Today, I am quite thrilled to have my dear friend Angela Artemis back on Going A-Musing. I read her fabulous book, The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of. And I am very keen to share it with you. I requested her for an interview and she said… YES. And double yes, dear readers, there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.
I have a strong belief in intuition. In fact, many of my life’s best decisions – both on the personal and professional front – have been a result of intuition. I could give you hundreds of examples (and probably send you into a deep, deep sleep). But let me share just one unforgettable experience here.
Phew! What if I had ignored it? No prizes for guessing – I would not be writing this today.
By definition, Intuition is information that spontaneously appears in our awareness without any conscious effort on our part. Intuitive information comes into our awareness as a result of our brain searching all of our memory banks. Once it finds the answer it brings it up to our awareness very quickly which is why intuition often feels like an “aha” moment.
I can identify with that, Angela. An inner feeling that tells us why something is just not right or just right….but tell me this: are only some people gifted with being intuitive or can everyone develop their intuition?
Yes, absolutely! Everyone is intuitive although they may not be aware of it. Intuition is a cognitive process and a form of sensing information from the world around us. When your brain searches for the answers in a long forgotten memory bank and then thrusts it into your awareness this is an intuitive process. The information appears “spontaneously” which is why we define intuition as “awareness of information without any conscious effort on our part.”
Intuition is also the sense you have that someone is staring at you before you even turn around and meet their gaze. In this application intuition is a sensory experience about the environment around you. It’s no different than the other five senses we rely upon – it’s just more subtle which is why some people are not aware of being intuitive.
To develop your intuition all you need to do is become aware of it. Become aware of how you “feel” around certain people and what quiet little whispers run through your mind. The quiet whispers and feelings is how your intuition informs and delivers information to you. The more you focus on it and create the intention to become aware of your intuition the more you will sense these things.
Intuition is your secret sauce that makes YOU awesomesauce by @Angela_Artemis
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Hmm. I am thinking about all the skeptics I deal with. In fact, I know some people are intuitive, but refuse to admit it. They call it “being realistic”. Who am I to argue? A rose by any other name… I’ve always wondered, though – if there is a difference between being “psychic” and being “intuitive”
Intuition comes from within. It’s your own wisdom, or higher self speaking to you and guiding you and protecting you from harm. If you have a gut feeling, or strong emotion like dread or fear, or sense that something is going to happen to someone, or something bad is going to happen to you it’s called a premonition, or presentiment, and it falls under the category of Intuition.
Psychic information comes from outside of you. It can come from another person, such as in mind to mind communication, called telepathy. It can come from reading the energy of another person – their aura. It can come from projecting the mind to other locations to gain information at a distance which is called Remote Viewing.
I’ll need to process that in my mind for a moment. But caught in a situation, I can see how easy it is to blend both. To quote from your book “When you follow your intuition you will live an inspired life” Can you tell us, Angela, why is it important for people to develop their intuition?
Intuition is your own inner guidance. When we look outside of ourselves for answers we give our power away. We defer to others instead of relying on our own wisdom. Over time this will quash your confidence and suppress your autonomy. Developing your intuition helps you establish healthy self-esteem.
When you know that there is no situation in life that you cannot handle and that you are capable of dealing with anything your confidence goes through the roof. You will try new things and put yourself in new situations and therefor grow tremendously as a person because you are willing to take more chances in unknown situations. The person who suffers from lack of confidence prefers to stay in their safe little box and as consequence doesn’t grow through having many experiences like the confident person.
Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer.
– Robert Graves
That answer is huge takeaway! And I enjoyed reading about your own personal stories about the consequences of not listening to your intuition. Please explain the benefits of being intuitive.
What are the benefits of seeing or hearing? What are the benefits of touch, taste and smell? Intuition is a natural process of conveying information about your environment to you. When you are in touch with your intuition you are working with all your faculties not just five.
Do you know what synesthesia is? Synesthesia is when you get a sense about something in another part of the body. For example some people with synesthesia hear colors or smells. They see music as colors or numbers. Their brain’s process information through their senses differently than the ordinary way we assume the five senses work.
Intuition is somewhat similar. It’s another way we receive information and process it.
When you are intuitive you may hear a voice that stands out over your thoughts in your mind telling you not to trust someone or not to do something. You may feel sickened or nauseated when you are around someone that you should be wary of. You may feel reluctant or hesitant to go forward with some initiative. All of these reactions are a form of intuitive sensing. They are beneficial because they “inform” you in addition to your five senses, of information that is vital for you to know.
“You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”
One of my favourite parts in your book is about using intuition in our daily lives, Angela. Could you share with us how you use intuition in your everyday life?
I use it to gauge whether I should proceed with something or not. If I feel enthused, excited and inspired by something I proceed. If not – I stop and reassess. Intuition is a like a “green light” that says “go.” If I don’t get the green light I don’t “go.”
I pay attention to where I have resistance and reluctance to doing something. Resistance and reluctance are “red lights” saying “stop.” When you get the stop sign you need to analyze with the rational mind why you are forcing yourself to do something. Usually what you find out is that your ego is making you fearful that if you don’t do it you’ll miss out on something or that you ego fears lack. I try not to base any decisions on “fear.” Fear comes from the ego. It’s another “red light.”
“A green light that says “GO!”” Yes! I like that! Fear and ego – two demons to let go of. In your book, you talk about the secret sauce in life – the “fabulosity factor”. I love that word and can instantly think of people who have it. Tell us, what the “Fabulousity Factor?”
The “fabulousity factor” is when your life flows smoothly and almost effortlessly because you have listened to your intuition and are now on the right track. When you are on the path you were meant to be on opportunities present themselves and the answers to problems appear just when you need them. You are joyous and feel as if your life is “golden.”
How can we tell the difference between the voice of intuition and voice of the ego?
Intuition makes you “feel good” about doing something. You will feel excited and experience a sense of “certainty” about it. When a thought comes from the ego, often you’ll feel as if you “should do” it. You’ll be aware of your rational mind recounting the reasons why you ought to do it. Intuition is more of a feeling while the ego is a rationalization that comes from the intellect.
I was wondering, Angela….is it possible to lose our intuition?
No, you can never lose it. You can be so upset, fearful, and attached to one outcome that you don’t hear it. Or, you can become so cerebral that you disconnect from your feelings. Intuition is innate intelligence and it can’t be lost unless we tune it out.
So, how can we open up more fully to hearing our intuition?
Create the intention to become aware of your intuition. Tell yourself that you are intuitive and that you intend to hear this inner guidance from now on. Part of opening up is just becoming aware of it. You are getting intuitive information all the time you just may not be aware of it.
When you have an “aha” moment, that is your intuition. When you find that a solution to a problem comes to you out of the blue – that is your intuition. Whenever you have the feeling that someone is staring at you, that is your intuition too. Your intuition is information that comes to you without you being aware of how it came to you. It happens every day. Just become aware of it and it will become more and more apparent.
“If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you.” –Dr. Wayne Dyer
You’ve described some great ways to help develop our intuition. Could you offer a glimpse into some habits we can cultivate to develop our intuition?
Get a small notebook and carry it around with you. Whenever you get an intuitive idea, inspiration or solution write it down. As your list grows your faith and confidence in your intuition will grow too.
Wow! I am glad I do that all the time! Angela, do you have some advice for someone who struggles to hear their inner guidance?
Learn to relax
. Let go of the outcome. Don’t worry about being wrong. Intuition thrives in a relaxed peaceful state of mind. One other thing you can do is to learn to meditate and practice every day. Meditation relaxes the mind and allows your thoughts to slow down. When your mind is not crammed full of one thought after another your intuition will easily stand out.
Practice by asking for guidance when you are meditating. Ask and then sit quietly and listen. Do not expect to hear a “booming voice” like I did. It is your own voice that you hear in your mind. Trust whatever comes. It could come as a “thought” or a picture in the mind or as a “gut feeling.” After you do this a while you will begin to truly trust this voice and know it as your intuitive wisdom. Practice is key.
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Practice does make perfect! You’ve talked about meditation in your book in detail. Does it play a role in developing intuition?
Meditation is one of the greatest tools for developing your intuition. When you learn how to quiet the mind you will hear your own intuitive guidance. When your mind is going non-stop your intuitive thoughts will not stand out. They will be lost among the din of chatter. When you get quiet you will hear these intuitive thoughts much more easily and much more often.
“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” –Rumi (Tweet this)
Angela, what message do you want readers to take away from reading “The Intuition Principle?”
Learn to develop your intuition and to listen so that you will “know” whether you are on the right path or not. Your intuition can lead you directly to what you were meant to do in this life. Once you are aligned with your true purpose, the path before you will become completely clear and your life will flow easily and effortlessly. Learning to trust and follow “The Intuition Principle” will turn your life around from just getting through each day to living the exciting life of your dreams.
So beautiful! It is so true that we have the power to change the course of our lives. Your book is going to be a wonderful gift to anyone who wants to live the life of their dreams! Thank you so much Angela.
Thank you Vidya – it was great being here.