‘We are all unique and have a purpose in life’.
‘We are all born to be loved, cared and to experience life to the fullest’
‘What we have is the present’
‘By focusing on the here and now, we can change and minimise the impact of the past’
There is wisdom and an innate intelligence within all of us. This is what I call the Power within Us; and we need to trust this power.
This Power enables us to sense, connect, imagine, visualise, act and create. It also allows us to be authentic, balanced and spontaneous in our interactions with people around us. We hold an attitude of flexibility, warmth and a natural sense of humour. We live in the moment and avoid labelling self and others as right or wrong, good or bad.
As we learn to love and accept ourselves; as individuals with strengths and weaknesses; and expand our thinking and beliefs; we move towards getting in touch with this power.
Intuition – The way to connect with the Power Within
Intuition or “gut feeling” is the way we sense and can get in touch with this Power within us. It appears in different forms for each of us. It could be an image, a dream, a voice or a sensation. It reveals itself through our senses.
It’s very much in the unconscious mind and emerges as a knowing.
- Intuition is memory stored in our body, some of it through generations.
- It is a memory – from past experiences and cumulative knowledge; often not at a conscious level. This is many times revealed through dreams.
- Our brain processes information automatically even in our daily routines, which underlies intuition. The unconscious competence that we build while driving or cooking or any of the routine tasks we indulge in, is intuition.
- Even when we make complex decisions, this processing plays a big part. E.g. When we make crucial business deals or choose a life partner.
However, matching it with data is very important, to ensure our decisions work for us. Intuition, combined with logic and reasoning, leads to insights and effective functioning of the human mind.
What stops Intuition from working
When there is free flowing energy; from our conscious to subconscious to the unconscious mind, we experience a flow within us even while doing mundane activities. It is therefore important for us to understand first, what comes in the way of this intuition or the free flowing mind.
Limiting Beliefs and Suppressed Feelings block this free flow. We need to be free of our limiting beliefs and suppressed feelings, to be able to access intuition, which is largely in the unconscious and subconscious mind.
The blocking of this free flow of energy manifests as stress in our everyday lives, which in turn also impacts our body.
Allowing Four Basic Feelings to flow
We all have four basic feelings which we experience as we go through any situation. These are –Joy, sadness, anger and fear.
Acknowledging and expressing our feelings has a purpose.
- Sadness helps us to grieve our losses.
- Anger helps us to fight for justice.
- Fear protects us from danger and
- Joy helps us to celebrate.
It is important that whenever we experience any of these feelings, we acknowledge, accept and express them in appropriate ways.
Doing this enables us to feel relaxed and light in our body. The cloud in our mind gets cleared and our thoughts become focused on the present. This, in turn, helps us to be mindful about our actions and responses to our surroundings and people around us.
However, conditioning of the mind, often, does not allow us to express our feelings freely. As children, all of us have received different messages from our parents and caretakers about expressing feelings. Some of us have been told not to show anger; while some of us have been stopped from crying or showing fear. A very common one that I too have received and have heard from others is- ‘don’t laugh so much, you will land up crying’.
These are direct messages of “don’t express your feelings”. When these are given repeatedly we internalise the message and start suppressing the feelings.
Initially it may be a conscious choice. However, over years, it becomes an unconscious and involuntary process.
Effect of Limiting Beliefs
When feelings are denied space for expression, they manifest in different ways. They create knots in our body in the form of aches and pains, giving rise to illnesses. They may also get expressed in the form of guilt, fear and/or resentment. None of these are helpful feelings. They either blame someone else or oneself.
These negative feelings, in turn, clog the mind and give rise to negative/limiting thoughts and beliefs. Limiting beliefs restrict our thinking and do not allow us to perceive situations with an open mind.
- When I feel guilty, I may tend to ignore my needs and may overdo caring for others.
- When I feel fear, I am insecure and my ability to think rationally and logically is minimized.
- When I criticise others, the negative energy that I give out, pushes people away from me.
- When I am resentful, I come across as a bitter person and people start feeling uncomfortable and unsure around me.
All these, in the long run, will result in my feeling lonely and not good about myself. Negative thoughts and beliefs start impacting the body in the form of fatigue and cause illnesses in the body. All our suppressed feelings and limiting beliefs become a part of our unconscious mind; and these influence our actions, without our awareness.
Due to this, both, our mind and body, lack a flow of positive energy. We feel ill at ease and also lose our ability to be and do our best. We are unable to access our natural potential to be who we are. This in turn comes in the way of accessing our intuition and the power within us.
How do we access the Power within us?
The following are some practices with which we can free ourselves from limitations and come closer to this innate power/ wisdom within us.
- Practice expression of your feelings of Joy, Sadness, Anger and Fear safely and appropriately.
- Become aware when you feel a sense of guilt, criticism or resentment.
- Ask yourself which suppressed feeling is causing it. Acknowledge and address that feeling.
- Stop criticising yourself and others – Accept Reality.
- Change and update old limiting beliefs.
- Listen to your inner voice.
- Listen to your body.
- Accept yourself as you are, with your strengths and weaknesses.
- Practice positive Affirmations.
- Express Gratitude.
- Be in loving and supporting relationships
- Move away from conflicting relationships
- Be a keen observer and listener – of self and others
- Take time out for solitude – Reflect within.
- Pay attention to your dreams.
- Practice mindfulness through grounding, centering and meditations.
- Spend time with nature.
Tapping the Power within us is a process and a journey; not a destination. Self-awareness is the road to walk this journey.
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