When we are undecided, it’s often said we can be in two minds about it. Conventional thinking about thinking might think that our left and right brain are in some disharmony and debate. Our left brain focusing on detail somehow disagreeing with the right brain's holistic vision.
The smart Spirited Woman knows differently. The difference of opinion is actually between your head and your heart with your gut also playing a starring role.
Friends, family and the media might tell you one thing and that's to follow convention. But, something in your gut tells you there is another way. If our heart is not in it, whatever it is most likely will be doomed to failure. You know, if you soley follow your head, you will regret it in the medium to long term.
This of course is easier to say with 20:20 hindsight. Sometimes when our head overrules, it does it with everyones' best interests at heart. We often serve others first, somehow justifying it with the thought our time will come and everything will be alright in the end. Any mother who has put her career and life on hold ahead of her family will resonate with this.
There is help at hand to arbitrate in the tussle between the two minds of head and heart. You can bring a third mind into play that brings a higher wisdom to the party.
The ethereal whispers I mentioned earlier in this series come from a variety of sources - some depending on your belief set. They can be seen as future memories leaking back in time from a ’future you’. They might be messages from your ’Higher Self’. Those blessed with such sensitivities may be tuned into their Guides or even the Angels and Archangels. I know of some women who work with the elemental forces of nature. Note that most, but by no means all, left brained men are of course oblivious to any of this.
So how do you go about unscrambling the thoughts in your mind and begin to know which is which?
Let's start with conscious mind thoughts. If you are rehearsing something you plan to say or have said, that's your conscious mind in operation. If you are reading something out or talking to yourself, again that's the self aware conscious mind.
Our gut and heart minds in evolutionary terms are much older and ’speak’ in a rudimentary language. The gut will give a Yes/No or Go/No Go - and it is always right and a few seconds ahead of our awareness. It also acts as your protector. Ask it now if this blog is right or wrong and you'll get to understand how it speaks to you.
Our hearts give us a level, say from one to ten or cold through luke warm to hot. This heat can even change our body chemistry and make us flush.
The best way to tap into ethereal whispers is when our conscious mind is quiet. Meditation is the obvious method but these whispers are there all day if we want to tune in. They often sneak in during the cusp between sleeping and waking. They appear against the stream of self talk, perhaps when you are performing a repetitive task like driving. They also manifest as signs, often repeated, such as numbers or even headlines in a newspaper, blog or tweet.
With a little practice, we can all tune into these ethereal thoughts and even enter the meditative state permanently with our eyes open.
With some more practice, you can also ‘move’ our consciousness from your self-talking, frontal lobes to other areas in our neurology. The best way to comprehend this is to actually experience it so here's a couple of visualisations - Reminding Yourself and Ethereal Whispers - to help you tune in to your ‘other minds’.
Let me know by way of comment what ’turns up’.