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Luminary Interview: Angela Artemis – Powered by Intuition

by Evelyn on March 15, 2012

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Accessing intuition is using the wise part of ourselves for guidance in leading a full life. In today’s luminary interview, I have Angela Artemis from Powered by Intuition, a coach on intuition, to share with us her expertise.

Q. There are many of us who do not know what intuition means. From your own personal perspective, can you share what it is?

A. Intuition is “knowledge” mined from the subconscious when we need it. It is not part of our normal thinking process. Our mind stores data even if we are not consciously aware of it. When we have a problem to resolve the mind searches every piece of stored information that it filed away. When the answer is found it pops into our mind and often feels as if it came from out of the blue. That’s why we refer to it as a “Eureka or Aha moment.”

Intuition is also knowledge that the mind pulls in from beyond what is stored in our physical brain. This is what some people might refer to as “psychic” information. For example, when you “know” without a doubt that your child or loved one is hurt or has been in an accident this information comes to you via your intuition.

Think of the entire world as if were of a network of interconnected spider webs. Each of us is spinning our own web with our thoughts and emotions. When something happens to someone their thoughts patterns and emotions cause a “disturbance” in their own web that we perceive because our webs are all connected. Your intuition is the “fine silk thread” that registers every movement in the Universe within this infinite web.

[My Comment: Oh wow...I enjoy the metaphor of the spiderweb. It makes things easier for me to understand. Thanks, Angela!]

Q. What advantages can we hope to possibly derive from developing our intuition?

A. Developing our intuition gives us access to greater information. This is especially helpful when we have decisions and choices to make in life. Making the right choice or picking the right course of action can mean the difference between a smashing success and an endeavor where we face constant challenges and struggles.

Q. You have already been using your intuitive abilities ever since you were a child. Can you share about how connecting to your intuition has been like for you?

A. I began giving readings when I was eleven years old. Being able to read for others helped me to develop confidence in my abilities except – when it came to making my own decisions. My parents were quite overbearing and didn’t allow me to make many of my own decisions. I understand now that they were only doing what they thought was right but, being told that I didn’t know what was best for me all the time caused me to discount my own feelings. As a consequence I was totally disconnected from my inner voice until I was well into my thirties.

This is why I started Powered by Intuition. I never want anyone to have to suffer like I did for 35 years second-guessing themselves and making the wrong decisions in life. Tapping into your intuition is true freedom! Knowing that you have an inner compass that will guide you anywhere you wish to go is the key to complete confidence and mastery in life.

[My Comment: I wish I have known earlier about the benefits of using intuition too. I relied too much on my logic previously. For a while, I was even afraid that I do not have any intuitive abilities altogether! But I am glad to know that I have been mistaken.]

Q. You seem to have a natural gift. But what about those of us who do not appear to be intuitively gifted? Is it possible for everyone to develop intuition?

A. Yes, absolutely! Being intuitive is no different than developing a really good golf swing or anything else you wish to do well at. We’re all intuitive. The only difference is your desire to become better at it. For example I don’t have the slightest interest in becoming a super golfer but, I’m sure with a few lessons I could become a better golfer. I will never be a “Tiger Woods” though because I’m not at all interested in golf.

It’s the same with intuition.

Those of us who have a natural inclination to pursue developing our intuition will be better at it simply because we have a desire to be better at it and because we practice it more often. If you wish to improve all it takes is the desire and practice.

[My Comment: I am sure what you have just shared will be a relief to all those who believe that they are not naturally gifted LOL! It is never too late to get started.]

Q. I sometimes face the difficulty of differentiating between the voices of my ego versus my intuition. My difficulty stems when I am attached to the outcome. In what ways can I make the differentiation?

A. Being attached to an outcome will squelch your intuition. When we’re attached it comes from the rational/ego mind and, you will know it’s the ego because you will keep second guessing yourself. We want what we want! But, intuition doesn’t work that way. Intuition is pure knowledge devoid of ego. It’s like that famous line from the 1960s television show Dragnet, “Just the facts ma’am.”

When you want to hear a certain answer your desire and attachment will drown out your intuition. You need to let go and not think about what you want. Repeat affirmations such as, “I now let go and release this outcome to the higher wisdom of the Universe.” Take walks – do anything to get your mind off the problem. Release your attachment and accept that the answer will reveal itself to you.

You’ll find the answer will come to you when you’re relaxed and least expect it. You will know it to be the truth because it will resonate deep inside you as a “knowing”. You will feel “settled” and no longer second guess yourself. It may also feel like a “revelation” which I mentioned earlier as the “Eureka” moment.

[My Comment: Hey, I like that affirmation tip! Thanks!]

Q. Some of us block our intuition because we are afraid to “see” what is normally not visible or to experience anything beyond our five senses. How can we overcome this fear?

A. This can come from a fear of making a mistake. If you fear being “wrong” you will block your intuition. To work with your intuitive abilities you have to take a leap of faith. It’s like trying to run and play freely while having a fear of falling. If you have a fear of falling you’ll never really let go and play with abandon, right? Let go of the fear of being “wrong”.

Also, when we fear the answers from our intuition what we are really afraid of is having to change and losing control. We hold onto things because we really don’t want to change or upset the way things are.

For example, say you keep asking the same question: What’s my true purpose in life? And, you feel as if you never get an answer. The reason you block your intuition could be because if you heard it – you might have to leave the comfort and security of your job and steady paycheck or leave your marriage and deep down you’re not ready or willing to do that. You’d rather stay with the “status quo” so you block your intuition.

To overcome any of these fears you have to ready – like anything else.

[My Comment: Hmmm....it is interesting to know that fear can block us from connecting to our intuition. Then again, I am not surprised.]

Q. How can we start developing our intuition? What are the steps that we can take?

A. To start developing your intuition you need to have a desire to develop it. Like anything else you must have a clear intention about what you want first. Read my books on the topic, study with a mentor or join an intuitive development group.

You also need to devote time each day to paying attention to your thoughts. The best way to do this is to practice meditation. Getting quiet and listening to your thoughts is the first step in discerning a regular thought from an intuitive one. Keep a notebook at your side when you meditate. Write down any thoughts that come to you while meditating. When you create a space in your life for your intuition to come through such as with meditation, you’ll begin to get insights and answers to problems. Be sure to write them down so you don’t forget them.

I have a number of guided meditation exercises in my book, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of” that will help you to learn to hear the inner guidance of your intuition and distinguish it from your other thoughts. I also devote an entire chapter to things that suppress your intuition.

Q. What is the most important message from your book that you hope to share with others?

A. Intuition is the key to unearthing the “life instruction manual” each of us has within us. Awakening your intuition puts you on the “right” path – the one you were meant to take in life.

Constant struggle is a sign of not being on the right path or aligned with your right purpose. The guidance to help you navigate life and find your true purpose will become clear once you learn how to follow your intuition. When you activate the “Intuition Principle” you unleash a magnetic force out into the Universe which bring your dreams, desires and the world right to you easily and elegantly.

[My Comment: I am certainly intending to continue on developing my intuition. Unleashing a magnetic force certainly sounds awesome to me, since I am all for creating a life of abundance! Thank you for your answers, Angela!]

Love and Light Luminary Bio:
Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now – not later. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is the author of, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life you Dream Of”, “The Intuition Primer: Practical Lessons to Launch Your Intuition”, and “Navigating by Intuition: How to Follow The Signs”, an Amazon best seller.

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Julie | A Clear Sign March 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hi Evelyn and Angela – how great to see you two together!

Naturally I am in complete agreement with Angela’s explanation. The nice thing about letting go of fear long enough to take a leap of faith in following our intuition is that if we DID make a “mistake” then the universe is right there to let us know it. We’ll just hit a brick wall which gives us the chance to say,”That wasn’t quite it” and turn back around to try again. But really I don’t think there are any mistakes in the universe. Everything is a chance to learn and a growth experience, so if we just look at it that way we can set fear aside and know that we are supported and we’ll get where we need to go. Eventually!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Julie,

How reassuring. I think a great majority of us are afraid of being wrong even as much as we wish to follow our own intuition. But if we treat life experiences as feedback, fear can be reduced or eliminated. As Hellen Keller once said, “Life is a series of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.” Oh yes setting a direction in where we want to head can greatly help!

Thanks for your comments,
Evelyn

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Galen Pearl March 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

Like Evelyn, I spent most of my life in my head, using logic and overriding any intuitive awareness as untrustworthy. I finally learned that it was just the opposite! My logical abilities have a place (I was a lawyer, after all!), but I learned that logic is a tool to use for specific purposes, not necessarly as a guide for life.

“Being attached to an outcome will squelch your intuition.” This is so true! I can be a pit bull when I decide I want something. I’ve learned that it’s okay to want things, but I have to stay open to how the path develops, and I have to be willing to let go. I’m going to write this line down as reminder!

Thanks to Evelyn and Angela for a great post.

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Evelyn Reply:

Hi Galen,

I used to think that intelligence comes totally from the acquisition of external knowledge. Now I realize that there is an intuitive part of ourselves which is very wise. It is learning to trust the signals and not dismiss them. If we can have both logic and intuition working together, this gives us a chance to live more empoweredly.

Oh yes, it is okay to want things. Why deny our human desires? Let’s be honest that we would like to lead a full life, and that this desire means having a certain level of material comfort. If we learn to trust and stay open, we can definitely see more.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition March 16, 2012 at 4:46 am

Dear Evelyn,
Thank you so much for the wonderful interview. Your questions were magnificent!
All my best to you dear friend,
Angela

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Evelyn Reply:

Hi Angela,

It is my honor and pleasure to have you here, Angela. It just sounds so natural to ask an intuition coach to teach on intuition LOL! I hope that everyone learns a thing or two from the interview, as I have.

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Mara Enid March 16, 2012 at 6:17 am

This was a great interview. I do have a question and wonder if you can give any advice on how to tap into your intuition when you are attached to the outcome? Is this a time when you simply need outside guidance?

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Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition Reply:

Hi Mara,
If you cannot detach from the outcome using the techniques I mentioned in the interview, you need to go to a third party such as an intuitive and ask for a reading.
This is exact reason that people go to intuitives. When you are emotionally involved and too close to a situation you cannot “see” clearly.
The emotional attachment clouds your judgement and suppresses your intuition.

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Vidya Sury March 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I am thrilled to see two people I love here in this post, Evelyn and Angela. The questions were indeed magnifico and Angela’s answers flow with hope for those of us who rely on logic and focus on the outcome. I was lucky to be encouraged by my mom who was highly intuitive. My son’s amazingly intuitive too in an absolutely serene way which is exciting, considering he’s only 14. But he’s always been that way.

I have experienced both situations – listening to my intuition and enjoying positive outcomes which my logical mind scoffed at – and not listening and facing the consequences.

What a pleasure to read this interview! Thank you so much.

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Evelyn Reply:

Thank you, Vidya, for being who you are. It’s wonderful that you have come to listen to your intuition. And it is even more wonderful to learn that your son is amazingly intuitive too. He is blessed to have you and your mother to encourage him.

With love,
Evelyn

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Aileen | Kaizen Vision March 17, 2012 at 2:41 am

Great interview!
I loved the comparison of developing ones intuition and developing a skill such as a golf swing. In the past I had thought some people have intuition and some do not – after reading Angela’s writings I’ve come to understand it’s a matter of continual practice.
I’ve also experienced the moment of feeling intuition isn’t working – when fear is involved or when I’m attached to result (although trying not to be attached). Those internal conflicts can make it seem like we don’t have intuition – when all the while it’s there.
Those stuck moments are perfect opportunities to talk to an intuitive and get clear.

Great, great interview!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Aileen,

I also enjoyed Angela’s explanation about practice. Actually we can do almost anything we want. If we practice enough, we can get good at it.

Oh yes, talking to an intuitive can help us get unstuck from moments of doubt and fear.

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Ajen March 17, 2012 at 5:56 am

Evelyn, thank you for sharing this interview. Like you, it seems as if I have difficulties discerning between my ego and my intuition. Angela’s response was so right on the mark. When I read it, I said “Of Course!” Deep down in side I knew that, but there was that “block” that prevented me from seeing it. Once again, another timely post for me to read :)

Thank you Evelyn and Angela!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Ajen,

It sure helps to have someone point out the things we already know inside but somehow cannot access LOL!

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Cathy | Treatment Talk March 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Hi Angela and Evelyn,

What a fun surprise to read this amazing interview. This line jumped out at me – being told that I didn’t know what was best for me all the time caused me to discount my own feelings. I had a similar experience and just by reading those words I understand better why I struggled during my early adulthood. I like your comparison to golf and how if we are interested, we can develop our intuition. It does seem to be such a powerful guide in our lives if we are aware and listen. Thanks for the wonderful interview.

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Cathy,

I am glad to know that the interview post has resonated with you. Yes, the analogy to golf certainly helps in our understanding about developing intuition.

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Kimbundance March 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

Hi Evelyn,

Thanks so much for dropping by my site, it meant so much to me to hear your encouraging words.

This is a wonderful post, thank you so much for enlightening us. I am a firm believer in developing the intuition so we can make the best decision possible. There have been many times in which I needed to figure out a solution to a problem when in fact all I needed to do was quiet my mind and listen to my inner-guides or intuition.

Much peace & light to you!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Kimbundance,

We tend to look outside ourselves for answers. But in reality, there is a wise guide inside us that can help! Thumbs up to the tip on becoming quiet and listening within.

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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The Vizier March 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hi Angela,

Like you, I too was told that I didn’t know what was best for me when I was younger. Thus, I grew up deferring the the judgement of others till a few years ago. I always thought that other people knew better than me because they were older or had more experience. This I learned, is not always the case. But like you, I second guessed myself and had doubts about the choices I made.

I think the part of the interview that stands out most for me is that intuition is the key to unearthing the “life instruction manual” that each of us has within. How true. It takes practice, time and effort, but the results are certainly worth it!

Thank you for sharing this interview Angela and Evelyn!

Irving the Vizier

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Irving,

I think a lot of us have the habit of deferring to others than making decisions ourselves. We simply do not have enough trust and faith in our own intuition or wisdom. It is time to take charge, if we have not already done so.

Abundance always,
Evelyn

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Paige | simple mindfulness March 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

Awesome interview! This provides a great understanding of how we can hear our little voice and utilize its wisdom.

I love the spider web analogy. We truly are all connected. We just need to slow down and get quiet enough to feel and hear what’s going on.

Every time I’ve listened to and followed my intuition, I’ve been led to wonderful outcomes that I never could have expected.

Thanks for so much great information Angela and Evelyn!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hi Paige,

It is nice to know that you have enjoyed the interview. It is also great to learn that you have been led to better outcomes just by listening and following your intuition. Awesome!

Abundance always,
Evelyn

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Betsy at Zen Mama March 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

Angela,
You were one of the very first blogs I started reading. I’ve always loved what you written. While I’ve always tried to access my intuition, it was an every now and then thing. But you’ve helped me to access and listen more often. I love seeing all your thoughts on intuition in one place, too. Thank you!

Great person to have for an interview, Evelyn!!

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Evelyn Reply:

Hello Betsy,

It is great to know that you have enjoyed reading the interview!

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition March 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Evelyn & everyone who left a comment,
I’m so happy to see that you’re so interested in developing your intuition. It truly has changed my life and I believe without a shadow of a doubt that if we could get the better part of society to listen to theirs – it would have a huge impact.
If I can ever be of help to any one of you when you are struggling please don’t hesitate to contact me.
All my best to all,
Angela

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Evelyn Reply:

Hi Angela,

Thank you for your kind offer. We will certainly take it up! I will send more questions your way if I encounter any difficulties.

Love and abundance always,
Evelyn

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Neseret March 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

Hi Evelyn and Angela,

Thank you for sharing a beautiful interview. I believe another great suppressor of intuition is trauma. I struggled for years to hear and trust my inner voice/intuition because of the traumas I suffered in my childhood.

Through the power of love and healing I am now able to clearly hear my intuition and I am learning to trust my intuition. I have noticed such a powerful shift in my life in oprating more and more from this place of love and knowing.

I’m truly grateful for this gift that we each have inside of us. It is like having the perfect compass to lead and guide us for our highest and greatest good! Our ability to develop and use our intution is a wonderful gift.

Angela, I look forward to learning more about you and your work. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge. Wishing you many blessings and peace,

Peace, Love & Gratitude,

Neseret

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Evelyn Reply:

Thank you, Neseret, for sharing how trauma has prevented you from hearing your own inner voice. It’s great that you have now realized this and are already able to access your intuition. Like you, I have observed how much fuller life has become when I operate from a paradigm of loving.

Oh yes, intuition is like a compass. It gives us wise guidance in a better way forward.

All the best to you! May you continue to experience much love and peace.

Abundance always,
Evelyn

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