Tuning into yourself

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

We all have an inner guidance system, one that helps us distinguish between what is good or bad, right and wrong, happy or sad. It can even help us make decisions over which path to take and what action steps to follow. However, because we don’t understand how it works, it’s often overridden by the thoughts and opinions of others and even our own ‘logic’… so how can you tune into this inbuilt system and be better guided?

What is this guidance system?

Tuning into yourself is the key to accessing this guidance system. It allows us to activate the tools we all naturally have in us – our emotions and feelings. Some people refer to it as ‘a gut feeling’, others call it ‘inner knowing’ or our ‘higher self/soul’, but whatever name you give it, it is designed to work specifically for you.

How does this guidance system work?

The beauty of this inner guidance system, is it’s so easy to use! You simply tune into yourself and acknowledge how you feel, what emotions are there and whether they’re positive (high vibration/light feeling) or negative (low vibration/heavy feeling).

If it’s that easy, why don’t we all use it?

When it comes to looking for a solution or answer, we often think we have to hunt or search for it. This implies looking outside for an answer. We want to see a solution or hear advice from others. Going inside and listening to feelings is just too easy, too normal.

On top of this, we also often have a need to gather the advice and opinions of others, so we can make a ‘judgement call’ based on the popular choice, the logic-based decision and the answer that will keep everyone happy – including ourselves.

And therein lies the problem.

We don’t always like what can happen as a result of our answer. It may feel right for us, but the subsequent work or action steps around it may themselves feel uncomfortable – especially if they’re taking us out of our comfort zones. We then override the initial good/right feeling we immediately get with our decision, with the feelings we have when we think about the repercussions of that answer. We need to be brave and have faith to follow it through – and that can be hard.

How to connect in with yourself

Learning to connect in with yourself and your inner guidance system isn’t hard – it just takes practice and a willingness to stop and focus. So stop what you’re doing and focus on your breathing.

  • Take a few slow breaths in and out and close your eyes.
  • Ask yourself ‘Do I want to…[your first option/path]?’ or ‘Do I want to… [your second option/path]?’
  • Notice the feelings and emotions around each option/path. Do they feel heavy or light? Calm or stressed?
  • Notice the thoughts that pop into your head – but only the immediate ones. Do you immediately think ‘no’ or ‘yes’?
  • How does your body feel with each? Do your shoulders sink or does it feel heavy, as if burdened down?
  • Open your eyes and follow your intuitive answer.

You can repeat this several times, if you need to, as it doesn’t always happen immediately, especially if you’re not used to connecting in this way. However, it’s something that can be built up over a period of time, so use it often and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of connecting in with you!

 

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