Learning to Live Week 8: Working with Energy
More and more people are becoming comfortable with the unseen world and their own innate natural abilities of being psychic or intuitive. No longer are these feelings relegated to back rooms or the weird, witchy lady living on top of the hill. For instance, have you ever gotten goose bumps, or "chicken skin," or had the hairs on the back of your neck stick up? Have you ever walked into a room and felt the mood of the room? This is energy. You're born with the natural gifts of being intuitive and in tune with the energy that is around you. When you're a child, you're much more in tune with energy and working with it, but often it goes ignored or chastised by parents and your gift slowly takes a backseat. Young children are often in touch with the other side of the veil. They may see dead Grandma standing in the room, but when they tell people, nobody believes them. They may be told their invisible friend doesn't exist, and over time their intuitive abilities are set aside because they are now completely confused about what is expected of them. Do your children a favor and talk to them about what they see, dream and feel rather than telling them they are wrong. Even if for some reason you choose not to believe them, please give them the courtesy of listening and allowing them to express themselves.
All of us have special gifts in working with energy. Some people may be better at being mediums—people who can communicate with people who have passed over. Some are experts at finding lost items, some people have premonitions or dreams, and others are good with dates or numbers. These natural gifts can come in the form of knowing, seeing, hearing or feeling. Have you ever had a "funny feeling" that something was about to happen or maybe you simply didn't trust somebody because she made you feel uncomfortable? This is all energy at work.
As a society, we have lost our way when it comes to intuition and working with energy. We have the belief that if something can't be proven or seen, then it surely doesn't exist. We have become afraid to work from our hearts or our centers—the parts of us that simply know and trust. The good news is that you can get back in touch with this part of you that's been set aside. Just being open to this idea and knowing that you are full of energy will help open the door to your intuition.
Get this week's homework assignment
Every time you have a gut feeling, write down what the feeling was, what action you took or didn't take and whether that feeling came from your head or your gut. Over time, you can go back and read your journal and begin to see a pattern. Perhaps you'll see that every time you didn't go with your gut or intuitive feeling, things didn't work out as well as they could have. Like any other skill or gift, it takes work to perfect it. After a lot of time practicing and noticing, you will recognize your intuitive feeling sooner rather than later and act on it appropriately. For instance, let's say you are at a stoplight and want to turn left but, all of a sudden, the thought occurs to you that you should turn right instead. You don't want to turn right; you want to turn left. So you do. When you turn left, you're hit by another car. Was your intuition telling you to turn right to avoid the crash? These are the types of things you can start to notice, but most will be on a more subtle level and not as dramatic as a car crash.
Try to stay open with your heart and mind when answering these assignment questions.
- How do you feel about being an intuitive human being?
- Does being intuitive go against any beliefs you have or were raised with?
- Did you see things as a child that others didn't or have psychic experiences that were ignored?
- If you're aware of your intuitive gifts, do you hide them or use them?
- Are you open to reclaiming your birthright of being an intuitive person?
No hard emotional work to do, but I would like you to be very observant this week. Observe your gut feelings, pay attention to your intuition and observe other people.
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Madisyn Taylor is the co-founder of the online website DailyOM.com and spends too much time on the Internet. She's also a best-selling author; her books include DailyOM Inspirational Thoughts for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Day (Hay House 2008) and DailyOM Learning to Live (Hay House 2010).
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