I was a psychic child who learned to suppress that early, when it became clear that not everyone shared or approved of these experiences.
Eventually, though (when I was in my thirties) they refused to stay suppressed. After fearing I was going mad, I realised I was still functioning in my life, and was doing no harm to myself or anyone else. Maybe I wasn't mad after all. I began allowing myself to experience my extra-sensory perceptions.
In my forties I was mentored — informally, in the course of friendship — by a great magician. He was a private, anonymous man, not widely known for his gifts, but they were formidable. After he died I gradually realised how much he had taught me. He left me some of his books, and I began studying Ceremonial Magick.
I taught myself Tarot partly due to my friend's encouragement, and eventually progressed to being a professional reader and teacher.
Meanwhile I became part of a loose-knit circle of meditation groups known as the Andronicus Foundation. Our purpose was planetary and personal healing, and the attempt to contact Higher Intelligences — in all of which we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. This too was a source of much learning and growth.
I did a personal development course called The Forum, which led to further courses and training with the organisation now known as Landmark Education. I also completed an innovative and dynamic spiritual development course called The Master Game and its post-graduate follow-up, Master Connections (both developed by Jenette Youngman).
I began learning Reiki in 1988 with Rev. Beth Gray. I became a Reiki Master in 1992, training with Ann Adcock in the lineage of Iris Ishikuro. I was fortunate to do my Master training in the old way, intensive and one-on-one, with a very esoteric emphasis. Much was demanded of me before I was deemed ready to receive Mastery (although I was well looked after too, along the way) and the gifts that came with my initiation were proportionate to the demands.
I was invited into another group of meditators, the Sabian Foundation. We too experienced great development, and became specifically involved in flower essences co-created with the Devic kingdom.
Later I explored Shamanism. I was also much drawn to Druidry and became a member of OBOD, though I never progressed beyond the Bardic grade.
I found all these paths powerful and full of sweetness, truth and beauty. I have certainly not revoked any of them! Each in turn felt like coming home. However, in the course of time I embraced witchcraft. For a long time I had a resistance to it, even when I was getting involved in other forms of magick. (I now realise I have suffered for it in other lives.) One day, quite quietly, it came to me: 'Of course you're a witch. You've always been a witch.' Yes, it was obvious. I realised the truth of it. That was the ultimate homecoming.
It took me longer to identify as Wiccan. I'm a bit anti-religion, in particular 'organised religion'. Yet perhaps I was looking for something I could call mine. When I understood that Wicca has no dogma and only one rule: 'Do as you will so long as it harms none', I became able to adopt it as my primary spiritual path and ethical code.
After much study and practice I was guided to self-initiate as a witch. Later I had a hankering for something more formal, so I studied Correllian Wicca for some years, in their online WitchSchool, progressing to Second Degree. But I never sat their final exam for that degree. Every time I tried to go to a new level in the Correllian tradition, bizarre things would happen – the site would be hacked and records lost, or my tutors suddenly leave the organisation. I sorted it with great difficulty after First Degree; didn’t bother next time. Evidently I am not meant to identify specifically with the Correllian path. Yet I have the greatest respect for their teachings, some of which I think you will not find anywhere else, and found the members of the tradition very helpful and understanding. I highly recommend them.
I learned Qabala from a local teacher, in the alchemical tradition of Frater Albertus. (I don't think the course I did bears much resemblance to whatever they're teaching in Hollywood — though of course I have no real knowledge of the Hollywood version.) As with Reiki, I had to promise my teacher to pass it on in the way I had learned it, without alteration. It has a magickal rather than religious emphasis.
I am now trained in many spiritual and energy healing modalities, have developed my psychic work to include mediumship, and have been High Priestess of a contemporary, eclectic coven called Star Circle.
Besides all the above, much of what I have learned has come directly from Spirit.
As well as my wonderful personal guides and guardians, I work with faeries, angels and dragons.
I also work a lot with crystals. I have done courses in crystal healing, but work best intuitively. Lately a dear friend gifted me with a beautiful malachite crystal skull and invited me to join A Crystal Skull World Grid. A new adventure awaits!
(Sometimes it's fun to confirm what you already know):
Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Psychic Development. Your psi-q test results as requested are as follows.
You scored highest in Channeling.
One who communicates with spirits is called a channeler or medium. Channelling is the ability to communicate with those who once lived or with spirit who have never taken a human form such as angelic beings. Channeling is the communication that takes place between a spirit and a living human. There are several forms of spirit communication and a channeler does not have to be in a trance state to receive messages. However, with regard to the quality of channelled information it is reliant on the channeler rather than the spirit. This is because the information has to be passed in an energy form for interpretation from the channeler. If the channeler has not learnt the skill adequately the information can seem vague and jumbled.
Channeling can be a learned skill. As you learn though, it is important to remember that everyone has a different experience of what it is like to channel. Your style will depend on your spirit guide and your particular energy level, focus, and clarity. Before consciously channelling it is a good idea to learn the skills of quietening the mind. This is to ensure the quality of information you receive. Many people however, experience 'unconscious' channelling, a random act of communication with a loved one who has passed over. This means a person has the ability to successfully channel but has not yet developed it.
Your next highest score was for Precognition.
While clairvoyance and telepathy have to do with perceiving events across distance, precognition focuses on the ability to 'see' events across time. Specifically future events. Precognition is often, for a lot of people, totally unexpected and not asked for. It is the ability to see the future. It is usually experienced in a variety of ways; among the most common are through feelings, brief inner glimpses, dreams and the third eye (the mind's eye). For some, especially if not understood, this ability can be disconcerting until the gift is properly managed. This can be done through reading, experiencing and understanding psychic ability.