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Wise Words: Intuition

When one of the most successful people of our time, Oprah Winfrey, tells us that intuition is real, important and critical to her own success, I think we should pay attention. Really, she’s voicing that deep knowingness, deep within each of us that knows the truth. It’s a new era. It’s time to reclaim our whole selves. Not to is foolhardy, short-sided and, ultimately, not in honoring true YOU.

Intuition, historically linked to women, has largely been discredited until recently. It’s a mistake that it’s linked to woman. It’s true that it’s linked to the feminine energies. There’s a difference. One is gender, the other is the archetypal attributes associated with that energy. Having a balance of both energies, masculine and feminine is natural, fluid and appropriate in both males and females.

Oversimplifying these energies, the attributes of feminine energy include being, nurturing, allowing, intuition, creative, abstract, collaborative and receiving, while the attributes of masculine energy include doing, analytical, concrete, controlling, striving, competitive and assertive. Looking at the list, you can see how all of these qualities can be vital and appropriate in the right setting or situation. But we all know of people or even organizations that lean too far in one direction or the other.

For centuries, longer really, humanity has been out of balance to the masculine. The mind, analysis and logic have been preferred and valued, while intuition, sensing, feeling, feminine attributes have been diminished, condemned, undervalued and denied. Not to put too fine a point on it.

“What I know for sure is that if you were going to buy only one issue, ever, of O, [the one on intuition] would be the one. Learning to trust your instincts, using your intuitive sense of what’s best for you, is paramount for any lasting success. I’ve trusted the still, small voice of intuition my entire life. And the only time I’ve made mistakes is when I didn’t listen.

It’s really more of a feeling than a voice—a whispery sensation that pulsates just beneath the surface of your being. All animals have it. We’re the only creatures that deny and ignore it.

When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice—your inner GPS guiding you to true North.”

~ Oprah Winfrey

While Oprah shares how using your intuition “gives you a sense of what’s best for you”, Barbara With takes it a step further. In her material, she talks about intuition as one of the key parts of each of us that when giving us a sense of what’s in our best interest it is also, miraculously, the same thing that’s in the highest good of the whole. THE whole. She shares that it comes as “the next small step for the good of the whole.”

Intuition guides you to be at the best place at the best time. But you must discipline yourself to listen and commit to “obeying” as Barbara With describes it. Obeying the nudge, the knowingness, the guidance from within you.

There’s no real trick to it. It’s natural. It’s already within you. You need only allow it. Long ago I made a commitment to develop my intuition. Or if that doesn’t click with you, it’s really just sensing and feeling. This was a critical part of my journey into a deeper knowing of me. It was a part of what I aligned to as part of my morning ritual. I committed to being open to it at all times, to spending time each day in silence, listening in. I agreed to “obey” it when I heard a message, felt a nudge. You also might get it through your inner eyes, as a thought image or “seeing” something in your mind’s eye.

The obeying part is critical, though. Your intuition is giving you the next small step for the good of the whole. If you don’t follow through, your intuition will pull back. Go quiet or dark. It’s patient. It’ll wait. If you insist on ignoring it or sticking with logic at all times, it will honor that. But if you’re like me and you decide to step into trusting self, trusting your intuition, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcomes. For me, it’s become so natural. I don’t have to work at it. And my clarity has improved dramatically with practice.

Some tips

Truly, it’s just a matter of cultivating the discipline and committing to it. But here are a few things that helped me…

Make a clear conscious choice about it. Choose to connect with it and expand your abilities. Then make time for it. Pick a quiet spot. In nature is a good choice. And then be still and listen. You may not receive anything for a while. I didn’t. I was convinced that I was the only person that was born without it (Drama much??? ). But one day it just clicked. There it was. Loud and clear. And then I could begin to trust it. Hear it all the time. Not just when I was sitting quietly on my own. Then there was an expansion in how I received information, too. Goosebumps, snapshots of a vision, added to the clear voice I had become used to. Eventually, even my sense of smell got involved. (But that’s a story for another time.)

Explore how you receive your intuition. As I eluded above, the most common are hearing, seeing, and feeling. There are exercises you can do to get clearer about that, but I like things when they’re simple. Not a lot of complexity and procedure. So I’ll let you use your intuition to find them, if that resonates with you. ; )

My friend, Barb With, gave me this one…let it literally be your GPS. Find a time, when  you’re going someplace new. A time when there is no time pressure so you don’t hear your inner voices insisting you hurry up. Make a clear choice about where you want to go and then invite your intuition to get you there. If you get, turn left. Do it. Try not to question it. See it as an adventure. Have fun with it.

Discernment is important in many things, including intuition. In the beginning you need to learn what is mental, what is intuition. Generally, you literally feel mental thoughts in your head. Sometimes there’s a tightness. There’s the feeling of effort. Intuition feels more like flow. It isn’t linked to thoughts. It’ll be as if it drops in out of no where. If you feel cloudy or confused, ask for clarification. I used to ask for things to be louder so I wouldn’t miss it or mistake it. Another rule of thumb I employed was that if it wasn’t an absolute yes, then it was a no. This is a part of you, find what works best for you.

 

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Intuition. Everyone has it. It is, indeed, part of our personal system. It won’t ever steer you wrong. Get quiet and alone. If you can, sit on the earth. Breathe. Center. Listen. Can I sense it? Can I be still enough to feel it? The next impelling. What to do next, one step, next step. It begins with one step.

Good luck, though I know you don’t need it!
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Wings of Intuition by Andrea Matus