2015- The Year of Spiritual Power

2015- The Year of Spiritual Power

POWER

Power is the key to creating change of any kind. Power is the ability to generate energy. Yet in most current evolutionary or Spiritual practices, it is overlooked or completely ignored. The ability to use our Intuition properly, to heal, to transform, to forgive, to progress, to grow and to thrive all require energy; this we already know. But in order to cultivate the energy needed to generate all of that transformation – we must have POWER.

Not the external, physical, intellectual, ego based, power tie, power suit, horse power kind of power, but rather the deep, constant, unshakable, ever present and ever available power that comes from the very core of our being. The power that comes from our Highest Self, that is connected to the Creative Force and emanates from and that IS our very Soul. Personal Soul-ar Power, if you will.

If you want your Intuition to serve you in potent, proper and prosperous ways – you must have access to your POWER. When you are disengaged from your power, your Intuition is impotent at best and what you ‘think’ is your Intuition could be dangerous at worst. When you want to ‘create your reality’ by directing positive thought – it must be backed with Spiritual Power. Despite many of the modern teachings, positive thought and emotion are not enough.

When we are unaware of our power or believe we are powerless and we don’t know how to access the wisdom carried at our core, we will make the same choices, we will take the same actions, we will make other people and situations responsible for our happiness and our security, and our life will stay the same. This is why most New Years resolutions do not work; most of them are merely mental. They have not been instilled with or backed by any degree of Spiritual Power.

It is our Spiritual power that helps us release the past and that helps us find the light in the darkest moments. It is our Spiritual power that helps us forgive ourselves and others and that guides us to love our enemies, those within and those without. It is our Spiritual Power that helps us heal, manifest, transform and create and it is quietly waiting for us to simply ‘flip the switch’ and turn it on.

CLAIMING YOUR POWER

Self-Confident, Self-Reliant, Self-Referring, Self-Directed, Self-Governing are all attributes of a person grounded in Spiritual Power. This is not egoic – this is Wisdom of the highest order … and this is where we are all being called.

We cannot give away that which we do not possess. We cannot share our gifts, we cannot share our light, we cannot help another, we cannot change the world, without first claiming our POWER.

Here are some simple tips that you can begin to use on a daily basis to call back and activate your Spiritual Power. Set aside a few minutes each day, either first thing in the morning or just before bed to activate this request.

Step #1- Call back your Power.

Quiet your mind, take a few deep and cleansing breaths and declare either silently to yourself or out loud, “I call back my power. I call back all power that I gave away, that was lost or that was taken from me. I call back all power in this lifetime and in all other lifetimes, in this dimension and in all other dimensions. I call back the power of my Soul to its rightful place within me, and I call it back now.’
***Tip: You have to MEAN IT. There must be WILL and COMMAND behind this decree. Wimpy, wimperson is not going to work here!

Step #2 – Release the things that dis-empower you.

Are you working in an environment that sucks the life out of you? Do you have a friendship or relationship that drains you? Is there a habit or belief that you know you are using as a distraction from doing something you are being called to do? Are you carrying a grudge? Do you need to forgive someone? Do you spend a lot of time worrying about the future or sniping about the past?

Add to your meditation, “I completely release and forgive all things that are not in my highest good. I let go of all fear, judgment, guilt, shame and unworthiness. I willingly surrender all aspects of myself, known and unknown that keep me from my power and return them to the light. I do this all with complete awareness and acceptance. Thank you.”

Repeat this mantra as many times as you wish and feel free to add whatever has meaning, value or importance to you. You may or may not notice an immediate shift in energy while in your meditation, but as you go about your day, pay attention to what you DO become aware of as the energy begins to shift and make its self known to you. (It may take several days for you to notice the change, but I promise, if you stay committed you will notice things happening soon enough)

Step #3 – Realize that transformation happens on the inside first.

In order to see things manifest, heal or change in your outer world, you must take full and complete responsibility for your inner world first.  Health, Money, Relationships, Greater Intuitive Wisdom will come with less effort when you use your Spiritual Power to transform your SELF rather than your Physical Power to try to make things happen on the external level. There is a saying that goes, “We do not pray to change God. We pray to change ourselves.”

This is the true meaning of Alchemy. This is the Power that turns Lead into Gold.

DANCING WITH YOUR SOUL

Just like any meaningful relationship, our partnership with our Spiritual Power is deeply intimate and multifaceted. As you become more comfortable and familiar with this new degree of power you will notice changes happening within yourself that no amount of hard work or mental processing could have ever produced. You will also notice, as the relationship progresses that the dynamics, the responses to your requests and the ease with which change happens are amplified as well.

When you claim your Power you become more peaceful, more engaged, more connected and more joyful regardless of what is happening around you. Intuition and Wisdom, Confidence and Courage become your trademark. Resolutions become unnecessary, because there is nothing that you lack, or wish to change.

When you claim your Spiritual Power, you begin to dance with your Soul. It will be there at home in the arms of your True Self that you will discover no more rewarding or loving partnership and it has been there the whole time simply waiting for you to call.

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Tying One on for your Spiritual Journey

Tying One on for your Spiritual Journey

Can you believe it? 2014 is almost over and there are only days left before we climb into yet another New Year. For many friends and clients, (myself included) 2014 has been a challenging year, as old ways of life fall away and new ways begin to emerge. Many people, especially those who identify themselves as ‘travelers on the spiritual path’ have confessed that they have felt deeply tested in the last 12 months. Despite their best positive efforts, the things that have the greatest meaning to them have not yet come into being and in some cases things have gone completely haywire.

This breakdown has left many folks feeling depressed and frustrated, for some it generates a complete questioning of their purpose or their path in life.

“What am I doing wrong?” is a question I have heard from many people this year.

My answer to them and to everyone else is, “Nothing”.

It is really important, dare I say crucial to remember that whenever we engage in any sort of practice to create something new in our lives (whether it be finances, health, relationships or whatever) that much of the old reality will have to be dismantled in order to make room for it. Destruction plays a huge role in Creation, there is nothing ‘bad or wrong or negative’ about it.

This destruction will take shape not only in our physical world but in our emotional one as well, as the energies that have supported our current reality are brought to the surface to be transformed.

This means that the things that used to work to gain results for you, no longer will. This means that the habits of thought, energy and emotion that you used to practice to make things happen or get your way will no longer be effective. The bottom line is, in order to create different … you will have to be different and this requisite need for internal change can be difficult and bring up all sorts of fear and self-doubt.

These old emotions, vows and beliefs are often not in alignment with our new creation and because they are deeply subconscious, we are often blindsided when something ‘negative’ appears in our lives. The tough stuff IS a part of the journey, but when time and time again, we seem to bump up against resistance, we view this negativity as an ‘epic fail’ and begin to deeply doubt our true power.

GET ME TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Life … whether you call it a spiritual journey or not, could be compared to climbing a mountain. Some days along the path are challenging; some days they can feel downright Soul crushing. But our degree of Mastery is determined by how aware and present we become when these challenges pop up, and whether we can dig deep enough within our own consciousness and the connection we have to all that is good and powerful to move through it and continue to forge ahead.

When an adventurer decides to climb a mountain, when he or she sets that massive goal and steps out on what might be the journey of a life-time; there is an unspoken understanding that there will be challenges along the way. So it is with life.

The climber knows he must become someone different than the person who he has been who may have felt safe and sound sitting in his living room, watching the world go by. He must mentally, physically AND spiritually prepare. But even with all of that hard work and preparation, he still knows that once he begins the actual climb, it is not going to be easy. S#!T is going to come up.

There may be moments of doubt and fear that are so powerful the climber may want turn back. But there will be moments of such awe and beauty, such joy and satisfaction in a job well done, that time will stand still and all of the wide crevasses and steep cliffs that once stood as obstacles, will disappear. And when the climber looks back upon the path he has taken and everything that it required for him to get there, he can; if he is willing, take a moment to deeply appreciate just how far he has come. That, in my opinion, is the joy of Life.

The mountain is always just the mountain. It does not judge the speed at which the adventurer travels; it does not forbid her from getting to the top because she had more than one moment of weakness. It does not banish her from the trail because she may have failed once or twice before. All that the mountain requires is a presence of mind and a dedication of heart that brings one face to face with their own power and their ability to choose if or how they would like to proceed.

People will often ask a climber, “What is the purpose of climbing a mountain?” I think every climber will have their own answer and all of them would be correct. If YOU are the climber, the purpose is whatever YOU chose it to be. And so it is with our lives, there is no ONE single purpose and there is no ONE single path, there are many. If we stay present enough, we may discover multiple purposes and multiple pathways that serve our journey and our highest good.

Life, just like that mountain, reveals our courage and our weakness, our power and our pettiness, our fear and our redemption. And if we have the grace to stand firmly in all of those parts of ourselves and appreciate the space they occupy in our lives, then when our adventure is over and we return safely home, we are rewarded with a sense of empowerment and inner satisfaction that nothing else can match. And because no one else did it for us … it will always be ours and ours alone.

THE POWER OF TYING ONE ON

So if in recent days, weeks or months you have felt challenged by this adventure we call life – I invite you to (using a climbing term) – ‘tie in’ which is how a climber secures himself to the mountain when things start to get difficult. It means to ‘connect or be connected’.

We ‘tie in to Life’ when we become aware of the fact that it is and always will be an ongoing journey, that at its core is calling us towards our deepest power. Some days will be easy, some days won’t. We ‘tie in’ when we become aware of the PRESENT MOMENT, knowing it will determine every outcome moving forward. When we practice presence, the need to practice patience becomes unnecessary.

We ‘tie in’ when we remember to breathe and to have compassion for ourselves and every other fellow traveler on the path – knowing regardless of the situation, each of us is precisely where we are meant to be in order to serve our highest good. We ‘tie in’ when we remember that mustering the power and the courage to scale a 100 foot wall at 12,000 feet, (or start a new business, or change your finances, or improve your health) will require far more growth and evolution from us than hanging around in a flat green meadow … though both have their purpose.

As we move into 2015, Life, is going to continue to move more quickly, and with that rise in amplitude will come a rise in the things that challenge us. The outcomes of those challenges and the depths to which they disarm us will be determined only by how we choose to engage with them.

The mountain will always be the mountain. Life will always be Life. The purpose of the journey and the attitude with which you embrace it, is as always, up to you. Regardless of where you may find yourself on the climb, whether way out on a cliff or laying deep in the clover, Courage, Power and Grace will always serve you well if you let them.

I wish you all the best for a wonderful adventure in 2015!

Enjoy your Climb!

 

Supporting Intuition in our Children

Supporting Intuition in our Children

As parents one of our main concerns is ensuring the safety and security of our children. With the occurrences of bullying, abuse and abductions happening more frequently, and hitting closer to home, how do we empower our kids to navigate and thrive in their environment with a sense of confidence, certainty and self-esteem?

Empowering their Intuition should be considered an important first step.

Intuition is highly efficient and effective survival tool. It is a multi faceted, multi dimensional wisdom that guides us to our highest level of evolutionary possibility. It is the voice of our highest wisdom and we are constantly and continuously directed by it. Our children are already linked to it, we as parents simply have to remember that we are as well.

Children are ‘feeling beings’ – not thinking beings

From birth to about the age of 12, children have no energetic filter system yet developed in their brain. They do not possess the higher intellectual power of discernment or conscious selection.

Because of this lack of intellectual development, children experience the world through their ‘feeling intelligence’ and interpret and navigate their environment through that sensory awareness. They make sense of their outer world and their place in it, through the feelings of their inner world.

When we encourage this connection to the feelings communicated via this inner landscape, we empower our children to trust their impressions and instincts and take action accordingly. Thus empowering them with a sense of ease, wellbeing and confidence that most adults to do not even possess.

5 Tips for Supporting Intuition in your Children

#1. Start using your own Intuition.

Start setting the example of being someone who knows about your own guidance system and let your child know that they have their own system as well. If you develop the belief that you possess an inner wisdom that can and will guide you to any solution or outcome you seek, your sense of inner security will rub off on them.

#2. Cultivate an energetic ‘time-out’.

Take a few minutes every day to cultivate your own private quiet time. This allows you to reconnect to the feeling and resonance of your own inner voice. Morning meditation is especially powerful in balancing all of the intelligence systems of the body that will connect you with that inner guidance.

Insist on time during the day when your children are free of all technology or scheduled things to do, and simply allow them to create, draw, day dream, play with their pets or look at the clouds. Intuition thrives when there is energetic room to create and imagine.

#3. Be real with your kids.

Because children are ‘sensing’ beings they can tell when you are saying one thing and feeling another; these mixed messages cause confusion and uncertainty. If you are unhappy or worried about something, without going into detail, gently admit your feelings. Assure the child that your feelings have nothing to do with them, and that it’s not their job to make it better for you. Let them know that your guidance system will help you find a solution that will allow you to feel clear and certain once again.

This degree of energetic integrity allows a child to feel safe in trusting that what he is sensing from you is in alignment with what you have told him to be true and shifts him out of fear and worry and into greater security and well being.

#4. Honor what your child says he is sensing or feeling.

Be aware of when you diminish or dismiss what your child is feeling or declaring about a certain situation.

A child might say, “I’m cold, or I’m tired or I’m not hungry” and a parent will dismiss it by saying, “No you’re not – you’re fine.” Or the child might be hesitant or stand offish around a certain person, or say, “I don’t like that person.” (Known or unknown) and the parent will disregard that uncertainty by forcing the child to ‘be polite’ and engage with that person.

In these moments the inner feelings that a child is experiencing are deemed as incorrect and they are taught not to trust what they are experiencing. This pattern of being told that what they are sensing is wrong, breaks the link to trusting their inner guidance and trains them to begin looking to external validation to feel secure. This sets them up for lack of self-esteem and self-trust and an inability to apply self-direction.

#5. Engage in creative solution finding.

Just as you have your morning energetic time, use their bedtime to engage in creative solution finding. The time just before sleep is especially effective to engage in cultivating creative/intuitive solutions to whatever may be concerning them. (Do not try to find a solution in the middle of a melt down or temper tantrum) It is beneficial to start making this a regular practice before there are any major problems to solve; as there will be a momentum that you can apply in real time.

Instead of reading stories about other children and their adventures, encourage your kids to create stories about themselves, your family or their circle of friends. Allow them to make themselves the hero/heroine of their tale and creatively discover solutions to their current concerns. Invite them to use their imagination (which is an aspect of intuition) to become their own problem solver.

Ask questions that engage their broader perspective – ‘What do you think the best solution is to this problem?’ ‘How can we make this a good situation for everyone?’ Do not offer your opinion; simply ask empowered questions that will support them in discovering empowered answers. Then support them in applying these solutions.

This is an effective way to help them create positive situations with family, friends and other people they may come into contact with throughout their day. This win-win component is another aspect of intuition that cultivates the best outcome for everyone involved.

We’ve ALL got it.

Everyone has the natural ability to use their Intuition to serve them in powerful ways. It is not a supernatural skill gifted to some but not to others. When we accept this simple yet powerful understanding, we allow our Intuitive intelligence to guide and direct us to our highest good.

Putting these tips to use can be an easy and fun way to encourage and develop intuition in you and your children. Developing this natural skill can be a deeply rewarding adventure for everyone in your family that guides them to greater levels of happiness, security and well-being.

Using our Dreams as Intuitive Messengers

Using our Dreams as Intuitive Messengers

Our dreams can be deeply powerful intuitive messengers that hold keys and clues to our deepest selves. Far beyond their ability to amuse or terrify us, they hold a profound communication system that when we learn to understand we can use to heal and transform our lives.

Most times it is the frightening, confusing or worrisome dreams that cause us the most concern and when those doozies hit us in the wee hours of the night, we often wake, jolted from our sleep wondering, ‘What the heck does THAT mean?’

Here are some powerful yet simple steps to begin deciphering the intuitive messages held in your dreams. It is helpful to do this work with a pen and paper and write down everything you notice as you go through the process. If at all possible, do this interpretation before you get out of bed, so the energy and the imagery of the dream that has caught your attention are fresh and accessible in your mind and body.

#1. What is the energetic foundation of your dream?

What is the predominant emotion, feeling or sensation that was generated by your dream? Was it fear, frustration, worry, anxiety, terror, helplessness? Delight, passion, ecstasy, freedom, joy? Try to get as precise as you can at identifying it.

The reality is; the dream did not produce these emotions, feelings or situations, the emotions, feelings and energies produced the dream. The energy at the root of the dream is being held and replayed by your subconscious mind to be brought to the surface to be acknowledged, released or healed.

#2. Witness the foundational emotion.

When you identify the energy at the foundation of your dream; witness it. That is, observe the fact that this energy or emotion is there and it is real. But instead of saying, “I AM afraid. Or I AM angry. Or I AM frustrated,” say to yourself … “There is fear here, or there is worry here, or there is anxiety here.” Accept that this energy is in fact present in you and that it is there to teach you, but that it is NOT you. It is simply energy needing to be moved.

This shifts you into the position of ‘observer’ instead of ‘experiencer’. This simple yet powerful shift in perspective, allows you to witness the energy that the dream has brought to the surface without allowing it to take over and run the show, which it may be doing to some degree in your waking life anyway. Your dream life is only another reflection of where that hidden energy is having its way with you without your awareness.

Observing instead of becoming the energy allows us to regain our position of personal autonomy and we can then exercise our Free Will instead of having the patterns of hidden emotion continue to run as a disempowering loop.

Stay with this observation for a few minutes and write down what you notice.

#3. What is the symbolism that the dream carries?

Dreams are rarely direct and they are more rarely predictive. (Although they can be, so don’t throw the baby out with the bath water on that one) But because they are messages from our subconscious mind, they are more commonly symbolic, so they need to be interpreted via our personal and unique creative awareness, in order to find their deeper meaning.

For example: you may have a dream that you have a cancerous tumor somewhere in your body, or you are being chased or are falling or are being held against your will. Or you may have lost something very important to you, or you are the only waiter in a restaurant full of people, you can’t use the computer AND you are naked. (THAT was a big one for me in my waitress days)

Write down the story being told in your dream then ask yourself, “What does this situation symbolize to me?” Without analyzing or thinking about it, allow the ideas and thoughts connected to that question to flow. You may get, “I am afraid I am going to die without getting to do what I truly want to do with my life. I am afraid I am going to lose love. I am feeling a lack of control or safety. Or I don’t believe I have what it takes to be good at what I do.”

Whatever comes up for you; is correct for you. Allow those interpretations to have truth and meaning and allow them to BE without the need or desire to pick them apart as right or wrong, true or false or fact or folly.

Take a moment to just sit with what you have brought to the surface. Allow it to take shape within your awareness. Often times these discoveries will reveal a deeply hidden and subconscious belief that has been running for a very long time without your awareness – and the reason it is coming to the surface now, is because you are NOW in a position to do something about it.

Our limiting subconscious beliefs have great power in our lives when we are unaware of them. Becoming aware of them immediately shifts the base of power from unconscious to conscious … and once things are conscious they can be healed.

Once you have discovered this hidden pattern, decide for yourself if you want it to continue to be true for you or not. If the answer is ‘no’, which it usually is, then give yourself permission to let that pattern go and then decide …

#4. What action can you take in your waking life that can help to break this pattern apart?

Healing our lives or making any physical change always begins internally. But it only becomes real as we take action both internally AND externally. Ask yourself what inspired action can you take, today, that you have 100% control over, that will help you break apart the old limitations.

It might be to start writing what you really want to say in a journal, script or book outline. It might be signing up for a class that you have always been afraid of or making a phone call to initiate a conversation that you know needs to happen. Whatever comes to mind for you, is appropriate for you. But once you discover that conscious action, you must take it, for it is a crucial key to establishing new patterns that will determine your ability to heal or succeed.

Dreaming with our eyes open.

Our dreams do not have to be random frightening experiences over which we have no control. Once they are recognized as the powerful messengers that they are, we can start using our dream time as powerful healing time. When we learn how to recognize and use the power of the wisdom revealed to us when our eyes are closed, we can apply it to creating the life of our dreams when our eyes are open.

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The 4 Levels of Intuition

The 4 Levels of Intuition

Learning to develop and trust our intuitive intelligence is more important now than it ever has been before.

According to a recent UCLA study, we are exposed to a tsunami of information that amounts to over 174 newspapers full of data per day. That is more than 5 times the amount of information we were exposed to just 20 years ago. Included in this deluge of data are countless opinions, endless streams of expert advice and a myriad of gurus and guides telling us what we should be doing in order to live our best lives.

The reality is that the only guidance system we need to assist us in living our best life is the wisdom held within our natural intuitive intelligence. When properly developed it can and will lead us to the choices, ideas and innovations that will guide us towards what is truly in our best interest and help us create the highest good in our lives.

Intuition is a subtle language so understanding the various ways it communicates makes having a deep and meaningful relationship with it rewarding, reliable and much more fun.

Intuition operates in our body and nervous system on levels that range from basic, binary, survival-based communications to complete conversations that are elegant, sophisticated, and evolved.

Level 1: Gut Instinct
Attributes: safety, security, and survival.

We have all heard of this level of intuition, and most of us can recall a time when we have recognized it or felt its presence in our lives. Gut instinct may be the best known and most mainstream interpretation of intuition, but it is only a small part of the entire intelligence system. We should not depend on it alone to guide us to our highest potential or outcome.

Gut instinct is simple, basic, and binary, which means it communicates through the feeling of opposites and uses impressions such as yes or no, stop or go, safe or unsafe, to convey its message.
When your gut instinct is operating, it will answer such questions as: “Is this choice/person/relationship in my best interests? Can I thrive in this environment? Will this situation meet my deepest needs?”

Level 2: Heart-Based Intelligence
Attributes: courage, compassion, and communication.

The intelligence in the heart encourages us to adopt the practice of courage, compassion, and care and use them to communicate and connect with all other life forms in our environment. It guides us to what is appropriate to say or do in moments of need and allows us to connect and communicate in often unspoken ways and to bond with people, animals, and places in ways that cannot be described by words or rational thought.

This center of wisdom prompts us to ask the questions, such as: “Is my life filled with beauty? Do I love what I do? How can I discover my joy? What would I do if I were not afraid? Am I bringing the best of myself to my life and the world?”

Level 3: Visionary Power
Attributes: imagination, visionary certainty, and creative possibility.

The third level of intuitive intelligence is found in the mystical and often misunderstood power of extrasensory perception (ESP), expanded spiritual vision, lucid dreaming and other elevated psychic events. This is the level of intuition where extraordinary solutions, alternate ways of doing things, and groundbreaking new ideas are commonplace.

When this center of wisdom is active it guides us to ask questions such as: “What do I see as a solution or possibility? Is there something I am overlooking? What dreams do I have for my future that I haven’t given myself permission to make into reality?”

Level Four: The Connection to Universal Wisdom
Attributes: Universal awareness and unity consciousness

The fourth level of intuitive intelligence is the most nonphysical of the group. This intelligence is often activated during deep meditation or advanced awareness practices, and it is sometimes reported after near-death experiences or times of great stress or trauma.

The highest level of intuition that humans can reach while in physical form is the one that allows us to access the realm of all things and to become consciously aware of our connection to and ability to create with the intelligence that is the source our reality. When we are aligned with this level of intelligence, we recognize that all things in life are valuable and appropriate and that we have the power within us to change and heal our lives if we so choose.

Here there are no questions. There is only consciousness.

As you become familiar with these levels of communication, your rapport with this natural form of intelligence will grow, evolve and expand and it will not matter what the rest of the world is telling you to do. With the direct guidance of your own wisdom you will be able to navigate any situation with a sense of joy, ease and great satisfaction.

If you would like to develop these levels of Intuition further, I invite you to pick up a copy of First Intelligence today.

Is your Success right in front of you? Lily vs. The Squirrel.

Is your Success right in front of you? Lily vs. The Squirrel.

I was out hiking with my dog Lily this weekend and she offered a teaching moment that I thought was perfect for us to consider as we expand our intuition and use it to guide us to our highest good and chosen destiny.

Lily, my 3 year-old Jack Russell terrier, saw a squirrel, which she often does on our walks. This squirrel was busy doing its morning house keeping, foraging for nuts and things, completely oblivious to the barking, jumping, squeaking, furry, maniac that was disrupting the quiet of the day. It’s not that the squirrel was oblivious, per say, but rather, it didn’t really care, because separating it from my crazy pup was a 12-foot tall mesh fence. No way in heck that Lily would have any chance of getting that squirrel, short of digging under or climbing over that defiant green wall. Both of which she valiantly attempted.

But did Lily care about the futility of her quest? Nope. She was crazy intent on getting that particular squirrel as if it were the only squirrel left on the planet. And all the while as she was spinning and jumping and barking … less than 4 feet away, perched on top of a guard-rail, on this side of the big green fence, was another squirrel. Watching, chewing on its morning nut and looking at Lily and her ‘efforting’ as if to say, ‘Chill pup, you are working way too hard.’

The squirrel sat there for about 30 seconds before it left to do whatever it is squirrels do on a Sunday morning. Did Lily see it? No. She was so focused on the one target, the one goal, the one squirrel; that her perception was completely oblivious to a closer, easier and more available target. Does this sound, in any way, familiar to you?

Lily and other furry people like her are not the only beings that miss out on easy opportunities because they are stuck focusing on something else. We humans do it all the time as well.  There is an actual scientific name for this perceptual limitation; it is called, “In-attentional Blindness.”

‘In-attentional Blindness’ happens when we are so focused on one particular idea, outcome or goal and have certain expectations about it, that we limit our ability to perceive, recognize or notice other ideas, pathways or solutions that are more readily available and more easily achievable.

Have you ever found yourself spinning in circles, working like crazy to make something happen when all the while other opportunities were sitting right there waiting for you to notice them? It might be hard to answer that question, because if you didn’t notice them, you wouldn’t be able to say that you didn’t notice them. This is how our chosen destiny passes us by and we begin to believe we are doomed to fate.

Our intuition offers us ideas, opportunities and solutions that follow our energetic intent, that are in alignment with our highest good and come to us via the path of least resistance. But it is our attachment or commitment to habits, past ways of doing things or a belief that there is only one way for something to come about which limits our ability to perceive these intuitive directives. This limitation encourages us to believe that it is necessary to work really hard to make things happen.

There are billions of bits of information and data streaming around us at all times – some of those bits of information serve our goals for happiness and success and some don’t. As conscious beings we only perceive a tiny, tiny bit of that data at any given moment. So in order for our intuition to serve us in the most powerful way; that is, so we can begin to perceive the information that does serve our goals, we need to shift our energy, our attitudes and our attention.

Here are three ways to begin to expand your Perception:

#1. Let go of the idea that there is only one way to achieve your goal. Whether that goal is a business or financial success, a health opportunity or a relationship discovery. Simply because that way is the way other people have done it, maybe since … forever, does not mean that is the way you are going to do it. There are a million individual ways to achieve a particular outcome, and yours is unique to you.

Start telling yourself, “There is a perfect direction for me to take and I am open to discovering it.”

#2. Notice the story you tell yourself or the words you say about any particular situation. Allow yourself to let go of your opinions, good or bad, positive or negative about your current circumstance and even about your goal. Statements like, “I hate that I am in this position,” or “I know life will be better when I am rich. Married. Successful” (or whatever) – limit our ability to perceive by shifting us into judgment, which is just like putting on an energetic blindfold.

Start telling yourself, “Where I am right now is perfectly fine and where I am going is fine as well.”

#3. Let go of your idea of how the solution or goal is going to appear and be willing to let go of the habits and patterns you have used in the past to try to make something happen. Our fear convinces us we need to force the outcome into being. When we allow the power held in our intuition to guide and direct us, we begin to perceive perfect opportunities and solutions that come easily, elegantly and without a whole lot of effort.

I jokingly like to say, ask yourself, “Am I using force? Or am I using THE Force?” (Yoda would be proud)

We see what we allow ourselves to see

Intuition is the guidance of expanded perception – it is our ability to see both deeply into and beyond our current circumstance and to use that awareness to move our lives and our destiny forward. When we start using this evolutionary skill, we begin to discover that all of our hard work and struggle in the past will not serve us now, and that our dreams and desires for success are waiting patiently right beside us … if we only take the time to learn how to recognize them. Squirrel!!!!