Guest Post by Pat Dockrill, Wellness Consultant
I recently read in a respectable source that weighing yourself once a day was advisable to help you manage your weight. Shortly thereafter, I read in another respectable source that weighing yourself once a month was advisable to help you manage your weight. This is but one example of the many contradictory facts available to us in the age of information. People want instant information and the media, electronic, print, and news, are all struggling to provide information to consumers at an unprecedented rate.
News stories are no longer just based on world events and politics but include pieces on health, science, art, the entertainment industry, and fashion. With 24 hours to fill, news channels scramble to provide facts and information in many diverse areas. Health pieces have become a major source of fodder for these channels. As well, shows like Dr. Oz and Oprah air 5 days a week and need new exciting breakthroughs to feature.
As a result, contradictory facts and lifestyle recommendations are presented to eager listeners looking for solutions, but finding themselves confused. Even well-respected academic journals are publishing articles professing facts that are later proven unsound. The publishers are under considerable pressure to keep their pages filled. So, how do we know what is in fact, true.
This is where intuition becomes important, for several reasons. First, what is effective for one individual is not for another. Consider the weighing yourself either daily or monthly example. For some of us, the daily reminder is instructive, for others it is destructive. This applies to so many things, including what we should eat or supplement with, how we should exercise our bodies, or what relaxation methods will work best. Very few things in life are one size fits all—we are each unique, while we share many commonalities.
So, we must learn to trust our inner voice, our intuition. In a world filled with science and technology, the intellect has come to rule. We have moved away from listening to our gut, our inner healer, our higher self, yet this is where deep wisdom resides. So, while we continue to listen and read and learn “the facts,” it is important to pause, to use our energetic selves, our brilliant etheric selves to determine what is true. True to us and for us.
Many methods to tune into our inner wisdom are available to us, and as you must suspect by now, none of them is for everyone. Like exercise and diet, our systems will respond and thrive differently and uniquely. We have so many options to use to determine how best to tap into our inner wisdom, our knowing. Methods such as meditation, shamanic journey, yoga, prayer, Tai Chi, using a pendulum, inquiring from divination cards, and others are available to us and most useful, but not always necessary.
First, we can check in with our common sense—another sense, that like intuition, has been overlooked in our times. Just stop and ask, “Does this make sense?” And then, check in with your intuition. What do you know deep inside of you? Turn off your brain. Put down the facts and figures and check in with your inner wisdom. How does it resonate with you? How does it feel?
Our deep knowing is every bit as trustworthy as the computer. But there is a caveat. We must move our ego to the side, before we can truly tap into our intuition. And this is where meditation, shamanic journey, and other centring and grounding practices come into play. We learn to connect to our deep inner wisdom so that when we call on our intuition, we can be sure we are listening to it, not our ego or shadow self.
So, my message is simple. Find your inner wisdom. Learn to connect to it. Live centred and grounded. Know what you know and trust your intuition. It is ancient and has evolved within us to help us thrive, even in a world immersed in science and technology.
Trust yourself, as I trust you.