Waking up your intuition
Looking at the obvious
Many people have a desire to be more intuitive. Yet some people feel like they aren’t intuitive, while others think that intuition is only for “psychic” people, and still others think that it’s all made up and only the facts matter. I find that there are elements to these particular thoughts and belief systems in most all of us no matter how “intuitive” we are due to the culture and conditioning that we are constantly exposed too.
Let’s first get clear on what intuition is. Intuition is a deep listening and knowing of self. It isn’t about being psychic and “knowing the future”, but it is the capacity to be extremely present to yourself so that you have clarity on what is most alive and relevant in a particular moment. At the core of intuition is the capacity to hear yourself and a willingness to trust yourself no matter what. Intuition doesn’t rely on facts or concepts to know, but it doesn’t necessarily not include them either. I have found that often our capacity to really integrate and use our intuition is a blend of trusting ourselves along with confidence that is learned through experience and skill development from within our “factual or physical” world.
Our intuition is often so close to us, meaning so obviously in front of our face, that we frequently don’t see it. It seems paradoxical that this would be the case, yet when things are really close to us it is often hardest for us see to them clearly. We also have this misconception that intuition is mysterious and elusive, but really it is as common as the physical objects you see with your human eyes. The elusiveness or mysteriousness comes from distorted perspectives on the nature of intuition itself. Intuition is as intimate to you as your breath. You literally can’t be or live without it because it is by its very nature you. It is the knowing aspect of yourself that knows beyond what your intellectual brain has learned about who and what you are.
Learning to trust yourself
Opening your heart
So why does it sometimes feel hard to hear or know intuitively? Why do we often feel like we are guessing or having to “think” it out or rationalize things, rather than simply know? I have found that the primary reason we don’t feel like we know is because we 1) don’t trust ourselves and 2) we don’t actually really want to know yet because knowing would mean that we have to create a change in our life, or be or do something, which we are not fully ready for yet. So what do we do instead? We create this bubble of confusion inside of our heads by attempting to use our minds to figure it all out. However bad we want our minds to be able to figure it out, or to know, they never do. The mind is not equipped to know, its simply not organized or wired for that function, it is only a tool of producing thoughts. So when we put all of our focus here inside of our thoughts it puts us into this mental fog, torment and what we call stress and confusion.
So then if our minds are not equipped to know what aspect of ourselves is? That which knows is our heart/soul. You may have heard people say to “feel it with your heart” yet your mind tried to figure out what that meant rather than you being able to actually drop into your heart and feel. This is because we are so mind dominated in our conditioning and ways of being on this planet. We simply keep defaulting to the mind for everything and haven’t necessarily reinforced patterning and thus access to other aspects of ourselves. We all have a heart/soul. Feeling with our heart opens us into the intelligence of our soul. This is the intelligence that knows. This is where our intuition lives.
In order to readily access and reference our intuition more frequently we must find ways to open our heart and learn how to feel again. Due to life experiences many people have shut down access to their heart. Again this is why we tend to live in this state of perpetual confusion. We have or are living disconnected from a ginormous aspect of our being and so the highest aspect of ourselves that we tend to know is our mind and then we think this is where it all caps out, with what our minds can think and rationalize. Your mind is just one aspect of your beingness. There is more.
As people progress in Network care they begin to taste and fire up the circuitry that helps them reconnect to their heart/soul. They begin to experience themselves beyond their minds. The mind may still try to come in and make sense of it all, but the more you taste and know your soul the less the mind comes in to figure it out and the more you rest into trust of this larger aspect of yourself even though your mind can’t make sense of it. You experience live moving through you, energy moving through you, rather than you having to figure it out or do it with your mind. Ease and grace move you and with time you learn to simply allow your mind to be confused, while you live an epic soul-informed life.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado