Note: Thisdiscussion threadis part of a series about psychic development. The index for the series is here.
Probably the biggest thing I think we struggle with in ourefforts to become more intuitiveis that we don't really believe we can do it. We convince ourselves that synchronicities are mere coincidences, that flashes of insight are nothing more than good luck, and that our lives proceed haphazardly from one event or relationship to the next. We don't believe ourselves to be "special" enough to considerthat wehave "special" abilities, much less that we can harness these abilities to help ourselves and others.
This segment of the workshop is all about learning how to trust yourself again. Being psychic is nothing special. Everyone is psychic. Truly. But saying that is like saying that everyone can run marathons. They can. It just takes some effort. Even the most naturally-gifted runners have to train.
The best way to exercise, I think, is to have fun while doing it. So, we're going to rebuild our relationship with our intuitions by playing some games together over the next two weeks. I'm posting the first exercise a little early, but feel free to take it at your own pace if you haven't completed last week's compassion and visualization items yet.
This week's exercise: Going with your gut
You're at the grocery store, and you're walking down the pasta aisle when you suddenly remember that you need pasta sauce and you didn't put it on your list. You walk over to the sauce section, and start to reach for a certain jar. Then, you stop. "Wait," you think, "is this the one I want? Which one was it that my husband liked so much last time? Is this one on sale? Maybe I should get that one over there."
This week, we're going to work on not doing this second-guessing thing. When you reach for the jar, take that one. Don't think about it, just do it. Here are some ideas for how you might play this game:
- See how fast you can get your grocery shopping done. Don't price check, don't weigh (as long as that's an option, given your grocery budget that day). When you're hovering over the apples, pick the first ones you see, and don't put any back.
- If you're trying to get somewhere and there are multiple equally-good routes, don't think about which one to take ahead of time. Decide when you get to the turn.
- When you're trying to decide what to wear,don't stand in front of your closet weighing your options. Put on the first thing that you see.
There are lots of options for how to play the no-second-guessing game. Come up with one of your own! Itmight bea little painful at first, but press on.
Try to do this as much as you can this week. Do it for things that don't really matter if you get them wrong. If your husband hates the sauce you pick, what's the worst that could happen? You might have to go back to the store and get another, and put the sauce in your next canned food donation? That's not so bad. If you take a wrong turn, your trip might take an extra few minutes. Not so bad. Maybe you'll see a great new restaurant orabeautiful treealong your wrong-turn way. It's a game, so try to have fun with your mishaps.
If you'd like to expand the game to something with higher stakes, say, picking stocks for your IRA or names for your new baby, I encourage you to use your logic to narrow down your choices to a basket of equally-good options, then use your intuition to make your final selections.We're talking about low-pressure games, here - nothing with high stakes.
As you do the games, make a post here about which game you played, and what happened. How did it feel to do it?
updated by @amaya: 07/02/17 12:11:44PM