How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition“Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct ‘hunch,’ or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.” — Paramhansa Yogananda

More than just a “feeling” or a guess, true intuition is one of the most important-yet often least developed- of our human faculties. Often thought of as something vague and undefinable, many people mistakenly assume that intuition cannot be understood and developed.

Topics Include:

  • What true intuition is.
  • Where it comes from.
  • Attitudes necessary for developing it.
  • An easy-to-understand practices and guidelines that will help you tap into intuitive guidance at will.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • Video classes.
  • Interactive forum.
  • Introspection and journal exercises.
  • Personal support (via email or telephone).
  • Certificate of Completion.

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Take a step back from your life for a moment and pretend you are merely an observer of all situations. Write down any issues you may be going through, anything that is unclear in your mind about your future and see if there are some correspondences. Many problems may be able to be resolved with a single solution. Try to see if you can grasp a bigger picture of what is trying to happen in your life. God/Your Higher Self always wants you to be happy and everything that happens is to lead you to a greater understanding of the Universe and your Universal Nature. Think about what you are feeling drawn to or feel strongly opposed to. Analyze your responses and record your results.
1) Look down, closing your eyes. Feel yourself drifting downward as if sinking through water— through forests of waving seaweed—ever deeper into a green, misty world of fantasy. Enjoy this pleasant sense of freedom from earthly responsibility, from demanding projects, from fears, from worldly ambitions. Affirm mentally, “Through slowly drifting waters, I sink into subconsciousness.”

2) Now, with a quick burst of will power, open your eyes and gaze straight ahead. Shake off the last clinging tendrils of passivity. Affirm, “With a burst of energy I rise to greet the world!”

3) Remain in that state a few moments. Then look upward and affirm, “I awake in Thy light! I am joyful! I am free! I awake in Thy light!”

Practice alternating between these three states of consciousness, accompanying them with a corresponding shift in the position of your eyes. Gradually, you will gain the ability to control your states of consciousness at will, and choose the level of guidance you receive.

1) Concentrate at the ajna chakra, the point between the eyebrows, which is the sending station for our thoughts. Now ask for guidance from the superconsciousness. You can send out a strong thought like, “What shall I do?”

2) Wait for a response in the receiving station of intuition, the anahata or heart center. Be completely impartial, and try to feel a yes or no answer. It will become increasingly clear as you work on developing it. Sometimes that feeling will be very definite, but if it isn’t clear there are things you can do to clarify the response you’ve received. Try posing alternate solutions, and see if one feels right in your heart. Remember, the answer doesn’t come on a mental level. You can’t think yourself to it. You have to suspend thought, and get it on an intuitive level. I’ve often found that the answer will come clearly at the very end of my period of asking for guidance. Sometimes I’ll receive it days later when walking or relaxing, and not really expecting it.

3) Finally, a problem is half-solved already once it is stated clearly. In seeking guidance, form a clear mental picture of the question you have. Then hold that picture up to the superconsciousness at the point between the eyebrows. People often struggle for a long time to find the guidance they want. No time is really needed: only sufficient mental clarity and energy.

Here are some exercises to help you become more aware of the anahata and ajna chakras. In preparation, begin by sitting up with a straight spine, and trying to still the restless thoughts in the mind. Now practice a yoga technique called Regular Breathing: Inhale to a count of 12, hold the breath for 12 counts, and exhale to a count of twelve. Do this for six to twelve rounds. Then throw the breath out, and sit quietly for a few moments.

Now focus your attention on the anahata chakra, located in the area behind the physical heart. Draw your shoulder blades together several times by tensing and relaxing the area of the back behind the heart. Visualize a great sphere of light expanding outward from the area of your heart. Feel this sphere encompassing everything around you—your house, neighborhood, country, the world, and all of space.

Try to feel that everyone and everything is bathed in this light. Sit quietly and keeping your body relaxed, try to feel an actual sensation of warmth or energy in the anahata chakra.

Now bring your attention to the ajna chakra, or the point between the eyebrows. Knit your brows together several times to stimulate the energy here. Concentrate on projecting a beam of light from this point, like the light coming from the projection booth in a movie theatre.

Feel this beam moving outward through space with great power, driving away all shadows of pain and sorrow. Use your will power to send this light further and further into space. Now relax and feel a radiant center of light and energy at the point between the eyebrows.

Complete Course Outline

Assignments:
  • Reading Assignment — Intuition for Starters, Part 1
  • Writing Assignment — What is Trying to Happen Here
  • Experiential — Tapping into the Superconscious Mind
  • Experiential — Greater Awareness of the Chakras
  • Experiential — Tuning in to Intuitive Guidance
Activity:
  • Lesson 1 Quiz
Assignments:
  • Video Recording — Tuning Into Higher Guidance
  • Reading Assignment — Intuition for Starters, Part 2
  • Writing Assignment — Develop Courage to Act on Inner Guidance
  • Writing Assignment — Guided Meditation
Activity:
  • Lesson 2 Quiz
Assignments:
  • Treasures Along the Path Talk — How to Recognize & Trust Inner Guidance, Part 1
  • Treasures Along the Path Talk — How to Recognize & Trust Inner Guidance, Part 2
  • Writing Assignment — How to Recognize & Trust Inner Guidance
After achievement of required scores in assignments 1-3, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.

More About Course

Intuition for Starters

“Intuition is the innate ability in everyone to perceive truth directly — not by reason, logic, or analysis, but by a simple knowing from within. That is the very meaning of the word “intuition”: to know, or understand from within — from one’s own self, and from the heart of whatever one is trying to understand. Intuition is the inner ability to see behind the outer forms of things to their inner essence.”                                                                                      — Swami Kriyananda

We’ve all experienced occasional “lucky hunches,” when we knew what street to take or what card to choose in a game without understanding how or why. This intuitive ability is latent within all of us. It can be developed consciously to bring clarity to all our decisions. In this course, we will explore what intuition is and ways to refine our ability to draw on this inner guidance consciously. We’ll learn practices to calm and focus our minds so that we clear the mental ‘static’ that prevents us from perceiving our intuition. This phenomenal course will provide everyday tools for accomplishing greater success in all areas of our lives.
In this self-paced course you will have 90 days to complete three lessons. We encourage you to complete one lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at admin@onlinewithananda.org.

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Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Director of Online with Ananda, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda's teachings for over 20 years. She is originally from Lake Tahoe in Northern California and first discovered Ananda in 1996. That same year, she became a Certified Meditation and Ananda Yoga Teacher and taught in her home town. She eventually moved to Ananda Village in 1998 - where she now lives with her husband Vic.  Before becoming Director of Online with Ananda in 2009, she served for many years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila is gifted in supporting and encouraging people, helping them take that next step spiritually. Through her role at Online with Ananda, she enjoys connecting with devotees worldwide, sharing in this journey of Self-Realization.

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