When I set the intention to explore a concept, I first turn it inward to see how do I personally feel about it? Not what I think, but how do I feel..what resonates within and allows me to remain in alignment as I practice and create? What are my beliefs and are these beliefs enriching and enlivening or limiting in some way? Is there any internal work for me to complete to bring this concept into better alignment before querying external sources?
The practice of bringing it inward first, allows me to connect with my self from a centered space. As my being evolves, so, too, my beliefs and awareness evolves when I apply presence to it. When I am fully present to ‘self’ I may then be fully present to world. While I believe that the Answer is always within, I also feel that external allows me to explore beyond my own ‘borders’ and community is essential to the inspiration and motivation that ignites me to ‘move’ in all realms.
When I create, I listen to my internal voice. It is as clear to me as any other sound that I hear. I hear my voice best in silence, so I make time each day for silence. I hear my voice best in simple, clean, light-filled space, so it is imperative that my space be optimal to this. I hear my voice best in nature; so I spend lots of time in nature.
Because I wish to hear my voice clearly, I allow for ample space, time, and energy to invest in this process of querying and listening. If in a day I feel rushed or overwhelmed, that is my personal clue that there is a truth that I wish not to hear. To re-center into truth simply requires awareness and presence.
When I first began listening to my voice, I was unsure if what I heard was truth, or wishful thinking. I know many of you have the same question.
When one has set the intent to query and listen, how does one differentiate between an authentic, intuitive voice and any other voice that is heard? How does one know it is ‘truth’, not just “wishful thinking”?
I asked a few of my peers who specialize in energy work for their perspective:
Jenny Mannion: Empowering Inner Healing
“Wishful thinking” in my experience comes with “buts” and “conditions”. If you feel tied to an expectation of a relationship, an event, circumstance or an intention when you think of this “item” you can FEEL a REAL attachment and it FEELS like wishful thinking. Are you aware of those seeds of self doubt creeping in? Almost a “who am I to wish for this?” or a “well, okay I am going to wish for this but not THAT because THAT would be asking for too much?” THIS is wishful thinking.
The intuitive voice knows no limits.. it fills you with a state of joy. You feel creative, inspired and have your next step handed to you in a flash when you least expect it. You may be driving, showering, even doing laundry and suddenly inspiration hits and you “KNOW” what to do next. In a true intuitive moment – you just KNOW and are okay with HOWEVER it turns out. You TRUST, You feel GOOD and you have released the attachment to the HOW. You FEEL like the powerful creator you are and are also deeply relaxed and you KNOW – however it turns out – it IS in Divine timing. We are all entitled to unlimited abundance and joy and our intuition has a way of making us KNOW this from the inner reaches of our soul. Our intuition IS the TRUTH of who we ARE.
Angela Artemis: Powered by Intuition
Your intuition arises spontaneously when you least expect it. It isn’t part of your conscious thinking process. Wishful thinking is just that – thinking – you think one thought which leads to another and then another.
When you ask for guidance and later an “answer” appears pay attention to how you “feel.” Intuitive guidance arrives with a feeling of “relief” or a feeling as if the matter has been “settled.” There should also be a “knowing feeling” that comes over you. You should have no more questions and there should be no nagging little voice at the back of your mind questioning your decision if it is truly your intuition. If there is – it’s not your intuition but, wishful thinking. Only your intuition can make you “feel” the answer – wishful thinking can’t do this because it’s purely intellectual.
Lisa Wechtenhiser: Practically Intuitive
What your Higher Self and your team of Guides are going to give you are options and suggestions, especially if that’s what you asked for. When you do ask, you’ll get very teeny, concise blips of information. Intuitive information is very succinct. I don’t get a whole lot of detail—it just pops in. It pops in so easily that you may think, “What was that? Oh, that was nothing.” It’s very easy to disregard it.
If you’re getting guidance that is very long and drawn out, with eighty–seven reasons why you should be doing this, that’s your ego! Your mind, (oh, good Lord), has an agenda. It wants you to do something now, now, NOW! It compels you with eleven hundred reasons why, or eleven hundred bad things that will happen to you if you don’t do it now. It always tries to reason with you.
Julie Barrett: A Clear Sign
Genuine intuitive hits come in the quiet between thoughts. They often come in the unexpected moment, after you have asked the question and turned your attention to other things. They are positive, moral, kind, and may feel exhilarating or bring a sense of wonder because they suggest things that our ego doubts.
If it sounds like the usual self-talk that goes on the mind and it is negative, drones on, casts doubt, or makes you FEEL badly in any way, it is not your intuition. Pay close attention to how you feel after receiving the information. Does it excite you in a healthy, joyful, “can this be possible?” way? That’s your intuition. It is brief, brilliant, and gone.
Patti Foy: Lightspirited Being
Great question! In my experience, asking it is like looking out through a filmy, dirty window and wanting to know how to distinguish one fuzzy thing from another. The first task — and most effective — is to clean your window! This is done best by realizing who & what you essentially are, or at least by cleaning off the story-related gunk that has built up over the years. After that, the pane is crystal clear and you’ll see that it’s obvious what is what.
Of course, keeping your windows clean is an ongoing process. Discover and then constantly remind yourself of your natural power and magnificence, and be sure to stay on top of those niggly doubts, fears, resentments, etc. that would otherwise build up. Not only will you be more clearly intuitive, but your light will shine out more brilliantly too — for all the world to see.
Melody Fletcher: Deliberate Receiving
As you practice listening to your intuition or inner being, the feeling between it and what your fears might be telling you will become very distinctive; but in the beginning it can be more difficult to tell the difference. Your inner being wants you to be happy and knows that your happiness never has to come at the expense of others.
Your inner being will never tell you that you can’t have something, that you’d be better off giving up on your dream, or that you should honor other’s wishes above your own. Your inner being will never be negative, will never judge you or anyone else. Your inner being will never join you in hateful, vengeful or limiting thoughts. When the voice you’re hearing tells you to be free and happy, that you’re perfect just the way you are, and when listening to it feels life relief, THAT’s your inner being. Everything else is just your fear talking.
Jodi Chapman: Soul Speak
Your intuitive voice always comes from love. Your ego voice usually comes from fear.
Your intuitive voice comes out in a loving whisper. Your ego voice comes out in a terrified shout.
Your intuitive voice urges you to follow your dreams. Your ego voice reminds you of why you should remain in your comfort zone.
Your intuitive voice is the voice of the soul, which is tapped into the magical universe. Your ego voice is the voice of our mind, which wants to keep our human body safe at all times.
Your intuitive voice knows why you are here and wants to make sure you’re living on purpose. Your ego voice has forgotten why you are here and wants to make sure you don’t deviate from the known.
Your intuitive voice speaks the truth and will continue until it is heard. Your ego voice speaks from fear and will continue until we learn to break free.
When we hear our intuitive voice, we feel empowered and alive and excited to leap into our dreams. When we hear our ego voice, we feel afraid and small and want to remain in the safety of what’s comfortable.
Paying more attention to our intuitive voice leads us to our true path. It helps us remember why we are here – why we are alive. We can thank our ego voice for wanting to protect us, and then ask it to be silent. We have so much living to do, and we want our intuitive voice to lead the way!
And, here is my answer:
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This video answer was filmed in my backyard. I apologize for the sound quality (ear buds are recommended), but the essence and the answer are a joy to share in this new way. Thank you for allowing me to experiment :)
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.