. Then, my husband began picking out Sweet Melissa on his guitar. Oh, hello #4!

"Yeah!," I shouted. "I was thinking earlier that we should play this song when I saw Matt and Melissa driving down the road." Just then, our friend whose buddy recently passed said that hey, that was strange, because the mother of the deceased's children and the one who was with him when he passed is named Melissa. Aaaaaand we have #5.

And actually, the woman's parents know the Allman Brothers personally and named their daughter after the song Sweet Melissa. BAM. #6.

And, our friend went on to say that the Matt who passed was a real vagabond character. He led a gypsy lifestyle, and the words to the song Sweet Melissa describe this man to a T. I'll take #7, thank you.

We played the song, all of us a bit flabbergasted at the way the moment had lined up so that Matt's spirit could give a nod to his friend and ours.


II. Mooney

#1 - My mom sent me a link to the Montessori school I went to as a child. I wistfully poked around the website, even looking over the list of teachers to see if I recognized anyone. I didn't, but the name "Mooney" jumped out at me. I remembered that my parents had a cat named Mooney before I was born.

#2 - That evening, I gave a Reiki treatment to my mom over Skype. When the session was complete, I turned around to leave the room. There was a "new" hand-me-down dresser in a temporary spot in my room, moved aside from our main room since company was coming over for our music night and it was in the way. This was the first time I had seen the back of the dresser, and in large block letters across the wood was the word MOONEY.

(c) Haley Steinhardt

#3 - Our music friends came over for the evening, and one dear friend who is also intuitive told me that she saw an incredibly tall spirit woman standing guard at our gate. The moment she said this, I felt tears in my eyes. I feel so connected and close to the energy of this being! And when I think of her, I see the moon. I told my friend this, and she said that she was about to say the same... that this being is very connected to the moon. I tell my friend about seeing the word Mooney twice that day, and she says, "That must be her name; Mooney." Oh, and it was the night of the full moon. :)

#4 - The next day, I was weeding through email. I subscribe to a local list serv, and as I went to erase what I thought was an unneeded message, I saw the name Mooney in one of the posts just as I clicked the Trash button. I dug the message out of my Trash folder and went back to read what was in the Mooney thread. It was some info about chia seeds. Ummm... what???

#5 - Later, I was talking to my mom on the phone and she told me about this new healthy living practice she has undertaken. She rattled off a few food items... cabbage, onions, mushrooms, chia seeds... "Wait! What? Did you just say 'chia seeds?'" Maybe some of you talk about chia seeds all the time, but the last time I heard the word "chia" it came right before the word "pet."

Anyway, I'm still not 100% clear on what Mooney wanted me to see, but I have a strong feeling that it was all leading to me talking to my mom about her new healthy living practice. I lost 30 pounds this past year and have kept it off, but have plateaued there and have been looking for a next step. Could be this! Thanks, Mooney! ;)



#1 - I did a distance session on a client who was also open to receiving an intuitive reading. During the session, I made that a part of my prayer... saying that I was open to receiving any messages that Spirit had for this person. Well, I began to be bombarded with energies! I quickly corrected my prayer to ask that only messages from the Love and Light be allowed through! (See my NOTE above.) Clearly, there was a message or messages there, but it was too disruptive to receive them in that moment. I asked to receive them later, at the right time.

#2 - The next morning, I was in a lucid dream state and I heard my prayer from the night before in my head, saying I was open to receiving messages for this person. I then saw a shape that became a hundred-dollar bill. Next, I saw two letters LE... Le... Le... Le... LENORE. It became Lenore. (This was not, the client's name, by the way.) I wasn't really sure what the name meant, but I reported both "messages" to my client. The $100 felt like a positive sign that was separate from Lenore, we both agreed. And Lenore meant something very specific to my client.

#3 - Later that day, my family and I went for a drive. On our way home, my husband ran into the grocery store to grab a few things. While he was in there, I picked up one of his guitar magazines and began leafing through it... not something I make a habit of doing (maybe even a first, come to think of it), but it was just sitting there and I felt to pick it up. I saw an advertisement for a specialized guitar pick that I thought he would like and decided to keep the ad open to show him when he got back to the car. The minutes passed as I waited for him to come out of the store, and I just kind of zoned out and was staring at the ad. That's when I saw it. Right below the picture of the pick and embedded in the ad was the name: LENORE.

I made sure to tell my client! It wasn't up to me to figure this one out, but the universe was definitely making sure that I heard this one loud and clear.


All of the above happened in less than 24 hours time. Talk about a firestorm of intuitive info! That was a new one for me, for sure, but that 24 hours, along with several other meaningful and serendipitous events in my life right now have caused me to have ever greater faith in the universe, in trusting my intuitions, and in knowing that the Love and Light will always reveal Truth.

Pat yourself on the back... and here's a HUG from me if you've read this far. ;) And then, take a moment to be in your own heart and feel your own connection to the universe. If we walk in the Light and act from our hearts (NOT our emotions, but our HEARTS!), our paths will be gently revealed to us and Love will show is the way.

And that, my friends, is awesome.

What are some experiences you've had with intuition, recently or not? Please share in the comments section below!