In today’s ever-increasing high-tech world, it is easy to become isolated from your inner Self. Just to breathe and listen to your inner voice for more than a moment can be challenging. The Empowering Team recommends this post from our team on intuition and insights.
As soon as you get up in the morning, the torrent begins. Your toothpaste tube is covered with information. As is your mouthwash and nearly everything around you. Then your coffee or tea (or other stimulate) is a special brand and requires a special pot and/or special filters, and the morning TV news, in between ads, suggests which direction to drive to work faster (sponsored by something). In your car or SUV you turn on the radio and hear the announcer state, “The weather today is sponsored by …” then comes the new driving directions to avoid the potholes, so you won’t spill your drink as you drive, but you will have to send that text to say you are running late.
Your off-hours and recreation time, in many cases, are also filled with mental stimuli, such as online gaming or computer games, or cell phone apps. This much outer stimuli inundating you every hour of the day is saturating your mind. Your mind is so full of thoughts that even in the middle of the night when you barely wake up, you discover you have been thinking. Your mind hasn’t shut off. It continues running.
Everything becomes exclusively mental and external awareness. Is it any wonder that you have lost touch with your intuition, or you don’t believe you have intuition? Your intuition has trouble surfacing through this constant and relentlessly streaming of external stimuli and thoughts.
One of the most powerful tools human beings possess is their intuition, the ability to communicate with their soul, their higher Self. Intuition “pops in” or “thinks you.” But it needs space to pop in. It needs awareness to begin opening up to this ability.
I hear you saying you don’t have intuition, so it doesn’t matter. That’s nonsense. When you read books about intuition, and there are many, you discover everyone has it. Of course, not everyone has developed it.
Once you have spent time practicing to become more intuitive, and you have to learned what it feels like, then you will notice intuitive insights, whether they come through verbal thought, your auditory channel or images, or kinesthetically.
Because rational thinking is experience and memorization, it works well in classroom and work situations. You process by sorting memories for similarities, comparing experience to memories, and filtering data until you arrive at the answer that appears to match. If you have no match, you begin the activity of locating similar experiences and again compare. If this fails, you ask someone or guess the answer.
Intuitive isn’t rational, hence the difficulty. Like most people, you were taught that rational thinking is the correct and only way to think, which is an incorrect assumption. Intuition is a higher order of intellect than rational intelligence. It is spontaneous and comes from the whole and thus understands any part. Many great people use their intuition, sometimes calling it their “gut.”
This exercise will help you develop your intuition as a resource to the rational mind, not a replacement, mind you. Although this exercise is contrived to give you a safe environment to help learn to focus your awareness, you don’t need any special environment or circumstance to use your intuition. In fact, having it available when you are in trouble is a great tool.
1. Find a place where you can sit comfortably and relaxed, but not where you will most likely go to sleep. Therefore, don’t do this in bed or at night in your easy chair. If you can find a place where you won’t be interrupted, it will keep you from feeling tense about someone walking in or bothering you.
2. With your eyes closed, take a deep breath and focus your awareness on your feet. Notice if there is tension in your feet. Consciously relax. Again, notice any tension. Relax. Focusing on any tense spots in your body and saying to yourself, “relax,” allows your muscles to begin loosening.
3. Focus your awareness on your calf muscles and do the same thing as you did for your feet. Continue this until you reach your head. Once you are at the top of your head, allow your awareness to wash over your whole body back to your feet.
4. Next sit and allow your mind to slow down. To do this, allow your awareness to follow your breathing rather than your thoughts. As you notice your mind slowing down, bring your awareness to the space between the thoughts.
5. Play with this exercise until you can create more space between your thoughts. You will not be able to force this. You have to allow it to work.
After going through this exercise several times, you will find it easier and easier to do. In the space between your thoughts intuitions reside and will come forth. Although this exercise is only one of many used to develop your insight, try it for a week then check your progress.