Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Spirituality & Personal Growth!

Updated: November 30, 2021

Your spiritual journey and your life journey are actually one and the same. There is no such thing as a journey without Spirit (even if you don’t believe in it – you have a soul, and that alone is an important thing to note!). We are all spiritual beings here to have a human experience. If you’re a spiritual seeker, it simply means you’ve chosen to walk through your life with a conscious awareness of yourself and your relationship to your Higher Power and all that entails. 

On the path of personal growth and spiritual awakening, it’s natural to have questions! There are so many different ways to invest in your self-discovery and growth. Each new tool, concept, or practice can help you live a fulfilling, Spirit-led life. 

Recently, I reached out to our community to find out the burning questions you have about spirituality, personal growth, and all things woo-woo. Today I want to share my answers and insights with you to some of the most common questions I received. 

1. How can I strengthen my spiritual journey? 

Your spiritual journey is a natural part of who you are. You will never stop being on your spiritual growth path, no matter how lost you may feel or what’s happening in your life. 

If you want to live as your highest self and invest in your spiritual transformation, it begins with acknowledging that there is a power greater than yourself and developing a relationship with it. Take a look at what you believe. Do you believe in this Higher Power – God, the Universe, Spirit, or whatever you choose to call it? Do you see yourself as separate from Source?

A life of spiritual awakening evolves within two pillars of truth. The first is the knowing that you co-create your reality within a partnership and relationship to a Higher Power, and the Universe reflects and responds. The second is the recognition that you have to surrender to life on life’s terms. Both are true at the same time. Spirit is present in all things, and you are also responsible and accountable for the reality you create. You are “ both, and”, “shadow and light.”  When you hold these things as true, you will be on track for the Spiritual life you desire. 

2. How do I keep up my spiritual practices when life gets in the way? 

In today’s world, we are all living full and busy lives as well as dealing with an inordinate amount of change and uncertainty. We have careers, families, bodies with needs and demands, relationships, and so much more. At the end of the day, keeping a strong spiritual practice is a matter of choice and priorities. 

Even when life throws us challenges, there are always little moments where we can remember our connection to Spirit. There might be phases where we have lots of time for meditation, journaling, and other practices. There will also be phases where we can hardly find the time to pull an Oracle Card. It’s essential to remember that our spiritual connection isn’t dependent on outside conditions being certain or calm. Spirit is always there for us, and it only takes a moment to become present and reconnect to this fact.

Life happens. You will be thrown curveballs. We live in a chaotic world. The way you keep up your spiritual practice is by making it automatic. Even in the chaos, you take 5 minutes to meditate or pull a card. And no matter how much or little you practice, you cultivate the constancy of your relationship with the Universe. Even when life has you feeling disconnected, Spirit is always there. 

3. How can I tap into my intuitive gifts when my limiting beliefs get in the way?

Your intuition is an innate part of who you are as a human being. It is a function of your relationship with your Higher Power –– your primary relationship. The more you strengthen this relationship, the more aware you’ll become of your intuitive gifts. Intuition isn’t something some people have and others don’t. If you want to strengthen yours, focus on getting yourself calm and centered by practicing meditation and finding ways to connect with your Higher Power. 

You can acknowledge that you have limiting beliefs. You can do the work to address them. But you also need to remember that your intuition is always available to you. This part of you only goes offline when you begin to disconnect from Spirit and see the outer world as the only reality when you are operating from fear and log onto survival mode. Bring your primary relationship with Spirit into alignment and a place of trust. You can do the work to address your limiting beliefs while also feeling connected to your intuition. 

4. As an empath, how can I avoid absorbing everyone’s energy around me?

As an empath myself, I’ve often found it difficult to avoid absorbing the energy of the collective and the people around me. But here’s the thing – you’re empathetic for a reason! It’s not that you want to turn this off, you just have to learn to protect yourself from the negative side-effects of getting overwhelmed or losing track of yourself. 

There are a few things I’ve found that help. The first is to ask a simple question on a regular basis: Is this mine? Any time you feel emotionally drained or overwhelmed, simply ask yourself this question. You’ll quickly gain clarity and be able to separate what belongs to you and what you’ve absorbed from others. Beyond this, you have to learn to set sacred boundaries. Be careful not to get into codependent relationships and be aware of energy vampires who want to take from you and not give anything in return. Finally, focus on 24-hour living. The more you can be present in the moment, the easier it will be to navigate your world with emotional ease and not get stuck in energy you picked up from others. 

Remember, your empathy is a gift. For an empath, being your highest self doesn’t mean turning it off. It simply means learning to live with this part of yourself in healthy ways that serve you.

5. What is my birth chart and how do I get it? 

I love doing readings that are a blend of astrology and Oracle Cards. Although I’m not an astrologer, I think a basic and rudimentary understanding of astrology can serve all of us on our path of spiritual awakening. It’s another kind of spiritual curiosity! 

Your birth chart is essentially a map of what was happening in the sky the moment you were born. It can support you on your quest for self-discovery and personal development. If you want to get your birth chart, watch this free video I created that walks you through how to generate and download yours based on the time, date, and place of your birth. 

6. Why do you give prescriptive readings instead of just predictive readings? 

While predictive readings are very popular and can seem appealing, I love to include an element of what we can do to work with the energies and influences surrounding us. This is because I believe that each and every person has the power to transform their life. 

A predictive reading can show us a probability – what might happen – but it has the danger of trapping us in a feeling of certainty and a fixed point in time that we then expect. This often leads to an emotional roller coaster since what someone hears in a reading is rarely exactly what ends up occurring. 

With a prescriptive reading, we open up the space for possibility. It gives us options of who we can become and what can happen based on the choices we make. Remember, we are co-creating our reality with our Higher Power. Nothing is set in stone. We always have the chance to make different choices and behave in new ways in the quest to be our highest selves. Prescriptive readings help us make choices that are aligned with our highest good. 

7. Does everyone have Spirit guides and if so, how do I connect with mine?

I believe we all have Spirit Guides – guardians of light who take many forms, but who are here to protect and guide us. Personally, I’ve experienced my guides as helpers in the hidden realms. They are always there to support us if we ask, but we have to reach out! 

Personally, I’ve always connected to my guides through meditation. That said, people have many ways of connecting to their guides and you have to find your own. This is a relationship. Like any relationship, it has to be developed and nurtured. If you want to learn more about connecting with your spirit guides, read my recent article on How to Connect to your Spirit Guides. 

8. What are the Akashic Records and can anyone access them? 

Think of Akashic Records as a giant library of the collective unconscious. Like a repository of everything that has ever happened, is happening, and could ever happen. A spiritual storehouse of information. 

You can think of reading your Akashic Record like opening a huge scroll with your name on it. This is a good place to turn if you have a specific question about something that has happened in your life. They are absolutely open to anyone who wants to access them. You just need to have a familiarity with how to meditate. There are lots of guides out there on specific methods to access these records, but just know that they are available to you if you are curious about them.

9. How can I work with Oracle Cards to heal from trauma? 

Oracle Cards are a wonderful navigator. A tool to help us get guidance and clarity on our spiritual path. In my own healing journey, I’ve relied on Oracle Cards to help me identify the source of my trauma or why a pattern is repeating for me. That said, Oracle Cards do not help us heal and release trauma. 

The best way to heal your trauma is with a licensed therapist. There are many kinds of therapy geared specifically toward healing from trauma, and this is the absolute best resource for this kind of work. If you want to explore the topic of healing trauma, I highly recommend looking up the author and spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl. I also recommend finding an amazing therapist who can guide you on this part of your healing journey! 

10. How does intuition work? 

Intuition is a natural function of our soul and our relationship to our Higher Power. It’s a multidimensional sense that allows us to see what is not obvious. To read between the lines. To know without our intellect. 

This type of knowledge is more of sensing and feeling, but it’s different from our five senses that help us navigate the physical world. A lot of people call intuition the 6th sense, I call it the 1st sense. We are Spirit first and human second, so it’s truly our primary sense. 

In the past few hundred years, we have learned to revere intellect and logic. Our focus on this one kind of knowing has separated many of us from the fact that we have another way of connecting with and moving through the world. A more nuanced sense that allows us to know what is true or not, what is right for us, where the magic is and so much more. The more you pay attention to your intuition and connect with Spirit, the easier it will become to access it. 

Answering questions to help guide you on your spiritual path is so much fun for me! That’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited for my new and upcoming podcast Into the Woo-niverse. Right now, we’re planning out episodes and lining up guests. 

In the podcast, I’ll be diving deep on many of these spiritual questions, as well as bringing in guest experts on various spiritual and woo-woo topics. Want to be the first to know when our show is live? Join the waitlist and we’ll keep you posted when the first episode is available! 

Showing 32 comments
  • Darlene

    Wonderful information shared in this email – I hung in to every word as I read as I really clicked with what you were saying. Thank you so much Colette.

    Many Blessings

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      so happy that you’re connecting with this, Darlene! thank you for taking this time to read this!

  • Debra Miller

    I just love hearing all the questions and answers, I’m an empath but with my crazy life of raising 4 boys by myself and relationships that are not healthy for me, I have been working on my meditation and connections for quite a few years, but I still cannot seem to calm my much chatter…. LoL
    I have never been able to get to the level of connecting like I hear about, maybe it’s my ADD LoL, any suggestions? Thank you ❤️

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      I’m so glad you asked me about that, Debra! here’s a blog that I wrote before about calming the mind! click this and it will take you to that blog! let me know how it goes!

    • Karen

      As always, you have given us some great information here, Colette. I hung on every word! You have inspired me from the first time I heard you and no matter what I can always get inspiration from your teachings.

      • Colette Baron-Reid

        aww! that’s so wonderful, Karen! happy I could be of help! hope you’re having a fantastic day! 💗

    • Elizabeth

      I always thought that I needed to have no thoughts when meditating. I’ve found out that that is not the case. Guided meditations help me focus on what’s going on when I have problems focusing (and the person goes fast enough). Going for walks and trying to focus on everything around you, what can you see that is new? Staring at the clouds and watching them pass without judgement. Getting so immersed into a project is a type of meditation. Don’t get mad at yourself for your mind wondering off. It happens, just go back to whatever focus you were doing before it started going somewhere you didn’t want it to. I think the key to meditation is focus rather than super quiet. I hope this helps! Good luck in your journey!

  • Debra Miller

    I saw you with John Holland on the last zoom a few months ago, You both are such an inspiration and yes I love the way you teach, it has guided me to a happier journey so I can make better decisions and lifestyle choices to move forward in my life.
    Thank you

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      aww! I’m so happy that YOU are working on yourself, Debra! keep on going! so proud of you! 💖

  • Linda Jones

    Thank you!

  • Courtney

    Thank you very much. Loved this! 💖

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      you’re always welcome, Courtney! glad that you loved this! 💖

    • Nandita Sinha

      Thank you for the insights on our spiritual journey, Colette your articles are fascinating to read.
      I have always felt the power of the spirit, but still I suffer at times from insecurity and a restless mind

  • Sandra Alvord

    Wow! Thank you so much Colette!

  • Liese Doyen

    Hi, I am looking forward to the podcast. I believe that I am on the waitlist, but is there a way to know for sure?

    Thank you,
    Liese D

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      hi, Liese! you should receive an email that you’ve successfully joined the waiting list! if it’s not on your inbox, you can check your spam folder. and to just make sure that you’re really registered, you can sign up for the waitlist again! click this so you can register again!

  • Ginny

    So much wonderful information. I am so looking forward to your Woo podcast 💖

  • Cynthia SBAT

    Thank you for these answers about spiritual an personal growth. I grew up in a very strict Catholic home; who believe to this day cards our evil.. I left home an started asking myself a lot of questions that I was denied to ask as a child. I have been following you and I’m literally amazed how the cards work! Blessed to be a follower! I have learned so much form you and your laughter and smile are contagious! Peace and Blessings..

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      aww! I’m so grateful that we found each other, Cynthia! much love! 💜

  • Dorothy

    Thank you Colette for inspiring and guiding so many on our journey 💫💖

  • Colette

    Thank you for all these insightful explanations! I am wondering if I can get the link up for the free information on doing my birth chart that you offered. Would really appreciate that I would love to do that for myself! Thank you again fo4 this page and wealth of information!

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      ooh! it’s! also, I made a quick tutorial on how to use it! just click this and you will be directed to the tutorial! let me know how it goes! 💖

  • Joy Lang Orton

    I so love watching your videos (been doing the Oracle Cards Unlocked and starting with Wisdom of the Oracle course) and am truly inspired by all that you teach and am filled with an enthusiasm for life which was waning at a rate of knots.
    Thank you for being such a light in the world and most especially in these warped times.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      aww! so happy to hear that you’re loving the course! keep on shining, Joy! 💖💖💖

  • Dena

    There are so many answers and clarifications in this Q&A that I’ve wondered about through the years. Thank you so much for your clear and easy to understand responses. I often find, when researching topics, that seeking answers gets complicated and My thoughts start to spiral.
    I appreciate your honesty and “realness” Colette. Reading your books, blog, posts and watching your videos has helped me along my spiritual path more than you can know.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      I’m so glad that you find this helpful, Dena! I appreciate you! 💖💖💖

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