Monday, November 10, 2014

Intuition vs Imagination: How to Know the Difference

I'm incredibly late with the transcript from last week's radio show. Life got in the way but I'm back on track! The topic was how to tell the difference between intuitive guidance and imagination. There will be moments when we wonder if the message we receive is wishful thinking, or even fear. While I am still figuring this out for myself, these tools have helped me find my confidence. Without further ado ...  

1) Say What Comes to You 

If you're giving a reading to someone else, whether it's an oracle reading where you look at cards, or a clairvoyant reading where images come to mind, put the message out there. The best we can do is to trust what’s coming to us, no matter how goofy or illogical, and just say it. This opens up the channel through which we receive information so that more of it will come through. There's a certain degree of risk to the ego in readings. Our ego doesn't want to be wrong, to lose face. Just go ahead and say it, you can also take the pressure off by telling the recipient that you're unsure about it. Its the best way to learn. 

A couple years ago I was sitting in class at The College of Psychic Studies. One of my classmates was connecting with my spirit guides to give me a message. She saw a wizard, but pushed the image away when she thought it had to be her imagination. I had been seeing the same wizard, and I had also pushed him away because I thought it was MY imagination. Luckily she mentioned it as a laugh, and wouldn’t you know, the message was to trust the wizardly image and listen. He was there to teach me about manifesting, co-creating and healing. 

So if something ludicrous comes to mind, say it anyway.

2) Ground and Clear Yourself 

Of course when we are reading for ourselves, it can be harder to make that distinction, which brings me to the second part of the answer. Intuitive thoughts that scare us are usually our ego/imagination. In my experience, if our angels want to alert us they do it in a matter of fact way, without fear. The more grounded, clear and protected our energy is, the less we access that side of our subconscious. Please visit my Energy Basics page for details on grounding. 

Or you maybe you got an message that sounds an awful lot like wishful thinking. Play the Lottery! Go to the Casino! Wouldn't that be nice? If it sounds too good to be true, slow down. Ground yourself, be realistic and sleep on it. 

3) When in doubt, ask for confirmation! 

We can ask our angels, our guides and our intuition to confirm the message with a sign. Tell the universe to show you three butterflies, or three green cars in the next hour if the message you received is real. Make sure the sign is relatively rare but not possible. If you are going to be in a room with no windows for three hours, a butterfly might be hard to come by (unless it randomly pops up on your computer, in an email or on a screensaver, etc). Set a time limit, a day if you can wait. An hour if you can't. And relax! 

You can also ask your body for confirmation. A friend introduced me to the idea of the human body as a pendulum that gives yes or no answers. Stand up and lean back just a bit, so your weight is on your heels and you’re teetering off balance (somewhere safe, please!) Start by saying a phrase that is 100% true: My name is REGINA, for example.  When you tell the truth, your body should tilt forward ever so slightly. Then go with an obvious lie: I was born in outer space. Your body will tilt backward quickly, careful not to fall down! When you get the hang of this, you can use it to test your intuition on the go. Otherwise you can also use angel cards, tarot or another oracle to ask for confirmation. With tarot card you could set the intention that odd numbers are yes, even numbers are NO and all the rest are "we don't know/or can't answer" If for example, you pull the Five of Swords it means YES, while cautioning you to think it through. The suit of swords is about mental acuity, planning and the use of reason. The details may need ironing out and revision before moving forward. 

Archangel Haniel can also help us fine tune our intuitive gifts. 
Try this meditation to connect directly. Love & Light!

Thanks for Reading!
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Reiki hugs, Regina 

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