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Your Knowing Breath

Developing Your Intuition

My first yoga instructor taught me that you can’t hold fear in your body and breathe long and deep at the same time. When someone asks me how to develop their intuition, I tell them to breathe. When your breath becomes shallow it is usually because you are afraid. This can show up as anxiety, worry, concern, stress, and any number of descriptors for the same thing: fear. When you are afraid you do not hear the voice of your intuition.

The breath controls the mind and the mind controls the body. Slowing the breath to 6-8 breaths per minute, the mind slows down and you start to relax. Through this state of relaxation your inner knowing can be heard. It’s not always easy to do. When I’m really in a state of anxiety I have to do some vigorous exercise to get my body and my mind to relax. I like to walk down by the river where I live. Water stills the mind and is a great conductor of intuitive energy. I can gaze out over the water and a natural stillness comes over me.

If you do not have easy access to a natural body of water try this meditation. Fill up your bathtub and place a few drops of lavender oil in the water. Light a candle. The warm water will relax your body and the lavender oil will relax your mind. Start breathing long and deep. You can close your eyes or look lightly at the burning candle. Gently bring forward a question into your conscious mind as you seek inner guidance. Imagine that you are watching the answer come to you on the movie screen of your mind. Relax and watch the movie.

If an answer does not come to you at this time, trust that guidance will come over the course of the next few days. Once you ask a question, the Universe will find the right time and place to show you what you need to know. The key is trusting. For now, just breathe your knowing breath and listen to your heart.

Take It In with this All Kundalini video on the power of the breath

Della McGee
Intuitive Reader, Hands-On Healer, Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Inner Peace Movement Studio

Recommended: Developing Intuition Deck: Practical Guidance for Daily Life by Shakti Gawain


Sarbjot Kaur commented on 30-Jun-2011 03:54 PM5 out of 5 stars

Although I've practiced hatha yoga for over thirty years, there's something about kundalini yoga which gets you FINALLY intimate w/your breathing so that before you know it you're laughing when you thought there was no reason to laugh anymore, and you're
crying when you thought you couldn't cry anymore. My point is "Your Knowing Breath" is a great title for a very helpful Yogamint. Thanks!

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