Your Intuition Will Whisper To You

An amazing misty scenery.

So, what is intuition really? Intuition is a “knowing” that cannot be explained by fact or thought, but through a deep inner feeling. It’s those “I feel it in my gut” and “something doesn’t feel quite right” moments and you can’t explain why. And my question is: How often have you ignored that knowing little voice because it just didn’t make sense?

Most of us do believe that our intuition, or also known as our inner knowing voice has value, but we’re at a complete loss as to how to access it and how to hear it. We’re even more dumbfounded as to how to use it on demand. You only know it happened to you so many times and some of it was so obvious you smirked when you think back to what could have been avoided, had you just paid a little more attention.

“Intuition doesn’t tell you what you want to hear; it tells you what you need to hear.” — Sonia Choquette

Beyond Logic And Reason

Intuition is a build-up of experiences, instincts and senses, which includes heightening the touch, feeling, sight, hearing, and taste to its very peak. Intuition comes from the observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes. It is more of “feel” rather than “logic” — it’s your ability to sense things before they hit you.

For example, when you meet someone for the first time and shake hands, you may intuitively sense through touch and sight that you can’t trust this person. This could be an intense feeling, because in your heart and gut you know that something is wrong. You may not know exactly why or have any logical reasoning for feeling that way, but at that very moment, you know that you have to listen and to trust that overwhelming feeling of danger.

In contrary, it can also be a warm feeling of inner peace and love in your heart, because you know that everything is going to be okay. Although we receive messages in different ways, we all receive them, even if we are not tapping into them. Some of us feel things, while others see or hear them.

“Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer.” — Robert Graves

Difference Between Intuition And Fear

From my own experience, I have often mistaken my intuition for fear. It can be confusing and it’s important to know the difference. After all, I don’t want you to pass up your perfect opportunity out of fear because you’ve mistakenly felt there was an intuitive warning keeping you from moving in that direction.

Intuition can be recognised as an inner guidance, a kind of knowing, or you might say an internal compass. We use terms like “hunch”, “a gut feeling”, “just a feeling”, and “instinct” to describe the way intuition influences our behaviour. Intuition lead towards a path that makes us feel comfortable, even if we are not certain.

Fear or negative emotion, on the other hand, can express itself through a physical response such as aggressiveness, sweating, an adrenaline rush, or a racing heart. Fear may cause us to run away and hide and avoid, and dictates a decision that makes us feel relieved, as though we just survived a threat to our very existence.

Don’t get me wrong, a sudden rush of intuition may be felt strongly as fear and certainly should be looked at, but understanding the difference is important if we really want to properly access our intuition.

Also, try not to use your intuition if you are using your head too much because then you’ll be using your ego and your intuition will not be able to come through. Usually, this is a place of fear, so it is not a good time as you will be too reactive. Instead, use your intuition when you are calm, not rushed and have time to think things over.

“A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.”

Improve Access To Your Intuition

Before you can improve access your intuition, you first have to be able to hear it within the noise of your busy life. You need to slow down and listen, which often requires solitude. It would greatly help by taking some time away from your everyday busyness, even something as brief as going for a walk to turn up the volume of your intuition.

Here are three methods I believe are the most effective to improve access to your intuition.

1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness means to focus on being in the moment. Mindfulness is a great technique to filter out all the distractions in your environment and your brain. When you do that, you can hear your intuition loud and clear.

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

2. Trust Your Gut

Research has shown that emotion and intuition have a physical presence in our gut. The gut is lined with a network of neurons and it’s often referred to as the “second brain”. It’s known as the enteric nervous system (ENS) and it contains around 100 million neurons, which is more than the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system (PNS) but less than the brain.

This is the reason why we get “sick” about having to make a tough decision or knowing we’ve made a bad one. Your trusty gut is not only essential in a tense situation, but also your everyday coach. Many of us have forgotten how to listen to our intuition and trust our guts.

“Have faith in your intuition and listen to your gut feeling.” — Ann Cotton

3. Use Your Dream Time Well

When we dream, our brain processes information that is left over from the day. Dreams are packed with valuable information such as learnings, experiences, and memories. Paying attention to our dreams can provide information that we may not have access when we are awake. Therefore, before going to sleep, it’s essential for you to direct your thoughts to any unresolved issues and think about possible options or solutions as you’re falling asleep. Close your eyes and let your brain do the rest.

“Pay attention to your dreams. They could be telling you things that you need to know.” — Brigitte Nicole

Enjoy Your Intuition

The main reason that some people are more intuitive than others is that they listen to their intuition instead of ignoring or doubting it. Many people from today’s society have this idea that being intuitive means to ignore their analytical mind and their critical thinking skills, but it’s not. There’s a difference between using reason as a system of checks and using it to go against what your intuition knows to be true.

As Albert Einstein once said:

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein

Let’s learn to honour and enjoy the wisdom of our forgotten gift.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

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Losing Sight of Christmas

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Enjoy “The Christmas Shoes” by Newsong 2000!


The muddy slush piles up against curbs and trampled footprints scatter about on the snow-covered sidewalks. Storefronts capitalize on impending Christmas shopping with festive, decorated windows. Full of alluring ideas that tax the mind where wallets won’t permit, it’s hard to swallow. But, love consumes our hearts, so we become obsessed with not wanting to forget a single person. We shop online and by foot comparing prices, then wait in long lines. Frustrations mount as, sometimes, we end up paying for overnight delivery because we ran out of time.

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Are we losing sight of Christmas? We join together bearing gifts for one another to commemorate Jesus’s birthday on the 25th day of December. But where did the idea of excessive gift-giving come from, anyway? It’s not how this holiday began because there was a time when celebrating this day was a taboo.

 

Origin of the Christmas Holiday
Jesus’s birth was categorized as a pagan holiday. It is their belief He never existed as a man, only as a spiritual entity. Then, in the 1600s, Rome became the birthplace of Christmas as we know it; so, it’s a fairly new celebration. But, as history reveals, Protestants (the Puritans) in America hated this holiday and banned it in 1644. They believed it was an insult to God to honor a day associated with ancient paganism. The Puritans also considered Christmas trees and decorations unholy rituals as well as traditional foods such as mincemeat pies and pudding.

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Pagan Christmas image courtesy of Huffington Post

 

Commercialism of Christmas
So, how did Christmas ever come to the point of being the ultimate gift-giving experience instead of the rejoicing of a holy birth? Perhaps the commercialization of Santa Claus bearing bags of gifts started the dreaded Christmas creep. New York City’s annual American International Toy Fair is held in February, and the stores purchase and scheme for the following holiday. Isn’t that a little much?

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Do you know a whopping 18% of gifts given to others are never used by the recipient? To make matters worse, we spend the next six months paying off the debt we incurred because it was ‘the thought that mattered.’ Scroogenomics author, Joel Waldfogel, summed it up well – “if the spending we engage in doesn’t produce any satisfaction, then it’s hardly a measure of well-being.” Why are we allowing the commercialism of Christmas to affect our purses and create greediness?

 

Make Your Christmas Count!
I think this Christmas we should, instead, get involved with our communities. Spend money, if you must, giving to those less fortunate. There are orphanages, Senior Citizen centers, hospitals, and homeless people who would appreciate your gift. Take your children with you and let them feel the happiness of another person smiling over an unexpected present. After all, as a Christian, God expects us to help others in need.

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Overloading our own kids and others with presents is not the reason for the season! Limit your immediate family gifts to three and make them count. The birth of Jesus should be our celebration. Attend a local church service and enjoy the sensations of the joyous season. Jesus was born to save us – let that be enough for you this year.
God bless and Merry Christmas!

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You are a blessing

So sweet, indeed;
You are so sweet;
You are a blessing;
My blessing;
A blessing to me;
But not to me alone;
Too good for me alone;
To others also;
You are a blessing
To your family;
Your lovely spouse;
Your kids;
Your neighbours;
Your community;
To the whole world;
As he commanded,
I love you so very much.

(Inspired by and dedicated to the lovely Yamina of love- Faith- Soul)

The Key To Finding Your Inspiration

A woman crossing the dessert.

How often do you sit behind your laptop to get your work done? Whether it is for your job or school, somehow, it’s just not happening. The ideas are there… somewhere… you sort of know what you want to do, but not quite.

We have all faced it before, the creative block. So, how do you deal with it?

The Word “Inspiration”

“Inspiration” is usually defined as a new and improved way to solve a problem or answer a question. As you live your life, you sometimes get sucked into busyness and fixed routines full of challenges. Often, there’s this struggle on coming up with insightful solutions. I know, because I’ve been there many times myself.

Therefore, I want to help you by sharing how I overcome creative obstacles:

1. Change Your Mental State To “What If”

Sometimes, your own routines can be a major blockade to inspiration and creativity. If you think close-ended statements such as “I can’t…” or “I don’t know…”, chances are higher you’re going to create a negative self-fulfilling forecast.

Instead, change your mind to open-ended statements and questions such as “I will find the inspiration I need to solve this problem.” Or “What other possibilities are there?”, or “What if we try finding an alternative solution?”

These open-ended statements and questions are your creative resources. The trick is, don’t try to consciously come up with answers, but empty your mind and think of questions. Those questions might very well be the answers you were seeking for all this time.

2. Balance Between Pushing Yourself And Not Pushing Yourself

A big part of finishing a project is simply showing up to the task. The other part, you might push through with the task, even when you’re uninspired. This means you work every day, some days longer than others. At the same time, you don’t want your creative practice to turn into a joyless slog. Clearly, working too hard or too long can become counterproductive.

It’s really up to you to figure out your own balance between working hard and stepping away from the work. Finding your balance between working hard and letting your creative self recharge can be difficult, especially when you love what you do. But it’s a necessary part of creating your best work.

Try to do things you wouldn’t normally do that are uplifting and inspiring. Here are a few ideas: try unusual food you’ve never tried before, visit a different clothing store, take a different transportation to work, listen to other genres of music, talk to random people, or solve problems in a new environment. Experience the world from a way different perspective. As your perspective widens, so will your creativity. Like Einstein once said: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination.”

3. Stimulate Your Brain With Exercise And Nature

A Stanford University study found that exercising, even walking, boosts creativity both during the exercise and shortly thereafter. Exercising can stimulate your brain by increasing the neuron movement in the brain’s hippocampus region.

Physical activities help to stimulate new thought patterns and help to get us out of our heads. Motion dictates emotion, but it can also dictate inspiration. So, put on your sports gear and engage in physical activities such as jogging, powerlifting, swimming, yoga, or cycling to bring forth new inspiring ideas and solutions. Incorporate exercising into your day to increase your overall intake on ideas and solutions.

If exercising isn’t working, nature is well known for their colourful revitalising powers. If you feel confused and need clarity, go to a scenery where you will be surrounded by nature’s colour of green and blue. They have a calming effect on the human sense. Use your senses to listen to the birds and creeks, and smell the fresh air. See this as a mental vacation. Perhaps this is exactly what your mind needs to revitalise.

4. Don’t Forget To Breathe Out

This is my favourite method. People tend to only breathe in fresh new ideas, creativity and inspiration. They keep breathing in, and in, and in, and in. Even then, they still search for even more, thinking something else out there will truly inspire them. Learn to breathe out.

Here is why: Nothing inspires you truly until you apply it to your work. With work, I mean your life’s output, which can either be creative, professional, or personal. Your work is your true inspiration.

Use this moment to reflect on yourself. How often do you keep taking in inspiration, but don’t do anything with it? Only when you think of your work through this new perspective, you can wake up and turn these ideas into new and improved realities. That’s the inspiration we’re all in pursuit of.

True Inspiration

In the end, true inspiration is not the collection of inspiration, but the application of it. People think that if they keep watching TED, browsing books, read articles, meet people, or listen to talks, that they’re suddenly going to get inspired. The truth is, constantly taking in inspiration is uninspiring.

So, breathe in, BREATHE OUT! Let breathing out be the metaphor for you to apply it to your life’s output.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

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Intricate

Don’t forget

How intricate

Life can be

It does make sense

That it can be complex

But hold on

Lies are being exposed

Keeping you on your toes

Truth will be revealed

Stay strong

Joy can no longer be concealed

Oh, can’t you see?

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

You are the best version of you

If you are far from
Having
The size you consider
Ideal,
If you do not enjoy
Good health
As you desire to have,
If you think
You don’t look
Beautiful or handsome
As you would love to be,
Always bear in mind
That God knows best;
You are the product of
His hands and mind;
And he does not create junk;
Everything he creates
Is excellent;
That includes you;
You are the best version
Of yourself
That he created;
What you may not like
About yourself
May just be what gives you
Great advantage over
Your fellow human beings.
You may think you are not
Beautiful or handsome,
Whereas there are people
Who adore you
Because of how beautiful or handsome they find you.
Take courage;
And be confident;
You have what it takes;
And you are not alone;
Your creator is with you.
Move with your head high;
You are inferior to none.
You are the best.

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Kindness: The Graceful Virtue

Kindness and grace

Number five in a seven-part series on virtue

The virtue of kindness can be a confusing concept to understand because it can be defined in many ways. Perhaps the best way to understand kindness is to examine other words associated with kindness.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary uses two important words in defining kindness. Those words are affection and favor.

Kindness Is an Expression of Affection

If one demonstrates kindness to another, it expresses a level of affection toward that person. A fine example of how this is manifested in life is found toward the end of the book of Acts in the New Testament.

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Paul and his companions had just survived a shipwreck and found themselves stranded on the island of Malta. Luke, Paul’s companion and chronicler, records the kind actions of the natives to their group in chapter 28.

After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. Acts 28:1-2 [ESV]

The Greek word translated here as kindness is philathropia, the same word from which we derive the English word, philanthropy. It means a feeling of good, or fondness of humankind in general.

In other words, a kind person is one who shows an affection for other people in general. Thus kindness could be defined as an inner motivation to help others, even strangers, especially when they are in need.

As we notice in the passage, Luke was impressed by what unusual kindness these strangers showed by their actions. They welcomed them in and made a fire to shield them from the cold and rain.

Kindness Is A Demonstration of Grace

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The word most often translated as “grace” in the New Testament is charis. Among the definitions of this Greek term is “favor.”

Paul the Apostle writes using this term in Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [ESV]

Grace given by God is more than mercy for sin, though it is certainly that. Grace is also a demonstration of the favor of God.

Kindness is directly linked to grace by Paul earlier in Eph. 2:4-7

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ [ESV]

Kindness Helps Enable Grace

Kindness, as noted by Paul in the passage above, ultimately is an act of God. Moreover, it is an act whereby God displays “the riches of his grace.”

The ultimate act of kindness is given to us by God Himself. He sees the desperate need to be freed from death in our sin and ‘in kindness’ supplies grace to meet the need.

The Cross and kindness

How does God do this? Because of His ‘great love’ Jesus is executed and raised from the grave to pay the price for sin and offer the gift of grace.

The grace of God is offered because of the kindness of God. His kindness is shown to others in many ways through we who have already received His grace.

That is a key difference between faiths like Islam and Christianity. Islam demands submission through fear; Christ kindly calls to the heart in love.

Islam says to conquer and kill your enemies to advance the rule of Allah. Christianity teaches that force is to defend and rescue the helpless.

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 [ESV]

The kindness that one shows to another in ways large and small provide an opportunity for the heart of another to be softened toward God’s grace. To paraphrase an old saying, “I’d rather see a sermon lived than to hear a sermon preached.”

A Modern-day Example of Kindness to Grace

I was attending a Christian music festival a few years ago and witnessed a moving testimony of kindness leading to grace. It was delivered by a young woman who identified as a lesbian.

She gave her story of how her journey into that lifestyle had come about, and I was impressed by her courage and forthrightness. More importantly, she testified of one particular church group and the kindness they showed to her regardless of her sexual preference.

Kindness and grace

She said that it began with an invitation to play on a church softball team. She was a bit wary, as she was also a gay activist who had already encountered other ‘christian’ groups that exhibited hostility to her.

However, she accepted the kind offer because she both loved sports and had a level of trust with the person who invited her. She ended up becoming pleasantly surprised with the treatment this team gave her.

She remembered that her manners were somewhat crude at that time. For example, she would often let loose with a string of profanity when she missed a play or made a mistake in the outfield.

Some of the young ladies on the team were disturbed by this and went to their coach, who also happened to be the pastor of the church. They asked him what they should do about this.

His advice was, “Just keep loving her, mistakes and all.” He knew God would work in her heart when she saw the reaction of loving kindness from His people.

That force of kindness through others did move this woman to seek God’s grace. She responded in sincere repentance and faith in Christ.

Through such kindness, God draws others to see His love and the greatest kindness of all, Jesus dying on the cross for each one. That is why kindness is the graceful virtue.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
A Greek-English Lexicon of The New Testament, William F. Arndt and F. Wilber Gingrich, University of Chicago Press, 1979

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Originally published at TIL Journal

Good Morning!

Good morning! Good luck!

Good morning, my sweet heart!
That is you!
If your morning is good,
Your day will be good;
So if your morning is not good,
Make it good;
You can, can’t you?
I know, of course, you can;
Turn gloomy into bright;
If there’s darkness,
Bring in light;
If your spirits fall to the
Ground,
Pull them up to get going.
Once again, good morning to you.

A good book

When my spirits are down,
I look for a good book
And read;
And it doesn’t take long
Before I am up and running;
Never let your spirits
Stay down,
But get them up and kicking;
And nothing that I know,
Does it better
Than a good book;
Run for your favorite book
Now,
And kick your spirits
To start to roll.
Books are a source of treasure,
You just can’t fail to exploit.