You hear people talk about how you should listen to your gut, but what exactly does it mean to get "in touch" with your intuition?
You're naturally intuitive, from the day you're born but as you age, there are things that can actually block your intuition.
Some of those blocks can come from parents who squash creativity, or even set a "bad example" by something as simple as not accepting compliments.
You can practice being more open and actually unblock just by trusting yourself more.
Shaman Isabella Stoloff, founder of the Orange County Healing Center, joins Andrea to share what exactly intuition is and how you can be more in tune with it.
RadioMD Presents:Naturally Savvy | Original Air Date: April 29, 2015
Hosts: Andrea Donsky, RHN & Lisa Davis
Guest: Shaman Isabella Stoloff
She’s not here to judge. She’s here to report the honest news on healthy living. She’s Andrea Donsky, along with Lisa Davis. It’s time for Naturally Savvy.
ANDREA: What does it mean to get in touch with our intuition? You know that inner voice that talks to us and sometimes we listen, sometimes we don't. Joining us today is Shaman Isabella Stollof, a dynamic leader and founder of the Orange County Healing Center. Welcome back to the show, Isabella.
ISABELLA: Thanks so much for having me back, Lisa. I'm sorry. Andrea. (Laughing)
ANDREA: Oh, don't worry. You know what? It's all good. Lisa's off today but it's all good.
ISABELLA: Well, I know Lisa's not here today, right? So, I think I just welcomed her in spirit. (Laughing)
ANDREA: There you go. Exactly. She will be very happy to hear that. (Laughing) That's awesome. So, Isabella, let's jump right in. Let's talk about what it means to get in touch with our intuition because I think for some of us we know. We hear a lot about talking about our gut…talking about listening to ourselves, but what does it really mean and how do we do it?
ISABELLA: Isn't that an interesting thing? I have been working at it and working at it and working at it myself, so all I have is my own take on it--what I have done for myself. And first, what I would like to jump in and talk about is what blocks us because there are so many blocks to our intuition and those blocks are, I think, what keeps us from even thinking about it too much or thinking it's an important tool for our life. And first and foremost, it's a very important tool for our life to live an intuitive life; to live a mythic life; to think outside the box and shake our world up a bit. It's very important for us, but what blocks us from our intuition? And I love the woman that was on before you. I always love that I get to hear that, you know, person right before you.
ANDREA: Marcie is amazing.
ISABELLA: She's fantastic so I'm glad that you're going to have her back. It begins from childhood. Our mothers, really, we kind of talk about our mothers more than the fathers because they are around more. They were around more when we were kids and were they trusting their intuition? Were they saying things like “thank you” when somebody said “You're beautiful”? Or “I love myself” when they looked in the mirror? Or, were they blocking themselves. They would be blocking their intuition by saying “No, no, no. Don't compliment me,” or “God, I look awful today” or picking, picking, picking, picking, picking ourselves apart so that is the first block. I think it's exactly what your prior guest talked about from childhood watching our parents not trust their intuition and block themselves. Block themselves. And then, here we are. We're growing up and we're told when we're intuitive, right? We are naturally intuitive you, guys. When we're born, we're naturally intuitive. We, you know, sure Mom tells us not to run into the street, for Dad says, “Don't stick your finger in the electric socket.” Sure but we pretty inherently know to walk barefoot which. That was last month's show. Walking barefoot in the grass.
ANDREA: Yep. Exactly.
ISABELLA: We intuitively know to stare up at the stars and make a wish. We intuitively know to look at the clouds and make animals out of the clouds or the trees and invent stories. We are naturally intuitive, so we begin to block ourselves or we get blocked by our parents saying, you know, whatever it is. “Oh, that was stupid.” “Don't do that.” “That was a stupid thing,” or you know, “What is that drawing?” “What is that supposed to be?” rather than going into the drawing with the kid and, you know, letting the kid intuitively tell us. I have a great one. When my daughter used to read…Well, I used to read to my daughter every night and she would want to count everything on the page. And I was younger and it would drive me crazy because I was trying to get the story done and get the story read and get her to bed and I had dishes to do and, you know, we've got our life, so don't beat yourselves up, guys. That's another way of blocking intuition. Don't beat yourself up. And so, I learned to let her intuitively count because she was intuitively counting to learn math. So, watching where we are blocked. Food. Food is a huge block. Flouride. Flouride is a huge block. So eating, you know, poor eating which you teach a lot of, so I don't even have to go into, but these block our intuitive receptors. We have these intuitive receptors. We have our fight or flight. You guys know fight or flight. That's your intuition. You know you can sense danger. But you can practice becoming even more intuitive by trusting yourself more. Now, how do you trust yourself more?
ANDREA: You know.
ISABELLA: Andrea, how do you trust yourself more?
ANDREA: Ah, now I'm being put on... (laughing) I was actually going to... I love that. I was actually going to tell you a quick story and as you're saying it and how we block ourselves is, I was at New York last week at a media summit and someone had come over to me and he was talking about he's a healer and he had said to me “Oh, you know, whatever it was we were talking about,” and he was saying “Oh, you are a healer, too” and I was like “Oh, no, no, no, I'm not a healer.” And he was like “No, you are.” and I was like “No, no, no, I'm not” and I am thinking, “Wow, why did...” and as you were speaking I was like, “Why did I automatically say I wasn't? Why was I blocking that? Right? And as I'm listening to you talk because I guess when I first heard it, I was like “No, no, no, I'm not.” You know, I don't do Reiki. I am not a shaman. I kind of automatically put it into a different category but I guess there's different levels of it, right? And we all heal in different ways?
ISABELLA: Exactly. You are a food healer, honey. You heal people with your food. People are cook healers. They love to cook to nourish their family with food. You know, there are all types. There are builder healers. They like to build beautiful things for us. We are all...I always go back to we are all shaman of one kind or another. So, how is we trust ourselves and I don't want to put you on the spot but we can talk about that. How is it that I trust myself? This is how I trust myself because I, too, was always telling people when they told me how beautiful I was, “No, no, no”. Always. I always did it. Or they wanted to give me something. “Oh, no, no, no”, but giving was my favorite thing to do and I realized eventually that I was blocking people from doing. Now, you givers out there, you are going to hear me. When you're giving and giving and giving and telling other people they can't give to you, you are blocking them from doing what you love to do the most.
ANDREA: Uh huh.
ISABELLA: Now take that and chew on it for a while. You are blocking people...
ANDREA: How about that.
ISABELLA: ...when you are not open to receive, so that's the first thing I learned and how to open myself up to receive and realize I was still giving. Listen to how I trick myself into doing things. I was still giving the gift of giving because (laughing)...I was still giving because I was giving that person the gift of giving to me. (Laughing) So I created this infinity sign of I am open to receive and I'm still giving and now we're in the flow of reciprocity. So, now I trust myself more because I am open to those compliments. I'm open to receive. Okay, so now what else is there? I am open to taking my life to a mythic level and my teacher is Alberto Realdo if you ever want to look up Alberto Realdo, you know, just Google that. He has all kinds of things on taking things to the mythic and trusting your intuition. In that way, trusting the trees, the trees have spirits. They are alive. Trusting our earth. She's alive so going back to the earth thing. Going back to tree hugging. Call me a tree hugging, hippie shaman all you want. I was on a radio show recently, she said “You're going to take the ‘woo’ out of woo-woo.” (Laughing) That's my mission. I'm going to take the woo out of woo-woo because we've got to in order to survive on this planet. Now if you are looking at Chile, Chile is having all these volcanoes. Nepal is having earthquakes [inaudible 8.30.9] not going into the pain body with that but going into the prayers to the Earth to heal for her to show us how to trust our intuition more. Meditation is a great way but, really, the tangible way is just by saying “I am an intuitive being and I trust my divine guidance and the god of my own understanding because we all have a different god.” And for me it's the creator, the energy, the universal wisdom and knowledge and tap into that, you guys, and get an energy clearing. Eat healthy foods. Trust yourself more than anyone. Trust yourself more than anyone and your intuition will develop.
ANDREA: I love that. Isabella, we are out of time but really quickly, in like five seconds can you tell us what you have going on?
ISABELLA: Oh, my gosh, I'm on my way to London and Ibiza for a spiritual trip. I will be doing workshops if anyone is in the UK in the London area. Please look me up. I will be doing ceremonies in London. www.ochealingcenter.com.
ANDREA: Perfect. Thank you.
ISABELLA: Thank you so much, Lisa. Oh, next week will be a week early again.
ANDREA: Bye, Isabella, thank you. Stay well, everybody.