16 February 2017 6 Comments

Accessing Intuition in Challenging Circumstances

“When power leads and wisdom follows, the face of wisdom is veiled and she stumbles; but when wisdom leads and power follows, they arrive safely at their destination.”  ~Inayat Khan

Accessing intuition is supported by inner stillness. When our energies are still like a smooth pond we can most easily read what is going on and sense when, how, and whether we need to act.

Fear, excess speculation, investment in a particular outcome, and external Influences interfere with intuition. The things we do in our minds can interfere with inner Guidance.

When we become afraid and get stirred up we may well get into a loop in which we go outside of ourselves looking for information, and render ourselves less able to access intuition and internal guidance. If we are looking to an unstable outer situation for guidance, it is easy to become confused and upset. Gathering information is necessary, but it is essential to take the step of then quieting ourselves to access clear, balanced, intuitive Guidance, which transcends the external situations. If we do not, we will rush about all reacting to one another.

When we are invested in a particular out come it is very difficult to be objective. Does this mean not to hold goals and values? Absolutely not. Self mastery consists of holding goals and values, and caring deeply about them, yet also being open to good coming from scenarios other than the ones we envision. We need to Version 2balance between acting on our best assessment and accepting what is going on. This does not mean we accept it without acting to change it. It means that we act from inner peace and intuitive presence instead of reactive emotion.

Self-observation is the greatest boon to intuition. Intuition is strengthened or obviated by our capacity to self-observe.

The most difficult and some of the most important Inner Work consists of self-observing our survival reactions and defense systems. When these are kicked up and in action it is all but impossible to access intuition, for it will be biased by fear and speculation, and often from energies that do not originate with us, clouding perception.

It is easy to understand how we naturally go out into our environment to collect information and impressions when we are uneasy, to try to sense what is going on. This opens us to external energies. When we are at peace, we go out to gather impressions and then return to ourselves, releasing them.

When we are burdened by fear or survival issues, the emotions and imbalances this causes in our energy systems causes our energy to become sticky to and hold onto matching fear and anger energy from the outside. This is the energy-equivalent of the mental process of case-building, where one builds up a biased point of view by gathering evidence.

Mental types are more prone to case building. Emotional types are more prone to reactive emotion. Body or sensation types are more prone to instinctual gut level defense. All of us have all three functions. Ability to self-observe each of these reactive stances in ourselves is an advantage. This skill can be challenging to develop, but if we cannot, accessing accurate intuition and inner Guidance will be spotty at best. Actions taken from clear perception and intuitive Guidance are more positive, powerful, and peaceful than actions taken from a reactive stance.

In general, the less aware we are of our reactivity the more it runs us. Intervention consists of bringing one’s self back into balance. To do so, we need to accept What Is, self-soothe, relax our reactions, and shed external influence so we can identify what belongs to us and what does not. In our current political climate one needs to do this multiple times a day. When we do not, negative emotions and energies build up and create painful and frightening imbalances, and we are unable to take clear and effective action, or to calm ourselves. Noticing that we are able to be safe and okay just in this one particular moment can help body chemistry return to normal so that clarity is possible.

What is your tendency when you go into fear?

How does this influence your ability to access inner Guidance?

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6 Responses to “Accessing Intuition in Challenging Circumstances”

  1. Therese 16 February 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    Anger is my most frequent fear based reaction. I just realized this morning that I most often get angry when I feel like I’m supposed to have an answer to something and I don’t. I get that this reaction is because I was held responsible for things going “wrong” even when I had no control over the situation. Even now, I seem to draw to me people who get upset with me when I don’t solve their problems. This is definitely something I need to release. Now that I’ve identified it, maybe I can release it.

    Anytime I’m in a fear based reaction, guidance, while available, is not accessible for me. I can’t think of anything except survival. If I can pull my mind out of the fear for even a moment, then Guidance is accessible to me.

    • Teresa Dietze 16 February 2017 at 3:21 pm #

      Good insight, Therese.

      I’m wondering whether drawing people who get upset if one doesn’t solve their problems naturally goes along with being a loving person. It is quite likely that people unconsciously project their parents onto people who are loving. What do you think?

      Indeed, being in survival stimulates the adrenals, which put us into fight-and-flight/short-term reaction, making long term thinking almost impossible.



  2. Therese 17 February 2017 at 9:19 am #

    The thought about loving people drawing to them people looking for parental replacements is not something that had ever occurred to me. I can see where that could be entirely true and it would explain why I react so differently with different people. The difference in the reaction, on my part, would be an unconscious reaction based on what I feel they are used to receiving as a response from their parents. It would explain so much. This feels like a Truth or very close to a Truth. Thank you for sharing. I’ve often wondered at the wide variety of my reactions. I’m really going to sit with this.

    I was going to write maybe I can make a change that will help them but that, again, feels like being responsible for the world. I want people to take responsibility for their own lives. I want a response that resolves what I need to learn, doesn’t cause more harm to the other person, and yet leaves them responsible for figuring out how to get what they desire on their own.

    Yes, to the fight or flight mode. Thankfully, when I’m looking around for the buoy to save me from drowning, I sometimes see the one I know is my connection to my Guides and I will cling to it. Sometimes I can’t see it.

    With Love,

    • Teresa Dietze 17 February 2017 at 10:44 am #

      Dear Therese,

      I’m really glad that was useful to you. Sometimes sociology and looking at the other people helps flesh out the element of attracting certain types of people. It’s great that you look to see how the same things operate internally, to understand them.

      While it is not always a person’s purpose, in general I suspect that the more one develops one’s self, the more one tends to find one’s self in service to others. Part of this is a natural expression of Love. Part of it is that wisdom confers more extensive utility. Part may be cultural, religious or spiritual conditioning. Part may be that most of us like being purposeful. I’m sure there are other elements.

      In any case, each of us needs to determine how, when, where, and how much to give. This is a very important aspect of personal development. Over-giving is as much of an issue as under-giving. It takes practice, self awareness, and wisdom to bring this balance into alignment with one’s Being. This balance is also active, not static. It changes in accordance with different internal and external conditions. How and why we manage this is central to who we are. Motivation is paramount.

      For many people, giving more moves them toward balance and better self esteem. For over-givers, learning to give from intention instead of from guilt or automatic reaction pushes the learning curve. But this is too simple. Almost all of us tend to give too much in some departments and not enough in others. Too much and too little are both types of rigidity, as is having to do things the same way all the time.

      Wisdom and being conversant with our values alongside our energy and inner Guidance allow us to make intelligent and connected decisions to bring about this balance amidst life’s changing landscape.



  3. Tom 18 February 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Thank you Teresa! This blog spoke to me again, and helped to settle me down when I was feeling stretched to somewhere on the continuum approaching the limit. 🙂


    • Teresa Dietze 18 February 2017 at 9:59 am #

      So glad to hear that, Tom. Helps inspire me to keep writing.

      Sending a hug,


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