Tapping into my intuition opened so many doors that I talk about in my new book, Authentic Power, and I know so many others can benefit from doing the same.
That’s why I wanted to share a recent conversation I had with my dear friend, Intuitive Coach and Healer, Marci Moberg. Marci is was a huge part of my healing journey, so much so that I knew I needed to have her in my book as a contributor!
Keep scrolling to find out how you can tap into your intuition and make it the CEO of your life, plus the importance of your dreams and tips for decoding them!
- Ashley: For those who don’t know you, can you explain your story and how you became an intuitive coach and healer?
- Marci: In college, I studied abroad in Egypt, and five minutes into it, I decided to move there. It was just an intuition I had. That sparked in me a deep passion to come back to the U.S. and work in the government because politically, we don’t understand how things are happening on the grounds abroad and the damage our arrogance can do. My path led me to International Development for 10 years which was interesting and rewarding. I helped build conflict resolution and peace-building programs overseas and in war zones, but there was another spiritual side of me that was flourishing that didn’t fit the mold. In my 20s, I had accomplished a lot of things in my life – a great job, a great house, etc. – but I still felt so unfulfilled. It was very confusing because on paper my life looked great, but inside I didn’t feel right. It started me on a path of questioning and I began to shed layers of myself, who I thought I was, and who I thought I had to be. Then I got diagnosed with Complex PTSD from a very long history of childhood trauma that carried into adulthood traumas. It made me have a desire to understand something greater than myself and these spiritual experiences that I was having that I couldn’t explain, and I also wanted to understand my trauma. I was a reluctant intuitive healer but I’m grateful my path led me here.
- Ashley: Tell us what intuition is and why we should be paying attention to it.
- Marci: Intuition is our inner GPS where we can tap into ourselves to help guide our path forward. A lot of people think – and society has us thinking – that the rational and analytical parts of us are most important, but our intuition is our visionary side and helps point us in the direction of where we’re going. You want to develop your intuition so you can “Google” yourself first to seek answers inside of yourself, otherwise you’re spinning in your mind. Intuition lives inside of us and it’s quiet, subtle, and more heart-centered. If we look outside of us before checking in, we miss this opportunity to receive that inner guidance, including our heart’s inner guide, our ancestors, and subtle information from our environment.
- Ashley: You taught me how to access my intuition, and it’s really about breaking down the societal constructs that have told us what we should do. Where does someone get started with it when it’s so hard to turn off the management of our lives and social media?
- Marci: Develop an intentional relationship with your heart. Most people never communicate with their hearts. It seems simple, but when people come to me, it’s amazing how out of their bodies they are, but intuition lives in the body and it’s so powerful. Try on a daily basis to consistently tune into your heart, and notice first on a physical level what sensations come to you. Then, ask “Dear Heart, what would you have me to know?” It’s an open-ended question and you just have to listen to the response. Sometimes there might not be a response and that’s OK. It’s like a rusty pipe but once you turn it on, it will start to flow. The key is to be consistent in the process.
- Ashley: What do you notice starts to happen when your clients listen to their intuition?
- Marci: Greater self-trust! A lot of us have great intuition, but we get into a state of second-guessing. A lot of times people come to me and tell me they knew what their heart was saying deep down, but so many of us override or overstep ourselves because we worry about what other people will think or how overwhelming it can be. But when we decide to consciously listen to our heart instead of letting it happen accidentally, we start to have more power and honor ourselves with self-compassion. And when we have more compassion, it naturally starts to extend to other people and we stop negotiating with ourselves.
- Ashley: Yes! You helped me see this so much that I even wrote a book about my intuition and having your authentic power! I’m a testament to how intuition works all thanks to you!
- Marci: It takes two to do the dance! You’re right, I love how there’s now this beautiful, physical manifestation of it being possible through your book. When you tap into your intuition, you can still feel fear to do something, but if the fear pops up, you have the ability to bow down to it, have more compassion for yourself, and trust yourself to keep following your intuition.
- Ashley: Yes, I had a lot of fear when I wrote about my trauma in my book, but I did it, and while it was mentally and emotionally exhausting, I felt powerful and freer and I owe that to you. Next question, and this is something my daughter is fascinated by – why do our dreams matter and how can we decode them?
- Marci: Where to begin?! I’ll start by saying that dreams do matter. Science has proven that everyone dreams, but not everyone remembers their dreams. There are ways you can more intentionally remember your dreams, but regardless we all dream and it’s not by accident. It happens automatically without thinking about it and that alone demonstrates to me why it’s so important, like breathing. I think they also hold the keys to our paths, our next steps, the secrets of where we’re being invited to heal and grow, and where we’re holding our truth. Our egos and minds are very strong and they’re keeping things together to get stuff done, but when we go into a sleep state there are different parts of us that let go, and in that letting go there’s a possibility for different insight when we wake up. For decoding, I recommend documenting your dreams on paper, in a journal, in your phone memos, voice memos, video memos, whatever works for you, but do it in the first person because it sounds like it’s happening right now and you end up remembering more. Naturally, when you start to document them on a regular basis, you might find trends over time. Some people think dreams are isolated from each other, but I think there are themes over and over and I see that as an invitation to look into it.
- Ashley: I haven’t written down my dreams but you’re making me want to. Sometimes my dreams are super crazy and make no sense but you’re suggesting to write them down anyway and connect the dots later?
- Marci: Yes, exactly. That simple act of intentionally writing it down and reading it back will start to reflect some pieces of insight. Another thing I recommend is asking yourself, “What do I recognize from my dreams in my present-day life?” “What feels familiar?” It can be in the content of the dream or in the feeling. The dream content could be zany with weird animals for example, but your feeling might be panic or feeling lost. Then, you might realize that you are feeling lost in your life. And when you make a connection like that, a lot of times, the dreams will change to the next thing. So your dreams might then reveal what parts of yourself feel lost and how to deal with that.
- Ashley: Do you see dreams as messengers? How would you define it?
- Marci: Yes, it’s either your inter-subconscious, a message from your guides or from your ancestors, or it could be all things at once. I think dreams are both psychological and eminent in the sense that I do believe there’s an otherworld that exists on top of and in parallel with ours. There are some elements in life that are primarily spiritual vs. material, like when our ancestors leave us, and I see dreams as this bridgepoint to where those worlds meet. It could be our own spirit, our soul, our wisdom, our guides, or our ancestors, but those things fuse together, and if people open themselves up to see their dreams in that wide frame, seeing what is possible is quite vast.
- Ashley: I wish we had forever to talk! Where can people find you and how can they work with you?
- Marci: Go to marcimoberg.com and you can sign up for my email list to stay in touch. The new season of my podcast, Tune In with Marci starts this month and is available on all podcast platforms. And if everyone is interested, I have a new project I’m announcing this month where you can join me in working with me on the spirits of plants, fungi, and trees. They live in the same world as us and believe it or not, they also have spirit. They’re amazing guides in teaching us how to embrace different parts of ourselves.
- Ashley: Thank you, Marci! If you’re looking for someone like Marci, look no further than here.