Changing the brains neural pathways can change behavior: creating more success in your life

Jo Anne Bishop, PhD, MPA is an accomplished motivational speaker, coach,
educator and author. She helps people develop success strategies as investments
in their futures. She has coauthored three books with Deepak Chopra, Mark Hansen
and Steven Covey. Jo Anne has done work and research on changing the brain’s
neural pathways to change behavior and specifically to encourage success
motivation with brain chemical changes.
The human brain can adapt to changing demands even in adulthood, but MIT
neuroscientists have now found evidence of it changing with unsuspected speed.
Their findings suggest that the brain has a network of silent connections that
underlie its plasticity.
Her techniques are based upon current brain research that combines the power of
both the brain’s conscious and subconscious mind. Her presentations utilize
innovative strategies to access and integrate the power of both brain
hemispheres. These strategies develop new brain neural pathways which overcome
obstacles to SUCCESS. In Jo Anne’s book, “Success is State of Mind.” she speaks
of the essential components for success and happiness. It is important to give
yourself recognition daily for all your accomplishments and victories. And to be
free from judgment and self-reflective instead. To be compassionate– toward
yourself and others. And to determine your own definitions of success.

Author : Chrys Rosen

lf you are interested in having a life coach or a motivational speaker, Jo Anne
Bishop can be contacted at Crossing Bridges & Associates on the Mainland at (562) 760-3009, in

Hawaii at (808)772-A266 or email: crossingbridges(@)hawaii.rr.com

Self-Awareness: Emotional Intelligence and the Interplay of Mind, Body and Spirit PART 1

Why is self-awareness so important in individual growth and development? What is self-awareness? How can we effectively use it to increase self-knowledge, serenity, balance and personal growth?
Self-awareness is defined by Encyclopedia Britannica as the “Conscious knowledge of one’s character, feelings, motives and desires”.
Self-awareness is the ability to self-reflect the many levels of consciousness within which we exist. It allows us to reflect and navigate effectively, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms of consciousness by re-enforcing our innate physical biofeedback system that allows us to bring balance, serenity and focus in the midst of chaos and challenge. Self-awareness includes the ability to evaluate the strengths and challenges of our personalities, the ability to understand and recognize our emotions and the impact they have on our equilibrium and the impact that they have on others. It also includes the ability to use gut reactions and intuition to help guide decision-making, building a sense of clarity and self-worth.
We are all born with a level of self-awareness that increases through life experience and the stages of human development that are present at birth. Although there is controversy over the validity of emotional intelligence at this time, most health care and business professionals acknowledge its existence and validity. It still remains as an acceptable model that explains why some of us are more apt to be successful than others. Dr. Goleman in the late 1990s, along with Drs. Mayer and Salovey, discovered certain patterns that indicated an explanation for why some people were more successful than other individuals. In evaluating successful people, they found that these traits could not be solely evaluated by using a IQ index (Intelligence Quotient). Through their research, they discovered another factor that they called EI (Emotional Intelligence). They found that people who used their ability to be self-aware along with three other factors were more capable of leadership and conflict management than others who were unable to manage their emotions and create self-direction and social awareness in their lives.
In his book entitled “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”, Dr. Goleman noted that the ability to be self-aware increased personal knowledge and ability to influence the world around us. He called this ability “emotional competency”. He suggested that there were four emotional competencies: self-awareness, self-management, self-direction and social awareness. It was his theory that ten percent of the population was born with a highly developed ability to innately utilize emotional intelligence. However, he also theorized that through a commitment to self-discovery and growth that these four competencies would automatically increase.
Dr. Goleman’s definition of emotional intelligence is “the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships”.
Dr. Goleman believed that a conscious commitment to the development of these four emotional competencies accelerated our ability to apply these skills in our everyday life, gaining mastery at different levels of consciousness. For many of us, his definition of emotional intelligence can also be applied to the idea of living a spiritual life. He also believed that the more emotionally intelligent one was, the more successful the individual would be in life and personal relationships. This means that someone who is emotionally intelligent would be self-aware of the impact of their actions, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors within themselves and their personal relationships. Emotionally intelligent individuals would have increased knowledge of mediating internal conflict, managing emotions and developing ability to use intuition and gut reactions for decision-making and innovation. The self-awareness components is one of the key factors in subjective evaluation of one’s ability to be creative, intuitive and decisive, while maintaining limits and boundaries with self and others. In other words, by his definition, our ability to perceive our emotions, our physical reactions and thought processes increase the amount of information available for us to empower our lives.
The ability to use emotions effectively is learned through the balancing of right and left brain hemispheres that bring together thought, analysis, executive decision-making, ability to tap into our subconscious, intuitive abilities and gut reaction.

The Art of Mindfulness

The Art of Mindfulness

The art of mindfulness has been practice by Zen Masters since ancient times. Many other spiritual philosophies believe that mindful prayer meditation and rituals can lead to a richer and fuller life leading to happiness and peace if practice on a daily basis.

Psychology Today one of the leading magazines in the self-growth field defines mindfulness as: “mindfulness is a state of active open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” (Psychology Today)

I have been practicing mindfulness as a way of life for over twenty years. I was encouraged by the many teachers that I had along my pathway to learn the techniques of meditation to enhance my understanding of not only what they were teaching me but how this understanding could empower my life one moment at a time.

My most powerful encounter as a student of life was with my American Indian Navajo teacher who was very much like a Zen Master. He teacher believed that through thoughtful intention I would come to realize the divine connection all things; animate as well as inanimate structures. As I began to go deeper into this meditation, I would begin to honor the energy in each person, place and thing including my own life.

My growth was filled with challenges and my mind did not easily embrace this change in my consciousness. It wanted to pull me back to an unconscious state of being were my rational mind triumphed over a state of meaningful balance and my emotions brought chaos to situations where the training of my childhood and old decision-making made in my childhood would still hold sway over my adult life. It was so much easier to give in to the automatic program then to be conscious of my decision-making on a daily basis. However through practice, dedication and discipline, I began to see the changes and empowerment that was beginning to occur in my life. My understanding of my teacher’s knowledge and wisdom which had been planted during our many sessions together began to bloom and expand me. The application of that knowledge began to increase my own knowledge as a soul. My mission in life became clearer and fuller. I began to transform how I thought about myself and the world around me. I could begin to reflect on the parts of me that needed to change not through negativity as I had been taught from my past but as a way to bring new understanding through self-reflection and self-compassion. It was not an easy road for me. Negative self-talk ran deep within me like a never ending river sometimes quiet and just a whisper transforming to a raging river storm of energy that at times created a sense of overwhelm and self-doubt.

At the same time, I was on an intellectual quest of education and learning of another kind. I entered into a traditional education program including two graduate programs one in psychology and one in public policy. The two pathways began to compliment each other. In my major of psychology, I began to understand the functioning of the brain and mind and how the plasticity of the brain allowed change on a biological basis creating the new term in mindfulness and brain functioning as neuron-plasticity. This new understanding of the potential expansion of the brains capacity for change is being studied at leading university around the world. The outcome of these studies are proving the theories of ancient shamans of the past. We are not only unlimited on a spiritual level but also on a biological level. As my spiritual life continued to unfold with my teacher, I began to integrate the new biological information with his teachings as a Shaman. He spoke to to me of the oneness of all things.

.Science was beginning to prove through
Quantum Mechanics which is simply defined as the study of the interaction of atoms and molecules that produce energy in all things. As the research grows in depth this concept begins to prove that we are all connected through the energy that we produce as we interact not only on a human level but also with plants, animals and inanimate things.

I began to have and experiential understanding of his meaning of oneness as an adult. As a child, I did experience that all things were one but was not able to integrated it purposefully into my life. Meditation and mindfulness began to bridge my own inner wisdom and the natural intuitiveness and psychic ability I had from childhood.

Our rational and analytical activities are a function of the left brain hemisphere. This part of the brain is like a computer it only solves problems for us with either or choices; right or wrong, black or white. good or bad. Our intuitive/spiritual self can view unlimited possibilities and solutions to life’s challenges which is one of the functions of the right hemisphere of our brain but it can also create compulsions, over reactions and drama in our lives.. It is a feeling based center where we experience fear, hurt, sadness, joy and love. Our right hemisphere is feeling based rather than intellectually or rationally based as is the left hemisphere. We need both of these center of the brain/mind to perform the activities of daily living. Mindfulness brings a balance to these two parts of our brain. It enhances our understanding that we
don’t need to be us run by compulsions and overreactions in our daily lives. This overreactive state can occur from a right brain imbalance. This philosophy also teaches us that we have the opportunity not to be limited by the program that runs in the left part of our brain which rationalizes old ways of making decisions and keeps us stuck in life through patterns and behaviors that run automatically. Eventually, if we continue this way of living, we become automated and at the effect of situations around us instead of being
self-directed and empowered.

The art of mindfulness begins by allowing yourself to be present in the moment. It allows us to become aware of the breath of life or prana that is within us. By using this technique, we can stand back and become an observer not only of the possibilities and options that we have but also behavior or thinking patterns that do not serve our growth any longer. In other words, mindfulness allows us to make a choice rather than be at the effect of our emotions and rationalizations. We are no longer at the effect of unconscious decisions. Unconscious living normally produces a reactive stance to life’s challenges. Mindfulness is a quiet pause that brings tremendous change in our life. Through this pause moment by moment we begin to learn to detach and observe ourselves through our intention and commitment to change our lives in a self-caring manner.

Purposeful intention is the ability to be mindful and present within the moment of our experience. When we are present in the moment, our actions can be responsive instead of reactive to our challenges. Responsiveness is a choice. Being” at choice” requires self-understanding and self-reflection. These two skills are two of the key elements of Emotional Intelligence (EQ}. The practice of mindfulness is a state of consciousness that release the limitations that are self-imposed and brings options to problem solving, relationship issues, stress reduction and empowers every part of our lives. It integrates our desire to choose result-oriented living by becoming consciously aware of the cause and effect of our decision making and unconscious thinking patterns. It also allows us to observe these behaviors without self-blame. Releasing ourselves from critical judgement increases self-trust. Through this process of mindful presence self-doubt begins to disappear as well as the negative voice that most of us have within our heads.

As my spiritual journey continued, it deepened my self-knowledge. I found a freedom in many areas of my life that I had not experienced before. True passion and joy began to permeate my life. Life challenges were still there but my response to them was different…less drama more time to have fun, more time to grow.

I have been involved in a project called The Mindfulness Movie produced by Paul Harrison. All of the experts in the movie have volunteered their time to bring this important message to the world. In the movie, thirty-five of the leading experts in the field of science, psychology, education , writing medicine and the healing arts explain in detail how mindfulness can change not only your brain but your life. I feel honored to be part of this project as one of the experts in the movie. The one thing that all of the team members
have in common is that we believe that mindfulness can help change the world one person at a time. You can find the trailer of the movie at: www.themindfulnessmovie.com expected release date will be Sept 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Jo Anne Bishop PhD MPA
Crossing Bridges Coaching
Certified Professional Coach
Licensed Psychotherapist
info@drjoannebishop.com
www.drjoannebishop.com

Dr. Bishop’s Professional Bio:

Bishop was one of the experts featured in the The Mindfulness Movie and was also one of the consultants and contributors to the film. (www.mindfulnessmovie.com) She is the coauthor of three bestselling books and numerous articles on EQ, success strategies mindfulness, marketing, communication skills spirituality and intuitive development.

Success Strategies: High Achievers Guide to Success, with Brian Tracy and Ken Blanchard and Warren Bennis.
Success is s State of Mind, with Deepak Chopra, Les Brown and Mark Victor Hansen.
Roadmap to Success, with Steven Covey and Ken Blanchard.
Her healing CD, Reflection Pools: Volume I is available on CD Baby.
A new book: Fearless Heart – Peaceful Soul : Gateway to Mindfulness will be released In July 2014.
After completing a highly successful psychotherapy and corporate conflict meditation practice, Bishop became the founder and CEO of Crossing Bridges Company. A gifted speaker, presenter, coach and moderator, her coaching and dynamic approach with experientially based development pro grams propels clients to the leading edge in a competitive marketplace. Currently, she has a successful coaching practice as well as invitations as a keynote speaker and leader at national conferences, breakout seminars and workshops.

As a Certified Professional Coach, licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist, she has a national and international client base. A top performer and leader in her field, she brings expertise to human development, communication, organizational psychology, training development, mindfulness and intuitive development. Her education includes graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology and Public Policy with credentials in education K-12 and the community college level. Along with her academic background, she uses her intuitive talents as a consultant.

TEN EASY STEPS TO INCREASE YOUR INTUITIVE ABILITY

When we make a commitment to expand and grown in our lives, there isn’t a blueprint to guide us into an expansion of consciousness. I have taught people to increase efficiency and serenity in their daily lives by using the idea of saving for your future or the philosophy of investment. If we are to increase our financial worth, we must be willing to adopt a plan that will move us gradually toward our financial goals. So it is with our spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Through daily investment in self-care, our lives gradually begin to expand in all areas. To achieve this, we must follow a consistent plan that will produce dividends of increased productivity, happiness, health and opportunities that move us toward our goals. Just as wealth is built through the philosophy of taking a percentage of what we earn and putting it into a savings account, serenity is achieved by taking a percentage of our day and devoting it to a healthy attitude. This includes time for reflection, thankfulness for our blessings, proactive, positive thinking, maintaining our physical bodies through good food, water and exercise, As wealth grows by adding to our savings consistently, so does are overall health improve through daily acts of self-care.

The following is a simple ten-step process that can support you in the development of spiritual, emotional and physical health. You are worth this investment. After ten days, you will see the difference in the amount of energy, clarity and focus in your life. Your only investment will be a small portion of your time and an intention to bring positive change into your reality.

Listed below are ten easy steps you can take to increase your intuitive ability.

Commit to taking fifteen minutes a day for reflection, relaxation, meditation or prayer. If fifteen minutes is too much, make it ten minutes; you can increase the time as you feel more comfortable. After the seventh day, you will begin to see that your body and mind will cherish this time to relax and to reflect. You may even find that the time in meditation will increase effortlessly. The most important thing about this step is that you are making a commitment to listen to your intuitive voice.
Fear is an emotion that normally occurs in all of us. Using the energy of this fear creatively allows for transformation of the fear to personal empowerment. Acknowledge any fear that you have about change in your life. An affirmation such as “I am afraid of change and I chose to bring opportunity, health and balance to my life” will assist in the acknowledgment that these fears can be transformed into creativity. You have the power within you to accomplish this through daily affirmation of your personal power, commitment to daily maintenance through working your action plan, taking one day at a time and releasing any obstacle such as limited thinking, habits and old thought patterns. If you fail to keep your commitments to yourself, become aware that you may recommit to your process within a moment. The instant you recommit, know that you are back on track and your energy is flowing toward your intentions, commitments, personal and business goals.
Commit to monitoring your thoughts throughout your day. When you hear any negative self-talk, acknowledge it, change your thinking by affirming all you have accomplished and will accomplish. If it is a specific thought pattern that recurs, which attacks a specific part of your vulnerability, such as “I am never going to get anywhere”, immediately and consistently affirm the positive outcome such as “I am afraid and I affirm that each step of my day results in sowing seeds for my success.”
Do one day at a time. Today is a new day to be valued as an opportunity. Each moment of our day creates our future – Value the moments. What you do with your thinking and self-care today, affects your mind, body and spirit tomorrow. Affirm your success, abundance and well-being; give thanks for all of your blessings.
Commit to meditating or prayer, each day to feed your mind, body and spirit. Work a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual program daily even if you have to do it a minute at a time. You can accomplish all four of these with a walk around the block. A walk around the block each day establishes a pattern of intention and commitment to your overall health. If you miss one day, recommit. The secret to success, balance and health is consistency.
Look at something green every day. Have nature touch you by affirming the wonder of the wind on your face, the sun on your arm as you are driving, the beauty of the sky or the color of flowers. Nature nurtures and changes our brain chemistry. It is important to acknowledge the existence of the natural world around us and give thanks. Science has proven that when you are feeling down, the green color of leaves, trees, grass and flowers lifts our spirits and changes our brain chemistry. We become lighter and more capable of performing actions that enhance our life and our moods after a walk or exercise.
Keep on going, even, if it seems hard to do. Your life is a work of art in progress. Breakdowns can be breakthroughs if we direct our minds to changing an obstacle to a challenge. When you’re feeling low on energy, it is sometimes impossible to see an obstacle in a positive way. Make a commitment to do one positive thing for yourself. Personal deficit and lack of self-care decrease our mental, emotional and physical energy. Take two moments to stretch your body and place your attention on a positive, pleasurable experience that you have had such as a relaxing time, a scene from nature, a beautiful image that you have seen in your past that represents peace or joy to you. Your subconscious is in the ever present now. The mind doesn’t know the difference between if you are actually there or not. It brings a change to your body chemistry because you are flooded with endorphins that refresh your being. This small act is a commitment to change and self-care. You will change your brain by changing your mind and taking your body and spirit on a two minute vacation.
When you fall off your program, recommit. Re-commitment is one of the most important keys to the success of your life. It helps reprogram your brain and empowers you to establish new patterns of behavior.
The power of release allows us to change and grow, even when we are afraid. When we release something, we are in a state of surrender and birth. Release affirms change. It takes courage and faith. Through release, we can get in touch with our higher power or as some people call it God, higher power or the universe. At that moment, we trust that we don’t have to do it alone. Surrender brings us to moments of faith. This process creates a turning point in our lives. Release brings room for expansion and change.
Thanksgiving brings the power of possibilities. Thanksgiving brings you space or a moment within yourself that gives you the opportunity to let go of worry and anxiety. As you give thanks for all of the blessings and opportunities in your life past, present and future, you allow yourself to open the door to change. Thankfulness is an act of surrender to something higher than yourself. Surrendering to a higher power places you in a state of faith. A state of faith brings joy, peace, serenity and opportunities because it doesn’t reside in the rational mind – it resides in your heart. This helps you develop an increased awareness of your creativity and unlimited possibilities which reaches beyond self- limiting beliefs and behaviors – expanding your vision of your future.
Dr. Jo Anne is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the use of Mindfulness in business, corporate and personal life. She has over twenty years of experience motivating people and groups to realize their human potential. She is also a highly successful author and motivational speaker. It is her passion to teach others effective steps to increase this powerful energy in their every day lives. Her expertise encompasses the fields of Trans-personal Psychology, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), healing integration of mind, body, spirit and intuitive development. She holds graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology and Public Policy Administration.

Dr. Bishop believes that the use of mindfulness and coaching, along with the newest brain research can help individuals understand the power that we hold within our minds, bodies and spirits. Her experiential and innovative techniques have helped individuals, couples and groups to breakthrough blocks, resistance and past patterns that create obstacles to success. As this energy is released, it can be utilized and directed toward positive change and growth. Each individual’s program is uniquely designed to meet personalized goals, dreams and aspirations.

Copyright 2013 | All Rights Reserved – www.drjoannebishop.com

Awakening The Intuitive Within – Part 2

Awakening The Intuitive Within – Part 2
Here is a preview of the new book by Dr. Jo Anne Bishop – “Awakening The Intuitive Within”

Ten Steps to awakening the intuitive within you – Part 2.

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Step Two:

Keep a journal. Your journal entry can be as little as two sentences. Your journal will give you the ability to see patterns developing with symbols and impressions. Always date your journal. You can always increase your writing time, but in the beginning make meditation and journaling doable by not overburdening yourself with time and energy you cannot expend. Do a little at a time. This is an opportunity to address how you feel about this process.

Step Three:

On a daily basis, become aware of the impressions or urgings that come to you throughout the day. It will take time for you to develop a repertoire of symbols and impressions. Each day you practice receiving impressions and not judging them, the more open you will become. The interpretation of these impressions will take time. Time will reveal the pattern of your impressions, which will then lead to a more accurate interpretation of the symbols or impressions you receive.

Step Four:

Be patient with yourself and your body. Like any skill intuitive development requires time, skills and repetition. You gain confidence as you work a daily plan of development
and begin to see the results manifesting through increased clarity, focus and responsive
action in your life.

Step Five:

Use a divining device such as a spiritual mantra, a spiritual book, a tarot deck, runes or other means of guidance. If you choose a card deck, shuffle the deck and make a spread before you by fanning out the cards. Ask a question of your higher self or the divine within you and pull a card from the deck. Before you look up the meaning in your reference book, let the card impress you with the message it gives to you through its symbology. Whatever means of divination you use, before you look up the meaning, annotate your impressions on paper. Then look up the meaning; see if your intuitive interpretation is close to the book interpretation. This is a way of immediately validating your perception. Some people open the bible to a page that they feel is divinely inspired for guidance.

Step Six:

If you have an impression that someone is thinking of you, going to call or visit you, note the time of the day and your location. See if you can get an impression of what they might want to talk to you about. Call the person as soon as you can and ask them if they were thinking of you around the time that you noted. This process begins to build trust and confidence in your ability through repetitive feedback that can be validated by another person. In the case of the cards, the definition in the book can validate your impression. Have faith. Sometimes the other person may not validate your impression. Do not judge it. Each time you risk reaching out to validate your impression, your courage builds. You can also find an intuitive development class in your area through community colleges, Internet search, intuitive coach or metaphysical bookstores.

Step Seven:

Learn to delete drama from your life. You can do this by learning to develop boundaries in each area of your life through the development of self-care. Begin to become aware of how often you say yes to someone’s request when you really want to say no. Asserting yourself takes time, practice and education. Allow yourself to be a whole person and view others the same way. Learn to let go of any victim, rescuer or persecutor roles that you play in your life. Learn to assertively deal with people who want to play these same roles. As you change, some people will change with you and others may not. Release of the limiting patterns within you is a dynamic part of this process. Part of spiritual evolution is learning to let go of old habits and thought patterns that no longer support your goals.

If there is a great deal of crises in your life, it is time to look at the source of your crises before you begin a development program. Without looking at yourself, your thinking, your emotional patterns and crises-oriented living, you will not be able to attain the balance necessary to develop intuitively. If you do not know how you play a part in the drama of your life, you cannot be responsible for creating the wonderful reality that you can have. You are the creator of your reality; your responses to other people and to life’s challenges can help you learn about yourself. Strive for balance. This will bring peace, a sense of being centered and validation. You are an unfolding work of art. Like the lotus flower which is the symbol of divine creativity, you have a thousand facets that can be discovered in your spiritual development process.
Be as patient, kind and loving to yourself as you can. You will learn to respond instead of reacting to life’s situations and challenges.

Step Eight:

Learn about your individual needs and self-care. Understand your intentions to become intuitive. Intuition is not control over others. Your intention has to be ethical. You are developing your intuition for your own empowerment. Providing people with intuitive information about themselves without asking permission is inappropriate and may be considered controlling. Self-care brings self-reflection to you. Reviewing your intentions and making a conscious choice builds confidence in an ethically, value-based foundation.

Step Nine:

Visualize yourself as already intuitive. Affirm your openness to receiving guidance, direction and love from many sources within your life, including your intuitive self and your higher self. You are worth the effort and investment.

Step Ten:

This final step: give thanks to the divine within for all of the blessings, inspirations, inner guidance, and gifts that you receive every day. Your life is precious and valuable. Thanksgiving validates your understanding of these
gifts in your life. It opens you to new possibilities and probabilities because it brings an expanded view of life through the use of faith. Faith resides within the heart and does not come from the realm of mind. Mind is finite. Heart is infinite. The symbol of the heart is associated with feelings, expansiveness, joy and love. Through this sense of love, we can unite with something greater than ourselves and connect with the universal flow of energy that resides within each of us. This brings us an opportunities to transcend limiting beliefs and embrace our connect to a flow of unlimited potential. It takes two seconds to say thank you. This act lifts our spirits out of worry and anxiety. It changes our brain chemicals replacing those feelings of stress with endorphins that bring relaxation and peace.

These ten steps create a structure for the unfolding of the divine intuition within all of us.

In Summary:

Divine intuition comes to us through a sense of knowing without the use of words. Intuition is a combination of the unfathomable with knowing. It is a perfect marriage between the right and left hemispheres of our brain. Sometimes when we feel that we are being divinely impressed, it is called divine intuition. When we experience divine intuition, there is no doubt or fear, we just know. At that moment, our lives are changed and we bridge our higher resources or the divine with our physical body. There is a sense that we are no longer walking by ourselves; we are connected to all things and the divine within. These moments are periods of enlightenment, which take us toward conscious living.

You are capable of extraordinary perception in your everyday life. Learning how to access this incredible place of wisdom enhances our self-awareness and confidence
allowing us to build a consciousness bridge between the natural and supernatural abilities we all possess.

The information in this article is meant to inform you of the unlimited possibilities that lie within you. As with all skills, patience, consistency, practice and validation are necessary for our brains to embrace the possibilities that lie within us.

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For more information about Intuitiveness and Mindfulness training or to contact Dr. Jo Anne Bishop – please visit our website at www.DrJoAnneBishop.com

Awakening The Intuitive Within – Part 1

Awakening The Intuitive Within – Part 1
Here is a preview of the new book by Dr. Jo Anne Bishop – “Awakening The Intuitive Within”

Ten Steps to awakening the intuitive within you – Part 1.

As you begin the fascinating journey of awakening the intuitive within, your pathway will be filled with the self-knowledge that you are in essence an unlimited resource for inner wisdom, guidance and personal power. Through this process you will become aware that you are not just a physical body but also an electromagnetic energy field. Based upon scientific research, a part of this energy field is the electromagnetic energy generated by your brain and the physical life force that resides within your body. The physical energy within you is called “prana”, taken from a Sanskrit and Hindu word meaning the breath of life. Prana is the life force that resides within us. Many of the world’s religions believe that we are connected spiritually and united as human beings through the essence of prana. The concept of “oneness” is embodied in the essence of prana. Prana comes to us through our breath, which connects and unites us to all levels of our consciousness. Prana needs a vehicle in which to flow through the body. Chakras are that vehicle. Chakras are the centering points for prana to flow through us. The word is derived from Sanskrit and means wheels of light. Each Chakra is centered over a major organ within the body, including sexual organs, spleen, pancreas, heart, thyroid, pituitary gland and the pineal gland. There are seven Chakras aligned along the spinal column. Many spiritual philosophies teach that our mental, emotional and spiritual health depends upon the flow of that energy through the physical body. Through the Chakras (spiritual body) and the spinal column system (physical body), our life force energy interlinks with the prana and the physical body.

Understanding the spiritual concept of prana provides the opportunity to increase physical, emotional and spiritual health in a responsible and accountable manner. Developing the understanding of the principles of the mechanism that bridge the spiritual and material arenas is a vital part of the foundation for intuitive development. The knowledge that the energy within us can externally affect people, places and things moves us toward accountability and ownership of the prana within. People who are sensitive, intuitive or psychic can feel this energy and receive impressions from it. They perceive the different levels of consciousness. Our intention to unfold intuitively enables us to become aware of our inherent ability to intuit the prana in our own bodies and that of others. This foundation moves us toward self-care. We begin to realize that we truly are temples that house our higher consciousness. Intuition is also considered “knowing”. It is essential that you develop a sense and knowing of how to use your own energy and what your symbols mean. In this way, you can stay centered within your own energy field. The impressions that you receive from the energy field within you will come through your intuition and your right brain hemisphere. Sometimes it will appear as an impression, visualization, words, sound or symbols. Understanding the meaning of these symbols is part of the developmental process. This will become the foundation for understanding the communication between intuition and the brain’s hemispheres (creative and rational mind). These steps facilitate biofeedback that transmits information about body sensations, feelings of tension, stress, relaxation and centering. This is part of the integration process of mind, body and spirit.

The more centered you become, through balancing these three aspects of yourself, the greater the opportunity for your intuition to develop. For the intuitive, the integration process can be felt in a variety of ways. The individual becomes aware of their own energy, as well as the energy of others and inanimate objects. The learning process of interpreting the meaning of the internal and external biofeedback creates discernment. Discernment is a tool that assists in understanding whether the energy we experience is internal or external. If it feels like the energy is emanating from an external source, there is a need to return to your center and become observant. The skill of judgment or discernment becomes more effective as the process is repeated. Discernment allows us to become aware of the effect that the energy of others has upon us. With this knowledge we can choose to embrace someone’s energy or stay separate from it.

Developing your intuition does not mean channeling, mediumship or being psychic. It does not mean that you will attribute the information you are receiving to an external source other than yourself. It provides an opportunity to become self-reliant. All of us
Have the capability of being intuitive. Not all of us have the capacity or genetic predisposition to be psychic. When you are psychic you have the gifts of intuition in a
more intense capacity. Being psychic you are not necessarily spiritual but most people
who are intuitive have developed the spiritual aspects of their personalities to some degree.

It is very important to stay emotionally balanced and grounded as you are developing your intuition. Grounded means that you are committed to learn how to use your common sense and your analytical skills in situations involving your intuition; just as you would with any important situation in your life. Keep your feet firmly planted on the earth as you reach for the stars. Keep it simple. If it does not feel right, it probably is not right. Learn to trust yourself.

As you enter the process of development, you will begin to learn that all actions have a reaction. Each of us needs to learn to take full responsibility for all of the choices we make. This can also be construed as grounded. The choices that we make involve consequences. In other words, every action we take has a reaction or consequence. As you become aware, you will begin to see the consequences of your actions and choices. It takes forethought to be aware of the consequences. If you decide to develop your intuition, these may be a few of the consequences you might face: investment of time, energy, analytical skills, creativity, awareness of your personal energy field, adventure, fun, excitement, self-empowerment, self-reliance, self-trust and discipline.

It will be helpful for you to exercise your analytical mind as you begin to develop an understanding of the impressions and symbols that you receive. You will begin to integrate the rational mind with the creative mind. This takes patience with yourself and a sufficient timeframe to learn how to interpret the information that you are given. A new and stimulating world will open to you, bringing a sense of empowerment and elevated consciousness.

Your physical body is an important aspect of your development. In order for the physical body to be receptive to intuitive urgings, it needs to be relaxed, safe and secure. As with developing the analytical mind with the creative mind, you need time to learn a relaxation process. Within the relaxation process, a biofeedback response allows you to become aware of sensations in your body that you may not have been aware of in the past. This awareness will accelerate the integration. Each of us has a unique body and soul. Through the body comes knowledge of your internal and spiritual being.

The following steps will allow you to start the process of developing your intuition.

Step One:

Meditate every day. Meditation allows your body to become relaxed and receptive to your inner awareness. In the beginning, make a commitment to a short period of meditation daily. Ten minutes a day creates a repetitive pattern that allows information to flow within the brain that increases internal awareness and impressions. New neurotransmitter pathways are created through repetitive behaviors. Meditation creates a space of relaxation and receptiveness; you are giving your brain direction to increase your internal awareness and inner impressions. A ten-minute commitment is a good start. You can increase to 30 minutes, which is ideal. Make a commitment that is doable. The most important part of the skill building process is consistency. See this as an investment in yourself, your body and self-care.

Find a safe place, comfortable chair and perhaps soothing music to add serenity to your environment. Begin the relaxation experience by breathing deeply. You are breathing in the prana or life force into your body.

This can be done through breathing easily and allowing your breath to move through you without effort. Let your body fully relax into your breath. Within a couple of minutes, you will find your body releasing tension. Oxygen begins to soothe your body by revitalizing every cell. The body responds to oxygen intake. As you begin to relax, you allow your body to absorb the oxygen and let go of worry, tension and anxiety.

Begin with the top of your head. Place your attention in this area and take a deep breath. Feel the cool air coming in as you inhale. Feel the warm air leaving as you exhale. Your body will begin to feel relaxed. Now move from the top of your head down to your eyes, your throat, your heart, your solar plexus, your pelvic area, your hips, thighs, knees, calves and feet. As you breathe, begin to review each of these places within your body. Become aware of any internal tension or stress. The goal of this meditation is relaxation. As you move from place to place, tell your body you are letting go of tension and moving further into relaxation.

When you feel your body is relaxed, think of a favorite place that brings joy and peace to you, such as a beach, the mountains or a garden. Your body will respond to the visualization of comfort that you gain from visiting a favorite environment within your mind. Seek out a comfortable area within this environment such as a bench or under a tree and sit down. Imagination is the same as visualization. In your mind’s eye, look around this favorite environment. Let the environment come alive with color, aroma and soothing sounds. In your visualization, the process of sitting and breathing becomes deeper and deeper which allows you to go into a state of deep relaxation. Your body will continue to relax. In this state of relaxation, your body, mind and heart are open to the spirit, the divine or the higher power that resides within you. In this moment, know that the divine within you wants the very best for you. As you move further inward, you are moving toward a safe accepting place within. Take another breath. Become aware of how your body feels, as you are moving through this process. You are in the process of biofeedback. Your mind acknowledges a body sensation such as relaxation and stores the information in a way that can be recall through the neurotransmitters that are now being created in your right and left-brain hemispheres. Neurotransmitters are
electrical impulses that create brain activity through stimulation in many ways including meditation. In a recent study, February 2009, Dr. Andrew Newberg, a professor of radiology, psychology and spiritual studies at Penn State’s Center of Spirituality and the Mind, found that people who meditate, use prayer or contemplation have a very positive effect on our brains by increasing the ability of the brain to process information, focus and concentrate if this practice is a daily activity. The findings suggest that our physical, mental and spiritual health will improve in as little as fifteen minutes if this practice is a daily part of a self-care program.

When you feel that you have arrived at a sense of peace in the pleasant environment that you have created, you can ask the intuitive within you a question that may need an answer or solution. As you pose the question, imagine it rising into a mist. Become aware of any impression that immediately follows the question. This information can come through an image, a sense, impression, voice or a knowing that you may not understand at this time. Have a pencil and paper at hand so that when you complete your meditation, you can list impressions. Date the material because it may not immediately make sense to you, but as you continue your daily meditation process, you may see a pattern develop from the impressions that you receive. Committing thoughts and impressions to paper make them real. Before ending the mediation, affirm that you are open to guidance, self-acceptance, abundance and opportunity. Affirm your intention to release old patterns, habits, fears and self-imposed obstacles that limit your ability to the bounty of the universe. Envision yourself transforming fear into creativity. In the process of mediation, you can release the fear and affirm your possibilities. Near the end of your meditation visualize yourself, as you want to be: healthy, happy, balanced and peaceful. Allow acceptance of the opportunities that are presented to you which will empower you to reach your highest good. As you complete this process you, will see yourself returning to your current physical environment. You will open your eyes feeling refreshed, centered and balanced.

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Be sure to follow up within us again for Part 2 of “Awakening The Intuitive Within”, where we’ll review Steps 2 through 10.

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