“When we face challenging circumstances in our lives, we can to turn to intuition for help, comfort, and guidance. That is the reason why we have our intuition in the first place.” –A. Artemis, The Intuition Principle
Following your intuition doesn’t mean that your life will be free of challenges.
I can’t stress this enough. Intuition isn’t a magic pill or a cure all. I wrote about this in “The Intuition Principle.”
Intuition is a way to receive guidance from the wisest part of yourself. Some people refer to this wise part as their “higher self” and others attribute the information to their “spirit guides.” Really, it doesn’t matter what you call it as long as you realize that this source of knowledge exists and is available to you.
Use intuition to solve problems in your life
Tapping into your intuition will help you make better decisions in your life and that will alleviate many problems from occurring in the first place.
When you make the right decisions in the first place you experience more joy and success overall. It’s the wrong decisions we make in life that cause our problems. Following your intuition will also lead you back to the path of peace and sanity when you find yourself facing challenging circumstances.
But nothing, not even following your intuition, can ever prevent all problems and challenges from ever arising in your life.
The myth of the perfect life
If you look behind the curtain of any celebrity who appears to have it all you’ll find that they too face difficulties and challenges in their lives.
Dealing with problems is a universal part of life
The fact of the matter is that life is about growth. And growth takes place when you are challenged. People who live a “charmed life” are usually pretty shallow. They haven’t developed the depth that comes with dealing with challenges. When you learn how to deal with your problems that is when you grow the most in character and competence.
“I wish I knew then what I know now.”
The experiences you master as you go through life teach you what to do to get the results you want and what not to do as well. You learn by your mistakes and hopefully do not repeat them over and over for the rest of your life.
If you’re one of those people who has made the same mistake again and again – take heart. You are not alone. It happens to most people. It usually takes a few times of making the same mistake for many of us to learn.
Repetition is the mother of invention
If you’ve identified a pattern of mistake that you’ve made over and over, the good news is that now that you know the pattern you can change it. The reason you repeated the mistake over and over is only because you weren’t yet ready to change. You may have been held back by fears and your own limiting beliefs. When you are ready to transform your life nothing will stop you.
Why problems and challenges arise
A. You are not perfect. From time to time you will make mistakes and wrong decisions that will create problems in your life.
B. You are not the only player on the stage in your life. Sometimes wires get crossed. Misunderstanding happen that lead to problems in relationships.
C. As you’ve grown you’ve become more enlightened but, you weren’t always that way. You may have done or said things in your past that are still coming home to roost. You have to deal with the consequences of your previous actions.
D. You allow your fears to take the reigns of your life. This creates huge challenges too. I know because I did it for years. Fears are the result of limiting or wrong beliefs. Who hasn’t got those?
E. You blatantly ignore your intuition and favor your ego. You don’t trust yourself enough to know what feels right or good for you. You operate under the assumption that others know better or what society dictates is better.
F. You continually resist change and/or facing your problems. You fear you aren’t competent to deal with the challenges you face. Whatever we resist persists. Until you surrender to what is and deal with the challenge head on and learn the lesson from it that you’re supposed to learn – it will continually present itself over and over again in your life.
How to use your intuition to your greatest advantage
1. Learn how to go within and hear your own intuitive wisdom. Meditation is the best way to cultivate your intuition. Make it a part of every day.
2. Develop the habit of not making big decisions until you check in with your gut. How many times have you said “yes” to something too quickly only to have second thoughts about it later? Take some time check in with your gut.
3. Take your feelings seriously. If something feels “funny” or not right to you – there is a reason. Get out of the habit of discounting your feelings. This is how your intuition communicates vital information to you. Feelings are the “short-hand” of intuition.
4. Respect your dreams. Dreams are one of the easiest ways to receive intuitive guidance. Create the intention to recall your dreams. Ask for specific guidance from a dream every night before going to sleep and you will get it.
5. When times get tough – journal. You would be surprised at how much wisdom resides within you.
Get a notebook and write a short description of the problem you’re dealing with. After that relax and close your eyes. Allow yourself to write whatever comes to mind. Don’t look at it (you can keep your eyes closed or just look away) and don’t edit it. Keep writing until you feel in your gut that you’re finished. Put it away for a day or two. When you read it you will be amazed at your own words of wisdom.
6. Apply your intuition. Once you receive intuitive guidance act upon it. This is where I made a lot of mistakes in my life. I got the “answers” but, was afraid to take action. You’ve got to use it – or the moment is gone. The opportunity dries up.
If you receive an answer intuitively that is only the beginning. The next step is to put it into practice by taking action otherwise it of no use to you in your life. Once you put your intuition into practice the next step is to keep the faith – to keep going until you “arrive” at your destination. Be prepared this will take effort and may take a while but, most good things do.
Remember, following your intuition will never prevent all problems from entering your life but, it is one of the greatest tools to have in your tool box. With it you can find a solution to most any problem – provided you are willing to do what it takes to apply the solution.
Can you see how using your intuition can help you to solve the problems in your life? Has your intuition ever guided you back from calamity?
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Letting Go: Share Your Story
Has there been a time when you became too attached to someone or something; but later found the strength to let go? If so, my friend Alex Blackwell of The BridgeMaker is inviting you to share your story and receive a free autographed book. You can find more details and submission guidelines here: Letting Go: True Stories of Hope.
An arrow can be shot only by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great. –Author unknown
Using your Intuition to get intuitive guidance for your life
For the last 6 months I have been going through a severe spiritual crisis of the soul-
It culminated by my almost taking a job I didn’t want but, thanks to my intuition – my inner guidance system – I stopped the madness.
Here’s what happened.
After working from home steadily for months to write and publish “The Intuition Principle” I showed up in the office in August. I have a financial sales position where I can work from home. In my heart, I no longer want to be a 100 percent commissioned salesperson but, this job gives me a lot of flexibility and freedom along with health benefits.
As much as I’ve racked my brain looking for other alternatives and sent out mountains of resumes – nothing has come up that gives me this much freedom so I’ve stayed there. The trouble is that after 30 years I’m tired of “selling.” I just don’t have it in me anymore. I cannot live my life to meet sales goals anymore.
A month ago I was offered a new sales job via a group of former colleagues I re-connected with at a Christmas party.
To make a long story short – they all remembered me as the “eager-beaver” who swiftly climbed the corporate ladder and had been a serious work-a-holic. Back then I was a regional sales manager with dreams of being a big time corporate executive but, I’m not that person anymore.
I interviewed with a bunch of group executives from this company and a few days later they offered me a great job.
The problem was and is that I don’t want to do that job! I was seduced by the flattery of being pursued so aggressively!
I was down with the flu and a fever when my cell phone rang. I picked it up and the HR person made me a formal offer which I accepted in a hoarse whisper and then, he began rattling off the hefty salary, signing bonus and benefits.
Honestly, all I was thinking while he spoke was how the money from the signing bonus could quickly replace some of the money I’d pulled out to live on over the last two years since I hadn’t been working – and nothing else.
He gave me a start date of three weeks and told me I’d have to be fingerprinted and drug-tested within 48 hours.
After the initial phone call everything else was a blur. I forced myself out of bed in the following days to get drug-tested and finger-printed even though I was really sick.
I felt like a zombie – just going through the motions. I was not at all excited about the job instead, I had a feeling of dread. I couldn’t sleep through the night either. Although I kept waking up with that horrible panicky “punched in the gut” feeling I kept telling myself that taking this job was the “sensible” thing to do. How was I going to make up for my lost income or prepare for retirement if I didn’t take it?
I kept asking my spirit guides and higher self for guidance but, nothing was coming to me. I was so frustrated. As the days went by and my start date loomed nearer and nearer, my panic level increased exponentially.
How I got in touch with my intuition and restored my soul and sanity:
1. Stop panicking and surrender to what is
After the fourth day of asking for guidance and getting nothing – I gave up. I was slightly delirious from the fever I had but, I heard myself saying, “I don’t care if I don’t wake up tomorrow,” and this startled me. At that moment I said to myself, “This is crazy! I give up – whatever will be will be. God I’m handing over the reigns to you. I can’t do this anymore. Please help me.” And that’s when I received the information clairvoyantly from my spirit guides.
Panicking shuts down your intuition. When you are panicked you are so caught up in emotional turmoil that your intuition cannot get through all that noise. If you read “The Intuition Principle” you will recall I go into great detail on all the ways you block your intuition. I was so panicked I forgot my own advice!
When I “gave up” I stopped thinking, “Oh no! What should I do? Am I turning down a great opportunity that I am supposed to take?,” over and over and my mind became still. When I surrendered and let go my mind became still my intuition presented me with the following scene:
A cute little girl of around 8 years old was walking backwards waving at me to follow her. She was at a country fair and there were throngs of people all around her. She turned around and then began darting through the crowds while I followed behind her.
She laughed and turned back to look at me a few times. Each time she did she morphed into a different little girl who at times was eating cotton candy or popped corn. She skipped with abandon through the crowds – nimbly weaving in between the adults’ legs. I remember thinking how confident, joyful and happy she appeared. I was surprised that she showed no fear of getting lost in the crowd or being separated from her family.
She was just having fun and not at all worried about being lost.
What my spirit guides or higher self presented to me was that I was taking my life too seriously. I was being advised to play more and to do what makes me happy in life. I should skip through life with abandon and not be afraid to change my mind. Don’t worry about getting lost and not taking this opportunity – or being separated from this group of former colleagues which, years ago had been like family.
2. Remember there are no wrong decisions – there are only choices in life
The other point my spirit guides or higher self was trying to make was that there is no actual path each of us must follow. You are not “supposed” to do anything.
I wrote extensively about this in “The Intuition Principle” – which again, I’d forgotten until I stopped worrying so much about whether I was making the right decision or not. My fears about missing “a great opportunity” kept me locked in panic mode where the “voice” of intuition could not get through.
We have free will. The path appears before each us as we make our choices and take a step forward in the direction of our dreams.
Before that choice, or next step there is nothing only a multitude of potential futures – that become forks in the road if we choose to take one of them. If you make one choice your life will go in this direction and if you make another your life will take that direction. But remember, there is no “right or wrong choice.” It’s all just potentiality – so there is nothing to be afraid of!
3. Contact a trusted adviser and have them “talk you down”
When I need advice I turn to my intuitive adviser colleagues just like you might reach out to me for my intuitive advice. The morning after I received the clairvoyant vision from my guides I connected with Lisa Claudia Briggs of Intuitive Body, and she talked me down from the ledge I was ready to jump off of. I recall my first words to her were:
“I woke up today feeling like I’m facing a death sentence.”
Intuitively, Lisa knew and was able to make me see that it was not “knowing that I didn’t want the job” that was tying me up in knots but, the fear that I might be turning away a great opportunity – that was “meant to be.” I realized I was reliving a vicious cycle that had drawn me back into financial sales over and over each time I’d gone to great lengths to get out in the last three decades.
I was afraid I wouldn’t be taken “seriously” if I came out of the closet and fully embraced my abilities as a clairvoyant and medium. I was plagued by the constant fear that the companies I worked for would find out about who I really was and fire me so, I never really put myself “out there” 100 percent. Consequently, I always felt that I had no choice but to return to the security of working in finance in order to support myself in an abundant lifestyle.
Lisa made me see I had been pushing away my own good all these years. By clinging to the security of this career and having to “hide” who I was I was creating the very thing I didn’t want!
4. Never make a decision based solely on money
Money can hypnotize and seduce you. It can distract you from exploring the underlying issues around a decision. Don’t let that happen.
Speaking to Lisa helped me to “snap out of it!”
The money was only a quick fix and would become my “golden handcuffs.” And, the money would not be handed to me for nothing. I’d have to actually show up and do this job to get it – and I didn’t want to. Taking it would lock me into forcing myself to do something I dreaded each day. Once I was there it would be hard to “get out.” I’d feel obligated to all those people who spoke so highly of me and recommended me for the position.
Never go for the “quick fix.” It will only create more problems down the road.
5. Trust your gut
If it doesn’t feel right – it’s not for you
Always always go by your feelings. This is what it means to “trust your gut.”
The moment I said to Lisa, “I’m going to call up and tell them I cannot take the job,” I felt incredible relief.
The relief was immediate and complete. I felt as if a ton of bricks had been lifted from my shoulders. I felt crazy happy and as if I could walk on air.
To check on your feelings and get clear on what the right decision is try this:
Imagine you have made the choice to do this thing (whatever it is) and create a scene in your mind as to how your life would be and feel if you had done it. Now, take the opposite decision and imagine how you would feel in this scenario.
Which scenario “feels” better; feels right; feels good or gives you relief? Trust your gut. That is the right decision for you.
6. Love yourself enough to give yourself what you want
In the next few days I mustered my courage to call the hiring manager and tell him I couldn’t take the job.
While meditating I heard this:
“Love yourself enough to give yourself what you want.”
I understood how unkind I had been to myself for the last thirty years. I had “forced” myself to take jobs that I didn’t really want and accept promotions I didn’t want when all I ever wanted to do was be a writer. I felt as if “I had no choice” but to take them because I was good at what I did and I made an really good living at it.
I also realized that I had been discounting my feelings my entire life. I felt like a round peg in a square hole at these jobs. I was constantly telling myself to, “Buck up and get over it. Don’t be a big baby everybody has to do things they don’t like.” That’s not very loving, is it?
My dear friend Daylle Deann Schwartz from How Do I Love Me has a fantastic self-love campaign going on this month. She has a free book offer, “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways,” that you can download too. While I was perusing her Facebook fan page I came across this great banner:
Seeing this banner was just what I needed to help me gather the courage to make the phone call I had been putting off. You see how the Universe supports you? The “signs” are always there you just need to be open and ready to receive them.
It was time love myself enough to give myself what I wanted in life – finally.
7. Choose Happiness
After I made the phone call I felt as if I could fly! It was the same feeling of elation I’d felt when I quit my job 18 years ago to go back to school. I’d taken control of my life and it felt great!
I no longer had any fears about “making a mistake.” I knew the happiness I was feeling was the “sign” that I had made the right decision.
And you know, the hiring manager couldn’t have been nicer. He said I would always have a place there if I changed my mind. Wow!
As I hung up the phone I heard myself saying over and over,
“I choose happiness! I choose happiness!”
It was in that moment I felt the “shift.” I knew my life would never be the same again. I had a major breakthrough in my thinking and I could feel that I was now transmitting different vibes to the Universe.
What makes you feel like jumping for joy or, high fiving all your friends? That’s what you should do.
When you feel down-trodden, burdened and obligated that is a huge sign that you must review your decision. In my case, I felt as if I had been handed a “death sentence.” That can’t be good, right?
When you are happy you send out “happy vibes” to the Universe saying “I feel good. Send more of this!” When you are trembling with fear and paralyzed by panic your vibes pull in more situations that resonate with fear and panic.
Always, always opt for what makes you happy. The Universe is impartial. It will give you whatever you want based on the signals it receives from you.
8. Be grateful for everything
After hearing that “click in my head” and becoming aware that my thinking had shifted I found myself so grateful for my life – just the way it is now. I felt like George Bailey felt in the film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” after he said, “I want live again!”
I was grateful for every challenge I’d ever encountered, for my ten year old car and grateful to have a roof over my head and the flexible job I have now and health insurance and on and on and on…..
I realized that everything is perfect just as it is. This is my life and love it and I wouldn’t trade it in for another for all the money in the world.
I was jumping for joy and couldn’t sit still. I was doing a happy dance of gratitude and it felt great!
And, I couldn’t wait to write this post and share with you how wonderful life can be when we accept who we are and embrace our lives bumps and all just like George Bailey did in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
“I love you drafty old house!” says George.
“I love you perfectly imperfect life,” says me.”
It’s going to be a wonderful life. I can feel it in my intuitive bones. 🙂
Are you in the midst of a crisis of the soul? Are you ready to surrender to what is and then listen to your inner guidance? Are you ready to love yourself enough to make the rest of your life the best it can be?
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Meditation is the most valuable tool I’ve found for my spiritual development.
Reading books is great, as is joining groups of like minded individuals, but when it comes to actually making consistent progress only a daily practice of meditation will expand your consciousness.
Awakening and changing is a slow process that takes place gradually. Meditating daily is a bit like the process of water flowing over rocks in a stream; eventually with enough time you’ll see that the water has reshaped the stream and smoothed out all the jagged edges in the rocks.
It takes commitment and a deep desire to stay the course until the beginnings of that reshaping becomes apparent. And of course – you’re never done either just like the water flowing in that stream is never finished reshaping it or the rocks it flows over.
Here’s a list of why meditation is so important for spiritual growth:
1. Learning to stop the constant thinking of our minds gives our brains’ a much needed rest. When we stop the perpetual mind-traffic divine guidance can actually get through. This state of thoughtless awareness allows us recognize the presence of the observer – who is our true self, higher self or soul.
2. Perceiving our lives through the consciousness of the observer gives us the detachment we need to see how the ego-self contributes to the difficulties we may be facing in our relationships, career and other areas of our lives. The observer is purely consciousness without judgment.
2. Meditation brings our emotions into balance which is the state of being centered. When we’re centered we let go of extremes; highs and lows of emotion that pull us into the future or past. We return to a natural calm state of being.
3. When we’re centered we live in the present with acceptance of what is happening in our lives. We stop assigning a negative or positive meaning to what we may be encountering and therefore are less likely to be pulled into dramas (both yours and other people’s) regarding these events.
4. The process of meditating will help you to remember your dreams. Many times answers and guidance are delivered through dreams. Sometimes I have only a snippet of a dream that I know was important when I wake, but if I meditate right away I can usually recall the entire dream.
5. Daily practice of meditation heightens intuitive ability. The more often you receive intuitive insight the more you will be in tune with your higher self and true purpose. Your life will flow more easily and opportunities to act upon your purpose will present themselves more frequently.
So, that’s why I meditate. Over the last 25 years of serious dedication to meditation I’ve seen my intuition and clairvoyant abilities improve. I believe this is important simply because this is the language that Spirit/Universe uses to speak to us. Knowing that I am always connected and guided by Spirit helps me deal with the challenges that surface in everyday living.
How has meditation affected you’re life? I’d love to know. Share your experience – leave a comment. You never know when what you have to say will help someone else.