The Care and Feeding of Your Inner Voice

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

– 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

-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.

– Pay attention to your dreams. Formulate a clear
question in your mind just before you fall asleep. (It can be as
simple as ‘Should we go to the party Saturday night?’) When you
awake the next morning, lie still and try to remember your dreams.
Write down what you recall, including any thoughts or feelings you
had during the dream. Think about the dream as if it were an answer
to your question. If you cannot remember your dream, make one up.
Dreams and imagination come from the same source.

From Mothering (March/April 2001).
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