This week I had the pleasure of doing an email interview with Angela Artemis about Intuition and how it can help us in our lives.
She has recently written a book called The Intuition Principle which I read last week.
There's two reasons I wanted to interview her and ask her about Intuition:
1) She was my partner in the guided meditation program The Re-Awakening and it was great working with her
2) Intuition is such a fascinating topic and it's definitely worth the time getting to know more about the subject.
So here is the interview I conducted with Angela, about Intuition.
Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to "speak intuition" so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now "“ not later. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is an Amazon best-selling author. Her newest book is, "The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life you Dream Of," Readers are welcomed to download free bonus material here.
Interview with Angela Artemis
Can you tell us what intuition is and why it's important?
Intuition is your own inner wisdom. It arises spontaneously after the mind has searched all of its memory banks for the answer or solution you need.
It normally comes as a small voice you hear in the back of your mind, like a whisper gently nudging youto make the right choices and decisions in your life. It can tell us when we should be wary of a person and when we should act upon an opportunity. Many times due to its spontaneous nature it feels like an "aha" moment. It can be a "gut feeling," a feeling of "knowing" or as mentioned a "whisper" or voice at the back of your mind.
It's extremely important if we wish to live an authentic and successful life.
If you aren't aware of your intuition or ignore it you are blocking yourself from receiving information that is vital to your life. This information could warn you not to do something or point you toward doing something incredible. In both instances this information could be life altering.
The nagging voice not to do something could keep you from stepping out into the street and getting hit by a car. This same voice in another instance, could nudge you to go over to someone at a restaurant and introduce yourself who might be just the person you need to know to get a project off the ground.
How do we know when we are in touch with our intuition?
The easiest way to begin to identify your intuition is to think back and remember all the times you ignored it. We have a tendency to recall our mistakes much more easily than our successes with intuition. Try to remember a time when you did something that went wrong and afterward you recalled that you had a "feeling" or a thought just prior to doing it telling you not to do it. This is a great way to train yourself to become aware of your intuition. By remembering your mistake you now have an example of what experiencing your intuition feels and sounds like to you.
Is it really possible to heighten our sense of intuition?
Yes, absolutely. You can increase your intuition with a bit of focus and practice. All you need to do is create a system to become aware of it. There are two very simple methods you can begin using immediately that are effective.
Devote some time each day to getting quiet and "listening" to your thoughts. Sit quietly for 15 minutes each day. Try to observe your thoughts and not engage in them. After some practice you'll begin hearing your own inner voice or feeling an impulse to do something "“ this is your intuition. Listen to these spontaneous ideas when they arise and if they appeal to you take action.
The other easy method of heightening your intuition is to create the practice of writing down any and all ideas that come to mind during your day that you feel were inspired by your intuition. Doing this instills a habit of focusing on your intuition throughout the day. Keep a small notepad with you at all times. Whenever an idea spontaneously arises "“ jot it down. If the idea appeals to you take action.
The more you create the intention to hear your intuition by focusing upon it the more often it will come through.
Can you give us some examples in your own life when intuition has served you well?
I followed my intuition to quit my job and go back to school and it was the best decision I ever made.
I ended up going back, changing my major to writing and communications, graduating with honors and getting a scholarship to NYU graduate school. It was the happiest and most exciting time of my life. I knew it was all meant to be because of the many fortunate coincidences which occurred once I allowed my intuition to guide me to the right path in my life.
I attended a seminar and felt strongly pulled to introduce myself to a woman there. I had the strangest feeling that we were destined to work together. It turned out she owned her own marketing and public relations firm. A year later we began working together. Working in marketing and public relations was a turning point and complete change for me from the financial industry which, I had been dying to get away from.
More recently I was intuitively inspired to send you one of my recorded meditations which led to our working together to create the "ReAwakening Guided Meditation program." This is my new favorite example of how intuition can lead us to new ventures and success in our lives!
What's your favourite example of when intuition has helped someone?
I was contacted by the parents of a missing teenager. She'd been missing for three days and they were frantic. The police had no clues. I told them she was alive and camping out by a lake. I also told them she would be found in two days. The police found her two days later and she had been camping out by a lake. The parents called me to tell me and were ecstatic!
Why did you write the book 'The Intuition Principle'?
After years of struggle I finally realized that many problems in my life were the result of not following my intuition. I was not in touch with my intuition in my life. I never understood how "subtle" intuition was so I kept expecting this "booming voice" which only led me to ignore the soft whispers of my intuition further.
Being out of touch with my intuition caused me to make important decisions for myself based on what others expected of me rather than upon what I truly wanted. I did this over and over. I went into the wrong career, married the wrong person and even lost money in the real estate market because I put more faith in the opinion of others rather than in trusting my own inner guidance. I was miserable until I made the decision to listen to my intuition for every single decision from that point forward. Doing this was the turning point in my life.
"The Intuition Principle" is a handbook for others to avoid the making the same mistakes as I did, based on years of research I did on this topic initially, to heal my own life. When I made the decision to listen to my intuition 100 percent of the time, my life began to turn around. When I saw how my life had changed I wanted to share this information with others.
Who would benefit from reading the book?
The Intuition Principle is for anyone who finds life challenging and wishes to learn to hear their intuition clearly in order to be guided to answers and solutions. When we face one problem after another it is a sign of not being in touch with our inner wisdom. Instead of flowing with the current of life we go against it when we ignoreour intuition. Listening to our intuition is the way to steer our lives toward success in all our endeavors.
The book is also especially useful to anyone who has yet to identify their true calling and life purpose. Getting in touch with our intuition is the way fastest way to find out who we were meant to be and what we were meant to do in this life.
What is the "Fabulousity Factor?"
The "fabulousity factor" is the term I use to describe when your life flows smoothly and almost effortlessly because you have listened to your intuition and are now on the right track. When you are on the path you were meant to be fortunate coincidences such as serendipity and synchronicity abound. Opportunities present themselves and the answers to problems appear just when you need them. You are joyous and feel as if your life is "golden." Who couldn't use more of that!
What is the "Intuition Principle?"
"The Intuition Principle is a concept that within you exists an innate technology, your intuition, capable of both guiding you to and attracting to you the life and happiness you've always dreamed of." P. 10 "The Intuition Principle."
By listening to your intuition you are guided to follow the right path in your life. The right path in life is the one you are most passionate about and excited about following. It is the path that best utilizes your gifts and abilities and feels effortless to you. Being on the right path leads to opportunities that open doors to your success. The joyous feeling you get from doing something that your soul craves is the mechanism that attracts more opportunity into your life along this path. "The Intuition Principle" is a guidebook for learning to navigate your life by intuition directly to the most joyous path for your life.