Are you someone who wants to receive intuitive information in order to gain clarity, guidance and direction in your life? 

Do you experience moments of “intuitive knowing” or get “intuitive hits,” but not with consistency or regularity?  Do you feel yourself being pushed or pulled in a certain direction but can’t quite put your finger on why or what to do about it?  If so, you are not alone.  Most people experience some form of intuitive clarity or guidance in their life.  So why is it that some seem to have little or no access to their intuitive clarity, whereas others can reliably call upon their intuition or higher knowing whenever they choose?  The reason for this is not because some people are intuitive whereas others are not.  All human beings are intuitive.  Instead, the reason some do not experience intuitive clarity is because all intuition, by its very nature, is threatening, and not everyone wants to contend with the threat their intuitive clarity presents.

What do I mean by “intuition is threatening?” 

A threat can be defined as an intent to do evil or harm, however in this context I’m using it to refer to “an indication of something impending.”  Impending – as in forthcoming or inevitable.  And to be clear – it’s not that your intuition is necessarily threatening, as in it’s warning of an impending doom. Instead, your intuition can be threatening if you don’t want to acknowledge or invest in what it’s offering you.  In other words, if you are struggling to connect with your intuition, it could be because you feel threatened by what it’s asking of you. This is a key point to accessing your intuitive clarity: Your intuition is not designed to help you feel comfortable or to resist change.  Instead, your intuition is designed to help you to grow and to evolve to your highest potential.  Unless you are currently embodying your highest potential, it’s quite likely that something in your life needs to change in order for this to happen.  The offering of your highest good, your potential, is impending, but only if you can see beyond the threat this change will bring and embrace it.  In order to embrace your intuitive knowing, you have to be open to change.

As human beings, we are not static creatures. 

We are designed to evolve.  Embodying your highest potential is a continuous process of meeting your boundaries or limitations, and expanding into them.  There is nothing static about it – Like a snake that grows until the end of its life, requiring it to shed its skin continually.  While growth can be delightful and inspiring, it can also be uncomfortable; inviting you to step into the unknown or the unfamiliar.  

Let me give you an example…  

After reading the next sentence, close your eyes and take note of the first thing that pops into your mind: “What is one thing that you know you would benefit from if you stopped doing it?”  What came up?  Here’s another question: “what is one thing that you know you would benefit from if you started doing it?”

The answers you received to these questions are what I like to call “the low-hanging fruit of intuitive clarity.” 

Did you have to go deep into meditation or burn incense to get an answer?  Likely not.  Instead, you probably got an answer the moment you asked yourself these questions.  If you didn’t, try again, only experiment with the phrasing in how you ask the question.  For example: “what is one thing that you have been avoiding or spending too much time on that is coming at a cost?”  Most of us know of things we are doing, or aren’t doing, that are working against our highest good.  That’s why they are the low hanging fruit – they are easy to access.  But just because you know something, it doesn’t mean you are actually doing something about it.  Herein lies the challenge with intuition: 

Knowing without doing is depressing (as in: to depress is to lower in force and vigour, and to weaken and make dull).

Your health and vitality depends on you acting upon your intuitive knowledge.  When you receive information and don’t acknowledge or empower it, you literally weaken or dull access to your life force energy.  You also diminish your sense of self-esteem.  What do I mean by that?  My favourite definition of self-esteem is: “the ability to trust one’s own word to oneself.”  If you can’t keep your word to yourself or take action in accordance with your higher knowing, how can you believe in or depend on yourself?  You can’t.  Or at the very least, it comes at a cost to your sense of wellbeing and fulfilment.  

So how do you improve your ability to acknowledge or empower your intuitive clarity? 

The answer is: one step at a time.  Here are some steps, in order, that I recommend:

    1. Acknowledge and/or articulate your low-hanging intuitive fruit.  Write a list of all the things that you know that if you started or stopped doing them, would have a positive influence on your life.
    2. Take action on your low-hanging intuitive fruit.  Start with the easy ones so that you can develop trust in your ability to follow through on what you say you are going to do (i.e. develop your self esteem).  For example: If you know you’d benefit from going to bed at 10pm – do it.  No matter what, do it.  By taking action, whatever it is that’s making it difficult for you to honour a consistent bedtime (this is the part that is being threatened) will be exposed.  By exposing this pattern/belief, you can confront and change it. If you can’t do this step (taking action on the low hanging fruit), you can’t expect to receive higher order intuitive clarity.
    3. Ask yourself “What am I afraid to acknowledge or admit to myself?” Since intuition is threatening, if you’re struggling to receive intuitive guidance there is likely something you are afraid to admit to yourself.  By asking yourself this question directly, you are creating space to receive an answer.  See if you can calm your nervous system while exploring this question.  If your intuition is threatening, it’s important to get into a “faith filled” state of mind in order to receive.
    4. Focus on what you do want vs. what you don’t want. When something is threatening, it’s easy to focus on what you don’t want.  “I don’t want to fall in the water” or “I don’t want to get hurt” are great examples of what you don’t want.  In these examples, what you do want could be “I want to keep my balance and stay dry” or “I want to get through this safely.”  Whatever you focus on grows.  If you focus on what you don’t want, you are occupying the space (and clarity) for what you do want.
    5. Ask yourself “what do I know?” Similarly to the last point, if you focus on what you don’t know, “I don’t know how to do this,” you are impairing your ability to focus on what you do know.  Any time you find yourself thinking or saying “I don’t know,” immediately ask yourself “what do I know?” and take note of what arises.
    6. Ask “what is this asking of me?” Since life is about empowering our highest good, any time you are getting depressed or losing energy, it can be helpful to ask yourself “what is this circumstance or situation asking of me?”  Or said in another way “what is the most empowering or expansive way for me to deal with this situation?”  It’s so easy to ask “why is this happening to me?” when things are challenging.  Instead, by skipping “why me” and going straight into the contemplation “what of me?” you are inviting an awareness that honours the empowering potential of the present moment.

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