Both instinct and intuition provide valuable information to our mind/soul. In turn, the soul or mind mediates between body and spirit. This communication is multi-directional which makes it difficult at times to separate instinct from intuition. However, in truth, our intuition is our most direct telephone line to the heavens and our spirit guides, while instincts provide primarily guidance regarding physical wellbeing, safety and continuation of our species. Both are our gifts and birthright and aimed at keeping us on our chosen pathh. Much of our current-day suffering stems from deafened and dumbed-down instincts and intuition. As a result, we have become mostly outer-directed, whhich means we increasingly have become dependent on what others say...the news, elected leaders, medical doctors, scientists and spokespeople of organizations. We believe them blindly--or not; yet if we do not, we seem doomed to a life of deep mistrust.
Still, we DO have a built-in mechanism for discerning truth--ALL truth: Our intuition! It is time we remember and revive our long lost gifts which we gambled away by submerging ourselves too deeply in matter and material things, just like the porodigal son did in the biblical story.
Instincts become disturbed by many things which are commonplace in modern societies, foremost synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, "food" which is no longer food and also laden with toxic chemicals upon chemicals, synthetic clothing, chemically concocted homes and furnishings, plastics and NOISE. In addition, wireless technology and radiation disturb the senses--these technologies, too, represent NOISE and have a direct impact on our electromagnetic mind/soul and kill or alter nerve cells. The body now reacts to "endocrine disruptors" in producing hormones, for example, and to a multitude of environmental, chemical cues which it attempts to decipher. Every light bulb and electric circuit delivers information to the body, brain and mind, as do ELF's and other "waves" and electro-magnetic frequencies. As a result, the body is understandably confused in distinguishing actual versus artificialy stimulated needs. Instead of giving us cravings for spinac, for example, when the body lacks iron, it may now signal fatigue and a lack of sleep, or nothing at all. So, to return to our natural instincts, we must, first and foremost, detox and then make changes to our nourishment and living environment. Healthy instincts will return in time, as everyone is sure to discover.
Spirit speaks to us in the quiet of the heart, also away from environmental voices and influences, and the communication begins with a prayer, i.e., a heartfelt desire to communicate with the spirit world. This also requires that we make time for such endeavors and consider them possible, in the first polace. The desire and corresponding prayer create not only an open window in one's mind, but also a path on which communication can travel and be received. All answers are constantly surrounding us; yet, without the proper question, we will never notice them! Many say, "If God is all-knowing, then He knows what I need and desire. Why doesn't He just provide it?" Thereby, they forget to pave a road for spirit rays to reach us in our hearts. Alas, we must ask for help and guidance, and then patiently await the response, while continuing a daily spiritual discipline, routine and/or rituals. Input equals output, and "Ask, and you shall receive."
In my own life, bio-energy work has proven as the most effective tool in helping me re-discover spirit and intuition. During energy work, we relax sufficiently to learn to switch to different brainwaves while staying awake. Energy work also ensures our Chakras are open and rotating adequately. Relaxation, calmness and a functioning subtle energy flow throughout the entire organism are cruical elements for spirit communications, as all occurs on the level of consciousness, in subtle energy realms.
After several months of weekly subtle-energy sessions, my therapist and I had been engaged in discussions about the EGO. One particular day, I remarked sadly that--if it weren't for the ego--I wouldn't have a reason to get up in the morning. "What else IS there," I asked? BOOM! This question sufficed to open the door for Spirit to provide answers: In an instant, something in my heart moved, enlarged and welled up into my throat, and it almost choked me. Simultaneously, tears ran down my face. I could FEEL AND SEE (!) this golden entity in my chest, just waiting to finally be discovered and allowed to speak. This moment changed my entire life and outlook. Since then, I've been living for and by Spirit. Every time Spirit speaks, it moves, enlarges and brings tears to my eyes (this is the feeling of, "My cup runneth over"). Life has never been dull or hopeless again while engaging in constant dialogue and observing keenly within and without for guidance and answers. At times, these answers come as clear words, usually in my predominant language, but other languages may also be used, perhaps to instill even more awe than I already experience on a daily basis. And it is this spirit dialogue, and wisdom gained from it, which I call INTUITION.
Once the Spirit is discovered, consciously felt, embraced and invited to speak, in its own voice, our intuition develops or returns, gradually, on a trial and error basis. This means we sometimes go with its guidance and act as nudged by it, and sometimes we do not, and then we compare the results...according to, "WE SHALL RECOGNIZE THEM BY THEIR FRUIT." Logical or not, we will discover that we are always guided well by this voice. Spirit will never betray us, although it may sometimes seem that way at first. But, in the long-run, if I follow its dictates, the good for all involved will be served. The outcome may not always be what I had dreamed of, as that outcome also depends on cooperation of others and on THEIR degree of spirit-connectedness. However, we can be sure that it was what Spirit had us do, according to, "THY WILL, NOT MINE, BE DONE." And, before we know it, a clear path and direction will emerge for our life, along with true inner-directedness and independence from outside voices, and with ample support from the universe for our endeavors.
(By Rev. Lilo Bauer-Freitag, M.A., CLC, May 2017)