Hi everyone – this is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com and welcome to the podcast. I do these short little ones every other week on topics ranging from the woo-woo to the practical and all areas in between. If you’ve got an idea or a topic you’d like me to bring up in one of these, drop me a note and let me know!
Just a reminder that I’ll be shifting over to a fuller program to better help you navigate the shifts and changes in your life soon and will be stopping one-time readings. I was going to stop October 31st but since my birthday is right around the corner, I decided to start the new program when I start my new year!
So, the last day for you to purchase a one-time reading (either 30 minutes or 60) will be October 22nd. These readings are especially good for when you have an important decision to make and need some input from your guides and teachers, or if you just need some support to know you’re moving in the right direction. There is a lot that comes through in the time we talk and the great thing is that the calls are recorded and sent to you afterward so you can just be on the phone and take it all in! If you want to book a reading before October 22nd, you can click the “Work with Me” link on my site and do it all right there. You don’t have to get your reading before October 22nd but you do have to book it before then.
And now, on to today’s topic which is …. Well, I don’t know what it is, actually. All week long I’ve been waiting for something to jump up and hit me and so far, no jumps, no hits.
It made me wonder what I have to say that isn’t yet ready to be said. I’ve mentioned one or thirty times that I’ve kept journals all my life and when I go back and look at them, what usually pokes me is what I didn’t write about.
Sometimes feelings were too big for me to put into words and all I have are journal entries many months apart instead of a few days apart.
When it gets quiet inside me, I know that things are simmering but I often don’t know what things or why they’re simmering.
Have you ever had that experience of knowing that something was going on right underneath your consciousness but it eluded you?
And the more you tried to bring it out, the more it ran away. Almost like a dream – the harder you try to remember, the more it disappears?
That sign, that inability to know what’s bubbling, tells me it’s something big.
What signs do you experience when you know a shift is underway? Do you get quiet also? Or do you write more or talk more to your friends, thinking it out along with them?
We all have our patterns and part of living a life with consciousness is understanding your patterns and how to work with them.
For example, my husband sleeps a lot when something is bothering him. If I notice that he’s napping quite a bit or going to bed really early, I know that it’s more than being physically tired. Yet, when I ask him what’s up, he’ll say “nothing” because what’s up is buried deep in his unconscious. All he knows is that he wants to sleep. It’s possible he’s not ready or willing to deal with what he’s feeling. And it’s times like this that he probably isn’t thrilled living with an intuitive because I always ask if something is bothering him that he’s not talking about.
These patterns can tell you a lot about yourself or someone else if you pay attention to them on a consistent basis.
And maybe that’s what this podcast is about – paying attention to what goes on when you’re not paying attention.
That’s where the answers lie.
Caroline Myss has often posed the question “Where does your mind go when you’re not paying attention?” She suggested we start tracking that because it shows what you are giving energy to.
Same principle here – what are you giving energy to that is right below your consciousness?
How do you begin to let it bubble up?
To start with you have to be aware that a pattern exists before you try to figure out what it means. And that takes some self-reflection. If you’re not naturally that way, it helps to write down some notes about what you’re feeling or doing so you can see a picture emerge. If you have a friend or a partner who knows you well, perhaps you can ask them some of the things they notice that you do – like me noting the husband’s nap time.
Once you have an idea of what your particular pattern means, ask your higher self or your team of guides to bring the meaning of that pattern into your consciousness for processing. It’s there to show you something and once you know that, figuring out what that something is gets a lot easier.
Don’t force it into a box of what you think it’s supposed to mean – let it come to you however it does.
Mine was an offhand comment someone made many years ago saying “When you’re not talking, something is out of whack!” One of my early nicknames was Motor Mouth (and that surprises no one who knows me well) but this comment was said at the right time for it to pop into my consciousness that yeah, something IS going on and it’s showing up as me not wanting to engage with anyone.
Next, set the intention to notice when it happens and what’s going on around you. That will give you a clue what kinds of things trigger that pattern and since you have the meaning already associated with it, you can get an instant diagnosis right from your own soul about what is going on deep inside you.
Just like learning to work with your intuition, this takes practice and trust. It takes you observing a repetitive action and then opening up to the underlying meaning of that action. Once you are able to get this down, you have honed your inner GPS to an even higher degree than before. Look for it to give you feedback and then use that feedback to understand what’s happening in your life and what things you want to shift, change or remove altogether.
Doing this won’t solve all your problems but it will help you become more aware of your inner workings and when that comes into consciousness, that’s when change can happen. For me, that quiet signal means I’m working on something big so I know to allow myself time to flesh it out, time to get quiet and space to prepare for what’s coming. It usually means a big breakthrough is right around the corner.
This week, allow yourself to notice the little signals your unconscious sends you. You don’t have to interpret them or know what to do with them. Just notice them. The rest comes naturally.
Thanks for listening. I hope you have a wonderful week. This is Lisa from PracticallyIntuitive.com. Bye for now.
In today’s podcast (number 50!), I’m talking about self-authority.
If you’re looking outside yourself to someone else or some thing else to tell you what’s true for you, I’ll share a couple ideas that help bring you back to trusting your inner knower.
You can listen to this week’s podcast right here! Podcast #50: You’re not the boss of me! –> Podcast #50: You’re not the boss of me!
Also, a reminder that if you are looking to book a single session with me, now’s the time. They’ll be going away very soon to make way for a fuller program to share guidance and help you put it into practice.
More information on that new program coming soon!
You know you love contests!
Sarah Seidelmann from Follow Your Feel Good has graciously offered one of my readers her wonderful iPhone/iPad app (a $4.99 value) called “What the Walrus Knows”.
You can read all about it at her site but in a nutshell, it’s a way for you to connect with your totem animals in a new way.
She gave me a preview copy and it’s great fun and very enlightening!
There’s a drumming meditation as well as lots of information to help you make sense of the animals that surround and support your journey.
If you can’t wait to see if you’re the winner, you can purchase it now at the iTunes store!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below this post!
It can be about the app and why you think it will help or about how you view self-authority! Just leave a comment by midnight (eastern) Thursday October 4th and a winner will be chosen at random.
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Christine Stephens! Thanks everyone for playing!
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Hi everyone and welcome back to the Practically Intuitive Podcast. This is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com – always nice to have you listening in!
As I mentioned in the last podcast, changes are afoot at Practically Intuitive. Within the next month or so, I’ll be discontinuing one-time readings and moving to a bigger way to support you. I’ll still be calling in your Guides and Teachers, walking through the Akashic Records to look at your soul work and removing those cords of attachment but it will be as pieces of a larger process. If you are interested in a single session, this month is the time to do that.
More information on my new program coming soon. Stay tuned.
I also have a goodie I want to share with a lucky reader! A colleague of mine, Sarah Seidelmann, created a really cool app for your phone or ipad called “what the walrus knows” – it’s a way to connect more deeply with your animal totems as they show up in your life. You can read more about it at followyourfeelgood.com.
Sarah’s graciously given me a special secret code that unlocks “what the walrus knows” app for one of you guys out there! All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment on the post for this podcast either about the topic or why you think this app would be a good fit for you. I’ll choose the winner at random at the end of the week.
One of the things most important to me is self-authority. The more I engaged with guides and teachers, the more I see how necessary it is for us all to take responsibility for what shows up in our life, knowing that on some level we called it to us. We might have done it unconsciously but it comes just the same. From a place of ownership, you can effect real and lasing change.
So, when I talk about self-authority, I’m speaking about the choices you make in your life about what to believe in, what actions to take based on those beliefs and the knowledge that you can significantly affect what shows up for you by claiming ownership of your life.
How do you get there, though, if you’ve been putting your faith in some thing, some one outside yourself for a good part of your life?
If you’ve been seeking validation for your choices from your parents, teachers, spouse – how do you begin to work toward that self-authority?
First, you have to see the value in doing so.
There’s lots of value in owning your own ideas, desires and thoughts. Most importantly, you increase the chances of getting them when you own them big time. Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” And that applies here as well. You will never get what you wish if you don’t first put it out there – to your spouse, to the Universe. You have to claim it and bring it into consciousness. It also reinforces the idea that you get to decide what you want in your life. Stuff doesn’t just happen to us. Really. It doesn’t. Whether you bring it into your life consciously or from a deeply buried place you don’t even know exists, you’re actively deciding what shows up for you each and every day. Make what shows up a reflection of what you truly want.
Second, understand that with great power comes great responsibility.
Once you know you have the power to receive what you want, you need to be much more discerning about what you put out there.
For example, let’s say you share with your spouse or partner that you’ve always wanted to be a teacher. You’re not even sure what you want to teach but you know that desire has always been in you. They ask you how you plan to make that a reality. You shrug. (Seriously, you just claimed it! Why do you have to know what to do with it?? J) A week later your partner asks again ‘”thought anymore about what you want to do with that teaching thing?” “no,” you respond and quit asking me about it, you think.
That’s the thing – when you claim something and put it out to the Universe, forces start coming together to help you get it.
That naggy spouse? Part of those forces. They remind you that you claimed it and are helping move you to the next place. Silently thank them for helping keep you on track even if the way they do it feels crappy.
Begin to move toward what you claimed – in the case of a teacher, that may be researching online certification classes or looking for a volunteer position you can do to get some experience.
The skies are not immediately going to part and bestow upon you the perfect teaching position where you’ll make a buttload of money and love every second. That’d be cool but it ain’t gonna happen. The lesson is in the journey to get there.
If you claim it, you are telling the Universe that it’s important to you.
Do that with consciousness and intention, though, because your Guides start getting things moving and shaking so that you can realize this desire. Be sure it’s something that feels right for you.
Bottom line: self-authority is really about what you want and what shows up in your life. It’s also about how you discern what is true for you versus what you’re told is true. As you develop and trust that inner knower, you are able to make clearer decisions and your life will be a much better fit for you.
As you go through your day, give some thought to what is showing up for you and if it’s something you want in your life. If it’s not, how can you claim your own authority and ask for something different? Even just allowing the idea that you get to choose a different outcome is empowering! Try it and see!
That’s all for this week. If you have thoughts or comments about self-authority that you want to share, please come on over the Practically Intuitive.com and leave me a comment! This is Lisa from PI.com, have a lovely fall week! Bye for now.
While they’re not fun to enforce (or we’d do it all the time, no prodding necessary!), they are critical to your soul’s growth and evolution. In today’s podcast, I talk about why that’s so and give you a couple ways to start working on yours right now.
Don’t forget – the “Coming Back To Life” E-course starts October 1st!
If you’re looking for something to help bring you back to your center that you can do in little bits, this is the course – it’s chock full of wonderful information, exercises and extra special gifties all delivered right to your in-box!
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Hi everyone and welcome to the Practically Intuitive podcast. I’m Lisa and you can find me at Practicallyintuitive.com where I write about intuition, personal development, metaphysical matters and whatever else pops into my head.
Big news! In the coming month or so, I’ll be introducing a new way to guide and support you. I realize that sharing the wisdom that comes from your Guides is important but even more so is the need for you to implement that guidance so you see real and lasting results in your life. Making life changes are hard and that’s where we often need the most help.
But we can’t do that in just one sixty-minute call because change, real change, comes from small, progressive steps. So I’m putting together a package that will offer you the chance to dig in and get amazing transformative results.
Among other things, it will include a three-hour kickoff session where we spend some time really working on what’s in your way and crafting a plan to move past it, coaching to bring about the change you desire and – more importantly – sustain that change, and some learning sessions so you can find deeper ways s to work with your Guide team or experience the freedom that comes with cutting a cord of attachment. There are lots of other cool things that will be included in this package and I’m so excited to debut it! Look for more information coming soon.
Today I’m going to talk about everyone’s most favorite topic – boundaries. What? It’s NOT your favorite? Truth be told, it’s not mine either. Still, being able to know your boundaries and understand why they are a crucial part of taking care of yourself is key to getting what you want and need.
Personal boundaries are the physical, emotional and mental limits we establish to protect ourselves from being manipulated, used, or violated by others. They allow us to separate who we are, and what we think and feel, from the thoughts and feelings of others
Well, that seems easy enough, I suppose and it makes sense. Unfortunately, many of us grow up with boundaries that have been stepped on, trampled over and just plain ignored by those around us – family, lovers, friends, children. And somehow, we begin to think that we either don’t deserve to have our own opinions or feelings or that others come before us when we consider what we want.
Take the young girl who has grown up seeing her dad bully her mom whenever her mom asked for what she needed. This girl gets the message that if you speak up, you’ll catch holy hell for it so she learns to go along to get along. She loses her metaphorical voice in the world. She also learns that it’s okay for someone else to shut her up. Can you see how this would affect so many areas of her life? She hasn’t been taught that it’s an essential life skill for her to speak up and own what she wants.
I was 24 when I moved out of my mom’s house and I got so much flak from my Italian family over my desire to do that. In my family, you stayed home until you either went away to college or got married. I was leaving just because I wanted to and that was not acceptable, according to my mom and grandparents. My therapist at the time made me repeat the mantra “it’s okay for me to do this” over and over and over. Essentially, I had to give myself permission to want this in the face of everyone telling me that it wasn’t okay. I did it but with an enormous amount of needless guilt for reasons I still don’t understand to this day.
And empaths, those who can directly experience the emotions of other people, face a particularly difficult time with boundaries. It’s hard to know what feelings belong to them and what belongs to other people. There’s a huge blurring of borders.
I know (often with amazing clarity) how my words and actions will directly affect another. And I’ve chosen not to speak up many, many times because I didn’t want to hurt someone.
Instead of allowing them to feel whatever they want and make their own choices, I’ve created this entire play in my head about what’s going to happen when I speak up.
So, not only am I not honoring my own boundaries by remaining silent, I’m not honoring their right to feel and act however they choose in response to my words.
Why is it so hard to ask for what we want? And to be able to say no to what we don’t want?
There are so many reasons, really. Much of it comes down to understanding that not only do we have the right to set our boundaries; we have the responsibility to do that. Boundaries are your way of claiming what you value.
If you don’t claim it, you will seek your self-worth in someone else’s opinion.
Let me say that again because it’s huge: If you do not claim the things you value and want in your life, you are giving that power away to others who will make those choices for you.
Is that what you really, truly want?
Your needs have just as much validity as anyone else’s needs.
Really they do. No matter what you’ve learned along the way, you matter just as much as everyone else.
Believe that. Because all else springs from that belief.
Now that you know how important it is to claim your desires, here’s a couple ways to start doing that right today:
1) Speak up even in situations that aren’t a big deal. If someone asks you what restaurant you’d like to go to and you don’t overly care, pick one anyway. This is just practice in speaking your preference out loud. When you see that you can own what you want with the small stuff, it helps build your confidence in asking for the bigger things.
2) Learn to say no nicely. And be truthful about it. If you don’t want to go to a family cookout, say “I’m not going to be able to come but thank you so much for the invitation.” Making up excuses just makes you feel bad for not being truthful and disrespects the other person. There are reasonable ways to say no thank you. Find them and use them in cases where it’s appropriate.
This is such a large topic that affects so many areas of our life that I’ve only been able to touch on it a bit here. But if you start with these small steps, you will see a difference immediately. You can’t not see it! And the more you do it, the more confidence you’ll have about speaking up. So when it gets to something big, you’ll be able to say what you want much easier.
Like learning how to work with your intuition, the time to practice it is when there’s nothing riding on the outcome, not when you’re in the weeds and have to make a life-changing decision. There’s no shame in starting right where you are. Just start.
That’s all for this time. Thanks so much for tuning in and I look forward to talking with you again soon. This is Lisa from Practically Intuitive.com, bye for now!
I came up with a nifty new term called “Faith-walking” (I like that one! It sounds so woo-woo-ish!).
In today’s podcast, I’m talking about what that is, what it means to do it and how you can continue your work with your Higher-Self when you do this.
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Podcast #47 Faithwalking
Hi and welcome to the Practically Intuitive Podcast! This is Lisa from practically intuitive.com and I’m so happy to have this chance to talk with you today.
As I was pondering the topic for today’s podcast, I played with the idea of what spiritual guidance looks like. I was pouring a cup of coffee this morning when the word “faithwalking” came to me. Walking in faith.
To me, that’s what it is when you act on guidance. You have no idea what to do with the information given but you do know one thing: you can’t NOT do it.
It’s when you are pulled toward doing something for which there is no logical reason. And no, I’m not talking about the cookie dough in your fridge calling your name at 11pm.
I’m going to assume here that you’re comfortable with the idea of Guides and Teachers in Spirit and the fact that you can ask them for help. There’s no special incantation or dance you must do in your yard on the first night of the third quarter moon to get that help. You just ask. It really is that easy.
Some of us hear their response, some feel it, some just know it. However YOU get your guidance is fine. Don’t judge it. Let it just come to you, be open and accept it with love and gratitude.
Remember all the feelings and fear I went through about signing up for Crossfit classes? That was me acting on guidance. I know, without question, that there’s something there for me that’s much larger than just getting a bit more comfortable in my body. I know this because there was no running from it. It was this weird, inexorable pull, almost as if I were being moved without my conscious consent.
It feels very much like I handed my Higher Self the car keys and said “Let’s go for a ride!”.
There have been a few places that this feeling has shown up for me recently. Am I scared? Hell yeah. But I am faithwalking. Because I know that when guidance shows up this way, pulling me forward, something really big is on the other side.
What would faithwalking look like for you?
Would you be able to receive guidance from your team and take action on it even though you couldn’t see the logical reason for doing so?
What about doing that brings up some fear or doubt?
The way through that and on to action is to just acknowledge the fear. Say it out loud to the moon if you have to. Instead of pushing it away or feeling ridiculous and trying to ride over top of it, just say it out loud.
Say “Yep, I hear you and to tell you the truth, I’m scared to death to take this action. I don’t know why I’m doing it and it feels all kinds of weird but I’m going to do it anyway.”
Then, release that fear to the wind. Let it go. Try not to dwell on it.
I’ve been dwelling a bit and my Guides keep telling me to just chill and trust. Easy for them to say, right?
Even us hard-core faithwalkers get scared. So don’t be surprised if it shows up for you, too. Just acknowledge it and walk into the action.
Here’s an assignment for you: This week, ask your Guides and Higher Self for one action that requires you to faith-walk. Take the very first thing that comes to mind after asking and go do it. Whatever it is. Do it. It might be big. It might be small. Just do it (to coin a phrase!)
And then witness yourself, almost as if from a distance, as you take that action and see what comes up for you. Do you feel empowered? Do you feel accomplished? Or do you feel something else entirely?
When I talk about being conscious, this is how it’s done. You receive guidance, you act on that guidance and you note what comes up for you as you do it.
After the first few sessions of Crossfit, I drove home crying. And not a sad crying but more of an energetic release. I just let the tears flow. Last week, after a good workout, I drove home and felt not tears but elation. I had crossed a bridge from emotional release to a sort of physical triumph and it felt good. It felt like I had broken through a layer that I didn’t even know existed.
When you start acting on things with consciousness, the flow becomes apparent and it gets immeasurably easier to move into that action. There are fewer questions and less fear about acting on guidance.
And that is how you faith-walk. If you do try it this week, I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment on PracticallyIntuitive.com.
Speaking of faith-walking, I am going to be shifting and changing Practically Intuitive around quite a bit in the next few months. I hope you all will come along with me as I begin this adventure. I think you’ll like it!
Thanks again for listening – this is Lisa from PracticallyIntuitive.com. Bye for now.