Listening to Your Inner Advisor

The Master observes the world 
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
~ Lao Tzu

Conversation with myself
Conversation with Myself, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

a resonating voice
soundless yet influential
listen and trust it

Have you ever looked inside yourself to find answers to your questions, whether it’s help with a problem, a project, making decisions, finding out what’s behind some of our health issues and what we need to heal, determining the reason for certain recurring memories, or even why some situations seem to trigger strong emotions, etc.?  Our questions can involve a variety of issues, and sometimes the answers you receive can be very surprising, as depicted in my photo above.

Those who understand or practice mind/body exercises like meditation or guided imagery probably understand how important it is to consult and trust our inner voices, ie., tapping into our subconscious for help (also referred to as our “inner advisor” or “inner physician” – I like to use the term “inner advisor,” which I introduced in my posting here about a year ago ).  This also helps build and strengthen our intuition.

The image above is a combination of two photos I took of the same bird, which is a male juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak.  The bird on the right represents our “inner advisor” speaking to us with an answer.  The bird on left represents our conscious self who is receiving an unexpected answer from our inner advisor.

As I have learned in my pain psychology sessions, asking your inner advisor questions and listening to yourself is GOLD.  Listen to those strong feelings you have in your gut.  It may feel like an “aha,” or “yeah, that’s it!” or something that just feels really right.  Personally, what I have recognized since learning and practicing some of the mind/body tools is that I occasionally get what I call “strong nagging” gut feelings that say “do this”, or “don’t do that.”  It has had a 100% accuracy rate so far, and if I don’t listen, I end up kicking myself in the you-know-what.  Also, I’ve noticed a significant increase in “aha!” moments.  Just in the last couple of weeks alone, I have had two significant “aha” moments from questions I posed to myself as far back as a couple of years ago…which is a good segue into the importance of patience and trust.

Patience, trust and openness in receiving answers are key.  The more resistant we are and the harder we try to seek an answer, the more elusive our inner advisor becomes.  Find a safe place, and get into a quiet and relaxed state.  Do a short meditation or try guided imagery and pose the question to your inner advisor.  Be open to any thoughts and feelings that may arise.  Don’t fret over whether or not an answer will come.  Trust that you will get an answer eventually.  It may occur when we least expect it.

You may find that your gut and feelings are more accurate than you think.  Here are some other key points I received from my pain psychologist:

  • The unconscious knows before the conscious knows what’s going on.  Emotions and your subconscious give you feelings – listen to them.
  • Your stomach (gut feelings) will tell you what the answer is.
  • Generally, people who have consciousness of their feelings and emotions, and listen to themselves, make better decisions.
  • People who listen solely to facts and common sense tend to make less accurate decisions, and usually leave them less satisfied with their decisions.  One reason is because we are sometimes inundated with so many facts and choices that we become confused and overwhelmed. (Do you ever feel like you have information overload from looking at too many websites for facts about making a large purchase?)
  • A suggested balance regarding decision-making would be to focus on 3 or 4 choices and facts, then going with gut feelings after that.  It generally leads to better and more satisfying decisions.

Somewhere within you is a voice that knows exactly what you need.
Learn to trust it!

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nonoymanga
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 21:54:51

    Good read, nice catch!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga


  2. Geraldine
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 22:17:57

    love the pic and some excellent advice too. 🙂 glad I clicked through.


  3. TBM
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 00:52:40

    Great advice! And I love what you did with the photo.


    • Fergiemoto
      Sep 17, 2012 @ 17:19:55

      Thank you, TBM!


    • recoverythrumylens
      Sep 19, 2012 @ 05:57:04

      Fergie, just what I needed to read this am! I’m faced with some major decisions and keep turning them over and over…very overwhelming… What a great help and your photo is wonderful…Thank you!


      • Fergiemoto
        Sep 19, 2012 @ 20:33:19

        Thank you, Meryl! I’m so glad my posting was helpful to you. I relate to what you are saying about feeling overwhelmed and I hope you will be able to find the answers you need. The inner advisor/voice is quite reliable the more open and trusting we are to it.

  4. marina kanavaki
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 01:55:53

    Great post and wonderful interpretation, that photo says it all!
    I find that the more relaxed I am the better “hearing” I get, or else the “monkey brain” takes over!!!


  5. Cat Forsley
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 05:35:45

    LOVE THIS …………….


  6. Anni
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 05:53:13

    Loved reading your commentary here….and the sweet bird image is too grand for words…it’s like neighbors catching up on gossip. At least that’s the first thing I thought of….and it’s so well….just a comfortable, friendly photo!!!

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D’Pot this weekend. I’m a little behind in paying my visits as I had a very busy weekend and wasn’t online much!!! Your sharing is always much appreciated!!


  7. grand-player
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 05:58:25

    My dad used to say, “a little birdie told me” – ha, he would have loved this pic


  8. Boom & Gary
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:50:04

    Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


  9. mcolmo
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 13:04:48

    It’s true, the answer is not out there, but in there…


  10. HansHB
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 13:52:50

    Another great beautiful photo from your hand!


  11. Victoria
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:13:26

    Great post (& lovely photo).
    I go by my gut feeling much more often, that what I perceive as logical or factual. It’s never let me down in recent years.


  12. SichtBar
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 11:47:09

    What a wonderful photo! And a very interesting post.


  13. recoverythrumylens
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 06:06:42

    Reblogged this on Recovery Thru My Lens and commented:
    Here is something wonderful that I read this morning from Fergiemoto and am compelled to share with you. I am under the weather so haven’t been up to creating my own posts but hope to be back before too long!


  14. Robyn Lee
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 10:13:40

    Fergi – this was a phenomenal post – in so many ways. Totally do believe we all have a resource within that is a powerful guide – and if we allow — it comes to our aide time and time again — Inner Wisdom. The trick is to be unfettered by all the external distractions and forces that take us away from it. The ‘open heart’ is essential to foster this. Thank you so much for your insightful and lovely post today! ~ much love – Robyn


  15. artquench
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 21:04:12

    We love this image!


  16. 3D Eye
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 08:39:39

    Enjoyed this post very much. I believe intuition is an essential intelligence through which we access truth directly – we might call it ‘spiritual intelligence’ since it springs from something that’s both within us and without us. As you rightly indicate, intellect and logic can only take us so far in determining truths, and are completely useless when based on false premises and flawed assumptions. Also – no amount of reasoning will allow us to see directly into ourselves – our true essence, and our connection with everything around us. Zen and Taoism stress the importance of meditation for enabling our intuition to function, and we can meditate in lots of ways – whilst sitting still, taking a walk, listening to music, playing an instrument, washing dishes, taking a shower, ‘chopping wood, carrying water’, etc. Finding truth and seeing reality through meditation and intuition – it’s not the same as accessing feelings and emotions, since feelings and emotions are highly personal, sometimes deceptive, and often quite fleeting. Universal truths, on the other hand, are unchanging, and truths about the reality of ourselves are longer term, though not completely unchanging over a long timescale. “Listening to Your Inner Adviser” is a great concept, and an essential life skill. Thank you for the reminder. GF


    • Fergiemoto
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 14:54:01

      Great information and wisdom here! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and thank you for your many visits and likes on my postings. I really appreciate it.


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