Intuition By Scott Dorrofield Developing intuition is essentially learning to expand your awareness and learning to consciously direct it to where you want to gain deeper insight and more information. A developing intuition provides ordinary people with extraordinary solutions!Your intuition is the most valuable untapped resource you have. Here are just some of the ways your developing intuition will be able to make a difference in your life:Business and careerAs a parenting toolRelationship healing toolPersonal development and spiritual growth toolHealing informationCreative geniusWhat are your top 3 reasons for wanting to developing intuition?Just so we're on the same page, here are some other words for Intuition:HunchInsightSense ofConnectedAhaFlowKnowingWhat intuition is not:Intuition is not tangible or easily measuredIntuition is not rational logical conclusions and deductions (it often defies logic)Intuition is not guess work – discernment is key and is encouragedIntuition is not fortune telling (in the sense of 'party trick' style predictions), so put away your crystal ball and keep your feet on the ground.The future is yours to build, use your intuition to navigate to the highest potential.Intuition is Natural - Your Sixth SenseIn all my years of training thousands of people, I am yet to meet someone who isn't naturally intuitive. Even a small dose of intuition can be harnessed and sharpened into a valuable life tool.Every Profession Benefits from Adding Intuition to The toolbox:Sales – Anyone with experience in sales knows that you can train a hundred people in the same sales techniques but some salesmen and women outsell others because they have a seemingly magical connection to people. It’s not magic, its intuition!Marketing – True insight into a market is not gained so much through statistics and logical observation, but through being able to FEEL what the market FEELS and to anticipate market trends as they emerge – this is intuitive.Creative – When the creative ideas stop flowing it’s because intuition is not flowing. Writers block, artists, graphic design and creative director’s block are all blocks in intuitive flow. Open the intuition and the creativity flows again.Spiritual – Priests, monks, spiritual teachers find a bridge to their spiritual awareness and inspiration through intuition.Teachers – Trainers, public speakers and teachers who know how to truly connect to their audience deliver powerful teachings. The difference between a good and a great teacher is their ability to intuitively connect and to speak TO and not AT the audience and to speak from the heart.Leaders – Leaders, who are not intuitively CONNECTED, lose touch with the people they are meant to serve. A great leader speaks to the hearts of the people he or she serves, as if they intuitively know what to say and when.Entrepreneurs – All experienced businessmen and women know that timing is everything when building and growing a business. Success comes to those who capitalize on intuition in business.Service, well-being and health – Many in the health and service industry know the pain of being overwhelmed by other people and their needs and demands. Those that thrive and provide quality service do so because they are able to CHOOSE what they are emotionally and intuitively tuned in to.Develop your intuition systematically with these 7 insights:You are naturally intuitive.Your mind is like a radio tuner, you can set your intention to tune into any energy frequency. And everything is energy.Your body is the receiver of information… All around you is a sea of information. It’s through your body that you receive insights into that information. Energy = Raw InformationWherever your awareness is, that is what you are tuned into. Where attention goes energy flows.Intuition is never right nor wrong… But, your intentions and beliefs can be misguided.Start with the general and abstract, then move to the specific.The key to translating and interpreting effectively is: i) Being clear on your intentions, motivations and desired outcomes. ii) Feeling literacy.Once you have these 7 insights integrated into your life, all that’s left is to: a) Deepen your intuition with practiceb) Apply it to new and exciting areas of your life.The rest of this article will go deeper into these 7 INSIGHTS. As you follow along these will be exercises to complete. These exercises, although simple on the surface, can be though. So, push through! THERE IS TREASURE HERE WAITING INSIGHT #1: You are Already Intuitive - Let's get started developing intuitionIntuition is already a part of your life, you are already intuitive. Nobody had to teach you to see, hear, feel, smell or taste. In the same way nobody has to teach you to be able to intuit, you already have the equipment.However, if you want to become a better cook you have to get better at tasting. If you want to become a better musician you have to become better at listener. If you aspire to become a better artist or photographer you have to practice seeing in new ways.It is no different with developing intuition.The learning process is a slow and gradual process. When we were children we learned first to distinguish basic shapes and colors and over time we learned to make subtler distinctions.Training your intuition is a very similar process.First you learn to LABEL the basic intuitive impressions (sticking to the broad strokes) and then COMPARING them until your INTUITIVE LITERACY is improved.Understand that Intuition is not a spectacle. Most people think of intuition as a grand spectacle kind of experience. Here is a rule to live by when working with your intuition, don’t forget it, it’s really important.Intuition is not fireworks, it is very subtle work.Comparing day-to-day thought with intuitive thoughtHere is a table to summarize the most common comparative experiences of intuitive versus rational day-to-day thinking:How to set the stage for receiving an intuitive thoughtRelax you mind and body – release tension through you outbreath Cut the identification with beliefs – you are not your thoughtsOpen up – energy flow freely through your bodyObserve the swirl of sensation in your bodyLook for changeExplore when clues arriveDon’t cling to ideas – let thoughts and beliefs flow through youFear will present itself as tension, release itEnjoy the experienceThe ideal state of mind for intuitive impressions:A relaxed state of body and mind is the ideal platform for intuitive information to flow through you. So practice getting your body into a peaceful, relaxed state to OPEN to intuition.Insight #1 - Exercises 1-5Exercise 1: Find Your Past Intuitive MomentsThink back now and answer these questions to find your past intuitive moments… Spend a few moments and provide examples of each. Focus on the small and the big experiences that you have had – everything from feelings and "knowings" to more dramatic events. Premium Content Locked!Enter your details below to instantly reveal the premium contentUnlock Content Instantly! How many times has your phone rang and you’ve just known who it was?How many times have you had an inner prompting about whether to trust someone or not?How many times have you felt very connected to a another human being, so connected in fact that you could anticipate their thoughts and even their words?How many times have you had an inner prompting to help you steer away from danger or avoid a problem?How many times have you said “I wish I listened to my inner voice”?How many times have you said “Aaha, thank goodness I listened to my little voice”?Exercise 2: Your Past Intuitive Moments And Their Common DenominatorWhat are the common denominators between each of the above experiences?How did that information come to you?In what form did the information come to you?How did you receive those intuitive ideas or impressions?Exercise 3: How do Intuitive Moments Differ From Normal Day to Day Thinking?Now think about what the difference is between these intuitive moments and experiences from your normal day to day thinking and thoughts.What do your normal day to day thinking and thoughts feel like?How do normal thoughts arrive compared to intuitive thoughts?Exercise 4: Tips and Exercises for Getting Into a Relaxed State Of MindPractice deep conscious breathingFocusing on your body and feeling or sensing the earth Underneath youBreathing in peace Exercise 5: Recognizing Stress and FearPeace is not the absence of fear. But fear is the absence of peace. Stress and fear literally get in the way of your intuition working well for you – it inter-fears. Just learning to BE aware of your fear levels is a valuable exercise in itself. To spot fear in your body by paying attention to the following sensations:Tightness in the abdomenFluttering and energy movement in the abdomenTightness or a closed feeling in the chestTightness in the throatHeart beat increasingGeneral feeling of heaviness or closedIrritabilityShallow breathingWhen you feel fear, STOP, and take a few deep breaths. Use your outbreath as a relaxation technique, and help your body to settle. INSIGHT #2: Your Mind is like a radio tuner - with a developing intuition you can tune into any frequency.Your mind has the capacity to “tune in.” Your mind is like the tuning dial on a transistor radio - it has the capacity to “tune-in”. Your mind is not capable of intuiting and directly knowing. But, through sensations and feeling, your body can.There is nothing you can’t set your intention to tune into. You can change what you are tuned into, too. What are you tuned into? Become conscious of what you are tuning into.Relaxing your body is how you get rid of the static inter-FEARance so that your intuitive signal is clear for your mental receiver. Intuition 'happens' in your BODY, not in your head. - InnerLifeMastery.com Click to Tweet Another key lesson here is to learn to pay attention to what's happening below your shoulders. Music doesn’t happen above your shoulders it happens IN YOUR BODY! Intuition doesn’t happen in your head or outside of you; it happens IN YOUR BODY and below the shoulders – especially in the gut and chest area!Not all the feelings you feel in your body belong to you. How much of what you feel is not you burden to carry?The 6 most common mistakes to avoid while developing intuition. Which mistakes are you making?VisualizingLiving in the headTrying too hardNot being relaxedThinking that you are making it upLetting dogmatic beliefs and judgments color your impressionsTrue intuitive insights don't sound weird, feel radical or seem very noticeably different in any way. Remember it's not fireworks! There are no bells and whistles, no neon lights. You don’t hear booming voices in the sky or see lights. That might be what the mind does when it tries to take credit for the insight… But that stuff is not the language of the intuitive body.It all happens inside YOU. Your body FEELS the raw data and then your mind is the one interpreting the RAW intuitive data, TRANSLATING it into words and pictures and concepts. Although the physical sensations you experience are completely objective, from the minds point of view it is ALL subjective!!! Why?! Because the meaning your mind gives the experience is only an interpretation.Words, along with other languages of the intellect, can only describe and point to a truth. There can be no Truth in language, no Truth in words. Words are modeling tools and can only create models of thought.Let me put that another way… Feeling the raw sensations is a very objective experience. The interpretation of those sensations, energies and impressions by the mind is very subjective, and we have a choice what to buy into. Whatever you choose to focus on will be experienced in your reality.- InnerLifeMastery.com Click to Tweet So, in a sense it IS YOU making it up. Your mind is translating the information into WORDS and PICTURES. So accept that you ARE making it up – it’s just a case of how much value you get from the translation and how accurately you are able to interpret the raw data that your body has access to.Intuition is deep thoughts and intuitive feelings that flow to your body and then are interpreted by your mind. They may sound just like your own thoughts, but they offer:New perspectivesIdeas that make senseInsights that feel rightWays to open the doors in your lifeWisdomInsight #2: Exercises 6-7Exercise 6: Tuning Into Your SurroundingsFocus on sensations and vibrations in your body and then move your focus and attention to whatever you want to tune into: Premium Content Locked!Enter your details below to instantly reveal the premium contentUnlock Content Instantly! Other peopleSituationsProblemsPlacesAnimalsAnything that you would like to connect to intuitively.Exercise 7: Tuning Into MusicMusic, like intuitive impressions, has the ability to stir your emotions and to change the sensations and the feelings within your body. Choose different types of music including rock, classical, pop, and meditative; listen to the pieces you have chosen.In a journal write how each piece made you feel. Notice the following feelings in your body, as a range of sensations:1. SENSATION CHANGESExpansion <> ContractionLight <> HeavyOpen <> ClosedPeace <> FearCentered <> Tension2. EMOTION CHANGESExample:Here is an example of how to first get a basic body feeling and then push for more words to further clarify the intuitive feeling.Example 1:“I feel PEACFUL... HAPPY... OPEN ...” (push for more words)“I feel like I can do anything” ...” (pushing for more words)“It’s a feeling of confidence and energy, an up feeling.”Example 2:“I feel HEAVY... CLOSED...” (push for more words)“I feel burdened ...“ (pushing for more words)“It’s like a trapped feeling, with a little sadness and maybe some anger underneath, like giving up.”After doing these exercises you should have a better understanding of the following:Feelingfocusing on your bodyChanges of feeling in your bodyTranslating feelings into words andPushing for more words to describe a feeling or body sensation INSIGHT #3: Your body is the receiver of informationWhen you start getting results from developing intuition you will experience that around you is a sea of information and your body is the receiver of that information. It’s through your body that you receive impressions from the matrix of energy around you and do your best to interpret it into insights. Energy = InformationIt is this sea of information that binds and connects us all. Learning to use your intuition is learning to OPEN TO and TUNE IN to that sea of information.Is the human body capable of this level of sophisticated “reading” of information? Let me ask you this; is a cell phone more sophisticated than a human body?Acknowledge that pure thought is something you can feel, or sense, or know more accurately than seeing as pictures or hearing of words.The best way to draw from this river of information is to first go to the river’s edge and then immersing yourself in it. You do this by going to the center of yourself.By journeying to your center you create the best state of being to be in to open to the sea of information around you, and be well on your way to developing intuition.Going to the Centre = Being IntuitiveIn the image above the surface of the sphere represents your conscious mind. Now imagine being at the center of the sphere. If that sphere represents all that you can see and know, how does it feel to be at the center?New perspectivesIdeas that make senseInsights that feel rightWays to open the doors in your lifeWisdom At the center of your body is being. Through the center of your being comes wisdom. Go to your center.- InnerLifeMastery.com Click to Tweet 1. Benefits of Listening From the CenterIn all of your communications, you will benefit enormously from this single simple and easy to use technique.You will also be automatically more IN TUNE with the person you are listening to.You will be able to sense and FEEL some of what they are feeling while they are speaking.Your empathy will increase.Your ability to hold a safe space for them to be honest and to share will increase.Your ability to read between the lines of their words to more deeply understand them will increase.Developing intuition by practicing will increase your ability to anticipate their needs and know how to respond intuitively will increase.Your intuitive connection to them will increase.2. Benefits of Speaking From the CenterIn all of your communications, you will benefit enormously from this single simple and easy to use technique.You will also be automatically more IN TUNE with the person or people you are talking to.You will be able to sense and FEEL what to say without thinking about it.Your audience’s empathy for you will increase.Your ability to hold connected space for your audience and for you to be honest and to share from the heart will increase.Your ability to speak with clarity and depth will increase.Your ability to anticipate the audience’s needs and knowing how to respond intuitively will increase.Your intuitive connection to them will increase.Insight #3 : Exercises 8Exercise 8: Developing Intuition by Listening From the CenterHow can you remind yourself on a regular basis to go to your center when speaking and listening? Premium Content Locked!Enter your details below to instantly reveal the premium contentUnlock Content Instantly! List as many practical ideas as possible…TIP: Use habit forming cues to remind yourself... For example: Every time you listen to someone or speak to someone - for a few days, place your hand gently on your belly and consciously remind yourself to go there, to Center”.Do this until it is a habit and you don’t need to put your hand on your belly to remind yourself.What else could you do? INSIGHT #4: Wherever your awareness is focused is also where you are tuned into intuitively A key insight in developing your intuition is: Whatever you've focused your awareness on, your body will have already begun an intuitive dialogue around it. It’s up to you to decide to be consciously present to the conversation, or not!- InnerLifeMastery.com Click to Tweet The focal awareness point (FAP)You can place your awareness on a small area or a large area, on something within you or something outside of yourself. Your focal awareness point is not fixed.You can place your awareness on:Any person, anywhere regardless of distanceOn any point in timeOn any MENTAL CONSTRUCT – question, concept, problem or issueOn any relationship dynamicOn any potential solutionOn any place or space.There are no space/time rules around your focal awareness point. Wherever you place that focal awareness point with ATTENTION and INTENTION you will tune into. From that point of awareness you can feel for, and intuit, information.FOCAL AWARENESS POINT = ATTENTION + INTENTION + TIME Neutral Canvas When developing intuition realize this: Your body is like a canvas and it is important for you to begin your tune-in's and connections from a neutral place . If you can’t get neutral – simply notice what is in your body. Describe the feeling or emotion and claim it as your own. Then as and when things change after your tune in, you can remember that the backdrop of your own feelings may be there for a while. Usually when you get into the tune-in more deeply, the tune-in dominates and your body’s own feelings go to the background and don’t influence.The 4 Levels of AwarenessThere are four levels of awareness to start experimenting with and training your body to sense through your Focal Awareness. There are many ways to developing intuition, but one of the most effective I have found through the years of working actively with intuitive development, is to assist people to expand their focal awareness on four levels, namely:1st. Physical (body) Level2nd. Emotional Level3rd. Mental Level4th. Spiritual LevelThe mental level is where you ask questions and allow intuitive insights to flow to you. It is best to only fully engage the mind and mental levels once a physical and emotional awareness is established.Developing intuition is:Learning to expand your awareness on all four levelslearning to consciously direct it to where you want information, to gain deeper insights from all four levelsApplying this directed awareness to tune-in to YOUR OWN and other people's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levelsDeveloping Intuition by Building the Four Levels of AwarenessLevel 1 - Expand your PHYSICAL AWARENESSTo expand your physical awareness place all your attention in your body. By living below the shoulders and monitoring for subtle or strong sensations and feelings you will expand this level easily.Go to Practice 9 for the rest of the exercise…Level 2 - Expand your EMOTIONAL AWARENESSKeep practicing body FAP and awareness techniques as outlined in the prior lessons but add depth and attention to any EMOTIONS (no matter how subtle) that you pick up on.Practice pushing yourself for words to describe your feelings as acutely as possible. Push for more and more words, even if it feels like the words won't come, push yourself and refine your emotional literacy. Also be aware of which part of your body each emotion seems to dominate.Go to Practice 10 for the rest of the exercise.Level 3 - Exploration of conceptsThis exercise may take a fair amount of time and probably requires your solitude. Notice how different thoughts elicit different feelings in your body, as you feel the feeling HOLD it and go deeper for EMOTION and more descriptive words Premium Content Locked!Enter your details below to instantly reveal the premium contentUnlock Content Instantly! Insight #4 : Exercises 9Exercise 9 - Expand your Physical AwarenessLevel 1: Physical sensation changes as thought changesThe desired outcome for this exercise is to just notice how different thoughts elicit different feeling/sensations in your body. Pay special attention to the type of overall sensation.E.g.: CLOSED vs. OPENEXPANDED vs. CONTRACTEDHEAVY vs. LIGHTMORE ENERGY vs. LESS ENERGY.Go inside, relax and focus your awareness, then let descriptions of your physical awareness flow push yourself for words and write them down. Let each word settle before you start, it takes a few moments to build. Don’t judge or engage the mind with your body’s response. Just hold each word, feel and record your body’s true reaction. Breathe, let go, and move to the next word…1st Exercise - Physical awareness information for SELFClose your eyes and observe your body’s physical feelings and sensations and record your body’s response to each of the following Words.LovePowerWorkMotherFatherMoney2nd Exercise - Physical awareness information for OTHERSClose your eyes and observe your body’s physical feelings and sensations and record your body’s response to each of the following People:Choose Person #1Choose person #2Choose Person #3Insight #4 : Exercises 10Practice 10 – Expand your Emotional AwarenessLevel 2: Emotional changes as thought changesThe desired outcome for this exercise is to just notice how different thoughts elicit different EMOTIONS in your heart.Start with physical awareness information again and then expand into EMOTIONAL information. Ask questions to help yourself:“What emotion is here?”“How does this physical sensation in my body feel to my heart?”1st Exercise - Emotional awareness information for SELFGo inside, relax and focus your awareness, then let descriptions of your physical AND THEN emotional awareness flow, push yourself for words and write them down. Let each word settle before you start, it takes a few moments to build.Don’t judge or engage the mind in your body’s response, don’t stay too long at each. Just hold each of the words below, feel and record your body’s true reaction. Dig for some emotional foundation, describe it, breathe, let go and move to the next word:LovePowerHomeWorkMotherFatherMoney2nd Exercise - Emotional awareness information for OTHERSClose your eyes and observe your emotions and record your response to each of the following People:Person #1Person #2Person #3Insight #4 : Exercises 11Practice 11 – Expand your Emotional AwarenessLevel 3 - Exploration of conceptsIntroductionThis exercise may take a fair amount of time and probably requires your solitude. Notice how different thoughts elicit different feelings in your body, as you feel the feeling HOLD it and go deeper for EMOTION and more descriptive words. THEN ASK QUESTIONS and DIALOGUE and EXPLORE seeking TRUTH and DEEPER WISDOM or INSIGHT about WHY your body feels the way it does for each concept. Close your eyes and monitor your body’s physical feelings and sensations with their emotional connections, then explore inner answers that pop into your mind when you wonder WHY I feel that way.Pay special attention to the following type of overall sensations and then hold each, and FEEL for the FEELING that is there. Then ask questions about those feelings with the intention of getting DEEPER TRUTH and INSIGHT about your BODY‟s feelings:• CLOSE <> OPEN• EXPANDED <> CONTRACTED• HEAVY <> LIGHT• MORE ENERGY <> LESS ENERGYRecord keywords for the physical sensations, emotional response and deeper mental (thinking and inner dialogue exploration to each of the following.) Questions to help yourself push for words on the mental level include:• “Why am I feeling that feeling?”• “What is the deeper reason for that feeling?”• “What do I believe about this that no longer serves me?”• “Is what I believe really, REALLY true?”• “What would I feel if I changed my thinking or mind about this?”• “What thought would bring me peace about this?”1st - Exercise - Mental awareness information for SELF:Go inside, relax and focus your awareness, then let descriptions of your physical AND THEN emotional awareness AND THEN MENTAL AWARENESS flow, push yourself for words and understandings and write them down. HUNT PEACE – in other words have healing and peace and deeper truth as your goal!!! Dig for DEEPER TRUTH – not for truth from your fear or ego, but for the kind of insight that opens your heart and brings peace. Record it, describe it, breathe, let go and move to the next word.• Love• Power• Home• Work• Mother• Father• Money2nd Exercise - Mental awareness information for OTHERS:• Person #1• Person #2• Person #3 INSIGHT #5: Intuition is not fallible but you areYour intuitive instrument is a quantum mechanical marvel. There is no scientific instrument that has ever, or will, ever be invented by man that is more sensitive. But here is the challenge… To make decisions on what to act on we must filter all that information through mental filters. Our mental software can be a weak link in the system, it is full of corrupted ideas (viruses) or outdated software.For this reason our intuition is fallible. Because intuitive information can be miss interpreted developing your discernment is if the utmost importance. Here are the rules:1. Intuitive information can be misinterpreted don't try to convince yourself that yours or anyone's intuitive insights are always accurate and infallible. Because you are filtering your feelings through your intellect, Intuition is subjective, it is not objective.All intuitive insights must pass through your own internal filters of ego, fear, beliefs, moods and past conditioning. They are translated by your own mind and therefore can be mistranslated.2. Remain discerning at all timeseIf you just accept that intuition is very valuable but it also is fallible... you will stay balanced.3. You don't have to trust every thought impression you have, trust 'yourself' to discern. To discern you must learn to be honest with yourself, learn to recognize how you lie to yourself.4. Fear literally inter-fears with your intuition, F.E.A.R = False Evidence Appearing Real5. What blocks or interferes with clear intuitive work?• Ego• Subjective influences of rigid beliefs & belief systems• Attitudes• Values• Identifications• Fear• Trying too hard6. Stay flexible, don’t lock yourself in with absolute predictions. Also, become conscious of your expectations in every emotional situations.7. Use your intuition to empower not disempowerUse your intuition to build awareness of choice, to create more choice and to take responsibility (increase your ability to respond in a given situation).INSIGHT #6: Start with the general and let it carry you to the more specific1. The Awareness TriangleIt is so important for you in your intuitive tune-in’s, and in your intuitive exploratory work, to not aim directly for specific detail and information. Rather start with the broad strokes and general feelings and impressions and let those general impressions take you to the detail.As you will notice the diagram below represents general impressions at the top of the upside down triangle and more specific detailed impressions at the bottom of the triangle. Allow yourself to trust that if specific detail does not arise that there is some kind of wisdom at play.2. Pure intuitive thought flows from the general to the specific.3. Step by step process to turn pure general thought into specific words.4. Examples of GENERAL intuitive impressions (From the top of the Awareness Triangle) Here are examples of GENERAL feelings and impressions from the top of the upside down triangle:PHYSICAL AWARENESS - General Feelings and sensations:• open/closed• contracted/expanded• heavy/light• high energy/medium energy/low energy• fear/tension/peace/fluttering• pain/discomfort/relief, relaxedEMOTIONAL AWARENESS - General Feelings and sensations:• up/down• unsettled/peaceful• happy/sad• confident/lack of confidence• attraction/repulsion• connectedness/disconnected• love/bond/like• anger/fear/grief/loss• smallness/bigness• superiority/inferiorityMENTAL AWARENESS - General intuitive Impressions:• “I feel like an eagle soaring grand and free.”• “There is a disconnect in this relationship.”• “This part of the business feels low in energy, or the people in this part of the business have low energy.”• “There is a loss of freedom here, like a restriction feeling.”• “I get impressions of a bubbly dynamic strong personality.”• “It feels like wanting to hide.”• “It's like a calm inner peace, a contentment and inner strength fills me when I focus on this.”• “There is something blocking the flow here.”5. Examples of SPECIFIC intuitive impressions Examples of typical intuitive impressions through the four levels of awareness from GENERAL to SPECIFIC:Steve tuned in intuitively to his relationship with Carol, here is his intuitive exploration:Physical Level: “As I focus on my relationship I get a closed feeling in my chest, and my hands go cold. I focus on this feeling; especially the chest feeling and I wonder to myself what the feeling means… I let thoughts flow to my mind and I write them down.Emotional Level: “I feel sadness, disappointment… if I hold that feeling it occurs to me that I had high expectations for this relationship and I am feeling more than the pain of the argument we had, I feel let down.”Mental Level: “I wonder to myself about this feeling of being disappointed. I ask for the truth about this, I pretend that I can feel deeply now and open my mind to some wisdom on the situation. I write down these thoughts… I had unrealistic expectations about what a relationship should be, I thought that because I loved her so much, that this was the “one”, the perfect match, my soul mate, I thought that meant we would never fight.I feel now that this was an unrealistic expectation. I wanted her to be perfect; I got more angry than needed. I’m trying to close my heart now in preparation to walk away.” The question that pops into my head is, “Do you love her?” My answer is yes – this makes a warm open feeling come back to my chest. Steve tuned into his issue with high expectations to try and heal it. Here is his intuitive exploration of Carol:Physical Level: “I focus on my issue with high expectations of my partner. I set my intention to FEEL THE ROOT of the issue; to gain insight into what is driving it and what I need to do to heal it. I feel like my body is stretching upwards, like trying to be bigger than I am, it’s stressful; I wonder to myself what the feeling means… I let thoughts flow to my mind and I write them down.Emotional Level: “I must be bigger, I am bigger, I am superior... I feel some anger and frustration here, stress, tired but must push on” I am surprised at this, I have always thought of myself as a nice guy, this seems a bit arrogant. I ask for more insight about this.Mental Level: “I want to be bigger because then I can control, then I have power, and then things won’t go wrong.” I feel sadness come up as these thoughts arrive. Where is this from? I ask. I have a mental flashback of my father and mother arguing, I try to be a better child so that there will be more peace, so that they don’t argue. I try to make my mother feel better. It occurs to me that I am brining some of my past pain with my own parents to my relationship. I decide to work on this more in the days and weeks to come. For now I settle with imagining Carol in front of me. I feel love flowing to her again. I feel the need to call her to apologize to her and to tell her I love her. When I am finished my tune-in that’s exactly what I do.6. SummaryWhen you do your tuning in, when you allow yourself to start connecting:i. Start with broad GENERAL feelings - some of which you have already been experimenting with in your focal awareness exercises.ii. To go to more SPECIFIC information you need to use your FAP... and then when you get a general feeling or impression you can handle it “Proactively” or “Passively” (or use variations of both as you feel is needed)iii. Proactive - hold it and ask questions in your mind to explore for more; ORiv. Proactive - ask for deeper truth about what you are picking up on;ORv. Passive - let it flow to more detail on its own. ALSO remember to start from PHYSICAL, and then EMOTIONAL levels before pushing for words and detailed inner dialogue.INSIGHT #7: The key to translating effectively is feeling literacy1. It’s all in the translationAs you advance in your intuitive skill you will realize that the key to deeper intuitive work is learning to translate the subtle feelings and impressions into words.2. An explanation of feeling literacyWe are all complex and multifaceted...And so, intuitive impressions are like fragrances in the wind... or where we must hold our impressions... and PUSH to describe the subtle impressions... in as many word and descriptions as possible.Feeling literacy is literally developing a full and rich vocabulary to describe the subtle feelings and sensations within your body so that you can more easily and accurately translate.3. The LAST step is “putting it into words”Now that you are capable of focusing your awareness... Now that you have some skills around tuning in on different levels...Now that you are capable of using the awareness triangle going from general to specific and really starting to pay attention to what is happening beneath your shoulders......you will have discovered that the LAST step is putting it into words.The difference between a good and a great intuitive is simply HOW MANY words you have at your disposal to translate into and HOW willing you are to PUSH yourself to translate into words. The fact is that you are already intuitively connected. And the connecting is 80% of your intuitive work already done. You are already connecting; information is already flowing through to your body intuitively. Now to go from being a beginner to being advanced is up to you and your willingness to develop your feeling literacy and to practice translating. With every FAP intuitive connection you just have to push yourself for words. Even if your mind gets stuck, even if you are not feeling confident… you have to leap. You've got your connections; you've got everything beginning to flow for you. Now it is about going to that innocent place, like a child, where you just open to words, thoughts and ideas.4. Inner motivational thoughts to help you translateOnce connected, here are inner motivational thoughts to help you to leap to words and translate:• If I had to guess what would I know right now?• If this feeling had a voice what would it say?• If this feeling was a body posture what body posture would it be? (*)• If this feeling or knowing wanted something what would it want to do?• If the words were there what would they be?(*) The body posture idea is a great one to use as a feeling literacy exercise.5. Three “feeling literacy tool” exercisesBody posture – FEELING LITERACY TOOLWritten dialogue – FEELING LITERACY TOOLSitting in different spaces - FEELING LITERACY TOOL6. Flow checks keywordsa. The essence of a flow check is:• How is it the target topic or sub-topic flowing?i. Does it feel stuck?ii. Does it feel open?iii. Does it feel strong?iv. Does it feel weak?• What can be done to get it to flow better?Typical types of blocks to the flow include:- Ignorance: simply a lack of knowledge - Fear: not being equal-to - Imbalance: exaggeration of certain things at the expense of other things - Belief systems: internal statements that the body believes is true, but that limit the true potential of the person or system. Use this powerful basic sense to diagnose every sub-topic and major topic. Then dig for more insight into the nature of the blocks to the flow and open to ways and solutions to get the blocks to dissolve. THE FLOW CHECK can be used on any topic or subtopic. It is easy and very powerful. Flow check key words. Here are other keywords associated with GOOD flow and with LESS flow:GOOD FLOW• Full of positive feeling energy and connectedness• Open and in touch• Balanced and harmonious• Ease and peace• Growth and health• In-sync, natural and joyLESS FLOW• Empty of positive feeling energy and stagnation• Disconnectedness and disease• Closed and out of sync• Out of touch and fake• Off Balance and fear• Disharmony, tension and discordOnce you have these 7 insights integrated into your life, all that’s left is to:a) Deepen your intuition with practiceb) Apply it to new and exciting areas of your life.What discoveries and treasures have you found? Any other thoughts or questions?