The sea within
Last night I watched the documentary InnSæi, which means "the sea within" in Icelandic. It is their word for Intuition. It also means: "to see within," or "to see from the inside out."
This fascinating documentary asks these questions:
What is intuition and what has happened to it?
What causes so many illnesses in Western Society, the ones that show up as burnout, or depression, or anxiety?
What can we do to get intuition back?
In Western Society, we have learned to value knowledge over wisdom, information over knowledge, and data over information. We are getting further and further away from the source of our inner knowing, by relying on elements outside ourselves, rather than on ourselves.
Intuition and mindfulness invite us to look within for the answers to our problems. Intuition can be described as using all of our five senses to make sense of our world. We are born with intuition, it is not taught. However, in Western Society, we are taught to rely on it less and less. There are a multitude of ways to drown out this intuition, whether through technology or other systems. We become more isolated and even less connected to who we really are.
Intuition is nature, it is our nature and the nature of everything around us, that is not man-made.
Life coaching is designed to help clients tap into their intuition. When you think about the journey of a child, he is born perfect, intact, with everything he already needs born inside him. As he goes through life, he is taught lessons, some of those lessons tell him to not listen to his own inner wisdom, but to do as he's told, to toe the line, to not dance to a different drummer. Why? Because of the risk of losing affection, approval, or security. He slowly loses his sense of himself and eventually, if he continues to follow that path, reaches a crisis.
This crisis is nature's way of telling us that we have reached a point when we can't continue to deny our nature, or we will only do further harm. To ourselves, to our relationships, to the world around us. Crisis of conscious, of coming to a realization that we don't know ourselves, that we are lost and don't know what to do next, that we have lost everything we cherished, it's an opening.
Leonard Cohen's sings this line in his song Anthem:
"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."
If we didn't fail, if we didn't reach this moment of crisis, there would be no way to let the light in. This light comes in to reveal the truth of our nature. But without some help, without someone to guide us through this moment of opening, we may not reach the desired goal.
Whether that help comes in the form of a therapist or a coach or a good friend who won't judge you, taking these steps together will provide you with a way to sort through the false beliefs, the lies, that keep you from revealing the truth of your nature.
It is this nature, or spirit, or life source that Marianne Williamson talks about, when she says:
"We were born to make manifest the glory of god that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
I highly recommend checking out "InnSæi." It has stunning visual imagery and powerful messages from some of the most intuitive minds. You can get it on Netflix streaming.