The simplicity of intuition

For something that we all have and all use on a day to day basis, intuition seems to be steeped in mystery and mysticism.

There is a plethora of books, DVDs, workshops, courses, initiations and tools available that promise to develop our intuition and many people spend their time searching these for a seemingly ‘Holy Grail’ that will switch on their intuition.

After a while it all starts to get very complicated.

Intuition is simply connection to our higher self: by using the wisdom of our higher self we can live in integrity with our life’s purpose.

In order to develop your own intuition there are just a few points to remember:

  1. Intuition is personal so what works for one person doesn’t work for another.  Find your own way rather than copy other people.  This means that you don’t necessarily need to go to any outside source to develop your intuition.
  2. Intuition is a natural ability that we all have so we don’t need initiations from others to ‘switch on’ unless we believe we do.
  3. Intuition is as simple as asking a question and listening for the answer.
  4. We each have our own way of hearing the answers to our questions.  This may be through dreams or day dreams.  We may hear a voice or feel things in our body.  It’s
    like our own special code and, once we know the key, it becomes easy to decipher the information we’re getting.
  5. Practise makes our intuition stronger.
  6. Trust in the answers we receive makes our intuition stronger.  If you disregard the information or don’t acknowledge it then you have to ask if you really want intuition to play a part in your life.
  7. A need to know makes our intuition stronger.  Use your intuition to fulfil your life’s purpose and help others achieve theirs and it will deliver for you.
  8. An ideal start is to spend a little time each day in meditation.  Even 5 minutes with your eyes closed and focusing on your breathing will slow your brainwaves down and connect you to your higher self.
  9. Your imagination is vital in developing your intuition.  If you don’t know the answer imagine what it is if you did.  What you mistake for imagination may very well be your intuition trying to communicate with you.
  10. Like our physical senses, intuition is a special gift and should be cherished.  It’s part of living our lives with integrity and using our intuition to manipulate others or to be nosy just doesn’t fit with integrity.

Intuition is simple if you let it be.

Jackie Notman is an intuitive adviser and coach who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology, I Ching and the Tarot.   This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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Taking care of our energetic twin

It’s widely accepted that factors in our environment can cause health problems: we can catch diseases from the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and anything that we care to touch.

Fresh air, clean drinking water and unadulterated food is a must for our health and, in most civilised countries it’s a given.  In other words, a healthy environment is good for us.

Etheric bodySo, if this works on the physical level then it should also be so on the energetic level.  Our physical bodies have an energy twin: the etheric body.  If something happens to it the effect can manifest in the physical body.  Likewise, if our physical body is unhealthy it shows in our etheric body.

Therefore taking care of our energetic environment is as important as ensuring our physical environment is conducive to good health.

Humans are closely linked to the earth.  Our vibrations are similar to the natural vibrations of the earth.  Being ‘in tune’ with the earth keeps our energy bodies, and therefore our physical bodies, in tune, ie. healthy.

However, if that natural vibration is distorted regularly or for a long period of time, so our energetic body will react and our physical cells resulting in illness.

And what distorts that natural vibration?  It can be from the earth herself: fault lines, underground water, caverns and energy lines all have an effect.  This is known as Geopathic Stress.  There are also man-made causes (Technopathic Stress or Electrosmog) such as overhead power lines, mobile phone masts and microwave ovens.  And finally our own spiritual world can contribute to our dis-harmony: dis-incarnate souls, entities, demons or guardians (Geopsychic Stress).

All of these have an effect on our energetic environment.  All of these can have an effect on our physical health.  You may not be able to see it but you still need to protect yourself against it.  So, if you have your physical house in order it’s time to start looking at your energetic one.  For more information on the causes, effects and what can be done go to my website.

Jackie Notman is a business and feng shui consultant.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

Business Energetics is based on classic Feng Shui principles and brings together your environment and your people into one harmonised and focussed profit machine. 

If you would like to find out more about how your business could benefit from living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website http://www.fs168.co.uk/businessenergetics

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The original, mutli-dimensional World Wide Web

Love or hate social networking sites and perhaps the intrusion of the internet, you have to admire the energy and possibilities of the web phenomenon.  This virtual world has expanded exponentially since its inception but few people realise that the web is based on a natural concept that is as old as life itself.

Just imagine connecting with whoever you need to, without them having to accept your invitation on Facebook or LinkedIn.  Or being able to Google whatever information you need to know and the first search result is exactly what you’re looking for and is true.  You don’t have to remember a password when you log in.  You don’t have to worry about your computer crashing or being hacked and your identity won’t be stolen.

This we had, before the internet was a twinkle in anybody’s eye.  This we still have, if you choose to accept the concept.

It’s known by many different names: Universal Consciousness, Zero Point Field, Akashic Records or just The Field in Lynne McTaggart’s book of the same name.  Others may call it God.

Whatever your name for it, it describes an energy that connects everything and everyone at quantum level and in this environment time is not linear.  This means that, as part of this system, we have access to other conscious beings and information from our perceived time of past, present and future.  I bet Google would love to build a few algorithms to provide us with that sort of information!

How, you may ask, do you get onto this multi-dimensional web?  Well, there are people who claim to have access and offer advice to others: raising your vibration level through meditation or chanting; working with spirit guides or angels; some just naturally have the gift. However, there is another way.  It takes a little practise and a little belief but it’s achievable by almost anyone.  If you’d like to know how just check out my blog The Ultimate Gizmo.

 

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What if…?

You impose limitations upon yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them

Sri Ramana Maharshi

What if there were no limits to what you were capable of?

What if you could transcend all the laws of our physical world and know the truth?

What if you could live in other dimensions?

What if you could live outside of your physical body?

What if you could take time ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’?

Apologies – I’m not trying to come across as a New Age/Spiritual guru although it may seem that way.  I read the quote above by Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi the other day and it struck a chord because I’ve begun to notice instances where I have been limiting myself.  For example, at a recent networking event there was somebody I really wanted to talk to but he was quite well known in his field and I didn’t approach him because I thought ‘Why would he want to talk to me?’ 

What I should have been asking was ‘Why wouldn’t he want to talk to me?’ but that’s easy to say in retrospect.

So, I did some work on myself to try and find out exactly what self limiting beliefs I hold.  These are beliefs that have probably been with me most of my life and are so ingrained that I don’t often notice them.  They’re beliefs that were possibly meant to keep me safe from physical or emotional harm but, in reality, they’re beliefs that keep me chained.  And I would bet that you have some too.

If you can work with a partner it’s quite easy to test your beliefs through muscle testing.  Simply hold your arm out to the side so it’s level with your shoulder.  Say something that is true such as ‘My name is (insert name)’ and your partner puts a downward pressure on your arm at the wrist.  Because your statement is true this will be your strong reaction.

Then state a belief which you feel you may have problems with such as ‘I love myself unconditionally.’  If you do not believe this at a deep, subconscious level your partner will be able to press your arm down very easily.   This is your weak reaction.

Try the technique for each belief that you feel you may have a problem with.  You could hold limiting beliefs about your self esteem, your finances, your health or you may have feelings of guilt that are holding you back.  When you’ve finished always get your partner to test you strong again by using a true statement such as your name, eye colour or date of birth.

It can be very hard to face up to your self limiting beliefs.  It can be even harder to share them with somebody else in order to muscle test so you can test them with pendulum dowsing instead.

Dowsing is a way of accessing your intuition.  With muscle testing your body reacted to an untruth by giving a weak reaction. In the same way a dowsing instrument will react in different ways to a truth or an untruth.

Pendulum dowsing uses a weight (such as a nut or fishing weight) on a piece of string or, if you’ve seen dowsing pendulums for sale, they can be beautifully cut crystals or metal shapes on chains.

A pendulum can give you a Yes or No answer in the same way that muscle testing can give you a strong or weak answer.

Pendulum dowsingHold your pendulum in either hand so the weight is hanging freely down and with enough length to allow it to swing (about 4 – 6”).  Relax your shoulder and wrist and ask the pendulum to show you a Yes answer.  Try to keep your mind relaxed but focused on the Yes.  It may take some practice but soon your pendulum will begin to move in a certain direction.  It could be a clockwise or anti-clockwise circle, back and forward, side to side, an elliptic or whizz about like a whirling dervish.  You need to ask it this a few times until you are getting the same response which becomes your Yes response and will mean the same as a strong reaction in muscle testing.

Now do exactly the same whilst asking for a No response which will mean the same as a weak response in muscle testing.

So pendulum in hand, state your belief: ‘I love myself unconditionally.’  Focus on that and let your pendulum react.  Remember a No is the equivalent of a weak muscle testing reaction which means that no way do you love yourself unconditionally.  A Yes means that of course you do and lucky you.

You may be asking, what all this has got to do with the ‘What if’s’ at the start of this article.  Well, I dowsed my self limiting beliefs and came up with a list and then I wondered what I should do with them.  Okay, so I know that they’re holding me back but how do I overcome them?  After a lot of consideration I worked with each one using the two words ‘What if?’

Applying that to my example of the man at the networking event:  ‘Why would he want to talk to me?’  Well, what if he did want to talk to me?  How would that change the situation?  How would that change the way I feel?

If I turned an opportunity down because I didn’t think I was capable and I feared failure that would reinforce my belief that I wasn’t good enough.  But what if I did it and I succeeded or, forget the success, what if I just did it?

‘What if’ expands your mind.  It allows you to reach out beyond your boundaries and experience possibilities.  After all, life is full of many, many possibilities.  ‘What if’ gives you the choice of the type of life you experience.  What if you were to give up, right now, one of those beliefs that are holding you back?

See you on the outside.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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A five minute daily routine that could bring you incurable optimism

Choose to be Happy

Easier to say than do?

Bad things happen to all of us but we are advised that it is our choice of reaction that determines whether we get stressed, or depressed or pessimistic.  We can choose to be happy is the message of many self help books.

On the surface this seems perfectly logical, easy to understand and simple.  So why isn’t it always so easy to put into practise?  Why can’t we always take things in our stride with a smile on our face and a skip in our step?

I try very hard to practise optimism and, a lot of the time it works.  But at other times, it just doesn’t and I haven’t been able to work out why until recently.  What I’ve discovered seems to be working and I’d like to run it by you and ask you to put it into practise and see if it works for you.

Let me start with a little bit of background to put it all into context.  For many years I have had a fascination for all things energetic.  Not necessarily the hyperactive type of energetic but the fact that everything in our world in its simplest form is made of energy.  The chair I’m sitting in at the moment, the computer screen I’m looking at as I type this and the words that I’m creating.  They are all related to me on a basic level.  To understand this energy more I dowse, using angle rods and a pendulum to gain an understanding the energies of the earth and how they interact with people and affect our lives.  This is a very valid part of my Feng Shui practise.

But, like most consultants I am called in when something needs putting right.  When the energy in somebody’s life is not in harmony.  And so, as a precaution I have started to protect myself psychically on a regular basis.  Not just when I think I need it but daily.  As a result my psychic protection is getting stronger and stronger as the regular practise seems to have a cumulative effect.

And the by-product of this – life’s pretty good.  Things that used to get to me now just bounce off or go right over my head.

So why would psychic protection make me see the world differently?  Let’s look again at the advice we are given – you can choose to be happy.  So with the best will in the world why doesn’t this work?  Could it be that other factors are affecting you?  Or, to be exact, other energies are interacting with your energy in a detrimental way.

If you are happy, your energy is vibrating at a certain level.  And it’s infectious.  Your energy vibration can affect the energy vibrations of others around you and so you make people smile, or everyone gets the giggles. 

It can work the other way too.  If somebody has a pessimistic outlook they can walk into a room and immediately lower the energy vibration.

Most of us don’t consciously recognise what is affecting us energetically.  Why we ‘got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning’.  But it’s when something is affecting us energetically in a detrimental way that, however hard we try and however much we want to choose to be happy, we just can’t do it.

If you think of a vacuum cleaner it has a filter that gets clogged up with bits of dust.  The filter needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the vacuum continues to work well.  Likewise our energy systems pick up bits of negative energy from all sorts of people and places and clog us up.  Using your conscious mind (ie, choosing to be happy) just doesn’t have an effect on your fundamental energetic level.

What does work is psychic protection.  Don’t get concerned about the psychic bit.  It means that it works on an energetic level.  It doesn’t mean that you’re going to become clairvoyant or a medium and start asking people to cross your palm with silver, unless you want to of course!

Psychic protection is quick, simple, gets stronger the more you practise it and quickly becomes a habit.  And then choosing the way you want to live your life may just become a whole lot easier.

If you want to find out more about psychic protection, why we need it and how to do it you can find details here.

And you can find out more about dowsing here.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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The real challenge of living a spiritual life

There is a certain spiritual writer whom I used to admire.  He had a down to earth approach on how to live a spiritual life.  After selling many books and earning a lot of money he decided that he could no longer be spiritual in the rat race any more so moved to a remote part of the world to live off his profits.  And I thought – what a cop out!

There is a long tradition of using isolation to improve our spiritual connection.  Monks would live in caves and people seeking the truth would become hermits.  The Bible tells us that Jesus went into the wilderness to fast and seek the face of God.

Mostly these people lived in poverty, gave up any worldly possessions they had and their actions were seen as a sacrifice in order to gain in spiritual richness.  They relied on the generosity of strangers or followers.  However, that was in a world where money was not the foundation of society.

Picture of lone woman on mountain top

Can we find spirituality in the real world?

Today, attempting to live without money is impossible (unless you are doing it for a short period and writing a book about it or making a television programme).  Removing such an embedded energy from our lives invites distrust, judgement and exclusion.  Yes, you can use some of the barter systems that operate around the world.  To a point.  Or you can rely on the kindness of your family and friends.  To a point.  But, somebody somewhere has to be earning money to be able to bestow such generosity on you.

Of course, self sufficiency could work but land is expensive, especially here in the UK, which brings us back to money. 

So, is the possibility of a spiritual life only for the wealthy?  Once upon a time, when people retreated from the world to seek enlightenment, their isolation was seen as a sacrifice in return for spiritual richness.

These days, for those who have money and choose to retreat there is no sacrifice.  So, is enlightenment not achieved?  Is sacrifice the key rather than isolation?

After all, it’s easy to be spiritual and have good thoughts all the time in a world without difficulties and challenges but the true spiritual pioneers are making it work in this world: where money is the language we all use, where mortgages and bills have to be paid and we have to interact with each other throughout the mundanity of life.

If you can take all of that and still smile and be kind to people I salute you for overcoming the spiritual challenge of life in the 21st century.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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A little Wabi-Sabi each day keeps frustration away

I recently ordered a bell for my space clearing practise which is part of my Feng Shui service.  Tucked into the tissue paper that it was wrapped in was a little card with a poem on it.  It started:

‘Walk and touch peace every momentBare feet in sand

Walk and touch happiness every moment

Each step brings a fresh breeze

Each step makes a flower bloom

Kiss the Earth with your feet.’

It’s a concept so simple and yet so difficult to remember for many of us in our hectic lives.

The practise of Feng Shui is also about simplicity and being in harmony with our surroundings.  Many people believe it is about minimalism, Zen or a clinical environment.  But it’s really about being relaxed exactly where you are.  There is a Japanese philosophy called Wabi-Sabi that is very much in tune with real Feng Shui.

Wabi-Sabi is about being.  Being peaceful, balanced and in tune with nature.  It does not strive for perfection but celebrates growing old and recognises the beauty in that process.  Wabi-Sabi is about kissing the Earth with your feet.

Of course, it’s very easy to live this type of life if you remove yourself from the world.  Retreat, become a recluse or join a monastery.  The real challenge is to maintain this philosophy in the everyday world that most of us live in. 

We are all told we should set goals and have an action plan to achieve them.  We must look ahead and strive for what we want.  We are told not to live in the past because it’s unhealthy.  The past is gone and we can’t change it.  So we stand in the present looking back and forth, back and forth continually. 

Wabi-Sabi and Feng Shui says stop, just for a while and look around you.  See the beauty in everything.  Accept things just as they are.  Accept the people in your life just as they are.  For five minutes.  Just try it.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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