How do you unlock your inner knowing and intuitive, creative nature? Wonder why some seem to have an endless supply of creative ideas, thinking outside the box? While others face repeated obstacles where inspiration feels like it never gets through. What’s the difference? Why does one person have a steady stream of ideas pouring through them and another appears to be without any?
What is Knowing?
Inner knowing is difficult to define. It’s different than knowledge which entails an intellectual acquiring and organizing of information and is an external process. Whereas inner knowing is more an emotional and spiritual practice, very much an internal process.
True intuitive inner knowing is sensory not verbal. It is felt within also can be recognized as felt sense or gut instincts. We all have had an experience where we followed through on a gut feeling. This instinct plays a major role in our day-to-day lives. It’s a primal, unconscious feeling as well as a living intelligence within us driving us to act without knowing why or how. This intelligence is clear and has no attachment to any outcome.
Inner knowing can never be given to you nor taken from you. It is inherently part of who you are. Fear and anxiety prove lethal to creativity, imagination, and inner knowing. Fear initiates an automatic shutdown, squeezing everything so tightly that nothing can move.
Obstructions do happen anytime: activated by childhood experiences, old negative beliefs; provoked by current life events resulting in the squelching down of any creative growth. There can be current or past situations causing distress resulting in the same outcome: internal stoppage. It’s frustrating stuck between something we don’t always understand.
EXPLORE: Tune into Inner Knowing
Choose a situation in which you’ve been fluctuating between two choices. Slow Down. Take a deep breath and a moment to settle. Hold each option within your awareness. Then notice what happens in your body and emotions. Is there tightness, constriction, a gripping in your belly? A warmth, softening, or expansiveness. Are the sensations positive or negative? Pleasant? Unpleasant? Give yourself time to feel the responses. You may not get a clear answer right away, but keep going back to your body holding the question and you’ll develop a sense of what is right for you.
The simple fact is we frequently spend much of our days in judgment or reaction to a person or situation trying to predict the outcome. This is not inner knowing. Yes, that can feel like a gut reaction but it’s really built on our fears, insecurities, and old hurts. Sometimes we get the mistaken idea that this is our true inner knowing speaking to us because it comes into our heads so quickly. How do we tell the difference between inner knowing and wishful thinking?
First, recognize something is off. Many of us travel through life on automatic: no questions or realizations. As we realize there is something more to us and start to look below the surface, that is when we start to align with our inner knowing again.
We then can begin to surface realizing that something quintessential is no longer connected. Whether it is the start of missing something that should be there, or the first grain of awareness and discovery that there is something more.
EXPLORE: What’s your Personal Brand?
Write a description of your life. Take 10 minutes. No editing, no judgments just a flow of consciousness. Read it and find every word that conveys a painful or scary undertone. Language has power and a consciousness to create. Good or Bad.
Hold the intention of connecting with your inner knowing and find every word that is stressful and substitute something uplifting, liberating, calming (e.g., uncertain to open, angry to calm, anxious to relaxed). As you change the words your inner voice begins to soften and clarity and peace emerge from a direct connection with your inner knowing and the wisdom it holds.
Beware of bogus spiritual bliss where we try to override and skip over some very important integration steps allowing us more access to our expanded inner knowing spaces. Being able to access mystical spaces but unable to hold or integrate them is totally dissatisfying.
We are spiritual and human beings and part of our journey is to discover how to integrate and allow both parts of our nature to co-exist within our system. With practice we can shift from our head space into the mystical nature of our inner knowing. Allowing ourselves to enter into the important inner knowing territory that is our heart. We breathe into our inner knowing inviting our deeper self to connect its breath to our own and guide our decisions with wisdom.
Remember inner wisdom is always calm not fearful or loud, chosen and never forced. If in doubt this is not true inner knowing. Take this on as a practice and a way for you to learn and discover: invite your inner knowing into your life.
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Karen Johnson 416.732.2661
Shamanic Healer | Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution | Energy Medicine Specialist | Intuitive Consultant