My Story


My Story

Every person in this world has a story.  Most of us know nothing of the true story of our neighbors, co-workers, friends, or even family.  As we meet here today, I’ll begin our journey together by sharing a bit of my true story.  I welcome you into my life, Dear One, and hope my story may remind you that you are not alone.

About Shelly Peterson

 

As you’ve found your way to this page, I’m guessing you’ve been searching on your personal path of self-discovery.  I’ve been there too.

My spiritual journey has been a long one, though I like to believe that each step led me to where I am today, to a place where I can help other spiritual seekers, like you.

When I was young, I felt that I was just another girl living in the world, no one special or exciting.  When Gwen Stefani and No Doubt came out with their song, “Just a Girl,” I completely identified with that mentality and it became something to fight against.

I was determined to break out of the mold and do something amazing with my life.  Yet as the years rolled on, I began to feel the futility of fighting this “just a girl” mentality, and came back to the belief that I was simply here to be ordinary.

As I grew up and began living my life as an adult, I realized how incredibly unprepared I was to cope with life on a grand scale.  I began seeking out faith and spirituality in a way I had previously avoided.

I began my search in books.  I can admit that, at first, I struggled to believe what I was reading, until I reached a part of the first book that said very clearly, “take what you like and leave the rest,” which made me feel comfortable enough to continue on.  Although these books shared teachings that were quite the opposite of what I’d been taught as a child, these new ideas felt so intensely right, that I couldn’t ignore what I was learning.

I continued reading, began meditating, and even found myself connecting with my intuition.  Though intrigued, I lacked support from others in this spiritual exploration, and over time, life took over, leading me to set these ideas and practices aside for many years.

Several years later, I found a friend and we connected with little effort.  A bit of time passed and we discovered we were on the same spiritual path.  Finding the support and connection I’d previously lacked, I enjoyed our time exploring this path together, and sharing our experiences as we purchased stones or oracle cards, and tested tools such as tarot cards or pendulums.  At the same time, a part of me felt as though I was only dabbling in a world that didn’t really exist, and so I kept these practices hidden from others in my life.

When my husband and I decided to start a family, I sought signs and began to work with my tools regularly.  We didn’t have a hard time trying to conceive, but it wasn’t easy either.  After a miscarriage and near medical emergency, I began to really listen to my body, using my intuition to tell me what to do and when.

I became so connected to my body, that when my friend invited me to join her at a local shop for a spiritual gathering and meditation session, I left knowing I was pregnant and that the baby would be born healthy and strong.  As hard as it was to believe after more than eight months of trying, it turned out to be true.

That experience and just being pregnant taught me so much about being connected to the divine.  For me, pregnancy was an incredibly powerful spiritual experience.  I felt empowered and life felt more magical than ever before.

Then at an appointment with our doctor, I was trying to explain how amazing it all was, when he responded with, “yes, you are what we call gloriously average,” and I deflated like a balloon stabbed with a pin.

There I was, back in that “just a girl” place.  Once again, I was seeking approval and validation from someone who had no place in my life.  In that moment, I made a promise that I would never again throw away my power or self-worth so easily.

Though I’d experienced an incredible sense of joy and wonder during my pregnancy, I struggled hard through the first year of my son’s life.  For a long time, I fought what was.   Over time, I found that allowance, forgiveness, and acceptance, are truly the best medicine for depression.  (On a side note, I understand that we all have unique situations.  If you are depressed, please seek the help that you need.  I didn’t and, looking back, it’s terrifying to see how bad it might have been.)

My experience through pregnancy and motherhood drew me further towards spirituality in many ways.  I have spent the last six years trying to reunite with the parts of religion that I’d thrown away, not wanting anything to do with the church.  I’ve repaired my connection with prayer and have begun to speak with my angels and guides.  I trust my intuition, practice gratitude, and enjoy working with the principles of manifestation.

A couple of years ago, I found myself desperately seeking a change in my life, and began asking the universe to show me the way.  I was led to a class for reading Angel cards and became a Certified Angel Card Reader.  

Taking that leap was terrifying and exciting.  Soon after, I realized that I was like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz; I didn’t really need a course to provide the skills, as the answers had been in me the whole time.  All that I truly needed, was a bit of confidence in trusting myself and finding my way.

I’ve since become a Certified Realm Reader and am certified in Crystal Viewing.  I look forward to expanding my knowledge with further energy work for healing.

Along my spiritual journey, I discovered Malas and set out to find one, thinking I could easily find one for a bargain on Amazon.  Though I did find Mala necklaces, I found I couldn’t hit the buy button, because I just didn’t connect with the generic, pre-created Malas that were available.  I told myself that if I was supposed to have one, it would come to me.

Before I knew it, I’d discovered and ordered two custom-made malas created by two extremely talented women.  Even after ordering these custom creations, I found myself drawn to creating one myself and set out to learn how to do so.  After learning how to make this healing jewelry, I ordered enough to make a single mala for a friend and fell in love with the process.  I knew I simply had to add this to my business, as another way to help spiritual seekers unlock the magic within themselves and throughout their lives.

Looking back, the greatest obstacle I faced was a lack of community.  I struggled to move beyond fears I’d carried with me from childhood and with making time to simply be with myself in peaceful moments.

Looking back, it would have helped so much to have support, to know I wasn’t alone, to have someone who believed in me and could help me find my way.  And this is how my story leads to you.

I believe that, even though this is your unique journey, you never need to walk alone.

I believe in you.

I believe you are here to thrive in a life of abundant love and joy, and I would be honored to help you find your way back to the wisdom of your soul.

From my own journey, I’m passionate about helping people who are seeking this deeper sense of connection, meaning, and peace.  This journey doesn’t need to be so hard, challenging, or lonely.

The truth is that our soul recognizes the tools that can lead us to all that we are searching for, if we will only open ourselves up to the possibilities before us.

Here at Spiritual Skeptic, I’ll share tools, practices, and resources that have supported me on my spiritual journey of self-discovery, and will help you develop a personalized spiritual practice to align with your inner guidance, as you consciously create a life of connection, meaning, and abundant peace.

This being said, I have never used a tool or taken a step in a direction without doubt.  I’ve never accepted anything without questioning the validity.  I deliberately chose the name Spiritual Skeptic, because I hesitate to blindly follow and I fully believe that you should too.  With everything I share, I invite you to explore and experiment with an open heart and open mind, while honoring yourself and trusting what resonates with you.

If you’re ready to listen to the wisdom of your soul in order to experience the deeper sense of connection, meaning, and peace you’ve been longing for, I invite you to take the next step and learn how I can help you today.

My spiritual journey has brought me peace, love, fulfillment and joy throughout my life.  I am thrilled to be here and connecting with you is truly a gift.

I have so much faith in you, Dear One.  I know you can make the changes you’re longing for in your life.  I know you are capable and strong.  I know you have the power within you to take the next step on this path of waking up to your most extraordinary life, and I am honored to support you on your way.

Love to you,

Shelly