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Article Published April 19, 2016
On How to Sit and Listen for Guidance
Pem McNerney, Living Editor

When it comes to her counseling practice, Katie Beecher relies upon what’s she’s learned during the course of obtaining her master’s degree in counseling and other advanced degrees.

And she also relies upon her intuition.

“I found myself using a lot of skills that were very intuitive. I think a lot of counselors do. We’re people people. And so I would sit and listen for guidance and as I was doing that I might hear things from their relatives who died. I would see scenes when they were very young, inside their bedrooms, or toys they played with, or I would channel their relatives,” she says.

She stops.

“I will admit it was a little strange.”

While her current occupation as a medical intuitive and the path she took to get there might seem unusual to some, Beecher, who lives in Old Saybrook is confident that her insights on intuition, and how people can better develop that skill, will be of interest to those who attend a free workshop she is giving, being sponsored by Foodworks on Wednesday, April 27 at the FoodWorks store at 5:30 p.m. at 940 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Beecher also is an artist who incorporates her artwork into her counseling practice. She also has exhibited her artwork at area galleries, including the Bird Nest Salon & Gallery in Guilford.

“It is really strange in that, on the one hand, if I don’t think about it [how she has incorporated her intuition into her counseling practice], it seems like the most natural thing in the world. And, in a lot of ways, I feel more relaxed and myself when I do that kind of work. But when I let myself think about it, using my left brain, in a logical manner, I can see that it does defy logic. You can’t feel it. You can’t touch it.”

She says accepting her abilities when it comes to intuition was like learning to have faith.

“It is like faith. You can’t always explain things. And it makes life more interesting, the things you can’t explain. We’re always discovering a new kind of species or fish or animal. Just because we don’t know it’s there doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s kind of like that. There are people who have totally different abilities than I do,” she says. “When you do this kind of work, you meet those kinds of people. I feel like I’m always learning and always developing my skills.”

For people who are interested in learning more about how to develop their intuition, Beecher says she will be talking about how people can listen to their own bodies, and try to recognize the signals that their bodies are giving them. She’ll also be talking about how stress affects the body.

“Some people are very sensitive and empathetic,” she says. “So they are very affected by the people around them and will take on other people’s feelings without even realizing it. So let’s say you have anxiety or depression, and it doesn’t necessarily fit in with what’s happening in your life.”

In that situation, sensitive people might develop stomach issues, headaches, joint pain, sleeping disorders, or general fatigue.

“And you have to say, ‘Does this make sense in my life? Or am I picking it up from someone around me?’ That can be hard to do, because we really care and it’s hard not to care, and it’s hard not to help, but that’s the emotional part of it,” she says. “The physical part of it is that when you stressed, cortisol is expressed, and that can affect your blood sugar, and so we eat. And that can affect your metabolism. It can affect inflammation and create other issues.”

Stress, anxiety, and the physical manifestations of both conditions can be connected to a whole host of physical problems, says Beecher.

She says she also will be talking about basic, common-sense steps people can take to protect themselves from stress and anxiety.

“How do you protect yourself? Exercise is wonderful. A non-inflammatory diet is very important. There are supplements you can take including turmeric, Omega-3 oils. You can take little breaks from people. And we’ll talk about grounding,” she says.

One easy way to do that, particularly given that it’s starting to warm up outside, is to go outside and go barefoot, she says. Or take a bath in Epsom salts.

For people who want to become more intuitive overall, Beecher recommends getting outside.

“Be outside in nature. Or do a written dialogue between yourself and your instinct, and listen to the voice coming from your intentions,” she says.

“The better you get to know yourself, the more you accept yourself, the more you get in touch with your body and learn the signals of your body, the more you will be in touch with your intuition,” she says.

Beecher says she’s careful to make sure that her medical readings and accuracy are verified by medical records and other medical professionals. She says she works with animals as well as people, and is also a Reiki practitioner.

To find out more about Katie Beecher’s practice, visit www.katiebeecher.com. To find out about this event, or other events coming up at FoodWorks, visit www.food-works.org.