Body Sensitivity Is the Door to Intuition
Part 2: Your Truth and Anxiety Signals
When intuition first speaks to us, it’s in a language that is preverbal, nonlinear, and often so deeply sensual that we can’t even hear the little voice or see visual images. Learning to “read your body” is key in picking up important information at the earliest possible point.
Truth and Anxiety Signals
How do you know when something is really right for you? Or when you hear the truth? How do you know that you want to do something, and that you’re actually going to do it? Conversely, how do you know when someone’s lying to you? Can you tell when timing is off? When a situation is being forced? When there’s a high possibility of failure or danger?
Your body communicates with you constantly, giving you feedback about the relative safety and appropriateness of every option you consider. Its messages contain either survival information that comes from the body’s rapport with the natural environment, or higher guidance about your optimal self-expression that comes from your soul and the collective consciousness of the planet. Most of us never take the time to know how we know or what we know; we just act. Yet our bodies are speaking volumes––just not in a language we immediately recognize. To develop intuitive skill, we need to be able to decipher our body’s information cues, to know quickly and directly, without taking time to “figure things out.”
The body’s language is a simple binary one––there are only two modes, two “words”—yes and no. You will recognize these messages through feelings of expansion or contraction in your body. When a choice or action is appropriate and safe, you’ll experience expanding energy: you may sense energy rising, becoming active or bouncy, or perhaps you’ll “warm” to an idea, get “light-headed,” or feel flushed with enthusiasm. Have you ever had the “hots” for someone, or had “butterflies” of anticipation, or been “up” for a new adventure? Perhaps you’ve felt magnetically drawn toward someone or a new situation. Have you ever said, “I’m leaning toward this option”? The body’s yes often feels like health and vitality, even good luck: “I’m rarin’ to go; let me at it!”
How Do You Know What’s True?
When I ask people how they know something is true for them, and exactly where they experience the feeling in their body, many describe a warm, spreading sensation across their chest. Others feel energy bubbling up from below their diaphragm into their chest, or from their chest into their throat. Some even feel it bubble up further, resulting in tears of happiness. Some feel the blood rush to their neck and face, making them blush. Still other people describe a variety of “clicks and clunks” as if something out of alignment suddenly snapped or dropped back into its rightful place. These feelings most often occur along the vertical centerline of the body and seem to be related to that other oft-described sensation of something “ringing true,” where the body silently “gongs” like a huge reverberating bell. One of the other most common truth signals is the sudden movement of energy up the spine or along the arms and shoulders, giving the sensation of “chills” or gooseflesh.
How Do You Know What’s False?
But what about when something is not true or not appropriate for you? When the body answers no, the message is unmistakable. In fact, most people are more aware of their anxiety signal than their truth signal. When an option or action is unsafe or inappropriate, you’ll experience contracting energy: you may feel energy drop, recoil, darken, or tighten. Maybe you’ll act coolly, even coldly, to someone, or get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. When something is not true for you, your body will try to withdraw and back away. You may feel repulsed, or become “leaden” or “turn to stone.” Instead of blushing, you may blanch as the blood drains from your face. You may get tired, feel gray, blue, even depressed. You may actually feel pain in a specific area of your body. Common anxiety signals are: a stomach ache or nausea, a “pain in the neck,” chest pain, headaches, or a feeling like a tight fist in the solar plexus area. Yet another anxiety signal is a prickly feeling of the “hair rising” along the upper spine and neck.
Why is it important to know your truth and anxiety signals? First, you need a fail-safe way to discern which options in life are best for you, to be able to make authentic choices, straight from your soul’s wisdom. Truth and anxiety signals are your inside pipeline to the highest knowledge. Second, by learning to discriminate clear answers more quickly and directly, you won’t waste so much time, energy, and so many opportunities for happiness. Third, by learning to absolutely trust your body’s first response, you will soon find the guidance you get is of a very high quality. Goethe said these deceptively simple words: “Just trust yourself. Then you will know how to live.”
Exercise: Your Truth and Anxiety Signals
1. Start a journal or diary, and write about the different ways you know when something or someone is true, safe, or purposeful for you. Where in your body do you experience the signal? Does the signal move from one area of the body to another?
2. Write about the different ways you know when something or someone is false, unsafe, or not purposeful for you. Where in your body do you experience the signal? Does the signal move from one area of the body to another?
3. Notice the truth and anxiety signals you get today and write about them.