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This has been a theme for the week, so straight to the point…
When you listen to the voices and opinions of others over yours, you are at such a disadvantage. Besides being a form of self betrayal, it is actually impractical. They can’t hear what your intuition is saying. They don’t feel your feelings flowing through you. They aren’t aligned with your soul’s passion and destiny. They haven’t lived your history, nor had your experiences. They can’t feel and sense your potentials like you do. They don’t truly know who you are and what you’re about. Only what you’ve expressed and even that is filtered through their own lens. They don’t know what you know. This isn’t their life to be lived. They don’t hold responsibility for you, for your life. They. Aren’t. You. It just doesn’t serve you to give your own power away.
It’s like putting on someone else’s glasses. Even if the prescription is only a little bit off your own, pretty quickly you’ll start to get a headache. You won’t see with your usual clarity, to be sure. And you just might bang into things as you try to navigate in your world.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s appropriate to ask for others’ insight, perspective or advice. But it is wise to filter it through your own discernment. Feel into it. Does it feel right to you, for you? The choice is always yours. But it is best when it is a conscious choice and not reaction or and unknowingly defaulting into patterns and programming.
True freedom is hearing your own voice, trusting yourself and making you and your creations a priority. Not in a selfish way, but in a self-full way. Not in a narcissistic way, but in a self love and self compassion way. The world is helped when you take care of you. Otherwise, others are having to clean up your messes. And I’m quite certain when you look around your world and the world at large, you can see examples of that everywhere. What a waste of time, energy, resources, creativity and passion. Among so many other beautiful things, personal sovereignty is so efficient in those ways. And isn’t it great that that is our natural way of being!
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When one of the most successful people of our time, Oprah Winfrey, tells us that intuition is real, important and critical to her own success, I think we should pay attention. Really, she’s voicing that deep knowingness, deep within each of us that knows the truth. It’s a new era. It’s time to reclaim our whole selves. Not to is foolhardy, short-sided and, ultimately, not in honoring true YOU.
Intuition, historically linked to women, has largely been discredited until recently. It’s a mistake that it’s linked to woman. It’s true that it’s linked to the feminine energies. There’s a difference. One is gender, the other is the archetypal attributes associated with that energy. Having a balance of both energies, masculine and feminine is natural, fluid and appropriate in both males and females.
Oversimplifying these energies, the attributes of feminine energy include being, nurturing, allowing, intuition, creative, abstract, collaborative and receiving, while the attributes of masculine energy include doing, analytical, concrete, controlling, striving, competitive and assertive. Looking at the list, you can see how all of these qualities can be vital and appropriate in the right setting or situation. But we all know of people or even organizations that lean too far in one direction or the other.
For centuries, longer really, humanity has been out of balance to the masculine. The mind, analysis and logic have been preferred and valued, while intuition, sensing, feeling, feminine attributes have been diminished, condemned, undervalued and denied. Not to put too fine a point on it.
“What I know for sure is that if you were going to buy only one issue, ever, of O, [the one on intuition] would be the one. Learning to trust your instincts, using your intuitive sense of what’s best for you, is paramount for any lasting success. I’ve trusted the still, small voice of intuition my entire life. And the only time I’ve made mistakes is when I didn’t listen.
It’s really more of a feeling than a voice—a whispery sensation that pulsates just beneath the surface of your being. All animals have it. We’re the only creatures that deny and ignore it.
When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice—your inner GPS guiding you to true North.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
While Oprah shares how using your intuition “gives you a sense of what’s best for you”, Barbara With takes it a step further. In her material, she talks about intuition as one of the key parts of each of us that when giving us a sense of what’s in our best interest it is also, miraculously, the same thing that’s in the highest good of the whole. THE whole. She shares that it comes as “the next small step for the good of the whole.”
Intuition guides you to be at the best place at the best time. But you must discipline yourself to listen and commit to “obeying” as Barbara With describes it. Obeying the nudge, the knowingness, the guidance from within you.
There’s no real trick to it. It’s natural. It’s already within you. You need only allow it. Long ago I made a commitment to develop my intuition. Or if that doesn’t click with you, it’s really just sensing and feeling. This was a critical part of my journey into a deeper knowing of me. It was a part of what I aligned to as part of my morning ritual. I committed to being open to it at all times, to spending time each day in silence, listening in. I agreed to “obey” it when I heard a message, felt a nudge. You also might get it through your inner eyes, as a thought image or “seeing” something in your mind’s eye.
The obeying part is critical, though. Your intuition is giving you the next small step for the good of the whole. If you don’t follow through, your intuition will pull back. Go quiet or dark. It’s patient. It’ll wait. If you insist on ignoring it or sticking with logic at all times, it will honor that. But if you’re like me and you decide to step into trusting self, trusting your intuition, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcomes. For me, it’s become so natural. I don’t have to work at it. And my clarity has improved dramatically with practice.
Truly, it’s just a matter of cultivating the discipline and committing to it. But here are a few things that helped me…
Make a clear conscious choice about it. Choose to connect with it and expand your abilities. Then make time for it. Pick a quiet spot. In nature is a good choice. And then be still and listen. You may not receive anything for a while. I didn’t. I was convinced that I was the only person that was born without it (Drama much??? ). But one day it just clicked. There it was. Loud and clear. And then I could begin to trust it. Hear it all the time. Not just when I was sitting quietly on my own. Then there was an expansion in how I received information, too. Goosebumps, snapshots of a vision, added to the clear voice I had become used to. Eventually, even my sense of smell got involved. (But that’s a story for another time.)
Explore how you receive your intuition. As I eluded above, the most common are hearing, seeing, and feeling. There are exercises you can do to get clearer about that, but I like things when they’re simple. Not a lot of complexity and procedure. So I’ll let you use your intuition to find them, if that resonates with you. ; )
My friend, Barb With, gave me this one…let it literally be your GPS. Find a time, when you’re going someplace new. A time when there is no time pressure so you don’t hear your inner voices insisting you hurry up. Make a clear choice about where you want to go and then invite your intuition to get you there. If you get, turn left. Do it. Try not to question it. See it as an adventure. Have fun with it.
Discernment is important in many things, including intuition. In the beginning you need to learn what is mental, what is intuition. Generally, you literally feel mental thoughts in your head. Sometimes there’s a tightness. There’s the feeling of effort. Intuition feels more like flow. It isn’t linked to thoughts. It’ll be as if it drops in out of no where. If you feel cloudy or confused, ask for clarification. I used to ask for things to be louder so I wouldn’t miss it or mistake it. Another rule of thumb I employed was that if it wasn’t an absolute yes, then it was a no. This is a part of you, find what works best for you.
Intuition. Everyone has it. It is, indeed, part of our personal system. It won’t ever steer you wrong. Get quiet and alone. If you can, sit on the earth. Breathe. Center. Listen. Can I sense it? Can I be still enough to feel it? The next impelling. What to do next, one step, next step. It begins with one step.
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Wings of Intuition by Andrea Matus
Breathing. It’s automatic, right? Well, yes and no. The shallow, thoughtless breath is, if not automatic, common. Default mode. Conscious breathing, that deep, fully-present breath, is not automatic, yet it is natural. It’s what your mind, body, and spirit crave. Breathing is our connection to life. It tells your body, the wholeness of you, “I choose life!”
Breathing is so simple AND it is a powerful and effective tool. It’s free AND freeing. You don’t need extensive study and training to learn how to do it. You can do it anywhere, anytime. It is natural and easy. You can use it when you’re in a difficult situation, experiencing the daily pressures of life, or taking time to relax.
When you are outside of the present moment, lamenting the past somehow or worrying about the future, you are like a vacant house. So, when the resources, people, potentials and opportunities show up, you are not “at home” to greet them and receive them. The breath will support you in being home to receive…being home to really live.
What is conscious breathing?
Conscious breathing is breathing that is deep and full. You are fully present in the now moment. You drop down into you. The mind quiets and the belly fills. You feel a sense of calm and relaxation melt over you. It is rhythmic and natural. Imagine the breathing of an infant. They do it so easily, so naturally. No thought. No effort. Just a deep, peaceful breath…in and out…in and out. There aren’t a lot of rules around this, but breathing through the nose is very beneficial, as it is the body’s humidifier. Also if you’re breathing into the chest and lungs, that’s not deep enough. You’re belly should rise and fall if you’re lying down or move in and out if you’re sitting. It’s that simple.
Where can I do?
Anywhere! Walking down the street, picking the kids up from school, sitting in a meeting (especially sitting in a meeting!)…anywhere.
When should I do it?
Any time you think of it! Feel your shoulders creeping upward, tensing as they go? Take a few deep breaths. Waiting in line at the grocery store…breathe. Under pressure at work…breathe. Waking up, going to bed, taking a shower…breathe!
Why should I do it?
Breathing gets you into the core of you, your center, your balance. It gets you fully present in the now moment, which is where everything happens – where you create, where you receive. When you are consciously breathing, you are not leaking your energy into the past or the future. Your energy is fully contained in the moment.
Breathing does so many things…
Start your day with some breathing. Set up the day for calm and clarity from the beginning. At a particularly challenging part of my own awakening, I made an intentional daily practice of this for a 6 month period. It helped me to feel fully aligned with the grander part of me or rather, the wholeness of me. Before I got out of bed, I’d imagine myself at a trailhead, preparing to set off on my journey. It was a beautiful way to connect more deeply with myself and step off on the right foot each day. I could hear my own voice more clearly and sense the when the voice I was hearing in my head wasn’t mine. The activity helped me cultivate more patience and a sense of calm. And I felt more like I was creating my life instead of reacting to it.
Relaxation Breathing (Inspired by Dr. Norma Delaney’s Breathing Exercise)
Use the above exercise while in a warm bath. Add sea salts to help release more toxins from the body. Also helps release aches and pains that can be symptoms of the awakening journey.
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