Alyse Parker

6 Ways to Listen to Your Intuition

Life will bring us to many cross roads.

Sometimes, our first instinct will be to seek external guidance to lead us the “right” way. Often, we grasp desperately for someone else to simplify our decisions for us.

If you learn to turn inwards, you’ll discover, if you haven’t already, that you’ve possessed a powerful guidance system within you all along.

We are all blessed with an intuitive guidance system and the more we learn to listen to it and use it, the more confident and tactful we will become at reassuring ourselves as we dance with the unraveling of our journeys.

So intuition… what exactly is it and how do I get one?

Thankfully, we all come equipped with one. Many of us may already have a strong connection with it, while many of us are unaware that we have within us an inner wisdom that is always on our side.

Your intuition is the divine intelligence that continuously guides you in realizing and actualizing your goals. It is the immediate knowledge of exactly what to do and can gracefully guide you in all of your choices throughout your life.

Divine wisdom. Internal knowledge. Guiding force. Higher self.

Delve into these thoughts and considerations to better know your own inner wisdom and begin to better trust yourself and your direction today.

1. Trust Your Gut

We all know the sensation of when something doesn’t feel right. When our circumstances are just wrong, it’s common to feel a strong urge or twisting of our gut.

This is often the most obvious if not first telltale sign that our intuition is tugging at the sleeve of our attention.

We all possess great emotional intelligence. Our feelings and emotional reactions are often communicating to us how to approach or interact with any given situation.

It can sometimes be very easy to ignore your feelings and push them away.

We might push those gut feelings aside and take what may seem like the easier option because we’re afraid of failure, changing direction, and saying no.

If something doesn’t feel good, right or just simply off, perhaps your gut is telling you it’s time for a change.

Be honest with yourself and acknowledge those unsettled feelings; they are there to guide and support you.

Listen to them.

Go with your gut. Follow the hunches until your situation feels right again.

When you do, you may find your emotional body reacting with happiness, ease and confidence, even if the choice does not seem rational.

Trust your emotional compass. How you feel is your greatest indicator of whether your choices are in alignment with your intuitive wisdom or not.

2. Follow Energy Shifts

Sometimes we can wrestle with the question of whether we made the right choice or not, lingering and obsessing over it well after we took action.

One way to measure whether you’ve acted in accordance to your intrinsic knowledge or not is to tune into your energy levels.

Chances are you’ve experienced the feeling of having a weight lifted from your shoulders immediately after making a long-awaited decision. Maybe you sensed a return of joy or energy, charisma and physical stamina that you had felt severed from for some time.

If these shifts are present, rejoice in the knowing that you have acted from a place of alignment with your higher, true self.

3. Tune To Your Body

Is a recurring situation in your life triggering a tight feeling in your chest? Or maybe there’s a circumstance that sparks that sinking, churning feeling in your stomach.

If your reality isn’t paralleled to your innermost longings, your intuition will use your physical body as a medium to bring your attention to what desperately wants to be seen.

As many of us have a tendency to ignore our internal guidance system, the repressed messages will develop into more severe symptoms… anything from anxiety and depression, fatigue, migraines, nausea and other physical ailments.

If we are not willing to open ourselves to reoccurring thoughts, strong internal pulls and persistent callings, our intuition will use physical signs to communicate that we are not living in integrity with the life we know we want and deserve.

What are you experiencing in your body? And what is it trying to communicate to you? What, if any, repressed messages, urges and needs are underlying the physical discomfort you may be experiencing in your life?

Open yourself to positive, curious inquiry with the knowing that you intuitively hold the knowledge to be your own healer and transform your life.

4. Pay Attention to the Synchronicities

When we lead a life in alignment with our greatest potential and development, the Universe will frequently gift us with signs of assurance.

Be open to what life presents on your path.

As we dream, manifest and shoot off rockets of desires through our thoughts and beliefs, the Universe supports us in turn by sending us the circumstances, people, opportunities and situations that will bring our advancement in life.

Be present in your day-to-day activities so that you can see the meaningful patterns and coincidences when they occur.

These signs can be messages from your higher self that you are on the right path.

5. Get Quiet

In our world of constant content bombardment and multiple forces grabbing for our attention, it can become challenging to tap into the voice or sensation of our intuition.

When we are up against making a decision, it’s important to create room for clarity. When you allow your mind to rest, the mud of many thoughts settles, and your mind becomes an open and clear channel for your thoughts and emotions to flow through.

Step away from your current situation and bring yourself to a state of mind and location where you can decompress. Dissolve any sense of pressure, anxiousness or tension that maybe present by focusing on deep, elongated breaths.

Let the clouds dissipate from your mind.

Quiet the mind to make room for clarity.

In this spaciousness, we can dissolve the clutter of our fears, insecurities, doubts and uncertainty to hear the deep, confident, clear knowing of our inner wisdom.

In this expansiveness, you have the lucidity necessary to listen, with all your might, to what your heart and soul is telling you.

Even if you are not pressed to make a difficult choice in your life, making it a regular practice to quiet the mind is a steadfast approach to deepening your connection with your intuition.
Make space to get quiet and listen to the words and callings of your heart song.

6. Do Your Shadow Work

“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.”–Roy T. Bennett

In order for us to experience a clear, uninterrupted dialogue with our intuition, we must clear, touch and heal the parts of ourselves we would rather pretend did not exist.

The shadow is a term coined by psychologist Carl Jung, and it refers to our deepest wounds.

The wounds that have us believing we are flawed, unlovable, undeserving people.

Shadow work can support you in embracing all aspects of yourself. This experience of self-acceptance is essential for you to love and trust yourself more, which puts you more in touch with your intuition.

By communing with the aspects of ourselves that we attempt to reject and hide, we heighten our awareness of their habitual patterns and thoughts. In regards to tapping into our intuitive powers, this awareness will allow us to skillfully decipher between limiting beliefs, judgments and criticisms from the internal guide that is edging us towards appropriate discernment and caution.

As we venture down the path of healing our shadow self and touching past wounds that may project our history onto our present moment, we heighten our ability to decipher between pained, habitual thinking and our inner wisdom illuminating our path.


The Path of the Intuitive

Taking the steps and efforts to cultivate a more intimate relationship with our inner guidance and wisdom is a journey of self-exploration and empowerment.

  • Honing into and honoring the signs from your emotional body
  • Investigating potential underlying stories and triggers of physical ailments
  • Marveling at the magical coincidences of your life
  • Making time to clear mental chatter to deeply listen to your inner desires
  • Bringing healing love to unprocessed wounds

Honoring the process of deepening our relationship with our intuition is a journey towards living a more rich, meaningful and connected life.

Your magic and potential expand far beyond your comprehension.

In your pursuit of a purposeful, more aligned and intentional connection with your intuition, the all knowing higher self, you will uncover a greater peace, trust and acceptance of the unfolding of your life’s journey.

You possess all the reassurance, encouragement and answers to all your questions.
All you need to do is look inside.

“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

DIY: Toxic Free Cleaning Products for a Healthy Home

When we think of leading healthy lifestyles, most of us have a base view of eating nutritious meals, exercising daily and getting adequate rest.

But despite how well we fuel our bodies or how many reps we do at the gym, many of us are negatively impacting our bodies’ well being by bringing toxic products into our immediate environments.

The sad truth is, the most common and familiar household cleaning brands are bringing hazardous ingredients into our homes with a great cost to our health. The sure way to eliminate the risk to experiencing the negative side effects of exposure from such poisonous, synthetic cleaning products is to refuse to use them.

Even products marked as “natural” or “green” still contain some of the worst offending chemicals, making these so-called “alternative” items threatening to your healthy home haven.

By rejecting these products, you ensure a safe and healthy home environment for you and your families.

Thankfully, there are ample tested and effective natural methods to clean your home that you can make yourself with ease!

Let’s empower ourselves to eliminate household pollutants with ingredients that are likely already in your cupboards!

Read on to learn how to make your own cleaners that are not only toxic free, but also smart for your wallet and the environmentally friendly too.

All Purpose Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (I enjoy the freshness of peppermint or lemon balm)
  • 1 tsp borax
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Disinfectant

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 50-60 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle, screw on top and shake well.

2. Apply to whatever surface you are cleaning and wipe!

Liquid Toilet Cleaner

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sealable bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Using a funnel, transfer mixture to a sealable bottle.

3. Pour ¼ cup into your toilet bowl.

4. Use a toilet scrub or sponge to spread throughout bowl, beneath toilet seat and entire inside of bowl.

5. Flush the toilet to rinse.

Air Freshener

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon and rosemary are all great deodorizing oils to pick from.
  • Sealable spraybottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Add ingredients to spray bottle, screw on top and mix well.

2. Spray in rooms of your liking and enjoy!

Furniture Polish

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • ½ teaspoon oil, such as olive, almond, jojoba, or liquid wax
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice or vinegar
  • Glass jar
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix ingredients in a glass jar.

2. Dab a soft rag into the mixture and wipe onto wood surfaces.

3. Keep glass jar covered and store.

Mold and Mildew Spray

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Spray bottle
DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix vinegar and essentials oils in spray bottle.

2. Screw on top and mix well.

3. Spray onto surface you wish to clean.

3. Let solution sit for at least 1 hour.

4. Wipe clean.

5. Allow surface to air dry.

6. Multiple treatments maybe necessary.

25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

In celebration of beginning my 25th year on earth, I thought it’d be fun to share some lessons that I’ve learned throughout the past 25 years.

1. You don’t need the approval of others in order to pursue your dreams

2. Filling your stomach with food does not fulfill what’s missing in your life

3. Morning exercise fills you with LIFE

4. Beating yourself up for making mistakes doesn’t improve the situation

5. You need 8-10 hours of sleep at night to feel well rested + energized (and that’s ok)

6. Alcohol is not your friend

7. It’s ok to slow down and take days off

8. Be discerning as much as you are strong>trusting

9. Money is a form of energy — it is our intention behind it that matters the most

10. Make sure you spend time with loved ones + friends. Meaningful social interaction is vital to your well being and growth

11. Self harm does not solve your problems but self care does

12. You are not your physical body or your thoughts – you are the pure awareness of these things

13. DRINK WATER

14. Gratitude is the key to happiness… Life is whatever our perspective is of it (we can see our problems as a mistake or a learning opportunity)

15. Your age is not a limiting factor

16. Life is merely a game — try not to take things too seriously

17. You can do, create, and cultivate anything that you want. The only limitations are the ones you create and allow to flourish in your mind.

18. With new travels comes new wisdom

19. Less material belongings + online content consumption allows for more mental clarity

20. It’s ok to change your mind… change = growth.

21. You don’t need to take on every challenge that interests you

22. It’s not about the outcome – it’s about the journey

23. You don’t need to try and save everybody… Sometimes this is just enabling them to rely on others rather than taking the initiative to change their life for themself.

24. Everyone is experiencing their own battle – be understanding & send them love

25. Your intuition always has your best interest in heart. Listen.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting me on my journey through life. Thank you for showing up every day and putting forth the effort to learn, grow, + further connect to your highest self. We are in this together and I am always here to support you in choosing the path that leads to more fulfillment, abundance, + service to others.

When we rise as individuals, we naturally rise as a collective.

With unconditional love,
– Alyse