Winter Clark a 3rd generation intuitive , a reiki master and the creator of The SoulCall Method™️, a certification program helping intuitives learn new modalities to elevate their practices and break new ground in wellness for healing to unfold.
In this episode, we talk about her shamanic lineage and how her own intuitive abilities developed growing up in a household where both her mother and grandmother welcomed her gifts to develop. We also talk about what the role of a shaman looks like in today’s society and Winter’s journey in helping others awaken their intuitive gifts.
Tell me about your family lineage and how it’s influenced your spiritual upbringing. My mother and grandmother (on my mother’s side) both had intuitive abilities but in different ways. This led to me growing up in a psychically and energetically open household. When my abilities began to blossom they were slightly different than my mother’s talents but as I became older some of her talents started to surface in my awareness as well. This has influenced me in a big way, by expanding my consciousness and allowing me to interact with various areas of energy and beings. It showed me that there is more to this world and to life in general than what can immediately be perceived.
What was the inspiration behind the book, Goddess Grows Up: You are the Gift? The inspiration came from my own experiences growing up in a home with an intuitive mother. It wasn’t until I was an adult when I realized that not everyone was having these experiences or if people were, they felt the need to hide them or were afraid to talk about them because of the environment in their homes. I’ve come across this so many times on my path and I realized that by sharing my story I could help many more in a much bigger way by helping those not feel so alone while providing tools to help them work with their intuitive gifts.
How would you define a shaman and an empath? Are those two terms interconnected or have a relationship with one another? I would define a shaman as a practitioner that works with the Spirit world energies on various levels but particularly in the Other reality which is comprised of three worlds: the Middle, the Lower, and the Upper. I define an empath as someone who is sensitive to the energetics around them, be it souls who have passed on to other people’s emotions and moods. There is a relationship between the two in that an empath could be a marvelous shamanic practitioner if they learn how to manage their sensitivity in order to navigate various energies and dimensional places. A shaman can be an empath as well but it’s not a necessity for the work that they do.
How has being an empath helped you in both your shamanic practice and personal life? As an empath, it’s helped me immensely in both areas but I had to learn how to manage my sensitivity first and that begins with healthy energetic boundaries. In my shamanic practice, I can access information quickly and easily due to my sensitivity and in my personal life, I’ve had to learn how to create healthy boundaries so that I can sense what I need to but also not take on what isn’t mine.
What advice would you give to newly awakened empaths and intuitive that want to further develop their gifts? Where do they start? That there are all sorts of wonderful resources out there now that weren’t available when I was young. It’s important to find a mentor or teacher that resonates with you and that you feel good about. No teacher or mentor should ever come from the place of a power/fear dynamic and the best ones are really supportive of your process! A great way to start is to get familiar with what kind of gifts you have or find information on the “clairs”; clairsentient (feeling), claircognizant (knowing), clairaudience (hearing), clairvoyance (seeing), and then look for a mentor or teacher that knows how to work with those senses. Usually simply putting the desire or intention into the universe is enough!
What are habits, tips, and rituals that have helped you stay grounded when working with your clients while acknowledging how emotionally connected you are to their pain and struggles? Self/Soul care in the form of daily meditation as often as I can, regular connection with nature whether through hikes/walks/time with bodies of water and journaling. Also, sea salt baths at least once a week and salt scrubs when I don’t have time to do the baths. Salt in any form is incredibly helpful for keeping your energy fields clean, clear, and sparkly so that you don’t feel drained. I also try to get Reiki sessions at least once a month for a nice boost or energetic tuneup!
What is a legacy you want to leave behind? A legacy of the new normal. Empaths, intuitive, psychics, mediums, and everyone else with abilities are normal. It’s a natural talent to have and it’s most definitely there for a reason. My intention is to lead by example of how we can not only use our abilities to have an enriched life experience but also to support others as they navigate their journeys as well.
What is a common misconception about shamans that you want to bring to light? That the name shaman means just one thing; there are many shamanic lineages in this world and on this planet.
What is the role of the shaman and why are shamans important in helping today’s society? The role of the shaman (at least how I navigate it in my personal and professional life) is to bring hidden or lost information to light. This is important in helping today’s society because so many have become disconnected to their own inner guidance systems, their deep knowing, and intuition. It’s also important for the healers, intuitives, and empaths because it can actually be difficult for us to see our own information. I feel like this is divinely designed so that we are compelled to support one another as we all walk our paths. Shamans play an important role in helping today’s society by reconnecting lost parts of the soul, healing traumas, uncovering information, and bringing new wisdom to light.
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