About five years ago, when I was the youngest member on the very official, pastoral counsel, at one of the largest Catholic churches in the nation, I was asked to give a talk about prayer to about 100 junior high kids! And get this; I didn’t have ANY technology support…so no cool little floating Jesuses in lotus position or videos of the newest “come to Jesus” celebrity to back up my ponderings on this ancient practice. Just me, about a billion raging hormones and some poster board! Fast forward to the present (and an eternity of spiritual awakenings later), I look back on that talk (that went very well, I might brag) and am proud that even before I was a meditating, intuitive guru (okay, too far) I was indeed able to impart a little wisdom that still rings true for me. I hope you will find it a useful acronym to add to your toolbox as well.
Okay, so for you culinary savants out there, I’m not really sure if salt is a spice or a seasoning but please insert the proper gastronomic phrase and let’s all just move forward, please? Intuition is one of those words that’s fun to say but can be really hard to put into practical everyday use; one, because we’re not all convinced that it SHOULD be integrated into our daily lives but also because we have a belief (whether conscious or unconscious) that this nebulous term is reserved for the uber special spirtua-lites who can actually trust their gut if they feel like their plane is going down. Well, I say throw some seasoning over your left (or is it right) shoulder and let’s begin to reclaim our birth right as the salt of the earth!
S is for Surrender
Have you ever been so caught up in a situation, say, trying to make a relationship succeed or contriving every detail of a project for work or scheduling your children’s day to the millisecond just so you could make sure you were comfortable, it was done right or you could have a little peace? How’d that work out for you? Did you feel the ease and bliss that life can bring or did you pop an anxiety pill and trudge forward believing that if you could gain just a little more control of the situation, everything would be fine. Fast forward days, weeks and for some, decades later. Did it work? And if it did, how is your health? Are your relationships nurturing? Are you in love with your career? And most importantly (drum roll please) are you happy?
I’m here to tell you your intuition can save you from grey hairs, wrinkles, heart palpitations, sleep and not to mention ill-suited jobs and relationships. But in order to hear this little voice that truly does reside in each one of us, you must surrender! Hmmm, well that’s nice Leslie, I’ll just wave my little white flag and check out of reality for a while. Although I would recommend this for some, specifically for all you single, independently wealthy, unemployed, in the best shape of your life people out there (you know who you are), I will try to expound for the rest of us.
Surrendering can be very scary which is why some of us never even make it to this first step of tapping into intuition. It means letting go. Letting go of any judgments, beliefs and perceptions that you may have about the situation. For some of us it’s taking a step back and admitting that, as wonderful as we are, we may only see a tiny part of the big picture, and dun, dun, dun…we might be WRONG! To surrender is humbling but it is also empowering. It opens you up and makes you more receptive (yes, a feminine/yin quality that most of our society is very uncomfortable with) to the one who would be your Helper, Wing-man (yang!) your Co-Creator. It is in this exhaling and letting go that we become vulnerable (I know, another dirty word) and able to see that there is something at work much greater than we can imagine. Lucky for divine order, we get to be a part of it if we can surrender to the Big Guy in the Sky, Universal Intelligence, Divine Source! So chose your co-pilot and let goooooooooooo!
Stay tuned for A is for Ask!