Big Decision? Use your intuition.

You are at a crossroads.  You’re considering two (or more) paths and can’t decide which is the best way to go and you feel overwhelmed.  Thankfully, I have some good news!  You are profoundly intuitive and you can use your intuition to make important decisions with ease.

The scenario: you have a huge decision to make.  You’re standing at the precipice of profound life changes and the stakes are high.  Your future happiness hangs in the balance.  You call your Mom for advice and she  “just wants you to be happy sweetheart”.  You spend hours lamenting to your best friend at your favorite cafe and drink three green tea lattes which frays your jittery nerves even more.   You make a pro and con list. You pore over articles on the internet searching for some clue as to what direction you should go in and make no progress; you still can’t decide.  Confusion reigns. Inertia sets in.

Your ego mind wants to present  you with “logic”:  concerns, responsibilities, other people’s desires and expectations. Your ego mind wants to trumpet fear, resistance, perfectionism and limitation onto your awareness (hardly the recipe for successful decision making).

If you’re in this place, with the clock ticking down, take a breath, grab a notepad  and roll up your sleeves. Help is at hand, in fact it is in YOUR hands.  Why not use all of the information that is available?  Don’t discount the power of your intuition when it comes to navigating life’s biggest challenges.

Begin by writing down all the potential worst case scenarios you associate with your decision; you know the one –  you end up destitute, alone and loveless, awaiting the day they find your body,  half of your face eaten off by your cat Señor Purrington.  I’m kidding, but I can relate because I have a monkey-mind too, and it can conjure up the worst of the worst.  I learned how to worry from professionals. By the way, worry is insidious and completely unnecessary.  Now –  don’t hold back,  let loose and let your ego/fear mind run wild.  Once you’ve exhumed all of the potential disasters, thank the Debbie Downer in your head for sharing and swiftly send her away for some R&R.

An option for working with the list you have just created is to make friends with all of the worst case scenarios and write down how each one could actually be good for your life.  It’s a technique I learned from a wonderful coach and has provided me a lot of insight.  That’s another post;  today we want to focus on accessing our intuition in times like this.

When you’re finished stand up – walk around the room or even take a walk outside and become aware of your surroundings.  When you come back in, sit in a different spot than the one you were sitting in before.  We’ve cleared your mental deck of  any monkey-mind distractions (for the time being) and now the fun can begin!

Mindful practice is our next step.  Find a comfortable seat and prepare to meditate. How you do it does not have to be complicated, you can simply follow your breath.  One easy meditation exercise I enjoy is to inhale for a count of 5, hold for 3, exhale for a count of 8. The counting will give your mind something to do, because sitting silently can be hard for us Westerners to do.  A mantra, word or prayer can also be a helpful way to keep your mind occupied.  One I enjoy is:  “Om Namah Shivaya”  (I bow to the divine self). Do 10 or more rounds or a minimum of 5 minutes.  Go longer if you like, up to 15 minutes. If your attention wanders, gently bring it back to your breath or your mantra.

When you’re finished with your meditation session you’ll notice a place of clarity and clear-headedness.  This is the perfect time to access your intuition for guidance.

Voice your request for more information by asking: “What do I need to know about this decision?” or “Show me the next step for bringing my desires into reality.”  Tune into your body and become aware of the sensations you’re feeling – your ego mind typically resides in your head, and will create energy there.  Your intuition will largely reside in your torso, your gut,  or your solar plexus area and often brings with it a sense of peace, inspiration, and joy.

A technique I use to access what my intuition is automatic writing, or stream of consciousness writing.  I hold each potential scenario in mind and then begin to write about each one, unfiltered.  You may find that a lot of conscious mind and surface level thoughts come through at first – keep writing.  You will soon find that deeper level information is coming through and that’s your intuition at play.

Use all of your senses and imagine what each path might be like if you were to choose it.  Feel, see, taste, touch, sense and experience.  Notice how your body feels when you visualize each possibility.  Relaxed? Restricted? Tight? Joyful?  Expansive? Peaceful?  Abundant? Fearful? Excited? Refreshed?  Depressed?  Drained?  Did you get a strong sense of yes or no about each possibility from your body and your intuition?  (Hint: the scenario that makes you feel the most positive is typically the path that will bring you the most happiness).

To take this a step further, (especially if you’re deciding on a new career path) you can write about your ideal day.  It’s very simple.  Imagine that you have embarked on your new career path and envision your day from the time you wake until the time you go to sleep.  Delve into every detail that comes to mind:  what you are wearing, tasting, smelling, feeling, hearing, and sensing.  Where do you go?  What do you do?  Who do you see? Allow your mind to run with this and do NOT edit yourself.  No filters!

The work you did earlier should have calmed your mind enough to dive in, but if any skeptical thoughts creep in, do not listen.  Your job is to visualize and imagine, nothing else.  Do not engage in thoughts about whether or not your dream day is possible, just write.  Do nothing but let your thoughts run free, secure in the knowledge that this is your ideal day and it is possible.

After you have completed the writing portion, come back to your body and the room that you’re in and feel the power of the possibilities that you just accessed.  Recognize it and remember that your intuition is enormous and guides you towards taking inspired action towards living the life you most want to live.  Go back and review the questions from above – what came through for you as you visualized your ideal day?  What did you experience?

When I have done this exercise in the past,  I have been delighted that I have met people and been in situations that I visualized. People, places and things presented themselves, in the exact manner that I wrote them down doing this exercise.  At best you will have accessed a divine road map to the potentials in your future, and at the very least you will have given voice to your desires, which changes your energy by virtue of simply acknowledging them. When you gain clarity about what you want you can empower yourself to take inspired action towards your goals.

In truth, anything you can imagine for yourself is possible and in the words of my favorite author, Richard Bach:  “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”

I’d love to hear about your experiences with this, and how this works for you in your decision making process.  If you enjoyed this – please send to a friend who could use a little help making a big decision.

As always, I’m with you on the journey.