The Care and Feeding of Your Inner Voice

| January/February 2002

-Give yourself quiet time each day, if only for five minutes. Intuition is always speaking to us, but it gets our attention only when we shift inward, away from the din of external stimuli.

- Be here now. Be fully present as much as possible in the course of your day, especially when you are with others—including children—or outdoors.

- Pay attention to synchronicities. Coincidences are often full of meaning. How often have you been thinking of someone when suddenly they phone or a message from them arrives? Let these signals help you make decisions and plot your life.

- Learn how your intuition 'receiver' works. Some of the ways we receive intuitive information are:

Physically: Your body expressing what it knows. You may have a strong physical response (a stomach flip, a chill) in a situation where there is no reason to think anything unusual is going on.

Emotionally: Sensitivity to other people’s subtle energy and an immediate response—like, dislike, fear.

Mentally: Via images, inner visions, pictures, words, and thoughts—often very subtle—that arise in your mind.

Externally: Sometimes a friend will spontaneously tell us something we have been hearing from within—and ignoring—for months. Or we may randomly open a book and find what we have been looking for.

Spiritually: In ways completely independent of feelings, sensations, thoughts. Oneness with the universe. This represents the transpersonal rather than the personal side of intuition.

-Find the question:- Taking notice of what’s happening around you is the first step toward using your intuition. The next step is recognizing the question that is being raised for you as you notice things. Let’s say you begin to see the word Virginia everywhere you look. You meet people from Charlottesville and Alexandria and Norfolk. A Virginia travel package arrives unexpectedly in the mail. It’s possible that a new question—where should I be living?—is bubbling up from inside.

- Take guesses. Guess who will be the next person you’ll meet on the street. Will that person be male or female? What will he or she be wearing? Take a stab at how much your grocery bill will be before the receipt is totaled. Notice how often your guesses are correct. Whatever guessing game you play, hold the first thought that comes into your mind. Pay attention to whether the answer comes as an image, sound, or feeling.

- Write it down. Writing helps us gain access to the more intuitive zones of our mind. Keep a journal or write out the answer to a question that’s on your mind. You might try holding the pen in your nondominant hand—it often provides some startling and illuminating answers.

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