There’s the old idiom – the truth hurts. And yes, sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t. But the real truth is liberating. Truly liberating.
Yet we deny that liberation.
There is so much we could know, but would prefer not to... Because it means facing the tension that arises within. Limiting beliefs and stories that oppose that liberation of knowing. While I say this, there is no need to be hypervigilant about knowing everything. But in being honest with yourself, are there things that you are avoiding to know, which would greatly empower you?
Even what level of self-empowerment, groundedness and centeredness would you realise is a part of you when you do?
If you think about your own life, ask yourself:
--- Do you even know your net worth in terms of finances? Or how much you are in debt? How much you even earn?
--- Do you even know your level of health as it stands now? When was the last time you had a blood test or a health check? Do you know what processing your food has gone through before hitting your plate?
--- Do you even know what are your partner or family’s feelings and ideas versus your own projections that you’ve placed upon them?
---- Do you even know your own purpose in life and what motivates you every morning? Are you motivated by guilt and duty OR are you motivated by passion and love? Do you know the power that you hold that is creating the reality you live in now?
I recently went to visit my father who lives a good 2.5 hour north on the Sunshine Coast. In that visit, he was talking a lot about strokes. Then, on the Friday afternoon, he had an incident where he fell asleep in the afternoon and woke up unable to use his left fingers properly.
He immediately started thinking it was a stroke.
We agreed to go straight to the emergency room and get a doctor’s diagnosis. To be truthful, I was a little blasé about the episode, as dad’s symptoms were not classic stroke symptoms. I was interested to get a doctor’s diagnosis so that he could have some level of clarity about his current health. However, when I tuned in, I got that this was serious, and a sense that time was slowly running out. That made me sit up and start taking notice.
After 3 different doctor’s tests, a CT scan, heart echocardiogram and discussions with a stroke specialist – we were sent home with one of 2 diagnosis: either a mini-stroke or a compressed nerve. He was to have an MRI and an ultrasound in the next couple of weeks. In fact, there was evidence from the CT scan that he had had an unknown stroke sometime in the last 3 years, but no sign of a current stroke.
Unfortunately, we went home without a doctor’s confirmation. I suspected that a stroke was the more likely diagnosis from my tune-in.
Over the next night and following day, my father kept talking round and round in circles – discussing the symptoms and possibility of having a stroke. And then saying there was probably nothing that could be done about it anyway. Then discussing the symptoms and possibilities again.
On the Sunday morning, he woke me up to say that his symptoms have worsened again in his left hand. Back to the hospital for more doctor’s tests, where the doctor’s were still unsure what it was. The final decision was to admit him to hospital as a possible stroke case for monitoring.
By the afternoon, he had had his MRI (which has better accuracy than a CT scan), and the following day it was confirmed he had had a stroke. The doctor’s have since adjusted him medicine accordingly and he is undergoing rehabilitation of his left hand fingers.
Once there was enough clarity around the condition, then appropriate action could be taken. Without it, there was a tendency to prophesize and speculate. If you notice, there’s a difference between ‘thinking you might know’ and ‘knowing’.
The truth of ‘knowing’ provides an inner centredness - basically that feeling of knowing. The answer may not be one you want to receive, but the mind is no longer searching. It is, instead, settled.
When you ‘think you might know’, the mind starts going round in circles, trying to come to a conclusion. There is no centredness, only more questions and uncertainty. The mind is never at ease. More mindless thinking, with an underlying fear that isn’t resolved.
Once it was confirmed that my dad had a stroke and the doctor’s were taking appropriate action, my dad stopped thinking round in circles about it.
For me, navigating my consciousness and the act of intuition allows me to remain centred in these types of emergencies. Even being told that the likelihood of a stroke reoccurrence (and possibly death) is 1 in 3 doesn’t faze me, because I’ve already tuned in and know the level of his vitality. The worst part is over for now, so as long as he is well taken care of (which is happening), there is still some time left.
Without my ability to access clear intuitive information, I can only imagine the hell I would’ve experienced instead.
Intuition requires several things to ensure you remain a clear channel.
Firstly, a commitment to the truth. Not half-truths. The truth as far as you can receive. To be open to the information, even if you don’t like it – and trust what you get. To NOT hold any ideas of what that information MUST look like.
Also, being able to simultaneously acknowledge the truth of your own egoic perceptions (in the form of thoughts, feelings, behaviours, stories) that if left unaware, would cloud your intuitive information.
You could also call it a commitment to your heart, because a courageous heart is committed to truth.
Secondly, a willingness to receive and know, without needing to know. This can seem rather paradoxical, but the problem lies in being caught up in the words, rather than understanding the underlying energies. Compare the differences between:
1. A WILLINGNESS TO RECEIVE & KNOW = the energy of a dedication to know and receive the truth (and what it might take to make that happen), to
2. NEEDING TO KNOW = the energy of a desperate seeking of an answer to resolve any fears or righteousness you might be feeling, to
3. NOT WANTING TO KNOW = the energy of pulling the wool over your own eyes and buying into the illusion that you shouldn’t or can’t find out (avoidance).
Thirdly, the ability to make the information into something useful and then act upon it. This is possibly the least understood or acknowledged part of intuition. Those not experienced in intuition assume this is a given, but it isn’t. This is where you experience and instil in your conscious that you actually can and do know.
These important points can often be overlooked. People think intuition just happens to them or not at all. But it is skill that is refined over time and once you’ve learn the basic foundations, then there’s no better method to mastery than practicing until it’s naturally incorporated in your being. But even a skilled intuitive will face the tension that arises when you want to make the unconscious, or unknown, conscious. But, a master intuitive will always have the courage to face that tension directly.