Frequently Asked Questions

bluephoenix About Intuition

How can a skilled intuitive counselor/mentor be helpful in my personal life? How about in my business?
A skilled intuitive can help cut through the "noise" in your mind to put you back in touch with your most central truths, the goals that fulfill all aspects of your self, and the most efficient and joyful paths of action toward the accomplishment of those aims. Looking below the surface into the hidden patterns in your life, a compassionate and clear intuitive can help you understand how to clear blocks or subconscious fears without shame or guilt. By bringing light to your blind spots, and helping you see your talents and gifts, an intuitive can give you immediately applicable insights about streamlining your personal growth process.

In business, a skilled intuitive can penetrate into the inner workings of your organization and shed light on underlying unconscious "yes, buts" that interfere with success, whether they be yours, or shared with your partners, management team, or employees. Calling out these hidden agendas can help you create from the clearest level possible and initiate actions that won't be sabotaged by people, circumstance, or procrastination. Looking under the surface for intangible influences can help solve personnel problems, assess prospective business partnerships, identify trends in pertinent markets, name and position new companies and ventures, pinpoint timing, estimate sales figures, and create and doublecheck strategies. An Intuitive can also help you define the most comprehensive, accurate and current vision statement for your career path and company. With alignment between true inner purpose and appropriate outer action, you and your employees will characteristically respond with increased motivation and productivity.

If I were more intuitive, how might my life improve?
With increased intuition, you'd easily discern new channels for creativity in your personal life or business, ease blocked communication patterns to facilitate conscious relationships. Your intuition might give you insight into techniques for recontextualizing problems for more rapid solution, or potentials for success on any given action path. You'd have an increased ability to help synchronize your actions with others for greater effectiveness, and how to continually stay in touch with your life vision or dreams to accurately live out your evolving life purpose. Intuition can act as a vehicle to bring you an experience of connectedness with life, which is true spiritual knowing.

What is the primary focus of your intuition training?
Intuition training focuses on helping you learn to discriminate the preverbal data your body is constantly picking up from the environment and from the minds of other people. By developing the habit of being focused inside your body, and understanding the language of the body and the imagination, you will learn to unlock the inspired guidance that comes from your higher mind, or your soul. By increasing your attention on your sensory awareness, and learning how to trust and interpret sensations, symbols, and the imagery that is constantly streaming from your unconscious, you'll find a source of information that is direct and highly useful. Once you can discriminate the subtle information from your inner world, you'll learn to apply this kind of attentiveness to various areas of your life, like problem-solving, creativity and innovation, relationships and communication, and self-guidance.

Is there a difference between being psychic and being intuitive?
Being "psychic" carries a certain connotation that I don't like because it perpetuates a kind of partial view of who we are. Being psychic implies that one knows the future or the unknown, often in a way that is unrelated to the bigger picture. It's like playing Twenty Questions, and I think we often seek out psychics for sheer entertainment value. I hear too many stories of how clients were frightened, programmed negatively, or set back in their course of growth by a psychic who predicted something with great definitiveness that never happened. What good is it, really, to have someone tell you you know someone whose name starts with M? Or that your mother is going to die? Or that you'll meet a man who is tall, skinny, and has a big nose? Does it help you become a more loving person?

I much prefer the term "intuitive." To me, using intuition produces an understanding of the big picture of a person's life. What lessons is the soul learning? What's the good sense in the choices we make? How are we right instead of wrong? How can we understand our deepest motives and needs so we can make better and more appropriate choices in life? I have found that if I take the time to understand a soul's innate purpose, and see how the life has unfolded to date to help that purpose be achieved, I can then look ahead and accurately sense the most probable path for the soul's continued growth.

Trying to pinpoint an answer without understanding the deeper needs can lead to gross inaccuracy. When someone asks, "Out of these three job opportunities, which one will I get?," I can't answer unless I understand that: 1) the person is exhausted and needs to take time off, so she probably won't get any of them at this time, or 2) the person needs to reexamine what brings her joy and pick the option that is most creative, even though she has money pressures and thinks she should take the highest paying one, or 3) the person is about to meet a new life partner from another city and will probably end up moving, so perhaps she needs to wait another month or two before jumping into the job market here.

So, I really think "psychic" is a part of being intuitive, but it doesn't approach the scope and refinement of intuition. Intuition lets you experience "conscious communion" with the world around you, with other people, with your own soul, and with the divine. Psychism is that titillating feeling of early contact with the notion that the supernatural world is really normal.

What won't intuition do for me?
You may have a sense of attraction to certain investments, areas of the country, people, new ventures, or philosophies—but you'll still need to do your homework to find out why you're drawn to them. Intuition always needs to be grounded and related to what's practical. Intuition should fund your logical mind, not the other way around—you cannot live without logistics.

Intuition won't do the work of life for you, but it will bring ideas, answers, and direction. It can help you be more aware and mindful in each present moment, which helps you live a rich, full, involved life with a joyous attitude. Intuition won't enlighten you, but it is the vehicle that lets you perceive that you are already wise, pure, and loving. In every case, you choose the intuitive way so you can find true guidance and a true experience of your self, then your personality must choose again—to act in accordance with the guidance you receive.

How can people begin to open to their intuitive senses?
The most important thing is to pay close attention to the body, and the subtle expansions and contractions connected with various choices, opportunities, or people. It also helps to develop all the senses, work with symbol interpretation, and dreams. When you see similarities, intuition opens. When you stay real, in the moment, and in the truth, your intuition remains open as well. We're all intuitive, but we tend to gloss over the guidance we receive that way because it's so subtle.


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