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Many of us have fallen into the trap of listening to and being guided by our minds (ego) more than our hearts (intuition). When we are predominantly ruled by our ego, we tend to operate from fear, doubt, judgment, anger, jealousy, impatience and anxiety. When we're feeling disconnected, dissatisfied and alone, it's usually because we're not striking a balance between our ego (mind) and our intuitive voice (heart).
On the other hand, when we are spiritually aligned with our authentic selves, operating from our hearts and in tune with our higher selves' knowing or intuition, we tend to make better choices. And when we make choices based in love, we incur more positive and less negative karma.
Karma is simply the process of cause and effect. If you do A, B will happen. Karma (the law of cause and effect) is essentially the same thing as the law of attraction: that which is like is drawn. When we continuously put negative energy out into the universe through our thoughts, feelings, words and actions, we attract more of that negative stuff back into our lives. The reverse holds true as well. Every day I hear the same message relayed from the other side: Everything we think, say and do follows us when we die. Therefore, it's in our best interest to be fully accountable for all of our thoughts, words and actions and strive to come from a place of love.
Once we realize all situations in our lives—the positive and the negative—are a result of our decisions, actions, inactions and reactions, we can feel empowered and inspired, knowing we do actually have a say in what happens to us.
To top that off, I'd like to remind you that it's never too late to re-create. Many of us have regrets about past situations we wish we could undo. And while we can't change the past, we are given what I call opportunities to redo. And how do we ensure a better future outcome? We start by "shushing" our ego and allowing our intuition to guide us.
Connecting with your intuition begins with quieting your mind through meditation. To help you get started, I will leave you with a simple breathing exercise found in Chapter 1 of Spirited: Connect to the Guides All Around You.This exercise helps me get into a more receptive state of mind for both my personal and professional spiritual work, as the breath connects us with spirit. I encourage you to experiment with it as a way to reconnect with your inner being and spiritual wisdom.
Try Rebecca's breathing exercise