Intuition: Boost Intuition with Mindfulness Meditation

Intuition: Boost Intuition with Mindfulness Meditation

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Practical applications for boosting intuition with mindfulness meditation

by guest author Sara Stringer

What is intuition?

Intuition is our personal inner GPS (global positioning system).  When we listen to this internal voice or feel its “nudge” we are guided to the solutions to life’s problems. Our intuition is the technology with which we receive guidance from an all pervading intelligent universe.

What is mindfulness meditation?

Practicing mindfulness meditation is the experience of staying fully in the present moment. When you practice mindfulness you focus completely on the task at hand. You are aware of your thoughts and watch over them much like a shepherd, continuously bringing the stray ones back to a single focus on the present moment and whatever it is you are doing.

Developing a practice of mindfulness allows your intuition to blossom simply because you have removed all the “clutter” from your mind that distracts you from hearing your inner voice.

When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at:
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at:
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at:
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at:

The right time to apply intuition and practice mindfulness

One of the first things that you will want to know when you become a student of developing intuition and mindfulness is whether or not there is a “right” time to practice your new craft. This is a complicated question and there is no one correct answer. However, there are some instances in which being experienced in developing intuition and mindfulness can be helpful.

Dealing with Your Finances

When you apply for a loan or are trying to find the best credit card balance transfer offers it is easy to get distracted. Your own nervousness can play a large role in this and that is why it is so important to be able to stay calm and keep a good state of mind when dealing with important issues like your finances.

Being able to practice breathing and mindfulness can help you clear your head and really focus on what you are trying to do. This is especially helpful when talking to a representative of a bank or loan company.

Before your meeting, do a few deep breathing exercises and focus on the task at hand and what you want to get from it. This helps to slow your heart rate and increase oxygen flow to your brain. The extra oxygen fuels your brain and helps it to calm your nerves. You’ll be able to block out the bustle, your nerves, and everything else and use your intuition to figure out whether or not what your rep is saying is in your best interests or not.

Applying to College

Getting an undergraduate is no longer the ultimate option. We see Bachelor degrees the same way we once saw the high school diploma. This means that there are more students than ever competing for the same number of spots and that kind of competition is intimidating. It gets worse when you have to find, apply and interview for scholarships in order to be able to afford that degree.

Use your intuition to pick up on intuitive insights and cues your interviewer (or interviewers) are giving you so that you can respond appropriately. The unspoken cues are hard to read when you’re nervous.

Getting to your interview early to practice your breathing and spend a few minutes being mindful helps you focus to make this easier as well as to be present in your interview so that you can showcase your best characteristics.

Meeting New People

Some of us are blessed with an inner confidence. For others, social situations are—on a good day—a total nightmare. Being able to practice your breathing so that you don’t find yourself inwardly trying to beat back a panic attack at the next dinner party is good for everyone.

Some people have found that by following their intuition, they are able to open up more in social situations. Because they are focused, they are better able to intuitively pick up on body language cues and other subtle hints as to whom to approach and befriend at the party.

Knowing that you’re not the only one there who is nervous and freaking out has an intense calming effect that can be beneficial (and makes you more approachable).

Dealing With Major Life Changes

For some of us, major career changes and lifestyle changes send us into spirals of despair and anxiety. A daily mindfulness practice, when paired with your intuition can help you work through the changes and do the things you need to do in order to build structure around your new situation.

Mindfulness can help you focus on a job search or rebuilding after a move or relationship change; it can help you get through stressful nights after having a baby. Mindfulness helps you stay present in the moment. It keeps you grounded and controls your brain (allowing it to wander into all of the stressful unknowns is dangerous for your mental health during times of change). This helps you focus on exactly what you need to do to get through that moment before you focus on the next one. It’s kind of like “baby steps” but with better breathing.

The fact is that while there are many situations in which you can use your intuition pairing it with the practice of mindfulness can make things so much clearer and will make life less overwhelming.

Have you been practicing mindfulness meditation? Did it boost your intuition? Share your experience or ask a question in the comment section.

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Sara Stringer is freelance writer who most often writes about personal finance. In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.

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Intuition: What to Do When Intuitive Insights Contradict One Another

Intuition: What to Do When Intuitive Insights Contradict One Another

Intuition: What to Do When Intuitive Insights Contradict One Another

Conflicting Intuitive Responses

Today I’m opening up the Powered by Intuition mail bag.

In the last few weeks I received several emails from readers asking very similar questions about what to do when their intuition seems to contradict itself.

Here’s an example of what readers have been asking:

Q. How am I supposed to trust my intuition when I keep getting different answers? One day I am being guided to do one thing and then the next day another. What can I do about this and why do I keep getting different answers?

A. For starters, I suggest you stop asking the same question over and over. Doing this will only confuse you and desensitize you to your intuition. Your rational mind will take over and begin posing as intuition and you won’t know the difference between the two.

Go back and review the first answer you got and try to recall how you “felt” about it in that moment? Were you aware of an emotional response to the answer? Was it positive or negative? Did you feel something physically in your body at the time. Was it a physically reassuring feeling or somewhat repellant? Remember, your first impressions both emotionally and physically are usually correct.

The other suggestion I have for you is to not be attached to the outcome. Many times the reason we ask the same question over and over is because deep down we want a certain answer. This happens when you are attached to following one course of action. If this is the case I suggest you just do what you keep wanting to hear from your intuition and stop asking. It just may be that this is “the answer” and has been the answer all along – so just do it.

Another way to interpret this is, if you are getting a different answer than the what you “want” not only are you attached to the outcome but perhaps, you are also on the wrong track! Your intuition is trying to tell you otherwise but you don’t/won’t accept this as the “truth” so you keep asking over and over and end up even more frustrated and confused.

The only way to deal with this is to surrender. Stop thinking about the problem and stop trying to get the answer. Just get the entire situation out of your mind and focus on something else for a couple of days. When you surrender and totally detach from one answer over another the answer will come to you. The answer will be very clear because your mind will no longer be cluttered and confused by all the distracting thoughts you had previously.

Regarding trusting your intuition – know that the more you follow your intuition and take action upon it the more you will trust. Trust comes from taking action and having a successful outcome based on following your intuition. It is normal not to feel 100 percent certain in the beginning but you must have the guts to follow the advice if you are going to become confident in your intuition. Trust comes later on as a result of listening to your intuition over and over.

My challenges come when I don’t trust these answers and I will keep asking the same questions over and over again. In the end, I get confused because the answers begin to contradict. Lesson learned: I find it much easier to get answers when I am not attached to the outcome. – See more at:
My challenges come when I don’t trust these answers and I will keep asking the same questions over and over again. In the end, I get confused because the answers begin to contradict. Lesson learned: I find it much easier to get answers when I am not attached to the outcome. – See more at:

Q. Another reader wrote the following reply to me after reading an article in my weekly newsletter.  In this article I assured readers that they didn’t have to “see, hear”  or believe that they were being guided by beings outside of themselves in order to receive intuitive guidance. The physical reaction of the body is just as reliable if not more so.

“I really enjoyed this newsletter and all of the previous ones as well. One thing that you mentioned helped explain much of the frustration I felt taking classes in the beginning. I would find myself getting tense or frustrated because I wasn’t “seeing” a person I could refer to as a spirit guide and therefore wasn’t tuning in very well. Apparently I put so much effort into focusing on a spirit guide that I ignored listening to what my body was telling me. You have given me a different way of looking at things and I thank you so much.” –Susan Reese

A. The important point is that you have access to an infinite amount of information. As I’ve mentioned here many times we are all connected and part and parcel of one vast intelligent organism. We cannot be separated from it or each other anymore than you can separate an individual wave from the ocean.

If you feel strongly that an ethereal being outside of yourself is guiding you and that works for you – great.

But, if you are having trouble tuning in know that you do not need to see or hear the voice of an intermediary. Some people never see or hear a guide yet they receive perfectly clear direction from their intuitive higher self. Know that all the wisdom and knowledge of the Universe is available to you directly. Just like any other belief system you are creating your reality even in matters of how you think you recieve intuitive insight.

As you can see in Susan’s note to me she was getting tripped up because she assumed that the way she would know she was receiving intuitive guidance was by seeing her guide.

Here’s what I advise: Let go of all preconceived notions of how the guidance is to come to you and be open to all forms and you will not block this information from coming through to your awareness.

Another method for attuning to your inner guidance is to become aware of how your body reacts when you receive the guidance. The purpose of tuning into your physical body is so that you can interpret what your body is communicating to you.

If you feel anxious or nervous or your stomach tenses up this is a sign that you should exercise caution or not proceed at all. If you get a sinking feeling that could also be a “no.”

What questions or reactions do you have regarding getting conflicting information or how you receive intuitive guidance? Share with us in the comments section.

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7 Tips to Following Your Intuition When Under Pressure

7 Tips to Following Your Intuition When Under Pressure

“There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.” –Alfred AdlerUnder pressure

Everyone faces challenges and pressure in their lives at some point.

Challenges motivate many people to begin to explore their intuition. When things are going well we don’t ask for intuitive guidance. We can coast through life quite nicely never questioning our path until we hit that “bump” in the road.

I usually hear from people after they’ve hit a few bumps and feel lost and scared about which way to go.

The l thing I try to tell them is that hitting a few bumps isn’t always a bad. For one thing it got them thinking about the idea that they need to learn how to hear and follow their intuition – their own natural inner guidance. And, secondly, it means that they have outgrown their old life in some ways – and that’s a good thing.

Outgrowing your old life shows that you are not stagnating as a person but, that you are continuing to grow and develop. If nothing were to ever change within you the bumps wouldn’t show up in your life. Our outer circumstances are a reflection of what is going on within us. And, the bumps on our path show us where the pressure points in our lives are.

Wherever you experience the greatest pressure is where you are being called to change.

As pressure builds up it needs to be properly released through changing something in your life. The bumps are warning signs that we ought to pay attention too. The result of not dealing with the pressure and changing to relieve it is stress, drama and a life in melt down.

Without pressure you would never change or grow

Most people don’t want problems and pressure in their lives. And, while that’s normal it’s not healthy to stick one’s head in the sand and ignore problems either.  Pressure is a catalyst for change. It is what gets us moving – and growing.

Pressure is the defining force that can take a lump of coal and change it into a brilliant diamond.  The more we let pressure and challenges polish us – the more brilliant we become.

Using pressure as a signpost

Wherever you feel pressure in your life is where you need to focus your attention.

Are you always “pressed” for time? You may need to become for organized and learn how to use time wisely rather than frittering it away.

Or, you may just take on too much all the time. Maybe you need to learn how to say, “no?”

You may also have a fear of being left out or left behind by giving up an activity.

Not having enough time could also stem from an inner belief that by giving up you’re a quitter.

Are you under constant pressure at work? Pressure at work could stem from not speaking up and saying that you need help. You might need to learn how to ask for help and not see it as a sign of weakness.

Perhaps you need to delegate more and learn to “let go” and not control everything? The need to be in constant control of everything stems from a lack of faith. We don’t have faith that things will be done right unless we oversee them ourselves.

Is the pressure coming from your family responsibilities? Are you in the “sandwich generation” of having to take care of children and aging parents? Again, do you need to learn to ask for help or to delegate some responsibility? Can you get any assistance through social services? Maybe it’s time for assisted living for a parent?

Do financial matters cause you unrelenting stress? Financial pressure may point to a belief that your possessions define you. You may have to learn how to budget your income and live within your means. Keeping up appearances for the sake of what other people think is a sure way to financial ruin.

Any area of our lives can be affected by stress and pressure. The way to handle it is to be conscious of the warning signs and make changes early on before the pressure becomes too great and explodes into a melt-down of our lives.

7 Tips to following your intuition when under pressure:

1. Recognize the pressure. Where is there “discomfort” or “irritation” in your life? Pay attention to these small intuitive signs. All pressure starts small and then builds over time. Don’t stick your head in the sand and pretend it’s going to go away – it won’t. Remember whatever you resist persists.

2. Make time to meditate and go within. The more stress and pressure you are under the more you need to do this. Going within is where you will hear your intuition. It is the voice of your inner wisdom and the only way you will hear it is to practice listening for it every day.

3. Ask the right questions. Write out some questions that you want intuitive guidance on prior to meditation such as: Why do I feel so overwhelmed? What can I do immediately to relieve this pressure? What needs to change in my life in order to move past this challenge permanently?

4. Listen for the answers. Ask the questions and listen to your thoughts while in meditation. Don’t expect to hear a booming voice. Your intuition is going to come through your own thoughts in your own voice. The voice of intuition is rarely heard with the physical ear. Your intuition is an “inner voice” not an external one.

5. Become aware of your feelings. Pay attention to how you are feeling too. The intuitive process is one of feeling. Excitement shows you where you have an open door to a solution. Dread, fear and discomfort show you where there is a “No Trespass” sign.

6. Breathe to release pressure. When you are too stressed focus on slowing down your breathing. Slowing down your breathing will also slow down the thoughts that are stressing you out. This will help you to hear your intuition too. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Hold it for three counts then release it through your mouth. Do this at least 10x when you are very stressed and you will relieve a lot of pressure and quiet the mind.

7. Rise above the pressure. Create a habit of thinking of something pleasant when you start feeling like you are going to “blow.” Rise above the problem by repeating a mantra, affirmation or a prayer. Use whichever you prefer to get your mind off the problem creating the pressure. Repeat it over and over and until you feel calm again. Calming yourself with an affirmation also allows your intuition to be heard more easily.

Example: You can repeat the word “peace” over and over as a mantra. Or, use it in an affirmation, “I am peaceful.” If you prefer, you can repeat a prayer such as the “Lords Prayer,” or St. Francis of Assisi’s “Peace Prayer.

Remember – pressure is not your enemy. It’s actually a good thing if you want to grow and develop to your fullest potential and brilliance in life so, don’t shy away from it.

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Intuition: Is There a Right Time to Access Your Inner Guidance?

Intuition: Is There a Right Time to Access Your Inner Guidance?

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” –Albert Einstein

Is there a right time to access your intuition?Did you know that there is a “right time” and “best time” to access your intuition?

Surprise – there is!

1. The best time to access your intuition

The best time to get intuitive guidance is when you’re relaxed and calm. If you have problem that you’d like an answer to the best thing to do is to sit in meditation or do something that relaxes you, such as gardening or walking. When your mind is calm you have more opportunity to hear your inner voice.

When you’re worried and can’t stop thinking about the problem your intuition will have a hard time getting through all the chatter.

Here’s a story about this:

I faced a big dilemma when I was writing, “The Intuition Principle.” I needed to decide whether I would self publish my book or try the traditional publishing route. I kept going round and round on what to do.

I was feeling really stressed by all that was going on in my life at this time too. I was working full time, juggling a lot of family responsibilities, keeping up with writing for Powered by Intuition and corresponding with agents while writing the book. I thought I would crack!

I made lists of the pros and cons of each way to go but, I was still torn. I was afraid if I self-published it would hurt my chances of getting a publisher later on so, I kept pushing myself to find an agent.

I kept asking my intuition, “Please show me which is the right way to go; self-publishing or traditional publishing?” 

But, the answer never came. After nearly two months of this quandary, I stopped asking what to do and just focused on finishing the book. I literally gave up in exasperation. I decided to just write the “damn thing” and figure out what to do later.

And, then the answer came!

The answer came to me while I was in the shower – of all places. Showering is a calming experience for most people. There’s nothing like steaming hot water to relax you.

The problem was I had gotten so obsessed with finding an answer that I had blocked my intuition from coming through.

I wasn’t able to remain calm during meditation. I was worried about what to do. I hadn’t “let go” of the problem. And, even when I thought I had reached that “calm place” my mind always drifted back to “getting the answer” to this problem.

After I’d worked myself up into a lather and let go out of frustration the answer came to me. I decided to stop worrying and self-publish. I’d look for an agent/publisher with my next book and if I got one – fine – if I didn’t fine; I would self-publish that one too.

Right Time Action Step:

The best time to get intuitive guidance is when you’re calm and have let go of the problem. You need to be detached and free of fear and worry about the outcome. Asking over and over while you’re stressed is not going to bring you any answers.

Tell yourself that you want intuitive guidance about “XX” problem while in meditation. Picture yourself getting it and being elated by having solved this problem. Feel the joy of overcoming this obstacle. Then let go and get on with your day.

Your answer may come during meditation that day or the next. It may come when you are relaxed and doing something completely different, like it for me when I got my answer in the shower.

If any doubts or fears surface during the day close your eyes and replay the scene of getting the answer and feeling overjoyed. (You don’t have to know “the answer” to see this scene and feel overjoyed).

Affirmation for letting go

A great affirmation to use when you’re stressing over a problem is: “I now let go and let God.”

When you say this to yourself you’re letting go of the problem and the worry about the outcome. This doesn’t mean that you’re giving up. It means you take action and do whatever you can to solve the problem but, you don’t allow it to hijack your life with worry.

2. The right time to access your intuition is when environmental conditions are right

Conditions are right when the weather on Earth and in space is calm.

Scientific studies show that “spontaneous telepathic impressions were more frequent on days of quiet geomagnetic activity. There are suggestions that psi ability is related to changes in magnetic field strength (e.g.Persinger, 1989).

What is geomagnetic energy?

Geomagnetic energy is produced by the Sun and principally elevated during solar storms, flares and sun spot activity. This radiated energy enters the Earth’s atmosphere and literally “knocks heads” with the planet’s magnetic field. It can disrupt communications and electric grids.

How to get the “space weather report”

If there is a problem you’d like intuitive guidance on pick a day when the space weather report is showing low levels of EMF activity.

You can find out what the anticipated “space weather” will be by going to the NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center – here. The NOAA gives a three day forecast.

3. Avoid electrical storms too

Thunder and lightening storms on Earth can increase paranormal activity such as poltergeist activity and interactions with spirits, as negatively charged ions are released into the environment.

If you are trying to reach the other side an electrical storm will enhance your chances but, it may suppress your intuition. Wait until after the electrical storm has passed to work with your intuition.

Maybe this is why so many ghost stories begin with… was a dark and stormy night?

Have you noticed any correlation with the weather when trying to tune into your inner voice? 

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To Discover Your Passion & Purpose Connect to Your Soul

To Discover Your Passion & Purpose Connect to Your Soul

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. –Henry David Thoreau

Reconnect to your soul and discover your passion and purpose

There is nothing worse than living a life of unrealized potential.

As children we have dreams about what we will be when we grow up.

But then something happens when we become adults; our dreams shrink as our responsibilities grow.

And, before we know it we are busy “making a living” and we have forgotten all about our dreams.

At first, we coast along thinking, “Oh, this isn’t so bad. I have a steady paycheck and a new car.” But, after a few years something inside starts to stir, and we start to sense that something isn’t right – that something is missing in our lives.

But, what?

We try not to pay attention to it.  However, as the years pass the the feeling only gets stronger until we recognize that it is a call from our soul trying to tell us, “There must be more to life than this.

Your soul is where the instructions for your life purpose are encoded and it communicates with you via your intuition.

If you are not living “on purpose” your soul will try to get your attention. When you are constantly “running and doing” you won’t hear the messages from your soul.

Constant “doing” drowns out the voice of your soul, quashing your dreams and leads to a life of “quiet desperation” and unfulfilled potential.

I don’t know about you but, this sounds awful.

So how do you get in touch with your soul?

You have to stop all that “doing” for a while and just “be.” After all, we are “human beings” not “human doings,” right?

Meditation is the doorway to the Soul

When you take time out to meditate you are “being” not doing. You become calm, focused and centered.

To be “centered” means to pull your scattered attention back from jumping between dwelling on the past or the future, to the calm “center” of your being. The calm center of your being-ness is where the “now” resides.

When you are calm and focused on the present moment you hear your intuition. And, it is by hearing your intuition that you will hear your soul speak to you, and that you will discover your passion and learn what your true purpose is in this life.

Meditation isn’t always easy

It’s not your fault if you find it hard to meditate.

We are not trained to look inward in our society. There is always something outside of us pulling our attention outward. We are glued to our computers, tethered to our tablets and smartphones and constantly bombarded with information. Not a moment of quiet time exists in our day unless….we make the decision to set aside some “quiet time” to untether from all the noise.

And, even then we may not be able to meditate because our mind will not stop racing.

Guided Meditation slows the racing mind

When we listen to a guided meditation we relax more easily and quickly. We are immediately less tense about meditating because, rather than stressing out about how we “cannot relax” or “stop thinking,” we focus on the voice of narrator. And, focusing intently takes into a deeper level of meditation.

Take a journey to your soul

What could be more important than discovering your purpose and realizing your potential?

Without a great passion you have no purpose so, to find it is to find the meaning for your life. When you are driven by a great passion you know, without a doubt, that your life has meaning.

When you are in touch with your soul you are connected to an inexhaustible source of wisdom, guidance and spiritual power. This source will fuel you with the passion to live your great purpose, so that  you do not leave this earth with your “song still in you.”

How to connect to your soul to find your great passion and purpose

1. Create a routine for meditation and stick to it. Pick first thing in the morning or just before going to bed each night to meditate. Meditation doesn’t have to take hours. Just 15 minutes a day is really all you need.

2. Take some deep cleansing breaths to clear your mind and relax and then when you feel calm ask your Soul what your true purpose is. Listen closely. The first thought that comes to mind or the first feeling you get is the answer. Do not discount anything.

3. Use guided meditations designed to connect  you to your soul and help you unearth your passion and purpose like,Intuition Principle Guided Meditations album “The Intuition Principle Guided Meditations” to really hone in on the details. Listen closely to these meditations, Identify Your Passion & Discover Your Purpose,” “Remembering Your Mission & Seeing Your Blueprint,” and “Meet the Authentic You That You Were Meant to Be,to discover your great purpose in life.

 4. Make notes of all the insights you received during meditation. The answers are always in the details no matter how small. Don’t walk away thinking you’ll remember – you won’t. Put the notes away for a few day then reread them with fresh eyes and new insights will flood your mind.

 5. Don’t fear mistakes and false starts. Sometimes we have to try several things before we narrow things down and find our true path. It’s all part of the learning process. Be gentle but firm with yourself, don’t give up and you’ll get there.

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