Intuitive, Reiki Master, Spiritual Teacher
Judie Hurtado helps people heal and transform their lives through spiritual tools such as PSYCH-K, Reiki, and oracle cards and Intuitive Guidance. She holds sessions at Wellspring Health Collective in Maplewood, NJ and also all over the world through phone, Skype and Facetime.
I am really not sure how to write about my experience with Judie Hurtado. Words don’t really seem to be appropriate. She told me before we started that she wasn’t sure what would happen during our session...and lord, that was the truth. All I can say is that I will forever be bonded to her. I spoke to her about her practice the next day. - Sarah Klein for Holding Space
Judie: Sarah, how are you feeling after that session?
Sarah: I’m not even sure. I’m still taking it in but it was pretty amazing. I could spend three hours asking you questions...but here’s the brief version. How did you get started doing this?
“But I remember once when I was about, I don't know, I was, what, seven or eight and my parents were talking and my mother casually mentioned to my father that she was seeing these like dark shadows on the wall in the living room. And I said, Oh, I've seen that too, mommy.”
Judie: My mother was very intuitive, but interestingly enough, it's not something that we, that she really spoke about. But I remember once when I was about, I don't know, I was, what, seven or eight and my parents were talking and my mother casually mentioned to my father that she was seeing these like dark shadows on the wall in the living room and I said, ‘Oh, I've seen that too, mommy’. As a teenager, I would sneak into the city and get my palms read and there was a metaphysical store and I was always running into crystals and buying angel cards but I never thought that was a gift that I actually had, even though I could sense certain things. But the word empath wasn't a term used back then. I just didn't realize that it was something that I had. But as I got into my thirties and I had my children and I learned, I started to become more familiar with energy work in Reiki. It's been about 10 years actually, that I started to study Reiki itself.
“…sometimes I am an intuitive and sometimes messages will come through from spirit. Sometimes souls may come through like a deceased loved one or somebody from their past will come through.”
Can you explain what Reiki is:
Judie: So Reiki is life force energy or healing energy. So what I do is I'm just a channel and I open up to the healing energy and my intention is always for the best and highest good for my client. I've studied so many forms of healing energy and I do a lot of work on myself to make sure I'm rooted and grounded and open so I can be a clear channel. And then when the person comes on the table so many different things can happen. You know, sometimes I am an intuitive and sometimes messages will come through from spirit. Sometimes souls may come through like a deceased loved one or somebody from their past will come through. I always encourage everyone to be open and be curious because I never know exactly what's going to happen in a Reiki session.
“…when a soul comes through, it's a little bit challenging because it's almost like I'm being shown a scene from a movie that I have never seen before…”
How do things come to you in the session?
Judie: Sometimes I will feel things in like my actual body or I might feel like a headache or something and a chest pain or something and my leg and I'll tell the person and they might say, "‘oh yeah, I have this pain”, or “I tend to get migraines’. Or when a soul comes through it's a little bit challenging because it's almost like I'm being shown a scene from a movie that I have never seen before, but I will see something, it's like I'm thinking of a movie and then I'll just start describing to my client what I'm seeing.
What insights do you have into people from the years of work you have done?
Judie: So we all have a soul and so I connect with that. My soul connects with that person's soul. And one of the things that I, that I pick up a lot is just how, how strong and powerful we are. So many of us have been through so many things and we don't realize how strong we are and how beautiful.
“I encourage everyone just to be open. And I know it can be a little scary, but I can promise that it's not going to cause you any pain.”
How do you feel about doing group events versus one on one?
Judie: I love doing group events. I call them healing circles and I've led many over the years. I always do an invocation. So you'll hear me call in the healing energy and I encourage everyone just to be open. And I know it can be a little scary but I can promise that it's not going to cause you any pain. Some people may see colors; some people may feel the energy moving; some people just fall asleep and that's okay. After the circle ends I always leave space for people to ask questions and I always do a follow-up. Sometimes people are embarrassed and they don't want to share, which is fine. You'll have my information and you can follow up with me. You can call me, text me, email me because the healing will continue even after the retreat.
“In order for me to be a good space holder and to hold the space, I have to make sure that I'm, I'm doing the work.”
What does holding space mean to you?
Judie: For me, holding space means that I have to make sure that I do my work. I meditate every day. I work with crystals and oils; I work with myself, my higher self. I pray every day. In order for me to be a good space holder and to hold the space, I have to make sure that I'm doing the work. With that I can bring in a higher vibration in order to uplift everyone.
Judie, I am forever thankful for what you did for me in my session.