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Having difficulty making a major life decision? Stopped by fear from making that decision – fearing that you’ll make the wrong one? Confused by lots of conflicting opinions coming at you? Perhaps everyone is telling you what you “should” do or the clear choice that you “should” make, but somehow you’re paralyzed to make a decision.
"Trust your own intuition. Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey, you are.” - Scottie Waves
The Good News
You can take a deep breath…..The good news is, you have everything that you need. You may just be stuck in a position of unconsciously letting everyone else’s opinions speak over your own. You may be allowing those voices to drown out your inner voice, or intuition. Yes, our inner voices are fairly quiet – after all, we’re used to the physical world and our actual voices. Those inner voices are “quiet” unless we’re tapping into them on a regular basis, or even know to tap into them. We may, in fact, ignore them completely simply because we don’t know they’re there to guide us. That’s your intuition – it’s your friend, your guide, your “life coach” of sorts. And it would be such a shame to miss its guidance – given how much it’s there to help you through life.
"I am who I am because I trust my gut more than anyone else's opinion, and that is my best advice to you." – Oprah Winfrey
Before we start …. Stressed out?
Before I walk through the exercise, I want to point out that hearing or feeling your intuition is a bit harder if you’re in a high state of anxiety. If that’s the case, focus first on calming your mind. There are wonderful tools – from music to salt baths to essential oils and other tools – that you can use to calm and relax your mind.
The fact is that when we’re under high levels of stress, our brains get very focused. You’ve heard “fight or flight”. In this mode, it’s a survival scenario. Your mind is focusing to allow you to fight off whatever is threatening you. Except that this time, it’s stress – not an attack. Unfortunately, the brain prepares you and reacts the same way in both scenarios. It’s best to be in this state of mind as little time as possible. Long-term, this will lower our body’s immunity.
“Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” ― Madeleine L'Engle
Examples of your intuition
Your intuition can be quite subtle so if you are not used to tuning into it, the below examples will hopefully help:
“Intuition doesn’t tell you what you want to hear; it tells you what you need to hear.” Sonia Choquette
Tuning into your Intuition for the answer
It may be best to do this first thing in the morning before you’ve had coffee, read texts or email or even before reading or doing anything on your phone. You want to be in as close to a relaxed state of mind as possible. An alternative is to do it as your evening is winding down – before you get too sleepy.
Your goal is to listen to your body – notice any feelings, or subtle ways that your body gives you feedback to each scenario. Your goal is to get enough feedback that you know which scenario your intuition is helping you to choose– right here, at this stage in your life. The key is to picture yourself in each scenario as if you’ve already made the decision – think of it as watching yourself on a TV screen or on a video on your cellphone, living each decision
You don’t have to have a regular meditation practice to “listen” and hear your inner voice or intuition. You can tune in or tap into it simply by sitting in stillness, in a relaxed state, when you can be uninterrupted for at least 10 minutes’ time. You can use this exercise any time that you’re trying to make a decision, literally about anything in life. The trickiest part may be the subtlety of the answer. You can address that by being sure to take this quiet time to yourself without distraction. Think of it as a gift to yourself – an important one to help you with this life decision.
I will put a plug in for a regular practice of meditation, beyond these few moments of silence for big life decisions. It’s a wonderful tool to help bring clarity to your life on a regular basis, tap into your intuition to allow it to get “louder”, give you greater context for your life and many other wonderful benefits. Think of it as your regular 30,000 foot view of your life and the situation at hand vs. “on the ground” in the moment, sometimes clouded, view of your life.
Enjoy your new tool!
So now you have a tool that you can use to quiet out the “noise” and tune into the inner wealth of wisdom within you. You know the answers – it’s just allowing yourself to hear them that’s life’s challenge. And now you can overcome that one, too. ;-)
As always, please feel free to contact me if you would like assistance moving through energy blocks, need an alternative kind of career coaching, or are having other challenges where energy healing could help. I’d love to help you live your life to your highest potential!
Until next time, Blessings….
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.