The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” Albert Einstein.


One theme I see with coaching clients is that they are constantly in survival mode as if it’s the normal way to be.

May I point out that our capacity to cope with high stress is designed for when we need to escape an extremely dangerous situation? Once we arrive safely, we allow time for self-regulation with rest.

Life was never meant to be about survival – that’s not normal. Life is for experiencing who and what we are. It’s about discovering our capacity and resources to live fully and limitlessly. Every child knows this –watch any child, their curiosity, their imagination running wild and limitless plans for who they can be. Also, watch their instinct to connect, hug and love.

So why do so many folks lose their way, forgetting who and what we are and becoming trapped in survival?

Because the mind takes over, and we allow fear-based emotions to lead our thoughts. In doing so, we forget the enormous, limitless resource to drive our minds, sustain well-being, and live fully.

Here’s the helpful analogy

Imagine your mind is a mighty powerful and exclusive car, let’s say a Bugatti La Voiture Noire, because why not? When taken care of and managed well, you can take to the road with ease and comfort. When driven skilfully, you progress along the open road experiencing your surroundings, present for all the joys and ready for potential obstacles.

The problem is that most people don’t use their minds skilfully. Instead, like

our Bugatti, we allow the mind to get out of control. The powerful vehicle drives us.

Therefore, the mind needs managing. We need to sit in the driving seat with our hands on the wheel driving this powerful baby.

Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.”

Read that again and feel into the words. Sense into the body and notice what’s present.

Here’s an invitation to listen to the intuitive mind.

This short practice helps us reflect on what would be different if we listened to the intuitive mind daily.

  1. Take a moment, a mindful breath, a pen and paper. Slow down.
  2. Call to mind a small dilemma or decision you are presently making.
  3. Centre into your strengths and bring self-compassion with you.
  4. Drop your awareness into the body, sensing into the body.
  5. Ask the intuitive mind to guide your choices and decisions around the best way forward. Write down what emerges. As best you can, sense into your body for the answers as opposed to thinking about the answers. There’s no right way or wrong way to feel. Just allow what’s present to be, without judgement.
  6. Then, with ease, turn to your rational mind and share options and ideas around the next best steps. Write down your answers.
  7. Take a moment to notice how you feel now. Write down two or three words to ground your awareness in this state of being.
  8. Continue with your day holding intentional awareness to ground in the words chosen from step 7.

Wishing you an intuitive, ease-filled day.


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