Steps to Intuitive Healing
by Judith Orloff, M.D.
I am a psychiatrist and intuitive. My passion is combining spirituality and
intuition with mainstream medicine. When patients come to see me, I listen to
them with my intellect, as well my intuition, a potent form of inner wisdom
not mediated by the rational mind. Accessible to all,
it's a still, small
voice inside--an unflinching truthteller--committed to our well-being.
Sometimes I experience it as a snap-shot-like flash, a gut feeling, a hunch,
a physical sensation, a dream. Whatever the form, it is always a friend,
keeping a steady eye on our bodies and spirits, letting us know if something
is out of sync.
As a psychiatrist I see many people with everything material they can ever
want, and still they feel lost. What's missing is a palpable connection with
their intuitive voice, one that will always guide them in a heartfelt
direction. I believe that without this connection, it's impossible to lead a
truly passionate life, based on instinct and authentic inner knowledge.
I've written my latest book, Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing:
Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness (Times
Books) as a
primer on how everyone can develop intuition and utilize it as a powerful
tool for living. Intuition is not something I simply teach my patients. It
has become a way of life for me. The magic of intuition is that it insists
you live in the moment with no expectations, a continuing freshness.
Intuition is our birthright, available to everyone. To access it,
developed five steps that can be applied to any issue
you'll ever confront
from healing your body, to riding a roller-coaster of emotions, to sexual
awakening. I live by these five steps; they continue to sustain me. I suggest
you give them a try. My hope is that they will bring you the joy and clarity
you've been searching for.
Step 1: Notice Your Beliefs
Your beliefs set the stage for healing. Positive attitudes stimulate growth.
Negative attitudes impede it. It's important to rid yourself of
counterproductive attitudes that you may not even realize you have. If you
examine your beliefs, choose life-enhancing ones, you'll create optimal
wellness. No organ system stands apart from your thoughts. Your beliefs
program your neurochemicals. I'm not suggesting that you be
that you be completely true to yourself. This will free you from unconscious
negative beliefs that can sabotage your healing.
Step 2: Be In Your Body
Your body is a complex and sensitive intuitive receptor. You must make a
commitment to be in it completely to heal. Most people in Western society are
conditioned to live from the neck up, ignoring the rest of their body. This
stance is counter-intuitive. I'd like you to shift that
perspective-- to enjoy
your intellect but revel in your physicality as well. Being aware of the
sensuousness of your body opens intuition. Then you'll become more cognizant
of early warning signs your body sends. This gives you a head-start on
preventing illness, choosing healthy relationships, and avoiding detrimental
Step 3: Sense Your Body's Subtle Energy
We are composed of flesh and blood, but also of subtle energy. Chinese
Medical Practitioners call it "chi," a vital substance which penetrates the
body and extends many feet beyond it. From an intuitive point of view, these
vibrantly colored energy fields, whose centers are called chakras have a
significant effect on our health. For that reason, it is important that we
learn to sense this energy within us, recognize when it is off, and learn
correct the imbalance. Feeling energy can be very sensual, an extension of
love. Learning to tap into your body's energy is healing.
Step 4: Ask for Inner Guidance
We each possess an intuitive voice that contains answers about our healing.
Because our intellect is often so loud, this voice often gets drowned out.
It's essential that we learn to access the stillness within--though
meditation, quite contemplation, connecting with nature,
and prayer--in order to
gain answers about our health. Spend a few minutes each day devoted to
listening to this voice. It may appear as a gut feeling, a hunch, an image, a
sound, a memory, an instant knowing--as if a light bulb suddenly switched on.
Learn to trust the signals your inner wisdom sends.
Step 5: Listen To Your Dreams
Intuition is the language of dreams. Every ninety minutes each night during
the REM stage of sleep, we dream. Dreams provide answers about health,
relationships, career choices, any new direction. The secret is to remember
them. I suggest keeping a dream journal by your bed. Before you go to sleep,
ask a dream a question. For instance, "Is this relationship healthy for me or
should I move on?" The next morning, write down any dreams immediately before
getting out of bed. Try repeating the question, every night for the next week
until your answer comes. As you develop the habit of remembering dreams,
you'll be able to benefit from this form of healing.
As a physician, I have a continual sense of awe for the relationship between
body and spirit. As your heart opens, so does your intuition. Your intuition
will teach you how to see and how to love. It will instill in you a renewed
faith to face anything.
© Copyright 2000,
by Judith Orloff, M.D.
Judith Orloff, M.D. is the author of the new book, Dr. Judith
Orloff's Guide to
Intuitive Healing: Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness
(Times Books) and Second Sight (Warner Books). She is a psychiatrist and
practicing intuitive in Los Angeles. She will be speaking at Earthsong
Bookstore, April 18, at 7:00 PM and will offer a workshop at The San Diego
Learning Annex, April 19, 619-544-9700. Her web site is www.drjudithorloff.com.