Intuition

Intuition. Gut feeling. Hunch.

But how do you know? How do you know if what you “know” is real or not? And how do you get better at intuition?

Let’s start at the beginning. We’re all born with an inner compass, our intuition. It tells us what is safe and real, and what’s not. Of course our mind is curious, we want to learn, and we do all kind of exciting stupid stuff in order to learn about limits – like putting your finger in a flame (“I wonder what it’ll be like…ouch!”). Learning is good, but intuition is…golden.

Let me come with an example.
One day this summer we had planned to go to the grocery store in the morning. In France outside the cities all public life is having déjeuner, lunch from 12.00 to 14.00 or 14.30, so if you want to get your groceries done, you plan to do it in the morning or after 14 o’clock. “Nnnaaah… I don’t know… I don’t feel we should go now. I feel it’s better to go this afternoon.”
Less than an hour later, a fierce thunderstorm was above the village, lightning struck and our electricity meter caught fire – inside the house. If I had stuck with the plan in my head, obeying the mind, our house would have burnt down. Thanks to honouring intuition and going with the flow we were there to extinguish the fire.

Another, less dramatic example. We were visiting a tiny village not very far from our house, with a public “wash-house” – an open space with a roof, connected to a natural well. In the days before washing machines ( I’m glad to live in this time!) the washing was done here, along with the gossip, I suppose. The water is very drinkable and I enjoyed a cool handful of this refreshing treat, admiring the flowers and listening to the sound of running water.
Suddenly I felt a tickle of…something, pulling at my attention. I followed the direction and arrived at the side of the washing house, with a peaceful pond, laying lower and much less prominent than the well itself. I could sense the Deva of this pond, a water nymph, greeting me and smiling at me, and suddenly I saw how beautiful this space was. It is almost hidden, but very, very…powerful, special, sacred. I was happy to meet with her and will certainly return.

You know when you meet someone new and you get a feeling they’re not trustworthy, and you listen to their sweet talk and you believe them and later…your intuition tells you “I told you so”. Well, it’s about time you, me, we all start taking our intuition seriously! It’s a tricky world we’re living in at the moment, and even though more and more people are waking up, the shadow side is doing all it can to trick itself into power again. The only trustworthy source in these times is your intuition.

So how do you train intuition? Here’s a fun game to play with your kid or a good friend: Play a game of guessing, for instance, one of you will think of a colour – begin with three primary colours, red, yellow and blue. The one thinking of the colour can close their eyes and really intensely see, think and be that colour. The other one does the guessing and then you switch roles.

You can do this with anything: birthday wishes, favourite vacation locations, what you’re hungry for right now etc.

Next time I’ll write about intuition vs. thought. See you then!

 

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Plant Spirit Healing – working together with plant consciousness & why

Next to providing us with oxygen, food and herbal remedies, plants can do more – much more.

If you’ve ever had a walk in the woods and had a secret, silent discussion with a tree, you know what I’m talking about. The same goes for gardening and feeling your attention is being tugged at by a thirsty plant. Plants are sentient beings, just like animals and we humans are.

When I was a little girl, I preferred solitude to crowds (I still do), and often found myself sitting at the root of a great oak tree.
I can’t remember how our relationship began, but I do remember reading fairy tales, as pictograms, from his bark. It was like reading a book with symbolic images. I was eagerly deciphering the story that the oaks’ bark was telling me.

As an adult gardener, my garden plants started to communicate with me…and even though my very good friend told me not to tell anyone, I’m sharing it with you. Because I think it is important to shed light on what is possible.

So what is Plant Spirit Healing?

To summarize, Plant Spirit Healing is working together with the spirit of a plant in order to solve a problem.
That can be a health issue, but it can also be about a difficult decision, a situation you can’t understand…or anything else that really matters to you.

You (or I) connect with a plant spirit and receive information.
Here’s how people go about it:
I usually observe which plant comes to me – it springs to mind or I see it very prominently in the garden or during a nature walk. Intuition will tell me quite clearly when I’m face to face with a plant (spirit) that wants to help me. I might hang out with the plant in terms of observing it with an open mind, perhaps tasting it if invited to do so, and give it a gift in return: a song, something handmade, arranging its surroundings a little bit as to make it more comfortable. I’m making friends, getting to know each other, building a relationship.

In traditional shamanism one then journeys to the spirit world with a clear, predetermined intention, using the beat of the shaman drum to get into the trance (or: the right state of mind for journeying). But you can find your own favored way. I find the path of meditation more straight forward – from meditation I slip into visualization.
In the spirit world I then meet with the spirit of the plant. Or, sometimes I’m communicating with the spirit of a plant in my daily consciousness, telepathically. No drumming/meditation and journeying involved, just silently chatting in the here and now. What ever is genuine and authentic, and works.

The advice from the plant spirits is very powerful. Sometimes they speak in symbols or metaphors, but I or the recipient of the session can decipher the message, since it is Personal Advice. With health issues there usually is an underlying thing (issue) that causes disharmony, imbalance and/or blockages. Getting clear about the root of the problem gives you grip on the situation, and understanding the cause almost automatically sheds light on the solution.

After such a session it is quite fitting to thank the Plant Spirit with a song, a gift and by opening up for the possibility of a lasting  friendship.

And why do I think it works?

Well, because it is my experience that the advice I get is accurate, often surprising, and very effective. And because I believe that plants are directly connected with the Source or Spirit (or Force ;) ) and haven’t got the hindrance of a thinking mind that has been programmed to think x-y-z, like we have. And because my experience is that collaboration with plant spirits and animal helpers is very satisfying – it’s fun, adventurous and…real. No tricks or false appearances involved (so far), the very pitfalls of our – until recently – modern day society. You’re not ingesting some synthetic chemical cocktail as you would with common medicine*, but you are working with spirit, hence no side effects, except joy and clarity. It is available for every one, if you’re interested in tuning in.

*Please note that I do believe that common medicine certainly has its place in assisting our body when and where necessary.

If you’d rather not invest the time and effort in vision quests in nature, the good news is that a Plant Spirit Healer (or a shaman-herbalist-holistic-healer) can do the job for you! The world is changing, we’re returning to our beautiful, natural state, and it’s fully OK, natural and interesting to investigate the fields of  holistic healing. Your body, mind and soul will thank you!

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The magic of Shamanism

I am sharing this experience with you in order to look at the tension between allowing yourself to follow your inner call and the control of the ever-so-critical mind saying “don’t do it, it’s too risky/far away/expensive/whatever”. I urge you to take the risk anyway.
In following your calling you’re acting out on your interests and talents and putting your strengths and boundaries into a test – and your talents in service.

I had to overcome my fear of failure and disappointment.
You see, my shamanistic path had been a personal one until now. My own experiences made me curious and hungry for more information so I read books – a lot of them.
From a very young age I’ve been reading and living shamanism, in the intimacy of my own life.
For a long time I didn’t even consider the possibility to find a shaman and to train with them.
And when I did, it took me two and a half years to find one I could feel safe with, resonate with, and trust enough to share my secret world.

Then came the moment of choosing: will I take part in this weekend training or not? Of course I would, but I was also afraid.
What if all I had experienced would somehow be disqualified? What if it all had just been a dream?

We know when a spiritual experience is real. If for no other reason then because it mostly is so vivid, magical and strange that we possibly couldn’t have imagined it.
And yet, at the moment of taking the step outside my comfort zone, my mind was extremely busy, coming up with an endless list of reasons why I should not go.

But I did go. I participated in shamanistic training, being immersed in the magic and wonder of journeying in the under-, upper- and middle world, carrying out assignments, and traveling in time.
I had done these things before, on my own and for friends and family but never with a shaman with decades of experience.

With only two participants and our strong shaman teacher it was intense and wonderful at the same time. No place to hide. The first 24 hours I was working with inner barriers, judgements and fears, as described above.
But I was lucky: it took just one good chat with a Wise Woman from the meditation center where we were at and bam! I was on the other side of fear.
Enjoying the ride, diving deep into the experience of sharing my inner worlds, mostly with only the three of us, but at times also with others from the meditation center.
Wonderful synchronicities and powerful exercises, it was good.

Go for it. Enjoy the adventure of following your calling, and extend your boundaries…
The fun part is: you’re probably already much further developed than you expected!

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