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I notice those people who walk around being themselves with no concern of what others think. I find them so brave! When you start noticing those people fearlessly being themselves, it becomes so easy to contrast them with those who constantly hold themselves back for whatever reason. I can relate with those people who hold themselves back. I’ve been there and it was literally life-changing to really grasp what it is I have control over. Hint: It’s not what other people think! Stepping into your full personal power starts with something you may not have considered before too. Hint: It rhymes with unconditional lelf-sove. We are talking about one of the most powerful ways we can be of service in the world.

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Stevie describes what intuition is and isn’t from her point-of-view, what intuition feels like, and a way to begin to enhance the connection to your own intuition.

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INTRO-Welcome to the SparksCast. This is episode number #005 on January 30, 2014. In this SparksCast, I talk a little about: amping up your use of intuition in the journey of your life and a bit about what I call the myth of the right and wrong choices. Thanks so much for listening. I’m your host, Stevie Puckett broadcasting from SparksPress.com and Virginia Beach, VA.

PART ONE: Today I want to talk about intuition. You can learn to tune into and trust your intuition on a consistent basis. You can move through your day always connected to your intuition and higher mind. In fact, I highly recommend it! You can feel more confident and in touch with your personal power by doing so. Your intuition can help you solve complex problems and make important choices with a calm mind at it’s highest creative potential. The reason I say that is because you have to be in a relatively serene state of mind to distinguish your intuition from your fear based inner dialogue. You’ll gain clarity of mind from the daily practice of tuning in to your intuition, not to mention the powerful ally you gain from learning to tap into your own higher consciousness.

The place to begin is to set the intention to gain skill in hearing your intuitive voice. Next, start getting clear on what your regular mental chatter sounds like. Especially if you haven’t had any experience with meditation or if meditation hasn’t appealed or worked for you as of yet. It is so easy to identify that lower vibing, fear-based, inner dialogue. You know, it’s the one that shames you for not doing or being better, or tries to work you into a frenzy about what other people would think, or generally nags you about obligations often with a sarcastic tone. Once you start recognizing that mental chatter for the mind clutter that it is, you can learn to let it go and turn your focus away from it. You can allow your mind to quiet down so that you can hear the voice that re ally matters, the voice of your own intuition.

You will learn the feeling of you intuitive voice once you make room for it. The thing about the intuitive voice is that it is very quiet and subtle until you learn to watch for it. It is a kind whisper compared to the loud bossiness of regular mental chatter. Intuition feels calm and complete…confident even. You just know everything will work out alright when you are tuned in to intuition.

PART TWO: There are many ways your intuition can get a message to you. You will start to pick them up once you’ve learned to quiet your mental chatter. You might notice a certain song gets stuck in your head out of no where or when listening to music you might notice some words suddenly get highlighted and connect to a problem you’ve focused on recently. Or, you might notice images that seem to get highlighted or brought into particular focus for some reason you might not be clear on…or you might click the image straight to the answer you’ve been seeking. Someone who speaks to you could say certain words that bridge a connection for you, or you might just feel a tingle in your body that lets you know an idea is resonating. Look for these types of signs and don’t be afraid to say to yourself, “I note the emphasis on blah right now…what does that mean?” Sometimes your intuition will supply the answer and you can begin to develop a standard vocabulary with and about your intuition. If this idea appeals to you, I suggest you have a standard way to record what you learn in a journal or in voice recordings you leave for yourself. Whatever works for you. I personally like Evernote, which is kind of like a electronic notebook that you can use online or on your phone, and use it to capture all my intuitions and ideas. You can learn more at Evernote.com.

Anyway you can develop this vocabulary with your intuition. For example, it is nice to have signals lined out for “yes” and “no” that you can use for follow up questions. Maybe you can ask your intuition to warm-up or stimulate your right hand for a yes answer and warm-up or stimulate your left hand for a no answer, things like that. If you know or learn astrology or tarot cards, those images can be useful as pieces of your intuitive language too…or colors, or rhythms, or scenes from movies, whatever works for you.

Intuition is so subtle and quick though. The importance of learning to quiet the energy diverting mental chatter cannot be over-emphasized so definitely start there. And realize too that intuition is often delivered in the form of a feeling. So pay attention to how you are feeling at any given moment especially if you are looking for an intuitive connection.

PART THREE: So here are a couple of exercise you can try. One is called The Intuitive Walkabout. You essentially take a little stroll through your home listening for information from your intuition. You can have a question on your mind or you can just intend a pleasant experience of noticing what is most important to you. Notice urges to stop or change directions or ideas about what rooms to visit and where to look. Just see what catches your attention. Focus there for a moment to see what ideas come to mind. Quiet your mental chatter and listen. Have your journal ready to capture ideas or possible solutions to problems you have been contemplating.

The purpose of this exercise is to notice what it feels like to connect to your intuition. This is a calm almost meditative experience. Do it during a downtime when you don’t have to rush off to anywhere and there are no time constraints. Though the exercise doesn’t need to last long, only a few minutes really, it is important that you feel grounded and aren’t needing to rush off anywhere the first few times you try it. Being grounded is being fully present within your body. This happens quite naturally once you learn to let the mental chatter that tends to knock one off balance go.

Here is another exercise to try sometime when you have two important options you are considering. It’s the Flip A Coin exercise. Designate heads to one of the choices and tails to the other choice. Then flip a coin and notice how you feel once you see which choice won. How you feel as a result of the flip is your intuition at work. It suddenly becomes quite clear how you feel about the option that won and maybe even what was better about the other choice. This exercise of taking that one small action can really tune you in to how you would feel about the choices rather then just logically thinking them through using your mind only. How you feel about the decision is much more predictive of how you will do with that decision once you’ve kicked it off into action.

PART FOUR: All that happened before is part of the process that brings you to now and that is all, just a step along the way. There are no right or wrong choices. There is no shame. If you notice that you often look back and kick your own butt about stuff, try letting it go. You can be sure you did the best you could with the info you had at the time. You can also try switching your thinking to something more relevant — like how you want to feel now. The past does not deserve any of your present focus unless you can use past memories to help you feel good now. For example, remembering how you felt during especially joyous experiences in your life, or remembering times you’ve felt certain ways that you want to feel again: like when you’ve felt lucky, adventurous, inspired, sexy, or proud. Those memories can be useful going forward.

Most of us have been taught to ignore our emotions, or to control our emotions, or that emotions are uncontrollable. But actually, tuning in to how you feel in order to adjust your focus and your thinking so that you feel good is the best use of emotions. What you focus on and how you think about it directly affects how you feel. So take note of how you feel periodically throughout the day. Doing so is like taking a measurement that helps you adjust your focus and your thinking so that you feel good…and feeling good is of utmost importance. And if you’ve been believing that you have made some wrong choices, maybe it’s time to realize that going forward you will be doing the best you can, as you always have, and that focusing on past choices doesn’t serve you now. Instead focus on how you want to feel going forward and know that you will continue to do the best you can with the info you have, as always.

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INTRO-Welcome to the SparksCast. This is episode number #004 on January 16, 2014. In this SparksCast, I talk a little about strategic mindset for making changes in your body. Thanks so much for listening. I’m your host, Stevie Puckett broadcasting from SparksPress.com and Virginia Beach, VA.

PART ONE: Today I want to talk about wellness and making changes in your body. It all begins with what you think of yourself because that affects how you vibe about yourself and what will come to you as a result. Positive transformations can take place within your body. There are solutions around for you. If you can tap into a new positive expectation, you will be brought to ideas that you had not noticed before or you may try something again with a whole new attitude that makes all the difference. Or, on an even bigger scale, you may find a new understanding as to why being slowed down with a difficulty with your body provides you with an experience that helps you develop a needed skill or have a required experience in your life.

PART TWO: When you know what improvement you want in your body, you have a few choices. You can feel angry, depressed, or generally awful about yourself…or you can treat yourself as a child of the universe who is learning and you can cut yourself a break. All that happened before is part of the process that brings you to now and that is all, just a step along the way. If you notice that you often look back and kick your own butt about stuff, try letting it go instead. You can be sure you did the best you could with the information you had at the time. So be kind to yourself. You are always automatically worthy of love. There is no shame. There is nothing to feel guilty about. Move forward with inspiration knowing that you have always made the best move you could at the time and you will continue to do the same.

Create habits of thinking where you catch yourself feeling unhappy then say to yourself, “Things are as they are and feeling down doesn’t help me.” Then proceed to talk yourself up to a happier feeling, or visualize yourself up to a happier feeling, or imagine how you want to feel and all that you want to have. Most importantly, know that things are improving. Feel enthusiasm regarding the good feelings coming to you.

The easiest way to improve your body is to accept where you are with an understanding that all can be better. Stop beating up on yourself. Be hopeful instead. It doesn’t have to be a struggle. You can move forward with inspired steps pulling you through instead of by pushing yourself forward with the force of will alone. You can feel good about what you are doing, and the improvements you are making. Try it. The difference will astound you!

PART THREE: Now is the time to nurture yourself by controlling your focus. Its not easy to let go of the way you’ve been thinking but if you want different results its worth the effort. You are where you are, but at anytime you can start again. It is important to keep trying for what you want. It doesn’t matter what happened before. What matters is what happens next, and your results going forward are directly related to feeling good now.

Imagine how you will feel when you have what you want and choose to feel that way now. Get jazzed about all the experiences you want to have and what you want to create and go with that feeling as long as you can for a few minutes every single day. Daydream about the changed you wanted already being here. Do it with an attitude of fun. It’s so fun to play with ideas of what you can choose and what the transformation will mean for your life. Savor how it feels to play with those ideas.

Appreciate beauty when you see it. Use beauty you see around you as a reason to feel good. Know that beauty is coming to you when you can feel good if only for a little bit at first. Each time you practice you will become better and better at feeling good and appreciating your beauty.

The importance of being okay with slow results can’t be over-emphasized. If you allow yourself to reinforce feelings of frustration or anger at slow results you defeat your own purpose. Change can come and it may be at a snail’s pace but if you focus on the slow pace you get more of a slow-down. Instead focus on the momentum, ideas you can use are coming faster and faster, it is getting easier and easier to maintain the good habits you intended. There is momentum and you are heading in a direction that will please you if you can remember to enjoy life from where you are right now. This moment will never come again.

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