I've noticed this thought of late as my intuition expands. When passing Reiki or during a reading my mind is no longer grasping at information, and instead just relaxed, like an open hand receiving. I never really struggled but the information seems to just flow lately.
"You may find yourself surprised by the wisdom of what comes through. When you are speaking, you will be overshadowed by the presence of the higher vibration. Do not look for hidden, disguised, obscure, vague, or cryptic messages. You are not searching for buried information. Channel what you may see as obvious, as sometimes the obvious is the most important thing to say. While you are in the space of a higher being, truth will be obvious and often simple."
Opening to Channel ~ Orin through Sanaya
So I thought it would be helpful to open a discussion about intuition. FYI I removed the previous commenting system as I think that it was preventing some readers from adding their voice. *Poof* it is gone.
For new folks on the path I sometimes think that the intuition is sometimes confused with internal chatter. I clearly remember being very psychic as a child, and I remember later as a young adult not being so clear about which voice within me was speaking. Was it my inner voice chattering a long, or was the information received from a deeper and more sensitive source?
In healing with energy (Reiki, Light Work, and working with divine beings) the question has been often asked, "How do I know it's the Reiki and not my energy?"
How do we know we are hearing our intuition?
I've been working on a book (you're excited) containing some of the methods I know and use. I know that there is a great a lot of information available to us all in print and online but --and not to get sidetracked here-- I think I'm just dissatisfied with the amount of information that is available about "energy work."
This relates directly to intuition because the two are hands of the same being, sensing and sending.
Back to the question about healing, I instruct my students to follow the flow of the energy. I was taught, originally, that Reiki has it's own an intelligence, a living wisdom that follows a "water flows downhill" theory; meaning that the energy goes into the places it is needed. Ki is flowing over excesses of energy and filling empty pockets where the life energy is depleted.
Holding your hands during a Reiki session and then feeling where the energy is flowing next is a great practice for intuition.
This inner sense we call intuition awakens with feeling not thinking. Having a practice of some sort that turns your thinking mind away into a form of practice (1-2-3-4, do this, than this, than that creating a rhythm of motion, occupying the monkey mind) allows the awareness to the intuitive being to fully open.
It is the awareness beneath the thinking mind that needs to be reached. When you realize this, there is little confusion about what thought is which because all thinking thoughts are recognized for what they are, and the wisdom of inner sense is awakened.
Having a path, and a method, learning the sequence and practicing it over an over again puts the mind in the movement of the system, repetition unlocks the sensory being within us.
There are other ways of knowing and understanding our inner sense.
My mother's friend Lorelei accessed her intuition in randomness. Lorelei would get deep (she was a Scorpio for crying out loud, you KNOW they get down in the deep of being) and then turn on the radio, television, or open this big dictionary that she had at her house. Sometimes all the above! Out of the random songs, words, and the television, or even looking out her window she would come to a realization. Today was a perfect example of this finding a message in the randomness of life.
I woke this morning and my podcasts had updated. I've hogged all sorts of ear-time to get the most out of my commute to school, clients, and around LA. The Radio is... let's be honest, horribly annoying. I don't want to hear 7 minutes of commercials between every two songs while I'm sitting on the 101 tapping my fingers wondering why someone ahead of me is driving 45 mph. Oh I know why, they are usually on Facebook or texting. Anyway, I need my podcasts, they create the Zen moment in driving.
Today as I updated I was happy to find a new interview/talk on Sounds True, one of my favorite podcasts! The discussion called, The Power of Slow, is available for listening online or download. I linked at the end of the blog entry today.
It's great because I spent yesterday getting ready for Monday, my busiest day, and woke early today to take my time. I thought, how appropriate. I casually strolled to my car, kept my eye on the time, drank my coffee and drove to NHI.
In class I sit down next to Dorian, my new classmate and she is talking to my friend Marie about traffic. Dorian says something about going slow, and how busy her life is. I pip in and mention the podcast. Teacher Marianna calls circle and we lay head to candle to meditate. When we come out of meditation there then is our "story time." Today Marianna read us...
The story of the butterfly
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.
I looked at my classmate and we laughed. Waking up thought + podcast + comment by classmate + unexpected story brings me to the intuitive intersection of "slow down."
Sometimes this is how intuition works! A series of random queues that don't logically connect but thread together to form an arrow, a direction, or clue to something we should be paying attention to.
Insights into consciousness. When looking for our intuition we can be lost, when we feel it we are finding the true pulse of knowing. It's not the thoughts, it is the being receiving the impressions and the mind gurgles them up, and the brain comes in as an empty cup, a blank slate to be drawn on in chalk clear in meaning.
The writing on the chalk board is erased then and the board is clear to be written up on again. We are clear and receiving, then letting go, erasing, to receive the next message.
How does your intuition manifest? What are your methods or training in accessing your inner wisdom?
Here now is the podcast from Sounds True...
The Power of Slow Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tami Simon speaks with Carl Honoré, an award-winning journalist, author, and pioneer of the “slow revolution.” He is the author of Under Pressure and the international bestseller In Praise of Slowness, and with Sounds True he has created the audio program The Power of Slow: Finding Balance and Fulfillment Beyond the Cult of Speed. In this episode, Tami speaks with Carl about our cultural addiction to speed and the myth that it actually helps us be productive. He talks about the steps we can take to change our relationship with technology, the virtues of slow thinking at home and at work, and how we can incorporate slow rituals into our lives such as yoga, meditation, and even slow-cooking. (55 minutes)
Listen here, or download on iTunes.
I hope to hear from you.
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