INTUITIVE HIT KNOCKS WOMAN OFF BICYCLE

Sometimes Intuition Hits, Knocks, or even Burns. I don’t know about you, for me it’s never subtle.  Which brings me back to my Intuitive Hit that knocked me off my bicycle!

Riding along the bike path on a recent Hot summer afternoon, I felt a surge of energy run through my forearms and a burst of light flood my eyes. Fortunately the bike path has friendly riders because I had to suddenly stop and get off my bicycle.  Fortunate because otherwise I would have caused a bike crash!

It’s like that. Intuition hits are spontaneous.

I haven’t found a potion or spell to conjure Intuition upon demand.  In fact, what I have found true, is that Intuition usually Hits when I least expect it.

You know, like when you lose your car keys, you find them when you’re NOT looking for them. Or the lyrics to a song you choose to remember come to you in the middle of the night. Why am I going ‘there’?  Intuition Hits an ‘open’ mind, not cluttered mind.

Ahhh…the quiet mind is the creative mind…

My mind usually quiets down when I’m physically engaged in an activity like bicycling or gardening. I Love those times when my mind falls into rhythm and I’m quiet inside.  Funny how fast breathing and thumping heart beat are quieting.  It’s the rhythm that calms me.

Here we go again-Paradox!

When I’m quiet and open-

Thwack! another Intuitive Hit! bops me on the side of my head, knocking me off my center or what I thought was center–only to find I have a much wider center.  

Maybe that’s why they’re called Intuitive Hits.  I’m remembering the Classic V-8 commercial

I could of had a V8!” With a knock on the side of the forehead.

I was proven wrong the other day.  I had to let go of what I thought was holding me up.  The Intuitive Hit that knocked me off my bicycle.

Until recently, I believed that we move into the empty spaces. I found myself waiting. Waiting for empty spaces. Have you noticed lately there are over 7 billion of us on this planet.  Waiting for empty spaces means waiting and watching your life pass you by!

Waiting for empty space to appear is like waiting for an empty lane during rush hour traffic!

During a session my client was saying she’s waiting for the opening…I felt my jaws tighten and a tight grip on the top of my stomach. Grrr. I’m angry! And with that familiar burn on the back of my ear lobes-and bitter taste on my tongue-to help me swallow my arrogance- I realized how much I say that! I’m waiting. Waiting for an empty space to appear…

And what followed that surge of anger? A familiar quiet voice in my head saying:

“Darlin’ you’ll keep waiting for a lifetime!  Nope. No empty spaces left with 7 billion of us crawling all over this big blue ball of love called Earth!  You. YOU create an empty space INSIDE you. Don’t wait for an empty space OUTSIDE you to appear.”

I’m gonna be chewin’ on this one for a lifetime!

How can I ‘see’ or experience an empty space inside me? As a long time ecstatic dancer…stillness…is the last of the 5 Rhythms. Flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and then stillness. My stillness shows up after a ‘hard’ dance. After sweat and tears. After moving a lot OUT of my system, I might experience a brief moment of stillness.

In my 22 card Tarot Deck that I created-the second card is Empty Space.

My higher self knows of this, yet my ‘lower self’ has no clue. In an altered state I ‘download’ poetry about Empty Space…make a simple alter with empty space on it…pause briefly in between sentences when talking…yet I feel unacquainted with feeling Empty Space from the INSIDE – empty space Inside Me?  Hmmm…Isn’t that called ‘Space Cadet’? Owch!

The quiet voice inside me…

“Move into the empty spaces INSIDE  your heart, mind and Soul.

Seize opportunity-by creating opportunity.

Create invitation-instead of waiting to be invited.”  Ohhh…I’m starting to get it.

I remember going to high school dances. I didn’t stand along the wall waiting for someone to ask me to dance. I grabbed a nearby girlfriend and jumped into the middle of the dance floor. I didn’t wait for a guy to ask me out on a date. I would invite a male friend to join me on a bike ride -or picnic. Waiting to be invited feels vulnerable. As a teen-ager it felt ‘stupid’ (clear sign of arrogance). Why do girls wait for invitation and boys initiate? As an eager young adult I didn’t wait for empty spaces. I assumed spaces were empty until I stepped into the middle of the scene. Where did that attitude go?

It sprouted with the Harmonic Convergence and continued to grow into the early 90’s. It’s what I learned in the New Age Manual on How to be Spiritually Enlightened!  For example on a summer day in 1992, I rented a horse to ride along the Oregon Coast. I gently nudged my horse to go, requesting it’s permission to ride. The horse stood still. I sat on the horse going nowhere. My friend rode off. I petted the horse visualizing us riding along the beach.  The horse didn’t move a muscle while I meditated a fun ride.  While I waited to move with my horse, my friend had fun riding his horse. I didn’t have fun sitting on my horse.

The New Age taught me to be un-attached to outcome.  Move into the empty spaces…so you don’t make waves.  I thought spiritual was gracefully waiting and desiring nothing. 

Following these directions kept me ‘waiting’.

And while I’m waiting-empty spaces disappear. FAST!

Intuitive HITS don’t wait for the ‘right moment’.

Intuitive HITS don’t wait for an invitation.

Seize the moment!

You may be saying to yourself…

“How can I be open to receive an Intuitive Hit if I’m busy seizing the moment?”

Another Paradox.

Seize the moment and be open to receive guidance.

I’m learning that it’s while I write, words come to me. It’s in the practice of being engaged that I’m open to inspiration.

Like in volley-ball. Even when the ball isn’t coming to you-you hold a posture ready to receive the ball. You’re in position, open and vigilant, watching the ball. I learned in Yoga the engaged yoga position.

I was standing there ‘waiting’ for the next yoga pose called by the instructor. I was standing, more like slouching comfortably. She said “be engaged’. Standing relaxed I looked at her. She walked up and stood next to me. I didn’t get it. She was demonstrating being engaged by just ‘standing there’. I ‘stood’ shoulders drooped, back curved, hip to the side waiting for her to-Instruct me.

She realized I didn’t know what an engaged posture is.  She directed me clearly narrating the process:

“Lift your knee caps.  Lift both shoulders and then move them behind you. Pull your belly button toward your spine. Tilt your pelvis forward.  Tighten your buttocks. Lift all ten of your toes off the floor and spread them wide. Now you hold this between poses. This is what it is to be engaged.”

Wow!  I felt my body open wide. My breath deepened. My mind quieted down. I could actually feel my joints and muscles get oxygenated. Empty space on the inside. Full of presence. I’m not waiting, I’m participating in this very moment.

It’s never too late to experience the moment, unless you’re waiting for the empty space.

Next Chapter:

Intuitive Hit scores Home Run!

Woman Seizes Opportunity and Runs for It!


Thanks for reading.

Peace,

Carola

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About Me-Carola Marashi M.A.
I live simply in Southern Oregon on my friends’ amazing sanctuary. Surrounding me are gardens, animals, wild nature, and a wild dance community with open hearts.
My lifestyle weaves ritual, presence, authenticity, integrity, art and movement.I am an author of 2 self-published books: SENSUAL EATING, and SACRED DANCE with 22 Card Tarot Deck. I hold a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. I am Co-Founder of Body Choir Ecstatic Dance established 1994 in Austin, Sante Fe, Ashland, Medford.

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How Do I Trust My Intuition Right Now?

I’m sitting here in a quandary.

Quandary by Carola Marashi M.A. Intuitive CounselorAs an Intuition Counselor, you’d think I could do a muscle test or  be quiet and listen.  It’s not always that easy.  Right, even for me.  Sometimes I can’t feel.  Sometimes I can’t listen.  Fear drowns out listening to my ‘higher’ self.  Confusion floods my senses.  Now what?

My journal becomes my best friend. Writing slows me down. Especially handwriting with a scratchy pen, not gel, so I slow down and the sound of scratching on paper actually soothes me. Like listening to a shovel dig in dirt or the sound of raking soothes me.

Journaling Intuition by Carola Marashi Intuition CounselorWriting sends me into my body.  My last therapist (also a writer) learned  that writing helps the left and right brain connect. Deeper listening and wider perspective lead me to trusting my intuition.  Short bike rides in my neighborhood or talking to a friend help me get into my body.  Still, my journal is my best friend- always available and willing to listen with NO interruptions or advice.

So back to my quandary (I dig this word!).

A friend is requesting my participation in something that feels incongruent.  I’m not understanding what I hear, what I feel, and what I see.  Ugh! My insides and outsides don’t match! Confusion overtakes me.

Back to my journal. I write.

What do I feel?  My stomach cramps.  My head feels light.  My breath is short.  

What do I want?  To feel grounded in my body.

COMMUNICATE!  Flashes on my mental screen.

I write it down in All Capitol letters. I continue to write in my journal:

But I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I loathe disappointing anyone. I love saying YES!  Saying no is scary. No-one likes to hear no.  Yet, if I deny my intuition, I’m saying no to me. Ooh can I really take that risk of her not liking me,  and accept I have my limits?  What if I lose her as a friend?  I’m not being my friend  OR her friend if I ignore what I feel. NOW that I know what I feel.

Journaling is like massaging a knotted chain necklace. Just slowly roll the knotted chain in between my fingers and the knot softens.  The gentle unravel lets it stay one piece.  Frustration and impatience only tightens the knot again.  Rolling the chain between my fingers is almost hypnotic and soothing.  Staying with it-releases the knot.

The deep conversation with myself writing on paper- helps me stay engaged with Me.  Like rolling the knotted chain.  Having all the space  to really be honest with Myself on paper with minimal self-judgment helps me unravel my true feelings.  It helps me listen to my intuition.

Intuition.

My insides and outsides are matching.  Cool! Now I can communicate.

Intuition.  Being honest with me so I can show up in my world.

Intuition.  Me giving Me permission.

Intuition. Knowing I have choices.  I choose love.

I communicate with my friend.  Message her.  I say what I feel. I say what I want.  I am open to how the scenario unravels.  I’m staying engaged.  I am following my intution.

I can trust now.

Thanks for listening.

Peace,

Carola

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Leaning into your intuition strengthens integrity and authenticity. Living life trusting your intuition opens choices on how to respond and serve yourself and your community.

About Me-Carola Marashi M.A.
I live simply in Southern Oregon on my friends amazing sanctuary. Surrounding me are gardens, animals, wild nature, and a wild dance community with open hearts.
My lifestyle weaves ritual, presence, authenticity, integrity, art and movement.I am an author of 2 self-published books: SENSUAL EATING, and SACRED DANCE with 22 Card Tarot Deck. I hold a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. I am Co-Founder of Body Choir Ecstatic Dance in Austin, Sante Fe, Ashland, Medford.

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Here’s to Following your Gut!

Mamma Says EAT ME!

Okay We’ve all heard it “Mother Knows Best!” and my favorite “Don’t mess with Mother Nature.” Well I’m telling you today-Do mess with Mother Nature! In fact, I’m saying dig into her, fondle her, and EAT her! Follow your guts. Well, when you nourish your guts with real food, you can trust your guts are telling you something ‘real’.

And if we follow that line…Her Son J.C. (Jesus Christ) says Eat Me too…You know The Last Supper-“My Body is Sacrament.” Oh Yeah.  How ’bout “You are what you eat.”  Okay Sometimes “Eat Me!” isn’t a friendly request, more like a verbal ‘flip off!’ right? For right now, Eat Me! is a sincere invitation, do what Mamma Says…

My mom once handed me a can of Soup opened with a spoon in it saying “here’s Lunch.”  My mom didn’t like cooking until she was over 50. At 7 years old, I knew you were supposed to add 2 cans of water to the soup. But that would require a pan! So I ate it.  Damn salty! Did my Mom know that she handed me Poison? Aluminum can with Tomato Big No No.

When my Mom was growing up Eating Local meant eating from your neighbors’ yard. Gardens, orchards, chickens…why would she get green beans from Florida (Mom lived in Oklahoma) when she could get them from her own yard?  I remember the shift from real food to processed food as a kid.  The taste of butter changed, so did the color. I used to eat apples from our tree and then later I BURPed when I ate store bought apples. (duh! the gasses in shipping).  Why did we buy apples when we grew apples? Why did we eat margarine when we had dairy cows around us? Why did we buy KFC when we had chickens around us?

You are what you Eat.

My Mom didn’t like her body. She never ate in front of us. My Dad HATED overweight people. My Mom gained weight birthing 4 children, drugged, drunk, and depressed. My Dad is military and a Control Freak.

So back to EAT ME! If my Mom would have been conscious, would she enjoy eating? When she became sober, she LOVED cooking, gardening, being awake.

I’m wondering if most folks would choose being alive over being drugged, duped, depressed-if they knew they had that option. Now when someone’s feeling anything- depressed, sleepy, tired, cranky, agitated…there’s a drug/food/or food-drug combo to help them feel ‘different’. Food-drug combo?

Yeah, like Red Bull, Coke, Smart Water, Energy Boost, Beer, Wine…Are you starting to see what I’m seeing? There is a whole lotta money in Processed water, Processed food, especially if we depend on it! like how we depend on Gas.

Better than a Real Orange?
Better than a Real Orange?

If you truly desire to make today a better day, I encourage you to consider eating one LOCAL food.  A local fruit, veggie, happy animal, local dairy food, local baked Bread or Pastry. You just said YES to Mother Earth and NO! to buying more Gasoline to ship that food to you. Woo HOO!

While I’m writing this story, I’m drinking LOCAL Roasted Coffee, with Local Honey and Local Dairy.  See it’s that simple, there is something local near you. Go Find it! Discover how friendly your immediate environment is.

Less Strange=Less Dis-Ease.  More Familiar=More Ease.  Local means friendly. Local means knowing your environment-OUTSIDE your living room or garage that you drive int0- so you don’t see your neighbors.

What I’m leading to is this.  Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Depression, Addiction…I believe these are all ManMade Diseases. Dis-Ease is Man Made. And there’s soo much Money/Business in it!  High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Trans-Fatty Acids, Sugar and Fat Substitutes are Ingredients your body DOES NOT recognize!  In fact! some of those ingredients are by-products from Chemical Companies! like Flouride that now added to most cities drinking water.

Remember your GrandParents, Grand Aunt and Uncles…how did they pass from this earth? Not much dis-ease back then. Even if they were working in coal mines or farms with DDT. If they were ‘overweight’- the over weight wasn’t from fake food that the body has no idea how to process and RELEASE it.  Our bodies Natural way to release stuff it does not want is through the skin-sweat, lungs, kidneys, colon, hair, nails. You see, when we consume familiar, our bodies are intelligent. When we ‘trick’ our bodies, we respond with dis-ease. When our ancestors ate a local green bean-grown in the same sun as their body, drinking the same rain water as their body, eating the same dirt as their body walked on…they got something more than a green bean. They ate:  Rich Minerals, Potent Vitamins and Super Duper Nutrients we don’t even have all the names for yet…They ate Intelligence. Body Wisdom comes from Intelligent food from our Wise Willing Mother Earth.

Mother Says EAT ME!
Mother Says EAT ME!

Yep. A green bean ain’t just a green bean anymore…unless you pick it yourself-and there ain’t no label to read to tell you that it’s a green bean. Your body knows though, that it is a green bean and digests, absorbs, assimilates it whole heartedly!

The Bright Side!  Right now, within your immediate environment, there is food growing, or food that would LOVE to grow as your own personal pet!  If you have even one little Spot of Sunlight (that gets 6 hours of light) you can put a pot full of soil with a plant in it and viola! you have a raised garden bed (pot).  The obvious tomatoes, basil, peppers, spinach, lettuce, strawberries will grow for YOU.  If you are already growing a lawn, a bush, a flower, a tree, YOU can grow food. If one person in 10 people around you grew one food plant, you’d have a friendlier environment.

It's soo Easy to Grow Veggies
It’s soo Easy to Grow Veggies

In Ashland, if you’ve got local wine and cheese, someone’s got a wine opener and maybe gluten free bread! I’d bet anywhere in USA, if you’ve got a tomato plant and basil-You got Dinner Friends!

Companion means “one who breaks bread with another”. Gardener means to me “Love Yo’ Mamma’!  Let’s start living like our planet Earth is our Mother. She’s providing for you – right now An Edible Playground. The plants around us desire to feed us, nurture us, sooth us, heal us…I believe that Loving Our Mother Earth-by Eating Her Raw, Naked, Fresh food- is the easiest-fastest way to begin Loving our Bodies. Eating food that our body recognizes is the Fastest Simplest way to say YES! to Ease and Health and Say NO! to a whole industry that depends on us buying gas, drugs, dis-ease. We can Love our neighbors.

Clean eating makes for clean messages!  Here’s to following your guts!  

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InTo IT verb: intuit

In To IT.

“Step into your life, Carola.” That’s what my last therapist said. And then she literally kicked me in the butt.

Wonder Woman InTuIT article by Carola Marashi M.A. Intuitive Counselor Really? Did she kick me with her foot? Well. It sincerely felt like she did. I felt the ‘not so subtle’ kick in the butt. I’ve spent thousands of hours as a client lamenting over what ‘didn’t happen. What didn’t happen in childhood-a lack of nurturing, advocacy, stability. What didn’t happen in marriages-dreams that didn’t come true, promises not kept. What didn’t happen in business endeavors. Like books I’ve written that didn’t make me money, and marketing plans that didn’t bring financial success. Sure. I have the hardest time letting go of what didn’t happen.

What? How can I let go of what didn’t exist?

Sincerely, think about it. Notice the shortest relationships seem to take the longest to ‘get over’.

How can I get ‘over’ what didn’t happen?

How do I jump over a hurdle that doesn’t exist?

How do I maneuver around something that’s NOT there?

Hmmm…When I step INTO it, I can accept it.

What is IT?

It is My Life!  My Whole Life:  Mind, Body and Soul. My personal, professional, physical, spiritual, recreational life. When I’m actually engaged in my life I can trust my intuition.

You know…In retrospect you hear yourself saying practically outloud!-

“Gawd! If only I listened to my inner voice…or If only I went with my first hunch-guess-INTUITION!”

Like right now as I’m writing, I’m getting goose bumps on my arms. I can feel a prickly feeling on my scalp. Yeah. I’m feeling an AHAH! come into my lungs and I’m breathing a little deeper. INTUIT-Into my life! I am in MY picture. BLEEP BLEEP sounds are going off in my head. There is a NEON sign rolling across my mind’s eye—

InTo IT

I remember a classmate sitting next to me, probably in 5th or 6th grade scribbling a circle on my paper with the words “Tu IT” written inside the circle.

InTu IT article by Carola Marashi M.A. Intuitive Counselor

Now my mantra is a BIG Circle with my name, Carola, inside the circle. YaY! I’m inside my life!

It’s when I turned 50 years old (12 years of therapy) and my therapist kicked me in the butt (so to speak),  that I started to understand what being an adult is. I was teaching obese children and their families healthy eating. We would play games to keep them engaged. We included the whole family! When the game was clearly defined the children and parents had lots of fun and learned. When the game directions were vague, complicated, and unclear frustration took over and it wasn’t fun learning.

Teaching families taught me-

when my Inner Adult is present-my Inner KID can play.

When my Inner Adult is present-my Inner KID can feel safe and let go.

Ahah! Here we go again-LET GO—one of my favorite sensations.

Sacred Playground Carola Marashi M.A. Intuitive Counselor

I can let go if my Inner Adult is in my life.

I can let go and receive pleasure when my Inner Adult

is holding my container that is my life.

My life is My Sacred Playground.

You’ve heard it a GAH-Zillion times…

“Follow your intuition.”

Who’s leading?

Who’s in the center of your life?

Right now, I suggest you get a blank piece of paper and make a huge circle in the middle and write Tu IT and your Name.

Welcome to your Sacred Playground.

Get InTo IT!

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