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Inner Wisdom Tips and Techniques

Inner wisdom - stop watch

Jenn Shallvey

Intuition can sometimes seem evasive. When we want it to work it doesn't. Then when we least expect it the flash of insight comes to us easily and clearly.  The challenge is to trick ourselves into letting it flow all the time as if we are not trying. 

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Inner wisdom - filter your filters

Jenn Shallvey

View from walk in Sydney. Photo taken by Jenn Shallvey 2014.

View from walk in Sydney. Photo taken by Jenn Shallvey 2014.

As emotional, thinking human beings it is fairly normal to complicate our lives and work. This can occur through over analysis, repeated need for external validation and confusion from information overload. Add on top the expectations of others and layers and layers of filters subconsciously added to the way we see our world.  You see as we develop and grow we learn to fit in and follow what others teach and tell us. We test out boundaries and learn soon what is accepted and what is not. To make life easy we tend to go the way of acceptance than not.

Yet when we tune in and sense our intuition our focus is on internal guidance not what others have to say. So we end up with a more self directed, inner knowing that points us in a direction that is right for us.  

Accessing intuition requires trust. The trust is in how we listen to our self and not what others say.  There is a place for what others say but the first point of focus is what is right for us.

To help make this work then it becomes imperative that you filter your filters. By filters I mean the layers and layers of thinking in your mind that are inherited from others.

When we invite an intuitive response to a situation it will be:
- simple
- straightforward
- supportive
- helpful
- immediate.

What may come up as you think about your intuitive response is that the answer is not what you expect on a personality level. It may not be what you want on an emotional level. Yet objectively the answer is ‘right’ for you.

Because the answer may not fit with your expectations you dismiss it.  Then the next thing you are doing is logically over thinking an alternative response or changing your instinctual response.  Usually the first response is the right response.

Where thinking and evaluation does come in handy is when you then consider how to respond to your intuitive response. Here you bring in your experience, training, knowledge and other skills. So it is not about dismissing your analytical and evaluative thinking processes but refocusing the priority and attention.

For example, when diagnosing a problem you may ask yourself 'what area can I look at first that will lead me in the best direction for the answer I seek'. You might get an immediate answer 'do more research and contact a couple of people to interview for more information'. Your logic or emotional response might be that 'you don't have time'. Another emotional reaction might pop up with you 'not wanting to share the limelight with another person'.

Acknowledging these emotional and critical responses you then go back to the original answer to your question. With this question then you respond with an exploration of 'how can I go about organising research and how do I identify who to speak to?'

There is more to this of course. But on a high level you can see the different aspects playing out.  Working with your inner wisdom, and bypassing your filters, means being more direct, constructive and focused.

So when honing your intuition in a situation consider the following:

  •     Ask the best question (this is key and takes practice)
  •     Pay attention to your immediate answer.
  •     Be aware of your habits to criticise, dismiss, challenge what you get.
  •     Notice what filters you use in your self critique, not the ones that affirm.
  •     Accept that these filters exist.
  •     Go back to your immediate answer.
  •     Now explore what to do with this answer.
  •     Revisit each filter separately independent of this process to understand more.
  •     As you address your filters you can unlock your creativity, objectivity and acceptance.
  •     Have fun and enjoy the experience.

I won’t go into the details of each of the above other than to say you could use your intuition to explore the questions.  I can give you more information but this may get in your way. What works is to play with the concept in some not too serious areas of your work and life. Then see what works for you and doesn’t.  Reflect on your practice and then see where you evolve.

If you get stuck or need a bit of help let me know.

Judgment free

Jenn Shallvey

The number one barrier I find people have to believing or trusting their own inner wisdom is acceptance.  Despite brilliant insight, quick feedback or clear vision we cascade down a waterfall of judgment, evaluation and discounting.  We can't help it. We are trained to do so. Being the analyst is a valued skill.  Yet when we use our intuition to access that part within us that 'knows' we need to nurture and support our inner voice not squash it.

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Inner wisdom - Heart Breath

Jenn Shallvey

One of the biggest challenges with connecting to your intuition is staying connected. A key to being inner connected and self aware is establishing a receptive state.  This step is not always easy.  We quickly get pulled out of our self.  There are so many distractions, realities to face and even self sabotaging mechanisms getting in the way.  Yet once you know the feeling of being connected to your intuitive self you want to sustain the connection. Ideally it would be great to be ‘tuned in’ as I say 24x7 but we are not perfect.

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Nature time out

Jenn Shallvey

Our intuition flows when we are in flow. If we are constantly on, caught up in doing, super busy with no time for our self well then you know what happens. You lose connection. Your intuition is always on but it gets harder and harder to hear it. No time out is akin to surrounding yourself in your own self made container. You are stuck in it.

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Review and reflect

Jenn Shallvey

ntuition is a great source of inspiration, clarity and insight especially when we are in times of transition and change such as an end of the year.   Inherent in the idea of accessing our intuition is the idea that we are listening to our own self, no one else. A key part of this listening is

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Perfect Practice

Jenn Shallvey

I work on the assumption that we always have our intuition available to us. The challenge for most including myself is tuning in-especially in distracting environments like a workplace or meeting. To develop a sense of our intuition and know when it's working or not working for us is key.  Inherent with our human condition is that we will never be perfect. However giving it a go and trying will always send us in the right direction.

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Reflective Walking

Jenn Shallvey

Walking in general is an excellent form of exercise for maintaining well being both physically and mentally. This is a researched fact.

Reflective walking takes this everyday means of transport to another level and enables you to access your inner wisdom better.  For some of us this approach is easier than meditation and reflection sitting. Many will find the physical movement and focus on this movement a good way to distract our mind from taking over.

In reflective walking there are different levels you can explore.

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Tune In

Jenn Shallvey

Tune in. Check in.

The key word here is IN.  Yes IN.  The only way to know your own inner wisdom is to turn in. Easier said than done, right?  Well here’s a simple way to play with the idea of turning in.

We all walk around with thoughts in our head. I would guess that these thoughts are a myriad of your ideas, input from others, stories, shoulds, should not’s. You get the picture. Somewhere inside of all this noise is a voice wanting to be heard – YOUR VOICE! 

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'Pre-meditate'

Jenn Shallvey

Pre-meditate is a useful approach whenever you are about to engage in an exchange with another person. For example you might have an important business meeting, a performance review or other engagement.  The aim is to show up confidently and authentically.

To pre-meditate is to take a moment to relax, reflect and focus before you meet.  The key is focusing on your inner experience before you jump into the outer experience.

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