This is the second of a three-part article that addresses the subject of strengthening your intuitive skills.
As you know, intuition is an important aspect of the training and products of Awareness Engineering. In Step One – Know Yourself, we discussed paying attention to your body, your thoughts, and your energy. There were questions to ponder while strengthening your intuitive skills. Ready for Step Two?
Step Two – Develop your Connection to Reality
When aligning more closely to reality, it is important to be observant. The Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius urges us to ask, “What is it by nature, and how long will it last?” When looking at your situation, an event, or the world in general, remind yourself to revisit Aurelius’ inquiry.
Take a moment, right now, to think of the worst thing that you are going through at present. Perhaps it is a relationship issue, or a health challenge. You may be facing an exam, or a financial problem. In relation to the concern at hand, ask yourself: “What is it by nature? How long will it last?” This inquiry helps to put the problem in context and in perspective.
All of life will be sifted through our individual filters. These filters consist of our emotions, education, attitude, preferences, mood, pain/comfort levels, religion, belief systems, experience, and even the context of an event or idea. While these filters have their positive uses in our lives, they also hinder our ability to look directly at reality. In this same way, these filters will color our interpretations of the messages received by our intuition. We can’t completely do away with the filters, but we can become more aware of them and factor them into our intuitive work.
Next, when aligning more closely with reality, we want to be objective. Another filter I have run across has to do with the “trance state” we call our self-confidence. When people have low self-confidence in their ability to be intuitive, they tend to remain so even in the presence of confirmations of their accuracy. Likewise, I have encountered people whose predictions do not always become reality, and they continue to live their lives as though they could count on their intuition one-hundred percent of the time.
While we don’t want an inaccurate prediction to slow down your practice, being objectively aware of the statistics of accuracy may allow you to become even more aware of (and correct) those filters that may be hampering your abilities. As the folk wisdom says about making a mistake – it gives you a better opportunity to learn something new than does getting everything right.
So rather than fooling yourself into thinking that you have always gotten things right even in the light of contradictory evidence, allow yourself to relish the opportunity to examine the error. And then move even closer to true accuracy!