It was my second-ever reading with a spiritual teacher. The first was over a year ago at The Oracle, a cosy dimly-lit terrace nestled in The Rocks – Sydney’s age-old suburb. A friendly woman named Petra had me shuffle, sift and sort a pack of tarot cards and predicted a content and successful future. She also said several specific things about The Lad that wouldn’t apply to just anyone. Despite having gone to The Oracle with trepidation, I left with a warm heart and less-heavy shoulders.
This time around, I had an instant message (online chat) reading with Anna Castello. Wellness blogger Sarah Wilson had recently shared an interview with Anna and, intrigued, I made contact with her to ask if she would also have a session with me. I wanted to go into the reading with an open mind. I tend to be quite a rational, practical person, so sometimes it’s a struggle to just let things unfold and not listen to the voice that says, ‘Really? Come on!’
I’ll admit, I was a little unsure about having a spiritual conversation over a seemingly sterile medium. It seemed odd to be sitting at my laptop, freshly-washed hair twisted into a loose bun, awaiting a psychic reading. Though as Anna pointed out, ‘IM [instant messaging] is quite good because it really does take an genuine psychic to be able to use it. There are no verbal or visual cues.’
Anna started by delving into my energy – where I’m at now and my tendencies to analyse and strive for perfection. She confirmed a lot of specifics about my life, my struggles, my blockages and dreams. She tapped into my strong desire to help others and explained why my counselling diploma and organising business didn’t quite work out. ‘These things didn’t fully progress because although they are within your vibration and attractive for that reason, they are not quite “on path” for you. So the universe, divinity, however you’d like to understand it, gently pushed you back onto your path.’ It made so much sense – those ventures had felt right at the time but didn’t fulfill me. I didn’t get that intuitive rush, that feeling that I had conquered my calling.
We then moved onto the future, and how I can use my gifts to help others and leave a legacy. Then Anna touched on something I’ve been struggling with for a while. Having found Christianity as a teenager, I’ve since attempted to fit experiences and strange encounters into the realms of the religion. It hasn’t worked, because I haven’t been able to explain those experiences using my current belief system. Anna encouraged me to see spirituality as ‘a big smorgasbord’. I love that – a spiritual smorgasbord. It’s all spirituality. It’s all sensing and intuition and belief. It’s not Christian and non-Christian. It isn’t black and white.
I finished the session with a strong sense of my purpose and a desire to keep seeking health, truth, love and light. Though Anna reminded me that it isn’t scripted. I can always choose a different path. ‘This future isn’t fated, it’s just the most likely future for you based on your energy right now and where you’re headed. You do have free will, and you could choose a different path. It’s up to you what you do with your life. But this is where I see it going right now,’ Anna said.
It’s certainly a path I want to take. And who knows where it might lead?
Anna is currently travelling in New Zealand and is making her way to Hawaii.