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How do you know where to go? How do you track the whale in the vast, ever changing sea?
Let’s demystify this concept that intuition is something magical. Or beyond our realm of understanding.
Intuition defined… Taking all information we have available to us and moving forward with trust in every level of our being.
Information comes from our knowledge. Book learning. Our previous experience and understanding of the basic laws of nature. What goes up must come down. The cycles and rhythms of life.
Information arises from our sensory experience. Our conscious and unconscious knowledge. Our observations of our physical, mental and emotional state, as well as the witnessing of outside phenomenon. That bird in the backyard. The sparkle in the eyes. The quality of light in the sky.
Observation, sans judgement, is perhaps the keenest essential.
We take in all of this information. Our brain is a quantum computer, with the multitasking ability to be in many states at once yet in completely different states, moment to moment. Watching a real-time brain scan is like watching a crackling fire. It’s beautiful in it’s dance.
We have the ability to read the lay of the land. We read the topography of the body. We read gesture, expression, gait, posture. It’s in us! Yet, still a skill that can be finely honed.
A child’s stumbling process of learning to walk. Even into adulthood, we are still learning that skill. It’s inborn, intrinsic. This drive to bring our heads upright… We can learn so much about ourselves in our stagger forward. Think about that the next time you stub your toe.
So, we have all of this information at our disposal. What to do with it?
One reason I use a low table is to get a gull’s eye view of the country side. Observe the thermals. The eddies, the whirlpools in the river. The brushstrokes in the calligraphy of the body.
And, then… Trust….
Gently land your hands and sink into a depth that makes ya happy, where you feel the connection. Sink into the depth of the tissue at the pace of a soft breath.
Random thought? What happens when an asteroid meets Jupiter? That’s probably something you can find on the youtubey.
And, then soften your hands and soften your hands some more. Soften your breath and soften your breath some more. We take in more information when our senses are receptive.
From there on out, just trust. Trust your work. Trust your clear intention. And, notice what you feel. Find a release and move on when it feels right.
There are certainly tools for getting more information. Just listening, listening without judgement. That’s within our scope of practice as somatic practitioners. And reflection. Reflection can lead to a great deal of clarification and understanding. To give someone time to tell their story is such a gift. And, a key to building trusted communication with our clients.
Don’t know where to start? Don’t know how to find the whale in the deep, blue ocean? Just dip your hands in the water and trust. Every cresting wave gives you all the information you need.
“Second star to the right. And, straight on ’til morning.” -J.T. Kirk