A little over 20 years ago, I was coaching a high school girls’ sports team. The athletic department had instructed us coaches to let our players know that if any student athletes were caught smoking or drinking alcohol, they would be summarily dismissed from the team and no longer allowed to play the rest of the season.
So, at the next practice, I conveyed the information and added that I was in energy healing school and learning how to read energy – and would be able to see in their auras if they’d broken the rules, so to take it seriously. It was an idle threat because I would never intentionally violate someone by looking into their aura like that without their permission, but the kids were very intrigued that I could see things and all started asking me what I could see in them.
A little aside: people so badly want to be seen, truly seen and felt for who they really are. People are longing for others to see beyond their surface and to acknowledge them at deeper levels. I find this to be a universal truth. We all want to be seen in a way that we feel deeply known and to feel like we are connected and we matter.
I promised the kids that I’d stay after practice and do some readings if we could please finish practice. After practice, I sat with them in the bleachers and connected, one by one, with their permission, by gazing into their eyes and just allowing what came up intuitively to come out. It was really fun for everyone. I don’t remember many details from so long ago, but I remember the kids being amazed at how accurate I was – just from sitting there quietly and tuning into them.
With one girl, I sensed that something had happened when she was in about third grade – and told her not to tell me what it was, I wouldn’t invade her privacy, but whatever it was had a very strong impact on her life and she needed to deal with that. Tears slid down her cheeks as she nodded. I encouraged her to talk to an adult in her life, a parent or therapist, and to work through this. She was clearly very moved.
I did as many readings as I could, but it was starting to get late, so I promised I’d do more the next day. There was so much enthusiasm for it!
Well, the next morning I got a call from the athletic director. Of course, some parents had complained. I was ordered to not do any more readings ever. The kids were super disappointed when I told them that afternoon at practice. I was too. It had been a great way of getting to know them better and build rapport – as well as a good way to have a positive impact on their lives, which has been what has always driven me – having a positive impact on people’s lives.
So, that’s the story of the first time I did readings for people who weren’t family or friends or in energy school with me. Connecting with people at that deeper level is something that I love to do – and feel very honored to do. It’s something that I think many of us are capable of doing if we just slow down and tune in. Try it if you like! With permission/consent, just sit quietly with someone and look deeply into their eyes. Hold that sacred space with them and tune in. See what comes up. Don’t be afraid to say what you think/feel/see/smell – any messages you get. You can ask, does this make sense to you? Play with it! The more you can let go and just have fun with it, the more you can tune in and pick up. Being too serious closes down your receptiveness.
Even after all of these years, I think it’s so important to keep a beginner’s mind. No matter how tuned in we are, we can only see what we’re allowed to see – and our interpretations of what we see (and by that, I mean visualize in our mind or feel or have a direct knowing or hear, etc.) do tend to run through our own filters, so may not be accurate for the person we are reading. So, take it lightly. Ask questions for confirmation. Let the messages be what they are – and as the saying goes, “take what works and leave the rest.” I think we all benefit when we connect more with that inner stillness and our intuitive abilities. If you want to talk more about this, I am available!