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My Lawyer to Intuitive Origin Story



Some big life changes… you don’t plan em.  You never see em coming.

My BIGGEST life change was certainly a big surprise.

It took me from being a lawyer and liturgist to being some woo-woo thing I’d never dreamed I’d be.

I’d like to tell you that story now if you don’t mind.

I’ve always been intuitive.  I’ve always been creative. I had imaginary friends as a kid.  I made beautiful art, and was the school photographer, and always prayed in my Catholic Church and especially outside with the trees.  And I heard God send me gentle messages. I could imagine angels watching over me. 

So yes, I’ve always been intuitive. For sure. But I was also an intellectual.  I was the valedictorian of my high school, a Stanford graduate, and eventually a business litigation specialist and practicing lawyer.  By the time I was married and having kids, I really felt like I had it all: big house, cars, marriage, and living near the beach in San Diego. I was living the dream I’d always had.

I certainly was not looking to get psychic. I didn’t really in “that stuff.”  Astrology, psychics, ghosts and the like.  But I gave birth to my daughter, Clarise, in the year 2000, and everything changed.  That gentle “gut feeling” I’d always had got LOUD, and turned into lucid visions of Spirit Guides, angels, and loving spirits speaking to me in clear messages.  Whoa.  I imagined it was a weird effect of birthing, and it would go away.  Instead, it got stronger.

I was being visited in my mind’s eye with images, visions, dreams – in waking time as well as in dreamtime. I was told and shown things that turned out to be true. Things I should not have known. I was guided to track and clear my own energy, which healed things in my body.  I was guided to track and clear the energy of others, which healed them too.  Eventually, I had to acknowledge there was something real about all of it.

My reality expanded well beyond my previous cozy Catholic box.  And although these visions made “sense” to me, and helped me in my real life, I knew darn well they were not “normal.”  And I knew they didn’t fit in the rules of my religion nor of mainstream culture.

I wanted to share the joy and usefulness of all this new stuff with all my friends!  But no one knew what I was talking about.  My Catholic friends, husband, family, and community all struggled to understand me.  As much as they loved me, they were worried for me.  I couldn’t blame them, really.  I’d changed.  Fast.

I was frustrated.

“Oh great,” I thought, “now I’m going to be one of THOSE people?!!!”

I’ve always been an avid student.  So of course I tried to study “this stuff.”  And so much of what I found sounded hokey, or cultish, or wacky, or arrogant.  New Age reading materials never spoke to me. 

“Dude.  I went to Stanford.  I need someone to explain this to me so it makes SENSE.”

But I didn’t easily find intuitive teachers who had my education, or my perspective, or my lawyer’s mind.  I wanted an approach that was pragmatic, not overly woo woo.  It seemed to me that too many intuitively gifted people were getting distracted and pulled out of the real world, focusing on their past lives more than their current one. And that seemed like a waste to me.

I could sense these intuitive gifts could be USEFUL in the REAL world.  So I went looking for mentors who were as grounded as they were spiritual.

The grounded teachers are not as loud and bombastic as the Instagrammers and the self-proclaimed gurus.  I found Maria Yraceburu who is a Native American ceremonialist. She basically adopted me into her clan, and took me under her wing.  She has taught me protocol, and normalized the experience of “shamanic” awareness.  She introduced me to teachers like Beatrex Quntanna who had been teaching metaphysical arts for close to 30 years. They taught me so much. And they both loved that I was all about the real world, wanting to keep it pragmatic and make sense of things from a new language.  They listened to me as much as I listened to them in a collaborative flow like true teachers do.

I also figured out my own ways to go about managing my gifts.  I organized my Spirit Guides into sort of corporate departments to help me in different areas of my life.  I allowed through me a voice of feminine genius in a channeling flow – to teach me and others about the feminine ways of creating in the world.  As I trained other women in the arts of channeling, I mapped out the pathways of initiation that we all seem to be guided through as we open to this natural art.  

Professional creative people called upon me to teach them how to open their own channels, so I taught – in California, mostly, and a bit in Europe, in Bali, in Mexico. I did it my own way.  I “channeled” it, since much of the information was emerging through me, as if I was “remembering” things that I had never known before.  My teachers helped me channel teachings and not go too egoic or slippery.  It’s a delicate balance to bring through “truth” while remaining humble, connected, and self-responsible.  I admit at times I got pretty hot on myself.  But my mentors would put me back in my place.

I’ve been doing this for over 20 years now. 

One thing I’ve learned is that while many awakening experiences hit us like a freight train surprise, we can also consciously develop and architect our own paths into intuitive intelligence.

So I’ve developed maps, and systems, and a whole academy on how to Channel Your Genius. My systems help intuitively awakening smart folks to identify and develop their unique gifts into lucrative business offerings that do good in the world.  I offer executive coaching to high-level professionals who are going through their own development as channels of genius. 

I endeavor to teach and lead like my teachers did. I share the map. And I share support. I guide. I channel. And I listen. 

I have no intention of being a guru know-it-all.  That’s not empowering, and it’s not helpful. Because my students are channels too. And when they grow beyond me, I celebrate.  

These days, in this chaotic rapidly changing world, I want one thing. 

I want our leaders to be the wise ones – the Channels of Genius, who work together and co-create the innovative inspiring solutions to this world’s problems.  

It’s been fun to tell you my origin story.  But of course it’s not just about me. It’s about the Genius that is waiting to Channel through ALL of us when we finally get the heck out of the way.  It’s about bringing this mystery stuff into the real world, with strategy, integrity, and heart. 


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About Mellissa

Mellissa was a Stanford-educated business lawyer until her intuitive abilities awakened in the year 2000 with the birth of her daughter.  Now she bridges the worlds of business strategy and intuitive intelligence. Creative designers, Fortune 500 executives, and thought leaders hire her to teach them how to Channel their Genius – to create on demand, to stay in their flow state, and to create lucrative businesses that follow their souls’ calling.

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