It?s time to get out of your mind Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009 04:00
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Why is it that we so often forget the most important things we know? I mean, we don’t even remember the advice we can so readily give other people. Picture the scene: You’re driving. Your best friend is sitting in the front passenger seat.

She’s telling you about a challenge she is facing. Then you hear yourself answering. And somehow your answer sounds so profound to you that you want to pull up on the side of the road and write down what you’ve just said.

But then you realise that your answer is not new. It’s something everybody knows. It’s something you’ve known all along; something your friend has known all along. If the roles were reversed, she could have told you the same thing. She might have done so already. Many times. Then why have you both forgotten it? And why weren’t you able to give this advice to yourself when you needed it?

I’m telling you why. It’s because we do not trust ourselves. Encouraged by life’s mundane to-do’s, we start placing way too much trust in rationality. We lose the connection to our intuition.

Author Brian Vaszily says that the only time we don’t know something is when we think too much about it. “Rationality before, without or despite intuition is deadly,” he says.

So, you think Brian sounds wacko? Then who would you listen to? What about Einstein? Do you think he’d be an advocate for rationality? Actually, Albert Einstein said: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

It is overthinking that alienates us from intuition. When you allow yourself to feel first, you might find more instant answers. Or will you? What do you do if doubt or fear tries to deny what your intuition just said?

Then it’s time to get out of your head and into your body. Remember your body? That gut trying to communicate with you all the time? There are people who say that your body not only knows exactly what you truly want; it can also help you to handle any situation you find yourself in.

“Life is not meant to be an out of body experience.” So says Steve Sisgold, a body-centred therapist, in his book, ‘What’s your body telling you?’ He says that being aware includes checking in with your body for the immense library of information that it holds.

Steve calls your body brilliant because of its sophisticated somatic intelligence, its boundless memory, and its unique, intuitive guidance system. He says that all your experience and knowledge, your pain and joy, your forgotten secrets and your deepest desires are recorded there.

“As a result, your body has its own intelligence - a natural grasp of the deeper truths your mind alone cannot comprehend. The best move you can make . . . is to get out of your head and into your body.” This is because your body speaks to you directly in the language of sensations. I’m talking butterflies here, girlfriend. Remember them? Or what about stuff such as a sudden ice cold feeling, knees shaking or nausea. You should trust these feelings.

Steve says new research shows that feelings contain as much, if not more, information as thoughts. Information is stored in our physical bodies at a cellular level; every thought and feeling creates a physiological effect that is etched into our cells, and this information exerts a huge influence on the way we experience the world.

Your body’s brilliance is little more than a breath away. Just ask yourself: What do I intuitively know is right here? Did you hear that? It’s the answer. We are all far wiser than we know. We are not lost.

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