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Comprehensive, Accessible, and Beneficial to Anyone Interested in Developing Their Intuition
on October 6, 2011
I love all of Cyndi Dale's books and lately each one is better than the one before. I have read a lot of books on intuition and psychic development, and have been left unsatisfied by many. Some are targeted too narrowly - they address only those with very strong abilities for example, or just visual clairvoyance (seeing pictures), or are for people with no sense of their intuition at all. Some do not feel safe to me - they do not emphasize boundaries, and so can leave people feeling scared or overwhelmed by their intuition. Many do not make the connection to spirituality that is important to me personally. Still others are too abstract and do not have concrete exercises and information.
This book has it all. It includes everything Cyndi has learned, practiced, and taught over 20+ years. As she puts it, "This is my intuitive development bible - the book that I would like to have read years ago." Cyndi is unique in that she can both teach and write about intuitive development. I have found that many powerful intuitives cannot do this - their skills are so unique that they cannot really break down how it works, how they do what they do, in a way that is relevant to the rest of us, but Cyndi really can.
The first chapter includes a comprehensive quiz to help you identify the types of psychic sensitivity that you may experience. This initially provides you with a general sense of your sensitivity (or whether you have shut down entirely), and then later on in the book is used to help you refine your understanding of your gifts and challenges. The next few chapters provide a primer on energy bodies, energetic 'data', and establishing healthy boundaries, including specific practices for helping you develop safe energetic boundaries.
In Part II a 12-chakra system (described in more detail in Cyndi's The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, although you don't need prior chakra knowledge for this book) is used to categorize intuitive abilities depending on whether they are based in physical, emotional, mental, verbal, visual, or spiritual sympathies (and there are more than these.) Returning to the quiz from Chapter 1, you will learn to identify your own strongest and weakest areas (this refinement of understanding was life changing for me.) Then there is specific guidance on energy practices and approaches to both developing and protecting each type of intuitive ability (and you may have more than one.)
Part III focuses in on strengthening the three main gift types - kinesthetic (feelings/sensations in your body), visual (seeing pictures), and verbal (hearing messages/intuitive communications). Many people will primarily relate to just one of these categories, and the chapters are written in such a way that you can focus in on just one if you want. I found this section tremendously helpful as well, partly because my understanding of my own intuitive abilities really shifted as a result of the prior quizzes. The book ends with an exploration of 'what is next?' What do we do with our intuitive abilities? What is their purpose in our lives and our role in the world? How are they part of humanity's evolution?
Throughout the book Cyndi keeps the material very grounded and accessible. She is a working mother, and grounded in real life. She shares stories from both her own experiences and those of clients (anonymously of course.) I think anyone - whether you are entirely new to intuitive development or have been exploring the subject for years - can benefit from this book.