Towards the end of every year before January starts, we all have the opportunity to renew our commitment to personal growth. Now is the time to refocus your life on what matters most, which is the authentic expression of your inner truth. All of life's disharmonies and imbalances come from a state of incongruence between our external and internal realities. Aligning both of these aspects of our being is far easier than you think. The secret is to recognise, express, and understand the intuitive connection between our being and the universal, cosmic higher self.
If you follow these six steps in order and regularly, you will begin to attune your being with the pathways of universal expression and give you the awareness and power to create the blissful, creative life of your dreams.
1) Be Still
Stop! Just do nothing. This is the first mantra of an awakening. For you to hear the voice of God, the Universe of our higher self, we have to quiet the din of twenty-first-century life. Practice unplugging and make time to meditate daily, even if it's while you're on the bus or in bed at night. Clear your schedule of unnecessary activities and embrace the joy of spending time with your self.
2) Get Into The Flow
Once you have made a space in your life to connect with yourself and your Intuition, it's time to get those juices flowing. Physical, emotional, and mental blockages impede the expression of universal energies, prevent us from manifesting our best life, so create a weekly 'energy workout' routine for body, mind, spirit, and heart. To stay attuned, practice one of two of the following activities from each area:
BODY: Gardening, Walks In Nature, Dance, Exercise, Yoga
MIND: Mantra Practice, Meditation, Using Malas, Listening To Music, Mindfulness
HEART: Creating A Vision Board, Writing Poetry, Marking Music/Art, Journaling
SPIRIT: Practice Gratitude, Smile, Send And Receive Joy
3) Recognise Your Intuition
With our energy clear and flowing, we are now, more than ever, open to receive our inner guidance. Our Intuition is our connection to God, the Universe, and all that is beyond our state of consciousness. Our Intuition knows everything, and it is our best friend. It is constantly pushing us towards our highest potential.
This is why we need to start honouring that still, small voice within and the many ways it guides and affirms us. Begin keeping track of the way your Intuition talks to you, including:
Gut feeling or emotion that may defy common sense
Unexplained sense of knowing
Inspiration, new idea or epiphany Unusual sensory experiences, voices, visions or physical sensations
4) Learn The Language Of Your Inner Guidance
Once we are of our Intuition, we need to practice working with it. We don't wake up one morning and know how to use our Intuition. It is like learning any other language; it takes time and practice. The more we use it, the better we get.
Try some of the following methods to flex your intuitive muscle, to get to know what your Intuition is and isn't:
Practice with positive-energy oracles, like intuition cards, Osho Zen Tarot or I-Ching
Record your dreams in the morning before your mind takes over
Practice giving messages and guidance with friends to feel for when you are right or wrong
Find a local intuition development group to work together and share experiences
5) Live Your Truth
What happens once we have learned to understand the language of our Higher Self? We must choose to follow it. This is one of the most crucial step; our spiritual growth and evolution depend upon our free will to choose what is right and best for our soul's development. First, we become aware of Intuition; then, we actualise it. We bring our inner truth to the outer world. Follow your dreams and don't settle for less. It may seem scary at first; we may have to take risks or make changes, but that is what our journey is all about.
6) Love All
The beginning and the end, the alpha and omega are always to love. This is the destination of all journeys and the purpose of divine expression. The giving and recieving, the sharing of love between all living beings is the supreme manifestation of all life. By greeting each day and each experience - good or bad - with gratitude, acceptance, and a loving spirit, we participate not only in our expansion of consciousness but that of the world.