Intuition always seemed like something that whimsical beings with powers beyond my understanding had access to, something that came with a sprinkle of fairy dust, a magic crystal ball, or a neon sign screaming PSYCHIC to passersby. Intuition sounded too woo-woo, too far-out, too mystical. I adore all things woo-woo, but the idea that I could have intuition inside me felt impossible.
Isn’t it funny how we assume that we are not worthy of tapping into our very natural human capabilities? We believe others can sparkle so much, but don’t always accept the gifts we have in ourselves.
One of the largest hurdles in my practice to untap my sparkle is simply trusting myself and believing that I am worthy of the exploration of new ideas and tools that may support my wellness. Intuition is a prime example of a tool that I just did not believe was something that I had inside me or was even a possibility in my human experience.
Now that I am deep in my Year of Intuition (#YearofIntuition), I realize how easy it is for all of us to brush off powerful tools that we carry with us as “too _____”. Why is that? Have we all been so conditioned by our culture to believe that identifying as intuitive means we must sell snake oil? My experience, thus far, with openly allowing my intuition to develop has been (third) eye opening, to say the least. We have all these tools available within us, but rather than openly explore possibilities without judgment, we assign ourselves to constricting boxes.
We are all intuitive beings. The secret that I am learning as I really dig in to this gift is that if we exercise our intuition, it strengthens. If we ignore our capacity for intuitive knowing, it diminishes. I was always under the impression that I needed to study with a million different healers and teachers; I had to have years of PROOF that I was accomplished and worthy of identifying as intuitive. Due to my own belief that I was not worthy, I was missing out on my natural gifts. Yes, my study of energy and healing has helped me to open my mind to possibility, but true intuition comes from exercising my intuitive muscles. Simple practices like journaling, grounding, and meditating are a great foundation to start on your intuitive exercise regiment.
During busy times, it is really easy to fall into the frenzy of life. Right now, we are in the midst of the holiday season, which provides us with ample opportunity to overschedule, overeat, over-drink, and over-indulge in all the things that numb us from our true selves. When I reflect back to my history of binge eating and using food to numb myself, I see so clearly that I was trying to avoid the feelings that my body was trying to communicate to me. Our physical bodies are often the main messengers for intuitive communication. My intuitive EUREKA moment came when I realized that I was using food to numb the messages that my system was telling me, as I was not fully prepared to understand and process this gift, my intuition.
One of the reasons that I began my Year of Intuition with Whole30 was because I knew if I could feel confident in my health, habits, and relationship with food, I could trust the messaging of my body. When I feed my roaring inner sugar dragon, I disconnect from the clear communication of my inner knowing. As a recovering food addict, my brain is quick to try to convince me that I need more food, more numbing, and less connection. I used to turn to food to numb because I didn’t understand that my intuition could help guide me, it just felt like really intense emotions and feelings. Now, I know that when I stay connected to my body, my needs, and my desires, I strengthen my wellness and my sparkle. With strengthened sparkle, I now know that those feelings are in support of me, not to overwhelm.
As we move through the close of the year, practicing presence and mindfulness will support your wellness, sparkle, and intuition. For the record, this process of exercising my intuitive muscle does not mean that I won’t indulge over the holidays and celebrate with my loved ones. This process means that I will mindfully take note of my wants, needs, and desires, and I will actively check in with myself. Am I staying present with what my body is communicating? Or, am I allowing myself to numb and disconnect? Practicing intuition and sparkle doesn’t mean that we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy life.
I know that this holiday season, I will benefit from pausing, checking in with myself, meditating, and being extra kind to myself. My intuition has shown me that these are requirements of my sparkle. I also know that by planning for my traditional January Whole30 (#Whole30MakesMeSparkle), I have a system in place to reconnect with myself, no matter what, to start 2018 off in a place of sparkle, wellness, and joy.
How does your intuition communicate with you? Are you ready to open yourself up to more knowledge, healing, and sparkle? This January, the first Untap Your Sparkle group coaching experience can help you to connect to your inner knowing. Join me for this online experience from anywhere in the world! Whole30 is one of my most favorite tools for sparkle and intuition, and there is nothing I love more than sparkling with others. Register before December 22, 2017 to save 20%!