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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.

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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

Second Sight by Judith Orloff, M.D.

“To listen only to the mind and not the soul is insanity.” These are the words spoken by psychiatrist Judith Orloff and this theory is what her book Second Sight is all about; learning to listen to and trust intuition.

As a student of traditional Western medicine Orloff learned first hand, from the perspective of a practitioner not a patient, about the serious hazards of Western medicine.

Her quote says it all and addresses just how most often Western medicine indeed does treat the patient.

The Silencing of Intuition Starts Early in Life

Dr. Judith Orloff, MDSecond Sight follows Orloff’s story from a young child with strong intuitions that were silenced by a scientific minded family.

Then Orloff continues on sharing the process of the last decade “coming out of the closet” with her intuitive healing instincts.

The Blocking of the Intuition/Mind Connection

Orloff is now proud to tell others she uses not just her intelligent, educated mind to treat her patients but also relies heavily on her intuition, that gut feeling that tells her what is really going on with her patients (and in her own personal life.)

When any type of treatment focuses on only one part of the whole it is not optimal.

In the case of Western medicine we silence the intuition and instinct with pharmaceuticals to “heal” the ills of patients. Doctors teach patients to ignore their bodies own vital clues and delay life saving treatments.

Orloff thinks we can do better.

Relearning How to Listen to Intuition

In her 12 chapter, 384 page book, Second Sight, Orloff invites you to join her on her own personal journey of re-learning to trust her intuition.

In the second half of Second Sight she teaches the reader how to develop and nurture their own intuition.

Intuition is often written off, especially in scientific fields, as “silly” or “nonsense.” Orloff explains how she learned to dismiss the common criticism and use her intuition to improve her own life and the lives of her patients.

We all have intuition, it can’t be taken away from us by others, or stolen in the dark of night, it only disappears when we choose to stop listening to it. But when we’re ready to listen to it again, it is there waiting for us.

Orloff contends that using your intuition to guide you through life really makes life worth living.

She explains by her own experiences of how much comfort, knowledge, and direction she has gained both personally and professionally by doing just that – following her intuition.

Second Sight with Calm Your Soul

Second Sight has a calming, gentle feeling that comes with reading it. I like how Orloff shares her own intimate life details with the reader freely and openly.

She tells the reader of her own doubts and personal shortcomings. She even tells how she was ashamed of her own intuition and what it took to overcome those fears.

Six Ways to Grow Your Intuition

In addition Second Sight teaches the reader how to look for signals from your own intuition.

Orloff gives six ways to develop and grow your intuitive abilities to improve your life. From reading your own dreams with meanings to checking in with your body to find out if anything needs attention, Orloff offers easy ways to tap into your own intuition.

Judith Orloff, MD

Orloff has published several New York Time’s bestsellers and has had her work profiled on numerous television stations (NPR, CNN, NBC News, A & E, Lifetime, CBS Early Show, USA Today, PBS, and O Magazine.)

She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, too.

Second Sight Book CoverYou can feel her spirit come through in truth and wisdom in Second Sight. Orloff is brave to state her beliefs and continue to follow her own intuition in teaching both patients and physicians to use their intuitive senses in both their professional and personal lives.

Orloff explains that it took her seven years to write Second Sight as she was in fear of many stigmas that would be attached to her in her highly scientific medical community.

Bravo Judith Orloff for stating what so many feel and so many others know to be true!

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Watching for Red Flags: What is a Spiritual Advisor’s Role?

Question for Alana: I need some guidance.

I have spoken to a spiritual guide over the phone who tells me that I will have deceit occur but not on a relationship level.

She stated that I am an old soul who is meant to have a hard life and she feels that I do not want to hear this. Of course I don’t.

I told her I had a difficult childhood and she said that she has had a difficult life! This is what life is about.

I am meant to have a one-on-one reading with her tomorrow and she says I will need a box of tissues. What should I do?

Help, please. I have felt very odd since speaking to this person on the phone. I feel very anxious because I suffer from anxiety.

Alana’s Answer: Greetings dear one, and thank you for offering your question and the sharing of your concerns.

Almost everyone has times in their lives where seeking an outside guide can help us sort through our confusions. Seeking council can be very wise at times when it is difficult to feel grounded and centered, or when facing important decisions.

It is also very wise to select that council based on their ability to empower through heartfelt awareness. All to often an advisors’ facade presents the illusion that they have greater insights into the life of another.

Trusting Gut Level Feelings

You experienced an odd feeling after talking with this person, and rightly so.

Your gut level feelings, which are connected to your intuition, are trying to tell you something. Sometimes our intuition speaks softly and then when we don’t realize or understand, our intuition this gentle voice or feeling has to learn how to speak louder. This escalation can move our body senses from feeling odd to feeling quite anxious.

So dear one, trust your feelings because they are within you to point you to what you value and what is truly important to your heart.

A previous questioner was feeling uneasy about visiting a Tarot card reader … one insight that was shared is:

The spiritual advisors’ purpose is not to tell you what to do, make judgments of you, or decide for you. It is really about facilitating you to follow your own heart.

(Please click the link above and read the full question and answer to understand the context of the definition.)

From the little bit you shared about the spiritual guide you spoke to on the phone it is apparent that this advisors’ guidance is presented through filters that are not the clearest or most helpful.

Alana will try to explain.

Watching for Red Flags

Red Flag Alert You have heard the term, “red flag,” yes…used as a signal to be on alert? In your statement above there are a few red flags.

The guide’s comment that you will have deceit occur is the first red flag and let Alana explain why.

You see, a spiritual guide who speaks from the heart would never predict an outcome of another. For we all have potentials, possibilities, and probabilities, depending on how much vested energy we have spun from our various levels of being.

We live in a world with many souls and situations surrounding us, so there is always a possibility that we may experience deception, just as there is always a possibility that we may experience support and encouragement. It is our own perspective and attachments that move possibilities into potential outcomes, or probabilities.

The clearer we become in our hearts while trusting in our innate power to turn toward that which we choose to create the less likely we will encounter an event or circumstance that leaves us without the wisdom and knowledge to be aware in any given moment. Even if in that moment we are surrounded by what our mind may judge as a negative outcome.

What is the Most Useful Story?

What this means is that focusing on deception as a probability invites it to become our story. We make up stories all the time, but you must ask … “Is this story useful?” Was you guide’s suggestion the most useful suggestion that could have been made to you? A guides’ role is to support you in determining what is your most useful story.

ButtonThe next red flag is the comment that living life is meant to be hard. Again, that is a story, or a meme that many collectively have agreed upon. This is the definition of a meme:

An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means.

A meme is a passed on belief. And beliefs can become mantras. You may want to ask yourself if that declaration is the most useful belief to have. I think not.

Humanity does often learn by contrast, yes … but is that a law of the universe, or a secret code inscribed to the living? No … life can be filled with bliss as soon as a distinction is made to what bliss is!

Also, often you here the term … “Well it’s my Karma.” Again, karma is a type of measurement of cause and effect when attachment and duality are present. It is not a universal truth.

Otherwise, bad things would never happen to good people, nor would good things happen to bad people. What happens in our lives has a direct relationship to our multi-dimensionalities, desired experiences and the amount of attention and intention we fuel with our mind/heart connection. You are a creator of your life and have vast unrealized powers.

Intuitive Listening

Lastly, Alana would like to suggest that you take some time to explore your own intuitive knowing. The body is a wonderful gauge for sensing our intuition.

Chatting on the PhoneHave you ever felt an urge to call someone on the phone only to find they were just thinking about you? When you asked, “Why did I call at that moment?” the answer you most likely received is that you “just” felt like you needed to.

So begin to trust your feelings. Begin to learn more how your intuitive senses move within you. Developing one’s intuition is just like experiencing exercise; the more you do it the better at it and stronger you become.

A guess would be that the anxiety you sometimes feel, and the odd sensation you had are signals that you have a grand intuitive resource within that is just waiting to guide you! Anxiousness can at times be our nature wanting us to pay attention to the wisdom of our inner knowing.

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Developing Your Intuition – Learn How to Balance Your Mind & Heart

Here’s a question we received regarding our intuition training course that helps with developing intuition.

Kirk VandenBerghe provides insight into balancing heart and mind.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A session.

Jennifer: I really need help with the “heart” aspect. My main challenge at the moment is identifying when I’m “in heart,” and knowing how to open up to my heart and its intelligence. I’ve read the six steps to intuition in your “Developing Your Intuition” eBook and have done it a few times, but I feel like I’m a bit off the planet when I do this; out of touch with reality.

Are there certain indicators that can let me know when I’m really coming from a heart space, as opposed to a head space or a “needy” space? My biggest challenge is to identify this so I can manifest what my heart really wants, not what I think I want in my head. I get so confused.

The Flower of Intuition Blooms from Fallow Ground

Kirk: I love how you phrased, “…open up to my heart and its intelligence.” Entering altered states of consciousness and the subsequent shift in really will really help.

Love your “head.” It just wants to help. When you ask a question and your mind provides an answer, just thank that aspect of your being for its contribution. Mind is used to being the provider of answers.

Love all aspects of your being that seem to be “needy.” You have needs and wants and desires. Allow them to exist. Give them space to be. (Not space to run your life…space to be.)

My suggestion is to give yourself permission to play with learning to develop your intuition. See if you can play with temporarily setting aside the important questions in life, like what your heart truly wants. Instead, begin with play and keep things fun and light.

Act “As If” You Can

Learn to run through the first five “Developing Intuition” steps quickly:

  1. Grounding
  2. Centering & Releasing
  3. Affirming
  4. Aligning
  5. Asking

Don’t worry about doing these steps perfectly. Just pretend that you can do them quickly. Act “as if” you can. After some practice doing the first five steps slowly, you’ll be able to do them in one slow, deep breath in…and out…

Then you can finish the sixth step of “receiving” as you once again breathe in…

Breathe in the answer. This is your receiving.

Here are some example areas of life where you can play:

  • When your phone rings, sense the energy and ask yourself who is calling. Your receiving (the sixth step) is what you guess as the answer. See if you can let go of having to get the “right” answer. Just enjoy noticing what you receive.
  • When you see an email message from someone, sense the energy of the message and ask what they’re writing about. Your receiving (again, the sixth step) is what you feel is the answer.

Intuition and Breathing

As Natural As Your Breath

The first four steps are about dropping down into a resourceful state of consciousness. Then your intention is engaged on the fifth step when you form your asking. Your awareness is engaged in your receiving. Asking and receiving are as natural as breathing in…out…and back in…

By playing with asking and receiving in areas of life that do not hold for you strong significance, you can bypass the fears of success and/or failure, along with many other beliefs about possibility, capability, deserving, meaning, etc.

Again, when your mind offers an answer, note it and express your gratitude for having a mind that is responsive. Don’t scold your mind. It’s just trying to participate and help. If you like, invite your head to join in the adventure of developing intuition.

What If My Head Just Makes It Up?

Now I will address the essence of your question by rephrasing it: How do I know if what I receive is really intuitive information from my heart or just something my head made up? My answer is that the difference is often very subtle. There is a difference, but the distinctions are often quite fine. Don’t let that discourage you. Again, see if you reframe the work of intuitive practice into play.

Start moving through the first five steps quickly…ground, center, release, affirm, align…ask…receive…

As you play, you will begin to notice how your receiving operates. For example, I have great confidence when I see an inner movie that appears a little above eye level and slightly to the left. It has a yellowish color tone (I have no clue why). Through practice (play), I’ve tested what I’ve received and have been able validate the information as accurate. What preceded this ability for me was having a lot of fun making intuitive guesses and noticing my experience.

Intuitive Development Through Play

Engage Your Five Senses (and Beyond)

My example above of seeing an inner movie is primarily visual, but any of our senses can be utilized to intuitively receive information. After you ask…sense…listen…watch…feel…even taste and smell for information.

The kinder you are to your mind and its desires—your beautiful ego—the more these energies of your being will relax and enjoy the sixth step of receiving. You can’t force your mind be quiet.

For example, if you try to shut up an inner voice you’ll probably be using an inner voice! The more you enjoy the first five steps, the quieter your mind will become. The more happy and relaxed your mind, the easier and more natural your receiving will be.

This is heart-mind balance.

Relax Into Receiving

If you like, invest time in playing each day. If you do, you will find that your “guesses” become more accurate. You will build confidence and self-trust. As you grow, you will know when to ask the “bigger” questions that you feel are more important. You’ll build confidence that when you ask…you will receive. Perhaps that’s how the universe works. You will receive. You cannot not receive.

See if you can relax about of how, when, and where you will receive. See if you can relax about what you will receive.

Drop down into your intuitive state. It’s a wonderful state in which to live in. That’s the first four steps. Then…ask (step five)…and…receive (step six)…

There you go, Jennifer. I hope you enjoy the process.

Jennifer: Thank you, Kirk! That was really helpful, and I’m excited to continue practicing and playing. I know that there’s wisdom in side of me (somewhere… 😉