Find Your Intuition, Feed Your Soul
Intuition is a gift that all of us receive at birth, like an inner capacity. We can choose to ignore it or listen to it, to neglect it or to feed it.
Whatever you give attention to grows and increases, as does our intuition. The world we live in now loves to dissect knowledge, find the real and objective cause to everything, rationalising our thinking process so what we proclaim can be proven. There isn’t much space for us to explore our intuition, to allow ourselves to accept an idea or an experience as being ‘real’ if it can’t be rationally explained, if we can’t make a ‘10-step plan that will lead us to the top with little risk‘.
There isn’t much room for just trusting our guts, that feeling of knowing for some reason, that something (or someone!) is right. But even if we wanted to tap into our intuition, where would we start? And how can we recognise our intuition our over active mind?
The Oxford dictionary says that intuition is “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning”. According to that source, intuition is then an ability or a strength in other words. I personally see it this way: like with everything else in life, you can learn to develop and understand your intuition, everyone has that ability. It’s like learning to read, write and do our maths; we all have the ability to do it as long as we consistently practise. I am useless with numbers, but getting pretty good at listening to my intuition, only because it’s a strong interest of mine – maths is definitely not. I might have a more natural ability to listen to my intuition than to understand maths and physics but if I spend every single day studying maths and physics, I’m pretty sure I would progress, even if it’s pretty slowly! Remember, what you give attention to grows…
Our intuition knows what our inner self truly wants. That ‘instinctive inner knowledge’ is there to wake us up, so we don’t end up as frustrated adults living a life that’s everything but deeply fulfilling.
Then the dictionary says “without the need for conscious reasoning”. To me that says it all. There is no need for reason because our intuition knows what’s right for us. Our intuition knows what our inner self truly wants. That ‘instinctive inner knowledge’ is there to wake us up, so we don’t end up as frustrated adults living a life that’s everything but deeply fulfilling.
But wait a minute, is it even necessary to listen to our intuition? Can’t our rational mind take the best decisions to guide us in life? The mind has many functions, one of them is to allow us to decide the best of two options, to rationalise the possibilities according to our preferences, goals, fears and doubts. The mind is crowded with memories of past experiences that still affect us greatly in our daily lives. “Remember that time when I fell trying to do a handstand in front of the whole class? I was so hurt and humiliated… that’s not for me, I’m not going to do that anymore and, anyway, why do I actually need to be able to do a handstand in the first place?”
What if instead we learned to control our mind, just a little bit, so we would have more chances to allow new, creative, beautiful feelings and ideas to flow in?
The mind remembers the fall and humiliation, the fear builds up… we rationalise the process deciding that it’s actually not necessary to be able to do a handstand (which is pretty right actually;-) But take that into other experiences, multiply by the hundreds and hundreds of experiences, build the intensity around that process to up to 100%: you’ll end up being guided by your memories, fears and rational mind. You will avoid doing many things even though you have that little buzz in your belly and little voice in your mind saying ‘I wish I had the guts to give that a try‘. Where is the fun in that, where is the creativity, the ultimate freedom that comes from being totally open to whatever comes? Where do our dreams go then? How do we fulfil ourselves in the long term?
Our intuition (our soul) is trapped between the body and its instincts (flight or fight mode) and our mind (our intelligence).
Our dreams slowly begin to fade away, into that dark corner of our mind, locked up in a box with big letters written on it: “danger, do not open, silly ideas”. There we are, by not listening to our intuition, for multiple ‘objective reasons’. What if instead we learned to control our mind, just a little bit, so we would have more chances to allow new, creative, beautiful feelings and ideas to flow in? Intuition comes from a source that’s more profound than our mind, even though its messages are received and interpreted by the subconscious mind and translated by the conscious mind. We can then consider that our intuition is a function of the soul’s consciousness. Our intuition (our soul) is trapped between the body and its instincts (flight or fight mode) and our mind (our intelligence). There is nothing wrong with our body and mind really, it’s just that they take too much space. It would be nice if they could back off a little to share the space with our intuition and soul so they can all work together as a team and not as ‘who’s the boss?’.
How lovely would that be, to have a fine balance between what our gut feelings say, what our intelligence adds to that and what our tamed mind enlightens so we can become wiser, making decisions that are right for us, that allow us to dream, create and soar into the infinite possibilities that this very life offers.
I want that… I want to be able to understand that little voice that comes from within and says “Cendrine, don’t play small, dream bigger, there is so much awaiting for you out there in the world. Drop the whys and hows, the fears and the doubts and just go for it!”. I have started to tap into that for a little while now. I meditate, as much as possible, I practice yoga, I surround myself with inspiring people and I create space in my life so I can listen, as much as possible, to my own intuition… I do it more and more and I can see what it does for me: it brings more joy and happiness in my life. It also brings doubts, fears and sometimes chaos… but I am still learning to recognise that it’s not because of my intuition that I feel chaos or dramas in my life, it is because of the deep knowledge that my intuition is so right that the rest of me has to somehow transform, adapt and grow.
I want to inspire and be inspired, I want to look back in 50 years and have no regrets. I want to listen even if it scares me.
My intuition is just there to help my soul soar, the rest are merely turbulent winds trying to move through the calmness of the souls-lake. Sometimes, as one (body, mind and soul) I can work with everything that I have to become a brighter version of myself. I want to inspire and be inspired, I want to look back in 50 years and have no regrets. I want to listen even if it scares me. The fear will eventually leave me, not the inner voice, it’s will forever stay deep within me. I decide who stays and who goes! I want to help others tap into that ability; because being able to listen to your intution will bring you endless rewards, the biggest being to find freedom in your heart so you too, will have no regrets. My intuition guides me through difficult times, it is my best friend.
What about you? How is your intuition? Do you know where it comes from, how it manifests? Can you tell the difference between your gut feelings and the chit-chat in your mind? Are you able to fully embrace your intuition so it can guide you through life, feeling free and happy?
If you’d like to learn more about techniques that will allow you to tap into your intuition while having a great time in a beautiful studio, come and join me for Novembers workshop at Beginner Yogi!
We’ll work on discovering the different types of intuition, by meditating to calm the mind an open our intuitive centres and we’ll relax through a guided visualisation that will lead you into your Inner Temple, where you’ll have all the time and space necessary to discover what your intuition wants to tell you.
Cendrine is a holistic practitioner that thrives on helping people feel better in their body, mind and soul by feeling empowered. Mother of two daughters, happily married and keen gardner, she loves the outdoors nearly as much as books.
She is an experienced massage therapist and has been running her own business Sublimity for the past 5 years, the last 2 years being in Wellington. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher. She has qualified with Power Living Australia and teaches in different studios around town as well as private classes in her business.
As a spiritual consultant, Cendrine uses her own gifts and experience to help people find more freedom and ease in their daily life. Her warm and friendly personality invites people to feel totally relaxed and in professional hands. She is very grounded and dedicated to others, being always opened to new ideas and initiatives. Cendrine likes to organise and take part in different events that focus on the empowerment of human beings on all levels.
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