Meet Brenda Gray – Intuitive Philosopher, Advocate, Friend.
Brenda Gray is originally from Louisiana. The cadence of the region continues to hold sway in her personal rhythm. Her speech is calm, smooth and poetic in many ways. Conversation is natural and necessary with her. It keeps the positive flow of ideas and perspective moving.
She is well travelled, well-educated and has an immensely engaging and kind heart that is often expressed through volunteer work. Some of her favorite ways to engage have been through 10 years with Big Brother and Big Sisters, Child Crisis Center, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts of America, Life Skills Facilitator, Food Bank, The Embracing Project and most recently, Hospice.
In 2007, Brenda returned from South Korea where she had been teaching English. She pursued this opportunity outside of the US to explore differences in how she frames life and lives it through culture, possibility, prejudices, and expressions of joy and happiness that fall outside what could be considered the ‘norm’. The life she lived in South Korea was enlightening; however, not sustainable. She was looking for something different. She had thoroughly enjoyed her cultural exchange and was ready to take the next step in her own conscious evolution. To use her words, "I think the greater the difference between you and the accepted norm requires living at a more conscious level. For me, activation of the deeper consciousness results in seeking.”
So, in her journey for a deeper level of consciousness, a longtime friend invited her to attend an event at Intuitive Development. She debated for a week. At the last minute, Brenda agreed to go. She leaned into the desire for something different and new ways to expand, and this event spoke to that.
Brenda had the opportunity to ask Lynn M. Bunch a question – “What’s next for me?”
Lynn said, “A relationship”. Brenda internally rolled her eyes and sighed. She had just had an emotional relationship and wasn’t keen on getting into a new one. She was also not certain a relationship would offer enough after two incredibly enriching years abroad. Following that event, Brenda took the class, Intuitive Relationships
. In that class, she was introduced to teachings regarding free will and crossing free will. She discovered boundaries, personal accountability and integrity. Not new concepts, but rather ethical application. Projecting guilt towards her partner in an unflattering way opened up the dynamics of the course for her. She learned about the inner dynamics of free will, boundaries and bottom-lines, which really rang true for her. She saw the possibilities of being able to use this dynamic in any relationship
. She has seen her ability to maintain an even deeper consciousness through the process.
Currently, Brenda is in the training program to be a Certified Intuitive Consultant for Intuitive Development. She highly regards this path as she’s able to go deeper with personal development, delving deeper into more of the nuts and bolts and inner workings of the tools and concepts. She’s gotten a new perspective on the tools in learning to teach them. It has expanded her awareness of the viability of the tools.
Very often I hear people say that pursuing their passions is a financial struggle. Or they take the stable position without passion. Brenda is done with that. She’s done with the struggle. She desires the passion, deep engagement with people and to be paid well. She has a lot to offer and she’s learning to acknowledge that for herself. She’s always known what she’s capable of. It has taken really looking at limiting beliefs and ways of setting a new standard to help divorce her from some of the deep wounds and negative patterns she used to experience. I asked her, "How do you bridge the gap between intangible knowing and tangible cash flow or greater prosperity?" For her, it’s a matter of learning to ask for what you want and accept guidance and support. And absolutely honoring your true purpose in life.
How do you make that shift in career paths or life fulfillment? This is a topic Brenda has been doing some writing and thinking around and what she realized is she hasn’t been asking for it from her Guidance/Source/Spirit/God. She believes first, she must acknowledge her desires. Then she can ask for the support and guidance. Through work at The Center, Brenda knows that her challenges are to live joyfully, set boundaries, let go, honor, communicate and take responsibility. Circumstances may change, but the core challenges are identified. So are the action steps and outcomes. This means remaining true to her messages from Guidance/Source/Spirit/God to achieve her desired results.
With ongoing growth and development, Brenda is getting increasingly conscious about what she’s manifesting. The importance of that step is inherent in the work done at Intuitive Development and other ongoing lifelong learning pursuits. Brenda is looking at what she’s asking for and discerning if it’s truly what she desires. She, like many others, is consciously choosing what she’s truly capable of.
As Brenda said, "Once you start to see yourself, it’s very difficult to unsee this expanded version of you. So, then you have to ask… Do I squeeze into this small life? Or do I let the zipper out and get a bigger size?”
I asked Brenda about her ultimate alignment and her future as a Consultant at Intuitive Development. What would she like to do? How would she see herself in that role? She told me that she would love to be a travelling Consultant, do private sessions and small group interactions. She likes to explore. In her perfect picture, she would get to move around and be playful in her role. Her persona comes across as serious, but she has such a kid inside of her and she wants to play that out with people she engages with. The challenge being faced does not have to be faced with a heavy seriousness.
She suggested to someone to dance the areas of her Merkaba Sheet (another Tool in Intuitive Development's toolbox). Dance the words in those categories. Use dance as the language to find her rhythm, to break through resistance. Brenda has an ambitious desire to see Intuitive Development tools used as curriculum material in all levels of education, training material in the public and private sector as well as sought-after personal development. She is creative with the tools and lights up when people get something new and craves those moments. It gives her an opportunity to look at each person individually. The first thing she looks to do is see them, truly see them, then expand from there.
Brenda’s Merkaba is a living thing, not just a tool sheet on paper. It’s alive for her and within her. She experiences it with taste, smell, touch and also through art. She goes to First Fridays in Phoenix often and starts her evening with 2 pieces in the Phoenix Museum of Art every time to get the vibration and energy flow going. The colors, textures, patterns… she brings all that back to her Merkaba and looks at the tools as living, breathing parts of herself.
For her immediate future, Brenda is beginning a path as a Hospice volunteer. It was suggested that she would make a great chaplain for Hospice and she agrees. The prosperity of her soul would be amazing. She would ask, "What do they want to take with them and what would they like to leave behind?"
The decision to volunteer with Hospice was a natural one. ‘Mortician’ shows up on every career assessment she’s ever done. While she doesn’t want to work with death in that way, she’s fine-tuning what her call to this service means and looks like.
As she continues her training to be a Certified Intuitive Consultant at Intuitive Development, Brenda will draw on all of her experiences to enrich the lives of those around her. She will bring those experiences into each interaction to uplift, inspire and encourage. She will be, and already is, an asset to the Intuitive Development community and we are grateful to have her.