FIONA REILLY: “Four Tips for Effective Listening”

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The gift of being heard is something really precious. Having someone listen attentively to our expression or story is very healing and can enable us find our own understanding, acceptance, balance and joy again. Listening sounds like a very simple thing and indeed it is, yet many of us struggle to listen effectively. Being a good listener requires being present and fully attentive to the other. It is not about offering advice or fixing anything or making the other feel better, it’s simply being there and paying attention.

“Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.”

~Margaret J. Wheatley

Four Tips for Effective Listening

So how might we listen more effectively… there are many things that can help! Below I outline four suggestions that I have found to be fundamental to good listening.

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SADHGURU: “How Your Energy System And Imagination Are Connected”

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” If you have conclusions about everything, there is no possibility, no receptivity. If you have conclusions, you do not have to be attentive — you can go through life like you are dead. The more conclusions you have, the more rigor mortis there is in your mind and in your body as well.”

~Sadhguru

There is a certain geometry to the physical existence and to the energy existence. Everything in the universe, from the atomic to the cosmic, works the way it does because of geometric perfection. One of the most fundamental and the most stable forms in geometry is a triangle. In the human energy system, there are two equilateral triangles — an upward-pointing one below, and a downward-pointing one above. Normally, these two triangles meet just above the anahata. To work with your mind and imagination, it is important to adjust the alignment of the two triangles…

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JOHN HOLLAND: “Synchronicities And You”

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Is your soul trying to get your attention?

Synchronicities and so-called coincidences are clear signs that the Divine Source is knocking on your door.  Sometimes it could be a soft tap or for those times when you’re not paying attention, it could be a loud bang!

When source works through synchronicities, it can manifest itself in some pretty unique ways.  I have my own definition and refer to them as my divine nudges.  For example, it’s when I hear the same phrase or saying from more than one person in a day?  It’s when the same numbers keep showing up in your life?  Has someone mentioned the same person you were just thinking of?  Have you met someone out of the blue who seemed to answer a question that you were just pondering?

How to tell if it is synchronicities?

These are all just signs for you, and I encourage you to pause, be open, and pay attention but most importantly, acknowledge that the source is sending you a message.

I know this man who was having a hard time switching careers and it was clearly causing him a lot of stress with all the unanswered questions.  He was offered a new job and wasn’t sure if he wanted to leave the security of his existing job where he’d worked for years.  One day as he was driving to work and in a state of indecisiveness, he found himself asking himself all the nagging questions that torment us at such times:

  • “Should I take the new job?”
  • “Will I be happy?”
  • “Am I doing the right thing?”

At that precise moment as he was churning the questions over and over, he looked up and saw a bus drive by and for some reason, he read the billboard on the side of the bus. It was a Nike advertisement with the slogan:

“Just Do It!”

These are not just coincidences!  I don’t believe there are accidents in this intelligent universe.  It’s times like these that you should ask yourself: “What am I supposed to be learning or doing right now?”  I feel when these synchronistic events happen, it’s the inner workings of your soul showing up in your outside physical world.

Tips on tapping into, and working with, synchronicities

This week try to notice if synchronistic events are happening around you and your life.  Here are a few tips to assist you to Begin to notice and act on those divine nudges.

The more you notice and pay attention to meaningful synchronistic events and coincidences, the easier it gets for them to multiply in your life.

  • Notice when you run in to people unexpectedly.  Really listen to what’s being said in the conversation and the hidden message that could be there for you.
  • If there’s a certain problem in your life, try to let it go and turn it over to synchronicity.  What you’re saying to the Divine Source is: “OK, show me! Let me be aware and act when the answer or guidance is being presented to me.”
  • Work with your journal and intuition to become even more aware when source is knocking on your door.
  • Believe that it’s possible.  A positive attitude enhances the experience, just as a negative attitude will shut it down.

This article maybe the first from me you have seen, you may have had this forwarded to you from a friend, or someone might have simply had you read this after you just told them of a so called coincidence that has or keeps showing up in your life.  You were meant to receive this newsletter with this message.  This is another example of synchronicity trying to get your attention.

As I’ve said: “There are no accidents!  I truly believe that life tries to show us miracles every day, if we would simply notice — and act upon them.”

Live a Soul-Filled Life!

 

 

About the author: John Holland is an artist, author, public speaker, and psychic medium. To learn more about John Holland, visit http://www.johnholland.com.  ~via BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

 

SARAH PROUT: “5 Warning Signs From Your Higher Self You Should Never Ignore”

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Never ignore these signs from your higher self!

We all have intuitive powers, or higher vibrations, that help guide us throughout our lives. It’s also been referred to as a “little voice,” or “gut feeling.”

Some people feel it more strongly than others, but it’s there in all of us.  I’m sure you’ve heard stories about how people have listened to their higher self warnings and how it saved them from a dangerous situation.

Sometimes those messages are subtle and range from just a feeling that something isn’t right to a message that sounds, in your head, as if it’s coming through on a loudspeaker.  Either way, intuition is like a muscle.  The more you work at developing it, the stronger it will become.

Below I’ve listed 5 warning signs from your higher self that you should pay special attention to.

1.  Recurring dreams or recurring synchronicities.

Do you have the same dream over and over again or the same event recurring in your life?  Maybe you keep seeing the same person over and over in your city.  If so, there is a reason behind it.  It’s a message to you, an instruction and sometimes a warning.  Look for clues, follow them, and see if you can make sense of the reason this keeps happening over and over.

 2.  You have feelings or thoughts that don’t make sense.

Have you ever met someone and immediately disliked them for no good reason, then later find out something about them that confirmed your feeling was correct?  While it may be perceived at times as an unfair judgement, if you have a certain thought about someone, there must be a reason for it.

That said, you also can’t allow fear to govern your instincts.  For instance, you can’t constantly be checking your partner’s phone to see if they’re cheating on you because more than likely you will create that experience from your lack of trust.  However, when you have a gut feeling about someone or something just allow it to be and let it play out.

 3.  You feel like something just isn’t right.

When you have a feeling deep down in your gut that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.  Don’t ignore it.  Go with your gut, and follow those hunches.  Keep alert, look for signs, seek second or even third opinions until you prove your gut feeling was right or not.

If you find that what you felt wasn’t correct or true, it’s time to do some soul searching to see if you have biases that made you feel uneasy and work to rid yourself of them.

4.  You notice signs of alignment.

If you’re living life being true to yourself, signs of alignment from the Universe are frequently presented to you.  These signs can be messages from your higher self that you are on the right path.  Follow them and you’ll increase the odds of fulfilling your potential.

5.  You ignore what your body is trying to tell you.

You have a pesky cough that won’t go away, recurring headaches or a lump that suddenly appears.  Whatever it is, you can’t afford to ignore the health symptoms that your body is presenting to you.  Our bodies work just like everything else in our lives; if you ignore problems, they will get bigger until you do something about them.  Pay attention to the feedback your body is giving you.

 

 

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LISSA RANKIN: “Are You Listening To The Universe?”

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We get all kinds of signs from the universe daily, yet decoding them and applying them to our everyday lives is a bit more of a challenge. 

The tricky thing is, you may not recognize the guidance at first. It may be totally unnoticeable, or even if you do notice it, it’s easy to discredit it as only a coincidence. The Universe doesn’t leave you and your stubbornness out to dry, though. Ignore the first signs, and the universe will persist and get more obvious. It might come in the form of physical symptoms, or occurrences that shove you out of your comfort zone.

Pay attention when you notice any of the following:

     1.   Occurrences that you might even call coincidence, except that the timing is too perfect.

     2.   Dreams that offer you messages or suggestions.

     3.   Books (or blog posts) that speak directly to where you are in your life.

     4.   Physical symptoms that signal something deeper (like back pain when you’re carrying the weight of the world on your back). Refer to Louise Hay (get a free pdf book)

     5.   Roadblocks on your current path. If something seems much harder than it should, it may be a sign that you’re supposed to take a fork in the road. When you’re listening to your calling and in the flow, things can feel effortless.

     6.   Messages that arise during meditation.

     7.   Gut feelings or instincts you can’t ignore.

     8.   Something someone says that cuts right to the core of you.

     9.   A sense of inner knowing that something is true, even though it feels completely crazy, implausible, or unachievable.

    10.   Song lyrics that pop up over and over again.

    11.  Answers to prayer that direct your path.

    12.  People you attract who share your calling and guide the way or share the path with you.

The universe doesn’t always speak clearly

Sometimes messages are garbled, not necessarily because the universe doesn’t know how to deliver clear messages, but more likely, because you only half-listening. You could tell when the universe is trying to communicate – strange coincidences would happen, serendipities abound, books fall open as if by accident, dreams appear. They’re confusing. They don’t answer questions directly.

You still have a choice, no matter what the Universe says or does. You can be smacked in the face with the answers, and you can still decide not to listen. Free Will is a funny thing when it comes to spiritual guidance. But we don’t have to follow the guidance. We may either fail to observe the signs or ignore the signs.

You could ask for guidance:

 

    “If there’s any action I’m supposed to take, please make it known.” 

    “If I’m supposed to do [insert what you’re confused about], please send me a sign.” 

    “Please use my dreams to deliver any messages You wish me to receive.” 

 

Don’t forget that the Universe seems more likely to guide you if you’re actually brave enough to follow the guidance.

 

Don’t Forget To Say THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

 

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