I am very happy and pleased to present to you an interview with Angela Artemis, newly coined author of the Amazon bestselling book, The Intuition Principle: How To Attract the Life You Dream Of. She has agreed to an interview with me and a GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a copy of the ebook for FREE.
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When Angela asked if I’d be interested in her blog book tour, I was delighted to participate! I strongly support following your heart and passions and that they can help support you in a sustainable lifestyle. I note my “inner compass” or intuition as a major asset to my life and business journey so I am completely aligned with Angela’s message and resonate with her own journey of Intuition. I hope this interview reminds you that following our intuitions brings practical benefits and a more happy, conscious life!
1. What is the difference between your “gut instinct” and intuition? Is “following your gut” and “following your heart” different than the other? I always seem to mix them and don’t have a clear understanding of what makes them separate. For example, we emotionally eat, but we also feel with our hearts and get heartbroken… all dealing with the emotions and then it’s back to eating! There’s definitely a link. Maybe you can talk about that.
This is such a great questions Janet! So many people are confused by the two. First, let me clarify by saying that “gut instinct” and intuition are the same. The two phrases, “follow your gut” and “follow your heart,” are related but not exactly the same in scientific terminology.
Emotional intelligence, which is having a feeling in the gut, arises from the reactions of the millions of neurochemicals that inhabit the digestive tract such as serotonin and dopamine. When we are betrayed our “stomach drops.” When we get a strong knowing that something is correct we also have a “gut feeling.” This is all due to those neurochemicals reacting in the digestive tract processing the events in our lives. The digestive tract is known as the “second brain” due to it having the same neurochemicals processed there as the brain.
The “heart’s intelligence” can be measured on an EKG machine. The patterns traced onto the paper from the heart change according to what we are experiencing. When we are calm, happy and not under stress our heart rate is even and produces a predictable pattern. When we are upset and stressed the pattern is irregular.
When someone says “follow your heart” they are suggesting that you pay attention to how you feel. If you feel enthused and happy about doing something this is what they mean about “following your heart.” If you were hooked up to an EKG machine and were “following your heart” your heart rhythm would be even and predictable. We seem to use both phrases interchangeably to refer to doing something that “feels” right – even if scientifically the two are different.
2. I LOVE your quote at the very beginning of the book from Albert Einstein:
“The Intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Why do you think our history is full of the servant mentality and what do you feel is in our future? Will this change anytime soon?
Western culture has long seen value in only what could be verified objectively. Everything we do is based on reason and must be measureable and quantifiable. And because of this we have become completely cut off from our instinctual intelligence or anything that cannot be seen and measured. Historians say this can be traced back to Rene Descartes and his theory that the mind is separate from the body (mind – matter split). What Einstein was referring to in his famous quote alludes to Western culture’s worship of only what can be measured.
I believe we are entering an age where the pendulum is starting to swing back in the other direction. I hope that we collectively begin to recognize that there is an over-arching intelligence that runs through everything in the Universe even if it cannot be seen and measured. Opening up our intuitive sensing allows us to connect to this intelligence and to re-establish our innate sense of stewardship for planet Earth and to create an empathetic connection for all life.
3. Speaking of future, what is the difference between an “intuitive” and a “psychic”? Are they one in the same?
Psychic information comes from outside of you. Intuitive information comes from within. Everyone is intuitive but, not everyone is psychic.
A psychic can tune into to another person and pick up on information about them. The intuitive person is able to go within in order to receive guidance from their own inner wisdom.
4. How did you come to know so much about intuition? What makes you the expert? Can you talk to us about your journey towards an intuitive path?
I have been intuitive since I was a child and while it was easy for me to hear the voice of my intuition when it came to advising others when it came to my own life – I doubted myself.
Therefore, I made a big mess out of my life. When I started to look for the reasons why I had made such a mess of things it always came back to my not listening to my inner wisdom. Each and every time I reviewed a decision that had not turned out right I also realized I had “known better.” In other words, my intuition or gut had been trying to tell me to do otherwise but, I had been afraid to listen.
I realized that if I was going to turn my life around I would have to develop the guts to listen to my intuition. I vowed to make every decision going forward in my life by listening to my intuition. This was five years ago. I’m not perfect and I slid back into my old ways a few times since then and every time I did – I regretted it. But, when I followed my intuition I found my like markedly improved.
Following my intuition has led me to the happiest times in my life and the most exciting successes all of which arose spontaneously and organically. For example, I went back to school and became a writer which led to blogging and writing “The Intuition Principle.”
5. What’s the link between intuition, self-confidence/self-love and spirituality? Does having one strengthen the others? I feel like they go hand in hand.
When you are attuned to yourself intuitively you gain self-confidence because you know that you have within you a source of wisdom that you can rely upon any time you need guidance. You have less fear of the unknown and more confidence that you are capable and can handle anything that comes your way.
To listen to your intuitive guidance is to love yourself as well. You cannot have true self-love unless you are willing to be authentically you. Doing things to please others because you are perpetuating a false identity shows that you don’t love yourself. Loving yourself means being authentically you and to be authentic you must listen to your intuition.
Often, one of the first signs of our spiritual awakening is an increased awareness of our intuition. As we grow accustomed to receiving this guidance when we ask for it we find that our “faith” in something greater than ourselves expands as well. We begin to become much more attuned to the pulse of life in all creatures and we develop a finer more subtle sense with which we begin to detect the feelings of other living beings and creatures. This leads us to develop greater empathy and compassion for all life forms and seeing every experience of our lives as a spiritual one.
6. So how do we listen to our intuitions anyway? Sometimes, I find it really difficult to know the difference between intuition vs. desire, or what my “ego-self” wants.
When your intuition speaks you feel inspired! You feel excited and enthused about taking action. You also get a gut feeling or feel a deep sense of “knowing” and a certainty about it – and even at times that it is “destined.” When it comes from your intuition you feel the matter is “settled.” Notice this is all about your “feelings.”
When an idea comes from your ego you will think that you “should” do this. Or that you are obligated to do it. You will also be aware of the outcome from the start. When you think of it you rationalize that if you do this – it will lead to this – which will lead to this – which will lead to the outcome you want. Notice that this is a process of rationalization. It is pure intellect and not based on “feeling.” Whenever you feel you “should” do something or that doing something will lead to a certain outcome that is not your intuition.
7. Lets talk about resistance. I find myself resisting my intuition a lot, even when I simultaneously WANT to stay true to it. But there are so many times when I feel that my intuition is telling me something “I”, my ego, doesn’t want to do. To the point that I feel it’s extremely out of character and out of my personality to do what my intuition says! Why all the conflict and dichotomy? How can we merge our ego and authentic self and find inner peace?
I resist my intuition sometimes too. It’s not uncommon at all. The ego has a really strong hold over us. The reason you resist your intuition is because you’ve already made up your mind (or your ego has made up your mind) what the answer “should” be. That’s why you resist. If you learn to let go and relax and not get attached to an answer you won’t resist it when it arises and you will be at peace.
This is what I finally learned the hard way. Here’s an example; I wanted to have my cushy high paying job and all the perks but, I also wanted freedom from the 9 t0 5 rat race. There was no way I could give up my job/income while still maintaining a large home. So, when my intuition kept telling me to sell my house and scale down in order to obtain the freedom and still have the money to do what I wanted I resisted. It was not the answer I wanted to hear. I loved my house and wanted to stay……but, after a while the pain of not doing what I wanted became too great and slowly, slowly I stopped resisting and came to accept that I would have to make a sacrifice. Now, while I miss my home I’m so much happier overall that I know I made the right decision. While your intuition is not a magic pill it is the truth of any matter so when you hear it pay attention.
This is not to say, that we are not supposed to make any decisions based on reasoning though. Many times we have to do what we think we “should.” This is part of life. When there is an inspired way, better way, faster way or easier way to get us onto the “right path” in our lives our intuition will try to get us to listen so that we move in that direction. If no course correction is needed in our lives and everything is going fine – we won’t hear from our intuition.
Think of intuition interceding on an “as needed basis,” so as to eliminate framing ego/reasoning power as being in conflict with intuition.
Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now – not later. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is an Amazon best-selling author. Her newest book is, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life you Dream Of”. Readers are welcomed to download free bonus material here.