What if you had intuition?
And, what if intuition could improve your health and well-being? How might your life be different if that were true?
Like many people, I used to think that intuition was reserved for “the gifted”, and produced insight into the future or situations in a mystical way. Does that resonate with your belief, too?
Though I had a gut feeling that was “true” at times, I always considered it to be a fluke, or a fleeting moment that may or may never happen again. I never used to think of myself as intuitive. Sound familiar?
And, I certainly never thought of it as a capacity I could develop, that could enhance my health and well-being.
But, then I learned I was…. uh….. wrong. Yep. W-R-O-N-G.
We ALL have the capacity for intuition.
That includes you and me. Yes, ALL of us. The capacity for intuition develops to a greater extent in some people than others, but we all have it.
When we perceive facts directly, independently from any reasoning, and outside the function of our other 5 senses, we are using intuition. Still sounds like a stretch, though, right?
Intuition is part of the mind-body network that you can learn to tap into, and develop. It is no different than your other senses and functions as a transmitter of mind-body messages that you can use to guide your choices and actions for a happier, healthier life.
Why is this important?
I have shared information with you in previous posts regarding the mind-body relationship, and how you can use that to your benefit. That relationship IS part of your innate intuition network, which I call your Inner Wisdom.
Your experiences, and the emotions relating to them, get encoded in not only your brain, but your tissues and organs as well. Your memory of those experiences is thus, not only “brain memory”, but “tissue memory”.
Because of that “memory”, those experiences can continue to influence your life, health, and reality. Not only do they influence your conscious mind, they communicate messages to you through “symptoms” of physical disorders and disease. The trick is in learning to LISTEN and respond differently, in order to create a new outcome, i.e. a new reality, for yourself.
NOTE: Please remember none of this is intended to substitute for necessary medical care.
So, how do you connect with your intuition?
You have to increase self-awareness, and learn to screen out the “interference”. It comes with practice.
Practices that support reaching a deep, quiet, relaxed state naturally support developing your capacity for intuition. These practices help you discern what really “matters”, and what is non-serving, distracting “chatter”.
When my messages, a.k.a. “symptoms”, grew loud enough that I couldn’t ignore them, I sought out craniosacral therapy. At the time, I had NO clue that there was anything for me to “hear”.
How does craniosacral therapy help?
By receiving craniosacral therapy regularly, I began to:
- relax in new, deeper ways;
- let go of the messages and patterns that were no longer serving me; and
- open to what I REALLY needed to know.
My system released all of the distracting, non-serving noise making that deeper, clearer listening easier.
As I began to listen, I learned to respond in a way that improved my health when nothing else did. My life grew richer when I didn’t know I even wanted that.
I had a greater connection to my life, and to the choices that were best for me. I experienced a deeper “knowing” that transcended reason and aligned with a Higher plan. And, through that knowing, I instinctively aligned with, and cultivated, the changes in my life that were an inherent part of this rewarding outcome.
What support is there for this concept?
One HUGE key in my process was the work of medical intuitive, neuropsychiatrist, and neuroscientist Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., PhD. Her book Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing (read an excerpt), helped me understand what was happening with me in ways nothing else had. It confirmed what my intuition was telling me, supporting me in taking my process to the next level. And, it fascinated the daylights out of me, too…..
The work of Carolyn Myss, Christine Page, Barbara Brennan, Anodea Judith, and many others also provided the support and confirmation I needed to understand, embrace, and follow my intuition.
My experience and training during my craniosacral therapy and transformational coaching certification processes deepened my capacity for intuition, too. This work developed my faith, trust, and relationship with that which is Higher than our Ego selves, which helped me increase my capacity to support not only my own, but the inherent healing journey of others.
How does Transformational Coaching help?
Transformational Coaching transcends the traditional goals and accountability coaching model. It helps you connect to what is in your heart, and to your own YOU-nique journey to being who you are truly designed to be. Transformational coaching helps you discover what is and is not working for you, filter out the “noise” and “distractions” to hear your TRUTH, so that you can make the best decisions, and take the best actions for YOU.
It adds the benefits of working in a systematic, yet organic way, that keeps you on track and accountable.
Bottom line, what does Intuition do for health and well-being?
Developing your capacity for intuition can reduce stress, and help you discern your best choices for YOU by listening to your Inner Wisdom, i.e. utilizing your mind-body network. That network IS a part of your design as a human being.
Your body responds to input received and processed in your nervous system. That includes input from all of your senses, including your gut, your intuition. And, processing that input, listening to it, can guide you to new awareness, perspectives, beliefs, and choices for more energy, joy, and peace.
All of my work with clients helps them learn to discover the pearls of wisdom, and listen to the messages, in their symptoms, pain and stress to create the energy, joy, and peace they seek.
Are you listening?
Here’s to Higher Knowing and “Gut Feelings”!
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So, ARE you listening? What does your gut tell you now?
Listen to Your Body
In my last post, I suggested that if you are having health issues, experiencing chronic pain, or are stressed, something is calling for your attention. We are going to dig a little deeper into how to “answer your call”: listen to your body.
Stress, pain, and health issues are a part of being human. Therefore, we will continue to experience them to some degree as long as we are living, breathing human beings.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to let them rule your life. They can be a rich opportunity to engage intentionally, proactively, co-creatively to in creating your reality, which may reduce and/or eliminate them depending upon their root causes. . And, if you can’t eliminate them, you can still approach them as an opportunity to learn, and grow. You can listen to your body, and your inner wisdom.
Richer Life Because of the Crisis? Survive, or THRIVE …..
Most of us know at least one story of someone who dealt with a crisis, or a life-limiting illness, and who’s life became richer as a result. They had a wake-up call. Their perspective changed. They saw themselves and their lives differently, and responded.
What if that was their fate to experience the crisis because they didn’t answer “their call” sooner? What if it serves some bigger purpose?What if answering that “call”, is in essence, looking at the bigger picture in a deeper way by following the guidance built within you toward health and wellness, and a greater way of Being?
What if you were to tune in, listen to your body deeply, and respond NOW, averting the crisis, and enriching your life sooner rather than later? Maybe you won’t avert it, but by tuning in you can at least weather the crisis with greater ease and peace.
Would you rather thrive now, or simply survive?
3 Steps to More Energy, Peace, and Joy
As humans, we can only change so much, so fast. And, we are all built certain ways that seem intended to always be. But what if you became the best version of yourself, with the least stress, and best health you can have?
Tune into your body and ask yourself:
- What do I notice in my body?
- How does my body feel?
- Where do I not feel well?
- Do I feel open, closed, tight, loose, heavy, light etc.?
- Do I feel balanced and equal from side to side?
Pay attention to the areas in which you are experiencing discomfort, dis-ease, or imbalance.
- What functions do they perform?
- How are they used?
- What common metaphors might be associated with their function?
Let’s look at the example I mentioned in another previous post, the common problem of a stiff or sore neck. Asking the questions above, you may answer the following ways:
- Your neck holds your head up.
- It turns your head so you can look around.
- It allows you to bow your head in grace.
- Your neck is a connection between your head and the rest of you, especially your heart (interesting factoid from embryology here: early on in development, your heart is “above” your brain, and they eventually switch; there remains a connection in the 3rd cervical spinal segment to your heart).
3. Look at the way you are currently meeting, experiencing, and/or living life, including the themes and the metaphors that apply.
- How would you describe the way you are meeting/experiencing/living life? Struggling? With grace and ease? In between? Avoiding it? Facing it head-on?
- What themes/issues are in your common stresses?
- What metaphors might describe your situation in 1 & 2 above?
- Having trouble keeping your head above water?
- Having trouble holding your head up high?
- Sticking your neck out?
- Feeling challenged to look at and know what is around you, or change your perspective?
- Always looking over your shoulder?
- Are your head and your heart fighting each other?
Listen to Your Body – Connect the Dots
With practice, you will begin to notice the relationships between what is going on in your life, and what is going on in your body. There are patterns between physical sensations, and issues, and what is going on in your life. Once you notice the patterns, you can make new choices for your life and health from an “informed” place of awareness to address your health, and your life.
Why is This Important?
Isn’t this a different perspective, which offers insight and real solutions? Doesn’t it make sense to go deeper and discover the causes of your stress and pain?
Yes, you may benefit from changing your pillow, or getting a new recliner, having a massage, or taking pain relievers. However, if you are still struggling with the same life issues, your neck is still taking the hit, and prone to succumbing because your body still instinctively works in the same way despite the symptomatic relief you are applying. Your body is programmed to survive, but not necessarily thrive.
You Can Intercept the Program…
When you are aware of what is happening within you, you can intercept the process and improve your quality of life.
Looking at what is going on inside your mind relative to what is going on in your life, and connecting that to what is going on in your body can give you clues to how you can adjust your perspective, thinking, beliefs, and approach. Those adjustments and course-corrections can bring different results. Then you are solving the problem with a “different mind than the one that created it”.
Change originates inside of you that way. This is an inside-out approach to wellness.
Listen to your body and your inner wisdom. What are they telling you? How can you look at things differently from a higher perspective? How can you respond, i.e. course-correct?
How can you adjust your thinking so that you are less stressed? You will feel better and be healthier for it.
Listen to your body and your inner wisdom. I have found with many clients just having the awareness of what they are really thinking, how that makes them feel, and the effect that has on their body opens the door for new ways of thinking, doing, and being. It happens organically. And, they are better for it.
If you would like help listening to your body and your inner wisdom to discover the roots of your stress and pain, so you can create more energy, joy, and peace for yourself, contact me today for a complimentary consultation.
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Something IS Calling You. Time to Answer Your Call?
If you are stressed, in pain, unhappy, feeling out of balance, etc., something is calling you, needing your attention. Answer your call….
Lack energy, tired all of the time, and/or not sleeping well? Something is calling you.
If you have health issues, whether headaches, sciatica, GERD, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., something is calling you.
If you repeatedly have thoughts such as “I’d really like to _____, but not now. Maybe someday. I don’t have the time, talent, skills, money anyway. It is just a pipedream. I don’t deserve it, couldn’t do it, and am too old.” Something is calling you.
If you want more from your life, but don’t know what, nor know where to start……… can you guess what? Something’s calling you.
Is something calling you? What is it?
Answer your call.
Answering the Call
If you know me or have been following me, you know that years ago I had my own challenges with physical symptoms that didn’t fit traditional diagnoses, and didn’t respond to conventional medical approaches. Though not yet debilitating, my symptoms weren’t improving, and disability seemed a very real possibility in my youthful future.
At one point, I consulted with a massage therapist. She asked if I had examined the emotional aspects of my life/situation. I told her, “I am happy. There is no issue there”. I didn’t make an appointment with her.
And, I was happy. In many ways. I loved my husband, my home, my family, my friends, my job, my life. I did. (I still do, but even more so now….)
But, in a seemingly small way, I was not satisfied. I was beginning to feel more uncomfortable with my work environment. I persevered. I was challenging myself to grow in many ways through being there, which I valued, made me who I am, and do not regret.
So, I focused on the job in a way that resonated with me – one of helping people. But I didn’t realize that none of this was really enough. Nor did I realize the huge importance of those whispers I was ignoring….
It Was Time for A Change. Time to Answer My Call.
My Soul was guiding me toward that change. It whispered the desire for something more meaningful in my life. I ignored the whispers, as if they were frivolous, and not to be taken seriously.
Those whispers grew louder to get my attention in the exact language I would hear and understand: physical discomforts that became concerning, and more limiting. I had to listen to them in order to not just feel better, but to BE better as well. I had to transcend symptomatic relief, and find true, lasting change if I wanted to break the cycle and be free, healthy, and at peace.
Dr. John Upledger has referred to this inner healing wisdom as “your inner physician”. His book, which I highly recommend, Your Inner Physician and You, was intriguing, enlightening, and pivotal in my understanding and use of these concepts. (Get it: International Alliance of Health Care Educators, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, Google Books). (Dr. Upledger developed the method of craniosacral therapy that I first studied, that turned around my health and my life, and which is my first go-to with my clients).
Once I listened to the shouts, addressed them, and got to the root causes, my health improved, my symptoms subsided, and my life improved beyond anything I dreamed. My relationship to myself, my life, and my health became clearer, and richer. I became response-able, and peaceful thru anything life throws my way.
I stopped limiting my self to chasing symptoms, and began resolving my challenges at the roots.
How Did I Do It?
I became more respons-Able.
Conventional approaches treat symptoms. They don’t get to the roots of my issues. I learned that I was the only one who could truly do that. I was the only one that had the inside information needed for that to happen.
I was the only one who could change what I was experiencing. I was responsible for my experience.
Others had knowledge, skills and expertise that supported me, yes. Others could perform tests, evaluations and assessments that helped me quantify my situation. Others provided craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, love, support, and guidance.
But, how I responded to my situation determined my experience and the direction of it. And, I was able to respond, wasn’t I? Therefore, I was respons-ABLE.
Change From The Inside Out
Ultimately, the changes needed had to come from within me. No one else on the outside could truly know what was best for me. I was the only one who knew what the voices in my head were saying. (Same voice that you have inside you that says, “What in the world does she mean here?” Or, “I know exactly what she means!”). I was the only one who knew exactly how I was feeling.
Only that Inner Wisdom built within me, keeping me safe and alive, healing my wounds, fighting off invasive microbes, replacing cells as they died off, maintaining my metabolism, keeping my heart beating, etc., could truly know what was best for me. Tapping into it, listening to it, supporting it in supporting me is what got me through. It guided my healing journey every step of the way, and was even more powerful once I learned to partner with it, instead of relying on others to walk that path for me with an outside-in point of view.
I became more respons-Able, which helped me improve and maintain balance in my life, giving me more energy, better health, increased connection and confidence in my decisions, and JOY. I was even happier because I came to understand that I had a Purpose, and I was being guided to live it. It was time not only to answer the call, but to live my Calling.
So How Can You Answer Your Call?
Be willing to do the work and make yourself a priority. If you have trouble with this, grab your copy of my fr*e checklist to Seamlessly Fit “YOU” Into Your Busy Schedule:Give yourself some quality attention and care – healthy food, adequate hydration, quality rest, and LOVE. Be the best version of YOU. Don’t you want to be your best for those you love?
Assess your needs. This isn’t intended to be a substitute for necessary medical or mental health treatment, and you should always seek such necessary treatment first. Some people may find that this approach complements such care, and streamlines it. In some cases this approach alone may suffice.
Answer Your Call. Tune In.
You can’t truly follow your guidance, get to the roots of your challenges, and create the joy, energy, and peace you desire without learning to tune into yourself. This is the first step.
Tune into your body and ask yourself:
- What do I notice in my body? How does my body feel? Where do I not feel well?
- Do I feel open, closed, tight, loose, heavy, light etc.?
- Do I feel balanced and equal from side to side?
This is a skill you can master. Having regular bodywork with a skilled practitioner helps you become even more aware of your body, and can give you a sense of it you won’t have without touch. The latter is still true for me after nearly 20 years of weekly bodywork – it is part of how we are built.
It is work, yes. In my experience, it is work I will trade for nothing because I know that no matter what happens, or doesn’t, my best interest is served. That brings me peace.
Find Your Peace
In my next post I will explore the next steps to… Answering Your Call. For now, practice tuning into your body and see what you notice. See how it feels throughout the day. See how it feels and what you notice when you are stressed, vs. when you aren’t. This is gold……. It is your Pearl……
It is my wish that you find the peace you seek, too.
And, if you need a little support finding your solutions from the inside out, contact me today for a free consultation to see how we can work together to help you answer your call.
Do you know you have one of the greatest gifts from nature within you? Did you know that gift is there to guide you on your journey to lasting change, great health, and well-being? It is waiting for you to listen, and follow it to the roots of what ails you.
Did you know that gift is the wisdom of your mind and body?
What do I mean about tuning in to the wisdom of your mind and body?
Without a doubt where I am in my life, my dominant thoughts, fears, feelings, issues, show themselves in my physical health and well-being. I know that my body won’t BE better until whatever is at the root of what ails me is uncovered and resolved. Therefore, I continually check in with myself to note how I am feeling and doing on all levels, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. I take the wisdom of those experts and personalize it with a good, deep, honest look at myself and my life.
When my body is out of sorts, of course I triage to “stop the bleeding”, and/or relieve the pain, if needed, before I take my journey to the next level. As I tell my clients, when you have a freight train parked on you, you don’t really care at that moment how or why you ended up there. You just want out from under it, right?
Wouldn’t it be better to stop the cycle?
If you don’t look at what got you where you are, and change your course, then how do you know you won’t end up there again? Wouldn’t you rather get to the roots of what ails you and stop it in its tracks? Perhaps there are pearls of wisdom within that are waiting to enrich your life……
Dig deep. Be Honest. Be willing to get at the roots of your problems why, when, and how you are ready so that you don’t repeat those unpleasant patterns. Don’t most great parents want that for their children? In other words, be healthy, live well. Stop living the patterns that hold you back. And, LISTEN to those whispers before they become shouts that hit you up side the head and sideline you. Or, derail you….. And, aren’t you the parent for your Inner Child, and all other parts of yourself now?
What is your body trying to tell you?
It pretty much boils down to looking at metaphors. May I illustrate?
Have you ever had pain or tension in your neck? If you are like most people, you have at some point, right?
Did you question what you “did” that may have caused, or at least contributed to it? Maybe you postulated that you slept on it wrong. Or perhaps you suspected your pillow was the culprit. Or, maybe you thought you worked on the computer for too long. Maybe you craned your neck to watch your favorite little performer on stage in the school play. And, yes, those may have played a part.
But did you ask what was going on in your life at the time? Did you question what your dominant thoughts and resulting feelings were? Did you consider that perhaps your pillow, sleep posture, computer use, or “spectatorship” were just the proverbial “straw”?
Let’s look at the naked truth of your anatomy.
Above your neck is your head, which is generally considered to be the area in which your intellect resides. It is the “thought center”, where the brains behind your operation reside. Right?
And, below your neck is your heart (among other things, but bear with me here). Can you relate to your heart as the more “feeling” center? A part of you that guides your decisions from a more love-based, passion-driven, feeling oriented place?
Do your head and your heart always agree when there is a decision to be made? Is your heart always in it? Does your head always yield to your heart’s desires? Or, is there a tug-of-war going on?
What might it be like to be your neck living in between the two? Is it caught in that debate? Isn’t your neck the proverbial rope?
And, what if you have been sticking your neck out for others, or struggling to hold your head up high? What takes the brunt of those “efforts”?
Doesn’t pondering those questions take you in a very different direction than simply changing out your bothersome pillow when you get to it – again and again?
Are you listening to the wisdom of your heart, now? Is your head objecting?
Many people tell me they hold their stress in their neck. Asking the deep, tough questions can reveal much. But, being TRULY willing to listen to, and honor the answers, is how you resolve those cycles in terms of how you deal with your life.
Bodywork that supports resolving the physical patterns at the root will help more directly with the physical effects of stress.
What does the wisdom of your mind and body say? What opportunities are there for you to approach your life differently so that you not just feel better, but are actually BEING better?
Are you ready to tune in to the wisdom of your mind and body?
Tuning in helps you get to the roots of what ails you to create lasting change. It is a first big step toward re-writing those programs in your mind that are holding you where you are. It also is a huge step toward releasing those patterns as they play out in your body. Furthermore, the wisdom of your mind and body IS within you – a gift from nature awaiting your attention.
There are various resources and experts on the mind-body connection, each with their own expertise. They may talk of chakras, energy medicine, your intuition, etc. I have drawn from several perspectives over the years myself. Carolyn Myss, Barbara Brennan, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, Dr. Christine Page, Anodea Judith, and Louise Hay to name a few.
It is a matter of deciding its important, learning to listen, heightening your awareness, and learning to decode all of the wisdom, signs, and signals along the way. It is a process, which works for me, and many others just like you.
Your inner wisdom, the wisdom of your mind and body, is aware of what lies in all aspects of your mind, even beyond your conscious awareness. It can help you to resolve those unresolved emotional issues, and create new patterns of believing, thinking, and BEING.
You have the POWER within you to create your life and health.
You have the wisdom of your mind and body guiding you in doing that. And, all you have to do is….. Listen.
If you’d like a refresher on the role your mind plays in your health, please refer to my earlier posts.
If you’d like to go beyond that to a more in-depth resource on the power within your mind, and the roles its various aspects play in running you, you may want to check out: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/conscious-subconscious-unconscious-mind-work.html
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