Medical Intuition

by Winter on September 2, 2014

This December 5-7 Larry Burke, MD and I will be offering a long-weekend class on medical intuition at the Monroe Institute.  Because I am frequently asked how I discovered that I was a medical intuitive, I am posting the interview.

Winter Robinson and Dr. Larry Burk offer Medical Intuition and Symbolic Diseases at TMI in which participants are taught to recognize, process, and release psychospiritual imbalances underlying illness.

Q: What kind of work do you do day to day?

A: It varies. Being a medical intuitive I am very big on healthy eating. It is my belief that most of our illnesses/diseases are a result of what we put into our bodies, so I grow as much of our own food as possible. Gardening, a four-season greenhouse, chickens, and, of course, a husband, two dogs, and a cat, keep me busy. In between trying to live sustainably, maintaining our Website, and leading seminars, I use a model I developed from my time at Monroe to work with individual clients. This work incorporates subtle energy, guided imagery, deep relaxation, and the client’s sensing of their physical body.

Q: What type of clients do you work with?

A: Each client is different. They do not all come to me because they have an illness. Some are searching for their purpose, or feel lost. Sometimes this manifests as an illness, but usually it is something greater that they are seeking—not just health issues.

Q: So you look at the holistic being, where everything is connected.

A: Yes, of course.

Q: You and Dr. Larry Burk have put together a new weekend retreat for TMI.

A: It was at TMI that I discovered my ability to be a medical intuitive, so naturally I am excited about this retreat. It is as if I am coming home. Let me give you a little background. When Bob Monroe reopened the new lab in the mid-eighties I was asked to be in the second group of Explorers. (During my Gateway we discovered that I could be in a very deep state and describe what was going on.)

Q: So you were a subject in the lab?

A: Yes, Rita Warren was my primary monitor, helped by Martin Warren, Darlene Miller and Michael George. (Occasionally Bob Monroe would pop in.) Remote Viewing was big in those days and, because Joe McMoneagle was there, they were exploring how Hemi-Sync® might contribute to the process. (This was before Joe’s first book came out.) They had been giving us “targets” for several weeks. So there I was, feeling very important, in a lab conducting remote viewing experiments, very mindful of the Monroe tenet to “not edit” what shows up.

So it was a humbling experience when, during one of my sessions, Rita read the target to me and a cartoon character showed up. As a child I never read comic books or watched cartoons. Now I was watching and listening to a character I called “Sam the Pirate” because I had been taught not to edit any information that I got.

Sam proceeded to tell me about Rita’s body. After the session during the debriefing Rita confirmed everything Sam told us because she had just come from the doctor. She had a diagnosis, but no treatment plan until now. Later I learned that my cartoon character was “Yosemite Sam,” and that was probably the original target, something in Yosemite National Park.

Thus began my career as a medical intuitive.  Often I wondered “why me?” I never wanted to work in the health field, nor did I see myself as a “healer.”

Six months later I attended a Professional Seminar at the Institute and, as usual, I was running late for a packed-to-capacity meeting. Fortunately, there was one empty seat in the middle of the crowd. I squeezed myself in, sat down next to a gentleman and introduced myself. I heard him say he was a biochemist. At the break we started talking and I felt compelled to tell him of that lab experience. It turned out that James was on the faculty of an Ivy League university medical school. We struck up a friendship.

From the beginning, James said, “I do not need to be told someone has a broken arm. I can see that. What I want to know is what I can’t see.” We discussed working together, but we were unclear how. Then a few months later, he called me because one of his students had Hodgkin’s disease. He asked what I could tell him about this student. I told him where I sensed the disease originated. That began our work together.  James would call me with someone who needed help and I would give him the information. Eventually, I assisted second-year medical students to find their abilities as medical intuitives.

Q: What a great position to be in.

A: It was wonderful. These students who self-selected into class were amazing. There was one student who saw a patient as a tree. He looked at that tree and conducted his physical assessment of the person. Others sensed on the body as I do, reading subtle energy.  The students had a variety of styles and approaches.

Q: I am surprised this was allowed in a medical school.

A: It was an incredible situation. After conducting their intuitive scan of the patient the students were able to go see the patient and ask follow-up questions to confirm or clarify what they picked up.

For me, medical intuition is the tip of the iceberg. Once you start having successes there, you have to ask, “How does this work?” And you can’t seem to help going into all kinds of other dimensions.

Q: How did you connect with Larry Burk?

A: I was asked to present my work at a medical meeting being held at Duke University. Mainly, the meeting was geared toward applying new technology to patient assessment. Larry Burk was in my seminar on using intuition to facilitate the diagnosis. That is how and where we originally met. From time to time, over the years, we would touch base with each other.

Q: That is the genesis of this new weekend retreat—Medical Intuition and Symbolic Diseases? When you and Dr. Burk decided to develop this class, how did you come up with the details of what it would be?

A: I have wanted to do this class almost from the time I met Yosemite Sam, and have been thinking about what it could include since then. But the timing has not been right until now. Years ago Scooter [Nancy McMoneagle, TMI’s executive director and president] hired me to be a facilitator at Monroe, which I did for eleven or twelve years. Then I left to do more of my own teaching. But the idea of a medical intuition class kept haunting me and I couldn’t think of a better place or atmosphere to explore this concept. No doubt the same Source that brought me Yosemite Sam is the Source saying we need to offer this program. I proposed the idea soon after Scooter became executive director this year and she thought it was compatible with the Institute’s evolution. Larry has his techniques and I have mine. We both focus on self-awareness and self-healing; we come at it from different approaches.

When I do a scan I ask, “why does this person have a backache or a shoulder ache and how is stress affecting their body?” Larry is bringing that in along with EFT—Emotional Freedom Techniques. He will be helping people not only find their illnesses but release them. The “let’s go deep process” is my role. Let’s see what information comes up. Then we will put it together in a language for each participant’s own consciousness.

Personally, I am looking forward to learning from Larry as we co-facilitate.

Q: What a wonderful combination.

A: I think so. To say that I am excited to be facilitating this weekend retreat is an understatement!

Q: The premise according to the class description is that anyone is capable of getting in touch with this energy and using it to either scan another person to help find and heal their illnesses or health situation, or to heal themselves.

A: Absolutely. Real information comes from within. I think what has happened as we have moved into the digital age, (which is the first part of the Aquarian age) is that many of us have lost touch with our intuitive sensing. We don’t even use our five obvious senses. We are so busy texting that we bump into people as we walk. We can’t tell the weather without a weather app. And yet, we are in such a major time of intense change in the universe we need to develop and use our innate abilities, our senses. We need to learn about and use self-healing.

Q: People who will sign up for the class will build on what they already know?

A: To me, knowing implies the intellect. Perhaps better said, they will discover what they sense but perhaps don’t know they sense. So come with an open mind, without any expectations, and expect the unexpected.  What I have spoken of is what we are going to aim at offering. My experience as a facilitator has shown me that the group brings their collective intuitive unconscious and it comes forth exactly as it is meant to. Larry and I will be offering everything we have in our bag of tools and do our best to work with people’s desires.

Q: What else?

A: This program is a pilot. There was much more Larry and I wanted to share but we could only fit so much into the first pilot weekend. But it will be a lot. People can visit my Website or Larry’s Website. Or, they can call or email me and I will gladly talk to them about the program. I have been facilitating programs on medical intuition since the mid-eighties but this is the first time Dr. Burk and I have taught together. That guarantees it will all be fresh and exciting.

Winter Robinson contact:  •  (207) 929-6960   •

Larry Burk Website:


Present Moments…

by Winter on August 27, 2014

It is always bittersweet when we reach these hazy, hot days of August. This quiet morning a window has opened for me to sit on our porch and post my thoughts…of which there are many. One most foremost in my awareness is the changing weather and how flexible we need to be, how our best-laid plans can change at the drop of a hat. There is no “normal” July or August weather anymore.  August has been a mixture of cool, fall weather and hot, humid, July weather.  Our weather can change drastically with the drop of a hat.And so it is that I try to be mindful that today is a lovely summer day.

From the beginning of our relationship Michael always tried to get me to seize the summer days in Maine because not only do they not last, they are unpredictable. Mindful of that, I have been swimming in the river almost every day.  How is it that for so many years I didn’t swim in these waters? In fact, I barely got wet.  (I rationalize that I was sailing on the ocean, but it isn’t the same.) Currently, I am as addicted to swimming in fresh water as much as I used to be addicted to a daily, seven-mile, run.

I love to slip into the dark, deep water and, as quietly as I can, swim away from the dock. In the middle of the cove I look up at the trees, or out at islands a mile away, and marvel at the beauty surrounding me. Perhaps I could say that this summer I have a special oneness with nature.  The dark waters of the Saco River do not scare me, neither does “Charlotte,” the very large dock spider who lives at the ladder. To be honest, it is with a bit of sadness that I watch her each day, knowing that when she dies, summer will be gone.

Up the river the kids jump from rope swings, or off cliffs,  just as their grandparents used to do. For now, they are not attached to their cell phones or computers. They are in their summer moments before school starts again.

Dolphins taught me that I have to be fully present if I am to be with them.  If I am not, they are gone. Swimming in the river is like that for me. When I am in the water there is only the present moment…a very rich, present moment.






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