Listening For Intuition When Leaping
The first step in the process of leaping is about identifying the emotions beneath our feelings. Feelings are the first sign that your body, mind, and soul are trying to tell you something. And it is emotions that trigger the felt sensation. Emotions trigger feeling. They are a powerful signal.
Bringing conscious awareness to the feelings and identifying the underlying emotions is fundamental to the process of leaping.
STEP ONE: IDENTIFYING EMOTIONS
The emotion/feeling is obviously a very physical sensation. Uncontrollable emotions can do a ton of damage. Just reacting to feelings and emotions without reflecting on them can be dangerous. Scientific studies show the biological impact that strong emotions - especially stress - can have on our bodies, like increasing cortisol production, lowering immune function and increasing inflammation.
Aside from physical impact, there’s an impact on our overall mental well-being, outlook (thoughts and beliefs) and relationships. How many arguments, disagreements, misunderstandings, etc. were caused by a flash reaction to some emotion that took over your body, your mind, and then your mouth?
We all have and feel these emotions. They are essential in giving us information. We must take a moment - or ten or a hundred moments - and identify our emotions. We then realize what they are trying to tell us. And then, something shifts. Truly. Something inside of me, when I’ve been able to get a clear understanding of the emotions and their purpose or intent, completely alters, even in the face of the most intense emotions like anger or despair. I am calmer. I feel more in control. I can breathe. I can be still.
With that stillness comes the opportunity to tap into an infinite source of guidance and wisdom - our intuition. And intuition is the second step in the process of leaping - making big changes - major life decisions - subtle internal shifts.
SUPPRESSING AND RECOVERING INTUITION
I’ve spent years recovering my intuition, a powerful ally that I suppressed for almost my entire adult life. Ironically, I didn’t know I had suppressed it. I gave more credence to the intellect. Thinking above all else. Thinking over emotion. Thinking over instinct. I learned at an early age to value intelligence. I have a sharp, strong mind (I have a Gemini Sun after all), and I naturally gravitated towards praise for 'being smart’. My sense of self-worth, tribal acceptance and parental love was pegged to my intelligence.
I can think myself into a frenzy. Into an agitated and anxious mess. I can think myself into complete paralysis, rendering my precious intellect completely worthless. And honestly, with the benefit of hindsight, I can totally see that when I only relied on my mind to make important decisions, they did not turn out well. I suppressed my intuition, ignoring its signals in good - but mostly bad situations.
I first started recovering my intuition when I left Italy in 2011. I left a good life and a marriage that was not right for me. It took me a long time to fully realize how unhappy I was, even though the warnings, flashing like large neon signs, had been there for years. I kept rationalizing it all away, numbing myself with layers of thoughts, excuses, and delusions. It's amazing what we can make ourselves believe.
So when I did leave, it wasn’t a rational decision. What snapped me into awareness was a culmination of feelings, emotions and a very big intuitive breakthrough. Once that happened, I was suddenly clear. I knew. There was no turning back. And that kind of certainty is nothing like a well-thought-out plan.
It’s something more. It’s deeper. And it’s unwavering.
HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS INTUITION?
Previously, I thought all my a-ha moments were thanks to that brilliant mind. But when I first began learning about intuition - about bringing my awareness into my body to look for answers and to discover sensations, I realized that I was getting my ‘brilliance' from my belly, my heart, my solar-plexus, different areas in my brain - like this spot behind the lower left side and about halfway in, and from the top of my head.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. ~Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein came up with his best ideas from the activity that I was told, growing up, was the most useless thing to do. Ever. That activity? Daydreaming. Albert Einstein! One of the greatest 'minds' in history, was completely tuned into his intuition. He would let his mind go and follow along like a spectator. It's how he received all of his ideas, which then he elaborated on with his intellect.
While I’m still not a big visual person, even when it comes to my imagination (I feel more than I see), I now understand that I am constantly being given information and that my body is constantly receiving it through various kinds of sensations. I had been shutting that entire process, and a piece of me, down.
Let me ask you now. How many times have you 'known' something but couldn't say how or why you knew? How many times have you felt a twinge, had a random thought, odd coincidence, or hunch? How many times have you ignored those? How many times have you explored those and followed through?
Intuition and the way you get signals from it is unique and personal. It requires awareness and receptivity. If this process sounds familiar, it is, because it is also what's needed to identify the emotions that are coming up for you when it's time to leap.
STEP TWO: CONNECTING WITH INTUITION
Emotions work side-by-side with intuition. Once you've identified the emotions and brought awareness to them, you'll find a certain stillness you didn't feel before. You aren't being pummeled by cortisone or whipped around by hundreds of extra gallons of blood pumping through the heart.
In this stillness, with that awareness of what emotions are present, you can begin to feel or sense your intuition. Whatever that means for you, you'll be able to find it. Just listen for it. What is it telling you? Ask it. Ask the question in your mind, or out loud. Say a prayer, if that works. Chant, meditate or go for a run. Whatever helps you get centered is what you need to do. Then you wait - not with impatience or expectancy. You wait with a blank, open mind, ready to receive the wisdom of your intuition.
The answers you seek are there. They are around you. They are 'in' you.
It's important to be open to the answers and not pass any judgment because they won't necessarily be rosy or optimistic. Intuition doesn't have a sensitivity filter. It doesn't spare your feelings. It is a direct path to the truth. To the truth of what you need to do. To the decision or the choice you must make.
Connecting, or re-connecting to intuition can be a lifelong process. So be patient with yourself. Be compassionate. We can all be more compassionate towards ourselves.
When it comes to leaping, the intuition is your best ally. It won't steer you wrong. It's the guidance you seek in knowing how to make that big jump across the giant chasm, not knowing where you're going to land. Intuition gives you the flight path and the landing coordinates.
With emotions and intuition harnessed, our sense of faith in the next move - the leap - should be strong. We 'know' what we must do. And we can move into the third step - using our intellect for what it does best - planning, organizing, logistics, and all those mental processes that help us take the intangibles of emotion and intuition into the tangible change we are about to make.