I talk to a lot of people in my work. Often times a client will start our conversation by saying, “This may sound crazy, but….
I can feel other people’s emotions
I am having weird dreams where I space travel
I see beings in my meditations
I know what other people are going to say before they say it
or, or, or.”
Understanding the difference between your intuition and a regular old thought is HUGE. It will save you angst, time, and misdirected action.
Here are a few clues to help you know the difference.
-feels like a fresh idea -similar to your own thoughts
-has depth and energy behind it -feels flat like cardboard
-drops into your awareness -comes from your mind
-comes at unexpected times -comes while wrestling problem
-accompanied by a sensation in heart or gut -feels like it comes from head
-feels clear but without emotion -weighted with emotion
-doesn’t feel like it comes from your analytical mind -arises directly from logical brain
If you are contemplating a next move or deliberating a problem and would like some one-on-one help discerning between your intuition and your analytical brain,
In my practice I work with people who are often trying to get to the heart of the matter. They want to know how to have a successful marriage, how to change careers mid-life, how to raise happy kids or how to integrate spirituality into their lives.
My clients are trying to understand themselves and their lives at a deeper level. They don’t want to live life on the surface skating by. They want to explore all the best ways to fully integrate a life with meaning.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown our your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” —Commencement address, Stanford University, June 12, 2005
Preach it Steve Jobs!
All of us experience Aha moments from time to time. An Aha Moment is that feeling of epiphany when a new idea, thought or solution pops into your awareness. It is accompanied by a sense of clarity and knowing that stops you in your tracks. The Aha Moment is an insight that didn’t come from your logical analytical brain. It doesn’t feel like a regular old thought. It has a different flavor.
Have you noticed that Aha Moments do not come when you are in problem-solving mode?
I am noticing that when I feel anxiety it is because I have stepped out of the present now. It can be something as simple as wanting to take a shower and worried that the delivery man will come while I am bathing. That snippet of worry creates an anxious feeling in my chest that is uncomfortable and unsettling. It only takes a small future worry for me to slip from my peaceful state of being.