Over the weekend I visited a friend who lives in a log cabin surrounded by dense woods, horse trails and farms. What I love best about visiting her rustic home is how peaceful I feel when I hear the soothing sounds of many species of birds singing and cawing.
On Sunday morning I took my coffee outside and sat on the deck meditating on how I could be of greater service to my clients and community. Suddenly, I was startled by a loud “whirring” noise. It went right past my head and off to the right.
I opened my eyes and saw a beautiful female Ruby-throated Hummingbird taking nectar from a bright red Zinnia. Her wings flapped so fast all I saw was a blur on either side of her petite body. The morning sun glinted off her emerald feathers.
I sat transfixed by this private visit for nearly two minutes. I kept very still watching as the hummingbird zigged and zagged from one flower to the next that caught her fancy drinking its nectar. It was absolutely amazing to be less than a foot away from this beautiful creature.
The gift of the hummingbird
When the hummingbird had her fill she flew off. I sent a prayer of gratitude out to the universe for this special moment.
I closed my eyes and returned to my meditation and asked, “What is the meaning of being visited by the hummingbird this morning?”
And then as clear as anything I heard a loud voice not my own, “Let go of worry and suck the nectar out of life.”
What a profound message in a day and age where there are so many things to worry about….the violence erupting all over the world, the economy both locally and globally, climate change, retirement, finances, health issues, family issues and on and on….
I decided to ask another question, “How can we suck the nectar out of life?”
No sooner had I asked than an image of the hummingbird zigging and zagging from one flower to the next that caught her fancy popped into my mind.
We worry too much about absolutely everything. We focus on our worries and miss many opportunities to suck the nectar out of life. We’re meant to move in the direction of what brings us joy. To zig and zag like the hummingbird toward what catches our fancy knowing that we wouldn’t have that pull unless we were meant to be drawn to it for our own unfolding good and growth.
What would it be like to live free of worry?
The hummingbird didn’t worry that there would be no flowers to draw nectar from when she left her nest in the morning. She trusted the flowers would be there and that she would find them. She even trusted that they would be flowers with an abundance of nectar. She listened to her instincts and let them guide her.
The hummingbird exists without a to-do list, without painstakingly planning for, checking and rechecking every detail of her life and without agonizing throughout every moment of her day wondering whether she’s on the right track, should or shouldn’t be doing this or whether once she’s decided to commit to it that it will work out or not.
Why can’t we be more like the hummingbird flitting through life trusting what we need will be there and literally pulled toward it by our instincts or what we call our intuition?
Worry is why we don’t flit through life.
We ‘think’ we’re supposed to worry. Have you ever thought about that? We’re conditioned to worry. Who says you have to? Most of the things we worry about never, ever happen. What would happen if you just stopped?
Plus when you declare your intention for something and focus on manifesting – worry is the reason why many times you don’t get what you want. Your intention which is a signal to the Universe for what you want is distorted by worry.
And of course there are mountains of studies that show that worry and stress are the underlying reasons for many health problems. Any way you look at it…worry isn’t good for much.
Kick the worry habit
The answer to finding joy, fulfillment and everything you need is let go of worry so that you can hear your intuition. When you do, synchronicity will draw you toward what strikes your fancy and in going toward it just the thing you need exactly when you need will show up. Trust, listen and allow that inner pull to guide you.
Are you a worrier? What kinds of things do you worry about? Can you see how worry blocks your intuition and leads you away from sucking the nectar out of life? Share with us in the comments.
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You know the kind of people I’m talking about, the ones who appear to have been born under a lucky star?
Everything goes their way and each time they set out to accomplish something not only to do they but, they make a smashing success out of it.
Whatever they touch or desire to bring about unfolds elegantly and almost magically with the Universe supporting them with one synchronicity or serendipitous event after another. They set out to do something and “suddenly” the money appears to complete their project (synchronicity) or they meet a person out of the “clear blue” who profoundly changes the direction of their life forever afterward (serendipity).
In fact there is a “system” to how they behave and how they think that you can emulate in order to gain the support of the Universe too.
They are simply following the spiritual laws of success, whether they realize it or not, which results in the Universe mirroring back to them exactly what they put out.
The Universe isn’t random
Whatever we do, think and say creates the response and reaction we get from the Universe. If we don’t like the reactions we are getting it means WE have to change because one thing is for sure, the Universe isn’t about to.
The “Universe” is a self-organizing system that reacts to our actions. This means that there is an underlying program that runs the Universe. And this program has been set to react in specific ways to our actions, which is a good thing because it shows there is a pattern we can study and learn from. If we put in a bit of effort to study the actions of successful people we too can learn how to better interact with the Universe in order to achieve greater results.
How to get the Universe to Support You by properly using the Spiritual Laws
1. Law of Thinking: Watch your thoughts. Do not allow yourself to go down a path of negative thinking about anything. Stop complaining! You push away your good when you do that.
2. Law of Supply: Think Big. Don’t limit your supply by focusing on what you don’t have. The Universe is unlimited and your life is unlimited. Only you put limitations upon it.
3. Law of Attraction: Create a strong desire and expect that it will manifest. Your desire must be a vibrational match for what you desire. See it, feel it and know that it will manifest and and act as if it already has.
4. Law of Receiving: Focus on what you can give others. The more you give the more you will get. When you are only focused on getting or believe you’re “owed” something the law of receiving won’t work.
5. Law of Increase:Praise increases your good. Use positive affirmations. See the good in every situation and then focus on that. The more you praise or “bless” a situation the more increase you will see.
6. Law of Compensation:The more you put in the more you’ll get back. The only way to become successful is to work at it. You can’t just dream about it and expect to be compensated. You have to do the work.
7. Law of Non-Resistance: Quit focusing on obstacles. Go around them instead! If something stands in your way find another way instead. There is always a solution and you find it when you stop obsessing about the obstacle.
8. Law of Forgiveness: Increase the flow of good in your life by forgiving. Forgiving allows you to release the energy around the situation that was frozen within you. This frees you and frees up the flow of good.
9. The Law of Sacrifice: Nothing comes without a price. If you really want to do something it will entail sacrifice of some sort. There are only 1,440 minutes in a day. You have to make hard choices sometimes to get where you want to go.
10. Law of Obedience: You can’t outsmart the laws that govern the Universe. Use them properly and they work for you. Use them improperly and they will work against you.
11. Law of Success: Take action now. Nothing is more empowering than action. Let go of excuses, overcome your fear and indecision and take a stand for your success.
This is what successful people do to gain the support of the Universe. Are you ready to do what it takes to take a stand for your success? If so the Universe will have your back too.
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Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster. –Anne Wilson Schae
When you listen to your intuition you avoid many of the problems that are created by ignoring your intuition when making decisions.
Are you healing from an accident that could have been avoided like my friend Sandi?
Did you ignore the signs of an unfaithful spouse?
Were you so attached to keeping up pretenses that you are now facing a bankruptcy?
Are you struggling to stay afloat, sane, grounded, focused and together enough to put the pieces of your life back together?
Often it’s our mistakes that call our attention to the fact that we’ve ignored our intuition. When we look back over the things that have gone wrong in our lives we remember that there was this little nagging voice at the back our mind telling us not to do what we did but, we chose to ignore it.
Recently a reader asked me if his life would always be problem-free if he followed his intuition.
I’ve written many times here on Powered by Intuition and in “The Intuition Principle” that allowing your intuition to guide you is the way to creating a life that “flows effortlessly toward your desires.”
When your life flows effortlessly toward your desires you encounter fortunate coincidences such as synchronicty and serendipity, that move you along the path toward your goals. A fortunate coincidence is the result of you being in the right place at the right time or taking action at the right time so that you are moving along a trajectory that intersects with another person or situation that turns out to be just the opportunity you need.
Why do fortunate coincidences occur?
The reason you meet with these fortunate coincidences is because you’ve followed your intuition when making decisions. Had you not listened to the impulse to pick up the phone and call “so and so” or gone to a certain place on this day at this time you would have never made this connection. Listening to your inner voice is listening to wisdom from within.
At the time the impulse to do this or that arises you cannot explain it. There is no “rational” reason for wanting to the thing you’re being prompted to do. It’s only after the event of being in the right place or having something you need fall into your lap that you understand why you were being “pulled” to do what you did. This is what I mean when I say, “your life will flow effortlessly toward your desires.”
Ignoring intuition is a lot like touching a hot stove: You need only get burned once to know that ignoring your intuition is NOT a good idea!
What about problems?
This doesn’t mean that your car won’t ever break down, your spouse announce that they want a divorce, a hacker steal your information, a broken pipe flood your basement, you won’t ever get laid off from your job…and on and on and on – essentially life will go on and **s__t** will still happen!
What you can expect if you follow your inner guidance is that you will avoid making wrong decisions that create more problems by going ahead with things when your intuition is warning you against it. By following your inner wisdom you will meet with fortunate coincidences that will propel your life forward toward your goals and desires. But, you have to realize that things will still go wrong at times and happen in your life that will be out of your control.
Intuition can be your silver lining
On the other hand, when you follow your intuition you will be able to solve your problems more elegantly. Your intuitive insight will inspire you with ideas about solutions you can take about your situation so that when you do have to deal with problems you will find your way back to normalcy faster and more easily.
We are here to learn life lessons
Unfortunately, most of us learn the hard way – me included – by making mistakes, some of them really, really big. Each time we make a mistake if we are enlightened we will look over what happened and honestly assess what role our behavior played in contributing to the situation and take steps to change what we do in the future. Most of us aren’t born perfect so our lives aren’t perfect either. Making mistakes is part our journey and how we acquire wisdom and experience.
Intuition is not magical but it sure does help~
When you are accustomed to listening to the wisdom of your inner voice you are also more open to being honest about your faults and to working at changing your behavior. This is a boon when it comes to dealing with problems. If you are not under the tight control of your ego you will see your part in what has happened and learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again. And you will be better able to manage the situation from this point forward to move toward a resolution. Listening to your inner voice will help you pick up the pieces of you life and put you back on the right path again.
So, while following your intuition does not guarantee that your life will be free of problems it is a very positive habit to cultivate overall, especially when you are down on your luck.
If you see your life circumstances in this article use the following suggestions to help you get your life back on track:
1. Take some time each day to get quiet. Close your eyes and go within. Ask for guidance and inner wisdom to show you how your underlying motivations may have contributed to creating the life circumstances you are dealing with now. Resist the urge to blame others and point fingers.
If any instances of ignoring your intuition in the past come to mind that may have also contributed to the problems you are now facing, use this knowledge of how your intuition sounded and felt to learn what to look for in the future.
We can only do better once we know better. This is the time to learn what we can do better next time.
2. Forgive yourself and anyone else that is involved. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we absolve someone of wrong doing. It means that we let go and stop being tethered to this dark cloud of anger and seething emotions that follows us everywhere.
Refusing to forgive literally “clouds” your judgement and creates a huge shadow over your life. Everything appears dark and drab under the shadow of this cloud. If you could let go of it you would be engulfed in sunshine and feel better and positive enough to see that you can and will rise above your current circumstances.
3. Listen for your intuition. Tell yourself that you are open to hearing this wisdom. Ask that you be given answers and solutions to dealing with your current problem.
Ask to be intuitively inspired to contact the right people or to go to the right places at the right time to find the answers and solutions you need.
What is your intuition prompting you to do next? Keep a list of what your inner voice is saying. Review the list and see what speaks to you most and then do it.
If you have a nagging feeling at the back of your mind telling you to do something or not do something listen to it!
Your intuition is a marvelous shortcut to the answers and solutions you seek and to getting over the mountain range of your obstacles. My friend Rob White says, “Intuition offers a short cut, like a tunnel through a mountain range,” and he is right.
You can and will rise from the ashes of your own life when you begin to tune into your intuition.
Can you see how ignoring your intuition in the past may have contributed to the struggles you are now facing? What have you learned about how your intuition speaks to you? Can you describe what to look for next time so you won’t have to hit another low point in your life?
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“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” –Frances Scovel Shinn
You can use your intuition to lead you to a life you love. All it takes is letting go and trusting your inner voice.
During a session a client commented that when reviewing her past mistakes in life she was able to identify a pattern of ignoring her intuition. Whenever she had ignored her intuition and relied solely on the rational mind to make a decision it had not turned out well.
The reason she had ignored her intuition and not followed its guidance was because she was afraid of what might happen if she followed it.
By far, the biggest reason why people ignore their intuition and end up making bad decisions and wrong choices is because they are fearful of letting go and trusting their intuition.
I know through my own experience that not listening to my intuition is what put me on the wrong path in my life. It was only when I finally let go of the fear and “took the leap of faith” and began listening to it that my life began to change for the better.
When we won’t let go and fear trusting our inner guidance it is because we want to “control” the outcome.
The problem with control is that we also limit the possibilities of what may happen when we try so hard to be in control of things.
You might think that the only solution is “X” but, what if letting go means that you set off a new chain of events that leads to an unexpected and even better solution? Wouldn’t you want that instead?
Letting go and letting your intuition lead you is the way to set off the new chain of events that leads to those fortunate coincidences and door opening opportunities.
When you take a leap of faith to follow your intuition the Universe will catch you and gently place you on the road that leads straight to your heart’s desire.
Here’s a wonderful account of how listening to intuition led Janet Brent straight to her heart’s desire and to a wonderful new life:
When I was smack in my mid-twenties “quarter-life crisis”, I made a decision that would change the course of my life by breaking up my five year long-term relationship to the man I thought I’d marry. I realized how much of a sham stability is and knew I needed to work on loving myself and finding my passions. I told myself I would need two years to be completely single, without the bullshit of dating. Feeling very lost amidst the crying fits, I wondered what to do next.
A quiet voice that I call my inner intuition told me to move back to the Philippines, my home country where I was born. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest since the age of 3, this seemed like a crazy idea and I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to pull it off. That whisper in my head wouldn’t go away and a year later, I stepped on the plane to follow my heart. I had no plans, but I made a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do. A handful of those things were crossed off without actively searching, but many came as opportunities practically handed to me!
“Join a Zen Buddhist temple to practice meditation” came about when I was about to start a new work-from-home head hunter job that didn’t satisfy my passion. I asked for guidance and for a sign that following my intuition to turn it down was the right thing to do. Show me a better opportunity and I’ll take it. The next day, I noticed a link to the Buddhist retreat in the Philippines while viewing a friend’s Facebook profile. Live and stay at a temple for four months FREE. It was a no brainer for someone with “no plans” with a one-way ticket and no savings/very little funds. “Stop eating meat for a long period of time” would also be crossed off my bucket list.
“Learn Filipino Martial Arts” came about when a co-retreat member introduced me to a martial arts teacher who I ended up walking 660 km with on a tropical island. This experience came directly after the retreat where I had asked to find a spiritual partner. Feeling like my life was starting to seem like “Eat Pray Love“, I knew that “love” was coming soon. The day we first took our friendship to the next level was two years exact to the date of my breakup/singleversary.
Amazing intuitive experiences came during our walk. Things like declaring I wanted my own bottle of ice cold water, in a provincial area where buying ice cold Coke is much more available, and then manifesting it that same night when we reached a bigger town and a villager decided to give us an ice cold bottle water in exchange for the massage my partner freely gave. He also gave us a rare rice delicacy that my partner was craving all day. On another occasion, the universe even answered when I wanted to drink! The group who hosted our shelter for the night were drinking rounds of gin and this was the only night in our trip when our hosts were drinking.
Another night, we had stopped by a beachside hut and I looked with longing at the other side of a private fenced area next to ours which had a bigger, much more comfortable hut that I wanted to sleep in. A tent was there but I wasn’t sure if anyone was in it.
While my partner was meditating and making intentions to give us help for the night and a vegetarian meal, an old man who was tasked not to let anyone in the beach property came out of the tent and was drawn towards the ocean where my partner was meditating. After talking together, my partner received an intuitive message that wouldn’t have made sense to just anyone, but made stunning sense to the old man. “Don’t worry about your son, he still loves you.” When the man heard the message he decided to take us in, cooked us a vegetarian meal of seaweed and rice (for me) plus sardines (for them), and let us sleep in the bigger hut that I wanted to sleep in.
I feel constantly blessed by how life has guided me and I continue to use techniques for manifesting and affirmations.
Thank you for sharing this with us Janet!
Are you afraid of taking an intuitive leap into a life you love?Answer these 8 question to help you identify what’s holding you back from following your intuition:
1. Review some of your biggest mistakes in life – things you wish you could “do over” if you had the chance.
2. Do you recall having an intuitive sense to to do something else at the time you made those decisions, that you ignored?
3. What did you want to do instead that you didn’t do?
4. How might your life be different now if you had followed your intuition?
5. Can you see a theme or pattern to your mistakes? What is it?
6. Why did you ignore your intuition – what outcome were you trying to secure? For examples was your goal to maintain your safety and security, to avoid challenging yourself or looking stupid or due to fear of failure or fear of success?
7. Is this theme or pattern still running your life today? How is it holding it you back?
8. What is your intuition telling you to do next or what has it been nagging at you to do recently?
9. What if you did it? Think about the myriad of ways your life could change if you followed this guidance.
10. Can you find a way to “take a test run” of the intuitive prompt you’re getting? Can you make some phone calls or do some research to see if it is doable in you life?
11. Act for one day as if you have taken the leap. How does it feel? What do you envision happening after you take the leap of faith to follow your intuition?
Sometimes you need to “act as if” you are going to follow through on your hunch and then in the process your fear will diminish and you will find that you are ready to take that leap. Calling it “practice” or a “test drive” is much less frightening.
Where are you stuck in your life? Can you see how ignoring your intuition has made your life “smaller?” What will you differently now?
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Janet is a graphic/web design intuitive for indies and entrepreneurs in the holistic and creative arts. Her passion for building her business, working with other passionate people, and making positive change is only the beginning of more extraordinary things to come. As a “professional hobo”–homeward bound in her motherland after spending all her life in the Pacific Northwest of Portland, Oregon–she now resides in the concrete jungle of Manila, Philippines. You can find her marching to her own beat at Purple Panda or tweeting up a storm @janetbrent
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Could you use more intuitive insight in your life?
Today I’m sharing something special with you – my first video chat about using your intuition.
I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Suzie Cheel about my new book, “The Intuition Principle.” While the interview came about because of the book our conversation is really about the basics of intuition development and how to apply intuition in your daily life.
Suzie is a natural as an interviewer and her questions were seamlessly sprinkled throughout our conversation.
Here’s what we discussed:
Why I gave Suzie a prescription during her reading and what it led to in her life.
I have a section in the book called, “The Fabulousity Factor.” Everybody wants to know what that is. Find out here.
How the Fabulousity Factor is related to synchronicity and serendipity.
Why we make poor choices when we live inauthentically.
Two simple techniques that will help you identify and trust your intuition.
How developing your intuition can boost your confidence.
The importance of dreams in getting intuitive guidance.
The role meditation plays in enhancing your intuition.
A simple technique to descend into a deeper level of awareness.
Using journaling to dialogue with your higher self.
How to create an intuition development routine.
What is the Intuition Principle?
What is an intuitively inspired life and how can you live an intuitvely inspired life?
And so much more!
Tune in the video. I hope you get a lot out of it.
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