It is early hours of the morning. There is a mist hanging over the valley. The air is brisk and autumnal and there is the scent of charcoal smoke and incense wafting into my room. There is a crisp silence. It is only when I venture out of my room I can hear the gentle chanting of monks as they chant the sutras in the middle hall. This is the first morning of a mindfulness meditation retreat at Guang Jue Temple near Zaoxi China in Zhejiang province. It is the ideal place to come and find inner peace and spiritual healing within a Buddhist context. Many come here digressing from the tourist track in an attempt to find inner happiness and a couple of days to de-stress. As I sit on my cushion with several others from different parts of the globe with Guan Yin the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy glancing over me from the main alter I cannot help but wonder about the monks and lay persons who have meditated in this very spot over the centuries finding their own spiritual healing and inner peace in their journey to hopeful enlightenment. Spiritual healing is perhaps misunderstood by many
All of us were created with an innate inner wisdom which guides our lives, serves as an inner “truth meter” and helps us to make important decisions at critical turning points in our lives. Some call this natural gift intuition, spiritual guidance or “gut feelings”. Each of us connects to intuition in our own unique ways. Those with artistic or musical gifts may call upon their muse to inspire them with creative ideas. Those whose work involves great physical or mental endurance may connect with their inner wisdom by challenging themselves deeply to break through the barriers that usually stand between themselves and their inner gifts. Some of us may live very busy lives with little time to tune into our inner guidance, but our dreams serve as messengers to share with us the important information we may have tuned out in the midst of a busy day. Our intuition is a profound gift which connects our embodied physical self with our divine spiritual essence. The soul can communicate with our embodied self through this line of light, and we can develop this inner connection over time through meditation, prayer, and the desire to know ourselves more deeply. Our intuition
Have you ever had an experience, when, someone you know or someone you have not seen in a long time all of a sudden “pops” into your head? Then, a short time later you get a call from this person out of the blue….creepy huh! Well, not really! This has happened to me, and I’m sure, many others on more than just one occasion. In fact, when working in my office, my office manager and I use to bet a small wager on who we thought would be calling the office soon after we got that “intuitive connection”. Unfortunately, I find that most people simply discount the fact that events like these take place more often than they are willing to admit. For me, I wanted more. I wanted to explore the finer details that make this work. Is a “gut feeling” just that…a “gut feeling”, or is there more to this? Here’s how I validate my intuitive feelings. OK, I am getting ahead of myself. First, let me provide you with some background on the subject of intuition, here is what I have found to be true. We are all born with an intuitive sense. Yes, it’s already there!