Intuition Always Leads You to a Place of Joy

Intuition can speak to us as a gut feeling or through a sudden thought, yet we often overlook the most common way intuition speaks to us and that is through our feelings.

I’ve loved my work for the past 20 years, so it came as quite a shock to me when I started dreading going to work each day. Feelings such as this are a very clear message from our soul telling us when something needs to change, sometimes we need to change our circumstances and at other times we need to change ourselves.

I started asking myself what my ideal business would be like and as soon as I did this I knew I wanted to help more people to awaken. Jonas Salk once said, “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next”. My intuition told me to get back to doing what I love, which is creating, writing and setting up the Be Different Movement, and do less administration work. That’s meant cutting back on some of the courses that make us money, but I know I’ve made the right decision, I feel joyful and everything is flowing easily.

Steve Jobs said that intuition is more powerful than intellect and scientists now back this up. Sometimes intuition comes from our subconscious which works at an incredibly high speed, sometimes it comes from God.

Most of us don’t acknowledge intuition enough

It takes courage and trust to follow our intuition. Courage to break away from the tribe and do what you feel is right for you, and trust to know that if you are following your internal guidance system you will always be supported. Intuition will only ever lead you to a place of joy.

Here are some examples:

You have a strong desire to write a book, ego tells you that it needs to be a best-seller.

You have a strong desire to start your own business helping others, ego tells you that you that you need to be the best.

Intuition guides you to forgive, ego resists or wants to get back at someone.

Ego places conditions upon what you do, Intuition says just do it, the door will open. This is how I’ve lived my life. Every success I have achieved has occurred when I did what I intuitively felt led to do. I always felt I could help people through writing a book, it never entered my mind how many copies my book would sell, or even if I could do it. When I decided to be a life coach I decided that even if I couldn’t make a living from life coaching I would so some other work and continue to do what I loved on the side. When buying a home seemed to be an impossible dream, I just prepared for my own home by saving small amounts and buying a few items in preparation for it. I also loved the home that I rented by painting and gardening and making it mine while I was there.

When you listen to your intuition you allow love, joy and abundance to flow into your life. When you listen to your ego you allow fear to rule your life.

Intuition has nothing to do with control, in fact it asks that you relinquish control. It has nothing to do with achievement, although success and achievement often follow when you listen to it. Intuition will never lead you to a place of scarcity where there is only enough for a few, your intuition knows only abundance. Intuition never questions if you are good enough, it already knows your strengths and it will bring the right people and conditions into your life to turn your weaknesses into assets.

Develop the habit of listening to your intuition

When you take an outside-in approach your life is always guided by external factors. Other people’s opinions will always influence your choices. Fear of scarcity will keep you doing things that take you away from your joy. And you will live your life searching for more.

When you take an inside-out approach you shift the focus onto asking yourself, what can I give, how can I serve. Living your life in this way only leads to joy and abundance, although I must admit it’s often scary to step out in faith, but it’s a leap worth taking.

If you have not already established the habit of listening to your intuition don’t make radical choices overnight, start by making small changes each day, and that is the key, you need to make these choices consistently. As you leave your home ask for guidance as to the best route to drive, or where to park your car. Act upon the feelings you receive. If you work in a job that is less than your ideal, ask how you can serve each day, and act upon the answers. When you need to make a decision, which could be as simple as where to go on your next holiday, or whether you should change jobs, ask for guidance and act upon the answers.

By acting on your intuition on a regular basis you will begin to differentiate between ego and fear. You will develop an automatic response that will support you when you need to make the bigger choices in life. Listen to your feelings, they are your soul’s way of guiding you to make a new choice.

Finding Joy in Unexpected Places

As we go about our daily lives it’s so easy to let the things that bring joy into our lives slip. If we wait for circumstances to bring us joy we may have to wait a long time, but if we establish the habit of being mindful and doing something every day that brings us pleasure it becomes so much easier to experience joy, and attain our most important goals.

It has been discovered people who suffer from depression have an inability to see things as new, fresh or exciting and this is what makes them depressed. In chronically depressed people the mind creates links between sad moods and feelings of hopelessness or inadequacy. For instance, a person experiencing depression could interpret the fact that they didn’t get a job to mean they are hopeless as a person, or a failure, that they will never get what they want.

Depression has been largely treated by drugs which puts serotonin back into the body, or by cognitive behavior therapy. Both of these work, but when a person goes off drugs they often experience a relapse. There is a third way that can change the way we feel, which has been proven to bring about long-lasting change, and that is by being mindful.

Mindfulness

Scientists have found that the brain can only create new pathways when we pay attention to what we are doing. If you go around saying affirmations by rote without really thinking about what they mean, they won’t have much impact upon your life. Say affirmations consciously, focusing on positive emotions and follow that up with action that makes you feel good and you will get an entirely different outcome. Our brain is constantly remaking itself in response to outside stimuli, our environment and our experiences.

Neuroplasticity occurs when the mind is in a state of focus and attention, this is commonly known as being mindful.

Being mindful, as well as inducing a state of calm, means we can change our emotional response to events that once upset us, and we can change beliefs which prevent us from moving forward.

Mindfulness is the practice of observing yourself. It is observing the way we think and feel without judging.

Drugs for depression work from the bottom up. Cognitive behavior therapy works from the top down. Mindfulness based cognitive therapy keeps the depression circuit from being completed.

No one is happy all of the time, but when we are mindful we notice our emotions and that allows us to take control of them rather than having our emotions run our lives. Attention training changes lives. Rather than just making a decision to be more mindful, which you’ll probably forget within a day, link being mindful to any activity that stresses or challenges you. Or set a specific time each day and put a reminder into your phone to stop and focus on what is happening in the world around you.

By training yourself to be mindful you start to recognise those things that bring you joy. When you add more things that bring you joy into your daily life you feel happier. When you feel happy you have a positive influence on the world around you.