Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Who should you listen to?...


You need to listen to yourself.

God gifted us all with intuition - what I call my "Spidey sense."

Not listening to your intuition, your inner voice, can have dire consequences, as I found out many years ago.  It can get even get you killed.

Does this mean you should ignore facts, logic, and analysis?   Of course not.  Facts, logic, and analysis make it possible for our intuition to work properly.
In order to make our best decisions, we need a balance of intuition -- which serves to bridge the gap between instinct and reasoning -- and rational thinking, according to Francis Cholle, author of The Intuitive Compass. But the cultural bias against following one's instincts or intuition often leads to disregarding our hunches -- to our own detriment.
"We don't have to reject scientific logic in order to benefit from instinct," says Cholle. "We can honor and call upon all of these tools, and we can seek balance. And by seeking this balance we will finally bring all of the resources of our brain into action."
The problem in today's hyper-connected world is being able to distinguish between fact from fiction lies.  We are being lied to so much that we are often unable to sift through the muck to find the truth.

How many of us ignore facts, because to acknowledge them is to invite the most vile of recriminations?   You will be called a right-wing crazy,  hate-filled homophobic, bigot, anti-women, stupid, and a bitter clinger.  You may even be hounded out of your job.  I call that crazy-making.

Here's some suggestions regarding heeding your intuition:

One:  Develop a well-formed conscience.  A conscience that is not well formed is what leads to such aberrations as a "Catholic" thinking abortion is the right of a woman.

Two:  Spend some time in solitude and silence every day.  Disconnect from your devices.  Intuition doesn't operate when the noise of the world is thundering.  Combine your solitude with a walk in nature to double the bennies.

Three:  Engage in creative endeavors.  Intuition is drawn from the right hemisphere of the brain which is the same side that controls non-verbal, holistic thought and expression.

Four:  Keep a journal.  I try to do "morning pages" everyday.  When I miss a morning, I feel unfocused.
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages, they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just write down three pages of anything…and then do three more pages tomorrow.  Julia Cameron from The Artist's Way
Fifth:  In my opinion, this is the most important thing you can do.  Why you ask, if it's so dang important, did I make it last instead of first? Simple.  It's my opinion.   Number one through number four have been proven to be beneficial to many, many people.  But, number five is what my intuition is telling me is true. 

  Quit placing all your future well being with another person.  There is no one coming along to save you in either your public or private life. You are an individual.  Only you can save yourself.  If you feel a certain way, if your Spidey sense is quivering like a caterpillar on steroids, and you have a well-formed conscience, then by all means listen to yourself!


Francis Cholle:  What is Intuition, and How Do We Use It?

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