There are so many women I follow and look up to in the health and wellness industry. So I decided I am going to start a mini summer series called BYOK #BOSSBABES on women who totally inspire me.
The first person I am going to highlight in this series is Judie Hurtado, an Intuitive, Reiki Master and Spiritual Teacher. Her practice is relevant to the spiritual aspect of my wellness journey.
I actually met Judie when I was in college. I use to babysit her two young girls in the summer. Little did I know, our lives would later cross paths again and in the most unique way.
About a year ago I reconnected with her on facebook and started following her newsletter. And no lie, I literally wait for her newsletter every month. Her practice, career, and never ending knowledge about the universe fascinates me. Let’s start at the beginning though.
WHAT DOES HER PRACTICE CONSIST OF?
For starters, Judie was born intuitive, as is her Mother. As a teenager she had angel cards, crystals and was interested in the metaphysical. However, she began a career in magazine advertising in her 20s and did not switch paths to her current career until her early 30s.
“I began studying reiki in 2009. I did not intend to offer healing sessions but the Universe pushed me to do so.”
She felt pushed by the universe to shift her career and today she helps clients heal and transform their lives. She uses spiritual tools such as reiki, healing energy, angel cards, and crystals to help guide her clients through challenging times or to just guide those wanting to develop a stronger connection with the Divine. She sees clients in person in Maplewood, NJ and offers long distance sessions and phone readings anywhere in the world.
WHAT IS A HEALING CIRCLE AND GROUP BLESSING? WHY DO THESE EVENTS TAKE PLACE AROUND A MOON CYCLE?
This requires a two fold answer. First the cycles of a moon.
- New Moon: This is known as the dark moon cycle. This is a good time to turn inwards and to think about your desires. I like to set intentions, aka plant seeds, during the new moon. Judie asks her clients, “What would you like to bloom in your life?”
- Waxing Moon Phase: The moon energy begins to grow as it makes its way from the new moon to the full moon. This is a good time to see if there are any actions you can take to manifest your wishes. Perhaps you need to tweak your intentions or fine tune them.
- Full Moon: This is the moon in all her glory and fullness. Your wish may manifest during this time or something may come to your awareness that you were missing. The full moon is like a flashlight; it may shine its light on something that was right before your eyes that you were missing. The moon energy is at its peak during the full moon.
- Waning Moon: The moon energy is now fading. This is a good time for release work such as clearing out energetically and spiritually. Perhaps burn sage or declutter your space. (anyone want to smudge?)
New Moons are known as a super potent time to manifest your desires. That is why Judie typically hosts her group blessings on these days. A group blessing consists of a reiki blast, an angel/oracle card reading, a crystal grid, and an intention by each client and her own that is placed in her Make A Wish pyramid. Judie’s exchange for the group blessing is $33.33; threes represent growth and expansion.
“My group bessing has become of my most popular services as you get so much. And, many of my clients have let me know their wishes came true! I announce each month’s Blessing in my newsletter so you have to be a subscriber to receive that information.”
June’s new moon is on Friday, the 23rd of June. This new moon is in the sign of Cancer. This would be a good time to make wishes on anything relating to your family or home life and what makes you feel happy and secure. This should be a gentle and lovely new moon for most of us according to Judie.
This month Judie was also guided to also host a group blessing on the Summer Solstice which will extend until the new moon on the 23rd. (There’s still time to sign up!)
“I feel this will be a magical day. I love aligning with moon energy but I also take advantage whenever there is an energetic shift, such as with equinoxes. This signifies a change and transformation in the seasons. There will be an energetic shift and I want to align with that shift. Therefore, I am hosting a summer solstice group blessing as well as an in person healing circle.”
HOW DOES SHE DO IT ALL?
Judie truly does it ALL. And she does it well. She’s a wife, a mother to young teenage girls, and balances a thriving spiritual practice and career.
“Now that my daughters are older, they are 14 and 12, it’s gotten easier in different ways and harder in others. I’ve always worked around my children’s schedules. They are my priority. I do my best to balance everything but it’s not easy. Something has to give. Usually it’s my house.
I remember reading a quote that said- You can have it all but not at the same time. My husband is wonderful and amazing. We’ve been married for over 15 years. He is not on the spiritual path, but he is very supportive. I couldn’t do this without him.”
As for what Judie has planned for the future. Well, she plans to follow her intuition of course and follow the guided path.
“I truly feel that I am led step by step. I love teaching and intend to lead more Healing Circles, both in person and online. I also love doing long distance healing work and readings. You don’t have to be in front of me in order to receive healing energy or intuitive guidance. “
Hope you enjoyed the first installment of #BOSSBABE. Sip, sip and booch on! xx Erica