After my free class on honing intuition a couple of weeks ago, a participant wrote to me to ask: 

What do I do when it feels like my inner compass is pointing in many different directions?

I’m not sure what decisions she’s facing exactly. But if she’s like most of my clients, she’s trying to figure out which career path she should pursue. Does she try to negotiate a healthier work schedule at the non-profit where she works? Or go back to school to become a social worker? Or start her own business as a consultant? 

How the heck is she supposed to figure out what path is for her before committing to one?

It can feel so confusing when you feel pointed in many different directions. 

Of course you want to pick the right future. The thing about intuition, though, is that it speaks in the present moment. 

Our inner guidance systems are indeed better equipped when we have a vision of the next horizon we long for (we’ll delve into this in the next free class). But what intuition is really good at is telling you “yes” or “no” about your next steps forward. “Don’t go that way.” “Go this way.” 

It’s like you’re walking down a road, and every so often, you come to a fork. 

Your intuition tells you which path to take, but it doesn’t tell you why exactly.

Where your compass is pointing you toward is something you sense in your body, not something you figure out in your head. All of the trying to figure it out can create a lot of noise that makes it even harder to sense what your body is saying.

The problem is, it can feel nerve-wracking, almost impossible, to stop trying to figure out what to do. It can be scary to trust intuition because it can ask you to pivot to a new path and let go of things that you’ve invested a lot of time or energy in. 

One way to develop trust in your compass is to consistently practice getting what I call the “inside view” and the “outside view.” 

The inside view is comprised of the sensations, emotions, images, and thoughts that arise in your body. The outside view is taking baby steps to share your ideas with people you trust and conduct small, information-gathering experiments and listening to what you hear back (we’ll cover how to do this more in the third class in our series: The Allies).

If you practice getting the inside view and the outside view, taking one baby step in the direction you feel a “yes” about, and reflecting on what you learn, you will move forward in the direction that is right for you, step by step by step.

If you’re facing a major decision, and you feel like your compass is pointing you in many directions, I invite you to do the following exercise:

  • Get pieces of paper to represent two very different options you’re considering. In just a couple of words, write down the option that each piece of paper represents. Place the pieces of paper on the floor, several feet in front of you. 
  • Then, standing several feet back from the first paper, very slowly walk toward it. Move so slowly that you can sense the sensations and emotions that arise as you do. Pay attention to your body as you stand in front of the paper. Write down what you notice.
  • Now, do the same with the other piece of paper, approaching slowly, paying exquisite attention to your body, and jotting down what you notice.
  • When you’re finished noticing what you notice, reflect on what you discovered. What are you taking away from this process? 

There are many other steps you can take to get clear on which direction your compass is pointing you to, but noticing the sensations in your body is the first step.

I am wishing you much discovery and revelation on the path ahead!

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Much love,

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