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The Magic of Intuition And Hard Work Combined Together

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The Magic of Intuition And Hard Work Combined Together

Posted on March 3, 2013

I read a couple blog posts on intuition and hard work this last week
and received some insight into the views of a successful, well-known
writer in the mainstream field of copy-writing. This post attempts to
bridge the gap between those whose views are more “mainstream” (hard
work is more important, and there is no magic), with those who consider
themselves “spiritual” (inner guidance is more important, and magic
exists everywhere). Also, this blog post reveals the important
distinctions so that people on both sides can implement changes that
bring greater satisfaction and results. By reading and implementing the
ideas in this post, you will gain access to the “magic” that’s available
in the Universe when you combine intuition with hard work.

John Carlton’s recent blog post tells how he made changes and
transformed his life from one of a slacker (where he “got away with
laziness, unreliability, and a self-destructive refusal to change”) to
one where he “cleaned up his messes, fixed what was broken in his
personality, took responsibility, and became more conscious and more
precise in how he looked at the world.” Today he is recognized as one of
the best, most “real” copywriters in his field. John writes,

“The problem with most self-help crap out there is that
folks honestly believe that voicing a philosophy will trigger real
change. So they visualize their new selves, and chant magic resolutions,
and try to hook into some imaginary lifeline dangling from the universe
that will do the transformation FOR them.

Not gonna happen. In my career, I witnessed amazing coincidences and
lucky twists of fate that — in my lazier days — I would have assigned to
mysterious forces. Things DO start happening, once you get moving.

But it’s not magic — it’s the natural result of taking
action, goosing your network for opportunities, and being hyper-aware of
what you bring to the table and how you might use that to break down
doors.”–John Carlton
This is intelligent, however John could benefit by developing a
greater understanding of intuition and the magic that’s possible when
you follow through with your intuition / inner guidance. It’s just that
you DO have to learn to distinguish your true inner guidance from your
mental conditionings and social programming. Too many people confuse
their inner guidance with their “gut feelings,” or with conventional
wisdom. Whose voice is in your head? Is it the still small voice of your
intuition, or is it the parental voice, the voice of peers, the
teacher, etc? Learning to distinguish which is which isn’t all that
easy, but necessary.

I’ve struggled with my intuition for years–until I learned to connect
with my higher self and to distinguish the voice of my higher self from
all the other voices in my head. (Your “higher self” is your bridge to
the divine.) Then little by little I learned to follow through with my
inner guidance promptly and consistently, and I’ve had some
crazy, amazing synchronicities (that I call “magic”) happen from time to
time, including many helpful synchronicities on a regular basis.

I commented on John’s blog, and he responded:

“I, too, have benefited from amazing synchronicity and
connections that sound like fiction but are true. (Like “Think And Grow
Rich” actually falling out off a shelf into my lap at the exact right
time in my life — I was sleeping on a friend’s couch, homeless and
miserable.) I believe, and advise, that the universe rewards proactive
behavior. My warning on intuition is that you need to ROAD TEST it
before relying on it…

Thinking that there’s any “magic” to this synchronicity stuff rubs me
wrong. It’s all about movement and being hyper-aware that opportunity
is a fleeting whisper in the breeze, and if you miss it it’s gone
forever. So you get attuned to how the world works, and you swim into
the tides…Again, not magic. Not intuition. Just hard-core movement and
staying attuned to the subtle whispers of opportunity.”–John Carlton
I agree with John that the Universe rewards proactive behavior, but
what I want to emphasize here (and the main point of this blog post) is
that the Universe rewards proactive behavior even more when it’s inspired by your intuition / inner guidance (as opposed to your “ego” wants, your fears of survival, your desires to be a “success” out in the world). The combination of working hard on what you’re inspired to work on (through your inner guidance) just can’t be beat.

When you learn to distinguish your inner guidance from the regular
thoughts in your head and then develop enough confidence such that you
follow through with it promptly and consistently, that’s when you tap
into a kind of magic and flow and “universal cooperation” that isn’t
available to you when you just depend on hard work and “pounding the

The following is a real life example, taken from a previous blog post
of mine. It illustrates the magic that’s available, as well as John’s
point that most opportunities are fleeting.

“About three and a half years ago, I was hiking in the Los Gatos
foothills when all of a sudden I received a hunch to call an
acquaintance. I had promised to help with a project, and I wanted to
communicate that I could be counted on.

I realized I didn’t have his number in my cell phone contact list,
but as I was hiking up the hill, I remembered I had called him recently.
So I looked through my call history for a (650) area code number and
dialed the first (650) number I came across.

An unfamiliar man’s voice answered, “This is KZSU and you’re the winner. “Can you hold?”

“Yes, I can hold,” I said, blown away, realizing I had just “by
accident” called the radio station where my friend hosted a weekly radio
show, wondering if the current host was going to ask me questions I
could not answer, or whether I was going to have to explain that I
wasn’t listening to the show at the moment.

Well, it turns out that I won a pair of tickets to the Monterey Jazz
Festival! And even though I had been very confident in my ability to
discern and follow through with my inner guidance by then, this amazing
result raised my confidence even more.

Notice that I didn’t hesitate to follow through with my intuition.
Even though I knew I didn’t have my friend’s number in my contacts, that
didn’t prevent me from figuring out another way to get the number.
Notice also that there was a very small “window of opportunity” for
getting this particular result. If you wait too long to follow through
with your intuition, your window of opportunity will pass you by.”–end
of excerpt

I have an even more amazing example I wrote a blog post on, something
that happened to a friend of mine. The link to the blog post is below:

“Magic” Happens When A Friend Follows Through With His Inner Guidance

Tell me please that there isn’t SOME magic happening here…

I have found that this kind of “magic” happens much more often when you actively get on the path of fulfilling your higher purpose, rather than just continuing the status quo, or going along with things in “survival mode.” I know this because I experienced many
amazing and magical synchronicities when I actively took the steps to
fulfill my higher purpose, which I have chronicled in my hardcover book,
What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening.

I also feel that going along with the status quo will no longer work
for people and it will become more and more obvious that it’s the road
to destruction, both for the individual as well as for the planet.

Now you know this, you have a chance to activate the magic that will
help to transform this planet–but only when you combine hard work with
your (true) inner guidance.

Thank you for reading and sharing this blog post!

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