Waking up your intuition

Waking up your intuition 

Looking at the obvious

woman meditate closeup of handMany 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

Follow your heartSo 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

Imagination

Imagination 

The energy of creation

Dreaming about new house. Thoughtful young woman looking at the sketch on the wall while sitting on the floorCreating the clearest map that you can in your mind is a fundamental key to bringing the un-manifest into the manifest, or said another way, bridging the gap between concept/idea and physical reality.  Often times we get frustrated because life doesn’t look like we desire it to or we feel that something is missing from it, yet we aren’t really clear on what we even want it to look like, we simply know that what it currently is isn’t it.  

If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of your life, of what you want to create or bring forth, you will most likely feel directionless, lost, listless, and have low energy.  Its like you are trying to move forward through life, but without vision, purpose or the “map” of where you are going, which imagination helps to create.  You’re trying to move your proverbial car, but you don’t have the fuel, so moving forward feels empty, mundane or simply “not worth it”.  

Using your imagination (or using your mind to create rather than just simply think thoughts) can sometimes seem trivial.  You may have the belief that imagination is “make believe”, just for kids or a fun thing to think about, but what you don’t realize is that imagination is the first step in creation.  Everything that is/has been created in this so called physical reality has at some point been imagined in someone’s mind.  Imagination is the birth place of creation.  

When we start to allow ourselves to use our imagination to imagine what we desire and want, we often discover that we don’t actually know what we want, or if we do know, we think what we want is not possible, not achievable, or not realistic or practical.  This is where the energy of creation dies, our lower thinking mind dominates and we settle into the mundane feeling state of low energy and directionlessness.  

 

Seeing yourself as a creator 

Imagination is the tool of the creator

glass ball in hands with abstract backgroundOur minds obviously think thoughts.  In addition to simply thinking thoughts our minds also create ideas.  People call this innovation, being a wayseer, a visionary, an entrepreneur or a leader.  Essentially it is being a creator, it is our creator self.  We all have this capacity available to us, but we don’t all use it consciously.  

The mind or “mental intelligence” can be broken into two broad distinctions.  The first is our lower mind and the second is our upper mind (also known as lower mental intelligence and upper mental intelligence).  We all have access to these different aspects of our mind, however some people tend to have more energy or strength in one aspect as opposed to the other.  The lower mind is called the “thinker” and its function is to think thoughts, see the details, and follow and carry out the rules set in place.  The upper mind is called the “optimizer” and its function is to create maps, see the bigger picture and re-create the stories and rules for something that works better then what is currently in place.

In general I would say people hang out in their lower mental or thinking minds more than the creating aspect of their minds.  Some people may feel arrogant in seeing themselves as a creator, others may think they aren’t skilled in it, some may not feel that powerful or feel uncomfortable with that degree of power, while others simply haven’t tapped into this aspect of themselves as they have been following the rules of society or of others for most of their life.  

These intelligences are on a developmental spectrum.  Lower mind developing prior to upper mind.  However if a particular aspect wasn’t reinforced or there was not enough energy in the system at the time of development, it remains undeveloped or under-resourced.  In order to bring energy into the upper mind so that we can more easily access our creator self we must begin to imagine what we want to create with as much specificity and detail that we can (using the lower mind here as well as you need both).  This starts to activate or wake up that intelligence more in our system.  

If we can imagine it, it can be brought into being and form no matter how crazy it seems to our current level of understanding and beliefs of impossibility.  Imagination starts with the vision and clear detail of something, it then moves into a feeling state in our awareness and then into physical reality through our continued focus, commitment,  attention to it and our becoming of it.  This is the path for bringing the formless into form.  

Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado

Slowing down

Slowing down 

Gaining awareness of self

slowing downWe live in a fast paced world and even more than that our minds are going at a million miles a minute.  Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.  Among spiritually focused people there is often a desire to gain greater awareness of self and most think that the more they think about something the clearer they will understand and get themselves.  

We may not even be aware of how much we are thinking about stuff.  In fact when people say that they need to “integrate” something they’ve learned typically they mean that they need to think about it more.  Integration however is not thinking more about what we already know, but instead living what we’ve learned.  

The first step in slowing down is detaching from your thoughts.  As you do this you may realize just how addicted to thinking you are.  Going from one thought to the next thought without space or silence leaves no room for new awareness.  What it does is perpetuates what you already know and regurgitates it over and over.  It may feel to your mind that you are “getting somewhere”, but in the end you are left with that unresolved, unclear feeling that you can’t quite put it all together or see what’s really going on.  

Contradictory to what our minds will want to habitually do we must learn to slow down and even stop our minds frequently throughout our day in order to gain greater awareness of ourselves, our patterns, our triggers, etc.  Without that it will be challenging for us to see ourselves and thus to create changes that we desire.    

Increasing our capacity to feel 

The pace of the emotional body

feelingIn addition to creating the space for greater awareness, slowing down will also allow us to feel more than think.  Many people have a desire to be more intuitive or in touch with the natural rhythms of life.  The emotional-feeling body has a much slower pace than the mental body (mind/thoughts), and the physical body an even slower pace.  In order to bridge the gap between our mind and our body (aka our lived experience) we need to slow down and begin to feel again.  

Often times we don’t even know what we are actually feeling because we are so consumed with our thoughts.  We may even be thinking our feelings.  By this I mean creating stories around our feelings and about what they mean.  We may convince ourselves that this is feeling, but really we are just looping the same story over and over.  We might even cry or feel rage or upset, however if it feels “familiar” and not deeply vulnerable its most likely a reaction to a story you are telling yourself and not authentic feeling.  

Being consumed with thoughts puts us out of touch with what is real and into a kind of self created fantasy world.   For some it is a pleasant fantasy world but not grounded here, and for others it is a painful fantasy world that they can’t seem to escape.  

When we hang out in our thoughts things and people seem like separate objects to us.  We lose the sense of the interconnectedness of everything.  The mind is great at thinking, it’s a master of thinking, but it cannot feel or know.  Those abilities come from different aspects of ourselves, namely our emotions and our soul body.  These bodies are often less familiar to us because we spend so much time thinking.  That however does not make them any less real or valid.

The number one key to gaining greater awareness of self, feeling, becoming more in tune with life and living interconnectedness is slowing down your mind.  Allowing space.  Detaching from the addictive tendency to think another thought that you think will somehow give you a magical solution or answer to something.  Magical living arising spontaneously when something beyond the mind is allowed to enter your awareness.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado