Listening to Your Intuition

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Whether It’s a Gut Reaction or Your Intuition It’s Time to Listen

Have you ever felt like you barely missed a traumatic incident? Perhaps you chose not to take a particular flight, or you stepped away from the curb just before a car swerved towards it. Maybe you decided at the last minute not to go somewhere only to find out later that the location was the scene of a fire, a robbery or a shooting?

 

Warnings Can Start in Your Belly!

According to Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist at UCLA, you receive warning signs in your body that something is wrong including icy hands or feet, pain in your gut or your chest, nausea or a feeling you need to be on “high alert,” fatigue/tiredness or a headache.

 

Shopping with Danger

One thirteen-year-old girl felt cold air when danger walked in. She and her sister were shopping at a pet store when she saw a man walk in the store. The girl became terrified when she looked at the man, grabbed her sister and joined her mother who was shopping at the grocery store across the street.

“Turns out, the minute we left the store the man attempted to rob the place and even shot the cashier. Ever since then, I’ve always listened to my gut.”

 

Running the Light

Years ago, my mom was waiting at a stop light at an intersection she traveled through on a regular basis. As she sat there waiting for the light to change from red to green, she was suddenly overcome with the urge to run the red light, which she did. Please understand my mother obeys the traffic laws and does not run red lights. About a minute later, a small plane crashed in a nearby yard, the pilot was killed on impact, not far from that very traffic light.

 

Changing the Itinerary

One young Canadian man tells the story of his adventure (and near miss) backpacking across Asia. He was planning on returning home to Canada with side trips through Indonesia, Malaysia and Istanbul when he described having a sickening feeling in his gut. He canceled his flights and changed his itinerary, returning home five days earlier than he had planned. When he landed in Vancouver, he received anxious texts from family and friends concerned about his planned arrival in Istanbul.

“Little did I know that as I was on my flight from South Korea to Vancouver, the international part of Istanbul’s airport was attacked by terrorists,” he said. “I checked the times of my old flights and I would have been there at the time the attack happened. Forty-five people died and over 200 were hurt.”

 

Which is It – Intuition or Gut Instinct?

Intuition is “the ability to acquire knowledge without recourse to conscious reasoning,” per Wikipedia. While intuition and gut instinct appear similar, there is a slight difference. Gut instinct is purely physical. Intuition is an inner knowing that can be felt throughout a person’s body as a physical response as well. For example, when I sense something very specific about a client on a psychic level, my entire body will tingle, which tells me the insight is very much on target, leaving no room for doubt. Likewise, intuition does not require proof to back it up.

 

Could Intuition Be Science-Based?

Our eyes and higher mind take in a lot more information than we realize, recognize the patterns in it, then store the blocks of information formed (a process called chunking) to recall later as needed. In this manner, our instincts may recognize something out of place in a situation before the conscious mind catches up. In “The Science of Intuition: An Eye-Opening Guide to Your Sixth Sense,” Annie Murphy Paul says human eyes have the capability of seeing something that is displayed for just 33 milliseconds (such as an expression of fear) – which is too fast to register on the conscious level. It’s an ability that has been hardwired into our anatomy since the creation of mankind.

“When our ancestors confronted strangers, those who quickly discerned the newcomers’ feelings and motives were more likely to survive.” – Annie Murphy Paul

 

Feeling Danger Ahead

Because your intuitive mind registers things faster than your conscious mind can see it, the body may expel dopamine neurons, giving you “the jitters,” to warn you something (such as a speeding truck) is headed your way. The key is to tune in to your body and recognize those feelings as they happen.

“Living more intuitively demands that you’re in the moment, and that makes for a more passionate life.” – Judith Orloff, PhD, author of Second Sight

 

The Best of Both Worlds: Learning to Trust Your Gut

Whether it’s an intuitive feeling or a gut instinct, you can determine its value by combining intuition with your linear mind to decide on the appropriate course of action, Orloff says. She suggests you pay attention to five categories of reactions:

  1. Something feels wrong with my body (your body will give you signals – listen to them).
  2. I’m in danger (check your gut feelings against your rational mind).
  3. I want to help (empathic feelings – the need to help someone else).
  4. I know how to do this (you’ve done it before, you’ve got this).
  5. This is it (when choosing a new career or new partner).

 

Take the Time to Improve Your Intuition

Life offers good times and challenges, that’s why it’s important to operate with all of our senses. The greater our awareness of ourselves and our environment, the more likely we will be able to roll with the changes we face. Here are some suggestions from Mind Body Green on ways to improve your intuition:

  • Meditate
  • Notice all you can with each of your five senses (so you can develop the sixth sense)
  • Pay attention to your dreams
  • Become creative (drawing, painting, journaling)
  • Test your hunches (write them down and check them later)
  • Consult your body (do you respond with a headache when you are under stress? Trace the origin)
  • Escape the daily routine and take a walk or spend time in new surroundings
  • Look back at a time in the past when you had a feeling about something but ignored it. Where did the feeling originate? Was it a dream or vision or did you feel ill?
  • Feel, don’t think.
  • Do something repetitive to open up your mind (chopping carrots).
  • Release your resistance.

Learning to trust yourself rather than overthinking things in a given moment is the first step to becoming more intuitive. Likewise, listening to your gut instincts can change your life or save your life depending on the situation.

Improve Your Health by Increasing Your Happiness

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Psychologist Paul Eckman defined six basic emotions that all cultures experience: anger, fear, disgust, sadness, surprise, and happiness. Each of these emotions can take a toll on our health or improve it, as is the case with happiness and feelings of joy.

Likewise, by understanding the underlying physiological changes which occur in the body when we experience a specific emotion, we are able to recognize it and make a shift out of a “negative” emotion (contracted state) into a “positive” emotion (state of expansion = new opportunities).

Kent Boxberger, an Atlanta-based teacher of the Law of Attraction, regularly quoted Abraham in his classes. Abraham is a collective consciousness channeled by Esther Hicks (abraham-hicks.com).

“When you are feeling a negative emotion, stop and say: Something is important here; otherwise I would not be feeling this negative emotion. What is it that I want? And then simply turn your attention to what you do want. When you turn your attention to what you want, the negative attraction will stop … and the positive attraction will begin. And in that moment your feelings will change from not feeling good to feeling good. That is the process of pivoting,” – Kent Boxberger

The ability to experience a wide variety of emotions is what makes us human. Feelings of anger and fear are not necessarily the wrong feelings as these feelings enable us to act quickly in an uncomfortable situation.

 

What Does Anger Look Like?

Anger can be defined as resentment, irritability or rage. On the physical level, anger can trigger the flight or fight response which includes: an increase in respiration, higher blood pressure, increased body temperature, and the rapid release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. The mind becomes sharper too in order to prepare your body for “fight or flight.”

While anger is a normal human response, if not managed anger can negatively impact your health. Staying angry over a long period of time can cause anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, skin rashes, and can increase the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally, remaining in a state of negativity can create chronic conditions of stress, hopelessness and helplessness. It can also create a hormonal imbalance that can damage the body’s immune system (literally making us sick).

Sometimes we react angrily to a situation when it’s really just a response to past experiences we’ve stored in the unconscious mind. If you think you may have been triggered in a current situation by something that occurred to you in the past, consider talking to a good friend or a counselor to get to the root cause.

 

Shifting Away from Anger

Experts suggest taking the following steps to heal anger:

  • Keep a diary
  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Learn Ways to Resolve Conflict
  • Talk to a counselor

 

Fear is Normal

Fear is defined as an immediate threat such as imminent danger. It’s an important emotion because it gives us a better chance of survival. The physiological response to fear is similar to anger: muscles contract and become tense, respiration increases, and the heart rate increases. These reactions are important because they help us react quickly. However, if feelings of fear are not addressed, those feelings can morph into anxiety.

Anxiety-based fear can be something such as being fearful over the anticipated results of a situation.

In my communications with those that have crossed over, I am reminded often that we worry too much. In my own life I make a conscious effort to trust more, worry less.

 

How Can You Reduce Feelings of Fear in Your Life?

In his book, The Conquest of Happiness, mathematician and philosopher Betrand Russell suggested a way to minimize fear and anxiety is to consider what is the very worst that can happen in a given situation – then play it out in your mind in order to neutralize it. Then 1) justify the reasons for the fear and 2) substitute positive affirmations. Taking these steps can reinstate a sense of calm and control over a situation, he said.

“Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished. exposure therapy… The proper course with every kind of fear is to think about it rationally and calmly, but with great concentration, until it has been completely familiar.” – – Betrand Russell

If fear is debilitating for you, or if the fear relates to a traumatic experience and you are unable to “get over it,” there is help available. Administered by a therapist, a process called exposure therapy can desensitize you to a specific fear. Another option is light therapy. For example, after I was in a house fire which occurred in my kitchen, I became fearful of cooking; I literally could no longer use my stove. A chiropractor who was well-versed in light therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) used both techniques to eliminate the association I had between cooking and being in a fire. Today, I love to cook!

 

How Disgusting!

Disgust is a reaction – such as a sense of revulsion – to people or things that we find evil, immoral or distasteful. When you feel disgust, you may turn away from the object of disgust, you may want to react by throwing up, or you may wrinkle your nose and curl your lip. For instance, if you find something in your refrigerator that is “past its prime” you may wrinkle your nose and feel sick to your stomach. Likewise, if someone you know displays a behavior or does something that seems immoral to you, you may turn away from the person.
Feelings of disgust can give way to being judgmental over someone else, which can lead to negative thoughts about ourselves and anger – and all the physiological responses that go along with it.

“While it may feel bad, disgust is actually a tremendously important emotion. It is part of what fuels our ability to ask for what we want and need, and it helps us find the gumption to act assertively.”  – Bill Maier, YourTango.com

 

Letting Go of Toxic Feelings

  • Notice when judgmental thoughts pop up (recognizing the feeling helps you become calm over it).
  • Take calming breathes – deep breathing helps reduce feelings of negativity.
  • Don’t let feelings control you.
  • When you feel disgust, turn the emotion around and focus on feeling kind, respectful and caring. Reframing your feelings can help reduce the emotional reaction you feel.
  • Become mindful. Focus on your own wants, needs and feelings. Create a “happy place” in your mind you can retreat to, something that elicits feelings of calmness.
  • Talk to someone about how you feel.

 

Feeling Sadness is the First Step Towards Healing

Feeling sad is part of life: whether it’s sadness over the loss of a loved one, a beloved pet, a job, a marriage, or other life-changing circumstances, all of us feel sad at one point or another in our lives. Know that it’s OK to give yourself permission to feel sad.

“Buddhism teaches that as you sit with your pain and grief, simply noticing it as if you were sitting on a riverbank watching these heavy feelings float downstream, you’ll discover how to live, learn, and heal through it.” – Ronald Alexander, PhD, Psychology Today.

When sadness is not addressed, it can develop into depression, which can impact your central nervous system: speeding up your heart rate and tightening blood vessels. Around 16 million U.S. adults are estimated to have one major depressive episode per year, according to Healthline. While it is pretty common, depression can be hard on the body causing: tiredness, trouble sleeping, irritability, loss of interest, headaches, body aches, lower concentration levels, overuse of drugs or alcohol (self-medicating behavior), over eating or loss of appetite.

 

Getting Out of a State of Depression is Worth the Effort

Readers were queried on Quora.com on some of the best ways to break the cycle of depression. Here are some suggestions they made:

  • Maintain a healthy diet – include Omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins (B complex, B12), minerals and amino acids. Get a massage.
  • Try Yoga or Thai Chi.
  • Write down things you are grateful for (a gratitude journal).
  • Exercise – take a walk.
  • Get help (psychologist, psychiatrist, hypnotherapy).
  • Volunteer (helps you feel needed and distracts you from sadness).
  • Figure out what makes you happy about your daily routine and do it!
  • Set life goals that will make you happy.
  • Do things that make you laugh (watch a funny movie).
  • Find something to be passionate about (writing, painting, sewing, photography, knitting, planting flowers, bird watching, etc.).
  • Find things to love about yourself (make a list of your positive attributes and tuck it in your wallet).

“Just when you get into a comfortable routine, expect a surprise along with a bit of chaos, but don’t get dismayed. The wave will crash. The storm will pass. A new routine will surface. It will be alright.” – Beth Frates, MD @BethFratesMD

 

Surprise! Guess Who?

All of us experience surprises in life – positive, negative or neutral. The experience is usually brief. It’s characterized by your facial expression at the time, your physical response (you may jump backwards in response) or a verbal reaction such as yelling. A surprise can also trigger a flight or fight response such as a rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing. Surprises “stand out in the memory,” in other words, we can retain surprising moments as memories more easily.

 

What Was That?!

One night, I was about to turn into my mom’s subdivision when out of the bushes jumped a huge deer. He ran across the road directly in front of my car, missing my front grill by an inch. Although that event took place months ago, it still stands out clearly in my memory!

 

Being Happy or Joyful Makes You Feel Great!

Joy is internal and can be as simple as accepting where you are right now. Happiness is external and usually involves outside parties, or events.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”  – Aristotle

Happiness involves two components: the experience of positive emotions – joy, contentment, love, and a sense of satisfaction you have in your life, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology with the Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley. She suggests drawing a concept map to define what makes you happy.

Happiness can be interpreted as experiencing feelings of joy and contentment, satisfaction, positive well-being expressed as smiling, relaxed stance and an upbeat voice.

Being happy gives you lots of health benefits including a healthier heart, stronger immune system, less stress, and an improved chance of survival (increased longevity).

Many studies show that people who exercise regularly get a positive boost to their mood and experience lower rates of depression. The point is that when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins intersect with the receptors in your brain and reduce your perception of pain.

 

Mind over Emotions: Feel Better by Taking the First Step

In order to shift into a mindset of happiness consider taking the following steps: smile, give someone a hug, dress nicely, spend time outside, get rest, meditate, keep a gratitude journal. By asking yourself what you are grateful for, you create emotional resilience and are less likely to experience episodes of depression.

In yoga and in meditation, we are taught to breathe in healing energy and breathe out negative thoughts and feelings. Deep breathing using this method can actually help you become more positive.

To find out where you are on the “positivity scale,” consider taking a test to help you determine your feelings on a daily basis. It’s a great place to start: http://www.positivityratio.com/single.php.

 

Understanding Your Feelings Can Help You Shift Your Energy Towards a Better Outcome

By identifying our feelings as we experience them, we can hold on to the “good stuff,” and reduce the possibility of drawing negativity into our lives. Sometimes the simple act of saying, “Feel Better,” over and over can help bring about positive change. By thinking about what you want in life in a positive way – and holding that thought for 17 seconds – good things will start to happen. The beginning of a new decade is a great time to start a new habit that will create positive change in your life.

Angels are With Us: Rescues and Miracles Through Divine Intervention

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Throughout the world, there are descriptions of people who have experienced miracles for themselves or miracles on behalf of loved ones. Others are convinced they’ve heard the voice of God. Here are some of their stories.

 

The Visionaries of Medjugorje

Image: Britannica

In a small town in Bosnia-Hercegovina in 1981, a group of six Croatian teenage children reported seeing visions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Called the visionaries of Medjugorje, the children, now adults, said they were provided specific prayers from Mary to say for the sick, the young, and those that are lost. While some claim the reported apparitions were a hoax, it hasn’t stopped the 30 million people who have made a pilgrimage to the site since it was first reported in 1981.

 “Her beauty cannot be described. It is not our kind of beauty – that is something ethereal – something heavenly – something that we’ll only see in paradise, and then only to a certain degree.”  – Description of Mary, visionaries of Medjugorje

 

She Couldn’t Believe Her Eyes

Nine-year-old Elysia Laub was sitting at home in rural Indiana when she was told to step outside. She thought the voice was all in her head and turned around. As she was about to enter the front door, she heard a noise in some nearby bushes and was told to investigate it. She took a closer look, and there, beneath the bushes, was a newborn baby with its umbilical cord still attached. Elysia ran inside to get her mother, Heidi, who picked up the baby and called police. The police department determined the baby had been abandoned, but other than experiencing a sunburn and a few bug bites, the newborn survived.

 

The Hospital Angel of Parkersburg, West Virginia

Author Cindy Parmiter shared a friend’s story about a lady named Patricia who was transported to a hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia hospital after she experienced a stroke. As soon as Patricia began to recover, she asked about the whereabouts of her nurse, Kelly, who helped her when she first arrived. Her question confounded the hospital staff as Patricia was unresponsive and unconscious when she was admitted and could not have spoken to anyone. Patricia insisted Kelly was there and described her as being in her late 20s, with long blonde wavy hair and blue eyes. She wore white. The night she was admitted, Patricia recalled asking Kelly if she was going to die. Kelly squeezed her hand and whispered to her that “she would be alright … and would live to see her grandchildren grow up.” Staff confirmed there were no nurses named Kelly at the hospital. However, over the years, a number of patients described the same sweet and gentle nurse reassuring them when they were admitted.

 

The Story of Deepika

Wikipedia

Deepika and a friend played a game where they would pick out a place to explore in Delhi, India, and then take public transportation to explore the area. On this day, they decided to visit three temples. However, as the pair began to walk from the first temple to the second one, it became dark and neither was able to determine how to turn around and get back home safely. They began to pray. It was at that moment they noticed a thin man in his 40s walking in front of them. They began to follow him. When they stopped, he stopped, but he never looked back, Deepika said. The man led them through the darkness back to the train station and said, “This is Kalkaji metro station, you can go now.”

“Miracles can happen anywhere all you need is belief.” – Deepika Parashar

 

Help Me!

On a spring night in 2015, rescuers were called to respond to an accident on the Spanish Fork River in Utah where a car had flipped over in the river. The firefighters and police on the scene later confirmed they heard a female call out: “Help Me! Help Us!” Once they were able to turn over the car and look inside, they saw an 18-month-old little girl, Lily, was unconscious and not breathing. She had been hanging upside down in her car seat. It was 42 degrees, Lily had been hanging upside down for 14 hours. Lily survived. Her mom, authorities said later, died on impact. So who called out for help?

 

He Fell 200 Feet to Earth and Survived

Korey loved to skydive because he believed it brought him closer to God. By November 2017, he enjoyed the sport so much he became a skydiving instructor.

It was also around this time he did a jump he would never forget.

When he and another skydiver were in the air, they collided 200 feet above the ground and fell to the earth. By some miracle both survived. Korey had a broken neck, broken ribs and internal injuries. His parents were warned Korey might be permanently paralyzed due to the fall. So, the family prayed. When the trauma doctor operated on Korey, he was amazed to find that despite Korey’s extensive injuries, “he could move everything.” Korey was not paralyzed and made a full recovery. Today he works as a sky diving instructor again.

 

Need Angelic Intervention? Just Ask

I keep a little angel bell on my kitchen windowsill; it’s a gift from my friend Stephanie.

Whenever I think about a person who needs prayers or angelic intervention, I ring the bell. It’s my way of asking the angels to help someone who is in trouble or in need of some divine assistance.

Angels are divine messengers who provide guidance, protection and comfort.

Angels may appear to us in different ways, they may be represented by a flash of light, a spark you see from the corner of your eye, or you may feel a change of air pressure around you. Angels may show their presence through a warm breeze or a good feeling overall.

If an angel needs to share divine guidance you may hear it as an outside voice or hear it as a soft inner voice. If you do, know angels speak to you with love by empowering you to do what is best for you.

October 31st and the Thinning of the Veil Between Worlds

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Halloween wasn’t always a time to give out treats to youngsters in cute costumes. Originally Halloween was known as Samhain, pronounced Sow-wen, and represented the end of summer on the Celtic calendar. Samhain also marked the transition between seasons as well as a “doorway between life and the season of death.” This doorway was interpreted as a thinning of the veil between worlds, which enabled people to more readily communicate with those that have passed away. The Celts would celebrate the day by adding a plate of food on the dinner table or by leaving food and drink on the doorstep outside for returning spirits.

Likewise, the people of Mexico celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) on October 31. It’s a way to honor and pray for family and friends who have passed away while supporting their spiritual journey.

 

Halloween is a Great Opportunity to Let Your Loved Ones Know You Miss Them

It really shouldn’t matter what day of the year you reach out to a loved one or a pet that has passed away. However, I tend to believe Halloween does offer a magical quality, making everyone more intuitive, so they can take the leap needed to make contact with a deceased loved one.

Oftentimes, we may find ourselves wishing for one last chat, or to see that special person or pet one more time. I believe our loved ones can hear us and are able to respond in different ways.

We may be visited in our dreams, see something that reminds us of them, hear someone utter a phrase the person said often in life, show us something unique that is symbolic of the lost loved one, find pennies or feathers in our path, hear our name called in a familiar way, or smell a scent that is reminiscent of a loved one.

Pets can also visit from the other side. We may see a depression on the couch or the bed where they once rested, come across a familiar toy in an unexpected place, see someone else’s pet that looks just like the one we lost, hear a bark or a meow that sounds uncannily like the pet that has died, or simply feel the pet’s presence around us.

 

Does Pretty Girl Live on the Moon?

I had a recent experience regarding my cat, Pretty Girl, who died in June. I was missing her terribly and expressed an interest in seeing her again. That night I had a dream about her. I was told to rent a four-wheel-drive jeep in order to navigate a steep, rocky mountain. It was a difficult drive over bumpy, boulder-strewn roads.

When I finally arrived at the top, I saw a little white house and entered it. Once inside, I noticed an old woman sweeping her floor. Her house was spotlessly clean. I asked the woman, who must have been an Oracle of sorts, if I could see my cat again. She gave me directions, and I drove away into pitch black darkness.


I stepped out of the jeep in a place that looked a lot like the surface of the moon. The stars were brilliant overhead. Everywhere I looked I saw contented cats lounging about, enjoying the night sky. I called Pretty Girl by name, and she came to me. I loaded her up into the jeep, petted her and told her I loved her. I woke up from the dream just as I began driving down the mountain again.
The next day, I had to go by a bank in another part of the city. There in the back of the parking lot was a black cat enjoying the afternoon sun. As the cat glanced at me, I realized she looked just like Pretty Girl, only bigger. Perhaps that was her way of letting me know she was still around?

 

But I Don’t Have a Dog …

Recently, I had the opportunity to offer psychic readings at a house party. As one lady sat before me, I noticed the presence of a large dog. I said, “What is your dog’s name?” She said, “I don’t have a dog.” I laughed and told her she could have fooled me, because there was clearly a dog sitting at her feet. She then admitted she had a dog, but he had died a couple of years ago. I told her, he was still around her, and described what I saw. She was happy to know that her dog loved her enough to stick around even after he passed away.

 

Honoring a Bond of Friendship and Love

As the nights get colder and the days become shorter, we may find ourselves missing the conversations and experiences we’ve had with our friends, family and pets that have passed away. The website whatsyourgrief.com suggests that moving on after a loss is not always easy. Instead, we should consider incorporating the continuing bond theory into our lives to make the loss easier to handle. Consider taking the following steps:

  1. Talk to them
  2. Write letters to them
  3. Include your loved one into events and special days
  4. Imagine the advice they would give you
  5. Talk about them to someone who doesn’t know them
  6. Live your life in a way that they would be proud of you
  7. Finish a project
  8. Take a trip they always wanted to take

 



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