Acting on a feel

Did you ever get little nudges and hints from the Universe? Recently I’ve been getting nudges to slow down. I have mentioned before that I usually get the Cosmic 2×4 on the head because I am simply not paying enough attention to fill-in-the-blank. I hear messages, feel and sense I must pay attention to something, and start making changes to accommodate. Sometimes my efforts are not enough. I’m dancing around it but not getting it. And I don’t realize I am not getting it because my nose is too close to the grindstone. When the Universe sees you working on it, but you don’t really get the core message, it will let you know. The following story illuminates this perfectly.

Starting the Work

I started slowing everything down. Work is as slow as it gets this time of year so there is no frenzied feeling. My right rotator cuff went on the fritz about 5 weeks ago and is not healed yet. So I cannot do any small projects around my house. That really bugs me but I can’t do a thing about it except let it heal. My personality and energy needs something to work on. I have a driving need to be productive. About 50 times a day I’d have to remind myself I can’t do this or that project. Sigh. I would often have people over to my home because I enjoy their company and the conversation. But it can also be draining for an empath. I put that on hold. I can’t walk my dogs due to the over 100 degree heat (unusual for this time of year). I can’t ride because my horses have since gone over the rainbow bridge. In this slow environment, I had cleaned and rid myself of clutter on ever single level. Every drawer and file cabinet and cupboard. Every molecule of things at my home is about as perfect as it can be. So there is nothing TO do. I had slowed down, or so I thought. This was a huge, huge shift for me. But was I really slowed down energetically and in my mind? Is this my best effort? 

Uh Oh

This past Friday as I left work for my 48 mile commute home. For the record, I’m not a speed demon. For two miles there is a stretch of road that is one lane per direction of traffic. There are no houses or businesses of any kind, and no intersections. If you don’t go faster than the limit, people will tailgate you, honk, flash their lights, and make it clear they are unhappy. I was going along and felt I was not fast enough to warrant a ticket. Didn’t see a soul on the road, bright sunny day. The Universe was still waiting for me to really embrace slowing down. However I wasn’t there yet and the Universe was about to show me just that.

Out of nowhere a police officer going in the opposite direction flashed his lights and I knew I had to stop. I always have my license, registration, and insurance at the ready. He dispensed with the ticket, giving me a few pieces of friendly advice. The ticket was not much money and I was guilty as charged. The good news is that I had recently received a rebate that would perfectly cover this ticket.

The Cosmic 2×4

About five minutes after the ticket incident I was thinking about why I attracted that into my life. After all I have been driving this road for almost 17 years five days a week. I go the same speed every trip, along with the flow of traffic. Why today? What’s up with this? What part of the Law of Attraction am I not doing right? Where’s the message? When it hit me like a cosmic 2×4 on the head I burst out laughing. The Universe sent a message that could not be ignored! It was so obvious. SLOW DOWN! Really slow down! Waaaaay slower than you think is necessary. Because you don’t know what slow really is! Explore this and take it to heart starting now. 

The Right Work (Fine Tuning)

The rest of the way home I went well under the speed limit not caring if I was harassed by other drivers. There was no reason to rush, so why not change the pace of my normal race to get home? It might be fun to really embrace slowing down. The rest of the weekend I slowed down my mind chatter by meditating, and putting on meditative music. I did a few sessions with my Mala beads, had no company over, stayed off the computer, and spent as much time out in nature as I could despite the heat. I read a book. Sat doing nothing. This was different. I can tell you, I’ll be doing this a lot more often. Slowing down in earnest gets me out of my head. I started with my environment, then my body, and the mind followed. This. Feels. Better. Slowing down means more than going slower. It’s being more mindful on every single level. But the payoff was about to happen and I didn’t see it coming.

The Payoff!

Along with signs to slow down, I had been also getting hints about acting on a feel. I had heard the person training a neighbor’s foal talk about this. It’s the way training is done with horses. Not by force, but rather showing the horse how to act on a feel. I actually saw the foal get it! I saw the moment when the penny dropped. The foal acted on a feel, got the idea, and acted accordingly. Isn’t acting on a feel part of how we receive intuitive hits? Isn’t that how we best manifest? Feel is what it is all about. I have been reading a book that talks about how important feel is to manifesting the life you desire. More so than I thought.

Ah HA! Now I am really getting why slowing down was necessary. It declutters your head so the rest of you can see things clearly and receive information quicker. Many small pieces were starting to show up because I could see them swirling above my head, and gather them to me. Pop, they would drop into my head and the big picture became clearer. Pop, pop, pop, more pieces keep coming! ❤ I love this! ❤ This is the first wave of  insights and messages about the next chapter of my life. Gotta love how the Universe works! So, the point is not slowing down per se, it’s what slowing down did for me. It allowed an environment where information could come to me, where before it could not get through the clutter. Now I get it! Now the real work can begin. This is a new way of operating for me, for the rest of my life.

 

The smallest adjustment

The other day I was out to lunch with friends at a small French café. The food was great, but service was slow. No biggie, my friends and I had much to talk about. However trying to pay with my debit card was frustrating. That new chip technology was the culprit. I didn’t want to put a $12 lunch on a major credit card that I had paid off an hour before. There was plenty of money in my checking account, so I insisted they try running the card one more time, please. I checked the card just before going to lunch so it was not a problem of not enough money.

The wait staff (a man and a woman) were both short with me and quite rude about it. I later noted this same reaction from other diners on Yelp reviews. I did not appreciate the attitude of two of the waitstaff, and their denial that the chip was the problem. It was obvious that many other customers that morning had problems with the chip, and the staff blamed it on ‘…everyone else having money problems on the same day. They put money in and suddenly it was gone.’ Huh? None of that made any sense. It was obviously the machine they had not figured out how to use it. The receipt even said “transaction not completed” on it both times they ran the card. Almost every store with the new chip reader has had problems. We’ve all encountered it.

Mind you, this incident on trying to pay my bill did not include loud words, or any sort of a scene at all. It was in fact very subdued and quiet. But I could tell by the reaction of my friends when I returned to the table, that my pickiness in wanting things to go my way was less than ideal. I also don’t like it much when people are so picky they make themselves miserable or unhappy, so why was I doing it? I was being as inflexible as the wait staff, minus the rudeness. So much for my being open and spiritually aligned with All That Is! It went out the window so quickly. (Sad face)

What I should have done differently was to be more flexible about payment and just let it go. Sometimes those small things set me off, or tip over my applecart. Every day life sends me opportunities for growth, and situations where I could have done better. This was minor, but it was one of those times I could have done better by being more open and flexible. More in tune with what was going on. I could have made the smallest adjustment and all would have been better. Sometimes I laugh at myself for the things that upset me, or that get me off the path of the love vibe. More practice is needed! Well that’s what day to day life is for! Continued practice in the waking world, here on Earth. Ready, set, GO! (happy face)

No matter how small a thing is, you know when you can improve. Even if someone else is being rude to you, and you know you are ‘in the right’, you can let go and go with the flow. That makes the energy of the room, the vicinity, much better. Next time vow to do better.

Feel free to leave a comment in the reply section which can be seen by clicking on the headline for this blog entry. I would love to hear your stories! 

 

 

On the word psychic

Years ago it was amazing if you knew anyone who knew anyone who admitted to being psychic, or even interested in such things. If you said you were one, you’d be ostracized by society and your family and friends would disown you. Between the misconceptions from Hollywood movies, and the hotline that promised to tell you all about your life and ‘predict’ your future, the term got a bad rap. 

I have never liked the word psychic because it carries undeserved negative connotations. It is overused, inaccurate, and grossly misunderstood. Time to shed a very off-putting term that totally misrepresents. And time to move on to a new term that more accurately represents what many of us do and feel. I like it when people are accurate about their abilities. That is what I have come to honor and respect. The word psychic is out of my vocabulary and instead I use the term intuitive, intuitive reader, or intuitive healer.

Contrary to popular belief intuitives don’t know everything about everyone. It does not work like that. Imagine the sensory overload! And they don’t and shouldn’t ever predict the future. Why? Because you have free will, and you are always in charge of your own life. No one and nothing can change that. I have three pages devoted to clarity and truth about readings under my services menu: About Readings, Readings fact and fiction, and Before & After a reading.

People who read for others are highly intuitive, and more in touch with Spirit. They don’t see the future laid out before them. Anyone that tells you they can see your future and tells you what to do is full of it. It’s more like getting small snippets of advice from Spirit and/or your guides to help you on your path. I’ve heard it described like this: Getting a glimpse of the ‘other side’ is like looking at this other world through a hole the size of a pin prick. Your life is yours to create, and all any gifted intuitive person should do is be a go between, a connection, between you/your questions, and Spirit.

Note the term Guides, it’s pretty accurate. Spirit/your guides will never tell you what to do. They will never ever make a choice for you. It’s not their role. They don’t have the authority to push you through an open door. They will guide you, and show you options. You must make a choice for yourself. Think of it this way, every single moment in your life you are making a choice, even if you are not doing anything. I am reminded of lyrics from a song called Freewill by Rush. 

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Use readings for insights and guidance to make the best choices for your path forward. I would rather see someone never get a reading in their life, but instead work on honing their skills of intuition, than have a bad reading experience. I do intuitive readings to be a link between you and your guides if you have questions or want guidance. Don’t ever let anyone take the responsibility for running your life out of your hands. You are always in charge. You are the captain of your ship! Steer wisely! 

Comments, stories, opinions and personal insights are always welcome! 

The long exhale

The two years of unwinding on all levels after my divorce was a period I refer to as The Long Exhale. Being in a poisonous, dramatic, very chaotic environment for 18 years did some major damage. I recall the first day after my husband was kicked off the property by the police and the divorce was proceeding. I knew there was a huge shit storm coming my way, because he was a supreme manipulator and a huge drama queen. He hated being challenged or bested and he was the ‘never give up’ kind of guy. I was in for the ride of my life, but I knew divorce was at hand. My life depended on it. The first day back at the property after I had just arrived home from work, I got out of the car, was greeted by my animals and heard myself say out loud “I’m going to be just fine!” I don’t even know what part of me said that! But it was nice to hear. I was a very happy camper to finally be out of that nightmare. I was now the captain of my own ship!

During the time of The Big Change, I dropped so much of my old life by the wayside. Dropped bad habits, old outdated ideas. I got my self confidence back bit by bit. The support came from many places: friends, Buddhist lectures, work and co-workers, taking up a life with horses, etc. Help manifested itself in so many ways. I had much to dump, much to relearn and so much to explore. It was like shedding an old skin that no longer suited me and being totally reborn, from head to toe. But it took a long time for this to happen. This sort of deep change comes slowly. But is well worth it.

The single life suits me very well and I never in my life thought I would be totally content and happy being single. My new life is very different than my old life, and all of it is by my own design. Things I want in my life are there, or coming into being. Things I don’t want have been tossed out, abandoned or given the heave-ho. In order to get to this new life, it took a lot of work, exploring, research and guts that I didn’t know I had. I would never trade this new life for anything else on the planet. But it took a lot of work to get to this point, this new level of living co-creatively.

If you have been through a rough patch, regardless of the length of time you were in it, please give yourself time to heal, adjust, renew, replenish, explore, test, and invent your new life. You have an opportunity to reinvent yourself. This will be a great time of growth. Give yourself and your body a huge break from being perfect or meeting anyone else’s expectations, especially your own. You may need a long exhale too.

 

What the heck is Universal Flow?

So, you ask what the heck is Universal Flow? You talk about it all the time and it’s one of the classes you teach. The answer boys and girls is, it’s the energetic flow of life all around you, and within you. This includes all of nature, emotions, feelings, people, and even places. You can tap into it, go with the flow, get a read on different situations and act accordingly. Much like surfing, there will be ups and downs in the flow, but you can learn to ride these waves.

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It’s a place of feeling, sensing or knowing. Have you ever walked into a room and, without anyone saying a word, you can feel there is tension as thick as pea soup? That’s you sensing the Universal Flow in one particular flavor. Tension, which is fear based. Everyone in the room contributes to this in one form or another. They may be creating the tension by stirring the pot or confronting someone. Or they may be bystanders affected by witnessing the events unfolding.

You might feel a different flavor of Flow in a crowded event that is fun and uplifting. It’s not just your own emotions you are feeling, there is also a general vibe that is being broadcast. Especially an event with a lot of people such as an outdoor concert. Remember, you are a sender and receiver of energetic vibrations. Here is an article on the topic by Steve Pavlina.

One place where you are sure to pick up on this vibe is almost any airport. Most everyone is in a rush, hates the ordeal of checking in hours before their flight, standing in line, waiting for their flight, and hearing of delays. For me it is going into one particular chain store, larger than several football fields. The air is stale and seems to suck the very life essence out of me after about five minutes! I take special pains to not go in that store, if I don’t absolutely have to. The vibe in there is awful.

Setting your inner vibe to a loving intent for the day helps you to sense the lay of the land of the bigger picture—the Universal Flow. This is also a place from which you may apply the Law of Attraction. You are working in a co-creative effort when you use your intent and the Laws of Attraction to direct your life. If you have an intent of loving kindness, you will attract more of the same. Life is a lot easier that way!

Once you are open to feeling and sensing different energies from people, places and events, you will start getting intuitive nudges on how to act, what to do. You will feel more confident in trusting your own intuition and going with the flow. These intuitive hits or nudges may help you in difficult situations, as well as everyday, routine tasks. In any case, that’s my simplified version of what Universal Flow is. I use it every single day, in every part of my life, no matter how small, and I have never felt more empowered or free!