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A Path to True Insight : Write from the Heart

Aug 31, 2011 11:22AM ● By Nancy Rosanoff

The best definition of intuition is that which we know in our hearts to be true. When we feel good and right about a decision, we often attribute it to having followed our intuition.

There is a difference, however, between what “feels good” and what we “know in our hearts.” Discerning this difference separates wishful thinking from true intuitive intelligence.

Intuitive intelligence can be identified by the qualities that accompany it, like effortlessness, clarity, inspired ideas, synchronicity and profound peace. As these qualities also represent the spiritual substance of our selves, the intuitive insights we receive resonate with the truth of our being. When faced with a challenging choice, it helps to look for the presence or absence of harmony, clarity and peace before taking any action. Jumping into action out of frustration is not intuitively intelligent, while waiting for answers that bring clarity and inner peace is a flawless guide.

To move through the layers of confusion and emotion when facing a dilemma, it helps to identify both what we want and what is needed. Confusion often characterizes the conflict between our personal agenda, which may be hidden from us, and the action that the situation genuinely calls for. The following exercise can move our attention beyond focusing on the details of a problem to an awareness of what is really needed. As the steps unfold, take notice of any enhanced feelings of peace, assurance, gratitude and love.

1. Write down a specific concern. Are you at a crossroads? It could be a work concern, a relationship issue or anything else.

2. Below it, write, “What I really want is… ” and then finish the sentence with your natural, immediate response. Repeat this several times, finishing the sentence with another thought each time. It can be embarrassing when our wants are revealed to us. Keep going.

3. Now write the following: “What this situation really needs is… ”  Write the phrase several times, finishing the sentence with another thought each time.

4. Be sure not to add “from me” to the above sentence, even in your thoughts. Let the ideas that come flow through you and onto the page, enriched by clarity, love, intelligence, and benevolence for you and everyone involved.

Nancy Rosanoff is a spiritual coach, teacher and facilitator who uses the principles of metapsychiatry in her work ( Connect at [email protected].

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