My mom recently sent me the book “Awakening Intuition,” by Mona Lisa Schulz M.D., PH.D. The subtitle of the book reads, “Using your mind-body network for insight and healing.”
As soon as I began reading this book I realized I intuitively knew everything she was going to say on the topic. I am halfway through and really have yet to learn anything new. Not that I don’t appreciate the book, I do, it’s just that I already know everything this woman has to say. If I thought about it, I probably could have written the book.
Anyway, that is all beside the point, really. The truth is, that I knew about my intuitive abilities from a very young age. At first they were frustrating. I remember sitting at the dinner table at night and every time a thought popped into my head my mom would say it out loud. I don’t know if that made her psychic, or me, or both, but it got to the point where I was downright pissed off because I never got to say what I wanted to say before my mom said it. Over time this got better- but I still have the ability to know what my mom is talking about even when she can’t find the words.
A very common conversation between my mother and myself will go something like this:
Mom walks into room, “Jen, do you know where my, um, uh- you know what I am talking about.”
Jen: “It’s downstairs in the drawer by the sink.”
Mom: “Thank you.”
I always know what she is talking about, even when she can’t remember the word for it. Sometimes I pretend like I don’t know what she is talking about (sorry mom!) just so that she will have to struggle a bit. 😉 I know, I am a bad, mean daughter- but oh it is just too easy.
In any case, when you are young and know that you have these abilities you try to find information and outlets for them. One of the first places I went to seek out information on how to use these abilities was witchcraft. I think this may be the case with a lot of people like me. To a kid, intuition seems like magic, and the idea of spells and rituals is all very romantic and enticing. Particularly if you can SEE energy- you want to learn ways to manipulate it.
My mom was very against me dabbling in the craft and always said “You don’t know what you are opening the door to.” Of course, she was right, but I stuck to Wicca and have always stayed true to the oath to “Harm None,” and told her nothing more about what I did in my personal time with the craft.
I am not entirely convinced that some of the things I played in in those days didn’t open the door to some of the things I have come to experience over the course of my life, but that is not really what I am here to talk about today.
My point of this post is that in the world of witchcraft, I am what you would consider a “Natural Witch.” I believe that it’s possible that I come from a line of natural witches. My mother, and her grandmother, for sure. I remember when I first started learning about the craft I became convinced that my great-grandmother had been a witch based on a lot of the things she had given me as a child. My mother vehemently denied this saying that her grandmother died a Christian and thought witchcraft was the work of the devil, or something like that.
My mom was probably completely correct, she may not have been involved in the practice of witchcraft, but she was a natural witch if I ever saw one.
Anyway, everything that Ms. Schulz says in her book is addressed in witchcraft, especially for those considered to be natural witches, or those who are considered “naturally intuitive.” It’s the same information, just folded up in a different package.
I have long since left the craft behind (for the most part), as with the natural progression of life, I just outgrew it. There comes a time when things become too limiting and that is how I feel about that. Obviously it taught me something about focusing my abilities, but it didn’t fulfill my search for the truth of reality. Obviously I could find the same information on intuition in a book written by a medical intuitive and Ph.D., without all the philosophical dogma. Who knew?