Someone asked me today if being psychic made me happy. I thought it was an interesting question and I had to sit for a moment before I could answer.

The truth is, my psychic skills are an incredible gift but they have also brought quite a few challenges along for the ride.

As a psychic channel, I have the ability to sense things that aren’t in the physical world. This means I can smell, feel, know, taste or hear things that a rational, logical mind would dispute. I can be in a restaurant and feel the anxiety of the man sitting at the next table; I usually know immediately when someone isn’t being authentic (with me or themselves); and I’ve smelled roses in my house when a female spirit dropped by for an unexpected visit.

These are just three ways my gifts have revealed themselves and they probably seem quite benign. Some might even say, “Ooh! That would be really cool.”

And it is. Sometimes.

Once you understand what’s going on, then yes, it can be cool because you can begin using your psychic skills to help others and yourself. This is one of the things I LOVE about being psychic because I can use my abilities to help women connect to their intuition, manage their psychic skills and start living their Divine Purpose. This makes me feel joyful because I know those women will go on to create change and serve humanity because they are in alignment with their purpose.

However, learning how to manage your psychic abilities initially can be very challenging if you don’t have someone around to explain what the heck is going on. I certainly floundered around in the dark A LOT and occasionally wondered if I was going a bit crazy. I even asked my Mum if she thought I should ask the men in the ‘white coats’ (at the asylum) to come and get me.

She said, “Lucretia, I don’t think you’re crazy. I just think you see things other people don’t.” Thanks Mum.

Thankfully, I eventually connected with the right people to help me on my journey and I worked a few things out. Going through this experience also made me passionate about helping women to understand and manage their own psychic gifts.

But of course, once you feel like you understand how to manage and work with your skills, the Universe will inevitably send you some new abilities (I call this a ‘psychic growth spurt’) and you have stop, re-calibrate and then move forward again. Just like every part of our lives, we’re always growing and evolving, and expanding our psychic abilities is just part of that journey.

Sometimes being psychic has made me feel uncomfortable and different from others. But I guess that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from having my extra-sensory gifts – it’s okay to be different.

As a psychic channel, I have an incredible capacity to tune in and help people on their life’s journey. I can connect into their Soul’s Purpose and shine a light on their Divine Life Path. This makes me different from people who aren’t psychic.

And here’s the other thing…all psychics are different too.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Every person on this planet has a different purpose and a different path to follow. That is what makes human beings completely extraordinary and unique.

So in answer to the question, “Does being psychic make you happy?” my response is this.

Being psychic is part of who I am and I claim it wholly as part of me. It has made me feel profoundly uncomfortable and has pushed me to expand in ways I never expected. But it also enables me to empower others and that is a gift I am incredibly grateful for.

I look forward to the day when every single intuitive, energy healer, shaman, psychic channel and energetically-sensitive person can accept, manage and claim their unique gifts openly. That is the world I am helping to create and that makes me feel incredibly happy.

Lucretia Ackfield is an author, psychic channel and transformational teacher who helps women understand, manage and use their unique gifts to live their Divine Life Purpose. For more information about her programs and passions, check out her website, friend her on Facebook or join her private Facebook group Rock Your Inner Channel for lots of videos and other posts about being psychic, self-awareness and intuition. You can also find her on Instagram as imnotaweirdhippiechick