Knowing from the inside out: The gift of intuition

Look! This little finger covers the eye and prevents the whole world from being seen. In the same way, this small mind covers the whole universe and prevents Reality from being seen.
Ramana Maharishi

The mind is a lot less important than we think it is. In our Western rationalistic cultures, we have given pre-eminence to the operations of the cognitive processes. Of course, the rational mind has its place and value in the scheme of things. But it is not meant to be the primary way we experience reality. Feeling or sensing is the primary way to know anything.

The mind judges, analyzes, measures, and compartmentalizes and thus creates a sense of separation and duality. The heart or the intuitive faculty embraces or becomes one with its object of attention. It knows it from the inside out and not from surface outside appearances and measurements.

So, to really get to know someone or something beyond the narrow confines of your mind’s myopic judgments, learn to quiet your mind and become one with that which you are focused on and then you will know.

“Open for me slightly your heart and I will open the world for you.”
The Zohar

“There is a voice that does not use words—Listen!

To find the way, close your eyes, listen closely and attend with your heart.

Be present in your own presence and then you can be present for others.

Your life is not a search for wholeness.

It is already an expression of That.

Stop trying so hard with your mind to find a purpose for your life. That will get you nowhere. 

Instead, still your mind and go within and you will experience the inherent wholeness which is at your core. You will know that you are a god/goddess in finite form who has come forth to temporarily take on your present personality so that you can increase your ability to be a conduit for and a manifestation of Love.

As Carl Jung said, “All of reality is not thinking.” Actually, most of it is not. Reality is a feeling or a vibration. You can’t understand anything unless you become one with it, unless you get inside it, unless you feel into it from the inside out. So, go within and feel first. Use your intuition and not your cognitive mind to find out who you are. 

The word intuition comes from a Latin word that means “to look or know from within.” So, learn how to go within and you will definitely know that your life and all of life is already whole. You no longer need to seek to find your purpose through a teaching, a teacher, a relationship, an experience, etc. It’s all there within you already. You are whole already and no longer need to look outside yourself for validation. Just quiet your mind, open your heart, and look within. There you will find your Self.

I know that all the above may seem rather esoteric, but I can assure you that what awaits you when you go into the Silence is so much more than any words can express. And once you have experienced it you will know what it means to feel and be whole and what to do with your life.

Learn to get in touch with the Silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

In the attitude of Silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.

If you follow anyone other than Your Self, you will surely get lost. Place your attention into things to discover how they “feel” rather than think about, judge, analyze, and measure them. Live from the inside out. Practice awareness and discernment rather than thought.

The mystery, magic, mastery, and majesty of life

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.
Thomas Merton

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
Kat Cathey

Most of us habitually try to control all aspects of our lives: our relationships, our work environments, our health, etcetera. We do this to feel safe and secure. We do this so that we can be happy. But we usually fail. The irony is that in tenaciously holding on so hard, we waste most of our precious energy in trying to control things. We exhaust ourselves trying to anticipate what may happen next and we squeeze all the joy, creativity, and spontaneity out of life. 

By spending so much energy trying to make sure that everything and everyone in our life follows a specific script that we have in mind, we miss myriad opportunities to really enjoy and experience life. We never allow for life to simply come to us. We are constantly trying to force it to “go our way.”  We leave no room for creativity, wonder, mystery, and magic.

We always want to know what is going to happen next, but by doing so we limit the limitless possibilities that are available to us. Life isn’t a script to be followed word by word, but a new, fresh potential that is waiting to be revealed one moment after another.

It is only when we allow for the unexpected and unknown that magic or real life can happen. All that is new, fresh, and joy-filled can only be found in the unknown. The known is stagnant and calcified.

Embrace the unknown and there you will find life. Tenaciously hold on to the known and there you will find stagnation and limitation.

Allow for the mysteries and magic of life to delight you. Learn to live in the moment, to be free and to be a master.  Learn to trust that you live in a “friendly universe” and it is all there for you. Each moment will take care of itself. Each moment is a new blessing—a new revelation. Become a master of the mystery, majesty, and magic of life.

Cease trying to work things out with your mind, it will get you nowhere. Let your whole life be led by intuition and inspiration. Let your whole life be a revelation.
Eileen Cady

In order to allow yourself to be in the moment, to experience the mystery and magic of it all, experiment with the following. Whenever you can, just stop, take a couple of deep breaths, and then become aware of your body by doing a brief body scan from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. This will bring you into the present.

Then allow your attention to be simply in the present, only focused on the rise and fall of your abdomen as you breathe in and out. Suspend all thought and then just feel. Don’t think. Feel. Then ask and allow for an insight or an inspiration to reveal itself to you. And sit back, with your mind disengaged, and absorb and enjoy whatever you receive. It may come as a thought, an impression, an image or a feeling, but most importantly it will be new—a mysterious, magical, majestic new moment/experience that the Universe wants to reveal to you.

Be quiet in your mind, quiet in your senses, and, also, quiet in your body. Then, when all these are quiet, don’t do anything. In that state truth will reveal itself to you. It will appear in front of you and ask, “what do you want?”

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.
Deepak Chopra

Allow yourself now to drop into the essence that is beyond the limitations of any of these words.

Whenever we moderns pause for a moment, and enter the silence, and listen very carefully, the glimmer of our deepest nature begins to shine forth, and we are introduced to the mysteries of the deep, the call of the within, the infinite radiance of a splendor that time and space forgot.
Ken Wilber

A tremendous “knowing” comes effortlessly into the mind when it falls into Silence, when it gives up trying to understand, when its reel of stored images no longer projects abstract pictures onto the clean screen of simplicity.

This kind of knowing is transmitted to us as pure revelation, as a clarity untouched by words or other symbols of meaning. When we allow this knowing into our minds, our very lives become as clear and startling as this knowing.
Robert Rabbin

Compassion: The key to happiness

Mother Teresa once said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

The one thing that we cannot get enough of, the one thing that there is no possibility of ever overusing, of ever over-receiving, or of ever over-giving, is Compassion or Love. As the saying goes; “No matter the question, Love is the answer.”

So, how can we learn how to fill up every day and be “filled to overflowing?”

Whenever you find yourself caught up in negative thought patterns, or negative emotional states, being self–critical or critical of another, or enmeshed in negative imaginings or worry; sit back and drink in Compassion. As you drink in that Compassion all the tension and negativity will start to release. And then you will remember and accept that your natural state of being is that of feeling and being in the Embrace, of being at Peace, of being in Love!

It’s quite easy to do, actually, especially if you choose to practice it regularly. So, here’s a meditative exercise that you can do daily.

Find a quiet place and moment, close your eyes, take a few deep, slow, cleansing breaths, and then just imagine someone you love, be they a loved one or an esteemed spiritual teacher/master, and see/imagine them right there in front of you. Look into their eyes, the mirror of the soul, and then feel their love flowing to you. Open up your heart to feeling their care, compassion and unconditional love for you. Send that same care, compassion and unconditional love back to them. Then send these feelings to others and to the whole world. Hold these images and feelings for a couple of minutes and in these a few minutes you will truly feel filled up and renewed.

I know this may sound simplistic, but it is a very profound exercise. If you take the time to reflect on your predominant thoughts and feelings, you will see that you practice anger, fear, worry, most of the time.  Why not practice Compassion instead?

Compassion connects us with who we really are and what is truly at our core. I would urge you to give yourself at least one dose of this daily, even for just a few minutes. You deserve it. Please try it. You will be transformed. You will definitely be very grateful you did.

As the Dalai Lama wrote:

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”

All is in divine order and timing

“Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages where we are, impatient to being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time. And so, I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow. Let them shape themselves without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on as though you could be today what time, that is to say, grace and circumstances, acting on your own good will, will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

“Give yourself the benefit of believing that the Divine hand is leading you. And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
Teilhard de Chardin

All is in Divine Order and Divine Timing. There is a rhythm and rhyme for all that we experience. If we just allow ourselves the opportunity to slow down and go within and listen to the Silence that is there, there we will see the bigger picture; there we will find the answer to our questions; there we will know that we are Good/God; there we will know that we are held in the Embrace; there we will know that All is well; there we will become comfortable with the Unknown. For the truly creative lies beyond what is known.

The still, small voice within is your most trustworthy ally. Learn to really listen to your most significant other, that is, this still, small voice within. Learn to listen to your Self.  Then you will know when, how, and even if you need to act at all.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.Ecclesiastes

More about using your intuition in daily life

This the last in my seven-part series about intuition. I’m sure I’ll write about it again at some point. Meanwhile, you might want to review the earlier posts as well.

Even neuroscience has declared that intuition physically exists in our brain, in the emotional part of the forebrain. So, follow the feeling.

James Wanless

No matter how deep a study you make, what you really have to rely on is your own intuition, and when it comes down to it, you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you do it.

Konosuke Matsushita, founder, Matsushita Electric Co.

Eight ways to develop your intuition

1. Create the intention to use your intuition and the numerous techniques suggested in the previous posts by regularly reminding yourself, “I want to use my intuition.” And then simply use your intuition.

2. Constantly pay attention to and be on the lookout for the feeling or impression of a person or situation. It’s a moment-to-moment thing, a very spontaneous, subtle process. Listen and “feel in.”

3. Learn to lose your mind and come to your senses.

4. Trust the feelings and impressions you get. Don’t ignore them. Trust your inner voice. Look for, listen to, and don’t ignore this voice when it speaks.

5. Have the courage to act on your intuitive hits. The art of following through is a very important step. Learn how to always practice intuitive awareness and discernment. Begin using your intuition with the smaller issues and situations in your life and then gradually move on to the bigger ones.

6. Don’t be afraid to speak and follow what you “feel” and not just be a slave to what you “think.” 

7. Act on your “feel” and not on your “think.”  Follow the golden thread of subtle inspiration. Use inspiration and not perspiration to navigate through your life.

8. Monitor the process. Say to yourself: “I know this was an intuitive decision and I don’t know what is going to happen, so let’s check it out and see if it works.”  To help you with this, keep an Intuitive Hunch Journal and monitor how often you are right.

Intuition helps one be more decisive, swift, clear, and accurate in decision-making.

Success is an inside job. Develop your intuitive muscles and be intuitively fit. Increase your intuitive intelligence. You’ll be amazed at how good you get at it and at how easy it is.

I hope the suggestions in this series of posts have been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please send them my way.

Cease trying to work things out with your mind. It will get you nowhere. Let your whole life be led by inspiration and intuition. Let your whole life be a revelation.

Eileen Caddy

How to use your intuition in daily life

Editor’s note: This is part six of a seven-part series on developing your intuition.

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.

When I worked on the polio vaccine, I had a theory. I guided each [experiment] by imagining myself in the phenomenon in which I was interested. The intuitive realm…the realm of the imagination guides my thinking.

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.

Jonas Salk

Intuition is my most valued business tool.

Lewis Platt, former CEO of Hewlett Packard

Learning to use your Intuition is like learning a new language. Once you are fully conversant in the new language, you no longer need to think about what you are going to say; it just comes flowing out of you.

So, too, intuition can become second nature. Instead of thinking in a left-brain, analytical mode all the time, you can learn to “think” in a right-brain way, too. Instead of experiencing “analysis paralysis,” you can experience great success and fulfillment through inspired creativity.

Intuition uses a “language” made up of pictures and feelings. Over time, you can create your own easy-to-use “language.” For example, if you want to get a read on someone or some situation, try visualizing them as a car, a book, or an animal. See what kind of car, book, animal, etc. comes to mind and then trust that the “feeling” or image you get is an accurate read of the person or situation.

In time you will learn to trust your impressions and use them to easily, accurately, and quickly “read” a person or situation with this simple, yet very powerful tool.

For example, if I imagine someone as a car and then “see” them as a bright, sporty, red Lamborghini, I’m initially sensing that this person is a major extrovert who is always on the go. But then as I dig deeper and enter the car, I might see that the interior is strewn with garbage and tons of books and papers. That would tell me that this person’s internal life is a mess. So, within just a few seconds of tuning in I have a lot of information about this person. If I chose to look more closely at other aspects of the car, the engine, the trunk, etc., all this would reveal even more to me about the person.

This may sound too simplistic, but I can assure you that after having done hundreds, if not a thousand readings in my life, this technique can reveal a lot about a person.

Please see my next post for further suggestions on how to use your intuition in your daily life.