Sunday, March 29, 2009

Business Intuition: Avoiding the Cosmic 2 x 4’s

What’s a cosmic 2 x 4 you ask?

It’s actually a phrase that’s been used in the ‘new age/ metaphysical’ world for the past 15 years or more. It refers to the lessons we learned the hard way when we didn’t listen to our intuition.

In the process of our intuitive development, we learn to listen more deeply and follow the guidance that comes from within. Because conscious awareness is building during that time, whenever we choose not to listen and go against our intuition, the lessons learned seem twice as powerful and painful than if we had listened.

When it happens, it feels like a 2x4 hitting you right between the eyes. It’s especially powerful because ‘you should have known better’. These are lessons that are meant to get our attention either consciously or intuitively. It is infinitely preferable to have it come through the intuitive realm, then take action upon it.

Choosing to ignore, or bypass your intuitive sense will have repercussions that can lead to self blame, resentment and red ink in the business world. Have you ever sat in a business meeting and listened to a proposal knowing the entire time that it ‘felt wrong’ somehow, yet you didn’t say anything? Later you aren’t surprised to watch the plan fail, thinking you should have said something when you had the chance before the company took a loss.

Intuition is like our inner guidance system or a GPS. We all possess intuition. We didn’t exactly come into this life with a set of operating instructions, however we do have an inner road map. Each time we have a ‘feeling’, or what I call a ‘knowing,’ it’s a signal that we are on the right road and headed in the right direction.

Think about a time when you had a bad experience and you caught yourself saying afterwards, “I knew I shouldn’t have done that! I had a feeling, but I did it anyway!” We’ve all had experiences like that throughout our lives. Generally it’s something we want to ‘make happen’ or something we want really badly, so we ignore those inner feelings. Not listening to our inner voice can be detrimental to our wellbeing, and to our bottom line! It’s the repercussions of our inaction that I call the Cosmic 2x4.

Paying attention to your intuition is one thing, however acting on it is another. Why do you think you have an inner guidance system? It’s not meant to sit on a shelf and look pretty, only being dusted off once in a while. It is meant to be used everyday.

Our lives require constant course adjustments or corrections, similar to the automatic pilot on airplanes. In order to stay on track and reach the correct destination, we need to make constant small course corrections. This is where our inner guidance system comes in really handy! Just listening isn’t enough however. Taking action on the intuitive message is just as important. When we don’t listen, we steer off course. Usually those sort of off-road detours are very bumpy and filled with potholes. It’s a lesson in learning.

The moral of this story is that cosmic 2x4’s are painful and avoidable.

Tips for working with your intuition:

  1. Sort and distinguish Intuitive messages from the regular mental chatter that goes on in your mind.
  2. As you actively acknowledge your intuition it becomes easier to recognize.
  3. The more you listen to your intuition, the louder the volume.
  4. Trust your intuition will always guide you in the right direction.
  5. Acting on your intuition brings rewards.

© 2005 J.Reece

This article was originally prepared for Ivy Sea Online by Jaelin Reece, a visionary consultant and spiritually guided Life Coach, offering unique knowledge, techniques, intuitive abilities and expertise to provide solutions for small businesses, organizations and individuals.

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