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“The new paradigm is a joint venture between head and heart intelligence, which generates a continuity of intuitive creative intelligence. Intuition cuts time and effort. As you gain intuitive intelligence, you become more energy and time effective .” – Doc Childre, founded the Institute of HeartMath
I had a surgeon in my “Developing Your Intuition” workshop this weekend. I spoke to her afterwards to understand more about what brought her there. She explained that she is a third generation surgeon; her grandfather, father and sister are all surgeons. She had also been told that she had been a healer in several lifetimes. In her current practice, she has consciously worked to integrate intuition and energy healing. She uses her intuition to help know which patients to choose and how best to treat them. By listening to her heart, she just “knows” this, and as long as she trust this part of herself, she has never been wrong. She was at my workshop to get a better understanding of her gift, and to develop more of that trust. I truly admired her courage to pursue a new paradigm.
What is intuition? Intuition is the instinctual knowing you get when you listen to your inner senses. This inner voice of wisdom connects us to our “higher self,” or what Wayne Dyer calls “the source.” Some refer to it as being in the Flow or connected to divine knowledge. Some consider it a direct channel to a Higher Power, whoever you consider that to be. Bob Proctor explains it this way; “Prayer is when we talk to God. Intuition is when God talks to us.”
We are all born with the gift of intuition. Unfortunately, as it is not valued in our head-based society, most children lose touch with their intuition by the end of first grade. As adults, we have all experienced times when we had a gut feeling, a dream, something told us, or we just knew. The researchers at the Institute of HeartMath call it ‘heart intelligence’. They define heart intelligence as “the intelligent flow of awareness and insight that we experience once the mind and emotions are brought into balance and coherence through a self-initiated process. This form of intelligence is experienced as direct knowingness and manifests in thoughts, emotions and actions that are beneficial for us and others.”
HeartMath has been studying the complexity to the human heart for the last 20 years. They have confirmed that the function of the heart is far more than simply pumping blood. The heart directs and aligns other systems in the body to function efficiently and in harmony. And, although the heart is in constant communication with the brain, it makes many of its own decisions and sends signals to help govern our lives. Doc Childre, the founder of HeartMath, talks about those “signals” from the heart in this way “Intuition brings clarity of thought and a warm sense of knowing. It’s a feeling of Aha! Now I see what to do! You know it is solid when you act on the intuition and things get better.”
Within each of us is the ability to reclaim our gift of intuition. By acknowledging, practicing and trusting this extraordinary part of being human, we can receive information and knowledge that will help us make decisions, take action and improve our own lives, the lives of others and, ultimately, the whole world. We can tune into the energetic nature that connects of all things. We can connect with Love.
Listen and follow your heart!
As a professional Life Coach, I often get asked the question, “What is a Life Coach?” “What do you do, exactly?” The following is a wonderful metaphor that begins to answer that question by making distinctions between a Therapist, a Consultant and a Life Coach:
Imagine that you wanted to learn how to ride a bike. The Therapist might ask, “How do you feel about riding that bike?” A Consultant would say, “I am going to tell you exactly how to ride that bike.” But the coach would say “Get on the bike, start peddling, don’t worry, I will walk or run beside you, I will be here until you know how to ride that bike. And, not only will you be riding that bike on your own, you will know in which direction it should be pointed!”
By walking beside you down a path of self-discovery, a Life Coach helps you clarify what it is you really want for yourself and assists you in going beyond your fears to make your dreams a reality. A coach is a guide for you to better know your full potential, your best self, your uniqueness and gifts. But most of all, a coach can help you learn how to listen to your own inner voice for your own answers.
I had a new client the other day. She went on about how she had been searching for over a year for answers as to what she should be doing in her life. She had done an incredible amount of research, written many emails that had gotten no responses, talked to several people who weren’t very helpful, and now she was extremely frustrated and wanted answers from me. Because she was coming from a Hindu background and practiced meditation and yoga, I asked her “How have you used meditation to help you with this question?” This stumped her. She had never considered this before. For her, meditation was for helping to cope with stress and, occasionally, when she had relaxed enough, for connecting to the Divine. It had never occurred to her to ask for help with answers inside of herself. Her paradigm and corresponding experiences was that answers come from external sources.
Are you asking questions like “What impact do I want to have on the world?” “What direction should my life take that serves others and honors who I am?” “What is my life’s purpose?” This is when learning how to listen to your inner voice of wisdom and how to trust your own deeper knowing becomes critical. We have all we need inside of us. We have just forgotten how to listen.
I encourage all of you to consider how a coach could help you learn to listen to your inner voice, and what the impact of that could be. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s never too late to start living the life that was meant for you.
With love and admiration,