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Welcome to the New Vision Intuition Newsletter. This newsletter is an offering to you of wisdom stories, intuition keys, and education on the language of intuition. May this awaken your intuition, inspire you, and spark awareness. May your connections with other people, your loved ones, strangers, and animal friends deepen and flourish.

--Michele Anderson

The Language of Intuition
Challenges of Interpreting Signs and Symbols

"Events need not be hostile; like a river, the Cosmos flows along a certain course; when we paddle our boat sideways, we hit the bank; when we paddle upstream, we become exhausted and give up, when we go with the Cosmos, all goes well."
-- from A Guide to the I Ching, by Carol K. Anthony

Here are some challenges I've faced in interpreting signs and symbols and how I've learned to relax into their natural current.

1. Judging events as good or bad.

Events are not good or bad, they guide, instruct and inform. Rather than categorizing them as "good luck or bad luck," they are merely life instructions and directions to guide you along the way. If you stay neutral, then you will welcome the signs that life brings. If you churn up images of fear, then you will push away messages of Divine assistance. For example, it's easy to think of witnessing a car accident as a "bad" sign. I've certainly felt that way when I've seen the aftermath of an accident. But, seeing a collision often means you may hear of a conflict between other people -- not a "bad" experience, just something to be aware of.

A sign can also serve as a warning, but it's not bad luck. It can even save you from a problem or difficulty. A warning can make you aware of a situation before it gets worse. I was driving around a corner in my car and saw another car that looked exactly like one I used to own that was stolen (and later returned) a few years ago. I knew right away to be more alert in my driving. I drove a little further and someone almost side-swiped me with their car. Had I not had that little warning, I wouldn't have taken as much precaution, with who knows what sort of result...

2. Over analyzing life events for their meaning.

Endlessly dissecting a life event with your mind fragments your awareness. Let your intuition be an open window by letting the images and experiences in, then sit down with them in your "living room," a comfortable welcoming space within. Keep it friendly, and get to know them. Over analyzing scares the intuition into a frozen, fearful state. The intuition is naturally open and focused at the same time, a relaxed state of mind.

When my husband and I lived on Maui, we had a few peacocks living on the property, a male and female named Jamal and Jalal. I left for an hour to go check out another house to rent that would be less expensive, and the two peacocks flew in front of the car and sat in our long drive way blocking the road. I got frustrated and said to them, "Are you telling me you don't want me to go?" They finally, somewhat reluctantly, moved aside and I went and took a look at the other house. But I soon discovered why they had blocked the way. The property was in a crowded area, and it didn't have a good feeling about it at all. The peacocks in their own way were saying "just stay, you won't like the place anyway."

The temptation in this situation would be to say: "These birds are annoying, why won't they get out of the way? Am I supposed to watch the road?" Birds are messengers. Their flight patterns give you hints about life situations and what is to come. Think of signs more like short illustrated stories not complex novels, and the meaning will unfold naturally.

Also, be entertained as if you were watching a life play. The intuition loves to have some fun.

3. Jumping to conclusions rather than staying open.

When you are interpreting a symbol, work broadly first and then zoom in on the meaning. Identify several meanings before choosing one. Practice internal seeing which is focusing on the spiritual meaning not just the most obvious physical meaning. Let's say you dream of a house where the kitchen is missing. Your first impression might be that you need to replace the kitchen sink again, an external interpretation. But, start with the broader spiritual meaning -- a kitchen is the room in which food is prepared, representing health and nutrition. In this case, a missing kitchen might represent health concerns or problems with digestion or nutrients missing in the diet. Recognizing that, then work to the specifics. The key to staying open is to acknowledge the spiritual meaning first. If you thought your kitchen sink just needed fixing, you might miss altogether that your health needed some attention.

4. Ask this question with each life event: how were you healed?

Your intuition serves many roles: the advisor, the peacemaker, the muse, the grandmother, the grandfather, the cheerleader, the protector, the ambassador and language interpreter of many worlds and dimensions, but your intuition desires most of all to keep you connected to your soul and to the heart of the Divine.

Thought for the day

"Mental Pollution -- complaining, worrying, gossiping, judging -- produce exhaust fumes like a poorly maintained automobile. Clear mind, fresh air."
-- Michele Anderson


Intuitive Exercise
The Big Conundrum: How do you choose between two possibilities: two homes, two job offers, two relationships?

We've all faced the dilemma of having to choose between two possibilities at some point. When this question comes up in readings, I will visualize two trails at a crossroads, and I will walk down each of them to see what appears. Then, I'll share this with my client. You can use this as a tool as well when you have a choice to make between two possibilities.

1. Go on a journey.

Go on a journey by taking a walk or a drive and observe what happens as you are considering a particular life direction. Ask for Divine Helpers to accompany you as you take your walk or drive. Ask them to show you signs. The more grateful you are for their help, the more likely you are to receive the help.

If going out for your journey isn't feasible at the time, go inward, creating a visualized journey, instead. Visualize two trails, each representing two life alternatives. When you visualize walking down them, what do you encounter? -- a rocky, steep trail, a trail with twists and turns, or a smooth, easy path? Are there people on this trail and are they helpful? This will give you insight into what you might encounter when you take a specific path. Be open to the symbols that appear like the images of a dream, let them talk to you, guide you.

2. What sounds did you encounter? Are they peaceful sounds or noisy sounds?

If you heard a few cats hissing at each other, you might find yourself in an argumentative situation. If you walk by a noisy construction site, one of your potential choices is "under construction" going through a lot of change like a business that's moving to another building. If you overhear a conversation where two people are taking with enthusiasm about their creative projects, then you will meet with that same enthusiasm.

3. Which objects appeared and what were their colors?

A large blossoming tree standing strong in an open field can suggest growth. A car stuck in a ditch means forward movement may be blocked. Having to take a long detour on your driving route suggests a change of direction in regard to your question.

Red, like a stop sign, may suggest a "no" or hindered motion. Yellow says yield, think twice, delays up ahead. Green is the green light, forward movement, growth. Other colors could include purple for inspiration, blue for dedicated communication, black for an ending or something being hidden, "in the dark."

4. Scout for the unusual, anything that stands out.

The police get in a scuffle with a shoplifter, a big orange ball bounces into the street, an airplane rumbling low overhead, you run into a friend you haven't seen for over fifteen years, the bumper on your car just falls off. Anything unusual signals a message is coming through about your question. Signs love pun and metaphor, and they will clown around by acting out the metaphor right in front of you, in the middle of your life.

5. Did nothing significant happen on your actual walk or in your visualization?

If not, then this is the fool's card, the wild card. Let the Universe surprise you with even a third option. Sometimes it's as simple as not attempting to figure out what the solution is, but letting the Universe present one to you.

6. Then, accept the choice you make knowing that this path will serve you no matter what you face.

There really is no right or wrong path, every path leads to further growth and self-knowledge. Even scratch marks and scars are lines of growth. Being unscathed is not the goal in life, adventuresome, living, breathing exploration is.

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