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What is Intuition and how can we access it?

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Are you intuitive? 

Is intuition something that only a few people have? Are they special and gifted and the rest of us have to find answers from our logical left brain and its supply of facts? The simple answer is that we all have intuition. We are all ‘WIFI enabled’ to the mind of the Universe, to infinite intelligence. So how is it that some people can access intuition easily and the rest of us struggle to get some kind, even any kind of guidance. We are born sentient empathetic beings but many of us have lost our way through lack of recognition and practice of the intuitive skills and have come to rely on our left brain. This leaves us out of balance and when we don’t pay attention to that ‘annoying little voice’ then it eventually becomes quiet. So how do we begin to wake it up again and how will that benefit us?

Gut feelings

Waking up our intuition takes practice and a bit of dedication but it will be well worth it. Intuition is both non-judgmental and clear and when it is working properly, there is no struggle to access it. Becoming aware of how intuition speaks to you is essential. Where do you get your ‘gut feeling’? It will usually be a sensation in your body somewhere. You may get prickles or shivers when something is true for you. Perhaps you may feel your stomach tense, hear a word or even see something that is not physically there. You may get messages or answers from nature but whatever way the information comes, you must pay attention and act on the information. Paying attention and then acting on the intuitive promptings means that your intuition will begin to develop. As long as you relax, stay open and out of the right brain, then intuition will guide you. The information will come in patterns that are particular to you and soon you will be receiving flashes of understanding that appear randomly but are always right on target.

Have some fun with it

Try having some fun with your internal guidance. Check the names of horses running in a race and see if you can pick the winner. The name should feel different in some way, maybe louder, darker font or even a different colour. You could choose wine this way or even look at the stock market, but whatever you do to practice notice how your intuition is becoming stronger as you learn to trust it. Then you will have an indispensable tool that many successful people use.    

Barbara Callan is an International Intuitive Consultant for Paradigm Switch.

To book a session with Barbara please click here

Change often means Challenge

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    So here we are, well into 2018 and probably already struggling with any new year’s resolutions we proudly listed, as the clock struck midnight. However small though, for we humans a change is always tricky, especially since we seem to have a habit of getting hung up on predetermined outcomes or ideas. We limit ourselves with our beliefs:  “I can’t possibly start yoga, I’m not flexible enough” or “Meditation is not for me, as my mind's too active”. Any of these excuses ring true? It’s time to disrupt our limiting beliefs, if we are to change in any way. And we all know that without change, we can’t progress, move on, learn or improve. Challenge those thoughts that say - you can't — or shouldn’t — do something because of your own automatic narrative.

How to change Simply and Effectively

  • Create teeny tiny habits In his programme Tiny Habits. Social scientist, Dr Fogg recommends we execute three tiny tasks each day for five days. The idea? We learn the process of habit creation; and once we master these, we can tackle the bigger ones.
 
  • Be Brave Our default setting often goes to waiting, postponing, doubting, or researching too much — it’s not useful! Taking action is better than doing nothing and don’t be afraid of the outcomes, as each one is only a stepping stone away, moving you closer to the change you want.
 
  • Believe it will happen. Yes, our thoughts will determine our behaviour; we all know that and also that we can change our thoughts. If only it were that easy!  But the reverse is also true, in that our behaviours (and environments) can also create internal states. Jumping into the ocean on a hot day, will trigger a whole new set of emotions and thoughts (or lack of them) as a change from sitting in an office, or taking an early walk will create a very different mindset to sitting on a commuter bus. Often just by changing up the surroundings, we can facilitate change.
  Try to include these three simply rules to change and you might just find you might achieve the changes you are aiming for this year. Don't forget to be kind to yourself (you are your best friend), don’t expect miracles immediately and maintain a healthy sense of humour. Slow, baby steps and determination is what will make it happen.  

All is Well in My World

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The passing of Louise Hay was indeed a sad day for us all at PS. Even though she died of natural causes and had reached a ripe age of 90, she represents a great loss and will be missed by millions, all over world.

Louise has been proclaimed to be founder of the self-help movement as a pioneer in initiating the connection between mind and body as well as bringing spirituality into the mainstream. In 1976, she published Heal Your Body, at a time when self-help was almost unknown. It was an instant success and steered Louise who was 50 at the time, into a thriving, lifelong career. Along came the phenomenal bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, which sold more than 50 million copies and reached the New York Times bestseller list for 13 consecutive weeks. By that time, her affirmations and intuitive self-healing had been proven to be successful. Louise herself had been diagnosed with cancer and by using herself as a guinea pig she replaced traditional drugs and medicine with her affirmations, visualisation, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Louise healed herself within six months. By revealing how mental patterns can cause physical illness Louise taught us to use visualisation, affirmations, and positive thoughts to help reverse ailments and illness. Through Louise’s healing techniques millions have learned how to create healthier, more positive, pain-free and fulfilled lives. As well as not-for-profit - The Hay Foundation, Louise created Hay House, a publishing company that will continue her legacy of self-discovery, spirituality, and healing. Louise will be remembered for her wealth of illuminating quotes and sound teachings that are more relevant than ever, in today’s world of spiritual chaos, and growing mental and physical disease. She has been pivotal in growing the spiritual groundswell, gaining momentum around the world.

RIP Louise Hay.

We thank you for shining your light.

5 Ways to Instantly Boost your Wellbeing

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Nurture from within

“Wellbeing is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment."

Martin Seligman     Paradigm Switch founder Neroli Jones identifies 4 pillars of wellbeing; mental, physical, purposeful and the one that is often the most overlooked - emotional. To experience a true sense of wellbeing we need to balance all these elements. Here are some effective wellbeing practices you can incorporate into your week.

MASSAGE

Boost your wellbeing through relaxation

Boost your wellbeing through relaxation

Massage is a recognised way to reduce stress and produce deep relaxation. Consider a massage when you are feeling particularly tense or anxious. The practice of using touch as a healing method began over 5000 years ago as a sacred system of natural healing when ancient civilizations found that massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. Todays therapists practice a multitude of techniques originating from the ancient methods. From those origins comes the inspiration to help with healing physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

GET CREATIVE

Whether it’s with arranging a vase of fresh flowers or crafting your own garden, putting some inner creativity into your life will develop a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Not all of us are budding artists but most will take pleasure in cooking a delicious meal, or creating a calm space in the home. Whatever your ‘thing’ - just lead with the heart. In her best-selling book Elizabeth Gilbert explains the untold benefits of living a life creatively –

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”  

Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
 

BORROW A DOG

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Boost with a pooch

This is a good one because not only does it provide the value of spending time with a furry friend, but gets your body moving too. The benefits of animal therapy are well documented. According to http://www.pawsforpeople.org spending time with a friendly pet lifts our physical, mental and cognitive focus. Many hospitals now encourage dog visits as a form of natural healing while a number of studies have found that people who spend time with animals experience some real positive effects such as lower blood pressure, a sense of belonging, fewer colds and flu, less stress and elevated moods.

   
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Smell lifts the spirit

SENSORY BOOST

Our most primal sense is that of smell as it exerts surprising influence over our thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviours. Scents are experienced in the brain, long before we develop a conscious awareness of it. This is why it's nearly impossible to describe them with language. For this reason, scents can have a powerful influence over how we think, feel, and behave. Try burning some essential oils to suit your mood, match them up to add energy, focus or calm into your life.

 

BE KIND

Something as small as writing a few thankful words to someone who supports you, or giving a compliment to a stranger can work wonders for the soul. By giving, you boost your internal sense of value and wellbeing. Studies have shown that volunteering promotes better psychological and mental health as well as increased longevity.
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Kindness boosts wellbeing

Next time you’re out and about be ready to offer a seat to someone need or lend a hand to a struggling mum with a pram. It’s tempting to overlook these small acts, while we rush through life, not realising that it’s a simple way of actually making us feel better. Psychologists recognise that doing something positive for someone else can lead to a feeling of well-being in both the helper and the recipient, even a sense of elation. If you develop a balanced wellbeing, other areas of your life will benefit. Kindness attracts kindness.

We’ve all heard of Emotional Intelligence, so what is Emotional Wellbeing?

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  When faced with corporate burnout and her own threatened state of wellbeing, Neroli Jones, founder of PS embarked on a journey of personal discovery. She identified four key quadrants that underpin  our wellbeing – and realised that it is  not until these are in balance, that we can expect to feel a complete sense of  health.  These pillars, she names  - the Physical, Mental, Purposeful and Emotional.

"I call this our Wellbeing Compass"

 
When our Wellbeing Compass is in balance, we can navigate successfully through the pathway of life's highs and lows with ease, effortlessly. On the other hand, when it is not balanced, that is when the problems start. Until now emotional wellbeing has been quite overlooked, with much of what we see in the news focused on mental health. The emotional impact on our lives has traditionally been sidelined or neglected altogether. If mental health is that of the mind, emotional health is that of our feelings and the related aspects of that – our relationships with others and with ourselves. A few years ago, when Neroli was caught in an unexpected downward spiral, her health alerted her to a crisis point before she had worked out that apart from addressing the obvious physical imbalance, it was the emotional side of things that really needed attention. Being a high achiever, placing unrealistic demands on her body, she'd turned to pushing herself harder in an attempt to improve her fitness and physical health. This, in fact proved not to be the answer and had she listened to her body in the first instance, the crisis might have been easily avoided. It was not until  Neroli acknowledged her body's cry for attention that she could flip the paradigm and  start to give it the love it so desperately yearned for.   So, baby steps of self-kindness were taken to get her  health back on track; wellbeing became   her utmost priority. We are not programmed to be kind to ourselves and it is often seen to be a form of self indulgence, but this illuminating journey helped to navigate her pathway to wellbeing, big breakthroughs and quantum leaps. Learning to love ourselves where we are right now, not where we could be / should be / are expected to be – but right here.

Emotions are simply feelings with a judgement attached. Once we understand this, the rest falls into place.

Emotional wellbeing is about truth – the truth of now. It’s about self-acceptance without judgement and it’s about love. More often than not, we feed ourselves a diet of toxic lies. Our relationship with ourselves is the most profoundly complex relationship we will ever navigate and yet we spend most of our time developing or managing relationships with others, outside ourselves. Emotional wellbeing focuses on your relationship with you…. ask yourself regularly – how does this (person, event, conversation, activity – whatever) make me feel? Do I want more of that or less of that? How you feel    tells you everything. You actually do know what you need, you do know what makes you happy, but you do need to invest the time to listen. That's called emotional wellbeing. To understand  your personal wellbeing and discover how  balanced  you are, go to  the Paradigm Switch compass tool and spend a few minutes to reveal where you need to focus  on improvement.  You might be quite surprised at the results.  The PS Compass will point to   the quadrant that needs most work, so you  then can  be directed to the best suited therapies.