Book Review – Connections – The Five Strands of Intuitive Wisdom

Someone once asked Edgar Cayce if others could do what he did, and he replied, “Yes, if you are willing to pay the price.” To some, this referred to the material sacrifices that Mr. Cayce and his family made to continue their work. However, there is another level of meaning in his response. Many of his statements about intuitive or psychic development pointed to the need for personal transformation, not simply the learning of a technique. One could learn the technique of automatic writing, for example, and produce wonderful works. Although Mr. Cayce recognized that automatic writing was a valid channel for bringing new truths, he always advised people to stay away from it and turn to alternative, alternative, inspirational writing. This last method, however, requires more than just learning the trick of making your hand write while you’re not paying attention. It requires one to learn how to enter into an awareness of an ideal and then surrender to the flow of that awareness as one progresses through the writing phase. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by sticking its wings together, but by allowing it to melt into a liquid that then crystallizes as a butterfly.

I have given students a taste of this type of transformation through dance. I usually use Cayce’s favorite music for harmony, Strauss’s “Blue Danube Waltz.” Don’t try to “do a dance,” I suggest, “but let the music make you dance.” It’s a fun way to explore the difference between making an effort to perform a trick and getting into the mystery of the unit. In her book Connections: The Five Threads of Intuitive Wisdom (Tarcher/Penguin), Gabrielle Roth presents an intuition-like approach to self-transformation. The author, a dance artist and a respected example of someone living the intuitive life, shares personal stories of her struggles, transformations, and discoveries. There is another life to live, more real than is normally considered to be living, and there is a divine human being ready to live that alternative life, she writes, provided we can escape the addiction to separate self-awareness that the world must have. control. .

“To fully realize our intuitive abilities,” he writes, “we need to be instinctive, intimate, mindful, holistic, and inspired. Each of these energies is a facet of intuition, our connection to the divine force that moves all things. The The The problem occurs when we stop trusting in its supreme intelligence, intelligence, when we allow our intuition to be overwhelmed and diminished by the strong and reactive defensive voices of the ego.

By instinctive, he means the wisdom of the body. A good example is the way the body can naturally move to the beat of music if allowed. Wisdom can come from dance, as you can discover for yourself. When you are worried about a situation and don’t know what to do, if meditation doesn’t help you, try dancing! When you sit back, exhausted and spent, you may be surprised to find that you now know how to get over your situation.

By intimacy, she means the momentary dissolution of boundaries that create separations between us and the life around us. Learning to listen, to experience a heart connection with other forms of life, is a form of cooperation with life that supports intuitive awareness.

By intention, she refers to the ability to embrace change, even chaos, knowing intuitively that one has an inner connection to one’s destiny that will shake off potential mistakes and alert one to the symbolic signs life uses to call us forward. .

By integrity he does not mean to be right or to be good, but he asks that we be real, authentic, not weakened by contradictions, but strengthened by the paradoxes that we can accept. It is not about what we say, but what we are aware of inside. Being honest with ourselves, having the innocence of a pure heart, gives us the courage to trust our intuition instead of doubting it and suspecting it of personal contamination.

By inspiration, she refers to the intuition of the Spirit. It is the ability to allow life to breathe you, to move you along your natural path of soul expression. Everyone has a purpose, a calling, a destiny. With intention we can set an ideal and then allow the Spirit of Life to move us toward the fulfillment of that ideal. Very often life will take us to a new level of consciousness, to an even higher ideal, as long as we are willing to be moved. Once again, dancing to inspiring music is often a great awakening, a wonderful meditation to be moved by the Spirit.

Gabrielle Roth’s personal confessions – lush, earthy, wild, sensitive – of her experience with intuition echo Edgar Cayce’s description of the spiritual path in both idealized and practical terms. More than learning intuitive skills, the goal is personal transformation that allows one to individually “express the face” of the Creator.

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