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intuitionThere are many wonderful benefits to seeing the world with a grateful eye.  The most immediate benefit, of course, is that grateful people are happy people.  When we look upon our world with gratitude in our hearts, we tend to see only what is good about our surroundings, our relationships, our situation.  We tend to focus on the positive aspects of our world, and to filter out the negative.  Even when bad things happen … and they do … grateful people still tend to find the good buried somewhere underneath the rubble.  Grateful people can always see the silver lining, the rainbow, the pot of gold, the light at the end of the tunnel.  When we see our world with a grateful eye, we see a world that is generous and helpful.  We see a world so eager to help us fulfill our dreams that it constantly leaves clues that will lead us, like breadcrumbs, down the path that leads toward our highest good.

The ability to see those clues is called intuition. It is a gut feeling we get about a situation, or a fleeting thought that crosses our mind that connects in some ridiculously far-fetched way with a situation we find ourselves in.  It is the still, small, suggestive voice of God silently whispering to us in the background of our noisy mental chatter.

Intuition is often called the sixth sense. Women seem to be more attuned to it than men, which is why we are all familiar with the phrase women’s intuition.  I’m suspecting it’s because women tend to think with their hearts.    Now, I’m not suggesting that men cannot be intuitive; some men also have learned to think with their hearts and so have learned to see the world intuitively.  We all can learn to be more intuitive, but those of us who have trained ourselves to maintain an attitude of gratitude as we go through our day will have a definite advantage.  As my friend Jeffrey Smith pointed out to me yesterday, gratitude amplifies intuition.

Here’s why:  When we are grateful for whatever life has set before us, even if it is something we might not have willingly chosen, we tend to accept the situation  without resistance.  We accept things as they are and we go with the flow.  Resistance is what causes us to suffer.  It makes us fearful and worried, so we feel the need to interfere and try to fix everything, which of course usually makes everything worse.  When we are grateful, we thankfully accept whatever life may offer us, and we move through obstacles calmly and unafraid — much like Luke Skywalker, when he finally learns to stop struggling and to use the force.   When we stop resisting,  our intuition gets a huge boost.

When we learn to be grateful for everything, we begin to see that nothing happens by accident, and we start to actively look for the lesson and the benefit that each situation is bringing to us.  Because we are looking for clues, we find them; and because we trust the Universe, when our intuition shows us a detour that will lead to our pot of gold, we follow it.

What is your intuition trying to tell you today?  Can you see the clues that are right before your eyes?  They are always there, because the whole universe is always conspiring to help us achieve our dreams.  Always.  It is up to us to look at our world with eyes that are accustomed to finding clues in everything, and then to have the courage to follow those clues wherever they may lead.

Being grateful helps in that process, because with grateful eyes we can learn to see blessings where others only see a problem.   If your heart is grateful, your intuition will be better able to recognize clues when they cross your path.  Remember, your biggest break may very well come to you cleverly disguised as an annoying interruption.

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“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.

“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

“You mean die?”

“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live”

—–From Hope For The Flower

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Growth hurts.  Sometimes little kids experience actual physical pain as their bones and muscles grow.  Doctors call these growing pains.  Massaging the area helps, as do lots of hugs and kisses.  But there are also psychological growing pains, and we are never too old to experience those.

As humans, we all have certain basic needs that must be fulfilled in order for us to thrive.  One of these is the need for Certainty.  We like for things to be comfortable and familiar.  Certainty helps us to feel safe and in control.  Certainty is the bedrock on which our identities are built; it helps us to define who we are.

But too much certainty can work against us.  Clinging to certainty is the reason why we remain in a situation long after it has stopped serving our highest good.  It is the reason why we stay in an abusive relationship;  it is the reason why we keep working a job that we despise; it is the reason why we watch TV or play games on Facebook instead of working on our dreams.  It is the reason why we don’t grow.

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