12/10/22 12:17 Filed in: Intuition
Have we ever struggled to make a decision or enter into a commitment because we didn’t trust our ability to make the right choice? How many times have we gotten a feeling in the pit of our stomach that something was not right? Did we pay attention to our intuition or did we ignore it? Deep in our core, we know what is best for us. So why don’t we trust that?
Some of us were taught as a child that we can’t trust ourselves. Maybe we weren’t able to trust our loved ones or our loved ones were unable to trust us. Sometimes life experiences shatter our trust in ourselves. Perhaps we recall an event in which we trusted ourselves and the outcome was disastrous and painful. The inability to trust ourselves stems from not knowing who we are and what’s important to us. Other times, we know what is right for us we fail to honour that because of fear, external pressure, or a belief that we are not worthy.
Sometimes we do make decisions that don’t turn out as planned. Sometimes, the red flags are there, and we ignore them. Other times, we truly make the best decision we can. Ask any successful entrepreneur about her process of decision making. She will probably tell us she weighed all the pros and cons and tried to anticipate any problems. She might have looked to the experts for helpful insight. In the end, she made the most informed decision she could. If we ask her if all her decisions were the right ones, she will tell us no. Life changes; people change. Just because something doesn’t work out the way we wanted does not mean we cannot trust ourself in the future.
Trusting ourselves is essential to loving ourselves. We know ourselves better than anyone and no one is going to take care of us except us. Until we trust ourselves, we will not be able to fully trust anyone. When we don’t trust ourselves, we will seek guidance from everyone else. Our life will be outer-focused, and people will make decisions about our life for us.
Make our personal decisions based on what’s most important to us and what works best for us. We may ask other people’s opinions as long as we are willing to pay most attention to our feelings. If we are unsure of ourselves, take the time to really listen to our gut. If we have a relationship with a Higher Power, spend time in prayer or meditation and ask that the truth be revealed to us.
During my Spiritual Coaching training, we were taught to listen to our intuition. A lot of us questioned how we know if we’re right? In other words, how do we know for sure if we can trust ourselves? We don’t know for sure unless we test it out. We were instructed as Spiritual Coaches to blurt out what our intuition was telling us, and then wait to see how the client responds. The more we test our intuition and discover that it’s telling the truth, the more we begin to trust ourselves.
So try some experiments. The next time we feel confused about a decision, pay attention to our gut-level reaction. Don’t rationalize or talk ourselves out of our feelings. Go with it and see how it turns out. We may even make a list of times we trust our intuition and things go well. The more we practice trusting ourselves, the easier it will become. If we trust ourselves and find out later it was a mistake, learn from it and move on. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s better to trust ourselves and be wrong than to not trust ourselves at all.
12/10/22 12:14 Filed in: Intuition
All of us were created with an innate inner wisdom which guides our lives, serves as an inner “truth meter” and helps us to make important decisions at critical turning points in our lives. Some call this natural gift intuition, spiritual guidance or “gut feelings”.
Each of us connects to intuition in our own unique ways. Those with artistic or musical gifts may call upon their muse to inspire them with creative ideas. Those whose work involves great physical or mental endurance may connect with their inner wisdom by challenging themselves deeply to break through the barriers that usually stand between themselves and their inner gifts. Some of us may live very busy lives with little time to tune into our inner guidance, our dreams serve as messengers to share with us the important information we may have tuned out in the midst of a busy day.
Our intuition is a profound gift which connects our embodied physical self with our divine spiritual essence. The soul communicates with our embodied self through this line of light, and we develop this inner connection over time through meditation, prayer, and the desire to know ourselves more deeply.
Our intuition is of great benefit at all times in our lives, and especially during times of great stress or difficulty. In situations where we are facing unanticipated challenges such as the loss of a loved one or an illness, many intense emotions arise from within us. Our habitual supports are removed or shaken, which causes us to feel unmoored, adrift, without anything to hold onto.
Our intuition acts as a guiding compass, pointing us instinctively towards the support we need to get through the difficulties we are facing. When our minds fail us because we feel overwhelmed, the voice of our inner wisdom speaks clearly and will repeat itself as often as necessary.
If we are accustomed to being in control of our lives, and then suddenly are faced with a situation we cannot manage, we may feel frightened and desperate because our usual methods of coping no longer are working. Intuition however, will always work, even in the direst of circumstances, because our embodied human self in the physical world is always connected with our larger spiritual self.
In a time of challenge or crisis, our spiritual support systems are activated from the spiritual realms. Our connection with intuition or guidance is strengthened, and those loving beings in the spiritual realms that watch over us and guide our lives provide extra assistance.
If we have become accustomed to discounting our inner wisdom, or have simply shut down the intuitive parts of ourselves through years of neglect, it may feel as though we cannot find the thread of light that would re-connect us to our source. It is important to understand that no matter how disconnected we become from our divine inner wisdom, it is always present and available to us. Even if we have erected barriers to shut out our inner guidance for a time, these may be removed by our diligent prayer, meditation, and intention.
If we have been disconnected from ourselves for a very long time, the process of reconnecting will often bring up old emotions, thoughts and memories that we may have hidden from ourselves that we were not ready to deal with. During this re-balancing phase, it is helpful to participate in some kind of regular spiritual or emotional support system that helps stabilize our inner connection with spirit.
One of the most challenging aspects of the healing process is remembering that emotions and memories from the past are coming up in order to be healed and released. A support system helps us to anchor in the strength of our inner being, to allow the emotions and feelings to pass through us and to release from our body, mind and spirit.
As this cleansing process happens, intuition and inner wisdom are naturally strengthened, for there are fewer barriers between ourselves and our spirit. This deeper inner connection provides a source of wisdom, freedom, empowerment and comfort during difficult times, and will sustain us throughout life with greater love, joy and peace. Inner wisdom is a great gift, and is intended not only to bless our individual lives, and to share with others to bless all of life by our connection with the divine.
12/10/22 12:11 Filed in: Elements
A combination of elements in a relationship can create a loving balance; thereby resulting in a relationship that thrives on mutual growth and harmony. Two well matched combinations are an Air-Fire relationship or and an Earth-Water relationship.
The element Air in a relationship provides ideas and dreams that Fire can act on and forge into reality. The element Water provides sensitivity and nurturing to the sometimes cold reserved Earthly approach to matters, thereby laying the
groundwork for future growth in the relationship.
At the same time remember in a Fire/Water relationship, balance can be achieved by realizing that Water injects needed sensitivity and patience into the Fire sign. At the same time, Fire adds drive and the courage to act that may be lacking in the Water signs.
When two elements of the same type combine, harmony is achieved when the needs and traits are the same for both. However, it hinders growth when both individuals may become too comfortable to a point that the needed spark for growth may be lacking.
In a Fire/Earth combination we find that fire’s initiative and drive stimulates the sometimes laid back and reserved nature of Earth. At the same time, Earth’s practicality and discipline balance Fire’s sometimes quick to act ways. Ideally we should strive for a balance of the elements Earth/Water and Air/Fire.
The other combinations also work as long as both partners respect the other's needs and unique traits that both bring to the relationship. And they must utilize each other's strengths to bring balance.
12/10/22 12:07 Filed in: Elements
Empedocles, a Greek philosopher-scientist and healer who lived in Sicily in the fifth century B.C., believed that all matter comprises the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Fire and air are outwardly reaching elements, reaching up and out, whereas earth and water turn inward and downward.
The Four Elements also describe the four unique personality types associated with the zodiac signs. The elements exhibit profound influence on basic character traits, behaviour, emotions, thinking and intuition. They are reflected in our relationships, our ambitions or lack thereof, and the unexpected turns and twists that add spice to our lives.
Astrology aims to help us to better focus our energies, gain a better understanding of our positive traits, and deal with the negative ones. We use this knowledge to realize our full potential and live our best life. We all need air to breathe, water to cleanse us and sustain our growth, fire to shelter us from the cold and nourish us, earth to live on together with all the living things and to grow our food. All the elements are equally important and below is a more in depth description of each.
Astrology: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
Feel the Earth under our feet, the soil that sustains all forms of life. Look at the power and beauty of the mountains, a symbol of stability and solidity of the earth. Everyday we experience the physical world, we walk on this earth, enjoy
the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth and feel the comfort of being on solid ground.
Associated with the signs Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo, Earth represents the practical, realistic material side of our nature, it seeks to assert a stable, secure and structured environment into which we may function. Feel the earth under our feet, solid and steady as we walk slowly. Earth is patient and reliable. It is solid and strong. To be on solid ground encourages one to seek the practical and most logical answer to a problem.
Earth may stabilize a relationship contributing structure and organization to achieve balance and harmony. Earth sustains growth- such as a planted acorn grows into an oak tree; so do humans grow from youth to maturity, and realize the immense growth in every facet of life.
The over-expression of this element may produce a stubborn and rigid personality, one that strives to remain in the comfort zone in life, afraid to take risks. It is also seen by a love of the material side of life, the comforts of material well-being. Material worth may be overemphasized and this may also lead to stressful worrisome situations.
Weakness: attachment, stinginess, materialism, resistant to change, too much attention to detail and missing the big picture.
Astrology: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
The element Air is associated with the signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. It seeks to establish itself in the realm of the intellect. It is through the process of
thinking that we develop ideas. It is through the influence of this element that we learn to communicate. Through air we gain and share knowledge.
Air contributes inventiveness, originality and versatility to the personality. It gives that feeling of freedom, unattachment, it reaches out to the mental self. Enjoy that refreshing gentle breeze, allow thoughts to flow freely, and nourish the creative moment. Air expresses love of people, the ability to intellectualize, to appreciate the differences in people, accept different perspectives without which, there would be a lack of vision and human interaction.
Thoughts are a continual force in our lives. It is associated with meditation where deep breathing is essential to reach that level of stillness, energy, and relaxation. Air is used for transport, flying and sailing. Let our thoughts soar to reach our intellectual pursuits.
An over expression of air’s influence is seen as living in a dream world with unrealistic goals and flights of fancy. Air should seek to maintain practicality and develop consistency in dealing with the real world.
Weakness of this element: lack of emotion, depression, lack of connection with the higher self, overactive mind that blocks inner peace and harmony.
Astrology: Leo, Sagittarius, Aries
The signs Leo,Sagittarius and Aries are associated with the element Fire. It represents the life force glowing within us. This element projects self-expression, creativity, courage and enthusiasm. Feel the comforting warmth of a fire, or heat when we come in from the cold.
We need fire to meet the basic need of cooking our food. Fire provides a sense of security, warmth and inspiration that is shared with those around. Fire strengthens self-confidence to tackle problems without hesitation. Without fire, there is no radiance, no conviction, no expression. A spark lights up new ideas, serves as a beacon to light the way to achieve goals with conviction and enthusiasm.
An over expression of fire turns assertiveness into aggression, daring into reckless behaviour and so forth. When fire's influence is out of control, it seeks to consume all in its path.
Weakness: lack of interest, egotistic, excessive self-centredness, self-importance.
Astrology: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
The element Water is associated with the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and influences the conscience and the subconscious forces that act on our lives.
The element water pours forth to others. It allows one to feel their pain and suffering and offer sincere compassion.
Psychic awareness is also present in the water signs and shows itself from time to time with uncanny accuracy. Water seeks to heal and nurture those around it.
Uncontrolled, this element sends emotions on a turbulent path resulting in moodiness and unpredictable highs and lows, like the crest and trough of a wave.
Water signs need serenity and calmness, like a gentle flowing river nurturing all in its wake and at the same time leading to the discovery of new paths. When over-expressed, one may tend to be overly emotional, deeply sensitive and subjective. With too much emotion, depression may result.
Weakness results from being too protective and possessive of our loved ones; a cold attitude and lack of drive may arise.
12/10/22 11:46 Filed in: Higher Self
Are we just a body with a personality? From my understanding, we are much more than that. Each one of us has a higher aspect. This higher aspect has been typically called the Higher Self. Others have also referred to it as the Over-soul or Over-self.
Who and what is the Higher Self? The Higher Self is the intelligence and wisdom aspect of our own self. Ironically, the Higher Self is impersonal and does not have a ‘sense of self’ like the way our personality is. Nevertheless, it serves as a guiding aspect for the personality or ego.
Can this elusive higher self be contacted? Yes, and typically it is done through meditation or some other altered states of consciousness.
A little bit about me. Around ten years ago, I discovered that if I am thinking hard about a subject that is of a spiritual inquiry, I will sometimes receive visions that attempt to answer my queries. Mostly the visions are symbolic. Higher self will communicate by impulsing symbols and visions that form messages into my awareness.
An example of such transmissions:
Some years ago, I was contemplating on the nature of the cycle of reincarnation. Will lost souls be forever looped within the lower realm? (According to many Eastern Beliefs, Beings who had not attained enlightenment will be caught in a vicious circle of perpetual birth and rebirth.) Suddenly, out of nowhere, I received a transmission from beyond my conscious mind. It came as a ‘download’, a burst of images, symbols and moods. Very fast, split second impressions. The download seemed to be received by the right hemisphere of my brain. My brain instinctively attempted to interpret the transmission before I lost it. How do I know it wasn’t my imagination? Well, firstly I do not think in pictures. I think in languages. Secondly, the transmitted images were performing a ‘dual-split’ to my consciousness. That is, the images are simultaneously overlaying my visual perception of the environment around me. Well, a ‘dual-split’ in consciousness is definitely not the usual way my mind works!
The animated vision was set against a light blue background. There were rings or bands of a lighter colour moving towards a centre point. Because the transmission was so fast, I think I might have lost some vital information. Anyway; here’s my interpretation. Please understand that it was my physical brain that did this interpretation. As such I can never be to sure about the accuracy of my interpretation:
“The transmission is attempting to correct errors or rather incompleteness within my understanding of the scheme of things. The cycle of reincarnation is never meant to last forever. Eventually all will return back to the Source or essence. ”
Well, that transmission was many years ago. My understanding on that matter has been refined since then. However, the transmission was appropriate (to my level of understanding) at that time.
Over the years, these vision transmissions from Higher Self, together with the guidance of enlightened physical teachers, have helped me to understand the dynamics of consciousness and the universe greatly.
12/10/22 11:45 Filed in: Higher Self
When we want to listen to a particular radio station, we tune our radio to that station, tuning in to a particular frequency. Same when we want to watch a particular show on TV. It is the frequency we tune into that determines what we hear and what we see.
Our brains operate in very much the same way, except that we have only two stations we tune into, the Ego Station and the Higher-Self Station.
The Ego Station is the station that originates in the programmed mind, which contains all our limiting beliefs that create our fears. The Ego Station is our wounded self, our false self – the protected self we learned to be as we were growing up and needed to find ways to have control over getting love, avoiding pain, and feeling safe. Our ego wounded self is a closed circuit – it operates on old information that we acquired as we were growing up, information that is no longer relevant or even true. It is not open to new information. It is not open to truth.
The Higher-Self Station is the station that taps into the unlimited information from the universe – information that is beyond the programmed mind. The Higher-Self Station taps into the Source of truth that is always here to guide us in our highest good.
How do we tune our frequency to our higher-self station?
We have all been given a “dial” that either tunes us to the low frequency of our Ego Station, or to the high frequency of our Higher-Self Station. This dial is our INTENT.
We have only two intents to choose from:
- The intent to get love and avoid pain with some form of controlling behaviour.
- The intent to learn about loving ourselves and others.
The intent to have control over getting love and avoiding pain lowers our frequency and keeps us stuck in our limited mind, our ego mind. When we choose this intent/frequency, we are stuck thinking the thoughts, the lies, and taking the unloving actions that create fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, stress, anger, jealousy, resentment, and so on. The ego frequency is the frequency of being a victim. We choose this frequency when we choose the intent to have control over getting love and avoiding pain.
At any moment, we change our minds and choose the intent to learn – about what is in our highest good and the highest of all. We choose to learn about our ego mind rather than stay stuck in it. The moment we choose the intent to learn about love, we raise our frequency and are able to access the higher-self station. This is like moving out of the limitations of our personal computer and into the Internet, only better. While some of the information on the Internet is true and some is not, all of the information we receive from the Higher-Self Station is true, it comes from the Source of Truth.
The only thing that stops us from choosing the Higher-Self Station is our addiction to control. The ego mind wants control over our feelings, over others’ feelings and actions, and over the outcome of things. When our desire for control is greater than our desire to be loving to ourself and others, and greater than our desire to live in truth, we will remain stuck in the Ego Station.
The Ego Station tells us that we have control over things that we actually have no control over, others and outcomes. While we have some control over our feelings with various addictions, this only leads to greater unhappiness. Our feelings are an inner guidance system, letting us know when we are on track or off track in our thinking and behaviour, so suppressing them with addictions only leads to more pain.
We will discover great joy when we choose the intent to learn about loving ourself and others and access the incredible information that is ours when we are tuned into our Higher-Self Station.
12/10/22 11:43 Filed in: Higher Self
As we look at the pain in the world around us, we see many things we deeply desire to heal and change. Many of those things seem beyond our ability to influence and change.
There is one thing we can change about ourselves. We can look deep within, moving closer to the truth of who we are. In doing so, we move beyond the limitations of our personality and the world around us begins to transform. Radiant joy and love emerge and are contagious.
Getting to know our Higher Self is a loving and powerful way to move closer toward healing and self-realization. The Higher Self knows everything about us and sees the bigger picture. It knows all of our past lives, our dreams, frustrations, relationships, our different personalities, the lessons we are learning, all possible choices, the past and our potential future. The Higher Self is a wonderful guide. Just imagine the possibility of seeing everything more clearly, feeling the joy and security of knowing that our choices are taking us toward our highest good!
As we face challenges and move through difficulties, many times we feel lonely, isolated or misunderstood by others. By getting our Higher Self involved in daily life, we will be able to feel loved, nurtured, and deeply understood. ur Higher Self is always there for us, in a way that another human being is not able to be. It is always ready to give us all the attention we need, always loving, has our highest good in mind guiding us ever closer to unlimited source.
As we grow and evolve we sometimes find that our personality is not enough to support our expanded, abundant Self. We sense and know the possibility of true prosperous living, yet our old patterns of thinking and doing don't give us the guidance we need to actualize our spiritual ideals and transform our lives. We need a means of finding our way through the day to day reality of living, in a way that supports our Soul’s expansive desires. The Higher Self is the voice of the Soul. Creating a best friend relationship with our Higher Self provides immediate and insightful help for the challenges of everyday living.
With our Higher Self as navigator we deepen relationships with others through Soul to Soul communication. Previously unsolvable problems and conflicted relationships may be healed and problems resolved. The love connection between souls transcends all personality differences. The Higher Self also sees all opportunities for growth, allowing us to utilize our experiences in a more loving and joyful way.
This deep, expansive communion with the Self is one of the most powerful and direct ways to access the Souls ability to help us with all of our choices. The experience is exquisitely beautiful and profoundly intimate. More intimate than any human relationship. Who could possibly know us better and love us more deeply than the being we came through to be on this earth?
This intimacy with the Higher Self is what so many are seeking in a Soul Mate. The innate longing for completion, to be with our other half, the one that was created for us at the beginning of time, the one we were meant to be with forever. That one is our own Soul.
Imagine for a moment that we are now able to feel, taste, touch and know that wondrous union right here, right now. At last, here is the endless love we have been seeking which transcends this human existence. Look deeply into those ancient eyes and see only the truth of love shining back at us and know that this wise one has been with us always. Our heart opens as we feel the trust that comes from true commitment. As our heart opens wider, allow ourselves to be embraced by this great being of love and bright light. Feel the strength, beauty, power and love of this ancient one flow through us. Our own heart knows the truth; we know who this is, our Soul.
Feel our heart call to this one. Invite it to flow into our heart, embracing it. A deep trust and recognition arises as our Souls energy fills our heart. We know this connection is familiar, from the light, from the source. Secret memories are now remembered. Listen with our heart, our Soul is now speaking. Words of encouragement, hope, love, gentle soothing phrases drawing us closer. See how delighted this wise being is to see us, radiating magnificent colours and bright light. It has been waiting for us, waiting for this union, waiting to merge with us at last.
How long have we been waiting for this moment? How many times have we joined in this completion? The years of separateness drift away as we experience the ecstasy of true love.
To experience our True Self in this way is an amazing gift and a great service to our precious planet. Everyone may learn to turn within and commune with the Self. The rewards will be astonishing. With practice, the heart continues to open, the healing process quickens, life becomes more joyful and the world around us begins to change. Intimacy with the True Self purifies the heart allowing us to experience our own true abundant nature. Discovering pure joy and true happiness need not be difficult. It takes only a willing heart and practice.
12/10/22 11:43 Filed in: Energy Healing
Is All Energy Healing the Same?
Chakra or energy centre is a term used in Pranic healing, an ancient Hindu system of energy healing. Prana means life energy. Aura is another terminology traced to Pranic healing. Aura is a non-physical body that consists of energy, which exists along with our physical body. The aura that covers our body is said to have seven layers pertaining to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of an individual as manifested by energy.
Studying the colour and thickness of auras gives ideas on the state of health of individuals. Six colours are associated with aura and interpreted into six personalities. These colours are all present in an individual yet one or two are more pronounced.
Green: Ambitious achiever
Blue: Spiritual peacemaker
White: Unconventional chameleon
Orange: Creative communicator
Although Tantra is popularly associated with the practice of sex and spirituality, it is another method of energy healing. It comes from the word tan which means to spread or expand. The concept of connectedness is a recurring theme in Tantric writings on sex and spirituality. As a method of healing, spirituality and sex figure prominently. It is presupposed that the union of two people reach spiritual levels during orgasm, which removes the body and mind from collected impurities. These impurities, being negative energies, in turn manifest as physical illnesses.
Unlike Puranic and Tantric healings, which have Hindu origins, Reiki originated from Japan. It is relatively younger than Pranic and Tantric healings having been rediscovered in the early 1900s. Reiki stands for universal energy, an energy brought forth by higher intelligence. Students of Reiki are taught how to tap this energy to heal physical, emotional, and mental illnesses.
Although Pranic, Tantra, and Reiki are all systems of energy healing, they differ in the type of energy tapped for healing: life energy, sexual energy, and universal energy respectively. The concepts of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit; the connection of individuals to all living and nonliving things around them and to the universe; and how energy impacts physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are some of the salient similarities of these three healing methods.
Why Do People Turn to Energy Healing?
Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki are considered alternative methods of healing. In spite of the availability and relative accessibility of modern medicine, how come more and more people are being drawn to them? Here are some possible reasons:
Energy healing worked where modern medicine failed.
For several reasons both explainable and unexplainable, modern medical treatment may fail to heal ailments and conditions in some, if not many people.
People perceive modern medicine to be isolating.
Medical treatments are oftentimes focused on the disease and its causative agent, which makes a patient feel isolated and treated like a mere host of the disease. Although recent developments in hospital practice are gradually promoting the holistic treatment of a patient, the perception still persists. Unlike in energy healing, since energy and spirituality are intimately linked, the patient feels that all aspects of his health are being attended to.
Energy healing is non-obtrusive and natural, thus it is safer.
Repeated surgical procedures are physically and emotionally traumatic for most patients. It is a logical and attractive option to both patients and families to look for less stressful health interventions.
Energy healing is a good way of relieving stress.
Meditation is part and parcel of energy healing methods and this is an added benefit for highly stressed people. Moreover, sophisticated equipment is not required thus it becomes all the more convenient for students and future students of energy healing.
Alternative healing and mainstream medicine both present benefits to their approach. And in the final analysis, what matters is the restoration of good health.
12/10/22 11:41 Filed in: Energy Healing
The quantity and quality of our energy flow deeply affects our emotions, thoughts and reactions. The quality of our relationships, productivity, creativity and health all depend upon creating a high level of harmoniously flowing energy. The following techniques and ways of life will aid us in building a freer and more positive energy flow and raise our vibrations.
1. Proper Diet: Few of us realize the powerful effect of a proper diet not only on our physical health, also on our emotional, mental and spiritual states. A clean diet creates greater health, more positive emotional states, clearer mental functioning, and increased spiritual attunement.
2. Vitamins: If we suspect our emotional state may also be the result of a worn down nervous system, we might benefit from a strong multivitamin and mineral supplement for one month.
3. Fasting: We dramatically improve how we feel with short one-day fasts, or a “mono-diet” in which we eat only one type of food, such as apples, watermelon or grapes. When fasting, some may experience an increase of symptoms if a “healing crisis” is provoked. A beginner in this process should be assisted by an experienced guide.
4. Herbs and Flower Essence: Some herbs can are very calming and/or invigorating, offering an extra boost which may give us the needed optimism we need to make internal changes.
5. Daily Physical Exercise: The body is a living machine, and like all machines, it needs to move or it will begin to develop problems. Exercise is essential not only for a healthy muscular, skeletal, and circulatory system, also for a relaxed nervous system and balanced endocrine system. This systemic harmony is necessary for emotional and mental peace.
6. Breathing Techniques: These are essential for the abundant flow of vital energy throughout the body and mind. Bio-energy is the basis of all physical and mental functions. Breathing exercises are one of the most effective ways to increase our energy level and keep it steady and harmonious so we will be less susceptible to low emotional states or illness. We should, however, have the guidance of a person experienced in breathing techniques before we begin.
7. Daily Deep Relaxation:This will calm the muscles, nerves and all other bodily systems, and thus rejuvenate the body and the mind. Deep relaxation, in conjunction with the above-mentioned techniques, contributes to the development of a strong and healthy immune system as well as a form of self-therapy from psychosomatic illnesses.
8. Creative Self Expression: This is much more important to our physical, emotional and spiritual health and harmony than most people imagine. Humans are creative beings. Our purpose on Earth is to create in some way. We might create a painting, a piece of music, a dance, a family, a business,ect. Creative self-expression is essential for our health, harmony and happiness.
9. Meaningful Activity: This is necessary for us to feel that our life is worth living. If we do not see what we are doing as meaningful, useful or helpful in some way, we lose our reason to exist, and our health and happiness gradually deteriorate.
10. Massage: Shiatsu massage, polarity massage, spiritual healing, Reiki and other such energy-oriented types of massage areespecially effective in relaxing the nervous system and reducing negativity.
11. Cleansing Techniques: One simple method is to increase the number of showers or baths. Contact with water may be healing and calming.
12. Emotional Release: We might need to partake in a program of emotional release under the guidance of an experienced professional, who helps us release the pent up emotions undermining our health and energy level.
13. Social Harmonization: We need to discover and overcome any fears or beliefs that prevent us from feeling comfortable with others.
14. Spiritual Orientation: Each of us has their own personal relationship with the universe. Whether or not we adhere to any particular religion, it is important for our inner balance that we feel and cultivate our relationship with the whole as humanity, as nature, or as Spirit.
15. Self Knowledge: We need to understand our own inner mechanisms, needs, desires, fears, expectations, beliefs and subconscious workings in order to free ourselves from the negative emotions, mechanisms, which undermine our health, happiness and relationships.
16. Enlightening The Subconscious: This aspect of self-improvement usually requires an experienced professional who helps us reprogram the subconscious with positive, more objective beliefs and perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world.
17. Unconditional Love: Showing this towards ourselves and others is the ultimate key to a high and harmonious energy flow.
12/10/22 11:38 Filed in: Energy Healing
Energy healing is something that many people could benefit from, yet so many people dismiss it and think that it is nonsense. They believe that they are better off seeking traditional care. While traditional medical attention has its place, there is also a place for natural care. Many people find more relief from natural treatments than they ever find in traditional medicine. So, if we are suffering from an ailment and we find that traditional methods of care simply are not working, why not try something a bit different? Sometimes allowing ourself to open up and try something new is just what we need to change our life.
Are we new to energy healing and wondering exactly what it is all about? It is actually quite simple. Seeking this sort of treatment may be very effective and an obvious choice when we learn what it is all about. Simply put, this type of treatment is based on the belief that there is energy running through the body. Many people are better able to picture this when they compare the human body to an electrical circuit. Just as electricity runs through an electrical circuit, energetic currents run through the body. If there is a blockage, this causes problems in the body as well as in the electrical circuit. When these blockages or crossed wires occur, a whole host of problems arise. If we just put a band-aid on them, they will continue to get worse over time.
Energy healing works well because many of the techniques identify the underlying problems in the body, instead of just treating the symptoms as traditional medication often does. When we are able to identify the underlying problems, we are able to create a treatment plan and vigorously attack the problems in a straightforward manner. The result is achieving health and happiness through personalized treatment. What is wonderful about this type of treatment is that most people learn it quite easily and apply it to their lives in very little time, meaning a more balanced life in the short term as well as long term.
12/10/22 11:01 Filed in: Energy Healing
Energy Healing literally changed my life. It raised my vibration and raised my consciousness. It gave me the power to leave victim consciousness. It gave me the strength in finding my own self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect. It empowered me because it taught me to empower myself!
So how does energy healing actually do this? We ARE energetic beings and everything IS energy. Scientists have proven this to be true and this article is not about proving this fact. To keep this as simplistic as possible, we have an invisible energy body surrounding our physical body. In this energy body are layers. Each layer has different functions and each layer is associated with a different chakra and each chakra and layer both have an effect on areas of the physical body. The chakras and acupuncture points are openings for energy to flow into and out of the aura (energy body). This energy is associated with a form of consciousness, thus we experience the exchange of energy in the forms of seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, intuiting or direct knowing. It is important to open the chakras and increase our energy flow, because the more energy we let flow, the healthier we are. Illness in the system is caused by an imbalance of energy or a blocking of the flow of energy. In other words, a lack of flow in the human energy system eventually leads to disease. It also distorts our perceptions and dampens our feelings and therefore interferes with a happy experience of living a joyful life.
So what causes an imbalance or block in the flow of energy? The majority of people today have been conditioned to react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feelings and emotions which stops a great deal of our natural energy flow. An example of this, a person is rejected many times when she tries to show her love to another, she eventually stops showing her love by trying to stop the inner feelings of love. In order to do this, she will have to stop the energy flow through the heart chakra. When the energy flow is stopped or slowed down, the development of the heart chakra is affected. Eventually, a physical problem will very likely result if the energy does not start to flow smoothly again.
This same process works for all the chakras. Whenever a person blocks whatever experiences she is having, she in turn blocks her chakras, which blocks the flow of universal life force energy. Disrupted, weakened, blocked or imbalances in the chakras may all be caused from many situations occurring in our lives, such as:
- emotional or physical trauma
- negative self-talk
- nutritional depletion
- destructive lifestyle and relationships
- neglect of self and lack of love for oneself or others
- from emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way
- childhood traumas
- cultural conditioning
- limited belief system
- bad habits
- or even just a lack of attention all contribute to blockage.
Difficulties abound in life, for each one of us, and we develop a coping strategy. If these difficulties persist, these coping strategies become chronic patterns, anchored in the body and psyche as defense structures. It is important to recognize the blocks we carry, find and understand their source then heal them.
Energy healing is excellent for healing any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Long term practice of whole-body energy healing will restore the general condition of the body. It will open the energy channels and this will allow the body to deal properly and naturally with stress and the build-up of toxins along with coping with anxiety and depression.
Some of the health benefits from receiving energy healing:
– Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
– It accelerates the body's self-healing abilities
– Aids better sleep
– Reduces blood pressure
– May help with acute injuries and chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.) and aides the breaking of addictions
– Helps relieve pain
– Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
– Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
– Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy
– Supports the immune system
– Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
– Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
– Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing
– And more!
Energy Healing works. It changes us from the inside out. The main thing to remember is that body, mind and soul together with the energy body, are one indivisible whole. These simple, non-invasive healing practices work with the Higher Self of the receiver (person) to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. When it is combined with the sincere and talented healer, a total healing may occur. A total NEW person will, in time, emerge!
12/10/22 10:50 Filed in: Intuition
Are we aware of our inner voice? Do we pay attention to it? (By the way, I'm not talking about the one who puts us down!) I'm talking about the one that softly whispers ideas and suggestions to us, the kind that the other voice might try to shut down, crying “Are you mad”!? This requires stepping out of our comfort zone, and that is to be avoided at all costs (even if the cost is living a life of mediocrity instead of the one of our dreams).
Sadly, the latter voice is the one most of us are aware of and pay attention to. The more gentle one, the one that is our intuition, is often ignored (if we can even hear it at all). The great pity here is that it's our intuition that really has our best interests at heart. Our shadow voice (the louder, more aggressive one) does have our welfare at heart too, in a protective way.
What's wrong with protecting us? I know we’re thinking that! Well, it limits us and ultimately erodes our well being at a soul level. And believe it or not, that's not good for our physical or emotional well being! If we're unfulfilled at a soul level, slowly and imperceptibly we will develop a nagging feeling of general discontent which have a rippling effect on our mood, self esteem and ultimately our physical and mental health.
The gentle voice of our intuition will, if listened to, stretch us beyond our comfort zone, yet never more than we are capable of. It will challenge us, yet also support us. It always has our best interests at heart, at every level: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It will not only gently nudge us in scary directions which will yield huge and unimaginable rewards, yet it will also gently nudge us when it’s time to stop or turn around.
When we tune into our intuition and allow ourselves to be guided by it we will be surprised at how much easier formerly assumed challenges will become. And how much good fortune lands in our lap (we call it synchronicity). And how good it feels to be at ease with ourselves and all our life experiences, even the ones we wouldn't choose!
If we're not used to listening to our intuition, learning to tune into it will require time and patience. At first, we may be unsure which voice is which (especially as our shadow voice often sounds very reasonable), and using our intuition is very much like using our physical muscles. We need to use it regularly in order for it to be in the shape we want.
So how do we get to know our intuition better? First of all, start to watch out for hunches, feelings, ideas that crop up. Pay attention to the voice that accompanies it. Is it gentle, positive, supportive?
If it's aggressive, domineering, or using scare-mongering tactics it's more likely to be our shadow voice. If we're getting a feeling of warning, is it a loud and threatening one? (shadow). Or an insistent knowing one? (intuition).
The scary thing about trusting our intuition when it's new to us, is that it's not based on logic and often what it suggests to us cannot be justified logically. Yet with practice and trust, we'll learn that knowing that something is the right thing to do, is in our best interests. It'll be easier to shrug off our own shadow voice and that of others (who will fear for our best interests on our behalf).
The key to developing this essential trust in one’s intuition is to start small. Don't make life-changing decisions based on our intuition if we're not familiar with it (we might still be confusing our two inner voices). Do ask our intuition to guide us with smaller decisions, and wait for the gentle knowing feeling to arrive. Don't expect an instant answer, yet watch out, for it will come and we'll know it when it does.
Over time, as we tune in more and more, we'll find that we suffer less and less with worry or anxiety. We'll trust all will work out well, and often we'll find it works out better than we could ever have imagined!
12/10/22 10:47 Filed in: Intuition
Have we had that experience when all of a sudden we had this huge hunch that something is about to happen, and to our surprise, that intuition was eventually translated to reality?
When we feel strongly about something without a logical basis to it, that’s called intuition. It comes in three impressions: clairvoyance or “the third eye”, clairsentience or sensing clearly, and clairaudience or feeling through listening.
Clairvoyance is when our eye goes beyond what it can see. This is when we know what is happening somewhere.
Sensing clearly is basically what we refer to as “hunch” or “gut feel.” This is the time when we are overwhelmed with a feeling and we can’t explain it, and all we say is “I just know.”
On the other hand, feeling through listening or clairaudience is being able to “listen” between the lines. Intuition also happens at times when a certain sound, whatever it is, be it a car’s honk or a bird’s tweeting, ushers in an intense feeling.
They say only a number of people are gifted with intuition. Astrologers even insist that people born under the Scorpio or Pisces signs are naturally intuitive; it almost borders on E.S.P. Yet studies are sprouting left and right that proclaim that anyone can develop intuition.
Why the need to develop intuition, we ask? Why not let our emotional and psychological state be as it is? First and foremost, intuition promotes good communication. It makes us more sensitive to the people around us; it often keeps us from hurting those we love because we are intuitive enough to understand them. Intuition also makes us far more creative than ever. Intuition means releasing more creative juices for any means of expression. Lastly, intuition has a healing power. This healing power is not in the physical sense, yet in delving deep into our soul to eradicate some negative energy buried in it.
With that being said, are we ready to develop our intuition? Here are some ways to unlock this gift:
Oh yes, get ourselves hypnotized. Hypnosis is not limited to watching a pendulum move back and forth. Perform self-hypnosis or a hypnotic program that strengthens our intuition.
Meditating means finding peace in oneself. If our mind and heart are cluttered with too much baggage and hurt, we wouldn’t be able to quiet down that part of us that could eventually initiate intuition. There are so many ways to meditate: take a yoga class, or just simply practice some breathing exercises.
3. Think positive!
A worry-free, fear-free state could do so much to improve our intuitive ability. By staying positive, we attract good energy that could be able to easily recognize imminent feelings and events.
4. Just let go.
What does this mean? If we are on the brink of making a huge decision, let go of all the inhibitions and head to a quiet place where we find out where letting go has brought us. Sometimes we just have to listen to the voice within us, and that voice won’t come out unless we let go.
5. Never expect it.
After letting go of the inhibitions and all those things that stop us from thinking and feeling clearly, never expect an answer right away. Never expect that the “hunch” would fall into our lap immediately. Give it a little time, then we’ll be surprised that — wham! — now we have our answer.
6. Believe in our first impressions.
When we see someone for the first time and think that he is a bit too arrogant for our taste, chances are that impression actually holds true. Most of the time, first impressions are brought by intuition.
7. Stay happy!
See? All we need to be intuitive is to stay happy! Happiness attracts immense power and such power includes intuition. In tapping our intuition, our motivation must be happiness and contentment. Given that premise, intuition will fall to us easily.
Intuition is helpful, because sometimes it leads us to something that cannot be achieved otherwise. A lot of lives have been saved by intuition alone. Decisions are easier done if armed by this gift. Develop intuition now and reap benefits we never could have imagined.
12/10/22 10:45 Filed in: Intuition
Developing intuition starts by realizing we have it already. If we’ve ever had a hunch about something, that was intuition. Intuition is just our mind using more than what we are consciously aware of. But can we trust our intuition? How do we improve it?
Developing Intuition In Three Steps
1. Recognize it and encourage it.
2. Study it to make it more trustworthy.
3. Give it good information to work with.
Try to find areas in our own life where we naturally intuitively operate. What is something that we are just naturally good at without studying? What is an area where you trust your gut and it is almost always right? That is your intuition speaking, continue to listen and nurture it.
Of course, intuition is also a warning device. When you get the sense “something isn’t right here” that is your intuition talking and you’d be smart to pay attention.
Have you ever considered purchasing a car and then you start seeing them all over? Looking for and recognizing a thing trains your mind to find more of it. The same process will happen if you watch for your intuition – you’ll start to see more of it.
Unfortunately, a strong hunch may be for irrelevant reasons too. If you were hit by a yellow taxi as a child, you might have “intuitive” hunches not to get into yellow taxis for the rest of your life. So even learning to recognize your intuition and encourage it may leave you wondering when to trust it.
Study Your Intuition
Start questioning your hunches. Study your strong feelings about that taxi, and you might say, “Oh, it’s just my fear of yellow taxis.” Get in the habit of paying attention to and studying your intuitive feelings.
Where does your intuition work best? If you’re always right about your intuitive stock picks, give a little credence to them. On the other hand, if your hunches about people are usually wrong, don’t follow them. Just pay attention more, and you’ll be developing intuition about your intuition.
Give Your Intuition Good Information
Your skill, knowledge, and experience determine the potential effectiveness of your intuition. Learn enough about a subject, before expecting good hunches about it, or before trusting the hunches. Work in the area you want more intuition in. When enough information is in your mind, it will go to work for you with or without your conscious participation, so feed it well.
Recognize your intuition and you’ll have hunches and ideas more often. Study it and you’ll learn when to trust it. Give it good information and you’ll be repaid with good hunches and ideas. This is the simple formula for developing intuition.
12/10/22 10:44 Filed in: Intuition
Intuition is a tool that all of us have. Some people suggest that it’s a mystical power. Others would suggest that it’s merely our subconscious trying to tell us something. Regardless of the source, we all have that little voice that tries to tell us things from time to time.
As we get older, we often learn to ignore that little voice. We turn to logic, and focus on being practical. But we’ve experienced a lot over the years, and there is some part of our brain that has accumulated a tremendous amount of wisdom. Listening to that little voice is a good thing.
Try these techniques to develop our intuition:
1. Meditate for a few minutes each day. One characteristic of intuition is that it has a soft voice most of the time. It may be challenging to notice it if our minds are busy with other things. Meditation is a great way to clear the mind and make room for our intuition to come shining through.
• A simple technique to clear our mind is to simply count our breaths and attempt to stay focused on our breathing. Avoid letting our mind wander.
2. Record our dreams. Our dreams will be full of useful information. Many psychologists believe that we work out our challenges in our sleep. It’s difficult for most of us to remember our dreams. Studies show that we average 5 dreams per night, and most of us are lucky to even remember one.
• After we get in bed, tell ourselves that we want to remember our dreams in the morning. Keep thinking this to ourselves until we fall asleep.
• Keep a notebook and pen near our bed. A voice recorder app on our phone will work well, too. As soon as we wake up, start writing. Dreams tend to fade from memory quickly.
• Review our dreams and see if there might be any information we may use in our life.
3. Follow our intuition. The surest way to shut down our intuition is to never follow it. Start using it in situations that have minor importance. It could be as simple as taking a walk and asking ourselves which way we should turn at each intersection or fork in the road.
• Show our intuition that we’re listening and responding. We’ll be more likely to hear from it in the future.
4. Busy our mind. Many people find that their best ideas come while their mind is busy, yet not too busy. Some examples commonly cited include, walking, driving down the highway, taking a shower, and listening to the rain. Think about the times we’ve had great ideas. Try to put ourselves in similar situations more frequently.
5. Keep a journal. Take a few minutes each day to write in a journal. Sometimes, putting things down on paper opens a floodgate of ideas and inspiration. Study what we’ve written. We’re likely to find insights we haven’t considered.
• Keep our journals in a safe place, so we’ll feel more comfortable with being honest and thorough.
Being in touch with our intuition helps us identify and solve the challenges in our life that are causing stress. It also releases our imagination and creativity. Our intuition is a great resource, yet it’s important to nurture it. Start with smaller things. When our intuition proves it’s reliable, use it to make bigger decisions.
Intuition is a tether to the subconscious. It’s our ultimate source of wisdom and creative energy. Make life easier and richer by utilizing all of our resources.
12/10/22 10:25 Filed in: Intuition
The world today is overwhelming! Each year, society revolves more and more around technology, screens, and stress. It is far too easy to get caught up comparing ourselves to the perfectly curated lives we see on social media, or feel overwhelmed by the never ending 24 hour news cycle. It’s no wonder we often find ourselves feeling caught in negative cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress.
Thankfully, we are all born with the ability to access a tool that helps us overcome all of today's modern struggles. A tool that helps guide us through life and stay on the right path. It is our one true superpower, an ancient wisdom buried within each of us. What I’m talking about is our intuition!
The definition of intuition is, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning”. In other words, it's the bridging of the gap between our conscious and unconscious minds. For example, have we ever had an unexplainable feeling in our gut that instinctively told us when something we were doing was right or wrong? That was our intuition speaking. Now imagine what our life would be like if we were able to access that inner guidance system whenever we needed it. That sounds amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want more of that?
Listening and trusting that little voice is a marvellous thing on its own, working to develop that little voice makes it even more powerful. We all have the sacred ability to grow and strengthen our intuition. The more we use it, the more it expands and evolves. Imagine our intuition as a muscle that needs exercise and nourishment to flourish. Let’s take a look at the 11 best ways to get in tune with and develop our amazing gift!
Meditate: Unless we have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, we know that we should be meditating. We hear about it everywhere! We all know that we should be meditating more. Let's take a look at mediation through the lens of helping us tune into and grow our intuition.
For most people, intuition has a very soft voice. If our minds are busy with the stresses of daily life, it may be very hard to hear that little voice. Meditation is a great way to clear the mind, quiet the constant inner dialogue and make room for our intuition to come through. Try this basic meditation to help us listen and tune into our inner spirit!
-Set a timer for 10 minutes.
-Find a relaxing and comfortable place to sit.
-Close our eyes and stay quiet.
-Listen to and feel our breath (really pay attention to it) without trying to change it.
-Just observe the breath. Notice any sensations that arise. Just BE present.
-When our mind wanders, just bring our focus back to our breath.
When our timer goes off, slowly open our eyes and take a moment to write down any important thoughts, messages, feelings, or insights we may have received during our meditation.
Dreams: During our waking hours, our cognitive brain is in control. It uses logic and reasoning to override our subconscious mind. However, during sleep that conscious mind rests, allowing our inner subconscious to shine though. We learn a lot about overcoming issues or problems by listening to this inner consciousness.
Keep a dream journal. Keep a notebook and pen right next to our bed, and immediately upon rising try to record everything we remember about our dreams. Dreams begin to fade from memory immediately upon waking, so make sure to grab our dream journal before we do anything else. Like most things, this takes practice, we will get better over time at interpreting and recording these dreams. We will be able to see patterns and occasions where our inner consciousness is trying to help us solve problems or guide us in the right direction.
Before going to bed, visualize ourselves remembering our dreams. Picture ourselves waking up and recording these dreams in our journal. Try to keep this thought in our head as we fall asleep. This will help imprint the practice in our mind and make it easier the next morning.
More nature: Spending time in nature, away from technology, is one of the best ways to quiet the mind. Nature is a great way for us to get in tune with our ancestral self and our celestial intuition. This is where we come from, our ancestors relied on their intuition for everything. For finding food, avoiding predators, finding the right path, intuition was one of the most important aspects of life. Anytime we immerse ourselves in nature's beauty, we have an opportunity to dip our toe in another world, a world where intuition rules.
Get creative: Do something creative! Paint, draw, build, sketch, anything that elevates our creative mind. When we are young, our inner voice is loud and not hesitant to shine through. As we get older that inner voice is pushed down with responsibilities and the stresses of life. Tapping into this creative part of our brain helps re-ignite those pathways and amplify our intuitions.
Get in tune with all our senses: Our intuition flows through any of our five senses. It may come as a strange or loving sensation we feel physically within our body, or as a thought that seems to appear out of nowhere. It may be triggered by a certain scent, or even taste. Start noticing and paying attention to all of our senses. When was the last time that we really concentrated on our breathing, our sense of smell, our taste? We have all heard the phrase, “stop and smell the roses”, yet it really helps in developing our intuition. The more we practice getting in tune with these senses, the more our “6th sense” flourishes as well.
Follow our hunches: A surefire way to develop our intuition is to test out our hunches. When we are going about our daily life, keep a journal and write down every time we have a hunch. When that little voice chimes in, be sure to write it down, so we record and see how these hunches play out. It is as simple as seeing the weather reporting rain for tomorrow, and we have a feeling it will be sunny. Maybe a friend's partner give us bad vibes, write down our feelings and see if it plays out. Follow our hunches and see what we learn about our intuition.
Switch up our daily routine: The conscious brain loves routine and order, the more regimented our life is, the further our inner voice is pushed down. When the mind is busy it is especially hard to hear that little voice. Switching things up throws our cognitive brain for a loop, and let our intuition shine through. Escape the daily routine, slow down and do something different. Our intuition will thank us.
Replay past events: Sit down and try to think back to a situation where things didn't go as planned, or didn't go as we wanted. Visualize ourselves back in that situation, notice any feelings or moments where we felt as if something was wrong. Was there an opportunity to go a different way? Did our inner voice speak up for a moment, only to be overtaken by our cognitive mind? Try to evaluate some of these occurrences and look for patterns, look for ways that we could do things differently the next time. Look for ways our intuition is trying to guide us and the things it was trying to tell us.
Breathe-work: Hands down, breathe-work is one of the best ways to quiet the mind and get in tune with our inner voice. Try this 4-7-8 method to give our intuition the opportunity to shine through and bring our consciousness to the present.
-Start by emptying our lungs of air.
-Breathe in through our nose for 4 seconds.
-Hold that breath for 7 seconds.
-Exhale slowly through our mouth for 8 seconds.
-Repeat this process 4 times.
This 4-7-8 technique will not only help with intuition, it is a great way to mitigate stress and lower anxiety. Basically, the whole world would be a much better place if everyone would practice this simple technique once a day!
Think less, feel more: Our cognitive brain thinks, our intuition feels. Our minds are always reasoning, questioning and thinking their way through the day. After so many years of this, we don't even realize it's happening. If people could hear all the questions, our cognitive brain is bouncing around all day, they would think we are crazy!
Try to slow down and “feel” more. Feelings that are grounded in our body, are also grounded in truth. These feelings will never lie. Learn to listen to them more. Pay attention to those little signals that our body gives us. Heart beating faster, that knot in the pit of our stomach, feeling hot, feeling cold or a tingling sensation. We know the situation; we meet someone and immediately know something is off about them, we just feel it. Maybe they are lying to us or treating someone poorly, our physical body feels that and alert us. If we pay more attention to these physical cues, we could avoid many uncomfortable, painful or awkward situations. This is our intuition speaking and it's trying to guide us in the right direction.
Practice “sensing” people before meeting them: This is a great way to test and grow our intuition. Put ourselves into a situation where we may sit and observe someone before meeting them.
Imagine ourselves in line at the coffee shop, try to imagine what the person behind the counter will be like, before we speak to them or meet them. Take in everything we can about them just by looking at them and trusting our feelings. Try to create a mental picture of what they will be like, sound like, are they friendly, are they sociable or not? We may use this in almost any situation to test our intuition. This is a powerful and actionable way to help us get in tune with our senses, our body and our inner voice.
Practice Gratitude: In this day and age, it's easy to look at the negative aspects of life and forget about all that we are blessed to have. We all do it! It is so easy to overlook our health, the love of our families, food and water, our home or our community. Take time, every day, to recognize and give thanks for a few of these amazing things that we are lucky enough to have in our lives. This simple practice opens us up to a higher frequency and allow more of life's wonders to find their way to us.
-Gratitude improves relationships.
-Gratitude improves sleep.
-Gratitude improves physical health.
-Gratitude improves self-esteem.
-Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
-Gratitude improves psychological health.
The benefits of practicing gratitude have been scientifically researched and proven to be powerful, real tools. Think about just how much a few of those positive benefits could drastically change our daily lives. Gratitude truly opens a plethora of doors to a better life, which in turn, will help our intuitions flourish!