Go Ahead and Screw It Up!

I believe that everyone can develop a connection with their Higher self, guardian angels, intuition and guides.

However, this connection doesn’t necessarily come instantly.

I have found that being in touch with your intuition and spiritual guidance is a bit like speaking another language – a language we used to know when we were babies and children, but might have since “forgotten” (some of us might have forgotten some of it and some have forgotten all of it.)

And the thing about learning and keeping up another language is that you need to practise.

AND you need the right mindset:

Namely, you must be open to screwing up.

How to Be Better at Developing Intuitively

I used to teach languages (I was a CELTA teacher before I became a professional intuitive). And I see some similarities between my language students back then and intuitive development students now.

The most successful language students were the ones who went into situations knowing they were probably going to make some mistakes. They got more practice and were able to correct themselves more often.

The least successful ones were the ones who were too scared to open their mouths in case they got it wrong. They tended not to get enough practice.

I also see this same scenario applies to intuitive development, where students realise they need to ‘get it wrong’ many times, before they can get it right – and some people need to make more mistakes than others do, before reaching a certain level. And this is discouraging.

There is often an emotional element to this, because underneath there can sometimes be a fear that you have no, or little intuitive ability.

But the truth is, all of us are intuitive, in some way or another.

Why Everyone Is Psychic

The reason why everyone can be psychic in some way is because everyone has a soul. We are spiritual beings in a human experience. There is a whole world of energy and Spirit out there that we can attune ourselves to.

Plus, we are wired to keep in contact with our Higher self (and Spirit Guides) while we’re in this physical experience that we call life.

So, for me, saying that not everyone can be psychic is a bit like saying that not everyone has a soul! Obviously, we all have souls and we can all have that guidance from Spirit. We’re meant to! And we don’t need to rely on anyone else to connect for us. We are ‘wired’ and designed, on the soul level, to do it ourselves!

My Own Personal Experiences with This

Was I one of those people who were born with fully developed psychic abilities that I retained into adulthood?

No, not exactly!

I grew up knowing that I was very sensitive and somewhat psychic, but I couldn’t always use my abilities on demand to channel guidance. Earlier in my life, I also went for periods without seeing much sign of them at all. Later on, I developed my abilities to a higher level through practice. (Back then I was not as intuitive as I am now!)

So how does this relate to your situation?

  • Maybe you are having a go at the intuitive experiments I post on this blog, and getting half of your insights (or everything) wrong each month
  • Maybe you have just joined an intuitive development program, and you’re discouraged because you’re not doing so well with the exercises
  • Maybe you’re learning to read for others, and you’re too afraid to find practice clients to practise on, in case you’re not very good.

If you happen to be in any of those situations, I encourage you to give yourself space to fail. You must let go of your ego’s fears of looking like an idiot, and you have to make some mistakes in order to improve.

It’s OK to make mistakes in these situations: presumably, no-one is paying you for a reading yet, no-one is counting on you to get the intuitive experiments right, and no-one minds if you get it wrong.

As a recovering perfectionist, I am as guilty of this mindset as anyone.

An example that comes to mind: 

When I lived in Australia several years ago, I joined a flamenco dance class. I love Flamenco and thought it would be fun to learn some steps. I paid for a 12-week course in advance but only went twice. Why? Because I wasn’t very good at it.

But no-one in that class was any good at flamenco. If we were, we wouldn’t have been there in a beginner’s class.

Mistakes are good.

While you’re making your mistakes, you may be able to find a pattern to where you’re going wrong. You may identify an area where you need further teaching or information. You may be able to get feedback from others, which helps you to know that you are actually on track.

So go for it, and feel free to screw up!

And if you need further instruction on this path, you might like to check out my Intuitive Awakening Course.

Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >

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    Thank you for “allowing” and “encouraging” to screw up. I was very happy to read the post about our weaknesses being our strengths, and was just writing that list in my notebook. Also I want to develop psychicly but keep forgetting why and to keep that focus is hard, so it’s a screw up already, I guess. I really like you comparing it to languages, because it really looks similar!

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    Wow….this post could not have come at a better time. Thank you. Anna im very curious…for those born with very very little psychic ability…with training and practice is their best bet to develop mediocre skills? Or have you worked with people with no natural ability whove fully developed their psychic abilities? Thank you

  3. Anna

    Eagle, Lauren – glad you found this helpful!

    Lauren, yes it is possible to develop your intuitive ability even if you have never seen any evidence of it. I have had a couple of people like that as students that I know of over the years – both of them guys who were very scientific-minded types and who were open-minded but sort of experimenting to see if they could develop their abilities, and neither were hugely attached to the outcome, but developed their ability to a good level. The majority of my students appear to be people who have had past psychic experiences though, but perhaps those experiences have been few and far between.

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    I understand how to open and close my chakras but I’m not clear on when I “should” close them. Am I vulnerable with the chakras open if I am out and about? Or am I more “awake” and in tune to life if they are open? … should I always leave my root and crown open and connected?

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    Pierrette…I too need some direction on opening and closing my chakras. I know I need to protect myself so I’m not sure.

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    The experiment. I’m going to
    Do this two ways. First I will give my immediate perception and then later I will meditate and see what I get.

    Here goes first impression: I see the woman as a rich lady of a higher social standing.
    She has two personalities….one endearing and kind and one vindictive and sadistic.

    I see her controlling her two kids….boy and girl….with money.

    She may have been an author.

    She was murdered. Maybe by one or both kids.

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    I looked at her picture several times. I had to leave it. every time I looked at it I got chills. It felt cold and dark. I kept seeing the word murder.

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    Intuitive experiment
    Engineer or in the science field.
    Humble man
    Modest and pragmatic in his life dealings.
    Discerning character embodies wisdom and approacable.
    Loving towards his family and wife.

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