An interview with Val Medeiros
I recently asked Val Medeiros, “The SoulTalker,” to share with us some of her ideas about how to work with our intuition. I couldn’t think of a better person to ask.
Val holds regular channeling sessions around the Twin Cities area and meets with individuals to help them with guidance from her channeled beings. She lives and breathes intuition.
“Hindsight is always 20/20,” Val says. “Looking back on my life, I now understand that I’ve been receiving messages all along, but I never made the connection to being a medium or intuitive.
“In February 2004, I received a download of information from a friend’s father. At the time, it scared me, and I questioned why it was happening to me at that point in my life. My life has not been the same since. That began my quest for knowledge and my journey into my own spirituality.
“For a few years I did a lot of reading. Then in 2006, I took a Soul Coaching class from Chris Tonnar, who discovered that I am a deep trance channel. Besides developing my gifts as a psychic medium, and channel, I also felt a strong calling to become certified in Reiki. I returned to Utah for that training and am now a certified Seichim Reiki Master Teacher.”
The following is our conversation about intuition:
How do you define intuition?
Val Medeiros: I would define intuition as information or knowledge that comes from a universal source outside of our mind’s process. To me, using your intuition would mean being able to completely quiet your mind and allowing yourself to listen, feel, sense, know and trust the information you receive. It is being in tune with all that is.
Intuition is also different for everyone. One person may feel a “gut instinct” and someone else may have a vivid dream. An animal may cross your path to get your attention to something taking place in your life. Being intuitive means recognizing and honoring the signs and messages we receive. Every individual needs to discover what works best for them, how they best receive their information, and then trust what they receive.
As a person who guides people using your own intuition, is there ever any question about whether information is coming from your own thoughts as opposed to the original source of all thoughts? How do you distinguish those?
VM: When I first started, I questioned myself a lot, because I was still looking for validation. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t making up the information. Initially, it dawned on me that my thinking process was definitely different than how I received information. I normally think in complete sentences or thought processes and I normally don’t think in word bursts except when brainstorming, A lot of what I received back then was a single word or phrase often with no explanation.
What works best is to just say what you receive as you receive it. I believe there is a certain “wow” factor involved. When I receive information or messages, a part of me says “wow” or “hmm.” If I knew the information beforehand, I wouldn’t have those reactions. I have learned to trust what I receive no matter how odd, insignificant or silly it seems. I have also come to trust that the messages I receive are the messages that people need to hear.
On what aspects do you base your intuition? Is it a feeling, words that come into your mind, or images?
VM: My most prominent aspect is my profound sense of “knowing” (clairsentient), though I am also an empath or “feeler.” When doing readings, I believe that I am allowed to sense people’s feelings and emotions to help understand where they are/were at that time in their life. Being a channel also adds a little different aspect to my readings. When doing a medium reading, I often will display a deceased person’s habit, the way they sat, rubbed their chin, shook their foot. Every now and then I will see a color or symbol, or hear a song, but the majority of my information is through my sense of knowing.
Do people ever ask you how to access their own guides? What advice do you give them?
VM: Yes, I have been asked that, along with “What are my guide’s names?” When someone asks me that, I often reply by asking “What is the first name that comes to your mind?” It is my belief that every individual has a guide that has been with them since birth to assist and guide them throughout their lifetime, and other guides who will step in as needed. For example, if someone is having difficulty with children, a guide might step in to aid with patience.
My advice is that our angels and guides are never too busy to help, and all we have to do is ask. They patiently stand ready to assist. We must remember that they are guides and they won’t make our decisions for us, nor will they take action for us. They honor our free will and recognize our choices. Also, keep in mind that we don’t have to wait for something major to occur before we ask for help. We could simply ask that they assist with quieting our minds, or getting a good night’s rest.
How do people use intuition in art?
VM: I believe that intuition, being in-tune with all the energy around you, keeps you very present in the moment…listening, feeling, seeing, hearing, sensing. When art is created, and a person’s mind is quiet, your senses awaken.
We often ignore our senses or take them for granted. If you stop your mind from racing, chances are you will smell, see, hear, feel, touch, know something in that moment with awareness. A painter may feel emotion in their brush stroke, a jeweler may see a flash of design for a setting, a beader may feel that certain beads need to be placed together. I use intuition a lot in my photography. Sometimes I feel a sense of needing to slow down or to stop and look around. It’s those moments that I manage to capture an eagle sitting off in the distance, or see the sun reflecting perfectly on the water.
Intuition also is used in the healing arts in many different ways. I believe that staying in the moment allows our intuition and creativity to flow. Creativity comes from the right side of the brain, just as intuition does — and I believe we all are blessed with both.
Copyright © 2011 Amy Putkonen. All Rights Reserved.