Living a life of spiritual integrity requires that make we make decisions and choose perceptions that align with our inner spiritual wisdom. This sounds rather simple, but how do we access our inner wisdom?
Many of us associate the thought of accessing inner wisdom in an esoteric way, such as: going into a lengthy and deep meditation in an isolated environment; seeking seclusion in a monastery; spending time in a distant place such as an ashram; or, at the very least, needing to be completely alone in a quiet place. While all of these techniques are highly effective in accessing spiritual wisdom, the truth is that every human being has the ability to instantaneously and directly access the universal field of intelligence from wherever we are, at any time, and all of the time through intuition. In essence, we are each a conduit for a constant stream of limitless wisdom.
One of the definitions of intuition is, “the immediate knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning. Because intuition is a right-brain function, it isn’t something we can analyze with our minds. Intuitive messages bypass the judgment of the mind and come directly through to the heart, thus the saying, “the truth is within.”
How Do We Perceive Intuition?
Because intuitive messages come through the heart, they are perceived through our senses. These feelings are sometimes described as “gut level,” “sixth sense,” “inner wisdom,” “inner knowing,” and “flashes of imagination.” Many of us actually experience physical sensations when we hear or see something that coincides with our truth. We may suddenly get goose bumps, feel a tingling sensation, spontaneously take a deep breath, feel an electrical current going up our backs, or sense an overall wave of energy moving throughout the body. These sensations are indications that our bodies are literally resonating with the energetic frequency of the truth of spirit. We can also get physical indications when something we are hearing or seeing is not truth. Usually it is a contracted feeling, such as a knot in the stomach or throat, shortness of breath, or a sudden chill.
Every person has intuition.
Although we all sense it in different ways, and some of us even deny sensing it at all, every person has intuitive abilities–it is part of our human nature.
The reason it appears that not all of us are intuitive is simply because some of us listen to and act upon our inner messages, whereas others simply dismiss them as insignificant. We many times ignore our intuition because we want to validate our intuitive messages with our left-brain logic and analysis. When we attempt to do this, we choke the spontaneous flow of wisdom coming through to us because messages of spirit are infinitely larger than the logical paradigms of the mind. An example of this is getting an intuitive message to write a book and rationalizing all the reasons why it is not a “good idea” before exploring all the possibilities of why it is possible.
How can we distinguish the difference between “intuitive feelings” and “impulsive feelings?”
When we get an impulsive message, it is usually initiated by our ego in the form of a whim to immediately do something, whether it is in our greatest good or not. Our impulse may be to indulge in an addictive behavior, such as overeating, or to run out and buy something we neither need nor can afford. If it is an impulse, chances are we will change our minds if we wait for a while or sleep on the idea. Also we are likely to feel guilty or unfulfilled after acting impulsively.
Intuitive messages, on the other hand, are relentless and persistent. Even when we ignore them, they have the tenacious habit of resurfacing time and time again. Intuitive messages are always in our best interests, causing us to feel uplifted and fulfilled. Because intuition connects us with our Oneness of Spirit, the messages it reveals to us are always rooted in unconditional love and pure truth. We develop our ability to perceive intuitive messages by listening, trusting, and acting upon them. The more we do this, the more we empower ourselves to live our lives with spiritual integrity.
Love and Light,