I am often asked how I ended up in Sedona, AZ. Anyone who has been here knows that Sedona is special. It is a place of intense energy and it will bring up any issues you need to work on should that be your intention. It is a place of healing. It is a place where manifesting happens and usually pretty quickly. You have to be very careful of your thoughts, feeling and intentions because it doesn't take long for them to become reality. So, how did I end up in Red Rock country living in the desert?
It was 2010 and I was in a rut. I mean a massive rut. I felt a complete disconnection from Source, Mother Earth and most definitely myself. I knew something had to change, but I had no idea what or how. So, I threw it out there to my Guides, God, the Universe. What do I do? What steps do I need to take? Within 48 hours I started to notice Google Ads for Sedona. I've set foot on every single continent and traveled all over the United States, but I'd never heard of Sedona. A day or so later, I was talking to a friend and mentioned that I kept seeing things about Sedona. She became very excited and proceeded to tell me that she had been there and that it is THE place to go for spiritual transformation. After that call and some other synchronicities, I started researching Sedona. I was able to check it out for myself during a road trip out West. The first place I went to and the first thing I did was climb Bell Rock. To be honest, I didn't feel the vortex energy everyone talks about, but the view was absolutely stunning. I knew that this place would be home at some point.
It took me nearly a year, but I was able to move to the area in the fall of 2011. It has been the most amazing, challenging and mind-blowing experience. I feel healthy and energetic, more so than in any other place I've lived. I've met wonderful people and have had my horizons broadened (which is an understatement). I have no idea how long this nomadic Soul will stay in Sedona, but until that time, I plan to continue to grow, learn, hike, help others and experience life from the heart as much as I possibly can - all the while enjoying this beautiful, ever-changing landscape.
Not too long ago, I heard a talk given by Dr. Judith Orloff about being empathic. She asked the following questions:
I answered 'yes' to pretty much all of them. It was a another confirmation of "yes, I''m empathic." If you find that you identify with some or all of what she listed, you may want to click here to read her article about this. This is great information if you know someone who is empathic, or you think they may be. Even if you don't identify with being an empath, Dr. Orloff also has other great information on her site including quizzes and articles about intuition, energy vampires and much more. Have a go at the links and let me know what you think...or feel ;)
I can remember the day I found out I was empathic. I was working in a metaphysical shop in Sedona, AZ. Mind you, I'd never really heard of the term empathic. Sympathetic, empathetic - yes, but empathic? I'd been meeting people who can see things, hear things or know things, but as it turns out, I really feel things.
Growing up, I'd always been labeled as over sensitive, over dramatic or too emotional. I'd often pick up on others' emotions. If someone was crying, I'd start crying. If someone was angry, held contempt or disapproval, I felt it big time. But, I never connected the dots. I didn't realize that these were not even my emotions and in most cases had nothing to do with me. I was just a super sensitive person...right?
What a relief to finally find out I wasn't crazy or an emotional basket case - I'm empathic. Man, did that ever explain a lot! But... with the awareness, with opening up to it and using it more and more, I'm even more sensitive now. There are times when I feel like I'm having a heart attack because a person walks by me who's going through something very traumatic, or their heart is too closed off or, possibly, they have a physical issue. It's very difficult for me to be around a lot of people at once. A crowd can be massively overwhelming. Being around people who are drinking or on drugs leaves me physically ill. This means I have to be careful of where I go and what I do. I have to work on really shielding myself from other people and figure out how to not let their energy affect me so much. The upside is I can use this in the work I do. I can feel where people have blocked energy. I can usually feel the exact place where someone has a trapped emotion. I can also feel the chakras. When I connect, or tune into someone, I can feel which of their chakras are really out of balance. What I've been finding interesting is I can also feel the deceased. I mean, where they have/had trapped energy or how they're feeling on the other side. But, that's for a different blog entry.
I'm learning that being empathic means I really have to take care of myself. It's something I'm working on and am learning about with each new day. It's been a blessing to finally understand this important aspect of myself. It's been amazing to be able to use it to help others. There are "downsides" that I'm still learning to cope and live with and try to see as "upsides." I constantly ask for guidance to be shown how to protect myself and not let myself be run over by others' emotions or issues when I'm out in public spaces. I'm certain that one of these days I'll figure it out.
So the next time someone tells me, "You have no idea how it feels..." Guess what, I actually do. And, thanks to that light bulb going on, I know why that is.
Love, Light and Hugs - Adrienne :)
Last week, I "came out" and shared that I'm an empathic intuitive, but, that is only one aspect of who I am. There are a lot more traits that I identify with, but they all just scratch the surface. If I were to ask you, "Who are you?", how might you reply? Some may identify with their career and tell me they're a teacher, writer, actress, psychologist, construction worker, etc. Or, they may tell me they're a mother, father, daughter, grandfather, cousin, etc. Some may add in their qualities telling me they're a successful lawyer, a hard-working stay-at-home parent or a full-time volunteer. Some may hold a more negative view: 'I'm a lowly secretary' or 'everyone sees me as a lazy bum.' If I asked you to describe in detail who you are, how would you do it? What would your description include? Right now, I would like you to STOP reading this blog and take the next 2-3 minutes to make your list. This is a very valuable reflection tool and is more effective if you do it before going any further. Once you've made your list, by all means, please continue reading.
Have you made your list? Did you put down all of your characteristics, traits and identifiers? Is it a long list or a short list? Do you find that you've mostly described yourself in a positive or a negative way? Did you happen to list your Soul as part of who you are? I'll bet that most of what you listed applies to your persona, but here's a little, well-known secret - you are your Soul. That's who you TRULY are. When I deal with the deceased, it's not their body I interact with, it's their energy - their Soul.
There's a wonderful saying that really changed my life:
My body is mine, but it is not ME.
My mind is mine, but it is not ME.
My emotions are mine, but they are not ME.
My mistakes are mine, but they are not who I AM.
I AM my Soul.
How often do we define ourselves by how we look or how we think or by the mistakes we've made in the past? That's not who we really are. They're just the constructs of a box that we allow ourselves to be in. We should love and take care of our body and our mind. We should feel our emotions, but watch how we react. We should own our mistakes and the consequences that may come from them. What we should not do is allow any of these things to define us. They are not all that we are. You are more than just a tall, shy girl. You are more than just an overweight guy. You are more than just an addict. We are our Soul and our Soul comes from the highest form of Love.
Another great saying is: I am not a body that has a Soul, I am a Soul that has a body. Your body and your ego help you to exist, learn and grow in this world. What you go through in life, these are actually lessons that your Soul desires to learn. We feel the bad so we can know the good. We feel the sadness so we can know the happiness. We feel disease so we can know good health (and appreciate it).
We very often allow our ego and our emotions to run our life. But, if you take some time and connect with who you really are, you will connect with that part of you who knows your purpose for being here, that knows if you should pursue this job or that or be with a certain person or not. It is true that your answers lie within yourself. So, I invite you to take a few moments each day and connect with your Soul. It's as simple as just saying "Hello (you can insert your name here), how are you? Is there anything I should know or can do for you today?" I invite you to take that leap and start to get to know yourself, who you really are.
Many of you who are reading this know me from when we went to school, or from my different teaching jobs, or my nanny jobs, or from my travels and different moves. Some of you will already know what I'm about to tell you. Some of you may not be surprised. I'm sure some will think I've gone off the deep end.
I am an intuitive. An empathic intuitive who can communicate with the deceased to be more precise. I had inklings throughout my life, but it wasn't until Sedona that it all became clear and very real. I've been living a double life since then - that of the Adrienne most of you know and that of the intuitive Adrienne. This whole intuitive thing wasn't easy to take at first. I'll admit I've been intrigued about it all from the get-go, but I was also afraid of what others might think of me. In fact, I have lost quite a few friends because of this. It's unfamiliar territory for a lot of people, yet it feels as natural as breathing to me. I see and feel life in a very different way now - one that is more positive, hopeful, loving and magical.
But, let's do get something straight, I use these gifts to HELP - help myself grow and help others in a loving and sincere way. I tune into people and help them release trapped emotions, trauma, and or blocks around their heart. I help the deceased, who come to me, cross over. I deliver messages to people from their Angels and Guides. Guess what? Every single one of us has Angels and Guides available to help us when we call on them. Being an empath, I can truly feel what it is that you're feeling (whether consciously or unconsciously) and provide insight on how to shift that. I always ask that everything I do be in the highest good of all.
So why come out now? It's tiring leading two lives which also doesn't allow for me to fully be me. It's also for my own self-empowerment and I don't mean that in a negative, egotistical way. In order to be on this path and do this work, I have to accept it - that it is a part of me and my life's purpose. I know that I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Through intuition and guidance, I'm able to truly help people - is there any greater purpose? I no longer fear what others think of me or of losing friends. I love what I do, I love who I am and who I am becoming. I look forward to each day as it's always an adventure into the unknown. This is me. This is who I am. So...hello. My name is Adrienne and I'm an empathic intuitive.
Hello! I'm Adrienne Almamour, an empathic intuitive conduit. I assist people by detecting and clearing their subconscious emotional energy blockages. This blog is a commentary and reflection of life from an intuitive standpoint which also incorporates ways that allow us to be from our heart.