Things to Keep in Mind While Developing Your Intuition

A Year’s Worth of Intuition Development Wisdom

by Lindsay on November 17, 2011

in Empath, Intuition, Personal Growth, Readings

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Although my blog turned 1 on July 17th, I only started doing intuitive readings in early October 2010 after taking Slade Roberson’s Automatic Intuition course. The story of how I was drawn to take that class hasn’t yet been written. But you can read my review of the course.

Over the past year I’ve met incredible people I’ve done intuitive readings for – each with a unique story and every single one of them has taught me something.  I’ve also been contacted by some weirdos, but that’s for a whole ‘nother post.

While it’s true that I’ve always been an empath, I haven’t always been a skilled empath, and I haven’t always known how to do intuitive readings. My intuitive skills developed over the course of time rather than having them in full power at birth.  Which, by the way, is still ongoing – my growth and skills change all of the time. We’re never really done learning.

I believe that we are all intuitive – every last one of us – and it’s just a matter of having the desire and drive to develop it. Some of us do, some of us don’t.

If you’re trying to develop your intuition,  these points are worth keeping in mind: 

  • Just like our fingerprints, everyone has a unique signature for higher sense perception. There is no higher sense that is “better than” another. Just because someone can see angels/spirit guides and I can hear them doesn’t mean I’m right and she’s wrong. It just means we get information in different ways.
  • You’ve got to “trust what you get” – which is what my friend Lisa from Practically Intuitive always says. And guess what? She’s right! Quite often I’ll get information about someone or something and think, “Am I making this up?!” I’ve learned to share it anyway  – those things that I usually think I’m “making up” are often just what the other person needed to hear.
  • Developing your interpretation skills takes time. Because Spirit so often talks to us in symbols, you need to know yourself well, know how you get the information and how you process it. Be patient with yourself. This sort of thing usually isn’t learned overnight. I’m still learning – and I hope I will be until I draw my last breath.
  • Watch out for the mind/ego trying to insert its viewpoint and tell you that you/your intuition/your guides are wrong, wrong, wrong. The ego loves playing mind games and loves making us doubt ourselves.
  • You don’t have to be right 100% of the time. No psychic knows everything. Intuitive people are here at “earth school” too. And if we knew everything, we wouldn’t need to be.  Yeah, it sucks when someone tells you that you got something wrong. But, sometimes people come back and say something like, “What you said didn’t make sense at the time but later it suddenly dawned on me…” No one is always right – no matter what your husband/wife/partner/boss would like you to believe about themselves.
  • It’s easier to pick up intuitive information for others than for yourself. Ever hear this joke? Two psychics met on the sidewalk. The first psychic said to the second, “You’re fine, how am I?” I don’t know what my future holds – I’m not supposed to! That would take half the fun out of living, wouldn’t it? It’s so much easier for me to pick up information for someone else – I’m not as emotionally attached to the outcome and therefore know that what I get is what I get, and not just my hoping/wishing making stuff up.

What have you learned about developing your intuition in your practice?  Do you wonder what it’s like for someone doing intuitive readings? Share your questions & comments here!

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Julie | A Clear Sign November 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hi Lindsay,

You are so right, we are developing always. I love listening to intuitives talking and interviewing each other and the fact that we can share information and ideas freely. You don’t need to do this for very long to do a great job and to start connecting the dots when things repeat. It’s kind of like your own personal spiritual shorthand.

Lindsay November 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

I love listening to intuitives chat & interview each other, too! I am thinking of doing something similar on here – I’ll get in touch with you about that soon.

Lisa at Practically Intuitive November 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for the shout out, Linds! 🙂 Really good article – I especially like the point about everyone having their own signature for receiving guidance.

When I first began to notice that I “hear” information, I assumed everyone heard it. My friends disabused me of this notion (nicely!) and then I got it.

It’s such fun working with deeper perception because there IS always more to learn and room to grow. I love this work beyond measure. Truly.

*And I love you too! 🙂

Lindsay November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

You are SO SWEET! I just love you to bits. I like that you used the word “disabused”. I am going to try to remember to use that in a sentence. I love this work, too. So, so much. And I am always happy to share your link & your wisdom with others!

Justin | Personal Growth November 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Hi Lindsay,

I want to hear more about the weirdo’s that contacted you. 🙂

Learning to trust the information that you are getting is tough when the ego mind gets in the way. It is indeed a skill to coerce the ego mind to side-step for a while until the intuitive session is over.

Take Care…

Lindsay November 22, 2011 at 7:30 am

LOL I figured someone would mention wanting to hear more about the weirdos. I’d love to post an article but that might just be downright rude of me. We’ll see…if I can figure out a way to be diplomatic about it, I”ll post!

Lisa-Marie November 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

I love this piece! “My intuitive skills developed over the course of time rather than having them in full power at birth. Which, by the way, is still ongoing – my growth and skills change all of the time. We’re never really done learning.”

That is me in a nutshell. Everything is a process and growing process.

Lindsay November 22, 2011 at 7:30 am

Thanks! Glad you like it & can identify. 🙂 You’re right: everything is a process. Who of us has been born “all-knowing”…and actually remembers it? lol Nice to see you commenting on here!

Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being November 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Oh, thanks, your joke in that last point made me laugh out loud! Too perfect!

LOVE love love your new look, it’s beautiful! Calming and inviting. Way to go.

Happy Thanksgiving. Oh wait, are you Canadians grateful? (Just kidding. ;-))

Lindsay November 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Canadians are ungrateful sods! Juuuust kidding. We celebrated our Thanksgiving in October (gets colder sooner up North, so the harvest is earlier) but believe you me, I’m having a wild pity party for myself sitting here at work when I should be in PA being a glutton with my family!

I’m so glad you like the new look. I commissioned the help of a wonderful designer who did so much for the site. 🙂 If you ever need one, let me know – she rocks!

Sol | Some Insight Required November 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I wish I could find a designer to help me *is having a pity party*


I agree with everything you write. ESPECIALLY the ‘trust what you get’ part. Oh, and we shouldn’t modify the info either, I feel.

Lindsay November 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Yeah I agree with the not-modifying what we get, Sol. Sometimes the “mistake” or the rough, unpolished draft of what we’ve written is what the person needs to hear.

Btw – I paid my designer! That’s why she helped. 🙂

Kara November 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm


Great article! You captured the most important points that other should know about intuitives. I think sometimes it’s hard for people to remember that intuitives are just like everyone else, learning as they live. I liked the intuitive joke – perfectly sums up how it works!


Lindsay November 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thanks, Kara! Yup, I think sometimes it’s hard for people to realize that intuitives are people, too! lol I think sometimes people can get intimidated “Can she read my mind?!” or think we know EVERYTHING. Nope…no such luck!

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