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Trust Your Inner Guidance

Nothing your body tells you is inherently wrong or bad. It is merely a sign or a signal of needing attention. Your body is a progress and development laboratory. It is a complex intelligence system, a laboratory that generates signs, alerts, and signals of awareness. It intelligently responds to your environment. You are your own forensic system. Pain, weakness and fatigue are like indicator lights on the dashboard of your car or error messages on your computer. Excitement, ease and energy are confirmations of a full gas tank, adequate levels of essential lubricants and the green light of well maintained automatic systems.

Your body contains your own IGS – Internal Guidance System. Your IGS guides you in life, in business, and in relationships. The art of living is learning to hear, to notice the cues from your IGS and to respond to them. Call it gut. Instinct. Intuition. Knowing. There are different levels serving your safety and your successful realization.

Self-criticism is a sign that your system is experiencing contradiction, disharmony or some form of being out of balance. Too much of something, or too little. Too high or too low. Your IGS is always calibrating and recalibrating. Your external response and conversation is a calibration in process. You sense, attune and calibrate your action. It’s about energetic signals, about what’s optimal. You calibrate the context of what you know, of where you have been, what you have done, who you have been with and where you are going.

Do not be harsh on yourself for experiencing fatigue or anything else. Do not surrender to guilt. Do not give in to shame. Do not diminish your self-esteem. They shut down your internal guidance system. Blunt your inner sensors. Distance you from truth. Always begin by noticing and acknowledging the registration. Do not personalize it. You are not your body. Your body is your learning and discovery laboratory. It is not who you are.

Never begin with the assumption that your body is at fault. In most situations it is not. It is a smart system. You are a compound set of intelligences. On a treasure hunt. To find what you are here to do. How to do it well. What is optimal. You listen. Calibrate. Pause. Learn to trust your inner guidance. And then you move forward. You take action.

© Aviv Shahar

“Are You Afraid Of The Work You Were Put Here To Do?”

Author Elizabeth Gilbert delivered a great TED talk, to challenge conventional paradigms about the nature of creativity.

Here are a few questions to reflect on as you watch this:
1. Are you afraid of the work you were put here to do?
2. Do you have to suffer to find creativity?
3. What are the conditions you need and practices you use to enter the creative space?
4. Where does creativity come from?
5. Is creativity a property locked up inside you that your work “melts” into expression? Is it a collaborative communion with invisible, unseen intelligence and power?
6. Are you the center of your work or is “the work you were put here to do” at the center of your life?

© Aviv Shahar

Intuition – How To Develop It?

Josh asked how to develop intuition, how to refine the ‘intuitive voice’ and how to maintain the internal intuitive conversation.
These are great questions.  At the bottom of this post I’ll make the first suggestion. Let’s first say this – the ideal setting is to work into these questions live, in an intuition workshop retreat. We can then go beyond what can be done here on a blog; here are some of the things we would cover in an Intuition Retreat:

1. What is instinct (gut feeling) and what is intuition?
2. What are the different levels of intuition?
3. What is the range of the intuitive faculties?
4. Intuition about places, people and situations.
5. The law of resonance and intuition.
6. What are the ways in which your body’s intelligence communicate?
7. What is intelligence? What are your multiple intelligences?
8. How do you learn to listen and develop a dialogue with these intelligences?
9. Can you attract intelligence from outside of you? If yes, how?
10. How do you turn on your inner “Doppler radar”?
11. The brain, the mind and the power of the mind.
12. Practicals to switch on the intuitive faculties.
13. Practicals to follow the intuitive voice.
14. Creating a plan to develop your IGS (Internal Guidance System).

Here is a starter point until we get to the workshop: Intuition is a natural part of your system. We are all born with it but in the process of becoming an adult, we often sacrifice the small inner voice to the much louder and more demanding pressures of our family, our jobs, our education and social acceptance. In effect, we learn to close off to what is coming from the inside.  As an adult, most of us are trained to pay more attention to the approval of others than to the approval of our own instincts, and in fact, we are often taught to disregard or discount our instincts or inner voice.

Therefore, the journey to rediscover your instinct and intuitive voice is to first unlearn the cultural conditioning that you and others have put upon yourself. This is the conditioning which discredits and dis-empowers your intuitive faculties.

To begin, you need to set aside time to pay attention, to tune in, to listen to what you feel. Actively practice awareness toward sensing more clearly what energizes you, what makes you tired and fatigued, what attracts or repels you, when you feel relaxed and when you feel uneasy. You will start to notice that different parts of you react differently – your brain, your emotions, your instinct, each have their distinct voice. Practice paying attention to these things.

In the next post in this series I will offer a few more steps you can make towards engaging your intuition.

© Aviv Shahar

Listen To Your Instinct

Sometimes you get up in the morning and something in you knows that there was a shift – that the season has changed. Still, you put on your shorts and head out for the day. Your body feels the chill but you are full of your projections and plans and too preoccupied to notice and hear the cues coming from inside.

The same happens in business, in the market and in relationships. The first shift is subtle. Something in you knows but you are not prepared to fully listen, to give it credence and to act on it.

Listen to your instinct, to what your body and intuition tell you. They are the part of you that knows when things are shifting, both internally and externally.
© Aviv Shahar

The Discovery Journey of K: Episode 4 – Intuition Killers

(The Discovery Journey is dedicated to the young people of the world. To read previous episodes in The Discovery Journey of K visit here).

“Why am I often still deaf to the voice of intuition and guidance?” K asked herself one quiet Saturday morning. She had been on her journey for awhile now and had made a few important discoveries. She felt she was progressing and was getting a much better sense of herself and her strengths. It was a joy to find pathways into her creative zone. Still, K seemed to have setbacks she did not understand. They were days when everything seemed to go haywire and out of control. These were followed by days of confusion and sadness. She began to recognize that there were times when she felt specially enhanced states of well being, peace and creativity and yet she was not able to sustain these experiences as a permanent feature or even create them at will. These moments of greater awareness and serenity came and went and were not completely in her control. She felt she was being pulled in opposite directions. Part of her wanted to retreat away from people to relax, read, meditate and make her journal entries. But another more gregarious side of her loved to be out there with people socially and even at work, where she could excel through her creative and artistic talents and contributions.

Thinking these thoughts, K wrote: “I have to allow these two parts of me to live happily together in the same zip code, in the same home inside me. They are both a part of who I am. I have to nourish both. If I nourish only one part the other side gets grumpy and upset. The art of living is to know when to attend to the one and when to be with the other. Understanding this and practicing listening to guidance and intuition will help me.” K stopped and thought for a moment. She loved to create lists and frameworks so she began to list the intuition killers, things she recognized as distancing her from being able to listen in to guidance. K wrote –

“Intuition killers:

  1. Getting too over crowded
  2. Needing to please
  3. Inferiority reflex
  4. Obsessive perfectionism
  5. Low self-esteem
  6. Guilt and shame
  7. Addictive behaviors
  8. Bitterness and resentment
  9. Being rushed
  10. Group pressure”

“When I am distant from myself, I can’t hear the voice of my intuition. My intuition is quick but it cannot find me in these circumstances because there is no one home. Let me begin the practice of being present, living here and now, in the moment and in guidance.”

© Aviv Shahar

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