I was always very aware that my brain worked differently from most people’s and that my perceptions were different. The esoteric part of what I was experiencing as a natural intuitive sometimes felt too much like mental illness to me. So when I was 21, I became a test subject for researchers studying extrasensory perception and nonlocal effect on healing at various universities. I wanted scientific proof that I was not crazy and could indeed predict the future or see inside a body or affect an object at a distance. Or, if I was simply crazy, I wanted to know for sure.
Just by knowing the number on a patient’s file, without even seeing the person, I (and others like me) could tell the doctors in the studies what was wrong with the patient. One of these tests was televised, and then I had this instant following. People would come to me and ask if I could predict things like the outcome of a certain medication on a thousand patients. “Well, I don’t know,” I’d say, “but I’ll try.” So I kept on trying, and eventually a very mainstream career developed with a very weird kind of ability.
One of the downsides of being very intuitively open— feeling everything everybody feels and knowing the things that are going to happen—is that life becomes pretty overwhelming. I have a very intuitive family, and of the six of us, only three are still living because life was too overwhelming for three of them. Filtering your intuition is one of the most important lessons in learning how to use it.
Ideally, you want the things you can’t affect to stay out of your consciousness and the things you can affect to come into your consciousness. For example, I don’t pick up world disasters, unless they’re happening in New York. And even before 9/11, I didn’t pick up that a plane was going to hit a building because I would’ve fallen apart and not been able to do anything. Here’s what did happen for me: A few weeks before, all of a sudden, I felt the need to have cash on hand. I went to my dad’s office—he’s a doctor—and I got a bunch of masks. I ordered lots of bottles of water. So on 9/11, I had cash, masks, and water both for me and to give every single person in the little school beneath my home, which is near the World Trade Center. When I worry about something, I always ask myself a series of questions: What is it? Does it affect me or mine? Can I have a helpful effect for somebody else? If not, I just redirect my attention.
Redirecting is also helpful with certain conversations you have with others in your head. You may assume what you’re thinking isn’t harmful, but telepathy is real, and if the conversation doesn’t have any positive outcome, it’s important to redirect your mind away from that. When someone cuts you off on the road, for example, and you’re still fighting with them in your head 20 minutes later, that’s very toxic.
We think of telepathy as going on in the mind, but it doesn’t. It happens in the heart. Some kind of connection is required. For example, telepathy is one of the ways we keep in touch with people who have passed on. It’s really important to keep working on those relationships with people we love who have died, but we need to do so in a positive way. Telepathy is so powerful that you can even use it to create a telepathic relationship with someone you haven’t met yet—your true love, for example, or even an investor for your company.
Right now, we have a country full of people who are chronically anxious, depressed, and overweight. Many of these people end up self-medicating. A lot of that is because we are so overwhelmed with news. News creates connection, connection creates telepathy, and telepathy occupies our inner space. That’s why maintaining hygiene both in your interactions with others and in your inner space is important. It takes a real commitment.
I also think people really get confused about precognition—telling the future. The way people use it is often damaging. If I hear I’m going to have a car accident, for example, I don’t wait in terror for it to happen. I ask, What are the circumstances? Who am I with at the time? What day is it? What color is the car? I look for those things and then I do my best to avoid the accident. We’re so trained to feel disempowered, which is the danger of going to psychics who tell you something bad will happen. They may or may not be right, but even if they are, it would be so much more helpful for the psychic to say, “Here are the details, and here are the options. Let me help you choose a better option.” That’s so important. We are not disempowered. Each and every one of us is an infinitely powerful being. So as you work with intuition, remember that you can also make choices that can change those predictions.
A lot of my work now involves getting people together into groups and showing them how they can channel healing to transform their bodies, their communities, and their world. I also show them that they don’t need an expert to do it. They are the healers. They are the gurus. I do this all over the country. Many times, I’ve seen that when we as a group embody the same vibration, the same frequency, we’re able to create dramatic change in the matrix of one another’s lives. We all have issues we avoid, for example, but when we’re in a group, the other people won’t avoid the same things we will, and so they will carry us to safety. We can completely transform each other. I find my own life changes for the better, too, even when I’m the one leading the group! My goal now is to create these communities all over, to seed these groups so they can keep it going.
One of the downsides of the spiritual or self-help business is this idea that you evolve and then you’re done—that’s it. What people don’t understand is that we’re all struggling with our weaknesses. We all feel like pond slime a lot of the time. If you don’t, you either have very good psych meds or you’re not looking hard enough. The difference between the hurt and the healer is that the healer says, “I have a weakness, and I’m going to find the cure, and then I’m going to share that cure.” So the healer then becomes the teacher.
There’s this basic truth that science is now proving across every discipline: We are one, and our separateness is an illusion. When we use that pragmatically to create our lives, it’s alchemic. If we use that alchemy in community, it’s absolutely incredible.