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“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

Albert Einstein

Have you heard that quote before? It’s new to me, and it’s pretty surprising that one of the greatest thinkers of our time considers intuition, of all things, to be “the only real valuable thing.”

Why would he make such a bold claim? After all, we don’t even have a standard for what intuition means, let alone, a way to measure its “realness” or even its “value.”

Nonetheless, I believe that this disconnect is one of the wonderful ironies of intuition: we intuitively know that intuition’s very real and very valuable.

Einstein intuitively knew there was a connection between energy and matter long before his famous equation: E=mc2

So what’s so “real” and “valuable” about intuition in the first place?

Well, most of us seem to have a cool story where we had a “gut feeling” about something and was proven right. For example, when I took my first coach training class, I knew this was my professional calling. I just knew it (and was right).

Many of us see intuition as a way to make a decision, receive guidance, or have knowledge of something without knowing why. So just imagine having the ability to make any decision, seeing exactly the right path to take, or having knowledge about anything.

No wonder Einstein put so much value in intuition: those abilities would be amazing!

But there’s a catch to intuition. It only shares the information necessary for you to take the next step. So it’s like getting a hint on a crossword puzzle–it doesn’t reveal the whole solution all at once. (And thank goodness that’s the case!) Life would be boring if we had all the answers, all the decisions, and all the guidance we needed for the rest of our lives.

But for many of us, intuition’s an ability that’s underutilized or downright ignored altogether. In fact, when I’m working with a client, it’s common that they feel frustrated because they lack clarity on what they want, what they want to do, or how they’re going to get to where they want.

Of course, that’s frustrating! That’s the opposite of having all the answers. So having no intuition’s like playing a crossword puzzle with no hints at all–and so I work on integrating more intuition into my clients’ lives.

I’d love to share those same techniques with you:

Four methods I’ve used to tap into my intuition and help others do the same.

A. Guided Meditation for Developing Intuition

  1. Put on some comfortable headphones and climb into bed before going to sleep.
  2. Listen to this YouTube video, which focuses on opening your intuition. It helps to have familiarity with the chakras.
  3. Do this every night for one week.

B. Breathe-In / Breathe-Out Intuition

  1. Before you sit down to work, especially creative work, stand up (if possible) close your eyes, and take a deep breath.
  2. Continue taking deep breaths and imagine that you inhale into the top of your head and exhale out the bottom of your feet. Repeat three times.
  3. Inhale again and say in your mind, “I breathe in all that is my intuition.
  4. Exhale and say in your mind, “I breathe out all that is not my intuition.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 three times.
  6. Take a nice big breath and then get to work.

C. Flame Meditation

You’ll need a timer and a candle* for this exercise.

  1. Set a two-minute timer.
  2. Sit comfortably in a quiet place.
  3. Light the candle and carefully set it in front of you.
  4. Next, keep a soft gaze on the flame.
  5. Focus intensely on the flame. Notice every flicker, every color, every shape. Watch it dance. See how the wax melts and starts reflecting the flame like a mirror.
  6. Send any thoughts that arise into the flame and come back to your focus.

*If you prefer using your hearing instead of your sight, load a looping sound of waves crashing. I highly recommend using the Pebble Beach soundscape from MyNoise.net.

Deeply listen for the variety of sounds that come from the crashing noise and the rolling pebbles. Send any thoughts that arrive into the ocean.

D. Intention-Setting Intuition

  1. Every morning, write an intention for developing your intuition. One that I recommend is, “Today, my intuition is strong and gives me the knowledge and guidance that best serves me.
  2. Set a timer for 20 seconds.
  3. Focus deeply and re-read your intention over and over until the timer’s done.
  4. Do this every day for a week.

How do I know my intuition’s working?

A friend asked me, “How do I know the difference between my intuition and my ego telling me something?” Of course, this seemed like a great time to check in with my own intuition. So I took a breath and an answer came to me:

“Your intuition tells you what to do. Your ego tells you what not to do.”

Messages from intuition are short and to the point without explanation. On the other hand, ego messages include rationalization and explanation as to why you shouldn’t do something.

Next week, we’ll focus on what to do with your intuitive guidance. Stay tuned.

Crossing the TEA’s

Now, let’s check out the energy levels behind these Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions:

Low-Energy TEA:

  • Thoughts: I don’t know what to do, what I want, or what my next step should be. Ugh!
  • Emotions: Irritated, Insecure, Hesitant, Confused
  • Actions: Often, we look outside ourselves for answers and fill up our tank of knowledge with more podcasts, books, online quizzes, classes, etc . . . until the whole thing overflows.

High-Energy TEA:

  • Thoughts: Today, my intuition’s strong and gives me the knowledge and guidance that best serves me.
  • Emotions: Optimistic, Curious, Open, Playful, Courageous, Inquisitive
  • Actions: Infuse practices into daily life that strengthen and acknowledge intuitive abilities.
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