Business Stress – 3 Ways Intuition Can Help

by Cheryl Brewster

As a conscious minded business person, your goal is to provide the highest quality products and services in the most efficient, sustainable methods possible, with customer satisfaction and healthy profit.. But what happens when challenges come up that rock your world? Our knee-jerk reactions take over. Big Time. While some reactions can be  effective, most are not.  Intuitive Development plays a critical role in catching those gut-wrenching situations and transforming them into effective learning experiences. The caveat here however, is that we must be willing to re-frame how we look at ourselves and stress.

How Intuition helps to  reduce business stress:

1. Rule number one in intuitive development is to breathe.
Over time we learn to look at breathing in a whole new way:  slowly, deeply, consciously and deliberately.
This kicks us out of the “fight or flight” sequence and gets us connected back to our body wisdom. Otherwise, the huge rush of chemicals released in the body can take over our perspective and we all know what happens… we react (based on the past) rather than respond (based on the present). Without taking time to breathe, we simply repeat old patterns again and again. We’ve heard this a million times… breathe deeply and slowly, but are we actually doing it?
TIP: Use association. Choose something that happens frequently and use it as a reminder… for example…. every time your phone rings, use it as a marker to check-in and breathe slowly, deeply, consciously and deliberately before you answer it.

2.  How would you feel if everything was really okay?
Our intuition has access to the bigger picture that the five senses don’t.  Just take a look at nature’s beauty and perfection – there’s an invisible harmony that runs our world – when we breathe into that inner harmony, we operate from a success minded perspective. Our job becomes less fear-driven and more purpose driven; by allowing this inner harmony to emerge through us, we become aware of possibilities we didn’t see before..  We think more clearly.  Intuition draws from this creative space while fear prevents our access to it.
TIP: Re-frame stress as a  signal to refocus on the inner harmony already inside of you; it builds supreme self trust and improves the thinking process.

3. How would you act if you were already successful?
Ask this simple question in any situation and see what happens! You’ll feel instant relief and guidance and find it easier to drop ineffective thinking patterns.
TIP: Make this question a new practice by using your tea or coffee break to sit with the answers. Be sure to keep a journal handy!

The bottom line: Intuitive Principles reduce stress and add an element of self discovery. They increase profit by creating a new perspective of trust and freeing up stuck energy. Intuitive Development takes time and practice but it’s affects can be felt immediately.  Our biggest challenge as entrepreneurs is to give ourselves the same time, care and attention we give to our customers. Start small and build from there… these three simple steps can have profound affects on your business!

Cheryl Brewster is a Business Intuitive who provides intuitive mentor programs and workshops to support entrepreneurs  in being less stressed and more productive.

Inspiration:
If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.”  –Catherine Pulsifer

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by Cheryl Brewster

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Transforming vision into action first starts with feeling the “angst” of that vision. In this youtube video I share some of the “symptoms” that can occur when we are in the midst of spiritual growing pains.  We are living in exciting, dynamic and intense times… the shift of consciousness that we are in is extracting a price; we need to let go of “living small” to step into the majesty of “our best lives.”

And that can create just a wee bit of angst!

Where are you in your angst? Where are you in your vision? Feeling stuck? Feeling scared? Good! Your emotional guidance system is letting you know that something needs to change; something’s growing, it’s ready to POP!  It’s time to take an action step that is different from what you’ve done before. It’s time to go deeper into your purpose.

What is that for you today? What does your heart tell you? Can you let yourself sit in the dynamic tension of the two, that push/pull struggle…. can you let yourself feel your feelings once and for all, so that something new can arise?  This is the path of initiation and commitment, over and over again.  The willingness to let go of control of the small self for the peace and knowing of the infinite self.

Easy to say, much harder to actually do.

I often share the story of how I came into acceptance of my own personal “calling” by kicking and screaming the whole way. Becoming a professional psychic/intuitive was totally beyond anything I could ever have imagined… it went against all of the spiritual, cultural and social/moral  beliefs I’d grown up with. And yet… it has led me to a life of purpose, peace and passion that is also beyond anything I could ever  have imagined.  Living my gifts and talents, is living my best life and supports those around me in doing the same.   I would never have known and be able to teach, share and counsel with others if I had not gone through the experience myself. It takes great courage to walk this path of expanding spiritual awareness… and it is SO worth it!

What is your heart calling you to? What is that “forbidden place” within you that you won’t look at?  Quite often, it’s simply the confidence to listen to our callings…. and of course, this spiritual journey will require change, otherwise the angst turns into suffering.

Tips to move forward:

  • Your intuition will never lead you wrong – you can trust it, but you must take the time out to hear and discern it
  • What does your gut tell you? What do you feel in your bones?
  • Avoid cosmic constipation by honoring your quiet times to connect and then to take action
  • Embrace uncomfortable feelings as friends letting you know they’ve got something better for you
  • Talk to a trusted friend or spiritual coach; so often it helps just to verbalize what’s going on

To see if working with Cheryl Brewster as an Intuitive Mentor / Spiritual Coach is timely for you, click here and to learn more and arrange for your complimentary, 20 minute exploratory session. Remember, none of us walks this path alone… and as The Course in Miracles reminds us, “If you knew who walked beside you, you would not be afraid.”

 

From Fear to Joy

by Cheryl Brewster

As I was considering story ideas for this article, I had a strong hunch that I needed to talk about overcoming fear and finding joy. However, I was finding myself stuck. How was I to write about fear in a compelling way since I was experiencing a minor state of fear myself in the form of writer’s block? While letting the idea simmer for a few hours as I did other work, the answer came to me in the form of a paramedic and a military bomb expert talking on CBC Radio about dealing with fear. I love how synchronicity always answers the questions that I’m working with!

When we feel fear, it is very real to us and may very well seem like a “life-or-death” decision. So how do people who face fear as part of their jobs deal with it, people who actually have to make life or death decisions? How do they find calm and focus?

The paramedic discussed handling “elevator thoughts”, those worrisome thoughts that she has when going up in an elevator to a response call – as she’s standing still, waiting, noticing her imagination running wild. She explained that such thoughts can cause your body to go into the fight or flight response even before knowing the facts of the situation. This is fear of the unknown and a reactive need to control the outcome. She said not using alarmist language is critical to keeping a focus on staying calm and being helpful, as is trusting in her training and experience.

The bomb expert talked about “fear soup” – the rush of adrenalin and worrying thoughts that toxify the body. He said he does not want his body to be sick, so why do that to himself with worry? His advice was to focus on the present, and have a positive vision of outcomes.

We are not all paramedics nor bomb experts, but we all still feel fearful at times. The lessons of using positive words and thoughts, as well as an appreciation of what you have already achieved in your life, are crucial to keep in mind when feeling fear about a major business decision, career change, and other life events. Create positive images of your future and do not get stuck trying to control the unknown.  Take Your Stand in keeping these images in mind, rather than the fearful ones that may come up.  The Intuitive Life is a focused one; where we put our attention determines the quality of our experience. When you find yourself wandering off, of when you’ve noticed that fear has crept in again, Keep your inner vision clear through the Power of Your Stand. This takes practice and courage, but the reward is freeing yourself to allow joy into your life. Look for Part 2 of this article in my next newsletter, when I will provide insights into finding and keeping joy in your life.  Until then, consider this practice:

Before you go to bed at night, practice “Take Your Stand – Live the Life You Imagine!”  Do a mental review of what inspired you during the day, including what you enjoyed and appreciated about yourself, your learning and growth.  Really savor the pleasure of your experience and being you. As Joseph Campbell reminds us, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”