How to Live the Life of Your Dreams Through Intuition

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Intuition feels good. That should be enough of a clue it’s something that can be trusted.

But, our culture has done a thorough job of instilling doubt about the wisdom of following our instincts. Instead, we are taught to think things through and be logical. These mental tools are important, but they were never intended to be used instead of intuition. They work better when used in conjunction with intuition.

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein (1875-1955)

There was a phrase popular in the ’60’s that encapsulated the wisdom of following your instincts and paying attention to your intuition: “If it feels good, do it.” At first blush, this may sound hedonistic, but if you dig a little deeper, perhaps it reveals wisdom from the soul.

When we feel good, we are on the right track. Our thoughts and emotions are in alignment with our deepest aspirations and the desires we are currently embracing. Our body, mind and spirit are all on the same team, all pulling together in the same direction. It’s a good place to be, and it leads to a life of satisfaction, contribution and joy.

The way we feel is a clear indication of how well our outer life is in sync with our inner life. (See previous article, “How Do You Feel — About Inner Guidance.”)

If we are open to it, we get nudges and insights to move us in the direction of our greatest joys, our most valuable contributions, and our most satisfying life. Those quiet whispers and gentle taps on the shoulder are examples of inner guidance in action — intuition.

“Trusting your intuition means tuning in as deeply as you can to the energy you feel, following that energy moment to moment, trusting that it will lead you where you want to go and bring you everything you desire.” – Shakti Gawain (b. 1948)

Serendipities

Serendipities are apparent coincidences that offer great benefit without the necessity of you clamoring over the details. When you are open to intuition and trust your instincts, serendipities come with the territory. Your higher self, your guardian angels, the intelligence of the universe, (whatever you choose to call it), knows your hopes and dreams. All of them. This grand intelligence also knows the hopes and dreams of everyone else.

Imagine a quantum “place” beyond the limitations of matter where every desire from all people co-exist. Imagine many strings of intent extending outward in all directions from each person like a gigantic spider web. Some strings avoid and repel other strings, like opposing magnetic charges, since they have nothing in common, nothing to offer one another. Other strings intersect and intertwine, fit together perfectly, and contain the seed of potentials unseen and unimagined.

“We could call it a coincidence, if that would be better for you,
But the way that it all fell into place, was more than I could do.
Is that a glimmer of recognition, fleeting in our eyes,
A random act of happenstance, or a miracle in disguise?”
- from the song, “Miracle in Disguise” by Tupelo Kenyon

Attention Please . . .

Those potentials are made known to you through your intuition. An inner nudge, a subtle sense of knowingness alerts you to pay attention. Something wonderful is about to happen . . . if you allow it. It’s up to you.

“Fear is static that prevents me from hearing my intuition.” – Hugh Prather

You are a powerful creator because you have the power of choice. You can shrug it off as a fleeting fancy of the imagination. Or, you can choose to play along by offering your hunch the benefit of the doubt, just to see where it leads.

Assume for a moment that the hunch really is a message from somewhere and/or someone even more wonderful than you can imagine. (Even if it’s from a grander, wiser part of yourself, offering input from a broader perspective.) Why not see where it leads? What do you have to lose?

“All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

Common Sense

The tools of rational thought and logic come in handy. They allow you to temper your intuition with common sense to keep you safe and help you avoid unforeseen problems.

As we first begin to be receptive to intuition, the common tendency is to second-guess ourselves. “Was that a cosmic whisper or just my mind playing tricks?” The mind is part of the mechanism, every time, because that’s how we’re wired. The wary, skeptical question remains, “Is this ONLY my mind, or is the nudge originating from somewhere deeper?”

We want to believe it, so at first the tendency is to consider every little thing intuition. Every thought, every emotion, every fleeting feeling, every coincidence is suspected to be a secret message from your guardian angels. Maybe so, but if this is the way it happens for you, the law of silence may help you when it comes to interacting with the average person who doesn’t believe in such things. We have all seen people like this — they seem to be out of balance, and their spacey ways give new-age thought a bad name.

With practice, it gets easier to recognize what’s an angelic tap on the shoulder and what’s a random, nonsensical hiccup of a thought triggered by indigestion. Balance is the key. Intuition is a powerful tool. Rational thought is also a powerful tool. Used together, even the sky is not the limit!

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Dr. Jonas Salk (b. 1914) Discoverer of polio vaccine.

No Substitution for Action

So far, all these intuitive nudges and logical thoughts can be experienced alone, sitting in the easy chair. But, this is just part of the formula. Eventually, you must act upon your instincts.

See It . . . Feel It . . . Do It

In your mind’s eye, think it through in detail. See the vivid pictures in your imagination. Ask yourself, if you follow through in the direction of your hunch, what will be the likely outcome? What would you most like to see develop from this seed of intuition? What is the best case scenario? That’s where you want to put your attention, your enthusiasm and your joy.

As you make a habit of this mental out-picturing of the wonderful potentials of your intuition, you are sending a clear message to the source of your instincts saying, “Yes, I like this. This feels good. It’s fun. I can do this. Thanks for the idea.”

This willingness demonstrated by your clear intent will trigger more nudges, more ideas and more energy. Feel this energy as a growing urge, bottled up in your body. As it continues to grow and develop, new ideas will be added to previous ones until an obvious action plan begins to take shape.

Follow Through. Take Action.

Now it’s time to put your inspiration to work. Allow your spiritual and mental realities to take shape in the physical world too. Get out there and rub shoulders with others. Share ideas, and look for further inspiration as a spin-off of someone else’s ideas. Watch for serendipities, and give your intent that you expect them.

Imagine all the other people whose strings of dreams fit together perfectly with yours. They are also receptive to finding you so that your dreams fit together and create something even grander than either of you previously imagined. Allow it. Intend it. Expect it. Let it be.

This last step of manifestation, the action step, is where some people bog down. We all know people with big ideas and very little get-up-and-go. It is in the field of human interaction where hunches lead and where dreams take form.

People control the resources. People control the money. People working together continuously create more than any one person working alone. So, be receptive to opportunities to work with others in ways that you may not have foreseen. Trust serendipities. An unexpected possibility of teamwork could very well be the “coincidence” attracted by attention to your intuition and your deliberate intent.

Working Alone and Working Together

Even for someone like me, who usually works alone, collaboration has produced some of my most satisfying creations. My teamwork with my wife, Janey, has resulted in eleven music CDs and a video DVD of our unusual journey together as touring musicians for the last 30 years. (You can see a 9-minute preview online free here.)

“Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.” – Samuel Butler (1612-80)

When I think back on the aspects of my life that have provided the most satisfaction and joy, I realize they all started with a hunch, a quiet whisper in my ear, or an intuitive tap on the shoulder. Gratefully, I did not write them off as musings from an overactive imagination and ignore them. Instead, I was willing to play along and take the next step in the direction of my nudge, and then the next, and the next, curious where it may lead.

“So I’m taking off those blinders and throwing them away,
There’s so much more to living than the safe and narrow way.
The meek will surely inherit the earth . . .They won’t get very far,
While the bold go for adventure, exploring beyond the stars.
So I’ll encourage inspiration, and I’ll soak it up like a sponge,
Instead of terminal safety, I’m ready to take the plunge.”
From the song, “Take the Plunge” by Tupelo Kenyon

How to Encourage Inspiration

Just ask. Give your intent that inspiration happens to you. Give your intent that you are able to recognize it and act upon it. Here’s an easy way to do it: Sit quietly. Take a few deep breaths and relax deeply. Allow calmness to envelop you. Put your attention on the screen of your mind and be still. Then, think to yourself or say out loud: “Please show me whatever I need to know.” Be still again and watch your thoughts march by. Notice how you feel. Be receptive. Allow it to happen by your clear intent. Be patient and ever watchful for the guidance you have invited into your life. (For more details on meditative methods, see previous articles, “Simple Toning Meditation” and “Guided Meditation for Self-Healing and Personal Development.”)

Gratitude

The attitude of gratitude seems to go hand in hand with intuition. In your purity of intent, you are so sure that the intuition you request is going to show up, you feel good about being grateful for it in advance. It’s an assumptive attitude that helps obliterate any trace of a doubt. You are sure it’s coming soon so you are thankful for it now. (If it feels good, do it.)

How to Recognize Intuition

My best guess is that the moment intuition is noticed differs from person to person. For me, I sometimes hear words spoken in my mind. This is a little different than the usual mental chatter. It’s clear, calm, and delivered in a matter-of-fact style. When I have centered myself as described above, and asked for input, and then “hear” a directive spoken in my imagination, I listen. I don’t follow it blindly, but I’m in the habit of considering it. Other times, intuition comes as strong feelings that linger a little longer than normal, and feel a little deeper, somehow. Other times, an urge comes over me that seems to come out of nowhere. In that case, I will usually follow-through with it, if only because it’s so unusual and I become curious where it might lead.

Janey mentioned a health-related experience when she experienced her intuition coming through very strong emotions. It was at a time when she was getting lots of well-intentioned but conflicting advice from friends, family and doctors. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and now that she is living happily ever after, she realizes her emotions were telling her what she needed to know.

Her usual avenues of intuition and inner guidance were blocked due to the intense mental chaos and the highly charged emotional nature of the experience. Looking back, she realized that whenever she was given good advice, in alignment with her inner guidance, she felt peaceful and at ease about the entire situation, actually forgetting about it for long periods of time. When she was given advice contrary to her intuition, her inner guidance let her know through tumultuous emotions. Confusion reigned, tears flowed and it didn’t feel good at all. It was not subtle, but the message came through loud and clear.

Maybe It’s Make-Believe. Who Cares?

What if this is all just wishful thinking? What if inner guidance and intuition are simply new age constructs that have no reality in the physical world? So what? Even if it’s all just the stuff of fairy tales, you can still end up with the life of your dreams. How bad is that? Even if your belief is the only thing that makes it true in your experience (and your experience alone), you still win. So why not play the game of life with gusto by being open to the possibility of wise, life-enhancing intuition and wonderful, unforeseen serendipities?

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Pursuing the Best Life Possible

By tempering the subtle nudges of intuition with common sense and rational thought, I have happily pursued my dreams ever since I was a teen-ager. Of course, it’s always a work in progress, but I can honestly say this approach to living the life of my dreams is a good life. A very good life!

In fact, Janey and I agree that we have never seen a life or a lifestyle that we would like better than ours. That doesn’t mean our particular way is better than that of anyone else. It just means we have been successful in discovering and building upon the very best life FOR US. It’s only natural that the life of your dreams would be different than ours. (See previous article, “Your Passion as Your Compass.”)

This idea of the life of our dreams is a moving target, forever morphing into the next potential. As our intuition and imagination keeps offering new adventures, our life grows and develops, building upon the benefits of all the times we paid attention to our inner guidance in the past.

We got here by honoring our intuition, following our instincts, and being forever receptive to that still, small voice within. And, we’re grateful for it all.

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Miracle in Disguise
Synchronicity is such a positive and hopeful idea, it begs the question, "Why not actively look for it and even expect it, as long as it feels good?"
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You Gotta Have Fun
Our moments are fleeting . . . and finite. Too few to squander on "bad news". We must steer our attention deliberately in order to attract the kind of life we were born to live.
http://www.somemusicmatters.com/DescAnth.html#Anchor20

Do What You Love
Discovering what we have a true passion for, and then figuring out a way to build a life around that passion is one of life’s greatest feelings of accomplishment.
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Take the Plunge
Their advice is "for your own good", but the last thing you need to hear is their worst-case scenario.
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