Intuition for Engineers
It sounded like a prison sentence. Here's what I heard recently from a client: "I guess I just need to sit and meditate for 30 minutes each day." His tone was that of a person who had just been sentenced to jail. There was no way this was going to work. Here's what happened next.
When logic and intuition work together
Before I tell you what happened next let me fill in a few details. After one of my "Gut Instinct" seminars I was speaking with an engineer who had attended. He described his previous attempts to expand his mental abilities. This meant he was going to a lot of meditation classes, with some very well known teachers, and not getting anything out of it. His whole attitude around the subject was sullen, apathetic, and depressed — kinda like being sentenced to prison.
He said that his mind simply did not work that way (meaning using meditation). He was an engineer. Logic and reason were his go-to tools. Still, he had just attended my seminar titled: A Course in Trusting Gut Instincts. He wanted to expand his repertoire.
Here's what happened next.
I drew attention to the fact that the negative energy around his statement of doing 30 minutes of meditation each day was a sure harbinger of defeat. I said he needed to find something he could do on a consistent basis. It sends a bad message to your inner critic to set yourself up for failure.
Instead of thirty minutes, why not three? Instead of meditation why not do a science experiment around testing how gut instincts work?
All of a sudden the facial expression I saw went from down and sour to up, bright and activated. In an instant heaviness was transformed to lightness and joy. It was a remarkable change in ambiance and attitude.
My client had never thought that "working on his mind and mental abilities" could be fun, uplifting, and scientific. He'd associated raising his mental awareness with pain and suffering. It was a revelation for him to discover that the opposite could be true. You can raise consciousness in ways that bring you joy.
I was able to steer him to a place of joyful possibility where once there was only the pain of the prison sentence of an undesirable activity. No matter how hard he tried he could not make himself like sitting mediation.
If all roads lead home why not take the scenic route? It might take longer but who cares if your having a good time?
Personally, I've come to like sitting meditation — but this has been an acquired taste. I've tried lot's of meditation methodologies and finally came to a point where I created my own amalgam from what I've learned. It took a long time.
From what I've seen there are a lot of people who want to find ways to lift their hearts and minds without enduring a prison sentence. You perhaps? If this is true then here are some words for you to ponder.
Instinct, intuition, and inspired thinking all begin inside of you. Find someone to work with that helps you find your inner knowing, and to be who you really are.
Trust yourself to be able to read your inner signals. Becoming quiet is a great way to go within. On the other hand many high level athletes go within best when presented with great challenge. Everyone is different. You are unique. This means your path will only light up when you shine your own personal light.
Help is available. My trainings and consulting fall into this category. Finding the right person to help you is a huge boost up, it's like catching the fast-moving current of a stream. Suddenly you are pulled along further and faster than you could have done yourself.
If yours is the path of the engineer this needs to be honored. Logic and reason are powerful allies. They are not the only compatriots you'll need to find your way home but if they are your "go-to" tools then use them for all they are worth by making a fun scientific experiment of your own life.
Let me know if you'd like to talk about what it would look like to have some help. Click HERE to send me a note.
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