“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. But, not to be overlooked are the senses of our soul: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.” C. Joy Bell C.
The senses of our soul? What are you talking about, Cheryl?”
Let’s see if I can explain.
I was coaching with a leader who was experiencing a crisis of confidence. They just weren’t sure what they needed to do. Their constant answer was “I don’t know.” I would respond “what would you know if you did know?” Often, this was met with silence and a look of panic in their eyes. I would calmly and quietly ask again “What would you know if you did know?” Slowly one or two thoughts would emerge. Thoughts that gave us a start to building a plan and direction.
This story is an example of how intuition works. The message from our soul gives us answers we don’t think we have.
“I believe in intuition and inspirations… I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do no KNOW that I am.” Albert Einstein
Our western world wants proof and logic. Our soul sense is emotional, spiritual and more accurate than any proof or logic our brain can provide.
So, how do you build your soul sense. Here is an exercisefrom my book Leadership Energy: Unlocking the Secrets to Your Success. (note: Intuition comes from iSee energy in The Leadership Energy Model)
The emotional energy that opens, becomes blocked, or closes iSee energy is centered between your eyes. Before you begin the action learning exercise, focus your awareness on this area. Suggestions to add focus include: holding your hand over this area, looking in the mirror specifically observing this area, or using a word or two to describe the feelings in this area before you begin.
The challenge of iSee energy is to distract the logical mind so the intuitive mind can “speak.” Here is an exercise to do just that!
- Get a deck of cards. Any deck of cards will do – you can use playing cards or cards from a game.
- Identify an issue you wish to explore and put it in terms of a question using the format, “Is it correct for me to (insert issue)?” For example: The issue might be a leadership challenge with an employee. The question you might ask is “Is it correct for me to fire Suzie?”
- With that question in mind, begin to flip each card face up. You can neatly stack the cards or simply throw them in a pile.
- While flipping the cards, speak out loud your responses to the question. Keep talking until you believe you are done with the question. Do you run out of cards before you were done? Simply gather the cards and begin again.
- When you are done, write down what you have said. Is there anything useful?
The intent is to distract your left-brain through flipping the cards. Your right brain then has the opportunity to “speak.” Talking out loud is most effective for this exercise, but you can also do this silently if conditions warrant. If your iSee energy has been taught to doubt itself and shut down, you may need to repeat this exercise frequently to encourage the opening of the iSee energy.
Try it! Email me and tell me how it works for you. cheryl@TheLeadershipEnergy.com
“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” Dean Koontz
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