Do you frequently feel physically or emotionally unhealthy? If you answered, “yes” then intuitive counseling could be beneficial for you. To help understand what intuitive counseling is and how intuitive counseling can help you with your healthy problems, I have interviewed intuitive therapist Kim Illig.
Tell me a little bit about yourself
“I am an Intuitive Counselor, distinguished with certification from both Caroline Myss and Norman Shealy. With over 35 years experience in the healing arts working with individuals, groups and organizations, I bring my extensive knowledge and skills to my practice. I invite all to ‘integrate the intuitive everyday.'”
What is intuitive counseling?
“As an intuitive counselor, it is my job to provide clients with tools and an environment to explore how their symbolic or archetypal internal landscapes translate into something they can understand and use to make their lives more efficient and full of meaning. Today we are still dealing with the collective belief that what we can access through our five physical senses has more credibility than what we feel or sense as truth. On the whole, we place our feelings and intuitive wisdom in the category of ‘˜it might be true’. I am trained to observe the world from a “bigger picture” so I assume that the primary experience of living has a symbolic foundation rather that a literal one. The Intuitive System works with tools like dreams, body metaphors and archetypal analysis. I assume that anything that has physically manifested has its origin in the unseen or the energetic body. What we are beginning to understand is that what happens in our physical world originates in the part of our system we cannot access with our five senses. A favorite quote of mine is attributed to Michelangelo, “The body is the book of the soul.” He might have been talking about the body/soul relationship as synonymous to the adage that of we ‘reap what we sow.'”
How can intuitive counseling help people with health problems and what type of health problems is it most helpful in eliminating?
“I have to be frank here and say that intuitive counseling does not eliminate any health problems. The perspective of the intuitive counselor knows that the client is the one who is going to do the healing they are going to do and one of the options, admittedly the preferred option, is elimination of their uncomfortable symptoms and/or diagnoses. Given that, intuitive counseling can be invaluable to people with any and all health problems by providing them with a guide (the counselor) to the map of their discomfort or disease. The intuitive counselor provides a special perspective that invites the client’s life experience, that experience of their family and ancestors and the client’s beliefs, be them limiting or life enhancing, to translate health problems into information for the client to enter into the transformative process that healing truly is.”
How is intuitive counseling better than traditional types of medical health practices?
“It isn’t!!! All health practices, or modalities, have their benefits. I tell you, if I was in an automobile accident and I had a femoral bleed, I wouldn’t go to my acupuncturist or intuitive counselor! I would hope that I had a standard allopathic ER as close as possible! Western Medicine is also one of the best modalities for empirical diagnosis, in my opinion. And drugs have highly beneficial uses. Same goes for ‘˜standard’ modalities of counseling. There is a lot of amazing information out there; a lot of it helpful.
I would steer this question along the path of how can someone know what healing modality is best for them. My generic truthful answer is that I hope that people can learn to be available to understand that they are the wisest ones about themselves rather than the practitioners that they go to. They need to pick practitioners, of whatever health practice, that reflect that attitude back to them. Or, at the very least, have someone on their healing team that advocates for that in a way that holds the client’s agenda as primary rather than the practitioner’s. Steer clear of any practitioners that say their way is the only way. Or make sure that they have, once again, someone on their team that intends that the information they receive is given in the name of accuracy rather than in the name of being right. This is the kind of practitioner I practice being. I, and I hope all intuitive counselors, intend, practice, and are vigilant about accuracy. One of my focuses is to educate people to be able to discern their own accurate intuitive voice. I don’t think that all counselors need to be educators, though, and it is wonderful that we have different modalities and different characteristics in the practitioners available to us in this day and age.”
What last advice would you like to leave for someone who is considering intuitive counseling?
“Walking the path of consciousness is a treacherous one. It is hard to get past beliefs that are limiting because it threatens the way we have chosen, and our ancestors have chosen, to manage life. It is imperative that if you choose to walk the path of transformative healing that you don’t do it alone. Find people in your life that you trust to advocate your growth in a compassionate conscious way. Operative word there is ‘˜your’. Beware of people who want you to be like them. Intuitive Counseling is still a growing healing modality so there are going to be different definitions of it. Rule of thumb: It isn’t so much what form of counseling you choose as much as if it fits for you. Are you able to feel un-judged when you are discussing your issues with the practitioner? Are you able to relax and firmly and gently work through your challenges with the guide sitting there with you?”
Thank you Kim for doing the interview on how intuitive counseling can help with health problems. For more information on Kim Illig or her work you can check out her website on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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