I’ve been listening to The Lively Show podcast a ton lately, and not just because I have too much time on my hands, but because I have learned so much from it.
Jess Lively, the woman behind the show, is an entrepreneur and an intuitive coach. Essentially, she coaches people on how to become more in touch with their intuition. Her podcast used to be a more Q+A style, but recently she switched things up in Season 5 by airing sessions she has with clients.
I love listening to these sessions! It’s comparable to listening to someone’s therapy session, except focused on intuition rather than on psych. This podcast has caused me to reflect on my relationship with my intuition.
In my previous blog post, I did an oracle card reading which concluded that I need to connect with who I really am, also known as my intuition. I have learned that my pessimistic attitude can be attributed to resisting my intuition. This is not uncommon at all, as I’ve been learning from the podcast.
The two clients that Jess has interviewed thus far have been confronted with the challenge of acquiescing to one’s intuition, even if it’s scary because the results are unknown. The unknown is what makes life exciting and worth living, though. Thus, I’ve been working on transforming my perspective on life by living more intuitively.
You might be wondering what that even means, which is a completely valid question.
I believe living intuitively is different for everyone because everyone connects with their intuition differently. I think I connect with my intuition when I write, similarly to the two women in Jess’s sessions.
Initially when I write, I’m actively thinking about what I want to say…but eventually my intuition takes over. My intuition is why I learn the most about myself when I’m writing because it is when I’m writing that I have epiphanies and moments of complete clarity.
Since I want to strengthen my intuition, I’ve decided to write more frequently than I currently do, which is at least twice a week for my bog. In addition to my blog, I’d like to hand write in a journal. I tend to avoid writing in a journal because I find it to be more isolating than writing somewhere on the internet. Unless you give the journal to someone, only you will read what you write, which is fine but I enjoy building a community with others by sharing. On the other hand, journaling is also very valuable because it strengthens the community that one has with oneself.
I’ve decided to journal either before or after meditating, which I’d like to make part of my morning routine if I choose to do yoga in the evening instead of in the morning. Once I begin my new job, I will manipulate my daily routine as necessary.
By the way, I have a job! I begin on Monday and I’m quite excited about it. I was really nervous to take the opportunity because initially it wasn’t what I thought I wanted to do. However, with my more intuitive approach to life, I decided that I should take advantage of the job offer and see where it leads. I’ve also finally decided to stop vacillating between the decision to apply for grad school or not, and I’ve officially concluded that I will postpone applying for at least another year. My intuition has been guiding me to get to know myself without school…so I’m going to trust it.
There are many examples of when my intuition proved itself trustworthy, but the most recent one has been with my experience as a new yoga instructor.
I began teaching last week, and it was phenomenal! It’s a 5:45am class, which initially made me hesitate because it’s so early, but my girlfriend urged me go for it and I focused on my intuition rather than on my nervous mind. I’m grateful I did because despite whatever job I’m doing, I’ll be able to continue teaching this class since the class is before most jobs begin.
I have been working for only a week, but so far it has had so many perks! I’m able to sub for other teachers (which I’ve already done), participate in other classes, and use the facilities. Plus, I got CPR certified and I’m part of a great community! I feel like I can try new things without fear of criticism, which is important to me too.
Evidently, things are going pretty well right now. Flowing with the current of my intuition has allowed me to feel more aligned with my true self, which isn’t stressful at all. I thought it would be…because trusting yourself is scary, but when you go all in, it’s not.
This is not to say that you will never experience seemingly undesirable things if you trust your intuition, because that’s not true. However, I do think that trusting yourself provides you with a peace that is unachievable when you only tune into your mind. My posts are a great example of that. I often begin my posts using my mind, but by the end, I’m more intuitive.
Aside from writing, another cool way to hone your intuition is from an app that Jess shared on her podcast. The app is free and it’s called ESP Trained. Astronauts use it to strengthen their intuition and according to the app, they improve their skills significantly. I like playing some rounds with my eyes closed.
Do you tune into your intuition? How so? Please comment below! Also let me know if you try out the app and tell me what you think!
PS: The photo I used for this post is from a few weeks ago when I was out to lunch with my sister. I’ve been to the area before, but I was inclined to snap a photo of the creek that time. Little did I know it’d make a perfect photo for this post!!
i try to listen to my heart,
but the clamor
of a million tiny hammers
rings in my ears
as they bang against my skull
causing my eyes to water
and drown out my heartbeat
you can’t do it, you can’t do anything
you won’t get what you want
i close my eyes and beg the tiny hammers to stop
take an inhale,
the hammers pause.
and then i can hear it
i can hear my heart
© 2018 Vic Romero
I look away, but the expression on your face
Is imprinted in my mind.
Eyebrows pulled together,
A stare that would set fire to the toughest of feathers
I’m being critically analyzed.
I retreat into the depths of my brain
To a place where I haven’t been in awhile…
I feel your voice try to lure me back,
But your soft tone only forces me forward,
Onto the train tracks.
I walk along them, refusing to look behind
It’s quieter here in my mind
No strange looks and no judgement
I follow the tracks to the summit
Peering down from the top,
The water crashes on the rocks
My heart is eager and my stomach drops
I plunge in
My body hits the water,
Burning as if it had fallen onto cement
The air in my lungs whooshes out
I gasp desperately, completely spent
Sinking lower and lower,
The water gets colder
And my body feels compressed into itself
I open my eyes,
Wanting to see one last thing before I die
And to my surprise
Mermaids thrive at the bottom
Swimming quickly, as if in full throttle
Many harmonize together,
Carefully braiding each others’ hair
Staring at me as I sink deeper into the depths of me
I blink at them, unsure of what to think
Then I remember that I’m drowning,
Without air, I cannot think
Why was I trying to escape me?
I kick my feet and pull myself through the water
The mermaids continue to swim and sing at the bottom
Just as I think my lungs are going to give up
I break the surface and see the sun
Dragging my body across the sand
I refuse to take a break, determined to get back to the real land
I stand, staggering toward the horizon
Along the way, I pass bison
Feasting on grass
I hop onto one, and with a slap
It hurtles forward, toward the train tracks
It then dumps me off, because it’s eager to get back to its pack
I sigh, glad that I made it back alive
Wading through the crevices of my mind
I reemerge on the other side…
Your hazel eyes are continuing to pry
Searching for answers,
Judging me for not telling an honest lie.
I confront your stare,
Aware of what awful things you’re thinking of me, but I no longer care
I am who I am,
That I can guarantee…
But who are you to judge me?
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