What does it mean to live by intuition? I mean, really live by it? I'm asking this question because it is something I am working on every day. For me, it's more than just occasionally following my gut instinct, it's a daily practice of tuning in, listening and following the whispers, the signs, the physical sensations, the nudges and the inner guidance that leads to life's flow and to my heart's path. I simply cannot afford to ignore it anymore or I pay the price. I could not live nomadically if I didn't pay attention to the subtle rhythms of life and receive the messages it sends.
Life is always communicating with us, every minute of every day. It is only our fear and our drunk monkey mind, which are anchored in the beliefs and stories of the consciousness of the masses, that make us second guess and doubt our intuition. This is when things can feel chaotic and overwhelming. I face this every time I come into a new city. I am vulnerable and can easily get overwhelmed if I focus too much on the external information I'm receiving and not center and ground myself with my inner connection to my Higher Self. Fear will try to take advantage of that vulnerability and seek a foothold in my consciousness. I do my very best not to give into this fear. I've had enough practice to know it is when I'm the most vulnerable, that I need to stay calm and trust and LISTEN.
Not knowing where I'm going to stay is a major crossroads I encounter on a regular basis. It triggers lots of fear buttons. However, I've learned if I try and approach it from left-brained, rational way of thinking, things never flow. Instead, I need to stay open and put lots of space around it, trusting completely that if I LISTEN to my intuition, life will take care of me. It's easy to panic when things don't reveal themselves right away. This requires patience, sometimes LOTS of patience, which can be frustrating. because occasionally what comes through is that I'm not supposed to stay in a particular place. There are obstacles and resistance everywhere I go as if I'm being pushed away. So I don't force things and I move on.
Other times there is a welcoming feeling right away and things flow. One thing leads to another and I meet someone who has a place to stay or knows of someone who does. Or I get a response to one of my online ads as I did in NJ last fall. That is heavenly when that happens because it has a meant to be feeling about it and doors open without struggle or stress.
But I will not lie, the waiting and trusting is tough. Sometimes no matter how much I tune in, the signs aren't always clear. Sometimes I have to wait things out until I receive enough clarity that I can make a decision. During those times, I busy myself with writing or work or meeting new people or spending time exploring the natural surroundings.
When there are lots of options surrounding me, all at once, I slow down and REALLY listen. Before long the fog lifts and I can see the options more clearly, without the filters of my mind, concepts, preferences, fears and so on. Instead, I see them as they are unbranded and raw and there is either resonance there or not. When I'm really unsure, I check to see if perhaps life is using me to serve others in some way and that my reason for being someplace is not at all about me or what I want or might enjoy. THEN I'm living in a much higher vibration in tune with the dance of life. This is when I step out of my story and merge with what is needed in the moment. The fear disappears, along with the uncertainty and I surrender and jump in with both feet knowing that an intelligence much bigger than me is in charge. And I just LOVE that! It is during those times when life gifts you with the biggest and most unsuspected gifts and surprises!
It's also okay to be wrong sometimes. Living by intuition is a practice and we learn how to do it well the way we learn anything else, by trial and error. It's when I mess up that I sometimes learn the most powerful lessons about the importance of listening. Mastery comes from hours and hours of practice. Living nomadically gives me constant practice and I'm grateful for that.
How about you? How do you practice living by intuition?