Years ago, I was listening to a radio interview with Ray Mears, an outdoor survival expert, and someone had asked him how to get the most out of their up-coming trip to the jungle.
His response has always stayed with me.
Not because I’m off to the jungle, but because they’re words to live by, especially when developing your relationship with your intuition.
He said, and I’m paraphrasing:
“Walk into the jungle and stop. Let the jungle come to you.”
I just love that for soooo many reasons.
Stop, and let the jungle come to you.
I mean of course… it’s so obvious. If you go stomping through the jungle, all the creatures will run away from you, you won’t get to notice all of the incredible diversity that surrounds you, as you’re moving too fast and ‘on a mission’ to see the jungle, rather than experience it.
How many times do you set an intention, want to hear your intuition, or weave some magic, but you’re being too ‘noisy’ and scaring off, and not noticing, the signs and synchronicities around you?
It’s like the time I was staying in a hotel in London and overheard a tourist announcing that they had ‘done Europe’, as they had been to London, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Even though the Tourist was no doubt having a fabulous time and seeing the sights that many people would associate with Europe, people who live in Europe would know that they had anything but ‘done’ Europe, all they’d actually done was tick of a few tourist destination.
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it’s also important to recognise it for what it is.
Just like when you’re connecting to your intuition.
If you’re trying to force it, or be a ‘spiritual tourist’ doing the things that have worked for others, rather than exploring what actually works for you, you’ll only connect with your intuition at the same depth the tourist really connected with Europe.
There will be some benefit and fun adventures, but you miss the real beauty.
You need to stop, and let your intuition come to you.
However, stopping is easier said than done in today’s world.
Life is getting busier, and faster, and noisier.
Technology is amazing, it’s made so much more of life easier and accessible, it’s also added a different level of stress; a constant ability to be ‘on’.
With many people now working from home, the working and not working time and space has become increasingly blurred.
I saw a meme the other day that I think summed it up, it said: We’re not working from home, we’re sleeping at work.
It’s now more important than ever to disconnect from the noise around us and reconnect to ourselves so that we can get in touch with our intuition and trust ourselves.
A Sacred Pause
Years ago, I head the term ‘Sacred Pause’ from Molly Remer, who learnt it from Joanna Powell Colbert.
As soon as I heard the term my body recognised it and sighed ‘yes’.
Stop and let life, your intuition, magic and synchronicities come to you.
The stopping, the Sacred Pause is at the heart of life.
Yes, there are times when we need to do, and achieve, and push forwards.
But the pause, the rest, and the stopping are equally important.
I like to think of it as walking the labyrinth.
When you walk a labyrinth, you enter with intention, often to seek the answer to a question you hold in your heart.
As you spiral in, you let go and release all of the things that are preventing you from finding the answer you seek.
Then when you get to the centre you pause.
The Sacred Pause where you allow yourself to assimilate. To allow the answer a chance to come to you.
This is where the transformation and deep connection occurs.
Then when you’re ready, you spiral back out of the labyrinth, transformed, a new person, never to be the same again.
The Sacred Pause being quite literally the heart and the centre of all transformation and deep connection.
- Choose to consciously pause.
- Choose to notice your energy.
- Choose to let life come to you.
When you stop, you become aware of the nuances of life, the diversity of the energy around you.
You begin to become aware of what’s your energy and what belongs to other people.
When you get that kind of clarity you begin to trust yourself as you can sense your intuition and hear its wisdom as it cuts through the noise of judgements, expectations, and shoulds.
Everyone is intuitive, it’s not reserved for people that are ‘special’.
EVERYONE is intuitive and can access their intuitive wisdom.
If you don’t trust your intuition, feel like you can’t hear it, or find yourself doubting it, you just need to take a Sacred Pause so you can learn to cut out the noise and hear yourself again.
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