by Michele Anderson
We all receive intuitive information. The key is learning how to distinguish the intuitive voice from the other voices we hear inside. Here is a chart you can use to distinguish the two. Print this out and post it.
|plodding||in a flash|
|thinks it knows||it knows|
|either / or||multiple choice|
|"I should"||"I could"|
Calming Your Inner Waters Exercise:
In order to hear and recognize the intuitive voice, we need to calm the emotional self. Imagine a large lake representing your current emotional state. Assign a lifeguard to monitor the lake's conditions. The goal is to maintain a serene, placid emotional environment on your lake until it has no ripples or waves--it's motionless. Your emotions are a reflective device, the less movement, the more clarity you will have.
Remember to breathe during this exercise. Breathing deeply and smoothly will help you calm your inner waters.
This exercise calms our inner static so we can tune in. In order to receive intuitive information, practice calming your emotions to retrieve important information for your life's course.
Include this exercise as part of your daily meditation. This will cultivate inner peace.
Use this exercise before you pose a question in prayer. The quiet place you've created inside will help you receive an answer.
When you are feeling emotional distress, use this exercise to calm yourself.
Then, you can return to a positive frame-of-mind where the solutions are.
The next time you find yourself in the throws of anger -- whether at another person, or a difficult situation, or even yourself -- stop, and force yourself to sit down in your internal laboratory and try this simple trance shifting experiment.
Your trance state is the subject.
How are you perceiving reality right now? What thoughts and inner dialogues are running through your head? Write them down. Pay particular attention to the phrases and images that your mind keeps repeating. These "incantations" can be particularly powerful trance inducing and maintaining hooks. (Don't believe me? Wait two days until you're in a cheerful mood again, your anger forgotten. Then take out your journal and start repeating those same phrases. Watch how quickly you shift back into that angry trance again.)
Next, take inventory of your body and its sensations. What do you notice? Which parts feel tense or constricted? What feels hot and what feels cold? Again, write this all down. Do you feel like your anger is emanating from a specific area of your body?
Now, close your eyes and picture your anger as a color. What color or colors immediately pop into your mind? Don't reason it out, just see the color and write it down. Also note whether the color is bright or murky. If you're musically inclined, ask yourself what notes or sounds are playing in your mind. (Yes, trance states have sounds associated with them, and hearing that sound isn't as difficult as you might think.)
Okay, you've got a lab notebook on your angry trance state -- thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, etc. Now comes the hard part: You're going to shift your trance state. Nothing profound and reality shattering; you are just going to shift from anger to a state of joyful peace. Still, the feat isn't easy, is it? That angry mind wants to stay angry. It has built up steam. It has learned some very effective techniques to become entrenched in its own rebellious relationship to reality.
So, how do you shift? How do you change your experience of reality? Your anger IS, and joy and peace are lightweight fantasies, right? How do you do it?
This is your experiment. I'm going to let your discover the answer. (Shouting in your head, "I feel joyful!" doesn't count as success, by the way.)
I will offer a couple of hints, however. One of your mind's most powerful techniques to maintain a particular trance state is its internal chatter. You'll need to figure out how to silence that angry babble in your head. Another key is the breath. Not only does it tell us a lot about our trance states, it can be used as a tool to shift trance states.
Sincere congratulations are due to everyone who can successfully complete this stage of the experiment. The transmutation of anger into peace is an important accomplishment, a crucial step toward more profound trance states. The more you cultivate the ability to transform (trance-form) your perception and relationship with reality, the more easily you'll be able to tap into subtler reality -- from intuitional knowledge to communication with the angelic realms.
But, wait. Your experiment isn't over. Study your newly acquired peaceful trance state, as well. What are your thoughts doing or not doing now? How does your body feel? What color do you associate with your new state? What sound do you hear with your inner hearing?
Now, how do you reproduce this shift at will . . . ?
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