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Developing Intuition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Developing Intuition

As I write this, my last blog of 2013, my thoughts turned to those of you who will be ending the year with intentions focused on the closing off of another year. It’s a time of reflection, of looking back on what you have achieved and planning forward to what you aim to achieve in 2014. A new year brings much promise and expectation.  When many of us set down our future goals, our dreams and that which we have yet to attain in our professional and personal lives,  we may have well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues giving us advice, suggestions and ideas to help us herald in a new year with fresh beginnings. As an intuitive and coach, my work is about helping others to find the right path to bring fulfilment, success and personal growth into their lives and their careers. By using our individual deep seated wisdom and innate intuition, we have an ever present supply of intuitive support and insight that guides and steadies us as we build our dreams and achieve our ambitions, whilst giving us clarity at times when the road seems rocky and uncertain. So, with this in mind, here are some key points to assist you to build and grow your intuition. In understanding how to utilise this wonderful part of who you are, you will find new and powerful ways to decision make, grow and expand your unique inner wisdom and ability, knowing that what you are sensing and feeling, is true to you. 1. Communication: Intuition “talks”to us in subtle ways. We are constantly communicating with others, but how often do we make the time to communicate with ourselves, opening an internal dialogue that enables us to discover meaning, purpose, values and beliefs in our lives? Practise and make time in your day to sit quietly, still your mind and focus on becoming aware of your surroundings, your physical body, your emotions and sounds that filter into your conscious mind. By practising this quiet time once or twice a day, you “tune in” to your consciousness, bringing clarity, peace and centered awareness, making you open and receptive to your emotional and physical state, whilst kindling the way you respond to people, situations and experiences. 2. Trust: Being able to trust that which you are sensing, feeling and possibly hearing internally, is critical to developing your intuition. As we practise trusting more, we also learn that we need to be more flexible and open to move swiftly to bring about change, to embrace new experiences, new environments, situations and people. Holding ourselves open to trusting more, we resist less, expanding our ability to adapt quickly to new events in our lives, enabling our ability to take risk, innovate, create and transform. 3. Raising awareness: Practise being observant, noticing small and seemingly unimportant details that would not ordinarily bring your attention into focus. By observing and not responding immediately, we learn how to be present, resisting immediate action, allowing us to witness and step back for a moment. As we practise this act of being fully in the moment, our need to control and manage all the details of our lives is released. We move into a space of acceptance and diminished expectation. Heightened awareness is a key ingredient to sharpening your intuition and allowing the small voice within to speak and be heard. 4. Validation: By following through on what you are becoming perceptive to, you validate and empower your inner voice. Much like being advised by your investment adviser to put a little more money away each month, if...

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Intuition, Soul and Belonging

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Intuition, Soul and Belonging

I am home in my small coastal town of Onrus, Hermanus taking some time out from a busy 2013.  For me, returning home is about ritual and a sense of belonging. Opening doors, drawing back drapes and lifting blinds, to allow the sun to spread its warmth into rooms that have been closed off for some weeks. Part of my homecoming ritual is long daily walks along the striking cliff paths that are a feature of our coastline. I am blessed to live in an area that is a proclaimed world heritage site and whale haven. From June onwards, the whales return to the sanctuary of Walker Bay to calve, and within a few months, they leave with their young. Walking solo allows me time for deep reflection. Yesterday, my thoughts were with the whales that keep returning to our beautiful bay. It’s an acknowledged fact that the whales return each year for they feel safe and protected in our bay.  Possibly they feel a sense of physical belonging for their period of calving.  In honour of their arrival each year, Hermanus town hosts a Whale Festival. Whale lovers from all over the globe arrive in Hermanus from September to spot the whales with their calves and to celebrate this miracle of nature. The Hermanus community welcomes both the whales and the visitors who flock to be part of whale calving season. Thinking of our whales led me to consider the meaning of belonging. Why do we humans hold such a deep yearning to belong, to be accepted and acknowledged within a group or a community?  Why is so much energy expended in striving for acceptance within our families, our friendship circles and our work colleagues? This very real need often keeps us in personal and professional relationships long after we intuitively know that they are not right for us. Working in the field of coaching and intuition, it’s not uncommon to explore this issue with my clients, unearthing why they remain in jobs with a manager or leader who fails to acknowledge them, crushes their creativity, their spirit, and instills in them a feeling of not belonging.  Poet and Catholic scholar John O’Donohue in his fascinating book, “Eternal Echoes” positions the search for belonging as “universal yearnings to discover intimacy and to find shelter for the soul.” Understanding that intuition is rooted in the soul, the place within you which speaks of truth, wisdom, compassion and understanding, we get a glimpse of how vital it is to know your own self worth, before you can arrive at a decision regarding your relationship with another. It’s no coincidence that spirituality, personal growth and emotional well being is a rapidly growing global business. More people than ever before are seeking spiritual awakening, inner harmony and answers to their feelings of disconnect. Retreats, workshops and literature on spirituality are on the rise,  as we seek more knowledge and information on how to find our core and achieve the power to decision make from a position of personal awareness. Like the Hermanus whales, who journey across vast oceans to arrive at the place they belong, to undertake their birthing ritual, we too need to do the work to uncover where we belong.  Journeying on a voyage of discovery and destination is never easy, but  once we do, our value system is rewritten and we cease to worry about what we are worth in the physical and material world. For when we truly know our authentic place in the world, we begin our intimate journey of self acceptance and feeling comfortable within our...

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