According to Albert Einstein, "The only real valuable thing is intuition." Why is that? Because our intuition is a unique, powerful, internal guidance system (much like a GPS) that guides and counsels us through every decision we face--if we will be aware, listen, and respond. (Also, in line with our discussion this month on increasing emotional intelligence, living an intuitive life raisings our emotional IQ, bringing us greater overall success in nearly every aspect of our lives.)
The voice of inner knowing exists inside everyone. As we foster our ability to become aware, listen, and respond, we find treasures of knowledge, answers to challenging questions, and solutions to some of life's most difficult problems.
Developing our intuition typically happens in stages. First, we must become aware that this inner knowing exists. Sonia Choquette, author of several books about trusting intuition, wrote in The Intuitive Spark:
"Your personal sixth sense is activated by training your awareness to become sharper and receive more information from others. You begin this process by learning how to expand your consciousness and better understand the way your body takes in and responds to energy. Intuitive living is the art of developing your awareness to be a highly sophisticated receiver of vibrations that will give you more accurate data to work with as you interact with people."
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As we begin to recognize our intuitive voice, we discover that it's necessary for us to exist in an environment where we can hear it. This is the second stage--learning to listen. When our lives (and our minds) are cluttered with static from the outside world (disruptive music, television, internet and telephone input, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, and negative communication) we become so overwhelmed that we often do not hear our inner voice. By simply "turning off" disruptive energy and paying attention, we begin to connect to this powerful source.
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Finally, we must respond to what we learn from within. Those who are best able to act on their intuition are people who live a balanced and peaceful life. Why? Because when we have more peace of mind (which comes through balanced living) we are better equipped to take action (i.e., we're more trusting, less afraid, and not so controlling). So relax, exercise, and meditate. Don't overwork and avoid any addictions. And be sure to know the facts and not be overly influenced by fears. Fears create illusions that often misguide and they typically leave us feeling more confused. Our intuition brings peace. So respond when you feel harmony rather than havoc.
For this week's personal development, pay attention to your inner voice, listen well and respond. Take steps to clean up the clutter in your environment. Invite your inner voice to come forward and speak more clearly to you. Notice spiritual promptings, pay attention to vibrations of energy in your environment, cut back on negative thinking or critical statements, and clear your house of clutter. Eat better, exercise, and turn off the radio when you're in the car. See what happens, and take note of the answers and solutions that begin to flow from your intuition this week.
Have a wonderful week!
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