Dreams are a valuable source of intuitive guidance.
Dreams are an easy way to begin accessing your intuitive wisdom. No one has to teach you how to go to sleep or how to have a dream. You’re already an expert. There’s only one thing to master and that is recalling your dream.
The two most valuable types of dreams are the intuitive guidance dream and the precognitive dream.
An intuitive guidance dream gives you an answer to a problem in your life and/or insight into a challenge your are facing in life.
A precognitive dream foretells of a future event.
Just recently I two such dreams in one night.
The first one was so unusual that I woke up from it, which is probably why I remembered it so vividly.
I was standing on the sidewalk when a car turned in from the street to a driveway. As the car stopped next to me waiting for the garage doors to go up, I saw a young man in his forties with a bandage on his head in the passenger seat. He turned to look at me. I was startled to see that his eyes were rolling around in his head.
An older silver-haired gentleman was driving the car. As the garage doors went up I saw there was an operating room set up at the back of the garage. In a “flash” I realized the silver haired man was a “Hannibal Lechter” type and he had been slowly cannibalizing this man’s brain. The older gentleman had been eying me while he waited for the doors to open. I suddenly thought, “I better get away from here before I become his next victim.” (more…)
Today I’m answering more questions from the Powered by Intuition mailbox on how to tell the difference between your intuition, a superstition and a suspicion.
This is an answer to several questions I received recently all rolled into one since they were very similar.
Several readers have written asking how to know the difference between their Intuition and their suspicions.
This is an excellent question. First off, let me say that many times there is no difference. Your suspicions may originate with an intuitive hunch about something. If you read my book, The Intuition Primer, you will recall I wrote about a suspicious incident that led me to call the police (I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it yet and tell you what the incident was). When the criminals were apprehended my suspicions were confirmed. In this case – my suspicion and my intuition were one and the same.
There are a lot of times however, that your mind works overtime. When you are worried or fearful you may also become suspicious. The way to tell the difference is to ask yourself am I a suspicious person? Do I worry incessantly? (Be honest!)
If so, you may be the type of person that worries all the time and creates suspicions out of your own fears and imagination.
Jealousy and the cheating spouse
One of the questions I got pertained to a cheating spouse. The writer wanted to know if she was just creating these suspicions by being jealous or were they real.
If you are jealous by nature then, yes, you may always feel suspicious. There’s also the point of view that if you are jealous you will attract a person into your life that gives you something to be suspicious about. Think on that for a while.
But, if you aren’t a wildly jealous person to know the difference between your suspicions and intuition think back to when you first became suspicious. If things were good and it was a particular incident that raised your “antennae” which caused you to start feeling suspicious you should take it seriously. I wrote an entire article on intuition and cheating significant others that you can read for more detail.
Again, you have to be honest with yourself. We always “know” when we “know” something. We hear the whispers and just know in our gut that it is the truth. Ask yourself if you have this “knowing?”
If you know yourself to be the jealous type you will probably find that the “FEAR” of his/her cheating on you was in your consciousness to begin with. Fear is always to blame when we get confused about “was it intuition or just a suspicion?”
Superstition and spirit activity
Another reader asks if there is anything to superstitions such as those about haunted houses? He asked this question because his sister and her husband bought an old house that people in town refer to as “haunted.” His sister’s family has felt nothing but he is a “sensitive” and feels the presence of “something” when he visits. He wanted to know if he was just reacting to the “superstition” or was his intuition really picking up on spirit activity?
In this case, I would say that it could go either way. Have you felt the presence of spirit energy elsewhere before? Does this feel similar? You have to go back and compare and contrast what you are feeling now with what you felt in the past.
Also, the less you know about who the superstition says is “haunting” the place the better. What you can do is relax and go into a state of meditation and ask, “Who is there?” See what comes to mind. Keep asking questions until you feel you have a description of whose energy you may be picking up on then do some research into the history of the home.
If you come up with the same energy/deceased people that legend says is in the house (without previously having this information) I would say you are picking up on something real.
If you are the fearful type (there’s that FEAR word again) then your mind may be playing tricks on you. Go back and review when you sensed the presence. Was there a specific moment? What happened? How did you feel?
If you were thinking about a presence before you went there and had fears about running into a spirit you may have “conjured” up the entire incident. When things are “real” they happen spontaneously. We aren’t dwelling upon them and the awareness of a spirit presence comes out of the blue unexpectedly.
I hope this helps. All the best visiting your sister for the holidays.
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Intuition and Destiny and the Call to Return Home
Have you ever felt a yearning from deep down in your soul to return home?
Yesterday I attended the Seventh Annual New York City Greek Film Festival – it was a first for me.
The film I saw, “Hello Anatolia,” was a documentary about a young Greek-American man from New York who moves to Izmir (Smyrna) Turkey to trace his ancestral roots. His ancestors, like 200,000+ other Greeks, lived in Turkey until 1923 when they were forcibly removed, many slaughtered in the process.
Prior to 1923, for the most part Greeks living in Turkey had lived side by side with the Turks and enjoyed good relations. The beautiful memories prior to the diaspora that Greeks had of the centuries their families had flourished in the Asia Minor were shared with their children and grandchildren.
Filmmaker, Chrysovalantis Stamelos, grew up hearing these stories. The stories of his grandparents lives in old Smyrna tugged on something deep in his soul and he felt pulled to “return home.” Leaving his corporate job and all that he knew he ventured to parts unknown to find his roots. In the process he married a Turkish woman and decided to stay in Turkey and has since started a family. “Hello Anatolia” chronicles his journey and immersion into the culture of his newly adopted home where he finds more similarity between the two cultures (Greek and Turkish) than disparity.
Following his intuition Stamelos was pulled home and in the process discovered his destiny: to be a bridge between two peoples with a history of difficulties.
The “pull” of home
Returning to the land of our ancestors is a strong pull for many. It had been a dream of my father’s since he had been a boy. As a first generation American he too longed to retrace the steps of his parents and return to Greece.
My father’s dream was realized when I was a teenager and he took our family took to Greece to meet our relatives and see the island of Samothrace (Samothraki) where all four of my grandparents were born. The famous statue, Nike of Samothrace also known as The Winged Victory, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris came from the island of my ancestors.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The island’s legendary family sired the Trojan race, gave form to the personification of Harmonia, and taught humans the sacred rites of the mysteria. Here, the parents of Alexander the Great first met, and two centuries later, the last Macedonian king, Perseus, held out against the Romans.
In antiquity, the fame of Samothrace emanated from its cult of the Megaloi Theoi, Great Gods, whose mysterious rites of initiation promised protection at sea and the opportunity to “become a better and more pious person in all ways.” Set in a cleft in the earth carved by a cascade of water at the base of the mountain, framed by converging streams, and facing toward the sea, the Sanctuary of the Great Gods feels spiritually integral to the deities of the earth, sky, and sea who played a fundamental role in the mysteria.
The trip left an indelible mark upon me and I made numerous trips after that on my own back to Greece and Samothrace. I loved being there surrounded by a culture that was so familiar yet different from my own as a Greek-American. I felt very much at home and found something very anchoring about rediscovering my roots. It made me feel “whole” as if I reclaimed a part of me that had been left behind in Greece in some way I cannot quite explain.
Years later I became captivated by the history of the ancient cult of the Great Gods in Samothrace. I often wonder if that is where my fascination with spirituality and metaphysics came from. The site of the mystery cult in Samothrace has been under excavation for years and years but yet, very little is really known about it.
The roots of intuition
I grew up reading Greek mythology. I particularly loved stories about the Oracle of Delphi. The oracle was always a woman. She sat above a chasm that emitted vapors that put her into an altered state. Once in this state she was able to divine the future. People traveled from all over the ancient world to learn their fate from the oracle.
When I was growing up, before I ever heard the world “clairvoyance” or “out of body experience” just before I fell asleep each night images flooded my mind of a magnificent mountainous landscape. I would soar like a bird over these peaks. I remember feeling as if I belonged there. It is still a vivid memory. But, it was not until I made the journey through the mountains and visited Delphi that I realized this was the landscape I had been seeing all those years.
At the time of my first trip to Greece and Delphi I was fourteen and had been doing readings for just a few years. I recall feeling very connected to to the area; as if being there was something important I should etch into my memory, for what reason I wasn’t clear about at the time.
As I look back on it now I believe the strong connection I felt was my soul’s pull toward developing my then budding intuition.
Your soul “knows” your path
There is a “pull” in each an every one of us. And, this pull is there to lead you in the direction you were meant to go in your life – your destiny. This is the pull of your soul speaking to you through your intuition. When you “feel” a strong pull to do something, especially when there is no rational reason, this is your intuition.
Intuition, in philosophy, [is a] way of knowing directly; immediate apprehension. The Greeks understood intuition to be the grasp of universal principles by the intelligence (nous), as distinguished from the fleeting impressions of the senses. The distinction used by the Greeks implied the superiority of intellectual intuitions over information received by the senses
”It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken.” –G.I. Gurdjieff
Today I am thrilled to bring you an interview with Intuitive Body Mentor, Lisa Claudia Briggs of IntuitiveBody.com. Lisa facilitates spiritual healing via her unique therapy process to clients locked in the grips of emotional overeating.
1. Please give us some info on your background.
I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. I spent many years at a Harvard psychiatric teaching hospital, on both the inpatient and outpatient children’s units working with children and families. I also worked at a Women’s state prison on the Psychiatric Crisis Team. I was a licensed Clinician for almost 20 years, and became very interested in trauma and how it was ‘stored’ in the body. The last 10 years I’ve trained with healers and intuitives and spiritual thought leaders so my work is now very integrative/holistic.
”Within my body are all the sacred places of the world, and the most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body.” —Saraha
2. How did you go from being a conventional therapist to creating Intuitive Body.
There came a point when I started to see that trauma and other experiences were stored in the body and that talking alone as a healing modality wasn’t enough- people got stuck in their intellect and were disconnected from where the pain was.. in the body. There was an expression in the trauma field “The body knows”.. I was also studying with a teacher for 4 years who kept telling us to “get back in our bodies” (out of our heads/intellect). It really began to reshape the way I worked with my clients and the way I thought about healing and processing experiences. I had my own issues with my body and overeating for many years, and specialized with women with similar issues.. and as I learned what was healing for me personally, it translated into my work with women into IntuitiveBody.
”The body must be nourished, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We’re spiritually starved in this culture-not underfed but undernourished.” —Carol Hornig
3. What issues does your practice address?
Women typically come to me via the gateway of body /weight/or eating issues.. but from my perspective that struggles with these are often due to a sensitive/empathic nature.. Intuitives, empaths.. we are more likely to absorb the emotions and energy of others and this can create problems with eating and weight..This perspective and the approaches I use with clients are very different than most eating/weight “specialists”.
”The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.” —George Sheehan
4. Is there a common or primary problem or challenge that you see repeated over and over regarding body issues as related to intuition?
Yes.. definitely. The themes that show up consistently have to do with taking on too much emotionally, people-pleasing, caretaking and over-nurturing others, boundaries that don’t protect the individual well enough, perfectionism (basically feeling that nothing is good enough, things have to be perfect, procrastinating or not being able to get things done because they won’t be “perfect enough”…) and relationship themes that can come from having somewhat narcissistic mothers- where the daughters felt it wasn’t safe to shine too brightly. Also not really knowing how to find pleasure because they are pushing themselves so hard.
”There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.” —Friedrich Nietzche
5. What are some of the signs that someone may not be fully connected to their body?
I think the struggles with weight and eating or body hatred are all signs.. women are disconnected from their bodies and what they feel because the body wars take up a lot of space. They may be disconnected from what they feel or they may feel way too much and be incredibly vulnerable emotionally and not know how to stay grounded and balanced.. not know how to stay safe in their bodies. They may get injured a lot, or seem somewhat “clumsy”. Those are some examples.
“The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world.” —Deepak Chopra
6. Can you give us some tips or an exercise for how we can reconnect to our own body?
First of all people don’t always want to reconnect.. being connected means you are going to feel things that might be painful..Which is often why there’s been disconnection to start with.
One easy and gentle way to “come into” your body is to put one hand on your heart, and one hand on your belly. Just feeling the warmth of your own hand on your heart will naturally encourage you to take a deeper breath.. always a good thing. It’s also comforting.. like a laying on of hands.. healing touch.. even though it’s your own hands. Having your hands on your heart and belly also get you to drop your attention into your body, out of your head where you may be spinning with thoughts.. and down into your core where you can just breathe for a minute or two and allow yourself to settle. This can be very quieting and grounding and very quickly sends out very different signals to your nervous system and actually changes your hormones and chemical profile.. in ways that are really good for us.
Another thing you can do when you feel overwhelmed and disconnected or in a spin emotionally (another sign of disconnect) is to come into “present time” in a really simple way.. Gently press the soles of your feet into the floor, rub the palms of your hands together.. look around and name what you see.. “there is my window, there is my chair, I see a tree outside, I feel the softness of my sweater”.. all of this coming into the moment, through your senses is a simple way to reconnect.
“Think with your whole body.” —Taisen Deshimaru
7. What different services/products do you offer?
I love to offer an initial complimentary consult if somebody thinks they might be interested in working with me. I offer intensive individual mentoring for women that want a different and powerful approach to end the body wars.. That have tried it all and want to go deeper and really get it done, find peace, learn the techniques that work with a mentor that is devoted and really gets it. I also have a home study digital ebook called “Recovering Beauty” that people love and always write to me saying they feel like it was written just for them.
”If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.”
8. How can readers get in touch with you?
I’m easy to reach via either my website contact http://www.IntuitiveBody.com, email me at Lisa at IntuitiveBody dot com, I have a Facebook page www.Facebook/IntuitiveBody and I am @IntuitiveBody on Twitter. I have lots of information and articles on my blog and people can also start just by signing up for my complimentary ebook ” The Energy of Weight Loss: 7 Essential Secrets”.
“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”
Elizabeth A. Behnke
Do you have questions for Lisa? Are you comfortable in your body? Could body issues could be holding you back in your life?
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Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW and founder of the website and blog Intuitive Body is a veritable treasure trove of healing wisdom. She’s a Harvard-trained psychotherapist, eating disorder specialist and sacred streetfighter for gifted, sensitive & empathetic women. With her medical-meets-mystical approach, she guides women through highly-individual rites of passage — over the coals of their own personal firewalks. Lisa also wrote “Recovering Beauty: Sacred Rituals For Clearing Emotional Weight” with a foreword by Hay House author, Denise Linn. Lisa and IntuitiveBody shows women struggling with weight and body-related issues simple sacred solutions for living beautifully in their bodies
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