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Years ago, I was restless and had hit a roadblock in my life.  I was no longer content living in New York City. 

With no alternative plan, I started to ask for guidance.  Not from outside sources, but from inside.  I held space during my practice for deep listening.  I asked specific questions and waited for my intuition to guide me. 

Nothing happened right away. 

I stayed patient.

On August 12th, 2014, I took a trip to Fort Collins, Colorado.  My husband Kurt and I had considered moving there about eight years ago, but the timing wasn't right.  My gut told me to give it another "look-see." 

As I wandered the city streets for hours, something felt different.  I took a climb to the top of the popular Horsetooth Mountain, and it was there, in the morning light, surrounded by nature that I felt a distinctive feeling overwhelm my body.  My eyes welled up, and my heart warmed.  A thought softly rose into my head, "this is it."   I didn't know how or when, but I knew eventually, this would be our new home.  One year later, with the incredible support of my husband Kurt, we were full-time residents of Fort Collins, Colorado!   

What I just described was a direct experience with illumined wisdom or "dhi" in Sanskrit.  Dhi is what might be referred to as a "gut feeling."  It relates to the higher aspect of the mind - "a voice that is capable of guiding you to do precisely the right thing at precisely the right time." (Rod Stryker, The Four Desires)

Dhi guides you to right action.  Inside, you always know, but you can't always hear the answers to your questions.  The key is to trust and be patient.  Accessing your dhi requires that you ask a specific question and wait for an authentic answer to come.  Feeling that authentic answer is not easy when the mind is so busy with thoughts from the past or future.  Discerning the difference between a rational mind answer and one from the depth of your soul takes practice.  And in that practice, stillness is a requirement to feel the real source of dhi rise to the surface.

To be clear, getting to know your new best friend "dhi" is not just for life-changing moments.  It's vital for every decision: what foods to eat, who you spend time with or when to go to bed.  You make numerous big and tiny choices a day, and if your dhi is by your side, you can make right decisions that take you further into balance (health) and towards the goals your heart seeks. 

Now, here are some guidelines for ways to get good at asking intuitive questions:

  • Ask SIMPLE questions first

  • Begin with YES/NO questions

  • Practice with questions to which you already KNOW the answers 

  • Be SPECIFIC with what you are asking

  • Have a clear mind before you ask - SILENCE is the birth of intuition

Here are some ideas about how to hone your dhi on a daily basis:

  • You either love to learn through listening, visualizing or through the body (kinesthetic). Your inner voice favors the optimal way you learn.  Use the one that is the easiest for you.

  • Note any subtle shifts in the body (feeling lighter or heavier).  Any of these are guiding you to the answer.  Trust the word, phrases or sentences that you hear.  

  • Be unattached to the results.  Inner wisdom is often unexpected, so leave room by being relaxed physically and mentally.  

  • Be aware that your conscious mind might be feeding you what it thinks is the right answer.  The answer should not go on and on.  This is a sign the rational mind is involved, rather than your inner guide.

  • The first time is not always the answer.  Wait for a second or third response to know that the answer is coming from deep within.  Your body will give you a feeling/experience that it is indeed right.

Ok, now it's YOUR turn to sharpen your intuition.  Share with me now an experience where you recently used your dhi.  Comment now and let me know what happened.  I'd love to hear from you.  Just comment below and take a few minutes to share.  (And remember, it need not be life-changing.) 

Have a DHI inspired day, JOE