Cultivating intuition for success
We are connected to an interconnected web of life. How are you tapping into this wholeness of self and universe to successfully pursue your purpose and reap the real rewards of life?
WHAT IS WHOLENESS?
My theme in 2015 is “Be a SUNFLOWER.™” Each letter of the word aligns with one of the traits of successful Passionate Pursuers. W stands for Wholeness. From page 53 of Pursuit of Passionate Purpose (www.PursuitofPassionatePurpose.com), “When you are whole, you appreciate and unify all aspects of your nature especially head, heart, and hands; you are connected to your inner self. The internal and external worlds are coalesced into oneness to create stability and strength.”
Listen to yourself. Many of us recognize this as intuition, instinct, or sixth sense. Passionate Pursuers have the ability to connect with this inner voice. Messages from the wise self may be communicated through head, heart, or hands energy, as well as through intuition. This perception capability is defined as direct knowing independent of rational thought and inference. Your wiser inner self communicates through insights or a sudden flash or idea. You might even have a visceral or gut reaction and feel pain or pleasure.
Your inner self, or spirit companion as I personally call this part of me, is always there as a source of wisdom and connection to the flow of the universe. Called different names, intuition is one person’s serendipity or another person’s synchronicity. Whatever the name, many people have found it to be real. Through grace, the universe’s infinite potential is turned into possibility, says Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. How do you tap into your intuition?
HOW TO USE INTUITION IN YOUR WORK LIFE
Some of you might be saying, “Really? This is just too far out for me to use in my work.” But consider these scenarios:
- You wake up with a new idea of how to direct your firm’s marketing efforts.
- You return from a walk with an insight on how to position your products among the growing field of competition.
- In a meeting with a prospective customer, your inner voice speaks to you about how to help your contact work through the company politics and become the hero by implementing your solution.
- In contemplating whether or not to spend the time and money to go to another conference, you experience direct knowing of the right course of action.
Intuition, and being whole so you can tap into all messages, is at work here. Allow yourself to nurture and strengthen it. When I ignore these inner messages, especially at work, I regret it.
PRACTICAL POINTERS TO CULTIVATE INTUITION
- Quiet the mind. This is the role for meditation, says David Chernikoff, Insight meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, psychotherapist and leader of “Intuition and Courage: Finding a Path with Heart” workshop. “Meditation also trains your concentration which helps you go deeper.” Others attain this by being in nature, praying or watching the breath. What works for you?.
- Hold an Intention. Let yourself know that you are open to intuitive insights. State the optimal outcome in wide-ranging terms to yourself and put it in the back (or front) of your mind. If it feels right, write down the intention and share it with others, which engages your thinking or head energy.
- Be receptive. Intentionally nurture and build your ability to hear your inner voice, while allowing and receiving, says Chernikoff. Listen. Train yourself to get more access to messages through dreams, poetry, or other media.
- Ask. Insights may come to you randomly or you may ask for guidance. Both work.
- Test. “Once you receive inner guidance, you may seek to determine validity of the interpretation,” suggests the Canadian Institute of Psychosynthesis. “Often the voice of truth brings a profound feeling of inner calm, certainty and resolution. Be wary of any message that stimulates fear of disaster or that flatters you and produces ego-inflation. As a check and balance, use your rational mind or a pendulum to cross-check. Realize that the inner teaching may be clothed in symbols and require a symbolic rather than a literal interpretation. If you are in doubt, delay action if it is not urgent. Consult with a wise friend or someone you can trust.”
- Act. Put your intuition to work. Use the message or knowing from your inner voice to guide your actions.
- Learn and repeat. Discern what works to tap into your intuition. Do more of that.
People who find and successfully pursue their purpose are whole. They unify all aspects of their nature especially head, heart and hands; they are connected to inner self and are intuitive. What are you doing to be whole and to cultivate intuition? Start now.