As we enter the new year, many people like to clean their homes from top to bottom, purging what no longer serves them - followed by deep cleaning and reorganizing their space. So after my interview with Patricia, she reminded me that it is important that we not only clean our homes physically, but also energetically. Read about her work below and her recommendations on how you can cleanse the energy in your home to invoke peace and harmony in 2019.
I’m blessed to be sitting in this quiet and serene space with my friend, teacher, and overall beautiful spirit, Curandera, Patricia Federico. Can you introduce yourself to my readers?
Thank you, Felicia. My name is Patricia Federico Ruiz, but I go by Patricia Federico publicly. I am a mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, and friend. I am very grateful that the community reaches out to me and the fact that I am all of those aspects...the mother, the daughter, the sister...as it gives me insight and perspective on how to help the community.
For those people that have never met you before, how do you help your community?
Very good question because people always ask me, “exactly what is it that you do?”. And I always reply with, “I am a wellness practitioner, a wellness coach” first and foremost. My work is in wellness with mind, body, and spirit. When it comes to mind, I guide others through meditation, through spiritual consultation, through intuitive counseling. With body, I offer energy medicine (which is energy work), massage therapy, and a wide variety of ancient healing art techniques that I have learned over the years.
Decades really, because I know you’ve done this work for a very long time!
I always talk about my gifts and offerings as being tools in my toolkit. We have some similar, and some very different, tools in our kits – one being your intuitive readings which touches on spirit. Can you explain what a person would experience if they came to see you for an intuitive reading?
Well, first we would sit at this little table where we are now, and I would share a little bit about myself with the client so they can become comfortable with me - because it is very important that they have a receptive mind and a receptive spirit. So, sitting at a table, like you were at your grandma’s house, helps the person become comfortable. We will sit and talk for about ten minutes or so, and then I take the client into the “sacred space”. I call that area the sacred space. It’s two chairs facing each other in front of the altar. It doesn’t matter what faith or what religion you are because we all come from the same Source, just different pathways. So, we then sit face to face, and then I take the client through a process of grounding, connecting with the heart, and then connecting to their Crown Chakra...which connects them to their higher consciousness and the super consciousness and Spirit. Then at that point, I take the client through a journey and I share with them bits and pieces of a puzzle. And when I give them bits and pieces of the puzzle, the client and I put the puzzle together.
The puzzle pieces come to you in your mind’s eye?
Yes, in my mind’s eye. Whether it’s through Spirit, or my precognitive abilities, wherever it comes from. I have the gift of discernment to be able to discern the information I am giving the person.
I feel like many people have these types of gifts, but they are simply not tuned in to the right frequency to receive them. When did you know you had this gift?
So I first knew I had the gift when I was nine years old. And like you said, we all have the ability to perceive beyond the five physical senses. But it’s like anything else...each one of us can sing a song. But not all of us are going to sound really good! (laughter) Some of us will sound not-so-great, and then some will sound amazing! So I perceive it in that way. That there are people that are honed in and tuned in to the point where they are really effective and proficient at tapping into that information.
Do you feel that you have to work at it? Using the example of the singer...the singer has to train their vocal cords. Do you need to train or do certain exercises to keep in tune?
So, when I first started doing the work, I was doing a lot of meditation, self-discovery, journaling, dreamwork, and applying a lot of different modalities. But once I started to build the muscle, it became stronger and stronger. So, the fact that I practice going into both realms...I am here in the physical realm and tap into the spiritual realm, and I fuse them together working with people on a daily basis, then that becomes my practice.
Tell me more about that sacred space with the two chairs.
First we create a sacred space. One of the things that I share with the client who sits across from me is I first ask them for permission. Because once two people make an agreement, you build an energetic foundation. So I ask for permission to go into their personal space, their business, their personal life. This then allows the client to open up by giving me permission. We make that agreement, and then I visualize a foundation, a type of a matrix around us energetically. So once we are connected in that way, we have built the sacred space together. The client participates in helping me build the sacred space. After a while, there’s an energy. It’s like when you go to church. I know not everyone goes to church, sometimes church is out in the forest, but wherever your church is, there is an energy that is in the area that has been created that instantly brings you some sort of relief. You feel comfortable, safe. That is all part of the sacred space.
I love that. I am smiling because you are smiling now too, and as we are talking about this I cannot help but to mention that you and I smile and laugh a lot! Could this be why we align so well? Because I think this is a medicine we both have in our toolkit that many people overlook. Laughter. Can you touch on that?
I am smiling about it because it makes my heart happy. The importance of laughter is very powerful medicine. Even western doctors say laughter is good medicine because it releases the feel-good endorphins. You and I do have the medicine of laughter.
You know when you see people...and they smile, but it’s not coming from an authentic space? Or a happy space? I feel like when you smile and laugh, there are little sparkles of energy radiating all around you. This makes me think about one’s energy and entering one’s energy. Can you talk about how important it is to be accountable for the energy that one brings into a space, feels, or about energy that is lingering around?
Yes, there is energy that is lingering around - that is sometimes hard to let go of, say during challenging times or traumatic times. We need to be open to intentionally, because intention is so powerful, invoking and inviting in the positive energy. Because I always say this, “your word is your wand, what you say, you create”. Acknowledging the things that are lingering, we let go of that first. We talk about that thing first – of letting go. Because it is like cleaning a house. When you clean a house, you sweep, you move things, you sweep under couches, and so on. Then after you are done cleaning your house, you start putting out little flowers or hanging up a picture. The little added touches to a clean house. And so that is how I see it. We clean house first. We clean spirit, the energy inside and outside. Then once that is cleared out, we can invoke the beneficial energy to come into the space that will help the person feel better. Peaceful.
So, having just explained about cleaning house, what can people do to help bring in the beneficial energy and “clean their house” beyond dusting and sweeping this year?
As I mentioned, you will want to clean your house first before invoking the beneficial energy. One of the things that they can do is smudge. Smudging is really powerful, especially after a bad dream, or a dream that is very confusing. Smudge your room, around your bed and intentionally say, “I now release that energetic pattern that is causing me some concern”. Another option I would recommend, especially if you cannot be around smoke, or are in a space where you cannot have smoke, is to get a little cup of water and put some salt in it. Put your hands around the cup and intentionally release the energy within you and into the cup, and then afterwards toss the water into the earth, and then repeat the process again. But the next time, when you put your hands around the cup, you can bless your own water, and then sprinkle the water in the corners of your home or room, or whichever area you need to release those detrimental energies.
Thank you for sharing this as anyone can do this so long as they have good intentions correct? They don’t really need special training or tools? It’s a matter of having a good heart and good intention.
Yes, it’s all about intention. Someone may not have the best intention within themselves. Sometimes they are self-defeating. But once you set the intention, all of the molecules shift and change, and start to work with you. So, yes, the intention is KEY.