Behind The Scenes of Your Intuition

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What a funny week!

We are so straightforward when we get something.  

When it comes right from our Truth, it comes flying straight out.  Sure, we might dither, babble, tell the whole intricate story, and carry on in every other instance, but not when we actually know The Answer.

By The Answer, I don’t mean our opinion, our conjecture, our misinformed ideology.  I mean, when we “just know” or when the answer gets delivered via our intuition.

Adrienne Smith made the suggestion this week that we call our Readers.  I want to know, how many of you would fall off your chair if I just called you up one day and said,”How can I help you?”

I do have the funniest phone conversations, apt to diverge wildly, depending on who’s at the other end and if their spiritual team is coming through or not.  I swear, I’m not scary, unless you find people from New Jersey generally scary (which you might), but sometimes I am just completely myself, which can be a bit unexpected if you should hit on something I really do “just know” all about.  It’s actually funny how the conversations go right to a topic that I know like the back of my hand.  Then of course I am apt to share it here, because messages for one are usually messages for the group.

I was speaking with someone on a totally different subject, when suddenly, the conversation diverged.   The woman told me that she gets messages for strangers all of the time, out of nowhere.  She insisted that she wasn’t “minding her own business” if she shared the messages.  I explained to her that she was acting as an “Earth Angel”, and that she wouldn’t be getting messages if she wasn’t meant to deliver them.  It was 100% her free will choice to share them or not.  She got the subtext of my comment right away – if she doesn’t share them, sooner or later she’ll stop getting them.

She said that she was stuck on HOW to deliver the messages.  Her friend told her to just walk right up to people and say,”God told me to tell you that…”  Her friend insisted that she would thank her for such a message, and she wouldn’t think it odd at all if a stranger just walked up to her and said God had a message for her.  She wanted to know what I thought about that idea.

I didn’t think much of it.  I explained that message delivery is an art, and it’s a subtle business. I suggested that she ease it into the conversation in a non-threatening, vague, suggestive way.  She asked me how to do that and I gave her a few examples.

Then I summed it up:”Just don’t act crazy.”

“Don’t act crazy?”


And she laughed.

Apparently it was the message of the week.

I’ve had a lot of strange conversations lately about who exactly is helping us out via our intuition?  Moreover, what is actually possible in the Universe?

I was standing in the garage listening to a friend go on about something or other scientific.  To me it sounds like the Teacher in the Peanuts cartoons where they just sounded like,”Wah wah woh wah wah.”  Usually I have to catch the thread of the commentary so I don’t just stand there with my mouth open when he’s done, so when I tuned back in, I mentally cycled through the “big stuff” and had an epiphany.

He was using his intuition to solve a problem.

Usually he vaguely acknowledges what I do here and dismisses it, as far as I know.  He won’t even discuss it.  This time, I couldn’t resist.  I was just so grabbed by what he had just said.  So I asked him,”You just used your intuition.  How come you don’t believe in what I do but you still go by intuition?”

He explained that it wasn’t that he didn’t believe in intuition, it was just that we had a fundamental difference of opinion on where it was coming from.  He then launched into another scientific explanation of the body and physics and such, essentially boiling it down (I think) into memory and the subconscious being at causation.

To which I replied, “I don’t really care where it’s coming from, as long as it works.”

I came across Angela Artemis’s article Following Intuition Doesn’t Mean You’ll Never Face Challenges In Life (boy, is that one true!) where she said:

“Intuition is a way to receive guidance from the wisest part of yourself. Some people refer to this wise part as their “higher self” and others attribute the information to their “spirit guides.” Really, it doesn’t matter what you call it as long as you realize that this source of knowledge exists and is available to you.”

I was trained specifically to retrieve information from Spirit Guides, Angels, and so on – Beings who exist outside of Me but which are all Connected through Universal Consciousness.  Is it possible that I experience intuition that way when I do readings because that’s what I am expecting?  Or because Spirit morphs into our frame of reference so that we understand the message?

They access our memories or our “internal database.”  The more I know, the bigger my frame of reference, the easier it is for me to get messages.

Do we just see what we want or need to see to have it all make sense?

I have noticed that some people seem to always refer to receiving messages from Angels and others refer to their Higher Self.  I usually meet Spirit Guides, Angels, Ascended Masters, Archangels (or representatives thereof, anyway), and Friends and Relatives.  Once in a blue moon I meet with someone’s Higher Self.  Sometimes I trip over a Ghost.

I had a couple of sessions last week where I was doing a Reading for one person, and someone came into the picture who “didn’t fit.”  I had no idea who they belonged to, but I just knew it “wasn’t right” – still, I asked the Client just to be sure, and she said she knew no one by that name.  I finally figured it out when an order came in a few days later for a Reading for someone else, and her Dad went by that name.  An “early arrival”, I guess you could say.

You might say,”Does it matter?”

I suppose it matters only in the sense that I need to know who is telling me what – do they belong there?  Are they a guide (because people like to know their primary Spirit Guide’s name)?  I could list a whole host of reasons why I think it is important to know who’s who and what’s what.  Trust me that the reading would make no sense whatsoever if I had no context and didn’t know where the information was coming from.  Although, I’ve had many readings where I wasn’t told where it was coming from and in retrospect, that bugs me a lot.

What was more interesting to me was the way other professional Intuitives view what they are getting.  An intuitive friend mentioned a live reading session he was doing and he asked me how I did it when I did huge group sessions and read for person after person.  I was nonplussed when he asked me “if I was tuning in.”  His teacher had suggested that he not access the people’s Akashic Records but instead to do Spirit Communication. I had no idea what he meant.  As far as I know, in my vernacular and way of seeing the Universe, “the Akashic Records” is the name we give to “the history of everything.”  So of course I feel like I am always technically “accessing the Akashic Records.”  I was totally confused by that exchange.  I’m sure he knew what he meant, but we were not having a meeting of the minds.  It was like,”Wait a second, am I really an intuitive or what just happened here?!”

So in the end, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter how you get the information, as long is it is done safely and accurately.  If someone gave me a completely scientific explanation (science would clearly have to catch up quickly here!) and told me that unbeknownst to me, I was somehow accessing the information at cellular level, or some other explanation that was at complete and utter odds with the way I perceive what is happening, it would be okay with me.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  Is it true?  Is it helpful?  Well, carry on then, Universe!

Isn’t the magic of it all part of the mystery and the fun?

Really cute conversation I had with a relative.  First he made the point that I might have been home a little too long.  I think that meant that my “way out ideas” were getting “way outer.”  Then he shared with me something he did.  His plants hadn’t been growing and blooming as they were supposed to.  So he found a photo of them from when they last blossomed, went outside and showed it to them, and had a little chat with them about what they were supposed to be doing.  He left the photo out for a little bit and then came back to retrieve it.  A day or two later, he went outside and one of them was in full bloom – doing exactly what it was supposed to do, from out of nowhere.

He asked me,”Do you think it could be related?  Or am I just going crazy?”

Well, I’m not sure which of us is more out there than the other anymore, but I would say YES it is possible and NO it would not surprise me at all if his little chat had something to do with the plant’s behavior.

I’ve just seen far too many cool things like that happen to decide anything is impossible.

Where do you think your intuitive information comes from?   

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And if you really want me to call you, just let me know.  Maybe I’ll shock you at the next Blue Moon.

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  1. I think it comes from higher self as well as spirit guides, animal totems, maybe angels but not solid on that one… whichever each person can relate to or accept in their frame of reference. I don’t remember the discussion years ago, but I had said something to the effect of “it’s like a jewel, each facet of the jewel is a different belief system but it’s still the same jewel”. I still think of it like that.
    I’d love a surprise call from you LOL but that goes both ways, if you ever wanted a random wandering call just let me know too 🙂
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  2. Hi Julie!

    I laughed out loud several times reading this 🙂 remembering back in healing school how many people would come up to me and say, “My guides told me to tell you…” or, “God said to tell you…” and basically, I thought they ALL were crazy.

    When people used to ask me how I knew what I knew, I’d say, “I just know.” Not much of an answer, but that’s how it felt, and I did not want to sound like a kook. Maybe I didn’t want to scare myself at that time either.

    Today it’s guides, angels, basically energy peeps. I give the message flavor of course, bringing it through my own fun filter. How the right memory is accessed at the right moment never ceases to amaze me… of course my sciency hubby is always talking about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle… (don’t ask me, just be glad I could even spell it).

    Safety and ethics of caring are of major concern to me- I do not want to freak people out, and I see my fair share of clients who just came from someone who did just that.

    Your (super cool) friend with the plants is on the right track :} The Secret Life of Plants is a great book. (I think it’s also a movie).


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    • Hi Robin,

      Anytime someone leads off with “God…” I instantly shut off. Me! It has to be cultural or just goes back to when I was a kid – I never was a religious person. It makes me feel like,”Uh oh…what’s coming next?” when I am sure what they mean (usually) is to be comforting in some way. It feels like a space invasion to me.

      It’s funny who comes to us – I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone who was freaked out by someone else come to me for reassurance. We do seem to draw “our people”, I assume because it’s the ones the universe thinks we can help best. I get a lot of writers, other intuitives, some young(er than me) men, and a lot of women of all ages 20-70 who are working on their “next stage” or just went through something major and are trying to figure out,”What’s next?”

  3. I think it comes from both as well, I’m learning so much lately, but some of it definitely comes from our angels (spirit guides) for me anyway. Your blogs always help me, thank you 🙂

    I would LOVE a call from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  4. Julie,
    First off, I want you to know how much I enjoy your posts. You are funny girl!

    I believe that it doesn’t matter where each of us thinks this information comes from as long as it is helpful and solves the problem at hand. Much of our intuition comes from the subconscious mind where we’ve stored long forgotten information and it surfaces as “pattern recognition.” But, there’s a lot of it that does come from accessing a Greater Intelligence beyond that of our own physical brains.

    Whether we call this Greater Intelligence, God, the soul, higher self, spirit guides, angels, Akashic records or whatever it doesn’t matter.

    Napoleon Hill referred to “guides” as a “council of advisers” in his famous book, “Think and Grow Rich.” His take was something like a “board of directors” made up of the wisest individuals both deceased or living, the person wanted on his board to advise him. Jose Silva used this same idea to came up with “councilors” for the Silva Method. Judging by the time-tested success of these two – I’d say they were on to something.

    When I write I want as many people as possible to benefit, including those who are not into “spirit guides and angels.” Some people are turned off by those terms and think of them as too “airy fairy.” So, I made a decision long ago to use “higher self” more often that “spirit guides.”

    It’s all just semantics though, right?

    Someday, I’d really like to know. I guess we’ll all find out the “truth” in the end when get to the next step of our journey.

    All my best,
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    • Hi Angela!

      I love the idea of a “council of advisors.” Yes, I see your point about reaching the biggest audience who can benefit. That makes a lot of sense. After all, in the end it doesn’t matter what the vernacular is if we are moving our lives forward by appropriately using our intuition.

      I’d like to know exactly what’s going on too, and how it might differ from the way I perceive it. In my mind I think I already know that I’ve “known it all before” but I’ve “forgotten.” If that’s actually true then I guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer 🙂 Shampoo, rinse, repeat!

      Thank you for coming by 🙂

  5. Yo Julie,

    Yep, been here for some time now. It felt like back when I decided to not pay any attention whatsoever to religion (Catholicism, the second leading cause of guilt in the world)..

    I mean, shit, need I bring up the blind men and the elephant? 😉 So obvious.

    I read an account of an NDE where it was postulated that your “final” experience will depend on your beliefs – whether you meet Jesus or Buddha… or perhaps even something less pleasant. But it’s a place you built. So it is with other facets of the “spiritual experience”.

    That’s how it happens… I started with the higher self and spirit guides, etc. (which absolutely are there) but quickly widened my perspective because if it’s All One Thing, the information is literally everywhere, not focused in one “channel”, and it’s more of a matter of tuning in the radio frequency rather than kvetching about what brand of radio to use. The onliest thing to know is to always stipulate that you only want information from the forces of love and light, and that you’re asking for the highest good of the All.

    My little free course has a pretty good explanation of the field-of-information stuff.

    BTW the ritual with showing the plants the picture was simply focusing his intentions. Sounds like it worked!
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    • Hi Michael, I just want to tell everyone to go to your site and look on the right for the free e-course.

      Yup, it’s hard to say what happens “behind the scenes” especially with downloads that just pop into your head 🙂 I just loved the plants story…so if we just focus our intentions THEN WHAT HAPPENS? I am dying to know! But yes, darn thing grew 🙂

  6. Anonymouse says:

    I vote you do a random ‘Julie Holler at ya!’ lotto and we leave our numbers and you call and talk sometime! SO funny. It’s like Ed McMahon showing up with the giant publishers clearing house sign but um, on the phone. And telling better jokes?

  7. Hey Julie,

    Thanks for the mention and I’d be honored if you ever picked up the phone and called me. I think it would be like old home week and lots of fun.

    About two years ago now I participated in a meetup group with physics and boy did I learn a lot. First time I had ever heard the terms Spirit Guide or Higher Self. I learned how to talk to my spirit guide and I’ve even seen him in my meditations.

    I also really don’t care where the messages are coming from as long as they are coming and being delivered the right way. I mean I’m open to that and hearing what others have to say. Of course I’ve had a lot of messages delivered to me that weren’t spot on either which always made me wonder.

    I do have a little intuitive side to me but I do admire your talents. Not that I would want them but it’s still pretty cool.

    Thanks again and enjoy your week.

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    • Adrienne, You are a like a breath of fresh air in the learning department for me. You make the complicated seem easy and you’re always right there with the things we should have thought of, but didn’t.

      Yup, I’m gonna call you, and I’m not waiting for the blue moon, either 🙂

  8. I would love for you to call me! How *fun*!

    For me, if someone wishes to deliver a message to me, I hope they tell me something simple as in “I have a message for/about you” then share it.

    When I refer to intuition, I guess my mind feels it is an internal voice. When I am writing materials for mainstream, I keep it very generic, so I might label it inner wisdom/voice.

    My beliefs evolve as I evolve and open to possibility. I do believe that we are each capable of connecting and communicating with Spirit (whatever label we wish to use) and we are all capable of tapping into and moving energy to heal and enrich. In my personal life, I talk about manifesting and resonance and alignment, but in mainstream world I tend to practice it, not really speak of it (unless asked). I read people automatically (I just absorb it when they are in my space) but I often don’t share it unless asked (or I might ask, may I share something I have just read?)…

    I love the conversations on your site…so interesting! Thank you!
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    • Hi Joy, Obviously I should have the common sense that you and Angela do and make it more of a general phraseology, but clearly I missed the boat since I can’t seem to stop myself from saying exactly what I think. This may be a curse 🙂

      Or, I may just be stuck in some form of teenage rebellion? “This is my site and I will do and say exactly as I please. So there!”

      I really never, ever tell anyone anything (outside of Readings and Psychic Sparks or A Clear Sign in general) without making it so vague as to be but a whisper of a suggestion. I guarantee you that everyone I know in my daily walking-round life would fall over dead in a faint if they knew what I did for a living.

      Absolutely, we must chat! I don’t know why we haven’t already.

      • Oh no, Julie…I need to print out and frame this comment!!! You are the first person in my entire life to suggest I have common sense! I *can* have it, but I truly function on heart whispers, so rarely do I use it.

        You didn’t miss the boat…you are *on it*…and after reading your article today I decided that I am going to be much more clear with my definitions and not so mainstream. I am glad you are direct and open…I absolutely love that about you!
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  9. I always trust my intuition and When I know something is right I just go with it. I have shared with Angela and Miss. Joy on several different occasions how I use to struggle with delivery to the point that it had become a near burden… then I learned my task was to simply relay the information and that in that same moment of “knowing” I would also know how to deliver the message… this has worked 100% of the time for me… and no more burdens in that respect. Having these “gifts of intuition about others” is truly a gift from our universe, higher power etc.
    As I just started following a clear sign last week and again I just knew it was the right thing to do…and low and behold if todays comments affirmed my intuition that find the other two mentors that I have so much respect for in this circle of like minded interacting. I just on a cloud of happiness now. Yes, I am rambling but I am thrilled beyond words.

    • Hi Rosemary, Ramble all you want – I rarely get the opportunity to place people on clouds of happiness so let’s just enjoy the moment, shall we? 🙂

      I also find that the message comes with downloadable instructions! That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Why send us a message but fail to show us how to get it across in a way that it will be used by the recipient! Now that would just be silly. Maybe it just takes a bit of practice tuning in. Some of us get performance anxiety?

  10. I know I have many spirit guides, angels and such that deliver messages for me and to me. I don’t always trust what I think they are saying… I am also a rebel and say what I want and try hard to limit where I do tat.
    A blue Moon? Could I paint one on a canvas and send it to you? I would so send my number for a call…I need a mentor to guide me and am open
    Glad I found your site sweetie
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    • Hi Dawn and welcome to A Clear Sign! That black cat you have with you is AWESOME. I used to have one just like it named Shakespeare.

      You should send your number in via the contact form and I will keep them all handy for that blue moon.

  11. I wouldn’t necessarily be adverse to someone giving me a message but it really depends on the delivery. That is not all that different from speaking with people in general. If you approach them in a pleasant manner you’ll usually get more than if you come on in an aggressive or hostile fashion.

    I think I am getting better about just accepting that not everything is rooted in something tangible and concrete.
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    • Hi Josh, I know, it’s like we stepped into the Matrix a bit there. Well, I guess it’s like psychology – you never knew the guy next you thought he was from Mars, he was speaking so rationally, until he opened his mouth and made a reference to how odd it was to finally get to visit Earth. Your world tilts slightly. The psychology gives you a reference point to say,”Uh, this guy’s nuts,” and back away slowly 🙂

  12. Hi Julie,
    I never thought about where it came from?Strange, isn’t it? I’ve read the post and all the comments and am no closer to knowing. Maybe it doesn’t matter as long as it’s good energy.
    You’ve got a long Blue Moon list by now 😉 Fun!
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