Here you will discover a collection of insightful resources to help you get in touch with spiritual ideas about accessing your true self. Explore new areas of thinking and different perspectives. Be creative in you thinking and actions and step outside your comfort zone...take the challenge!
Accessing your intuitive awareness
Connecting with your right brain (creative intuition) can be daunting for many people. The left brain runs on logic and control and likes just that.....control! To connect to your creative intuition takes practice and commitment.... don’t be discouraged and start letting left brain thinking take over your intuitive process.
After all, we don’t want you thinking, we want you listening to your inner intuitive self.
The following short daily exercise can help get you in tune with your inner intuitive self. You will be using a form of mindfulness meditation:
- Allow a space in your home or outside where you can sit quietly and comfortably without being disturbed. Have pen and paper handy for jotting down notes.
- Think of a question about an issue or problem that is difficult for you at the moment (This can be done before hand if you wish e.g. when a problem arises, write it down somewhere safe to look at for your next mindful meditation session). Choose to word your question in a clear concise way that says exactly what you want to know.
- Close your eyes and take 5 deep slow breaths and let your shoulders drop each time you breathe out. Give yourself permission to let go of all other thoughts that may appear in your mind.
- Say your question either out loud or in your mind, whichever method is most comfortable for you.
- Sit in your quiet space and take mental note of what comes to you e.g. a word, a phrase, an image or symbol/s, impressions or feelings. Write them down as they come to you no matter how strange or nonsensical they may seem. The inner you uses a different ‘language’ to communicate with you than what you are used to in the outside world. Go back to closed eyes and listen/ see until you feel you have received all the information or you have had enough sitting time for now.
- Put your pen and paper down, thank your inner self for assisting you and leave your quiet space for a short time... make a coffee/tea, go outside, play with a pet etc.
- When you feel refreshed come back to your notes and read through them. Look for key words and/or images that really stand out or grab your attention in relation to your question.
This exercise can take some practice to get your left brain thoughts out of the way so be kind to yourself and have patience. Trust in what images, words and feelings you receive as they are from your inner intuitive self. You may get one word/ image or many the quantity does not matter it is all from your inner self. The more you become in tune and comfortable with this process the quicker the answers will present themselves.
Fun ways to boost creativity and connect with your intuition
Here is a list of fun and interesting ways to connect with your creativity and intuition.
What can you do to get creative or connect better with your intuition? Use one or many and add your own unique ways to get creative and intuitively connected.
- Try something new – anything outside your comfort zone
- Automatic freedom writing and doodling
- Sleep and dream – sleep revitalises and charges your batteries. Dreams are the subconscious' way of sharing information through visuals and sensations
- Write down a list of your worries and come back to them later, this frees up your mind space to be creative
- Carry a notebook everywhere and jot down new ideas
- Acknowledge that you are a creative genius – use affirmations and positive self talk
- Don’t expect perfection – what is perfection? other than comparing yourself to others ideals and expectations
- Play your favourite music when you want to be intuitive and creative – get in the zone
- Decorate a space for creating with vivid wild colours, trinkets, crystals and textures. What ever sets the mood for you.
- See the world through the eyes of a child.
- Meditation and visualisation
- Object reading- hold an object and see what information you get through your senses and your feelings
- Listening through the mind’s monkey chatter for snippets of information that seems out of place or unusual
- Reading oracle or tarot cards for yourself and others
- Art play – meditation collage, doodling, mandala drawing and colouring
- Automatic freedom writing and doodling
- Reading photos and seeing/ feeling what information you get about the person
- Guess who is calling you on the phone
- Predict a song on the radio
- Be aware of your intuitive sensitivity in different places and when around people - what do you sense and feel
Intuitive art is a visual form of self exploration that helps you to tap into your inner voice, thoughts and feelings. Intuitive art is a form of meditation. In meditation, we let go of all judgement and expectations and flow with universal energy, so too with intuitive art.
While working in a state of meditative artistic expression we connect with:
- a deep soul connection.
- being in the present moment.
- freedom of expression.
- letting go of negative thoughts.
- trusting our inner knowledge.
When engaging in intuitive art there are no rules, no planning, no guidelines, no judgements or expectations.
Simple techniques to relax your mind and body
Our mind and body don’t function to their highest potential in any situation when we are stressed, anxious and tired. Below are some simple techniques you can use to benefit your mind and body.
Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness where your mind and body is at deep peace. The technique is simple but can take practice so be kind to yourself if meditation is difficult at first. Sit in a quiet place with a straight back and with both of your feet on the floor or you can lay down if this is more comfortable, close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathe or on repeating a favourite affirmation or mantra either in your mind or gentle out loud. Any distracting thoughts that come to mind can be gentle floated aside. Focus for as long as you can e.g. 5, 10 minutes or longer. Feel the relaxation going through your body and mind.
When you are comfortable with the meditation process you can do it anywhere and at any time eyes open or closed works just as well e.g. on the bus on the way to work, waiting for the train, during a stressful meeting etc.
Use the meditation technique as above and either:
1. Visualise the scene /situation as you want it to be not as it is as present. See/feel/smell/taste the things you can do or use to improve the situation. Choose one thing you can do and when you open your eyes take a deep breath, get up and go do what you need to do to improve your situation.
2. Visualise a peaceful place where you enjoy a moment of peace e.g.in a garden, at the beach, in a forest. Use whatever visuals works for you.
Use your breath
Breathing deeply and slowly can slow down your heart rate and relax your mind. Sit up straight or lay down if this is more comfortable for you and close your eyes. Concentrate on your breath and breathe slowly in through your nose, feeling the breath going into your stomach then hold for 2-3 seconds and breathe slowly out through your mouth and relax. Do this process as many times as you need till you feel relaxed.
Practice being present
Be mindful in your present moment. Stop! Slow down and make time to focus on what you are doing. Being mindful means focusing on the very thing you are doing at that moment and enjoying it to its fullest e.g. notice the taste and smell of food, what it looks like and feels like in your mouth. Allow yourself to enjoy...you will feel less stressed.
Spend time with a pet
Pets have a calming effect and help to relax our minds. They love attention and the rhythmical petting or grooming is comforting for them and relaxing for us too.
Keep a gratitude journal in which to write or draw or both
Writing daily in a gratitude journal shows you who and what is important in your life and provides you with a happier more positive perspective. You learn more about yourself and feel empowered. By continuously having gratitude in your life you create positive energy. Focus on the positive. Gratitude helps you to find the positive in all situations even the negative ones. When you feel stressed look through your journal at all the positive things you have written. Allow yourself to be proud of your achievements.
Ring or visit a friend
Talking to a friend can give us a fresh and different perspective about a situation thus easing your stress levels. A new perspective can help you to find a new solution to an issue. Have a cuppa and a venting session with a friend who can listen without judging or commenting. Short 5-10 minute bursts of venting lets out negative energy and allows space for change.
Laugh out loud
Laughing boosts endorphins, the body’s natural happiness drug. Choose whatever makes you laugh, giggle, roll on the floor e.g. Reading comics, watching your favourite funny movie, sharing jokes and riddles, reading funny Facebook and Youtube pages, funny quote websites, sharing a memory with a friend, be observant there is funny stuff everywhere.
Play and/or sing along to music that relaxes your mind and body
Listening to relaxing and soothing music can lower your heart rate and decrease your anxiety levels. You can plug into Youtube for listening to music or visit music shops and Itunes which have a wide variety of music to purchase such as instrumental, angelic, natural sounds (birds, frogs, rain, the ocean). Pop or rock music can also be beneficial if you are in the mood to air guitar, air drum or pretending to be your favourite singer.
Shift your thoughts by using movement
Running or heavy exercising can be out of the question for a lot of people but there are many ways to get more movement happening in your life, reducing your stress levels and relaxing your body. Exercise can be whatever movement you like doing such as dancing, whistling while you walk, stretching exercises, singing, walking the dog, running, tai chi, yoga, having a massage or making a choice to use the stairs at work.
Automatic writing exercise
Automatic writing is a form of subconscious expressive writing. Connecting with your inner thoughts can come about through by using the process of automatic writing. You can write by hand or type on the computer (without using correction to the grammar or content). Write without letting yourself apply left brain logic to what you are writing. Write what ever comes to you with no judgement or expectation of the end result.
How to start automatic writing:
- Get yourself comfortable by sitting in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted and relax (close your eyes if you wish).
- Spend a minute or two gathering your energy to focusing on a problem or issue in which you need clarity. Then send out an intention for whatever information comes through your writing to help you gain understanding on the problem or issue.
- Start writing and don’t censor your writing, just keep writing. There will be spelling mistakes, punctuation issues and who knows what else, it does not matter. You can set a time limit, use a timer or just write until you can write no more.
- When you have finished, put down your pen and leave your writing space - go and get a drink, go for a walk or stretch for a while.
- When you are ready, go back to your written work and take note of any words, sentences or images that come to mind whilst reading or you can underline, highlight or circle the meaningful sections of your writing. Contemplate on how these thoughts relate to your issue and what insight you get to working on your issue.
- You can use automatic writing to talk to your higher self or work with your inner critic.
Automatic doodling exercise
Automatic doodling is a similar exercise to the Automatic writing exercise but instead of writing about an issue or problem you let your subconscious draw, sketch or doodling freely with no structure or design in mind. The exercise allows you to freely express your thoughts and feelings in any way you wish. No rules, no judgements allowed. Pictures or symbols can often offer information about what is in our subconscious mind.
Free style art making is a sensory expression - pictures or symbols can often offer useful information about what is in our subconscious. Often we don't see what we really need to know. It is often clouded by everyday processes and reality.
Exploring your feelings, positive and negative emotions through using arty exercises. The exercises can assist you to refocus your emotional outlook about a particular issue or topic. Play your favourite music or guided verbal /music meditation if this aids in relaxing your mind whilst doodling.
What are the benefits of using and trusting your intuition?
We need a balance of intuition, rational thinking and reasoning to be able to make our best informed decisions.
- help you expand your relationship with yourself.
- help with problem solving and increase your clarity.
- help you avoid situations which may cause difficulties or setbacks in your life.
- help us look/listen and sense at what we ‘truly’ want, not what our ego wants.
- help you improve your health and lifestyle choices.
- help you to expand your life skills and go down paths that you would have never thought were for you.
- save you time and money e.g. The inner voice that says “ take out an extra $50 at the ATM”, later in the day you find you need to give cash to someone.
- help you to travel towards discovering and pursuing your life purpose.
- introduce you to people, experiences, books or teachings, for example: I went a new group hoping to meet likeminded people. The group helped me in more than one way: the teacher was a life coach and a spiritual teacher. After attending the class for six months I knew that I wanted to be a life coach (a choice that would never have occurred in the past) and also to do some kind of spiritual healing work as my life purpose.
My intuition has guided me along every step of my path to becoming who I am and what I am doing today. Ego put in some suggestions along the way and if I strayed too far off the path, intuition would guide me back again.