On returning from our retreat last weekend, I have been reflecting on ways we reach our intuitive voice and ways we open to Source. In essence, it means utilizing ways in which we can learn to receive those messages without the filter of logical thinking, analysis, and structure. It is pure reception.
One element that certainly hinders reception is control. How and why do we seek to control everything?
It feels safe, less chaotic, productive, and action oriented. We have been trained to believe that the more we do, the more action we take, the harder we push, the more method we apply, the more structure we have, the better the result.
We have become very unaccustomed to allowing.
Part of the practice during the retreat was intuitive journaling; something that does not require expertise in writing. It is free flow and the epitome of allowing. It begins to stream once we have broken past the barrier that was keeping us feeling rather familiar and safe. It is a voice that emerges that is not under our control. We can start with a question and begin to answer that question but we must let it continue even if we are writing things like “I am not sure what else to say” or “I am not sure how to answer this question.” The point is to keep writing until something starts to flow. It may seem very unrelated to the question. It may be things that really need to come out and be said.
The more we can relinquish control over the answer or its relatedness to the question, the better.
Part of the secret to intuitive journaling is to let in all impressions and write them down as we notice them. These come from our five senses including body sensations, feelings, and random thoughts. We will also receive real intuitive wisdom that is coming from a place of Essence. All of this input is valid and has a place in the message.
We can also do an intuitive writing exercise that involves simply recording all impressions so that we get used to noticing the many many modes of input that we usually take for granted. Part of the reason I teach practical awareness is to learn to take in more impressions. We are usually blocked from doing that because only one of our centers, like our thinking for example are predominant in any given moment. We don’t realize that we might be feeling from our thinking. I know that sounds strange or almost impossible but the more advanced we become at noticing what is actually going on, the more we see that we are feeling from a center other than the feeling center.
Experiencing the present moment requires the presence of all three centers whether we realize that or not. The more Presence we experience, the more we Understand from an experiential viewpoint what it is to have all three faculties working and synchronized.
Many of our impressions are tainted by habitual belief and assumptions that happen so fast we can’t even see it. Patterns of seeing and reacting that have been ingrained in our body since childhood which then trigger a certain feeling which then trigger a certain thought happen so instantaneously that we are unaware. Our actual taking in of info may occur well after two or three of those feedback loops have already happened, and before we know it we are reacting over something that truly does not even exist.
The journaling can help decipher some of this if you are open and “out of control”. There is no right or wrong, but you will know when this voice from Source is speaking. There is no doubt about that. You experience something outside of your ordinary way of thinking, speaking and being.
The beauty of doing this at the retreat was that we were combining it with many modalities of being present. We were directly connecting with nature. We were unlocking code in our body through Sacred Movement. We were acquiring greater and much more refined attention by stopping on the hour and noticing the contrast. We were spontaneously entering moments of silence that were not imposed. Finally, the group effort intensified the individual results.
I hope you will try this type of journaling on your own and see what comes up for you in regards to everyday questions as well as big life dilemmas.
Let me know your questions as you practice journaling and what you may already know about it.
I use this kind of journaling in my one on one mentoring to discover answers from Source. I can show you how to effectively do this.
No matter where you are in the world, I cordially invite you to experience one of our retreats especially the big one this summer, July 14-21, 2015 on Whidbey Island, WA.