...and of course, how can I avoid doing this in the first place?

Our Rob, who channels @TReb Bor yit-NE just encouraged us to trust our intuition, and brought this question up for me.

Although I can recognise it and act on it with great success sometimes, so often when the subject is of importance to me, I feel a nudge of intuition and then lose it completely in an immediate flood of competing thoughts and strong emotions. Then all I have is a tangled mess, and can no longer see what the pure intuition was.

I have looked all over IQ to find a way see intuition clearly after it has been muddled in this way, but none of the answers are touching on this specific dilema.

Does anyone have any advice about this? I would really appreciate it.

asked 09 Sep '12, 01:46

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(09 Sep '12, 04:56) ursixx

@ursixx - got it. Thank you! :)

(09 Sep '12, 09:41) Grace

did u already hear the part of vid that said how to make a difference between the two ? is so i will not need to post it lol.

(09 Sep '12, 12:59) TReb Bor yit-NE

Sorry Rob, I'm a little confused. I appreciate your help, but I've missed something. :(

(09 Sep '12, 13:22) Grace

@grace lol, sorry, i didnt know if ur intuition question, if that recording covered the ideas of how to deal with this as well or not,. if that session did , i didnt need to re-post it again lol, sorry , i am bad at typing mt ideas to paper. (or screen)

(09 Sep '12, 13:29) TReb Bor yit-NE
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For me, I find it's that first, fleeting thought that is the intuitive one...the one that provides the initial "nudge"...the one that "sneaks under the radar" of your normal thinking.

The subsequent flood of competing thoughts and strong emotions usually kick in from our habitual programmed and conditioned behaviors that try to mentally analyze that thought and pull it apart. Once you are in that "muddle", I don't think there's an easy way to unravel it again.

So, to answer your question, the key is to be aware and watchful for those gentle, initial nudges. Once Pandora's Box has been opened, I think it's too late :)

As with everything else in life, I find intuition gets stronger as you practice using it. Making it stronger seems to keep that muddle and mess away just that little bit longer so you get more time to notice the intuitive response.

Examples of little practices that I do:

  • Whenever the phone rings, before answering, I've conditioned myself to always try and grab an initial intuitive idea first of who is calling and why.
  • Same as above when someone is at the door
  • During the day, I'll often get a "feeling" that someone is thinking about me. I try to make a mental note of who it is and why, and try to match up the timings later when I find out who it was to see how accurate I was
  • When I want to know the time, I ask myself first and then afterwards check with a timepiece to see how accurate I was
  • I find that just "letting yourself go" when playing musical instruments can often strengthen your intuition...and you can hear the results immediately, for better or worse :)
  • Often if I'm speaking with someone and they ask me something, I'll start speaking a reply without having the slightest idea of what I'm about to say. That seems to create a (virtual) "vacuum" which gets filled with intuitive impulses. Many of my IQ answers, including this one, probably start that way :)

There's probably many other things I do daily that I can't recall just at this moment but hopefully that gives you some ideas.

I think one of the key ideas (hinted at above) is that of "necessity". When there is a strong desire to have an intuitive answer, it comes through much clearer and stronger.

The downside of having a strong desire is that it can be accompanied by strong resistance so, as usual, staying in a happy place generally is helpful because it gives you that added buffer of time before the avalanche of resistance falls on you :)

Having said all that, I have had "intuitions" that have been incredibly strong and clear, and have lasted a long time (several months, for example) but I don't think we tend to label that as "intutition" but rather "inspiration".


answered 09 Sep '12, 04:59

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@Stingray- Thanks for sharing this. Quickly, it is better to act oninspiration/ intuition before one gets stuck into mental 'analysis parlysis'? OR Does analysing your thinking regarding the intuition lead to paths pointing to beliefs that need to be cleared up? Hmm...

(09 Sep '12, 05:22) Nikulas

@Stingray- Great answer. I like those examples you give of training your intuition muscle. I think treating all this stuff like a playful game as you do is the only way. Thanks:)

(09 Sep '12, 05:29) Satori

@Nikulas - I think it depends on whether you are inside or outside the Vortex. If you are in the Vortex then you can safely act upon any intuition immediately without analysis. If you are outside the Vortex, you might want to think twice...I often give the example of fights I used to find myself in because I followed an impulse (to strike a blow) when outside the Vortex. One could debate whether that was really intuition but I sure felt like doing it :) As always, Vortex first :)

(09 Sep '12, 05:33) Stingray

@Stingray- Here we go with the fight stories again :P

Perhaps because I am still new to acting on inspirations, I find I can only tap into my intution when I am boldly inside my vortex, but it appears from your comment that you have developed enough skill to use it in various forms, as listed above in little games, even when not in the vortex. The more I practise, the more natural and successful it shall seem. Cool, I understand, appreciate it sir :)

(09 Sep '12, 05:39) Nikulas

@Nikulas - I think @Satori nailed it above when he said "treating all this stuff like a playful game". It's really the key to all vibrational stuff. Hard, determined, serious effort seems to backfire. Light, easy, fun, playfulness is what yields reliable results in all aspects of manifesting. After all, we project ourselves into physical reality for the fun of it so when we have fun, we then naturally realign with that broader aspect of ourselves.

(09 Sep '12, 05:48) Stingray

@Nikulas - I totally agree with @Stingray. Taking the seriousness out of every single topic of my life has been a real breakthrough for me and something I always overlooked because it was too simple:)

(09 Sep '12, 05:54) Satori

@Satori and @Stingray- There should be a seriousness emotion on the emotional guidance scale. Do either of you think that seriousness plays any more active role in correlation with where you are on the EGS? Or is it more of a permanent, life deciding mindset- to live your life playfully?

(09 Sep '12, 05:58) Nikulas

@Nikulas- Once you start spending more time in the Vortex it's easy to see what topics of your life your being serious  about, for me a least. They really start to stick out. Using Stingrays's Focus Blocks Vortex Entry Method every morning has helped me become a bit more relaxed and playful about life without having to Decide I'm going to be. Having a method to get in the Vortex every morning or as close as, is what I would recommend" :)

(09 Sep '12, 06:25) Satori

Good morning, all. :) @Stingray, thank you, this is helpful. I was a bit concerned that my question would not make sense to people, because it it so specific to how my own mind works, and I didn't know if that's got anything to do with how other people's minds work.

Bummer that I still don't seem likely to untangle what I've already got, but prevention is better than a cure, anyway. :)

It's funny, but some of the examples you gave of how you exercise your intuition are familiar to me...

(09 Sep '12, 09:55) Grace

...During the day, I'll often get a "feeling" that someone is thinking about me. I don't want to creep anyone out, but I often have a thought of one of you, and I'll turn on the computer and see that you have been addressing me personally. For some reason, very often the time stamp on the comment or answer will be 3 minutes ago. I love that. I also have noticed that the answers that I write here that people seem to like the best are the ones I wrote without a clue as to what I was going to...

(09 Sep '12, 09:57) Grace

...say when I started. It's often when I'm sleepy or "zoning out", but want to contribute - I feel that I have something to say, but not sure what it is. Many of my answers start off as comments, because I only meant to offer a little support or encouragement or a "me too".

I haven't been consciously practicing, though, as with calls and the time and such. I will do that. Feeling like my higher self has something to say that I'm not hearing is frustrating! Thank you again. :)

(09 Sep '12, 10:00) Grace

@Satori - Top of the morning to you. :) I think treating all this stuff like a playful game as you do is the only way. I agree. I really get nowhere when I try it any other way, only more and more tangled up. Gotta lighten up, even when it's important to me, somehow....

(09 Sep '12, 10:05) Grace

@Nikulas - I think that's interesting; where the heck is seriousness on the EGS? I live a lot of my life there. (I know, working on it.) :)

(09 Sep '12, 10:07) Grace

@Grace @Satori There was a great piece in the Ken Maclean channellings about if you have a problem just try laughing about it. And Ken sort of says the things that most people would say ... are you mad, don't be ridiculous, that's not going to solve anything ...but sometimes, when I remember to do it, I do just laugh about things and it is amazing how laughable all of my problems are ultimately!

(10 Sep '12, 09:15) Catherine

@Catherine- If you assign a positive meaning to an issue/situation, this will produce a positive experience for you. If you assign a negative meaning to an issue/situation, this will produce a negative/situation experience for you :)

(10 Sep '12, 09:41) Satori

@Catherine - true that! I like this advice. It is an hilarious mental picture... I think of myself chasing after my own tail (thoughts), feverishly karate chopping table edges when I catch one I don't like, maniacally chanting "i am where i am and i'm ok, i am where i am and i'm ok" LOL! Oh if people could see what's going on behind my eyes, harmless as I am, it would terrify them! :D Thanks for the laugh, our @Catherine.

(10 Sep '12, 09:44) Grace
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Add my two cents..Kind of along the lines of Stingrays answer I usually flip back to a TV program when it's a commercial break right at the start of the program .Never really put a label on it .But now that we have brought it up. Going to pay more attention to when the feeling is similar ..


answered 09 Sep '12, 10:05

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@Ursixx, looks like if we do pay more attention to what we're already doing we'll develop it more. Attract it more too, now that I think of it hmmm.

(09 Sep '12, 19:11) Grace

I used to have really good intuition. Then one day, I noticed that instead of having good intuition, I was paralyzed with fear. Somewhere along the line, fear slipped in. In looking back over the years, even though I had some extreme situations, I never really felt fear until I was in an abusive relationship. At first, I wasn't even afraid of him, I thought I could fix him. So it must have been the process that abusers use that turned me fearful.

However, I have found it to be very damaging to go digging around in the past, so I will only go back on the surface. The more time we spend in the past, or future, the less time we spend in the present Now.

It is when we are fully present Now that we have access to All that is, including intuition. You didn't say what kinds of competing thoughts and strong emotions it is that gets all tangled up in your intuition, but I suspect that it is fear. Fear that things won't go right. Fear that someone will get hurt or worse. When we look around and see all the dangers in the world and all the scary people, etc... It makes it real. And scary. I don't watch the news, too scary. So if we use fear as our guide, we numb our intuitive muscles and our intuition weakens as fear takes over disguised as intuition.

Since we create our reality with our beliefs, then it is our beliefs that are responsible for all of the fear and fearful thoughts. If you practice these things I explain here, you will find that fear has no place Now. This article by Bruce Lipton explains the biology of the Law of Attraction in a nutshell.

In writing this, I didn't go looking, I noticed a couple of beliefs that I must have to attract the scary situations I did without being afraid. First, I must have the belief that the world is scary or dangerous. The second belief I must have to not be afraid in the scary dangerous world is that I am above harm, I am invincible or that I am strong enough to handle anything. I can see how these beliefs attract opportunities to demonstrate these beliefs. So I must counter these beliefs with supporting beliefs. I will change them to, I am safe, this world is friendly. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If I am safe, then I don't need to be able to protect myself. I envision a bubble of safety around me that I can move care free and be safe and free. I am always in the right place at the right time for good things to happen.


answered 10 Sep '12, 11:03

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Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess, thank you for this thoughtful answer. I hadn't thought about it, but yes, the thoughts and emotions that block or confuse my intuition are all about fear. In the instance I was thinking of when I wrote the question, I feel afraid to get it wrong. If I do, I won't like the consequences...

(10 Sep '12, 13:07) Grace

...One thing that just occurred to me, is that I can go ahead and go with what I think my intuition is telling me, but I don't have to act on it till I know for sure. (?) I'm not sure how that would ever happen, though, and does keep me paralyzed in fear.

Still, if I promise myself I don't have to act, it should remove the fear and allow me to pick up the intuition on that subject again, don't you think?

(10 Sep '12, 13:07) Grace

If you learn to recognize and eliminate fear, it cannot tangle in your intuition. Here are tips on staying in the vortex where you are in alignment with your intuition. http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/55844/whats-your-secret-to-consistent-happiness/55851 See #'s 4, 8, 13, 17, 18, 21, 24, 27

(10 Sep '12, 13:54) Fairy Princess
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