The Power of Suggestion

Power-of-GratitudeWhat we sense around us consciously or subconsciously can influence the way we think, the way we see things, what we hear, how we feel, and ultimately what we believe…

The Power of Suggestion presents itself in very subtle ways.  There is no right or wrong to it.  It is simply a natural and gentle force from which we have all created our livelihoods.  We are merely invited to become aware of how this phenomenon works in our daily lives and how we can tap into its powerful energy.

WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THE KIND OF SUGGESTIONS that have the potential of finding their way into own thinking patterns and belief systems.  For instance, we have been given suggestions as to what is the best for us, what is appropriate behavior in various social settings, how to live a healthy and happy life, how to dress for success, how to create balance in our lives, and so many other well-meaning intentions.

And how about what we see on television given the advertisers aim for us to purchase products that will save us time, give us more energy, look and feel better, look younger, how to lose weight, how to gain weight, and other subtle yet powerful suggestions.  Mind you, all of these things are designed to give us the information we may need in order to give us a greater sense of our well-being.  No harm in that, right?

We have also been raised in cultures where things are simply accepted as a way of life.  There are many traditions that are commonplace in our environment and have been for many centuries.  We were born into them.  And we have lived by these traditions without any reason to doubt their pull on our own integrity.  And for the most part, we have been comfortable with the way things have always been.  And why wouldn’t we be?  They have served us well.

Let us keep in mind that much of what we may have embraced into our own mindset was done on a subliminal and subconscious level.  Perhaps we are recognizing that now…in this moment.  And again, we were born into a set of traditions that were already in place when we were born, which means that we are a natural part of how we all relate to each other given our human heritage.  In fact, we are encouraged to accept and honor everything we have believed and experienced thus far, with the understanding that all of it is and has been a significant part of our spiritual journey. When we can do this, we will have recognized our divinity and our evolutionary process.  We are simply invited to be open to learning more.  Remember, we learn as we go…there is no other way.

And because we are constantly learning as we go, we know that change is imminent, do we not?  We see it clearly throughout the changing seasons in Mother Nature.  Leaves fall away from trees in Autumn, snow covers the ground in the Winter, new growth appears in the Spring, and temperatures rise in the Summer.  The process of life is no different for us as we are part of nature in human form.  For one thing, we notice that our bodies change as we mature from infancy to adulthood, right?   The fact is that something is always changing within and outside of us whether we are conscious of it or not.  We may feel something stirring within us right now.

At this point, I am guided to share with you something a college professor said to the class in a business course I took years ago.  He said, “Don’t believe everything you hear.”  I remember him uttering these words in the form of a challenge.   This was a really powerful suggestion, one that I have given serious thought.   While I believed at the time that he meant it in the context of not believing everything people say, I have come to understand it on a deeper level today…especially from the standpoint of energy.

Most of us understand that everything exists as energy.  This includes the spoken word and all thought which have varying levels of vibration.  We receive thoughts from every conceivable source which includes our intellectual mind, our Soul, our intuition, our spiritual guides, and perhaps other spiritual forces. We also pick them up subconsciously from people through frequencies that we cannot see nor hear.  The same is true of what we may feel on an emotional level.  For instance, have you ever found yourself feeling great joy when in the company of happy people? Have you ever felt sad and not known why?  For the most part, these things may have a direct link to the subtle energy that always surrounds us from what is being said or from the silence of thought.   Some of us are more sensitive to this than others.  Knowing this, we may want to consider this element of nature when choosing our entertainment or anything else for that matter, because energy in itself is a gentle form of suggestion that carries within it powerful frequencies that can change the very nature of any moment or situation in one way or another.

We are also given a lot of information designed to encourage us all in our mutual desire to move more gracefully forward along our path…what is being shared here is no exception.  With this in mind, when it comes to listening to all this information and the suggestions thereof, we are encouraged to accept only that which resonates truly within us.   We are also invited to create suggestions from our own convictions through our self-talk and mindful thinking.  This writer is suggesting that when we learn to listen more intently to what we hear, see, and feel, as well as paying closer attention to what we may be thinking, we will become more self-reliant.   So, what more can we do to become self-reliant?

Let us begin to honor and love who we are at the core of our being, which means embracing all that we are and all that we are not with no judgment.  Remember, we are learning as we go.  In this endeavor, we are encouraged to become more aware of all our innate senses.  For instance, when we hear or see something that gets our attention, we may want to check in with our internal wisdom to see if it has meaning for us and truly resonates with our own sensibilities.  We are encouraged to do this not only from the standpoint of our physical senses, but from our spiritual sense as well…our intuition…our higher self.  This means listening carefully to whatever information we may be receiving from that sacred place within us that truly knows …that voice beyond reason.   We may also want to pay closer attention to where we feel the suggestion within our bodies.  We really do know what rings true for us.

Paying closer attention to our thoughts and feelings is a powerful suggestion in and of itself because we are being asked to trust in our own ability to make choices and decisions that best serve our spiritual growth.  Learning to become more aware of the origin of our thoughts and feelings and determining whether or not they belong to us can be challenging at first.  However, nurturing ourselves in this manner can only raise the level of our confidence and our creative power.  How so?  When we let go of the thoughts or suggestions that no longer serve us and that may have blocked our creative energy, we will have remembered who we are in our divine aliveness.  We are then free to create new experiences from a renewed sense of that aliveness.  By the way, we are encouraged to release in love and gratitude all the things that we have outgrown for they have taught us what we needed to learn, and are the very basis for our being guided forward along our journey.

It takes a lot of courage to follow our own convictions.  When we do, we will be living within the spiritual gift of our own incredible power.  This is the Soul’s Journey.  And within this realization, we will know that we are all here to share our divine gifts and evolve into something more…as individuals and in our Oneness.  So, let us be open-hearted, open-minded, and honor the well-meaning suggestions of others with the loving intention to only accept those things that truly resonate with our own integrity.  Let us share our own heartfelt suggestions and divine gifts with others in the same light.  And let us live from a deeper place of love for ourselves and others knowing that all of these heartfelt and powerful suggestions will find their way naturally into our greater consciousness.  This is how we are always beautifully supported by a most loving Universe…from which our gratitude emanates.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.  Namaste’.

In Love, Light and Divine Inspiration,

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

Beyond the Voice of Reason

-Learning to listen to the voice of our heart gives us a greater sense of who we are in our authenticity for it knows not of the preconceived expectations nor the limitations of our mind…

HAVE YOU EVER KNOWN A PERSON WHO IS PERCEIVED TO BE  “the voice of reason”?  Have you been referred to as that presence for others?  People who demonstrate this loving and compassionate quality obviously learned many things throughout their journey and are therefore, willing to share with others what they have come to understand about life and the human experience. Since their wisdom seems to emanate from such a deeply loving and compassionate place, is it possible that these individuals may actually have embodied the true essence of how life moves through us?  Could they have allowed themselves to be guided by something greater than their individual mind?  A Voice Beyond Reason, perhaps?

Spiritual Truth…we have all heard this “still small voice”.  That gentle, yet powerful voice within us that speaks to us from our heart center.  It is the voice of our Intuition…that gentle voice that seems to come out of nowhere with something of a profound nature to share with us.  This voice is the presence of a higher and greater power that resides deep within us in a calm and peaceful manner.  This presence is eminently known as The Divine, God, Source, Spirit, Higher Self, Soul, Universe, or any other name that resonates with our own sensibilities.  However we choose to identify this presence, simply know that Intuition guides human nature in the same way animals are guided by their instinct.  The difference is that we have the choice to listen to it or not.

Again, we have all heard this gentle voice.  Oftentimes, in spite of what we may hear, we have chosen to follow our own way of doing things, yes?  And when we encountered results that were not beneficial for us, didn’t we feel like we “should” have listened to our Intuition?  Of course we have.  We stand in our own way at times don’t we?  So, what keeps us from following our intuition more often?  Consider this, we have all been conditioned throughout our life by everything we have ever experienced, and everything we have been told is the truth of who we are, what we should do, and how we should do it.   All of these things are neatly retained in our memory banks which contains all of the stories and events of our eternal lives.   And when we encounter a situation that triggers a memory, we will naturally reflect back and react in accordance with it.  No need to feel like we have failed in some way because we didn’t listen though.  We simply keep moving forward and continue to learn.  Remember, everything happens for a reason.  And, our Intuition will guide us to understand the reason, when we are ready to hear it.

Our past history does not have to be the driving force behind how we continue to create our experiences regardless of whether the memory was a pleasant one or circumstances that may have challenged us.   It must be said however, that there are many significant clues of our authentic way of being within the things we have experienced.  Listening to our Intuition will help us discern what they are.  In any case, we have been given the incredible gift of choice, and this is where we can exercise it.  When we feel out of alignment with our own truth, want to live out unfulfilled dreams and aspirations, or simply want to find a solution to a problem; we may want to check in with our Intuition, listen to its guidance, and make a decision.  Keep in mind that our Inner Voice knows beyond reason who we are, and how to guide us into our desired reality.  The more we allow ourselves to be guided by our Intuition, the more readily we will be able to respond rather than react when a situation triggers a memory, simply because we will have come to realize that our past experiences are not the complete truth about who we are.  And even during those times when we forget, we will come back to center more quickly.

One thing is for certain, we must be open and receptive to how life responds to us through the things we may be guided to do or change by our Intuition.  Our Intuition is the greater aspect of our being and is what connects us spiritually to the Universe and everything that exists within it.  The reality is that we were born into the memes or traditions of all that has every been, and we are therefore recipients of all that has ever been known.  We are truly blessed to have the innate power to draw from all this wisdom through the Voice Beyond Reason expressing itself through us.

How do we nurture our Intuition so that we can be more in tune with it?  While we may hear its voice from time to time, the truth is that it is always speaking to us.  It is just not always easy to hear it through all the busyness and the barrage of  information that is constantly filling our minds.  We need to take the time to be still and quiet our minds enough to be able to hear it.  There is no set way in which to do this, however, some form of meditation is a powerful way in which to enhance our ability to tap into its wisdom.  When we sit and meditate for instance, we are creating a space in our consciousness in which our Intuitive Voice can infuse valuable information into the vastness of the now opened channels of all thought.  Taking a walk or being out in nature is also a wonderful to way to practice being, because it is through our beingness that we open the portals of our consciousness and invite the calm essence of that Divine Voice within us to be heard more readily.  These are some of the ways in which we can increase our awareness of this magnificent force already and always present within us.

So, how do we know when we are receiving guidance from our Intuition?  When we receive a thought or hear a soft, gentle voice come through all other thoughts, it is probably from our Intuition.  If the thought seems to have no apparent reason for popping into our consciousness, it is probably the Voice of our Intuition.  If the thought comes through as a gentle feeling or sense of something moving through us without any emotion attached to it, it is probably from our Intuition.  If the thought comes through in a very calm and matter of fact way and feels like the answer we were waiting for, we are probably receiving a message  from our Intuition.  When we awaken from a dream feeling like there was something meaningful in it or leaves us wondering, it was probably our Intuition sending a message to guide us in our waking hours.  These are just a few of the ways our Intuition makes its presence known to us.  How we experience these moments of truth may of course be different for each one of us.

Let us look at the guidance we receive from our mind.  Throughout our life’s journey, we have had to learn many things in order to sustain our physical existence.  We have received sound wisdom from this guiding force  in order to keep us informed with regards to our safety, what resonates with our individuality, our personal likes and dislikes, the many lessons we have learned, and so much more.  We are encouraged to honor this guidance for it has and will continue to serve us well.  When we feel the urge to move beyond the things or ideas that no longer serve us however, we may want to invite our Higher Self to direct our lives…the Voice that speaks to us from our Heart.  Why?  Our mind, while an integral aspect of our wholeness, is limited in its ability to guide us because of its nature.  Our Intuition on the other hand, has unlimited knowledge of who we are in our totality, and goes beyond what we may be able to see through our mind’s eye alone, and directs us lovingly into the realm of infinite possibilities.

So, when we receive guidance from our magnificent mind, it will come from a place of reasoning, a place in which we have learned to live and thrive in our environment.  We need this voice of reason…that intellectual side of us.  We are simply encouraged to be discerning enough to see  whether its guidance is holding us back from doing something based on past experiences or encouraging us to move forward based on the notion that anything is possible.  And even when it seems promising, let us take a moment and check in with our Intuition to be sure we are not limiting ourselves or making choices that keep us from living in our joy.  Let us all find that delicate balance to accept only that which moves us into our greatest unfoldment.

Listening Beyond the Voice of Reason then is a beautiful reminder for us to engage purposely in the unlimited wisdom of it gentle power by fully embracing it as a natural aspect of our divine being.  It is not outside of us.  While we are inspired by those who can assist us in our spiritual growth, the ultimate inspiration comes from the divinity within us.   All we need to do is listen…

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.  Namaste.

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.