There's a message in the cards. Are you listening? Your body is trying to send you the same message. Is it coming in clear? That's your intuition calling and today's card wants you to listen up. Easier said than done, I know. In the whirlwind we call Life - between the television, stereo, tweets, constant connectivity, crying babies and hungry honeys – it's a wonder anyone can even hear themselves think. It's no surprise, then, that the cards would put such an emphasis on tuning out the world long enough to tune into your self.
Yesterday's insight was brought to us by the Ace of Wands, who reminded us that spiritual awakening is gracious enough to include physical cues for us to pick up on, so long as we're paying attention. Seems so many of us are ignoring our instincts that today's card wants to put a new spin on a recurring theme.
The High Priestess. Oh, she looks mysterious and spooky enough, but you know who this enigma really is? You. That's right, this card is the physical representation of your inner voice and she's trying to tell you something. To pull a mantra from a commercial: can you hear me now? If the message is failing to get through, and you're looking to adjust the volume on your instinctual hearing-aide, you've come to the right place. You can learn to listen to your inner voice, even with all of the world's distractions trying to test your resolve.
1 Become aware of your heart
The rigors of social conditioning try to steer us down a path of “using our heads”, this sounds all right on paper, but it eliminates the remainder of the body. Trying to remain focused on the head alone limits one's view of the world, causing vital information from the body, heart, and even the soul, to be ignored. Shift your paradigm a little, start to view your heart as your “second brain”, the two are made of the same DNA after all.
Something to try: Rest your hand over your heart and quietly focus on that area of your body – what's it saying?
2 Connect with your body
Just like the heart, your body is constantly delivering useful information which often goes unnoticed. Does your stomach turn to knots at the thought of an exam? Does your neck become tense when your boss wants to talk to you in private? How about when you're feeling happy and joyful, do your cheeks hurt from smiling? Ignoring these physical cues causes us to miss out on valuable information designed to help us navigate through life, hopefully being drawn to those things we enjoy and avoiding those things we dislike.
Something to try: Take a moment to do an inventory of the messages your body is sending you. Give yourself a light massage to discover areas in your back, neck and shoulders which feel tense or knotted. Do any other areas feel tight? How about areas that feel relaxed and tension-free? Use this information as another cue to listening to your intuition.
3 Learn to recognize your inner voice
Intuition is nothing more that knowing something without knowing exactly how you know it. Call it a “gut feeling” or what have you, that's your instinct trying to communicate. Gut instincts are never wrong, but sometimes our interpretation of the message gets a little mixed up. This is one of those times when practice makes perfect, so be sure to let your gut weigh in on the decision making process as well.
Something to try: Next time you have a decision to make, go with your gut and make a note of the results. Experiment with trusting your instincts. When following your intuition, what happens? What about when you hear it, but ignore it, what happens then?
4 Tune in to negative self-talk
I have one, you have one, and chances are pretty much everyone you know has one; the internal critic with nothing nice to say. Maybe you call it by another name, I know my inner critic is going full tilt when my sweetie calls me a Negative Nancy or a Sally Sourpuss. Each and everyone of us has been accused of being our “own worst critic” at one time or another. The important thing to remember is not to confuse your inner voice with the voice of your inner critic. The inner critic is a form of “protection”, a defense mechanism designed to shield us from taking risks and making changes. I don't know about you, but my idea of protection is something more comforting and less nasty than what the inner critic delivers.
Something to try: Stop a moment and notice the negative voices spinning in your head. Notice when they crop up and squawk the loudest. Then remember that these voices do not speak the truth. If you get nothing more out of this commentary than the ability to distinguish between your instinct and your inner critic, you will have adopted a powerful and life-changing tool.
5 Identify limiting beliefs
Just as each of us has an inner critic more harsh that Roger Ebert, we also wander though this world with a set of beliefs; some conscious and many more unconscious. Our experiences, and our interpretation of those experiences shape the beliefs we carry. Whether conscious or unconscious, some of our beliefs have the ability to limit our growth and ability to move forward in life. For example: If you wish to start your own business, and equate having lots of money with having a successful business, but hold the belief that having lots of money is a greedy way to live, your business will not become successful because your beliefs about money are limiting. Before you can have a successful and profitable business, you'll have to shift your beliefs as they pertain to money. Becoming aware of limiting beliefs will help you make positive, conscious changes. Want more clues for identifying limiting beliefs? Try these on for size:
- You tell yourself that you only have one or two choices in a situation, or "no choice" at all.
- Your inner critic expresses his or her opinion. The inner critic's opinion is generally based in a limiting belief.
- A decision may appear to be black and white to you, or an either/or situation.
- You have decided that "this is the way the world is."
- You make a decision based on fear.
- You feel constricted and notice that you lack clarity about a specific situation.
When the all important question of “what do I want?” comes into play, consult your intuition. You have the ability to live a deeply fulfilling life, and inspire others to do the same. As your trust in your intuition grows, the level of satisfaction within your business and personal life will increase as well.
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