Category Archives: Developing Intuition

The Empath's Survival Guide by Dr. Judith Orloff

Advice for Intuitive Empaths: Tips for Expunging Negative Energy

According to psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff, there is an epidemic of low energy and exhaustion felt by intuitive empaths.

An intuitive empath is an individual who is highly sensitive and tunes in extra-strength to the emotions of others. As a result, it’s easy to become overly engaged or overwhelmed.

Dr. Orloff is often asked for advice on how people can stop absorbing the negative energy of other people. She’s developed a short checklist of self-love and mindfulness techniques she readily encourages empaths to employ.

Signs of an Intuitive Empath

Woman on BeachA few questions to ask yourself when determining whether or not you are an empath include:

  • Have you been labeled “highly sensitive” by family and friends over the course of your life?
  • Do you prefer to recharge your energy levels by yourself rather than with others?
  • are you sensitive to smells, excessive talking, or loud sounds?
  • do you prefer to drive yourself to ensure you have a means of leaving quickly if you feel necessary?

Dr. Orloff, an empath herself, recognizes the derogatory context of being labeled “highly sensitive,” but ensures that being an empath is a positive thing. While an influx of negative emotions from others can leave an empath feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, being surrounded by positive energy and feelings boosts the peace and love felt by an empath. What’s needed is a guide for empath’s to protect themselves from the negative energy of “energy vampires.”

How an Empath Can Protect His/Her Energy

There are three basic but fundamental things an empath can do to protect his or herself from negative energy. They are:

  • practicing breathing techniques to breathe out negative energy from overly stimulating or less sensitive people;
  • practicing meditation by sitting quietly for three minutes and centering one’s self and pushing negative energy out of the system; and
  • setting firm but kind boundaries with people to avoid being “walked on” by others or left feeling overwhelmed.

Dr. Orloff assures empaths that by following these simple self-love and mindfulness techniques, the preservation of positive energy can be had.

Psychiatrist & Empath Dr. Judith Orloff

Dr. OrloffAuthor of several bestselling books—including Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life (Three Rivers Press), Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness (Three Rivers Press), Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love (Three Rivers Press), and Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How To Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom (Three Rivers Press)—Dr. Orloff also blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She is a well-respected psychiatrist who blends the fields of intuition and energy medicine with modern psychiatry in order to have a more holistic perspective to one’s wellbeing.

As a strong advocate for the interconnection between physical, emotional, and spiritual health, Dr. Orloff offers a free newsletter called Emotional Freedom & Intuition through her website [drjudithorloff.com]. Her wisdom on intuition and emotional health can also be experienced through her YouTube channel.

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On Being Authentic: A Visual Meditation & Free Online Course

Non-profit organization Global Mindshifts seeks to inspire a global dialogue that focuses collective interests and collective objectives to foster creative cooperation.

Change comes about from motivation, and motivation can come from many sources—such as our selves, our families, and our communities.

To find motivation within our selves, we must start an intimate conversation about our true, authentic being and intended purpose.

The following is a transcription of a visual meditation on being authentic created and narrated by Virginia Fitton for Global Mindshifts.

Meditation: Being Authentic

Rocks and Flowing WaterBe authentic: So, to begin, let’s try to get our minds around the words be authentic. What does that really mean, be authentic? Be real? What does that mean? Be genuine? What does that mean? Be your true nature?

As you look at the words be authentic you see that it’s addressing a perennial question: who am I really?

And the word authentic is related to the word author, originator.

And is there an original intent, purpose, an authentic purpose, something that you were designed originally to be?

Be authentic.

An Acorn Seed & Potential of Possibility

A Sprouting Acorn Begins to GrowI brought a seed. Look at it. What do you see? It’s an acorn, and all acorns are similar. They have an identity. And each one is unique: there are no two alike.

Look deep. Is there something embedded in the acorn, already there? A true nature? An original intent and purpose?

This acorn seed has the potential of possibility of becoming an oak tree. It has no choice about it. It cannot be a carrot. It cannot be a tomato. It can become an oak tree if it is in right relationship. In right relationship to the earth, to air, water, and sun. And if it is not in right relationship it eventually decays.

Now, what is your authentic nature? Do you have one? Is there something already written into the seed of your very being? Is there a design already given, already there that is in the essence of who you are? If it’s something that you have no choice about, it’s a given, something that you are originally supposed to become.

Becoming authentic.

Being in Right Relationship

Perhaps your authentic nature is to become as loving as the system that produced you. And what does being in right relationship have to do with it?

Right relationship with the earth, right relationship with others, right relationship to yourself.

What are the consequences of not being in right relationship?

We are certainly presented with an evolutionary challenge, an emergent challenge to become authentic.

Follow Along, Listen to Being Authentic Meditation

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Learning Into a Process for Expanding Awareness

The following question to and answer from Alana provides insight into the power of intention.

When we direct our intention through our attentive focus on actions like prayer or working with healing modalities it gives us opportunity to learn how to work with all facets of our being.

In this instance, the questioner is concerned that her body’s responses are not to be fully trusted.

Question for Alana: When I sit in a temple, or I move into a state of prayer, or even when I do something like Reiki or Pranayama my body responds in an unusual way.

My head or whole body begins to sway in circular fashion. The feeling is beautiful, but people around me do not feel comfortable as they think something strange has taken me over, or something has a hold of me.

Sometimes my body even trembles or shakes. I can also get very emotional. All this is beautiful for me but it is not acceptable to my family and peers. Can you please explain what may be happening to me, and if this is a distraction that keeps me from following my path.

Opening to Greater Spiritual Energy

Waves of EnergyAlana’s Answer: This is a wonderful question! The act of focusing the mind on a specific intent like when in prayer, or when practicing a healing technique can create physical responses in your body.

A sensation of calmness, or a feeling of lightness is very common when we enter mild trance states. Some individuals notice additional physical changes.

For example, the practice of meditation builds on one’s ability to quiet the mind and move their awareness to a peaceful state, free from external distractions. When centering the body and letting go the active state of consciousness relaxes and a higher perception begins to open to greater spiritual energy. It is not uncommon for the body to physically respond in some way to facilitate the release of any stress, or blocked energy to support this higher intent.

Some people perceive this shift we can call “letting go” as a transformative state that frees us up to expand into a greater awareness of our higher self and eventually the nature of universal love. The more expanded we become the deeper the trance state.

When we fill ourselves up with spirit (or whatever name you choose) our higher awareness guides us while in this trance and we can begin to consciously sense our connection to: universal love, the void, all that is, emptiness and fullness, universal intelligence, god, divine light and information, or as a quantum theorist might state, the zero point field.

Are all Physical Sensations Blocked Energy?

Flowing EnergyThere are different schools of thought on how to facilitate this shift. And there are also different perceptions on how to work with the release of any physical blocks, or bodily responses.

A meditator might determine the physical responses are necessary as they occur, but to not focus on them because that keeps the mind actively engaged in the physical world. An energy healer might sense the response as validation that something is shifting, and use it to heighten the receptivity to intuitive information. Yet, an individual who is working with an energy medicine modality or a consciousness technique may interpret it as “entanglement” and use the state to promote change and transformation.

I think the key is to “allow” and not judge that anything is wrong but ask for greater insight. We all channel and receive information; we enter into trance states all the time. Some people will notice when they “drop down,” or “expand their awareness,”  or connect to a higher power such as in prayer. Their body will respond. This is wonderful because your nature is wanting you to notice a change. When we notice something different it allows us to move past what we know into resourceful states.

Creating a Resourceful State

A few great questions to ask when physical body responses accompany an intention to help or heal are:

  • How can this be useful?
  • What am I wanting to learn?
  • How can this help me facilitate my intention?

Heart CenterThen follow the guidance you receive. There is nothing to fear. Your connected nature is conspiring on your behalf and the person, issue, or intent of which you are focusing. All you need to do is remain centered in your heart, while listening to the answers that come to your mind. This is called heart/mind listening!

When you hear the answers with your heart open you will remain connected to your higher awareness and the physical responses will be useful and not become a distraction.

So dear one, do not fear how your body is responding. If you are moving blocked energy to allow you to expand, that is good! Let it move. If you doing energy work and have a physical response then allow greater intuitive guidance to flow through you. And if you are working with a consciousness technology, like an energy medicine technique the physics term called “entanglement” is a natural phenomena where we experience our connection to all that is.

The more you work with the above questions, the more you will perceive how wise and brilliant your body is, and how it’s response wants to guide you.

Love and Intuition Book is a Guide for Learning Your Love Type

Love and Intuition: A Psychic’s Guide to Creating Lasting Love (Llewellyn Publications) is a journey into the world of love and all that comes with it.

While many of us wander aimlessly day-to-day without knowing what will come next and how to find the love of our lives, Sherrie Dillard attests that we really can bring love into our lives—we just need a bit of guidance.

And Love and Intuition offers that guidance.

What’s Your Predominate Intuitive Sense?

Sherrie Dillard PictureDillard’s first book, Discover Your Psychic Type: Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition (Llewellyn Publications), provides guidance for readers to connect more deeply to their intuition by discovering which sense is their predominate intuitive guide. This way, they can learn to follow their inner guidance better and faster.

One reader stated:

Discover Your Psychic Type uses a Myers Briggs-like examination of your own inherent psychic abilities as one caring friend might accompany another. I found this book to be not only an enjoyable read, but one I will actually re-read and study for its fresh, encouraging, and effective approach to spiritual development. —Ruth M. Miller

You Can Attract Love

Love and Intuition is a quite amazing book, and you don’t have to read Dillard’s first book to benefit from this one. This 333 page, soft-cover book opens the mind’s eye to the revelation that we can all truly attract to our lives what we desire—even in the often confusing world of love.

With a little guidance to get you started, Love and Intuition will give you the start you need to uncover your authentic self and innate qualities. As you uncover the root of your essence you’ll begin to understand what you want in a partner.

Discover Your Personal Love Type

In this unique look into creating lasting love, Dillard first teaches the reader about their own selves—a real key in identifying love that lasts. Dillard claims that we are all intuitive; we are all psychic to one degree or another.

In Love and Intuition, Dillard gives real life ways for readers to understand just what kind of intuitive they are. She explains this as what kind of love type you are.

Which are you? Dillard explains the following love types then gives you tools to make an assessment of yourself:

  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Mental

Love and Intuition BookcoverFirst know yourself, then comes your partner. Once you understand through Dillard’s light and easy-to-understand descriptions which love type you are and the love type your partner is, life will start getting interesting.

Applying what Dillard teaches you once you know your love type is the fun part. She provides exercises, examples, real life scenarios, visualizations, and even meditations to grow and nurture your love with that someone special.

All of what you’ll learn in these easy to understand and apply love lessons is based on your personal love type.

Love and Intuition also includes personal, light-hearted accounts from some of Dillard’s clients’ experiences relating to love, fidelity, sex, passion, intimacy, and other common relationship challenges.

When you open the pages of Love and Intuition you’ll intuitively feel the magic that waits for your relationship jump off the pages. This book is filled with insight, wisdom, and unique skills that promise to bring you the relationship of your dreams.

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Heightening Intuition Through Open Observation and a Loving Intent

Question for Alana: I work with the mentally ill in health care and I was wondering how I can better use my intuition to work with this population.

My duties vary from helping people to understand the mind-body connection in their medical problem or healing from an injury, pain management, overcoming depression to working with someone with very severe illness such as schizophrenia.

How can I connect the science and spirit to better assist the patients I work with? Thanks very much

Alana’s Answer: Thank your for your sensitive and caring question!

It is wonderful how your being has showed up in a health profession with such a deep intent to make a difference.

By acknowledging your internal aspects that drew you to this vocation it feeds the ability to receive intuitive guidance. When we are in the act of appreciation we feed the essence of that which we appreciate and the essence of others.

Open Observation & Loving Encouragement

You already have a sense of how to connect to each of your clients you are counseling as you listen to how they show up during your sessions.

Through “open observation,” (being present with each person with a loving intent) you hold a connection where each of your clients will feel the space that invites them to be present.

When a person is “lovingly seen” a great gift is offered that helps to create this safe space for clients to show up just as they are, while also engaging the observer’s intuitive senses.

After the space is established, next extend loving encouragement by acknowledging something that you sense about them. This furthers to deepens the connection. An invisible connection supports the safe space and moves the shared space into a zone of potential. This is when magical occurrences can happen in this shared state.

By catalyzing the connection through unattached observation a door to transformation can open. Oftentimes, it is subtle states that create the biggest opportunities for the emergence of change to occur.

Intuitive Sensing

State Versus Technique

Notice how this instruction has little to do with giving you a labeled technique to deepen your intuition. It is more about noticing what you already have within as you show up in each given moment. Your state of observation combined with a passionate heart is what awakens intuitive senses to notice and perceive more right brain input.

It is also useful to remember that we are all teaching each other all of the time.

We are entangled in a web of love…which is the sameness that we all share where we can all freely interact with no harm.

Coming to the Present Moment

Calming touch is also a great way to help people center, while connecting through the eyes.

Touch and eye contact can bring people to the present moment. Sometimes, if even for just a second, loving touch and eye contact can break a pattern to allow some type of useful reorganization.

Sense how your compassionate heart and loving touch can connect with your eyes. Together they support you in filtering information from your intuitive senses (information shared between you and your client).

So much is communicated and transferred through this gentle state of connection.

These subtle and simple interactions that invite deeper awareness may support the lovely work and intent you have to help those who are experiencing these physically based challenges.

You may also find through teaching others how to be present through loving intent and observation that they can also be a catalyst for creating healing space for themselves and others, too.

Each day science is becoming more aware and proving the importance of conscious intention, perception, and the power of love. By seeking what is holistic and useful it offers a path to transform our reality and engage with our intuitive senses.

Thank you for your lovely question.

–Alana