Hi. This is Morty Lefkoe with another edition of the weekly podcast, Conversations with Top Personal Development Bloggers. Every week, we have a conversation with a blogger who has a slightly different take on personal development. There’s so much valuable material being offered by personal development bloggers. This is the best place to find out which ones might provide you with just what you’re looking for. What’s unique about each blogger? Why they started writing their blog. How their personal experiences inform their writing. Why you ought to be reading their blog, and a lot more.
Today, I have the pleasure to speak to Angela Artemis, who has a blog called, Powered by Intuition. It seems like her focus is on how to draw upon and use our intuition, but let’s find out from her exactly what she does and why she does it.
Morty: Angela, thank you so much for being with us today.
Angela: Well, thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure.
Morty: Where am I speaking to you from? Where are you located?
Angela: I live right outside of New York City, in a suburb in Northern New Jersey.
Morty: Okay, wonderful. Thank you so much. I lived back in the New York area for many years and then lived in the Westport, Connecticut area for many years before moving out to the San Francisco area about 12 years ago.
Angela: A native.
Morty: Yes. What was the impetus to start your blog? What gave you the idea that you should be blogging?
Angela: Well, I’ve always been a writer. I had written before. I actually worked and wrote for newspapers and magazines. I was a contributing columnist, and I knew that when I wrote a book, I would have to get publicity for it. At the time, this was back around 2008, I started looking into blogging, and that’s what led me, eventually. I started out having a totally different blog because my background is in finance, so I’m trained as a financial planner. I’ve been financing all different types of investments, people, and businesses for nearly 30 years.
I had started out with a blog about investment, about personal finance. I soon learned that, while I can do that for a living, I couldn’t sustain writing about it on a weekly basis because deep down inside, I had a different calling. Eventually, I started Powered by Intuition, and basically, it was just to promote my books. I quickly learned that there’s a whole world out there around blogging. There’s a whole community and there’s a whole group of people that I had never heard of. I grew into this world that I now absolutely love and I feel that I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.
Morty: Oh, wonderful. You started in 2008, then is that it?
Angela: Yes, I started with a different blog.
Morty: When did the personal development blog start?
Angela: In January 2010.
Morty: Okay, great. Okay. What’s your background in personal development? How and what what gave you the idea to start writing about that?
Angela: I liked to tell people that I have been reading the same book for 40 years. It might have a different title, but it’s the same book over and over and over. I was a really avid reader, even when I was a child, you know. I won all the reading contests in school and read the most books. I was a very fast reader and so, I started reading books that were probably beyond my age group, taking them out of the library, when I was a pre-teen.
By the time I was a teenager and able to actually get to a bookstore and buy paperback books, I started reading Wayne Dyer and any self-help, self-development book. I think we called them self-help then. I really never heard the term self-development until I became a blogger, to be honest with you. I read all those books, and as I got older, I found I was really drawn to eastern philosophy, meditation.
I became a meditation instructor. I was really drawn to metaphysics and things that could explain the big questions in life. Eventually, I realized that my basic, pure passion was around using your intuition. I started to really narrow my focus on learning all I could. What I found over the years was, I could never find a book that explained it to the degree with which I felt comfortable that when I walked away, I could say, “Aha! I get it!” I was always confused, so that’s what led me to start writing about it and write the books that I write, because I felt that people needed a higher degree of clarity, where they got something that was so specific, that they could walk away and basically say, “Oh yeah, I totally get it now.” It really was a long journey, and it began when I was a pre-teenager. I know that’s a long answer, Morty, but that’s the answer.
Morty: No, that’s a great answer. Are there any print or specific intuitive experiences? Any specific personal experiences you’ve had that have been particularly useful in writing your blog?
Angela: Well, I remember something that happened to me when I was eight years old, that I will never forget. Because it made me realize that something was different about me. Before that, I didn’t know it. I had no idea. Honestly, I don’t mean to say different. Everyone is intuitive. The degree to which you develop it takes you from being intuitive to being a psychic.
I had an experience where I was outside and I was playing with my best friend and my sister, and it came up in conversation. I’m obviously going back for years. I don’t remember the exact conversation, but one of them said, “Oh, did you know so and so’s daddy died?” It was a child who lived one block away from us in our neighborhood. I didn’t know that the person died, but I immediately heard in my mind, something told me the person died of liver disease.
Now, I’m going back quite a ways, where people didn’t talk about alcoholism, and they certainly never even mentioned the word cirrhosis of the liver. It was just not something that you would hear commonly, and certainly, I was an eight-year-old child, I didn’t even know what that was. I didn’t even know what liver disease was, but I immediately said, “Oh yes, he died of liver disease.” My sister and my friend said, “How do you know that, and what’s that?” and they looked at me and I honestly didn’t know what to say. I just knew that it was so.
Later on, when I went home, I mentioned it to my mother and I said, “Yeah, so and so, and they died of liver disease.” She looked at me very oddly and said, “Well, who told you that? How did you hear that?” I knew right away, I wasn’t supposed to be talking about it, but I didn’t know why, because I honestly didn’t even know what it was. But, I knew that I had hit a cord and I knew it was true.
That was something that I will never forget to this day, because it was a defining moment. That spurred me to start searching, and, of course, back then, you know, if you went to your local library, you didn’t find too many books about that subject, but I kept digging until I was old enough to go somewhere on my own, go into Manhattan, go into specific metaphysical bookstores. When I was much older, I just read every book I could get that was somehow, in some way, I thought, related to that and it gave me a very broad background.
Morty: Have you had more experiences like that? I assume that since then you’ve had it many times?
Angela: Yes, many, many more. I was somewhere, one day, and I was sitting behind a couple, and I just heard that voice again, and it said, “This couple lost an infant.” I would never say anything, it’s none of my business. But after this, while I was at a conference, they started talking to me. Somehow, the right conversation emerged, where I could say something without intruding upon their privacy and overstepping my boundaries. Yes, in fact, that’s exactly what had happened and as I was sitting behind her, I kept getting more and more details about what happened, which I shared with them. That’s just something now that I’m used to, and of course, I don’t go around saying it to people because it has to be the right environment. It has to be invited, but this happened to have come up.
Morty: That’s fascinating; I’ve just gotten particularly interested in intuition in the last few months. I’ve always had this little intuitive voice that spoke to me, that I never took too seriously, and I was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago.
Angela: Oh my gosh! I’m sorry.
Morty: Thank you. The voice told me I would be okay, and not to worry about it at all. The work that I do enables me to not really feel stressed. To not give meaning to things so there was no stress. Between no stress and not giving meaning, I had just started chemotherapy and the voice said it’s toxic, stop that kind of chemotherapy, and you’ll be fine. You don’t need anything. Obviously, my family and the doctors were very concerned, but the blood measurements that they give, indicated that the extent of the cancer was dropping rapidly. I stopped the chemo and I just kept doing what I was doing.
The diet and nutrition and a couple of other things, energy, healing, so forth. the numbers just kept getting better and better and after a couple of months there’s no sign of cancer at all. My voice keeps telling me very specific things, like the blood thing is going to be under ten, and it was. It said, it was going to be 3.7. It was 3.4. It just keeps going down. It tells me what the numbers are going to be, and that I’m gonna be fine, and to not worry about it. It’s been right every single time.
Angela: Wow. I don’t doubt it. I always tell people it’s never your intuition that’s wrong, it’s either you ignore it or you misunderstand it. That’s very exciting, I’m so happy for you.
Morty: Well, thank you. I’ve never had it with anything else, but I’m now starting to listen and ask it questions about other things in my life, but it’s a fascinating topic. I’m interested in finding out more about it. How often do you post on your blog, Angela?
Angela: Um, well, I do it weekly. I used to do it bi-weekly, but it became a little bit overwhelming. I do it weekly now and I just post a new article every week.
Morty: Okay. Do you accept comments?
Angela: Yes, I accept comments.
Morty: Do you generally have a chance to respond?
Angela: Oh, absolutely. I make the time. Absolutely.
Morty: Good. Okay. What would you say is unique about your blog in the personal development field?
Angela: I would say, what’s unique is that I approach everything from a basis of listening to your inner voice. I feel that we all have access to all the answers if we just find a way and a method to listen. I try not to pose as an authority or a guru because my whole focus is, I’m teaching people to listen to their own intuition, so that they become their own authority, their own guru in their own life.
I honestly, as much as I know many of my subscribers and people that read Powered by Intuition, they really, really want me to teach them to be a psychic. I have some resistance around it, because I want to teach them how to listen to their own intuition, so they don’t need to go to psychics. I don’t think I put that correctly. I want them to be able to listen to themselves because they have all the answers.
The only reason we really make the mistakes that we make in our life is because we don’t know how to tune in. Because I can tell you, with a hundred percent certainty, every time I have ever spoken to any of my clients, we’d go back over the mistakes they made in their life. They will always identify there was a certain feeling they had in their gut. There was a certain thought that occurred to them, “I shouldn’t do this.” There was a knowingness about not doing what they were going to do but they ignored it. That’s one of the best ways to learn, though, because when you identify that, it’s a huge light bulb moment. You can then relate everything you do to that moment, and you can learn how to listen.
Everyone gets it differently, but for me, the focus is different. I wanna teach people how to fish, so that I don’t have to send them around getting fish from other people.
Morty: Got it. Okay, very good. Has anybody in particular influenced your thinking, If you have any particular role models that have helped you along the way?
Angela: I think my role model was an author by the name of Shakti Gawain. I read, I think, almost every one of her older books. I may not have read her more recent ones, but the one book of hers that changed my mind and changed the way I thought about intuition was, I think it was called, Living in the Light. I may not have that right, but in the book, she talked about listening to your intuition and following it to find the right life, to live a life that was authentic to who you were inside. I had never thought about that before, because, as I was growing up and I really started at a young age, giving readings.
I was reading the tarot when I was a pretty much of a youngster. I started doing astrology, and started just giving readings to people. I just thought that’s all that it was about. I didn’t know that there was any other purpose for it. Somehow, I guess I didn’t get that information. But then, in my early twenties, I read this book and all of a sudden, again, I had a light bulb moment. I realized, no, no, no, this isn’t for entertaining people, or this isn’t for helping people figure out, “Is my boyfriend cheating on me?” Or, something like that. It’s really for finding your way in life and finding the life that really resonates to your soul that fulfills you at a deep, deep level. That’s when I became really impassioned with intuition.
Morty: Sounds exciting. Do you have a long-term goal for your blog? Is there a purpose that you’re trying to achieve with it specifically?
Angela: I think the long-term goal is just that it attracts the right people who resonate to my message. Hopefully, it helps them have that light bulb moment, that the real reason that they want to learn how to use their intuition is to guide themselves. I think that if we start a movement for people wanting to guide their own lives in the right direction and listen to those whispers inside, we’ll have a much happier world.
Morty: Okay, sounds good. Do you have an over-all life vision or mission that the blog fits into? Do you have a purpose for your life that’s bigger than that and the blog is sort of one way for you to accomplish it? Or, is the blog sort of an end in itself? Tell us a little about that.
Angela: No, I think it’s just one cog in the wheel, I guess, if you will. It’s with the coaching that I offer. It’s a mechanism to attract people, so that I can help them and teach them my philosophy, which is what I explained before, that I truly believe. Your intuition is a sense that’s there for a purpose. Its purpose is to lead you and guide you in the right direction, whatever that direction is for you.
In fact, one of the books that I wrote was all about that. I call it, The Intuition Principle, that’s the principle. The Intuition Principle is about learning to listen to your intuition so that you do end up on the right path. You do live that life that really resonates fully down to your soul and your toes, where you can get up out of bed every morning and feel in such alignment with your life. You’re not gonna get up one day and you’re doing a job you hate, and you just feel like you’re dragging yourself to work and not knowing the way out. If you listen to your intuition, there is a way out.
Morty: Thank you so much. Do you have any idea what your demographics are? What your audience is?
Angela: Oh yes, I do. They are 99.9% women. They are women who are college-educated and in most cases, over the age of 35.
Morty: Is there particular countries?
Angela: Yes. Mostly it’s America, Canada, Australia, and in that order. Then the UK, and then after that, there’s many, many other countries. I have a large following from India, people from Singapore, from the east. Now, you’re getting me down to the little less, but I’m not a hundred percent sure.
Morty: We don’t need that, thanks. What would you say is the single most important thing you’ve told people that’s made a difference in their life?
Angela: I think the single most important thing is that your intuition will never lie to you. It is always right. The problem is how we interpret it. It’s our own misunderstanding. I have people writing to me constantly. I get lots and lots of e-mail. They always ask very similar questions, “How do I know what my intuition is? How can I separate it from my other thoughts? How do I know it’s not just my wishful thinking?” The way that you can tell is, you must first go back to your own inner desires.
If there’s something that you really desire to create in your life and you become very, very attached to the outcome, and you’re trying to listen to your intuition, to follow it, to create this outcome or this life. If you are too attached, you will be confused over your intuition because your intuition is very factual. It doesn’t come with a lot of emotions. It’s sort of, “It’s just the facts man.” It doesn’t cater to your whims.
In other words, just because you want something, it doesn’t answer you because you want it because your ego has become attached to this outcome. It states the truth. It’s the truth, the truth, the truth, the core, and nothing else. When you might hear something like when you were hearing about the outcome with your cancer treatment, you might have had some fears around it when you were first diagnosed. You might have had some possible, “Oh gosh, I don’t want this,” or something like that. But the moment that you got that answer, were you were engaged in something else, were your mind absorbed in something else, or did it come to you right out of the clear blue?
Morty: Pretty much.
Morty: I had heard the voice and had talked to it and had conversations with it in the past, but hadn’t done it regularly. I was just listening and I heard it. It basically said, in the very beginning when I got the first diagnosis, “You’ll be fine, there’s nothing to worry about, everything’s okay.” After I did the first round of chemo, I got a sense that I’m doing it wrong. I need to find some other place. I ended up finding another place in Chicago that I went to twice because I thought that they had a better approach. But after the second one, the voice just said stop.
Morty: I did one more, just to be able to get some evidence that I was in the process of healing, to make my wife feel better, but I felt pretty confident just from just what I heard inside my head.
Angela: That’s the thing. You’ll feel confident. A lot of times, you’ll be doing something completely different. You’re driving, you’re taking a shower, you’re taking a walk, you’re gardening, you’re cooking, you’re absorbed in chopping vegetables, whatever it is you’re not focusing on it, number one. Number two, you’re not really attached. Because it comes out of the blue, it’s not something you’ve been sitting there and wringing your hands and saying, “Oh my, I just have to know, tell me now. Oh, intuition, give me the answer.” You’re not in that mode of desperation. A lot of times, it just makes you feel, after you get the answer, it just resonates down to your core. You know it’s true and that’s that, just the facts man.
Morty: There you go. It resonates with me, that feels right. Let me ask you one more thing about that. It’s more about your material than your blog as such. Where do you think the intuition comes from? Is there some universal consciousness, or how do we know things that we, in fact, have no reasonable, rational way of knowing that seems to be true so often?
Angela: I don’t think it comes from your brain at all. I think it comes from the mind. Our minds are all attached in some way that of course, I can’t explain. Maybe, at some point, physics can really explain it, but I think there is a higher mind, and that is the source of all life. It’s an intelligent source and it’s constantly streaming this intelligence. Since we are already a part of it, we just need to focus on actually receiving and interpreting and understanding this information. I think it comes from this greater mind that we’re all part of that’s in and around and through each and every one of us. It also is the source of life. I can’t explain it any better than that.
Morty: That a good one, okay. It feels right to me, fine. The URL is, poweredbyintuition.com, right?
Angela: That’s right.
Morty: Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know about you or your blog, where people will comment and listen? Hopefully, we’ll get lots and lots of people to hear this interview or to read the transcript and they’re trying to decide, “Is this somebody I ought to investigate further? Is this somebody I ought to take a look and read her blog and see what she has to say?” Is there anything you haven’t said yet? Maybe you’ve said it all, which is fine, but is there anything you haven’t said yet about you personally, or your blog, that would give people the sense as to who you are, what you represent, what you have to offer them?
Angela: Yes. The reason why I became so passionate about teaching people to listen to their intuition is because of all the mistakes I made in my life by not listening to mine. I can relate to every person that comes to me, because I have been there. I have made mistakes and I’ve made some of the same ones over and over until I finally got it. I feel that I’m coming from a perspective of having been there. I learned the hard way what it was like to ignore my intuition.
Morty: Very good, this is fascinating. I think we’ve spent a few more minutes than I usually do. There’s just so many interesting things you were talking about, that really sounded fascinating. I intend to spend a little bit more time on your blog myself and hopefully, a lot of other people will find out about you and will also. Thank you so much, Angela, for giving us this time today, it was a fascinating conversation. I appreciate your spending some time with us.
Angela: Oh, thank you. It’s been such a pleasure speaking with you, Morty.
Morty: Talk to you later.