As a young girl, I “knew” stuff and felt things about people that turned out to be true. I grew up in NYC in a South American home that supported communication with Spirit, limpias, prayers, spirit guides, intuition and dreams.
At 16, my parents blindfolded me and turned the Ouija board around that I was using. Suddenly a new world opened up as I described people I “saw” and messages I “heard.” It went from feeling information to seeing and hearing. I started doing sessions but soon stopped claiming that “I lost my powers”… I didn’t know what I was doing, just that I could do it.
At 19, I wrote the Universe a letter and asked to be a channel for inspiration and healing. I found out when you raise your hand in God’s classroom, you are IN!
My guides showed up in full force and books, information and tapes seem to make their way to me. It was around this time that I learned that my Mami could read and my maternal grandmother and father had guides and messages from Spirit. I had already seen my paternal Abuela receive messages and much later found out that my paternal grandfather explored hypnosis! The fact was it ran in my family over 4 generations but NO ONE SHARED IT PUBLICLY!
While my family listened to my messages, they carried a lot of fear.... "Lo que puede pasarte!" What could happen to me if I stayed on this path and shared it with the world? Be ostracized, attacked by people and maybe even the other side?
And no matter how much I was told sure use your gifts but don't talk about it- I had to.
In my early twenties, I was so empathic, that I couldn’t go to nightclubs though I loved to dance. I felt the feelings and energies around me, and it overwhelmed me. I was a multi-gifted psychic intuitive empath, I had a connection but didn’t know how to really step up in a way that really served me.
I started doing professional intuitive readings in my early twenties then hiding out for days after a gig. I was and am what I call an extroverted loner. I am great with people yet needing extensive alone time.
I knew I needed to get past my fears, so I explored and did all sorts of trainings. I became an initiated priestess, a clinical hypnotherapist with the Hypnosis Institute and a reiki master/teacher among other certifications. I began to hold monthly circles that went into 20 years...I finally discovered how I could keep my empathic abilities flowing and keep myself healthy and energetic!
In order for me to be WHO I am today- a psychic, healer & teacher with decades and communities of work, a woman in love with herself, her life and her partner, an entrepreneur with off-time to actually have an active hobby ( Improv) and a woman who flows with her gifts with ease and grace...I had to heal present trauma, past lives AND powerful ancestral patterns that kept me hidden and often used by other spiritual teachers who didn't have these blocks.
That's why I do this work. It's been lifetimes, it's my whole present life and I know that it's our time and I am one powerful bruja that attracts powerful women ready to RISE!!!!!
BIO: Vanessa Gonzalez Codorniu, The Biz Bruja
With more than 10,000 psychic intuitive sessions & with hundreds of students both in the US & Latin America, Vanessa is an acclaimed bilingual psychic medium, clinical hypnotherapist, astrologer, international intuition trainer and soul business mentor.
Vanessa is the founder of Intuitive Leverage™ ~ an 8 week intuition boot camp that gives structure to the invisible so you can make your sensitivity your greatest advantage in life & business! Vanessa has integrated her 27 years as a professional psychic, hynotherapist, teacher, priestess, shamanic practitioner and real life service experience to create a transformative and enriching experience that yields practical tools and shifts.
This Argentine-American started doing readings at 16, became a professional intuitive at 22, held New Moon and Full Moon healing circles for two decades in NYC and now guides seekers to break through fears, connect to the practical power of their intuition so they can serve the world powerfully with their gifts.
Vanessa was on the board of REVEAL: The Next Generation of Women Spiritual Leaders Conference along with Meggan Watterson, Gaby Bernstein, Latham Thomas, Rha Goddess and others. She’s guided souls along other teachers including Marianne Williamson at Rock Your Voice Woman! Conference. She has led workshops in NYC, Miami, LA, Costa Rica and Panama and worldwide online.
Writer for BELatina, Wild Woman Rising and the collective authors book, 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul.
Vanessa is proud of her work as an empowerment facilitator for future young women leaders at the Bella Abzug Young Women's Leadership Institute, creating innovative courses to support self-empowerment, inclusivity and diversity. Creatrix of the Biz Bruja Podcast.
As of 2019, Vanessa has been guiding or co-faciliating circles for two decades and is thrilled to be expanding to retreats on her 20th anniversary!
For fun, you can find Vanessa telling stories with her partner, chilling with her cats, Zander and Che or playing one on the Harrisburg Improv Stage!