Humans are created as receivers and transmitters of information. Some of our creative heroes claimed to value their intuition over book knowledge and their theories shaped many of humanities technological advancements. We value those theories, yet seem to reject their intuitive source. We give our authority for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being to outside authorities in the forms of doctors and spiritual gurus we barely know. This makes sense only because we were raised to trust in outer authority. We weren’t taught to navigate from our central intelligence, maybe never even realized we had a central intelligence. Well, my love, you have an inner intelligence so magnificent that it frightens all of those outer authority figures. The moment you step into your inner intelligence, you no longer fall prey to marketing schemes that take your power and then sell it back to you in the form of products.
Our ancestors didn’t need this reminder. Inner authority and intuition were respected and tightly woven into our ancestral cultures. In our modern lifestyle, we disvalue and fear our metaphysical capacities and have therefore shut them down. To activate them, first acknowledge their existence. This may be the hardest part for you if your religious or political programming overrides your nature.
Intuition, like immunity, depend upon a healthy bodymind, first and foremost. When basic bodymind vitality suffers, the body’s fine tuning takes a backseat. To keep all systems at optimal levels, create and maintain healthy relationships with loved ones, food, sleep, stress, physical fitness, work and home life . Here are some basic ideas:
• Eat a diet based on non-gmo whole foods that is right for you.
• Get the right amount of sleep for you.
• Learn some stress management techniques that work for you: meditation, meditative self-pleasuring, therapeutic mineral salt baths, yogic breathing techniques, meditative yoga asana practice, or anything that allows you to shut down the need for decisive, logical, mental function.
The pineal gland is primarily responsible for awareness of psychic activity. Many of our modern lifestyle choices have made the use of this gland obsolete. Artificial light, googling information, using gps, fluoride in water and many of the additives in food; just to name a few things that inhibit the function and use of the pineal gland. To liven up the pineal gland, decalcify the body by choosing alkaline foods over dead and acidic ones.
Play intuition games like those mentioned in The Psychic Workbook, by Sonia Choquette. I first did the process in 2001 and make huge advancements every time I revisit the material.
Know the difference between deep programming and deep intuition:
Ahamkara is the “I am” or ego state is the part of you that believes it is separate from the whole. Ego identifies with the sense objects and defines “you” in relation to the rest of reality. Humans are given ego as part of the Divine Play for consciousness to know itself. If we didn’t have ego, we would walk around knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are one unified consciousness. There would be no desire to differentiate, compete, or create. Even Shiva and Shakti separate for the sake of experiencing longing and the bliss of reuniting as One.
Intuition arises from intelligence or Buddhi (higher knowledge) yet transcends logical thinking. When you have an intuitive hit, you may notice an impression arise in your awareness either directly through the senses or as inner knowing. There are little to no words with intuition. There is no argument, judgement, guilt or shame with intuition. The ego may follow-up at onset of intuition with quick dismissal or doubt, but the intuition itself won’t have the feeling tone of defensiveness and doubt.
How to know the difference between deep intuition and deep programming:
Whether you call it a hunch, gut feeling, or intuition, you can learn to discern whether the information is deep programming or deep intuition. You will first need to form a relationship with your internal characters and get to know them for yourself. In my experience, the ego talks a lot more. The ego wants to keep me safe and has a lot of definition and boundaries, beyond those I consciously created. Often, there is a sense of fear and anxiety associated with the ego voice. This voice may drive a person to make the infamous “drunk dial” or leave a text message or email laden with blame, shame and victim speech.
Intuition speaks a unique language, which for me, is often in symbols. In a dreamlike state, I feel, sense, and often have imagery associated with intuitive information. When I am faced with a choice, I can sit somewhere quiet and get into a semi-meditative state and LISTEN. I do not expect information to come in any one way or another. I am open to receive even when that means nothing comes at all. I practice this constantly in my day to day life. When intuition does come, I honor her like a sacred guest and LISTEN. When she speaks, it is as if God Herself is speaking to me. In my decision-making strategy, I lead with the integration of intuition, discernment, and practical logic. From time to time, I think-my-way-out of following intuition. This has proven to be disappointing and disempowering for me and those I support in my work and family.
Next time you have a gut feeling about something, spend a little time questioning where it is coming from. If your internal dialogue starts to defend, judge or try to prove something, it is likely deep programming. If your internal dialogue remains quiet, peaceful and loving, it is likely your intuition.
Integrating healthy ego and intuition into your life:
LISTEN: Listening is an underused form of communication that is vital to growth. Practice listening. You can do that now. Pause your reading and close your eyes. What do you hear? Take a few moments to notice the sounds around and inside of you.
AWARENESS and CURIOSITY: Having awareness and curiosity are priceless gems in getting familiar with intuition and ego. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can think to ask! In your asking, you will receive information and heighten your awareness.
JOURNAL: Keep a journal. This journal will be used to document your intuitive hits as well as the voice of your ego in day to day life. Using it to write down dreams can also get you in touch with your cosmic, unlimited self while connecting you deeply to intuition and healthy ego.
TRUST YOURSELF: When you doubt yourself, you further perpetuate past programming. On the other hand, trusting in yourself tells your subconscious mind that you are open to integration. This will encourage a flow from deeper layers of yourself to come to the surface. Trust yourself. Even if you end up being incorrect, your relationship with yourself will improve.
This is a beginner’s guide with lots of material to start with. As you progress in connecting with your intuition, you will be guided into what is next.