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Your Intuition and the Universe Speak as One

Child_Fish-PondBeing in tune with the universe is an aspect of being in tune with yourself. Recently a reader wrote in with this question:

“In your [Hypnotips newsletter] you mentioned paying attention to what the universe is telling us. How exactly do you do that? I try my best to stay connected with God through prayer and meditation and following my intuition, but can you elaborate on how to be more in tune with the universe?”

Here are some ways I recommend for paying attention to what the universe is telling you.

1) Prayer and meditation, if done from a state of fear and worry, can actually cause you to seal yourself off from messages from the universe. It’s kind of like scrunching your eyes closed and crossing your fingers. The remedy is to relax with an easy expectation that someone you love and trust is approaching you to have a conversation, to collaborate with you, to help you get answers or guidance.

2) We often go out to natural settings to feel renewed by the beauty and peace and lack of struggle we find beside a mountain stream or gazing up at the sky. That’s very good, but it’s also important to notice the order and integrity of nature that surrounds you and pervades your being. You’re not a disconnected observer inside a bubble of turmoil!  But we certainly can convince ourselves that this is the case! The integrity of all life processes is moving through you, as you. Take the time to feel it! Every day, practice feeling life moving through you, as you.

3) Expand your concept of intuition. It’s more than the quite inner voice. The “outside” world is a spokesperson for your inner self as well. The chirping of a bird that stops your train of thought while you’re taking a walk. Overhearing a word or phrase that strikes a chord as you pass by two people talking. Seeing a picture on a book cover in a store window — anything could be a significant hint. The key is to be open to the possibility that support and direction can take such forms. The universe is responsive to our needs, but we must recognize the hints and respond.

One day while driving, I was obsessing about a problem. I was wondering what to do with my busy mind, when a truck pulled in front of me. There, in bright red letters, right at eye level, was a bumper sticker that said, “Pay Attention.”  The coincidence made me laugh. The universe was being friendly with me! It reminded me to relax and drive safely.

4) Our intuition notices the significance of an outer event and gives us a feeling about the event. Often our speedy thinking and hurried activity makes us dismiss the intuitive feeling and its signals. So practice slowing down, breathing easily, and, again, resting in a felt sense of your whole body. Live more in your body and a little less in your thoughts.

5) Notice how things actually turn out versus how you hoped they would turn out, and be willing to make adjustments. This gives a powerful lesson in how things actually work.
Once a friend of mine was unable to take his daughter and her friend to a movie. For weeks the girls had been excited about going to this movie. At the last minute, however, my friend had to cancel. Both girls were initially shocked and deeply disappointed. His daughter very quickly went from disappointment to despair and anger. Her friend stopped and, with an open gaze, said cheerfully, “Well, let’s go play hopscotch!” She was willing to let go of her desire and expectation, and to quickly find another way to enjoy life in the abundance provided by the universe.

6) Stubbornness is a big obstacle to practicing in these ways. You may dismiss communication and support that comes “by chance” like the bird’s chirp or the book title because it “doesn’t make sense.” When we do this, we’re refusing to accept the feedback that would enable us to make course corrections because it doesn’t fit our desires. But it’s a sign of intelligence, not gullibility, to constantly refresh your appreciation for the mystery of life and all of its hidden knowledge and power. Be willing to let life educate you. The first step is always the same — stop, look, and listen with carefree curiosity — like a small child enchanted by fish swimming in a pond.

May all beings be happy and free. May our compassion for all beings, ourselves included, continually increase!

Developing True Heart Intuition is a wonderful seminar on CD that helps you live with this awareness of inner and outer support. It is just one of 5 powerful CD seminars included in the Living from the Heart Collection.


ftm-front-cover-finalJack Elias, CHT is founder and director of the Institute for Therapeutic Learning in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy/NLP, a book and course which blends NLP training modalities with philosophical traditions of both East and West. Jack offers private sessions in Lucid Heart Therapy and Life Coaching. He offers live trainings and distance learning trainings in Transpersonal Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy/NLP. Jack also presents keynotes and other programs to teach audiences how to use the techniques of  Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP to achieve success, confidence, and a consistent sense of well-being.  Book Jack Elias to speak to your group or organization.

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