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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.

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The power of breath

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Conscious breathing

Lung Power

 Did you know that our lungs are enormous? If you laid them out flat they would cover an entire tennis court.
The significance of this vital organ may suggest the importance of mastering the technique of breathing, if we are to ensure optimal health. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that we can do both unconsciously and consciously, and for thousands of years, ancient cultures have understood the control of the breath - to increase focus, awareness of self and slow the mind. Modern western science has also woken up to investigating the benefits of breathing consciously as a way to manage stress, boost mood and energy levels and even manage weight. Our breath is an indicator of our mood and our mood is an indicator of our breath. This means that if we change how we breathe we can change our mood. It also means that when our mood changes so does our breath.  

Conscious Breathing

There are several ways to consciously breathe, such as the Kapalabhati (breath of fire) and pranayama yogic breathing. They all share one thing in common, they induce rest in the body, by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

The Alpha State

When we ground ourselves through the breath, we move into a lower vibrational state, close to the alpha state. In this highly focused but calm state, we turn on our creative brain, become more aware of our surroundings and can observe life from a different perspective. Doctors Brown and Gerbarg’s Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing Study in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression found that yogic breathing balances the autonomic nervous system, which influences stress-related disorders.

Breathe to Release Stress and Anxiety

Becoming more aware helps us to differentiate between experiences that induce fear or stress and the physiological changes that arise from them. By noticing our perception and physical reaction to them, we are able to enhance and safeguard our health in a more conscious and responsible manner.  

Better Mind, Body and Spirit.

We are each born with billions of brain cells, and when we deprive them of oxygen, our performance will suffer. For example when we hyperventilate, we expel too much CO2, meaning less oxygen can be absorbed by the body, which leads us into a cycle of breathing even faster. By practicing balanced breathing we allow oxygen to circulate evenly, to saturate the blood - feeding every cell in the body, muscles, brain, organs, and skin, while allowing the metabolism to burn fat and work more efficiently.

Have you Met Yourself?

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“I was dissatisfied with most areas of my life, I had a job I hated, my health had suffered, the family were in disarray and my self critic made me feel I was failing at everything.”

  A familiar lament we hear only too often? Steve Grant, PS practitioner, certainly says so. It's hardly surprising, when you weigh up the the multi-tasking, juggling lives most of us lead. He has been using the practice of Voice Dialogues for over 16 years, to help patients suffering from problems ranging from sleep disorders to relationship breakdowns at both home and work. Steve believes it is most important to DEVELOP OUR INNER AWARENESS. “This is critical in understanding who is in control of our personal psychological car.” He explains. According to psychologists, Hal and Sidra Stone, we are all made up of many sub personalities - many selves; each one of them having been programmed as we developed and grew up. This practice of “Voice Dialogue” and the “The Psychology of Selves” was developed more than forty years ago, when The Stones identified each self to have its own agendas, memories, desires, physical needs and prejudices. We switch from one to the other regularly and often everyday, depending on what we are doing. Consider how different we act when we are at the office as compared to when we’re on a dinner date, or how our parenting varies to our friendships. Most of us display the following sub personalities: the people pleaser, inner critic, rule maker, the analyst, clown, rebel, or achiever. We also own the ‘being’ personalities such as being happy, vain, fearful, or sad.

Sub-Personalities have the Power

The problems arise when many people express only a tiny percentage of themselves, by getting locked into and limited by only a small group of these sub personalities. This creates our whole life experience and forms patterns we repeat in relationships, with inner feelings and emotions, leisure activities, career and financial status. Our health, creative expression, view of the world and so forth is further influenced by these sub personalities. If your life’s experiences are constantly repeating or not playing out in the way you want, don’t look for an outside cause. It is vital to consider the workings of the sub-personalities within your mind. Without having knowledge of these, it is very difficult to alter the dynamics of a relationship, or change other areas of your life to run smoothly. Our rational mind does not understand joy nor does it feel joy. Rather it uses a sub-personality to interpret the experience. Try to notice which sub-personality is being used - only one can be used at a time. The modality of Voice Dialogues allows us to unlock the key to understanding ourselves better. It provides a safe environment to access our subconscious voice, expose patterns and behaviours that sabotage or ‘block’ us from success.

By releasing your fears you become stronger

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”  advises Professor Brené Brown, who shows us through her work, how we can turn fear into power.
Neroli Jones, PS founder has a more amusing analogy: think Nancy Ganz shapewear – “you can push and squeeze the unwanted pounds around but they won’t just vanish – they have to go somewhere!” A very big thank you to Steve Grant  Paradigm Switch Osteopath, Acupuncturist and Voice Dialogues Coach.