Why Don’t I Trust My Intuition?

Posted 14 Nov 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Developing Intuition, Intuition

Women not trusting her intuition

Why don’t I trust my intuition?

This is a question I hear a lot from students who are developing their intuition.

Most recently I heard it from a woman who found out her husband was being unfaithful. When she learned the truth she said she knew it all along but didn’t trust her gut.

Intuition development is like any other skill you set out to acquire in life.

It take practice.

You can’t expect to play like Tiger Woods after one golf lesson, can you?

It takes dedication and practice to get to his level.

I spent decades ignoring my own intuition even when I easily heard it for other people and confidently offered my advice.

It’s all about getting comfortable with your own power and confident in yourself. That’s why in my book, “The Intuition Principle” I attribute increased confidence as one of the greatest benefits of developing your intuition.

You’ll learn to trust your intuition when you make listening to it an important part of your decision making process and subsequently follow its guidance.

The more you listen and the more success you have listening to it the more you’ll trust it.

There are also valid reasons some of us (like me – the poster child of ignoring intuition) don’t trust our intuition. I wrote extensively about this in “The Intuition Principle” but here’s a few of the basic reasons:

  • You were raised by controlling parents who never allowed you to make your own decisions.
  • You were ridiculed or undermined when you made a decision on your own.
  • You weren’t supported when you  made a decision on your own.

Here are a few tips on how to engage your intuition on a daily basis:

1. Test yourself throughout the day by “guessing” what a friend will be wearing when you meet her later.

2. Before you get on a grocery checkout line stop and check your gut for which line is going to move the fastest.

3. While driving to work ask yourself if you should take the “normal” route or vary it because of traffic?

4. Before getting to a busy intersection ask yourself if the light will be green or red?

5. On your way to the coffee shop ask yourself if you’re going to see someone you know?

These are simple questions you can ask or you can make up your own little tests too. The simpler the test the better it is because there is nothing at stake here. It’s not a life or death thing so you’re not going to tense up and shut down your intuition. Just relax go with your first impression. You’ll see within a few minutes if you’re right or wrong. The more you do this the better you’ll get and this will help you begin to trust your intuition.

Are you ready to begin to trust your intuition?

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Dig Deep & Unearth the Roots of Your Creative Genius

Posted 31 Oct 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Books, Creativity, Intuition

You have to dig deep to unearth the roots of your creative genius but it’s worth it.

Digging Deep by Fran Sorin

 

Today I’m celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fran Sorin’s groundbreaking book, “Digging Deep.”

I loved “Digging Deep” and can’t recommend it enough if you are searching for the roots of your own creative genius.

The updated 10th Anniversary Edition of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening is a powerfully uplifting and transformative self-help book for the creatively and spiritually challenged. Overflowing with tips, exercises, and resources, Fran shares the lessons she’s learned from gardening over the past thirty years. If you’re yearning to cultivate more meaning and connection in life, the 7 Stages of Creative Awakening mapped out in the book will help you extinguish the stifling inner voice that says, “I’m not creative,” and replace it with strategies that will help you harness your instincts and live a life filled with joy and creativity.

1. What inspired you to write Digging Deep?
I was on all fours in the garden weeding one day when out of the blue, I realized that the transcendent state that I frequently experienced in the garden was similar to what I used to experience while playing the piano throughout my childhood and into adulthood. It is what Maslow calls ‘peak experience. It is this sweet spot—where you lose any self criticism or restraint, let your imagination run wild, take risks, improvise, and play – all the while being mindful of what you’re doing. This extraordinary state of being is where your creativity has an opportunity to jump in and take over.

Once I put the pieces together, the light bulb went off: I saw that this is how I had been creating my gardens for the past several years and wanted to share my passion for the creative process in the garden- and life- with others.

2. In Digging Deep you ask the question, “What does it mean to be creative?” So let me ask you, “What does it mean?”
Creativity is simply the energy of making something new where there was nothing before. We have the potential to do this in so many unmarked ways—from designing our schedules to fashioning our ‘look’, writing birthday cards, to building a business from the ground up. Lawyers create arguments, decorators create ambiance, and parents create everything from learning to a sense of wonder. Every time we get dressed, make dinner, or wrap a gift, we can be creative. In almost everything we do in life, we have the possibility of conjuring up the spirit of inspiration, imagination, innovation, and resourcefulness.

Creativity is not something we do; it’s something we embody. I believe the ultimate goal is not to be more creative, but to learn how to live creatively.

3. What would you say to someone who thinks they’re not creative?
The first thing I would do is ask them why they feel that way. And then I would listen to their story of why they are living with this ‘non-truth’.
I would then ask them to share a time with me in their childhood when they remember using their imagination and being creative. It could be acting in a play, designing their own Halloween costume, decorating an Easter egg—children are so naturally creative that when a person starts remembering wonderful times from their childhood, some awareness of the ‘playful self’ begins to break through.

Once the ice is broken and an individual opens up, there’s an opportunity for them to look at how they may already be creative in certain areas of their life that they’re not even aware of. It also allows for an opening to discuss ways that they might want to awaken their senses and learn more about living creatively.

And finally, I would leave them with the following: that even if they don’t think they’re creative, every day remind themselves that they are. Write some affirmations and place them around the house and work place about your creative essence…..something simple like “Every day I am creating a joyful and beautiful life.”

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4. In Digging Deep you talk about the 7 Stages of Creative Awakening. Could you tell us a little bit about them?
Sure. The 7 Stages of Creative Awakening is a term I developed that leads someone step by step through what I consider to be the creative process. The stages are: Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying, and Completing. Although I developed them with the garden in mind, in truth, they can be used in all areas of life.

For example, Stage One is Imagining: The Sparks of Creativity. Within the framework of that one stage are chapters on Observing, Discovering, Remembering, Exploring, Opening to Possibility, and Playing. In each chapter, I break down the behavior being discussed, share personal stories, and include hands-on-exercises so that the reader can begin practicing and integrating these new elements into their daily life. I call it exercising your ‘creativity muscles’.

5. What simple steps can someone take, right now, to be more creative in their daily life, as well as in their garden?
I would suggest that you do something new every day. I use a phrase ‘Try it new.’ If you’re used to driving to work one way, go another. If you ask your kids the same questions every day after school, come up with some new questions (believe me, they’ll be surprised). If you’re in the habit of dressing conservatively at work because you think you should—well, gosh darn it, go out and buy the purple silk scarf or bright red tie that you’ve been yearning for and wear it—with a big smile on your face.

Make a pact with yourself that you’re going to do something new every day and follow through on it. It doesn’t have to be a big thing at all. But bit by bit, day by day, the small changes add up.

 

Digging Deep Book cover

FRAN SORIN is the Author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening – Special 10th Anniversary Edition. Fran is a Renowned Gardening Expert, Passionate Gardener, Deep Ecologist, Inspirational Speaker, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Soul Tending Coach, and CBS Radio News Contributor. CONTACT INFO: For Media Queries & Event/Booking Info Email: Fran.Sorin@gmail.com  Visit her website at: www.FranSorin.com

5 Top Ways Fear Sneaks in to Sabotage Your Dreams

Posted 24 Oct 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Indecision, Overcoming fears, Self-improvement, Success

Confused woman, fear of missing out, intuition blocks

Fear is sneaky and has many disguises.

It’s important to recognize the ways fear disguises itself because it can and will sabotage your dreams if you let it.

Take Intuitively Inspired Action

One of the principles I often write about on Powered by Intuition is that of “intuitively inspired action.” Intuitively inspired action is when you act upon a gut feeling or intuitive knowing. The ‘nudge’ to follow a particular path comes from inside as a ‘pull’ you feel toward some choice or decision. This is “intuitively inspired” meaning it comes from our higher knowing, higher self, soul or what we call “intuition.”

When you follow the guidance of your intuition you are led to the choices and decisions that will bring you the greatest success. The pull you get about taking this action come to your awareness because you are ready to take this path. If it were not meant for you there would be no pull toward actually doing it.

This “pull” toward a particular path is how we are directed and guided in life by our higher knowing. To ignore this guidance is like driving by 100 gas stations when you’re lost and never stopping to ask for directions.

The moment you honor the “pull” and take “intuitively inspired action” you course correct and end up on the right road for you.

Fear Sabotages Your Dreams

Fear makes you a hostage to the status quo. It holds you back from taking intuitively inspired action or from carrying it out. It keeps you stuck in your comfort zone where nothing changes. When you are driven by fear you have all kinds of excuses about why you can’t do what you planned to do so you never achieve your dreams of doing great things.  You must learn to recognize fear in all its disguises so your dreams won’t slip through your fingers.

The 5 Top Ways Fear Sneaks in to Sabotage Your Dreams

1. Avoidance. Do you avoid doing the things you need to make your dream a reality? Do you send for information but then never read it? Do you sign up for things but never respond when it’s time to confirm? When you keep avoiding what needs to get done opportunities diminish and doors close. Eventually you rationalize that you’ve lost interest in your dream. Avoidance is a disguise for fear of failing.

2. Procrastination. Do you procrastinate? Are you indecisive? Do you put things off and drag out what needs to get done until it’s too late? Miss deadlines? This sabotaging behavior is a disguise for fear of failing too. If you never finish technically you’ll never fail, right? It’s a pretty sneaky way of sabotaging your dream.

3. Overwhelm. Do you take on too much? When you dive headlong into things without mapping out the steps you feel overwhelmed. If this is a pattern in your life you fear there is never enough time. You feel you have to do it ALL right now! When you’re in overwhelm you shut down and nothing gets done. This is a disguise for both fear of failing and fear of success. Either way, getting overwhelmed and shutting down ensures you’ll never fail or succeed.

4. Confusion. Do you find the tasks you need to accomplish confusing? Are you unsure about what outcome you’re working toward? Confusion arises when you don’t have a well thought out plan and jump into things with a half-baked idea. This is a disguise for fear of failing by being left out or left behind by your peer group. It means you constantly compare yourself to others and allow fear to push you into things simply because you see others doing it. Fear of being left out sabotages success simply because you’re not going after a dream because it’s your true desire….you’re going after it because you feel you have to “keep up.”

5. Excuses. Do you make excuses about why you can’t do something? Is the timing wrong? Do you cancel appointments? Are you too busy? Does everything always “cost too much?” Do need to do more research and have more information first? Do you talk yourself out of it saying things like, “Well, it’s probably not all it’s cracked up to be?” Making excuses is a disguise for fear of failing too. Excuses hold you back from starting. When you never start you can never fail.

Do you recognize any of these behaviors? What sneaky way is fear keeping you from getting to your dream?

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Do You Focus on Your Struggles? Change Your Mindset

Woman under pressure, focused on struggle

Do you focus on your struggles?

Many times we get so caught up in focusing on what we don’t want that we forget that we can change our mindset. Have you forgotten?

If so, I’m glad you’re reading this. I forget sometimes too……and have to remind myself that I can change my mindset.

I like to think of my mindset as if it were a television. When I realize I’ve spent way too much time on a broadcast that depresses me and makes me feel worse I can change the channel. And you can change your channel too.

There will always be struggles and challenges in our lives. That’s just part of life. The sooner we accept this and find a way to navigate challenges without letting them dictate our state of mind the happier we will be overall.

It’s okay to be unhappy and upset when things happen. That’s normal and you’re human after all. There is a point however that we have to pick ourselves up and deal with what life has dealt us. We can’t wallow in our negative mindset and expect to feel better. Once the initial shock and pain has subsided it’s time to do what’s necessary.

The only thing we truly can control is our mindset

The truth is we have little control over any circumstances other than our mindset so, to let circumstances keep us focused on the station that reruns the same depressing show over and over is insane. We must choose to change the channel away from the one rebroadcasting the obstacles and challenges in our lives. Choosing to change the channel showing our problems doesn’t mean we ignore them. The problems are real and they aren’t going away unless we DO SOMETHING!

Doing something about our problems is the way out of them. No amount of wishing or visualizing and repeating affirmations is going to change things until we take action.

Want a better job? Get your resume cleaned up!

Want to improve your health? Get rid of the junk food!

Want a loving partner? Be the loving partner that you wish to attract!

Want to support yourself with your spiritual or healing gifts? Learn to market yourself.

But we can feel better while we work our way out of our problems. That’s what changing the channel is all about.

Mindset Matters

When you take action it’s important to focus on what you want and not what you don’t. Instead of focusing on how much you dislike the current job you’re in while you’re looking for a new one turn your thought process around. Focus on how you would feel if you already had a job you love. Tap into those emotions right now. Send out those resumes, call up old colleagues and see if they know of any openings and go to networking meetings while you’re feeling all pumped up and excited about already having this awesome new job.

You’re attitude pervades everything that you do. Feeling great, as if you already have a job you love, while taking action is going to open more doors than going around complaining and whining about your current job.

How to Change the Channel On  Your Mindset in 5 Steps:

1. Define the problem. What’s eating you? Hate your job, dislike where you live, want lose weight, not making enough money?

2. What would you like instead? Ask yourself what you would like instead? A job you love, a home in a place you love, a healthy strong slim body, having more than enough money to have and do everything you desire? Be specific!

3. Elicit the emotions behind having what you’d like instead. Ask yourself this magic question: Why do I want “this” instead? Here’s an example: Say you are focusing on how unhappy you are in your current home. You ask yourself what you’d like instead and you say you’d like to live in a house overlooking a river in mountains.

Now ask the “magic” question: Why? You reply, “Because I love seeing mountains as far as the eye can see and I love seeing water. But why…….keep digging until you hit the emotion behind the reason you want what you want. You ask “why” again and the answer is because you feel blissful, joyous and at peace when you’re in a natural setting. So now you’ve gotten to the root of the emotion you want to tune into: joy and peace.

4. Change the channel! Put your attention on the beautiful way you feel in your new mountain home overlooking a river. See the house….the garden, the soaring mountains all around you and the sparkling water as it rushes downriver. Feel the joy and peace and the thrill of living where your soul is nourished.

5. Take inspired action. Now with this feeling in the forefront of your mind take the actions you need to take to change the circumstances of your life. Call the realtor you met in the grocery checkout line……..visit some open houses for properties along the river, clean out a few closets in preparation for your move. Indulge your senses in the emotions and experience of owning a home in your ideal spot.

I guarantee that if you change your channel from your struggles, problems and what you don’t want in your life to the channel that features what you want and makes you feel AMAZING and take action to change your circumstances your life will ultimately become an amazing reflection of the emotions you feel. Try it now!

What channel is your mindset on? What channel would you prefer to watch instead? How will this impact your life?

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This article was inspired by one of my all time favorite books: Excuse Me  Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn

Do You Hide From the Spotlight?

Hiding from the spotlight

Do you hide from the spotlight?

Are you keeping your special gift under wraps?

There are many heart-centered entrepreneurs who are blessed with incredible gifts but struggle to fill their calendars with clients. The problem is not that they lack the skills but that they shrink from taking center stage with their gifts.

Why would someone with a wonderful gift to share shrink from stepping into the spotlight?

The biggest reason is because they have disowned their power. This is a huge problem I feel energetically around clients that no one is talking about. And, it is especially prevalent in women.

When you don’t own your power you will push away opportunities to be seen and heard and to grow into your true potential both personally and in your business.

The are many reasons awesome talented women disown their power and hide from stepping into their full potential.

These reasons run the gamut from low self esteem, low confidence, body image issues, perfectionism, people pleasing, fear of rocking relationships by outshining partners, siblings, parents or friends, to a belief that they are frauds and not worthy of declaring their expertise, talents and gifts. I completely understand and empathize with women who hide from their power because I was one those women.

I didn’t want to rock the boat with any of my relationships. I held myself back for fear of outshining others. I was a cheerleader for others to reach their full potential but shrank back from putting myself out there. It took me many years to outgrow this but I did and since then I have become an advocate for other women who are playing small to avoid stepping into their true power.

One of the greatest quotes I have ever read on this very topic was written by Marianne Williamson in her book, “A Return to Love.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I remember reading that passage and being absolutely stunned by it. Tears spilled down my cheeks as I realized that I had disowned my power just so that I would not upset anyone. In that moment something happened inside of me and I vowed that I would never again play small so that others could feel okay with themselves. I realized that was not my job. My job was to be the best I could be.

Afterward I began graduate school and later left my marriage. I was determined to change my life and take back my power.

Are you running from taking center stage in your life? Do you play small?

There’s only so long you can continue splitting yourself off from your power. At some point the angst inside at being disconnected from your authenticity will turn to anger and then possibly depression. Anger is very dangerous. It’s a danger to your health and to your spirit. The best thing you can do is to accept your gifts, your expertise and  your ability to impact and transform others lives and then let your light shine as bright as it was meant to shine.

If you’re not sure that you fall in this category check out these symptoms to see if you’ve disowned your power:

1. Sabotage yourself by not following through on promises to yourself, projects or programs.

2. Have shiny object syndrome which causes you to “switch gears” by being drawn to the next big thing.

3. Trust the wrong people, don’t trust your intuition and need a lot of validation from outside of yourself.

4. Habit of getting stuck in “overwhelm” which stalls your progress.

5. Downplay your accomplishments and never celebrate them.

6. Compare yourself to others and decide what to do based on what they do.

7. Feel you don’t measure up and need further certifications.

You were given your gifts to help others and make an impact. Keeping them to yourself denies the world of your talents and light. To fulfill your life purpose and reach your full potential you simply must share who you are fully. Your frustration at being unable to break out of your income plateau depends on owning your power and stepping out from the shadows.

The world needs your greatness. Are you ready to own your power? What will you accomplish when you do?

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The Intuitively Inspired Life & The Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey

The Intuitively Inspired Life & the Hero’s Journey

 Do You feel Called?

A week ago I spent the weekend with Oprah, that is me and about 2000 other people who attended her “The Life You Want Weekend” event in Newark, New Jersey.

The topic of living the life you want and following your life’s purpose is extremely relevant for me. I left two major careers to follow my bliss; I hope to get it right this time. As you can see, I’m passionate about exploring, writing and sharing this especially as it relates to intuition so I  was really excited to attend the The Life You Want Weekend.

Oprah spoke for two hours about her own journey to discover and live her purpose. Her life story is and has always been inspiring and she is a moving speaker. I’m a long time fan so it was no surprise that I was transfixed and, judging from the silence in the stadium so were my fellow attendees.

The second day she presented a line up of great speakers from Mark Nepo, Elizabeth Gilbert and Rob Bell to Iyanla Vanzant to further explore the topic of living your purpose and living the life you want. Each of them were inspiring in their own way.

Light bulb moment

I had a major ‘aha’ when Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about Joseph Campbell‘s life work studying mythology and the universality of the “hero’s journey” which he wrote about in, “The Hero with A Thousand Faces.”

The myth of the hero’s journey pervades every culture 

In countless stories throughout the ages mythical ordinary people follow the plot line of transformation to overcome fear, challenges, obstacles, and slay monsters to emerge as the hero.

The myth of the hero’s journey lives on because of all the everyday people, like you and me, who continue to embark on this journey.

To live this journey is to be transformed from the ordinary to extraordinary. It isn’t something you can assimilate intellectually. It has to be experienced and it is the only way to truly reach your peak potential.

My “aha” moment took place when I realized that the “intuitively inspired life” is living the hero’s journey. I wrote about living an intuitively inspired life in, The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of.

Living an intuitively inspired life is:

When you feel that pull inside that you were meant for something greater and allow your intuition to guide you toward it. Following it you will be led on a journey to places you never dreamed of, you will meet with incredible people and opportunities that you never dreamed of and in the end what you will discover is your authentic self, your true greatness and your life purpose.

Face your fears and leave the land of your comfort zone, no matter the cost.

Answer “the call” to be more, to live a bigger life, to fulfill your potential and greatness by being the hero in your own life and by doing what everyone else secretly wishes to do.

You will return from this journey a changed person and….

You will become a person who now dwells in the land of possibility

You will become a person who says “I can do it and I will do it.”

You will become a person who says, “Why not me?”

You will become a person who leads rather than follows.

And, you will become the fearless hero in your own life story.

So let me ask you, “Do you feel called?” How long will you wait to answer the call?

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How to “Split the Atom” of Your Potential & Release Your Power

Posted 26 Sep 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Business intuition, Spiritual Entrepreneurship, Spiritual Growth

Split the ATom of Your Potential

Want to reach the heights of success you’ve only dreamed of?

Yes?

Make the decision to work with a mentor and watch what happens. I call this process “splitting the atom” of your potential. By saying “Yes” to a new opportunity you split the atom of your potential and release an enormous untapped power trapped inside of you. This power moves mountains and can reshape the topography of your life. Every human being possess this pure potential but sadly few utilize it. Instead it sits there until time goes by and one day it’s too late.

There isn’t a problem in your life that someone else hasn’t already been through

So many earnest and hardworking soulful practitioners think that if they just keep “soldiering through” whatever business challenge they’re facing that eventually they’ll overcome it. The problem with this way of thinking is if they do solve the problem at all it will take a very, very long time but it’s more likely they won’t solve the problem because they approach it with the same thinking that created it in the first place.

And that’s just sad.

The way to overcome your business challenge, or any problem for that matter, is to “split the atom” on your own potential and learn from a mentor. A mentor is someone who has successfully navigated through the same problem. Working with one releases your untapped potential.

My stubborn refusal to work with a mentor dragged down my business success for years. I thought I could do it on my own but I was wrong.

When I discovered the mentorship model my first thoughts where, “How simple! How elegant! Why did I waste so many years before I took this route?” Now I wouldn’t even consider not working with a mentor an option.

Take Intuitively Inspired Action

When you are offered a solution to a problem by a mentor who has successfully overcome what you are facing – grab it the moment feel the pull toward it. You must not think of it as spending money but investing money in yourself. This is an intuitively inspired moment where you are being given an opportunity to walk through a door to an alternate reality where your unleashed potential and success awaits you. Don’t let your thinking hold you back.

Allow yourself to act upon this inspiration because the door to this alternate reality remains open for just a few seconds. If you don’t go through it the door slams shut. When you slam the door shut on splitting the atom of your potential what’s really happening is that your fear is pulling you back to your cozy comfort zone where you feel “safe” and can continue playing small.

Don’t shortchange your success

A few ways that soulful entrepreneurs shortchange themselves is by thinking….

1. “I’ll go for the mentoring I need after I make the money in my business.” This is a huge illusion. If what you are doing now isn’t making you the money, where will this money come from or how many years are you willing to struggle and put off your success until you have it?

2. “I’ve tried other training programs and they don’t work for me.” Proper marketing and sales training work. People are making a good living using these methods. How can they not work for you? The only reason they wouldn’t is if you didn’t fully implement the training.

3. “I’ll just watch what this successful person does.” This is a big way to shortchange your success. You’ll never see all of what you need to learn from copying what successful entrepreneurs are doing whether it’s their emails or products and systems, etc. You’ll only meet with mediocre success and work way to hard for it by doing it this way.

4. “I’ll research it on online and get it all for free.” This is a scatter shot approach that will shortchange you in the end too. You will definitely be able to find most of the information online for free. The problem is that you’re likely to gather this information from a large assortment of successful mentors. What you’ll end up with is a collection of pieced together tactics rather than a seamless business system. And this too will having you working way to hard and take longer than working directly with a mentor.

5. “I’ll go for one off coaching instead.” You’ll never master a complete business system by going for on again off again coaching. Thinking you will just “pick the brain” of someone never works. You’re missing too many pieces because you don’t even know what you don’t know – so you don’t ask the right questions. This will slow your success way down too.

Do yourself a favor and stop shortchanging yourself. Jump in with both feet when you feel that pull toward an opportunity. You will make back your investment in your training at lightening speed when you say “Yes” to yourself. So split the Atom on your potential and unleash your power and success.

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Law of Attraction: Would You Rather be Grateful, Appreciative or Thankful?

Posted 19 Sep 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Gratitude, Law of Attraction

Appreciative woman

Law of Attraction: Would you rather be grateful, appreciative, or thankful?

When  it comes to the Law of Attraction, does it matter if you are grateful, appreciative or thankful when you’re working on manifesting a desired outcome?

Most everyone knows that you ought to focus on what you want rather than on what you don’t because what you focus on expands.

If what you focus on does expand (and I think it does) how is that affected by whether you’re “grateful, appreciative or thankful” for what you’re focusing on?

There is a distinction between them.

I’m the first one to endorse having an “attitude or gratitude” but gratitude sometimes make me feel “obligated.” When I feel obligated it can lead to feeling responsible and feelings of guilt. It may just be me but lately I’ve started thinking that while “gratitude” is the right attitude, it may not be the right word.

There was a comment on the Powered by Intuition Fan page recently in response to something I posted. The reply to the post was that they’d rather think in terms of being “appreciative.” This is what started me thinking about this issue in the first place.

Appreciation feels different than Gratitude

I immediately felt a difference when I thought of being “appreciative” versus “grateful.” Gratitude has more of an underlying sense of desperation to it. For example you can be grateful that you averted bankruptcy or that you narrowly avoided foreclosure. I probably wouldn’t say, “I was appreciative” in either of those situations. It doesn’t feel like a fit for the severity of either foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Gratitude implies you “owe” something in exchange. There’s a saying about “owing someone a debt of gratitude” which may be where the connotation came from. In any case, the more I think about it the more I feel that appreciation is a better word to “expand what we focus on.”

I appreciate my good health. I appreciate my loving family. I appreciate my supportive friends. I appreciate my wonderful PbI community and tribe. I appreciate my great job. This feels and sounds better to me than using the word “gratitude.”

Appreciation versus Thankfulness

Once I realized that “gratitude” had this connotation about “owing a debt” I wanted to make sure I found the right word so I began thinking about being “thankful.”

The more I thought about it the more I felt Thankful was very similar to Gratitude. It has the same undertone of desperation and obligation. “I’m so thankful they made an exception and accepted my application even though it was late.” You see what I mean?

From now I’m going to be Appreciative

I like Appreciation best. I just feels right. I’m going for an attitude of appreciating all the good in my life.

My new mantra is now: I appreciate all there is in my wonderful life!

Try it yourself and see if it feels “lighter” to you too.

What do you think? Is there a distinction between being grateful, appreciative and thankful?

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Looking for Answers on Intuition, Destiny and The Future

Posted 12 Sep 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Business intuition, Intuition

Woman looking for her destiny

Today, I’m opening up the Powered by Intuition Mailbag and sharing questions about Intuition, Destiny and the Future.

Question 1.

How do I know I’m on the path of my destiny? I start heading toward something then I change my mind or lose interest. What’s going on?

It could be that you have a lot of interests and don’t know how to bring them together under one “umbrella.” You head off in the direction of one of them but it doesn’t completely feed your soul so you end up walking away from it. If this is the case you need to find a way to weave all of  your interests together so that combined they create an interesting and soul-satisfying career path for you.

It could also be a symptom of not trusting your intuition and instincts. You keep trying different paths because the thing you want (which is normally in plain sight) seems too easy, obvious or an unlikely source of income so you don’t trust that this is the right path. You somehow believe it couldn’t possibly be that “thing.”

It could also be that you don’t want to hear your intuition in this matter. You are resisting your destiny so you set out on all these other paths instead only to end up disappointed later.

What you need is some deep inner reflection. Go back over your life and look for the times you were the happiest and identify what you were doing. Make a list and see what your findings point to.

Question 2.

I’ve been reading your articles for a few years and I know it’s helped my intuition. I listen to it and get answers except when it comes to my future and knowing whether I should give up on my business. Whenever I ask about it I get nothing and just feel upset and scared – like I don’t want to know.

I think the big clue is in how you feel when you ask.

Many times our intuition responds through our emotions. When you say you feel, “upset and scared” and that you don’t want to know, what comes to mind is that you’re overwhelmed and confused about what to do make your business more successful.

It’s not uncommon to want to walk away when we have problem that we don’t have a solution for.

Fear is an intuition blocker. You need a way to calm down to allow the answers to come to you. If you’re a meditator use that or simply go for a long walk to clear your head.

What might also be helpful for you is to find a mentor who has successfully done what you’re doing and have them show you the way. They should be able to go over your business and pinpoint where the exact problem is and help you resolve it so you can go from struggling to solvent.

What questions do you have about intuition and your destiny? Share in the comments.

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Looking for the Path to Your Bliss?

Posted 05 Sep 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Follow your dreams, Law of Attraction, Living with no regrets

Leap of faith

Living an intuitively inspired life is the path to your bliss.

I’d rather have the things I want in life come to me than have to go and “get” them. It makes life so much easier not to mention exciting. This is the transformation your life goes through when you rely on your intuition to guide you. The world comes to you.

Your intuition provides the “intel” or intelligence for you life. When you use this “intel” it’s always a “short cut” to whatever it is you are trying to create in your life. So why wouldn’t you want to begin listening to your intuition?

I’m living an intuitively inspired life and I’d like to encourage you to also. I followed my intuition and left a 16 year finance career and it has proven to be an amazing ride. Doors have opened and paths appeared before me that were not on my radar when I was living fearfully and holding back from listening to my inner wisdom.

 What does an intuitively inspired life look like?

“To live an intuitively inspired life is to be aligned with your intuitive wisdom. When we are aligned with this wisdom, we naturally gravitate toward those activities that honor our authenticity. Our path and true purpose become clear as we allow intuition to lead us. Conventional thinking no longer sways us; rather, we are moved to share out true talents and gifts with the world in loving service.

Centering our lives upon this wisdom activates a blueprint within us that has been dormant since our birth. This blueprint contains our true potential and reveals the route we are to take to remember what our chosen mission is at this time. As we focus our lives on this mission, and on this guidance, we find the obstacles that held us back in the past begin to fall away. Questions we have had are answered, and all the uncertainty we might have experienced about living within this new paradigm disappears.

The journey we take to fulfill our mission reconnects us to our joy and authenticity. We surrender and allow life to flow through us and take us to our next steps easily and effortlessly. We are infused with an energy that streams into us from an inexhaustible source. And, this life force energy carries us over the bumps int he road and headlong to the next steps on our quest. The flow of  joy we receive by reconnecting to our authentic selves inspires us to live up to our full potential and greatness; we, in turn, inspire others to reconnect to their intuitive wisdom.

As we live each day, fully connected to our intuitive wisdom, we accomplish more than we could have ever imagined. The journey takes down roads we never would have imagined we would take. We find ourselves enjoying our lives like never before. We surrender the emotional burdens that had us in knots—those that hindered us from living life fully. As a result we stop worrying so much and become more playful and open to this divine inspiration. By letting go of the need to control everything and moving with this flow we will find that we no longer have to go out and “get” the things in life we desire; rather, they begin to come to us and appear in our lives exactly when they are needed.  When we align with our intuition we are resonating with the wisdom that created the Universe and our original purpose. It is this harmony that brings the world to us.” The Intuition Principle, p. xv-xvi

As soon as you begin following the path your Soul longs to everything lines up for you.

It’s as if you have changed magnetic polarities. Where before your energy repelled the things you wanted it now “attracts” them to you.

Sadly, the large majority doesn’t live this way. They’ve become used to having to “make things” happen or fight through obstacles to get what they want. So, it seems “normal” and this is why the idea of “having the world come to you” seems so implausible. If people have been doing things one way for eons they just cannot fathom that there is another way.

The truth is you will never see that another reality and way of harmonizing with life exists until you take that leap of faith. There absolutely, positively is a net there……but you have to leap to see it.

Will you leap? Why or why not? What’s holding you back? Let me know in the comments. 

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