How to Tune In for New Life Direction
Are you getting in the way of your own intuition? I’m hearing from a lot of clients who are understandably experiencing more stress and anxiety than usual. In the midst of this pandemic it’s all too easy to imagine the worst-case scenario. We get hyper-focused on all the bad, difficult or challenging things that could happen. Do you know that thinking this way may prevent your intuition from providing helpful guidance?
Your inner wisdom is here to guide you to greater success, happiness and purpose. I'm going to share some techniques that I use when I need to jumpstart my intuition and get moving in a more positive direction.
The next time you’re experiencing any degree of stress, anxiety or depression, begin to shift the conversation in your head towards what you want, not what you don’t want. There are many ways to do this.
The Fairy Godmother Technique
If you had a fairy Godmother who could wave a magic wand over you and grant your wish, what would it be? This may sound silly (and it is) but it may also allow your imagination to take hold long enough to think of a different scenario. If the Godmother idea is too weird for you, imagine you won the lottery. What would the answer be then?
What’s the Opposite?
As stated above, we often get focused on what we DON’T want. I suggest you get a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of the page. In the left side column write all the things that are bugging you. When you’re finished with that task, ask yourself what’s the opposite? You’ll add these to the column on the right. So, “I never have time for myself” becomes, “I’m experiencing more flexibility and ease in my life.” Another example? “I hate my job” becomes “I want a job where I have more creativity (abundance, fun, respect…)” You get the idea.
What Are You Yearning For?
This is another one of my favorite questions to ask myself. Sometimes trying to answer the question, “What do I want?” leaves me stuck. I can’t think of anything or I get mired in trying to figure out how I’m going to accomplish it. Asking yourself, "What am I yearning for?" may bring up something intangible. That’s perfect! When I’ve asked clients this question, the answers often pour forth with words such as ease, adventure, flexibility, abundance, connection, love, community and creativity. Those are all great answers.
Where Does Intuition Come In?
Intuition is your “Inner GPS.” When you’re clear about your goals, intentions, or yearnings, your inner wisdom will begin to guide you in the right direction towards those ideas. It communicates through feelings, an inner voice, “aha” moments, dreams, physical sensations (such as gut feelings) and synchronicities.
Here’s another technique to try:
Write a paragraph or so about what you want. I like to write it in the present tense as if I already have this goal or desire. Don't try to figure out how you're going to get it. That’s for your intuition to work out.
Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Now bring to mind the outcome that you want. Spend a few moments visualizing this perfect outcome. What feeling would you be experiencing if you got what you want? As you visualize this image, feel those emotions. Add some words to your imagery. Use whatever works for you. "This is great." "I feel terrific!" Imagine your friends and family celebrating with you. Do whatever you can to make this image real and vivid.
When you feel ready, ask your intuition, "What could I do today that would move me in the right direction?" Await a response.
Open your eyes when you feel ready.
Jot down any ideas, thoughts and impressions you may have had. Keep it brief.
Don't take action simply on what you think makes sense. Act only on impulses that feel like fun, make you excited, or seem enjoyable to you. That’s your intuition speaking!
You may receive information later in the day. Inner guidance loves to arrive when you least expect it…when you’re blow-drying your hair, taking a shower, walking the dog or doing the dishes!
As you go about your day, notice any ideas that seem to simply pop into your head. Pay attention to these, especially if they give you a sense of relief or peace. Jot them down so you can act on them later.
Also notice if you’re given the answer or next step in some other way. You may overhear a conversation, get drawn to an article or book, or have a website pop up that gives you some needed insight.
Your inner wisdom wants you to be happy. It’s always trying to bring you back into a life of peace, joy and purpose. It’s there as an inner guide to restore balance and bring you back home. Develop it. Listen to it. All of what you want in life also wants you.