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The Intuitive Emotion!

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The Intuitive Emotion!

Last week, we learned to channel sadness and access the gifts it brings us. We also learned that many meditation systems utilize the gifts of sadness without realizing which emotion they’re using. This confusion about emotions is universal; we’re trained from our earliest days to see emotions as troublesome, or negative, or as the opposite of rationality.

None of that is true, but these ideas get repeatedso often that they become self-fulfilling prophecies. When we treat our emotions as problems, they become problematic. However, when we can learn to see them with more clarity, we can find the gifts, messages, and skills they bring us.

Channeling Your Natural Intuition

For this exercise, you’ll need a quiet place where you can sit or stand comfortably.

When you’ve found your quiet place, lean your body forward a little bit, and try to hear the quietest sound in your area. Keep your shoulders down and away from your ears; good posture helps your hearing. You can also open your mouth a little (relaxing your jaw creates more space in your ears) and gently move your head around as you pinpoint the quietest sound and filter out the more obvious ones. Keep your eyes open, but rely on your ears for now.

When you’ve located your quiet sound, hold still for a moment. Stand up and try to locate the sound with your eyes, then move toward it recalibrating as you near your sound. Time may seem to slow down somewhat, your skin may feel more sensitive (almost as if it’s sensing the air around you), and your mind may clear itself of anything that isn’t related to your quiet sound. When you pinpoint the sound, thank the emotion that helped you find it. Thank your fear.

Surprising, isn’t it? Healthy and free-flowing fear is nothing more or less than your instincts and your intuition. When you need it to, your fear focuses you and all of your senses, it scans your environment and your stored memories, and it increases your ability to respond effectively to new or changing situations. When your fear flows nicely, you’ll feel focused, centered, capable, and agile. Thank your fear.

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Karla McLaren

Though Karla McLaren created her empathic approach to emotions to help people heal from trauma, she ended up discovering how emotions help us think, decide, and relate to each other brilliantly. Her newest book and audio learning set, "The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You", teaches you how to use your natural empathy and discover the gifts and messages inside every emotion you have. Karla and her husband Tino live in Santa Cruz, California.


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3:37AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

I like this way of looking at emotions.

5:57AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


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3:58PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

I just took a arahata yoga class on Tuesday and the teacher was explaining how emotions are not bad but there to teach us. I never understood this. I had been told from many sources that I was too sensitive. Luckily I went through a process a few years ago and decided to listen to my own heart about being sensitive. I came to the conclusion that my sensitivity is a gift. I now try never to listen to naysayers but listen to what I already know deep inside. Faith equals peace for me.

8:21AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Thanks, and yes it is a cute kittycat1

11:45PM PDT on Jul 18, 2010

Ah yes negative feedback re our emotions or 'sensitive gifts', i can relate to that, only too well. i was clairaudient as a child, i remember it, & as we all do when something exciting is happening to us, i shared it with the adults near me at the time... it was almost destroyed & buryed, not dead thankfully, by the ridicule & negativity i received. i'm in the process of digging it up from the depths of me, not easy but with gentle persistence i know i'm slowly getting there. In regard to fear, i have personally found it a barrier to spirituality & most all else, fear not understood & dealt with consiously often prompts anger, after many years of Vipassana i know most of mine is up-rooted. i understand what is discussed here is a great way of working with fear, first comes acknowledment & utilising it positively, then the journey begins...

4:17PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

I have been told since a very youngbage that I'm too sensitive and that my fear is not an ok emotion. There is so much judgement around fear. It was awesome to read this and get a different perspective, greater understanding and to actually value myself more. Thanks for publishing this life changing article!

5:09PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

Cute kitty cat.

12:44PM PDT on Jul 6, 2010

This has me interested. I want to give it a try, and to find out more about it, as well as, the other emotions.

3:12PM PDT on Jul 5, 2010


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Such excitement, cute. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for sharing.:

One more tip: learn to think when you consume :)


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