I am writing this “commissioned blog” as part of an Intuition Blog Hop my Friend RoseAnn Janzen started. So you may see it posted here and in my business page www.luminescent-life.com
I have heard people say: “I am very intuitive or I’m not intuitive”…and the reality is that WE ARE ALL intuitive!
The difference is whether we are TUNED IN, consciously aware, able to recognize, and listen to how our intuition speaks to us!
Or whether, given our cultural upbringing we felt we needed to abandon, suppress or disconnect from this way of knowing.
Depending on how people respond to you when you are a child, you either learn to value and trust it or to suppress and hide it.
If you are a closet rebel like I used to be, you may have learned to trust and develop it, but kept quiet due to fears that others may not approve!
What is interesting about our individual gifts is that they come easily, we have always had them, and therefore we tend to think that either they are pretty normal (everyone else must experience this right?) OR we feel ashamed and think “Something must be really wrong with me, and I sure as hell, won’t let anyone get wind of it!”
My hope is that reading this, may help you identify your own gifts, and understand how you can use them to build your business, increase your impact, your income and improve your life!
A SNAPSHOT FROM MY INTUITIVE JOURNEY
Being a highly intuitive, sensitive, passionate, empathetic and idealistic being didn’t always feel like the best compilation of gifts. I have an innate ability to see what is beautiful in the world, and the innate potential that exists in people, places and ideas. However I am also highly sensitive to information that is all around me and often integrate into my impressions. This can be incredibly useful or incredibly overwhelming.
What many people don’t know or quite understand is that there are many intuitive gifts that we can develop or that we are gifted with. Some intuitives get to see angels, spirits or other beings. Many others see symbols, pictures or other mental images. People who have the gift of “seeing” are often called “clairvoyants“.
I have often been a bit jealous of clairvoyants because they get to SEE the relevant information and guidance they are receiving. Though as an adult I don’t consider myself a clarivoyant, as a child I saw and played with one of my spirit guides.
I suppose you could say I have always entertained myself quite well.
However as I have matured, I personally only receive information through 3 channels:
“Clariaudience” (ability to “hear” guidance); “clarisentience” (ability to tune into and read gut feelings, or sense/feel things, people or environments); and “claricognizance” (which is the ability to just know things. Information just pours into your brain and you know things that you didn’t know you did.)
QUITE HONESTLY, THESE GIFTS FELT LIKE A CURSE FOR A LONG TIME!
Being such a sensitive being, I just felt out of place, for a huge part of my life. In fact, my memories of being a child (especially at school) are not happy memories. I never could figure out why people would be so disingenuous and mean. I am naturally introverted, and though I am incredibly curious, I like to observe and sense into situations, which was not always well received. One of my “superpowers” is that I can tell when people are lying, when they are inauthentic and dishonest. And though, I can clearly see how valuable this is now, growing up, it really sucked!
I often felt out of place, ostracized and felt like there was something terribly wrong with me, because I felt so many things at the same time! Being able to sense and feel other’s emotions felt like a HUGE burden, partly because it took me A LONG TIME to figure out that what I was feeling was not always mine.
A LITTLE CRAZY?
I venture to say that it felt like I was a little crazy! I often got overwhelmed by other’s emotions, and being around anyone that was angry, yelling, or abrasive in any way, felt like I was being pelleted with nails!
I felt like I needed to be in some kind of protective bubble, to avoid being hurt, and at the same time, the more I would pull away the more ostracized, alone, and left out I felt.
I frequently have very vivid dreams. Many of them feel like I am literally traveling across worlds and dimensions to visit, experience, or witness certain things. It is at times exhausting and exhilarating! Yet, I began to notice, that my dreams held important guidance and information about my life and my purpose.
I can still recall a specific dream in which “I knew” I needed to help heal wounded souls, bring them out of the darkness into the light, and continue going back into darkness to lead souls into the light.
This was both powerful, and scary.
Having been born to a pair of brilliant physicians, an ophthalmologist and a neurologist, I also learned that I needed to use science and evidence as a way of knowing. This was confusing and also reinforcing of the fact that I needed to keep my “crazy abilities” well hidden from plain view.
However, I slowly began to notice that these ‘crazy’ experiences held, supported me and guided me.
It all became clear around 14 when I travelled to Cuba. I am unsure why there, but I felt so many powerful presences and influences, and my intuition was strong, loud and clear!
At one point, I was lost trying to visit a friend. I had visited with him once, but now trying to find the place on my own, as the Sun came down, everything looked different. Men were “cat-calling me” and I became extremely frightened. So I intuitively prayed and asked for guidance. I continued walking and stopped at each intersection, and in that moment, it was as if this dormant internal GPS woke up! I clearly “heard”… “right”, “left”, straight”…and this is how I arrived at my destination!
I was astounded and intrigued. I continued to listen for this voice AND heeding its advice. At one point, I remember sitting in a bus about to take us back to our hotel, and I heard: “you need to get on that bus” (the bus that was sitting across from us, to take off AFTER the one we were on”). It was crazy, but I listened. I told my friend, “I’m supposed to be on THAT bus!” and picked up my bag to leave. She said “but this one is leaving first!”, I just kept walking. She followed me shaking her head. Clearly annoyed and certainly thinking I must be off my rocker. But when we got to the hotel, we learned the other bus (the one that left before us), had gotten into an accident and was waiting to be repaired. People on that bus arrived 4 hours later!
And after that, I knew this was a certainly gift, and not a curse. But it was a gift that I would need to learn to refine, to listen and not try to reason with.
EMBRACING ART, SCIENCE AND INTUITION
However, I was keenly aware that in my environment, talking about this way of knowing was not acceptable. Though I had initially wanted to heal the world by creating beauty through my dance performances (and I still do), I became obsessed with understanding human nature, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, cognitions, how our brains function, dreams and why we do what we do.
So after a beautiful career as a ballerina, and a career-ending injury, I knew that I needed to study psychology. It was actually in my Ph.D. studies, that I truly understood how powerful science is, and also how easily it can be manipulated. I also understood that the value of my feelings and sensations, though without a numerical score, were what created the most powerful associations, interventions and directions in my life.
While immersed in being a psychologist in a scientist-practitioner model, I noticed that it was when my heart was open, fully immersed in listening to my client’s experience, that I could SENSE what they were feeling, what they were thinking and I could SENSE and FEEL what they needed. It was often during my intimate sessions with clients that a stream of consciousness would come through me that I knew was clearly NOT mine, as I would have NOT previously KNOWN that information, yet it just flowed as though I had given that lecture a 1000 times!
I will never forget a first client session with a beautiful and highly intuitive young woman. At the end of the session she looked at me with an expression of awe, confusion, surprise and fear all rolled into one. I inquired about what she was feeling. I will never forget her response: “I have NEVER had anyone see me, understand me, and articulate back to me with such depth and precision what I have been experiencing. It is incredible and a little scary all at once!” She and I did powerful work for quite some time, and she is now unleashing her own gifts into the world.
However, these are not the types of things that I have been ‘trained, taught, or endorsed’ to share. I remember being teased in graduate school that I would do “Hug Therapy”, said in a somewhat condescending fashion because we are “not supposed to touch our clients”. I have since realized that the healing power of a hug is so much greater than any intervention, strategy or skill that we might teach. Though I spend my time doing coaching more, I still hug my clients.
INTUITION AT THE HEART OF MY BUSINESS
I call myself an intuitive prosperity and business mentor, in addition to being a peak performance psychologist, because ever since I chose to leave the safety of my University Position, INTUITION HAS BEEN MY CLOSEST PARTNER.
I have also learned that the UNIVERSE TRULY ORGANIZES ITSELF TO SUPPORT ME, once I claim my truth. It took me almost 6 months to make the decision to leave the University and become an entrepreneur. I was told: “You will never make it! There is a therapist or coach in each corner in this town!” Yet I knew I needed to trust my inner sense that leaving was the right thing for me.
It didn’t disappoint me. My intuitive rebel, internally responded “Just watch me”. Literally 5 seconds after I told my husband out loud, “I think I am read to leave”, I got a text from a friend telling me that office space had opened up next to her. And not only did I create a successful practice, we have now grown to a Thriving group practice with 6 employees/associates who have been drawn to me and my vision.
My intuition has guided me to look and build a State of the Art Facility in which both businesses will be housed that we are currently finishing up. This was a vision that appeared to me 18 years ago. It is nice to trust and see things come to fruition, when you fully believe, trust and keep working tirelessly to bring things to life.
I have made it a point to have some practices in place to keep me aligned with my true source and my intuition in all my decisions.
Daily meditation is just one of them, but every manifestation in my business is a reflection of my internal alignment, my energy and my mindset. I don’t pretend to imply that hard work, skills, systems and strategy are not needed. These and other things are crucial in manifesting the vision. However, without the alignment, the vision, the energy, and mindset, NONE of those things matter.
Every time I need to hire a new employee, before I even finish drafting an add, I have 5-6 applications in my inbox. Clients flow to our center when I am truly aligned, living in abundance and co-creating with the Universe in loving harmony. The flow stops when I get tired, burnt-out and disconnected. It never fails.
My intuition, guides every decision I make, every hire, every training, every new endeavor, program or opportunity we take advantage of, in both of my businesses. I feel so strongly about the power of connecting to our intuition that I now teach it and make it an integral part of everything I do. Prosperity and abundance follow as I am more aligned in my purpose.
One of the biggest and most important things we MUST do as entrepreneurs is MAKE DECISIONS! MANY DECISIONS IN FACT! At times it may feel like you have the weight of the world and have to make very important, life changing, and potentially catastrophic decisions EVERY MOMENT!
I remember once having to decide whether to fire someone, who to hire, how to confront a client, what coach or program to enroll, whether to put an offer on a house, whether to embark on a large project and where to go on vacation. It felt so overwhelming and heavy then, and I just wanted to climb under the covers, but it needed to be made in a weekend. Reading over this now, it doesn’t seem nearly that big of a deal, because my container has expanded to the point that making many of these decisions is a common occurrence, and the ONLY way that I EVER feel comfortable with the decisions I make is by TUNNING INTO AND LISTENING TO MY INTUITION!
Often people look at me with a perplexed expression when they see me or hear me speak about how I take risks, create new ideas, and take new directions. It is a bit like they are trying to make up their mind…”You are either…incredibly naive….incredibly stupid…or incredibly courageous….I just don’t know which one.” I have gotten used to this expression, and it just amuses me now. Because the longer I live, the longer I trust, take risks and leaps of faith, the more it is revealed to me that we can truly flow with ease, grace and love if we just connect to our intuitive center and our Higher Source.
So, if you are interested in finding out how you can create an aligned, purposeful, transformational and profitable business, with ease, grace and flow by connecting and using your intuition, learning innovative re-wiring technologies for your mind, and employing visionary and grounded strategies, I would LOVE to work with you!
You can click here to schedule to a Luminous Business Strategy Consultation, or to inquire if you qualify for my Exclusive Mastermind “Evolve your Business and Your Spirit!” (you can also check out our last post on Masterminds.)
Also as part of our Blog hop, I am including the link to the Next blog in the series by Allura Adelson. http://www.divinelyinspiredbusiness.com/uncategorized/am-i-psychic/
Please comment and let me know how this resonates with you, inspires you or opens you to receive your own guidance.
In love and light,