Guest Article by Sarah Petruno, Shamana
When I was first developing my intuitive abilities, Amanda was 2 steps ahead of me. Divinely aligned, I’m sure, that whenever I had an experience or a struggle, Amanda had just navigated the same issue days, weeks, or months ahead of me.
With the experience under her belt, Amanda became my coach and my cheerleader. Each experience, each “I’m not sure, was it?,” and each questioning, doubt, or triumph I had, Amanda was there to validate and support along the way. Guided by her own spiritual path of helping others open their gifts, by her own excitement that someone else was joining the path, and by her own feelings of understanding, empathy, and knowingness, Amanda, working together with Spirit, can be credited as the single most integral piece and person of my journey.
Was it because I, myself, didn’t already have the gifts within me to recognize, identify, and develop my intuitive abilities?
It was because, identifying, recognizing, and seeing clearly all the signs, symbols, messages, and information from Spirit can be subtle and difficult, at least, at first.
This is especially true if you are normally a person so heavily rooted in the physical world of tangible facts, numbers, and things you can see - which was me, at the time.
As a trained scientist, I’m an observer, an analyzer, and a noticer by trade. But, before my Spiritual Development, I was trained at noticing things I could see with my eyes, and numbers I could understand with my left brain.
I was trained at walking through the forest, and looking at the big trees and the birds, and noticing, enumerating them, but I wasn’t trained, at looking between the trees in the forest to see all that was present that was not so tangible.
I wasn’t trained at noticing the tiny small crumbs, left by a mouse, munching on a forest snack.
Spiritually, I wasn’t trained at looking for subtle, typically unseen and under-noticed cues - the primary tools that Spirit has to work with to connect with you.
A developing a connection with Energy and Spirit - always occurs between the lines. Subtly beneath the surface of the physical, and when you’re actively learning and training, it helps to have someone to point them out - and say “Hey - did you see that tiny mouse print? That’s the kind of thing we’re looking for!”
And soon, after being guided and after receiving essential instruction on how, when and in what way to best look for these subtleties in the environment - you don’t need any more guiding. Soon, you’ve become a fully trained and functioning scientist and navigator of the Spiritual.
Soon, you become an expert Spiritual Observer.
How can you get there?
For us physical world folks, it can help to apply the spiritual and energetic worlds to clear examples in our physical world.
And what I’m referring to here, is the -
Scientific Method of Developing Your Intuitive Gifts.
When you first start developing your gifts, you’re conducting an experiment. You are sorting out the truth from the non-truth, testing your abilities, doubting, looking for signs and then double checking those signs.
You’re testing your hypotheses about the Spiritual world, making observations, and drawing conclusions from them.
And anyone that’s ever been through this process, knows that one of the key and most integral parts of executing an experiment, is having a lab partner or a colleague, that you can bounce your ideas off of, someone who you can troubleshoot with.
No one can ever visit your personal lab or experiment, unless the Scientist themselves (you) has requested their expertise.
While private consultation and discussion is one highly helpful area of focus, there’s still more to the rest of the Spiritual Scientific Method.
What are the ways that you can hone your ability to see breadcrumbs and mouseprints, through the huge pine trees and ravens?
6 Steps of the Spiritual Scientific Method
1. Ask Yourself a Question (Ask a Question)
The first step of the scientific method is to have a question - to have something in your mind that you want an answer to. Here, your own abilities are the experiment in need of refinement and testing. You need to know what they are and how they work, you need to ask questions.
First, you may want to identify - which ability is your strongest? Do you find the mouse by seeing their footprint (clairvoyance) or by hearing their squeak (clairaudience)?
In which ways will you help yourself or another with your footprint spotting abilities? Will you help the mice find nourishment while also help to illuminate the importance of the mouse (help Spirit and help others connect with Spirit)?
What do you most want to identify about yourself and your Spiritual abilities?
Ask that question first and begin to move forward from there.
2. Set the Intention (Develop your Hypothesis)
Intend on finding an answer, and postulate on what that answer could be, if you had to make an educated guess. There are tons of articles on the website for tips on how to identify your already present gift using examples from the real world. For example, this one.
Make a hypothesis, an educated guess, on what the answer to your question could be.
For example, if your question was, “Which one of my an intuitive gifts is strongest?” Your hypothesis could be, “If a sign of clairaudience is the ability to problem solve within your mind, and to give great advice, then I hypothesis that my strongest gift is clairaudience, since I am known to be good at that.”
3. Set a Time and Place (Conduct the Experiment)
The great thing about the Spiritual Scientific Method, is that you don’t really have to design any of the experiment.
But, you do have to set a time, day, and place when you’re going to work with Spirit on answering your question. This is sometimes through a meditation period in which you ask your signs to be made apparent to you or, it can also be a period of time of each day, where you say - this is when I am going to practice. If Spirit is to show you what your abilities are, then you have to show up and be willing to receive their demonstration! You have to be on the walk in the forest in the first place, in order to have the opportunity to see the mouse prints at all. You have to practice.
So, set a schedule with days and times when you’ll be in your intuitive mind, looking for signs. Write down times when you’ll plan to be centered, grounding, and with your eyes, ears, and senses peeled for any sign at all - and pay attention during them!
4. . . . Keep Trying (Don’t give up!)
You’re in the intuitive forest now, and you’ve been going on walks and making the attempt to be present and connected with Spirit at your specified day and time. But, you’re not entirely sure you’ve seen a mouse print or heard a mouse at all. You’ve knelt down and said, “Is this it? Could this be it?,” but maybe, you weren’t sure.
Or maybe, you’ve decided that you’re terrible at finding mice in the forest, and you’d better just stick to looking at the trees.
Don’t give up. If you have functioning eyesight, you can see a mouse print and hear a mouse. But you have to believe that you can.
Spiritually speaking, everyone has intuitive senses that can be used to find a mouse through the trees - you just have to dust them off and put some oil in the gears.
And scientifically speaking, very few experiments “work” the first time. There’s almost always troubleshooting and refinement needed, after each test - where you root out ways that things could be done differently next time to obtain a clearer result. The same is true for developing your intuitive abilities, we’re always learning and finding ways to identify a clearer message from Spirit - or to more clearly see that mouse print next time.
5. Take notes and re-evaluate (Draw Conclusions)
Each time you think you see a mouse, or thought you heard a mouse - write it down. Each time you thought Spirit appeared to you, or something intuitive happened - write it down in your observation journal. Get a notebook, specifically to record your intuitive happenings - write down what it looked like, what it sounded like, what it felt like.
When you first start meditating, you might just feel a tingly sensation on your hand, or see swirly light when you close your eyes. Things are things that happened, and because these things happened, your experiment wasn’t a failure. Even if you received ‘nothing’, nothing is still a result! It tells you something.
Things happened, and you noticed. Perhaps they weren’t the desired outcome, but remember, Science isn’t about finding the desired outcome, it’s about finding and uncovering life’s mysteries, whatever they may be. And regardless of what you find, it’s a development and it’s something you didn’t know before -
In science, we call this a success. So long as you can draw conclusions from your experiment and make some, any, observations - all is not lost and something has been learned.
Knowledge has been gained.
6. Find a colleague or lab partner to troubleshoot with and re-design (Evaluate and ask another question)
I can’t stress this enough. In nearly every single lab in the country, and internationally, there’s this thing called a lab meeting, and it’s integral to the success and growth of the lab. Typically, these are weekly meetings with your lab partners, colleagues, and other educated individuals inside (and outside!) your area of expertise. In these like-minded gatherings, colleagues collaborate on how to improve collectively, individually and to offer cross-expert guidance and feedback. They exist for the sole purpose of sharing and discussing results, asking questions, and refining methodology - all for the single, combined purpose, of becoming and sharing, the best possible science.
In the intuitive world, this is called a classroom, a mentorship program or a development circle.
So these are just a few things you can do to start developing your intuitive gifts and learning how to compare, contrast to determine what's fact, what's fiction, and when what you're getting is real. Try a few of these things above and simply reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help. You can find me on instagram at @sarahpetruno or at https://www.sarahpetruno.co/
With love on your journey,
Sarah Petruno is a Shamana with a scientific background. She works within Energetic and Spiritual Realms to assist her clients in healing their mind, body, and spirit. Sarah enjoys teaching others to take charge of their energetic and spiritual well being through blogging and shamanic coaching sessions. Book a private healing session with Sarah or unlock your own healing abilities in a shamanic coaching session.