"Turning up the volume" is a brilliant metaphor I heard some years ago. The person who introduced it to me explained that she kept "hearing" a certain message about what she should do next in her life. Because the message referred to a pretty radical life change – not something she wanted to take on board at the time – she kept trying to ignore it.
To follow her metaphor, she kept "turning down the volume" (as you would do on a radio) so that she couldn't hear it any longer. But, no matter how many times she tried turning down the volume control, as the months went on the message kept coming back – and it kept getting louder and louder until she couldn't ignore it any longer.
Have you ever had a similar experience? Are there messages right now that are trying to break through? Do you keep turning down the volume because it's too scary or uncomfortable to think about them? Or perhaps you haven't given yourself permission to explore the possibilities inherent in them?
While many of us use logic and rational thought to make decisions and set our life course, I do believe that it's important to listen to our intuition as well. There are certainly times in my life when I've chosen to "turn down the volume" and have later regretted that I didn't listen more carefully.
In the relentlessly cluttered, noisy and busy world we live in it can be really tough to quieten down enough to let the messages filter through. So you might have to take conscious steps to make space in your life for reflection. A couple of weeks ago I participated in a "Day of Stillness" which was absolutely wonderful. This is, admittedly, quite a radical way to quieten down, but there are lots of other ways you can achieve it…
Many people find that meditation helps them to still the mind. In her wonderful book "The Artist's Way" Julia Cameron recommends writing a stream of consciousness first thing every morning. Perhaps taking a walk on your own – or making time to sit quietly – I know someone who says he does his best thinking when he's out running… whatever works for you.
So, my tip for this month is to keep your eyes and ears open. Listen and look for the messages. Turn up the volume and listen to your own wisdom. Most importantly, when you get an intuitive hit, pay attention to it – even if it feels uncomfortable. Give yourself permission to consider the possibilities. Who knows where they might take you.
© Annabel Sutton Coaching Tips 2009
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