Awakening Your Spiritual Abilities By David Gandelman

In my early 20’s I spent a year living at the base of the Himalayas in an ashram next door to where the Beatles explored transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I had books stacked to the ceiling; Autobiography of Yogi, Living with Himalayan Masters, Talks with Ramana Maharshi, books on chakras, meditation, anything I could get my hands on. I spent my days reading, meditating, and searching deeply for enlightenment.  

At a certain point I began to believe I had experienced it all, and knew everything about spirituality there was to know, until a friend of a friend, a beautiful Danish woman in her early 40’s with silver hair, and undefinable deep black eyes, offered me an intuitive reading (whatever that was). As we sat on cushions on the floor of a quaint cafe overlooking the Ganges River, I agreed, and that 20 minute reading completely changed the course of my life.

After that reading I ended up moving to Hawaii to train at the school she trained at. When I got there I literally hitchhiked out of the airport with a few hundred bucks in my pocket, and slept in a tent for 3 months on a farm so I could do my training (seriously).

I ended up spending 7 years at that school meditating, learning to ‘read’ people, heal, and eventually I started teaching and became the director of the center. It was kind of like a Hogwarts for adults. It was fun, playful, rigorous, mystical, and powerful training.

Now I teach meditation at Cornell University, run my own spiritual training programs through the Energy Matters Academy, and continue to work at awakening to my own spiritual abilities everyday.

I always get asked what it means to read people, or to get a reading. The best way I could explain it would be that it’s a hello to someone’s essence vs. their form. In a reading I look at someone’s energy, their life path, where they are stuck, need to heal, or are inspired. It’s so tiring to be looked at as just a body and the sum total of our earthly history.

We are so much more than that. We are spiritual beings incarnated in physical form to learn and grow, but that part of us rarely gets said hello to. That’s what that Danish woman in the Himalayas did for me, and it changed my life--and now that’s what I enjoy doing for others.

So lets awaken....

Nothing helps us awaken our abilities like meditation. As we turn inward, quiet our minds, and create space in our consciousness, life begins to reveals its secrets to us. If you’re interested in healing yourself, finding out more about who you are, and awakening your abilities, start meditating and let your spiritual potential become an actual practical ability.

Check out David's Retreat in Costa Rica, April 28th to May 4th and learn to Master Energy and tap into your intuitive abilities.

David Gandelman is the founder of, host of the Energy Matters podcast, and teaches meditation at Cornell University. When David was 16 he began meditating deeply and studying a variety of meditative traditions. You don’t have to be in the Himalayas to find peace of mind, but it doesn’t hurt to learn from someone who has. With over 10 years of teaching experience, David  has cultivated a program where he connects energy awareness, ancient wisdom traditions, and humor, to create a safe atmosphere for learning meditation.