Thursday, November 4, 2010

Using Your Intuition

Using your intuition is paramount to the spiritual path. Personally, I think it's paramount to living. My intuition keeps me out of trouble and guides me towards my truth on a daily basis. I can't imagine not having that connection to my knowing and to the universe. But as I've noted in my blog post, "What Is Intuition?" most people live with a lot of internal chatter and fears that cloud their intuitions. There's also a lot of superstition that gets mixed in with intuition. The big thing here is that intuition comes most clearly about something within the present moment. As I mentioned in the other blog post, there is never any fear or control around an intuition. It's more like a little spark of inspiration that just clicks.

The Difference Between Superstition and Intuition
Superstition typically has been taught to you and passed down from some outside source. It's stuff like the number 13 is unlucky, or you don't want a black cat to cross your path. Superstition is almost always fear-based. You're afraid that if you do such and such, then something bad will happen to you. Now go throw a bunch of salt over your shoulder and knock on wood.

I know a lot of people are into numerology and stuff like that, but for the purposes of this blog post, let's put that aside. When you have a strong sense of intuition, stepping back into numerology and other predictive practices makes sense. You can clearly see what's true for you. I think this is especially true with astrology. There are some people who are really in tune with astrology; their readings really kick ass. But even when they're really on it, it's still so important to find the truth in the reading for you. Not all parts of a reading or prediction will apply to you, especially for generalized readings for the masses that are on Web sites or in books. If you don't have a strong sense of intuition and knowing, these tools turn into superstition. You may stay at home because you got a bad reading about today and are afraid something uncomfortable will happen to you.


Practicing With Your Intuition
You probably already have practice with your intuition, but you may not have been calling it that. You may have figured out a problem on gut instinct or a hunch; that's intuition. Same thing, but different words. You may have had a feeling that your mother would call today; that's intuition. I use all those terms inter-changedly. I know a lot of people aren't necessarily comfortable with the term intuition. I think it's because it's often married to superstition and because the rational mind's claim to superiority is so pandemic in this culture. Nonetheless, you need to find your comfort zone with intuition. You can practice with it doing virtually anything, such as:
  • Your phone rings. Don't look at who's calling. See what your feeling is about who it is, then see if you're right.
  • You have two job offerings. See what your feeling is as to which to choose.
  • Take a deck of cards. Try to predict if the next card is black or red.
Above all, this is practice. Getting it wrong doesn't matter, and there are so many other ways you can use your intuition throughout the day.

Getting Comfortable with Uncomfortable Intuitions
I wrote a whole blog post about getting comfortable with uncomfortable intuitions, and I encourage you to click the link above. The central point is that some of our intuitions run up against our fears. This can make us feel very afraid or upset about something we know we need to do. Doing your spiritual work on the fear is essential to make it easier to hear your intuition, but sometimes, you simply need to do the difficult thing that is arising despite how scared you are by your intuition. The more you trust the intuition and face the fear, the more your intuitions are likely to come easily. Additionally, life tends to expand more rapidly any time you face fears. That's one of the central themes of the spiritual path.

Don't Think Too Much
Thinking is a very useful tool on the spiritual path, and it's one that I'll talk about in an upcoming blog post. However, thought really gets in the way of intuition. If you start rationalizing, you're not using your intuition. Intuitions come fast. The mind is slower, but it can come and block out the message. The intuition must be trusted, and especially as you build your spiritual foundation, you're going to start getting more and more messages. Practicing with little things helps you be prepared when bigger messages come through that require more action and potentially big life changes.

Intuition Is the Core
At the core of just about everything I write about is your intuition--your inner knowing. Your intuition will help you to find what's true and helpful to you in all my writing. Not everything I write will work for you. I understand this, and I hope you do too. But the mind has a way of picking and choosing things because of convenience, patterning, and fear of change. Your intuition will take you where you need to go and show you what you need to know. Because at the end of the day, the path to spiritual awakening runs straight through the center of you. I am just pointing to that doorway; your intuition will help you turn the knob and walk through.

Next blog: Expanding Your Imagination

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