I recently had a conversation with a young woman, a nurse by profession, who contacted me after reading one of my articles on Wake Up World. She wanted to learn more about how my work could help her release her deep pain from childhood in order that she could step more fully into her own sacred purpose – helping others heal. Throughout the course of our conversation I asked her, “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how intuitive do you feel you are?” She replied, “Zero really. I don’t really feel I am intuitive at all”.
It was so incredibly interesting to see this exchange play out, not least because almost all of my articles speak to the fact that we are intuitive by nature and explore the far-reaching, lifestyle-improving benefits of developing self-awareness and intuitive skills. But there was something in that article that clearly struck a chord with her, and resonated so deeply that she instinctively reached out to connect with me right away.
So… There she was, following her intuition, but she couldn’t actually see it herself! This highlighted for me a curious notion I observe a lot in my work – that many people have a difficult time putting their finger on exactly what their intuition is.
What does your intuition sound like? Do you tend to ‘hear’ it rather than ‘feel’ it, or ‘see’ it?
Do you put trust in your intuition? Or do you sense your inner knowing to be like Pandora’s box? Have you been resisting opening it because, somehow, you just know that your life will be forever changed once you do?
While the ways in which our intuition speaks to us can be quite individual and unique, what is common to all of us is that it is an innate life-ward trait that has underpinned our survival as a species throughout the history of mankind. In the early hunter-gatherer days we relied on our intuitive skills to find food, shelter, a mate, and to keep our loved ones safe. As civilisations have evolved over thousands of years however, our emphasis has moved on from mere physical survival. For many of us, as part of modern society, our most fundamental human needs are largely taken care of, thereby freeing us up to consider and fulfill our ‘higher’ mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
The Vibration of Love
In 1954 Albert Einstein said:
A human being is part of the whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.
He alluded to the fact that the universe is made up of energy and that we exist as individualisations of the universal pool of consciousness. Obviously, some of that consciousness is what we might consider reflections of ‘darker’ vibrations or thought forms which can be destructive and fear-based. According to the Einstein school of thought however, the vibration of love is actually our true nature. That is, it is the vibration of love – love and appreciation for the gift of life, others and ourselves that heals and enables each of us to thrive – individually and as a species as a whole.
And to take that thought one step farther, intuition is a reflection of universal wisdom born of the pool of purposeful connectedness that filters its way into reality through us and into our individual lives.
For this reason I like to think of love, intuition and conscious action as the three points on a triad that puts us into a sacred flow with the ever-evolving universal dance. As they work together, they set us on the path towards being able to find, express and enjoy our sacred purpose and thereby lead more fulfilling, meaningful lives.
Together, love, intuition and conscious action form the elusive key that unlocks a core-level understanding within us — that ‘sacred purpose’ is much more about the journey of self-realisation we are each on than it is about arriving at one absolute destination or place.
And so if you have been struggling to hear, know and be in relationship with your intuition, it is vital that you are aware that what you are really facing is the prospect of stepping into a much bigger, more capable, dynamic, wise version of yourself than you probably ever even realised existed. It means becoming aware that as an individualised spark of universal consciousness you are multi-dimensional. As in the case of the woman who felt she had no intuition, whom I mentioned at the start of this article, it means realising that you are connected to levels of awareness beyond what your rational, linear mind can perceive. On these levels, you are knowingly connected with everyone else and all things.
With this growing awareness comes an increasing need to be truthful to yourself and to those around you, in order that you can give yourself over to your instinct and consciously step into life’s creative flow.
Truthfulness to speak up in the face of that which feels misaligned with your true nature and real self requires bravery. It requires self-trust. It requires deep courage to hear and follow your inner compass and to follow a path filled with adventure but without guarantees that life will turn out in the precise ways you envision. It requires faith that there is actually a much bigger, more full love-filled, purposeful life possible for you than you feel connected to right now. And it requires acceptance that you are the only one who can allow this experience of life to come into being as you gather all of these, your only real assets in anticipation of the pilgrimage ahead.
The very best way that you can nurture this deep connection and communication with your intuition is through the consistent practice of activities that feel like an extension of your soul. For example, this might be through art, yoga, dance, meditation, surfing, running, exercise being out in nature or working with animals. These are just a few amongst a myriad of possibilities that may help to fulfil the soul. These modalities, no matter how different they might seem on the external, serve as important keys that unlock for each of us the inner knowing resident within our depths and throughout the various layers of our awareness of ourselves.
It is through repetition or consistent practice that we are able to repeatedly experience ourselves and BE in the creative flow in every area of our lives, whether at work or play. It is through the clarity, inner alignment and peace gained from these activities that we find ourselves embarking on a path that inevitably moves us towards our sacred purpose.
Combined with a good dose of courage and self-trust, we begin to relax our fears of the unknown and in so doing we are able to experience our intuition more boldly stepping forward, revealing and making itself known.