Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5 Tips For Budding Psychics

Lately it seems more and more people are looking for opportunities to embrace their psychic gifts and have begun using these gifts to assist others as professional psychics and spiritual counselors. The demand for alternative counseling and healing is higher than ever. This is awesome news for those who have decided to take a leap of faith and pursue careers as a spiritual advisor.

As a professional spiritual advisor/teacher for over 16 years and the founder of The Mystical Moon,  you could say that I am a pretty seasoned advisor and have learned a few things over the years. Assisting and holding space for another's journey, healing and growth is a sacred and beautiful gift. However, there are a few things that you may not learn about through training in this field. I'd love to share some of the tips that I share with my students and with those whom I mentor.

5 Tips For Budding Psychics

1. Practice Makes Perfect - The more you work with others, the more confident you will become with how the information comes to you as well as deciphering your own psychic language. When I first started out, I practiced on friends and family and then participated in apprentice psychic faires. The experience you gain from practice is priceless! You will find out which clients you would like to work with as well as which environment you feel most comfortable in. It may be in an office, over the phone and or working psychic faires and expos. Practice and experience will help you find your professional niche.

2. Don't Compare Yourself With Other Readers/Healers - Everyone has psychic abilities. The way we receive this information is different for each and every person. For some they see pictures and movies, for others they see auras, and for some they may see those who have crossed over. Embrace your own unique psychic gifts and run with them! Appreciating another's gifts without judging or doubting your own is a telltale sign that you are confident in your own abilities and that your negative ego is under control. By comparing yourself with another, you are setting yourself up for failure. You have your gifts and have worked very hard on them, now it's time to share them with the world.

3. Keep Healthy Boundaries With Clients - This is a huge challenge for most professionals and it is the area where if you don't keep healthy boundaries with clients that it will get you into trouble. What do I mean by trouble? You may get phone calls at all hours, you can become emotionally corded, you may take on their energy and or you may be taken advantage of financially. These are just a few of things that can happen when we do not set parameters with clients. I keep a professional relationship with my clients and have a strict policy that we do not have an outside of the office relationship. I do not answer emails or phone calls outside of business hours. These are just some examples and suggestions and they may vary for the individual. I strongly suggest keeping doctor/patient confidentiality and professionalism with all of your clients.

4. There Are Some Clients That You May Not Be To Read - This is a challenging one that many struggle with and do not realize that not all people are able to be read by you or anyone. There are many reasons for this such as; you aren't able to make a connection with them, you may be tired or they may be tired, it's not for their highest and best good for you to read them and or your guides may be protecting you from their energy. If within the first 5 minutes of a session you are unable to make a connection, it is always best to end the session. Many people do not realize or know this,  but it is more harmful to keep going when the energy and information isn't flowing. One of the dangers is that you may begin to doubt yourself because you are unable to make a connection. There are some situations where you are not supposed to read that person and that is totally ok. If you end a session within the first 5 minutes, do not charge the person and either schedule a future session or refer them to someone else.

5. Take Time For Yourself And Know Your Limits - Psychic work is and can be draining. You are working with people who are experiencing tragedy, pain, guilt, and heartache. This can be emotionally and energetically draining if you do not keep healthy boundaries and if you do not take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself means getting massages, taking time off, going for nature walks, eating healthy and learning how to detach from your sessions. Know your limits;  how many sessions you can do in a day, week, month, etc. Overworking yourself can and will lead to burnout, exhaustion, a compromised immune system and not being able to make a clear connection with your higher guidance. Many worry that if they say no to clients that the clients will go to another practitioner. Could this happen? Well, it sure could but there are many people seeking help. There is more than enough to go around. Compromising your mental and physical well-being is not worth it.  Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority.

By following these 5 suggestions, you will be able to enjoy doing exactly what you love doing and you will be able to enjoy a long and prosperous career.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Friday, March 10, 2017

What Is Your Strongest Psychic Gift? Find Out By Selecting One Of These Crystals

Do you know which psychic ability of the 4 main psychic senses is your strongest? Learn more about your own natural psychic abilities by selecting the crystal that calls to you. Each crystal helps enhance the corresponding "clair" when the user carries or wears it.

Take a moment to center yourself and then ask your Higher Self which of the following crystals will help enhance your intuitive abilities. 

1. Clairvoyance/Lapis Lazuli - People that are clairvoyant are able to see psychic energy whether it be through pictures, movies, and or colors. Place your crystal on your 3rd eye to enhance your gift of clairvoyance.

2. Clairaudience/Labradorite - Clairaudience is the ability to hear psychically. You may hear messages, songs and all sorts of different sounds. If at all possible, wear selenite earrings or place a piece of selenite on the throat area while lying down to help fine tune your clairaudient abilities.

3. Claircognizance/Amethyst - With this ability you simply "know" things without trying to focus on the situation at hand. Information flows through the Higher Self and heart chakra effortlessly. Placing an amethyst crystal on your heart chakra will help bring out your claircognizant abilities.

4. Clairsentience/Rose Quartz - If you possess this ability, you are able to feel the energy of people and places that you interact with. Many empaths possess this psychic gift. Place a rose quartz on your solar plexus/stomach area to build your clairsentience abilities. This activity will help prevent you from absorbing the energetic influences that you are feeling.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 

Laurie Barraco is the owner of The Mystical Moon as well as a published author, professional intuitive business coach and spiritual guide and counselor.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tips For Making 2017 Your Best Year Ever!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Hopefully you will give a few, if not all of these suggestions a fair chance with an open mind and heart. These suggestions are a recipe for success, joy and happiness. Here's to a fantastic, healthy, blissful and abundant 2017!! 

1. Releasing Ceremony - Write down all of the things that were "lessons not blessings" for you in 2016. Be sure to thank spirit for all of these challenges because they have made you stronger and wiser. Read them out loud and then let them go!

2. Forgive Yourself and Others - Let go of past disappointments and move on from the stories of pain and disappointment. No one is perfect, not even you ;) Use the past as a guide on how to do things differently for the future because you are wiser from these experiences. Just because you forgive someone, doesn't mean you have to interact with them. By releasing the disappointment, you are letting go of the emotional heavy ties that you have with them. 

3. Surround Yourself with Positive and Goal-Oriented People - We are a product of the people and the environment we surround ourselves with. Spending time with people who are happy, successful and who are loving their lives is an excellent way of raising your own vibration and keeping you focused on your future goals. Seeking out a mastermind group is an excellent way of keeping your eye on the prize!

4. Know Your Limits - Overcommitting ourselves is something many of us struggle with and is one of the number one reasons why we do not achieve most of our goals. Writing down your goals with a timeline is a healthy and realistic way to work towards these intentions that you have set out for yourself. 

5. Be Open To Constructive Criticism - Asking a respected friend, family member, significant other and or colleague is an excellent way to gage the progress you are making. Sometimes the criticism may be harsh and off base and sometimes they are seeing something that you aren't. By checking in with another, you are able to see what you are projecting to the outside world. 

6. Be Mindful of Others Paths and Honor Them - We do not have control of other people's paths and we don't live in their heads and or hearts. This year try to mind your own business and only give advice if you are asked your opinion and assistance. This may be a challenging one, however, your relationships will change for the better as you hold space for others who struggle. For some, simply getting out of bed is a huge challenge. Holding space and praying for their happiness is more powerful and effective than we realize.

7. Take Personal Responsibility - When you make a mistake own it! If your decisions had a negative effect, own it! If you hurt another, own it! If you are in a mess, take responsibility and don't blame others for your decisions. By taking responsibility for our actions, we are saying that we are in control of our own lives and destinies. When we take control and ownership of our experiences, we have the power to change these experiences for the better. I would rather be at the helm of my own ship than giving up my free will to another to choose my destiny. 

8. Go On Vacation or A Staycation - Taking time off from work as well as the the day to day stresses of life is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves. Taking a break resets your mind, emotions and physical body. Schedule regular trips to places you haven't been before or hunker down at home relax and do nothing. The break from the day to day grind often is all we need to get back on course with our goals.

Blessings and Light,

Saturday, July 23, 2016

7 Reasons Why Clear Quartz Is A Must-Have Crystal

If I was to suggest one crystal that everyone could benefit from owning either for personal and or professional use, it would be a clear quartz crystal. These crystals are a composition of silicon and oxygen and are easily found all over the world and are extremely affordable.

7 Benefits From Owning Quartz Crystals
  1. This crystal repairs and strengthens the bio magnetic field. This means you will not leak energy from your auric field.
  2. You can grid your home, property or workspace with quartz points. When the point faces inwards, we are bringing in energy, when they point out, we are clearing energy.
  3. When placed in your vehicle, it helps reduce gas consumption.
  4. It amplifies the energy in its environment. When acupuncture needles are coated with clear quartz, the treatment is enhanced by 10%.
  5. Replace midday coffee with a clear quartz elixir by placing a crystal in your drinking water. (Be sure the crystal is washed before placing it in your water).
  6. Clear quartz is excellent for dream recall. There are many messages for us in the dream state, therefore remembering our dreams is important for our soul growth.
  7. This type of quartz activates and opens the crown chakra and soul star chakra. When these two chakras are open and activated, it is easier for us to connect with our intuition and divine soul energy.
Keeping your crystals cleared is an important part of working with crystal energy. They often become dull and lose their oomph when used frequently. You can clear your crystals by saging them, putting them in a running body or water or by placing them in a sea salt mixture. I recommend clearing them at least once a month.
Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Adding These Herbs Will Give Your Smudging Ritual A Boost!

When adding these herbs to your smudging ritual, you are adding another element to the environment that you are cleansing and clearing. Smudging, also known as saging, is a ritual that many different cultures have used to clear negative or stagnant energy. The most common herb that people use to clear their space is dried sage. While using sage by itself does and can get the job done, many people prefer to add another herb for their own custom intention.
The Herbs
  • Cedar is often used to cleanse a new home, apartment and or business. It has the energy of protection and brings in the influence of wise and old spiritual energy.
  • Lavender is used to bring in a loving and nurturing energy into your space. It also has a welcoming aroma. It is also said to keep away negative influences.
  • Sweetgrass has a sweet vanilla aroma that connects us to Mother Earth, which is a grounding and centering vibration. The sweetgrass brings in the sweetness and the blessings that life has to offer. 
  • Copal has a crisp citrus aroma. It is often burned as an offering to the "Gods" giving gratitude for our blessings and honoring them.
  • Frankincense was once considered more valuable than gold! It helps to raise your vibration as well as your the space you are in, opens up your clairvoyance abilities, and shields you from lower vibrational influences.
  • Myrrh helps keep your vibration high and helps the user to attain enlightenment and wisdom. It's smoke is used to bless, consecrate, and bless it's environment. 
These herbs can be added with your sage mixture, or you may purchase a sage wand with the herb(s) already bundled together. These herbs can be found at almost any metaphysical store. 

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Friday, June 3, 2016

Indigo Children, Who Are They And How Can We Support Them?

Many parents have heard the term Indigo used to describe their children. There are many different perspectives on how to identify, understand, and help support Indigo Children and it is quite possible that a few parents may be Indigos themselves. The Indigos are here to help raise the consciousness of our planet and to help us change the old paradigms and implement new ones. At times it may be difficult to relate to them and vice versa but we can coexist beautifully if we understand a little bit more about them.

What Is An Indigo?
An Indigo person is born on the Indigo Ray vibration with specific personality traits, interests, perspectives and energetic sensitivities. We started to see an influx of Indigos being born in the 1980's. Yes, there have most certainly been Indigos that have been born before 1980 such as Albert Einstein and Karl Jung.

You or Your Child Might Be An Indigo If:
  • They have strong empathic abilities and are sensitive to harsh environments and people
  • Have difficulty with routine or following directions
  • Possess the ability to see through dishonesty and deception
  • Is highly intuitive
  • Sees aura colors around people and objects
  • May be diagnosed as dyslexic or ADHD
  • Has the uncanny ability to predict future events
  • Can be overconfident and or has a very strong sense of self-worth
  • Is often passionate about charity, environment awareness
  • Often has a short temper and sometimes is unable to express their frustrations

Now that we have identified the characteristics of an Indigo there are different approaches that we can take to help nurture them so that we are able to understand and connect with them on a deeper level while supporting them on their path as well as not completely disconnecting with them.

How To Support An Indigo
  • Patience - By being patient and remember that we may be dealing with two different thought processes and that Indigos have strong wills and by trying to out-will them you may not make much progress.
  • Schedule regular Reiki sessions for them. Energy healing will do wonders for their mind, body, and spirit.
  • A regular smudging with sage and or bathing with epsom or kosher salt will help keep their auric field strong and healthy.
  • Having them wear or carry grounding crystals such as Hematite, Tiger's Eye, or Black Tourmaline will help ground them and keep outside environment influences at bay. While they may be drawn to crystals that open their third eye and crown chakras, it may be best to limit those crystals because Indigos are naturally psychically gifted.
  • Teach them how to put themselves in an energetic bubble when they are in large crowds. This will help them feel more secure.
  • Encouraging a regular meditation practice will help them decompress and be more in touch with their inner power.
  • Avoid food additives, preservatives and food colorings will help their moods and will help them stay focused and grounded.
  • Spending time outside in nature works wonders for Indigos.

Being an Indigo is a challenge but also a blessing as well. They are bright, funny and help us think outside of the box and encourage us to let go of old programming that may not serve us as a collective for our future as a conscious collective. There is a lot we can learn from them if we can meet them halfway.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What Exactly Is Karma and Can I Correct The Negative Karma That May Be Coming My Way?

Karma by definition is the sum of your experiences from this lifetime as well as previous lifetimes balancing themselves out. Often we ask ourselves, "What have I done to deserve these types of experiences? I am a good person and try to do the right thing, yet I keep having bad luck and experience challenge after challenge." The answer to these questions have to do with karma and the soul's journey. 

Why Me? 
It is quite possible that you have in another lifetime or in this lifetime been the agressor or taken advantage of another soul and now must experience the opposite pespective to have a deeper understanding of how our thoughts and actions affect others. Honestly, no one has "bad luck". Our misfortunes or unfortunate circumstances may be the result of past life experiences, this lifetime's experiences, limiting belief systems or challenges that the soul has chosen to take on for it's own evolution. It is often hard to fathom why the soul chooses these experiences, but the fact of the matter is that the soul has the most growth when challenged and overcomes negative patterns, belief systems and struggles. 

I'd also like to point out that our karmic experiences are not only the actions that we make but they are also our thoughts, emotions and intentions. Just because we did not follow through with a negative thought, it does not mean that the laws of karma do not recognize the unhealthy intention, thought or emotion. Be mindful of what and where you give energy and intention to.

Here's The Good News! 
The good news is that we can correct and minimize the negative karma that may be scheduled to head our way. By being a proactive participant and observer in our lives, we can recognize and catch ourselves when we notice a pattern forming or redirect our potential negative reactions (thoughts, words and deeds) before we add to the negative karma bank account. The process of correcting and healing our negative ego is the main purpose of having this Earthly experience.

The Karmic Bank Account
There is good karma and bad karma, therefore all karma is not bad! It is human nature to focus on the negative events of our lives but by giving equal attention to the positive and awesome experiences we have, we bring in the energy of gratitude. Gratitude automatically is deposited to our good karmic experiences and is quite effective in evening out negative energetic boomerangs. 

Karma Timeline
Karma isn't always instant, so please be patient when you are trying to be positive and are doing the right thing. People often give up and become discouraged and have a negative disposition when they do not experience an instant shift in their lives. This is the tricky part of karma, it is often a mystery when the tide will begin to change. In the meantime, keep forging ahead with your intentions of creating good karma.

What About Other People?
The only karma that we need to concern ourselves with is our own. Every action has a reaction and if other people have intentionally or unintentionally hurt you, there is the cosmic 2x4 that will be heading their way, either in this lifetime or in another lifetime. If we are consumed by revenge, we are creating negative karma for ourselves. The best thing to do in these frustrating circumstances is to surrender our negative thoughts and intentions to spirit and redirect our reactions. 

Now that we understand that there is cause and effect in our lives that is not just related to this lifetime but is an accumulation of all of our lifetimes, we hopefully can shift from disempowerment and victimhood to a proactive, consciously-aware light being and create more positive and good karmic experiences in this lifetime as well as our future lifetimes. 

Here's to an abundance of good karma coming your way!

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco