Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Listening to Your Inner Voice

Listening to Your Inner Voice
Cheryl Grace

“When you come to the edge of all of the light you have
and must step into the darkness of the unknown,
believe that one of two things will happen.
Either there will be something solid for you to stand on,
or you will be taught to fly.” —Unknown

The instinctual knowledge that we all possess, known as intuition or a “gut feeling” can be the most effective tool for leading a successful and fulfilled life. This natural gift helps you to interpret information, signals, and observations to skillfully guide you to the right people and situations. When we choose to trust the information we receive through intuition, we are also learning to abandon the desire to know what is in our future. Listening to your inner voice is a concrete, no-nonsense ability and one you can develop with practice.

Scientists have shown that we use less than one-tenth of our cognitive abilities and intuition draws on that unused capacity. But scientists who study the phenomenon claim it’s a real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. Intuition is founded in part on astute observation. During the Tsunami, researchers discovered that animals were tipped off by sound waves and ground vibrations, causing them to seek higher ground.

Consider the number of decisions one has to make in a day. There never seems to be time to listen. Quieting the mind begins the process of awakening your intuition. Eliminating distractions improves your concentration, allows you to feel more calm and relaxed, and opens doors to tapping into what you already know. Insight is instinctively knowing something that you don’t know how you know.

Being receptive is another way to create new opportunities and positive life experiences by adopting an attitude of accepting things just as they are without trying to change it. When you are fully present in the moment it activates intuition so that you may receive intuitive messages. Your thoughts are crystal clear. With time it becomes a reliable source of guidance for major decisions and at the same time unlocks your creative approaches in all aspects of your life.

Your inner voice is your inner truth and is familiar. We all have experienced a time when you met someone and you have a subconscious feeling you just can’t shake. You either like them or you don’t. You either trust them or you don’t. It’s like an internal GPS signal. There are just some things you know for sure.

The practice of meditation clears away the mind chatter and creates space in the mind for intuition to thrive. You may experience new ways to do things by the way of dreams, imagery, thoughts, or feelings. Intuition offers new ideas and ways of doing things that may have not been readily apparent.

If you want to keep your life just as it is, then don’t do anything different than you are right now. If you want to make room for new something new to enter, then let your intuition guide you. Take a chance by trusting your instincts and see where it takes you.

It is on the intuitive plane that you can tap into the universal consciousness where all information is available to you. This is considered the highest form of truth. Perhaps you’ve had a decision you were struggling with and decided to “sleep on it.” This is a great way to awaken intuition by being open to any and all solutions and allowing it to emerge at its own pace.

The scariest aspect about intuition and listening to your inner voice is realizing too late that you were right! The most important thing is just to trust in your gut. Trust that your first feeling you feel about something and see where it goes.

Cheryl Grace is a professional feng shui consultant, nationally certified Interior Refiner, professional speaker, and the winner of the 2008-2009-2010 Natural Choice Award for Favorite Feng Shui Practitioner. Call 941-400-3816. Visit www.ggRedecorating.com.

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