Leader Intuit: Empowered like a firefighter

6 Oct

Today’s post continues the introduction of our Leader Intuit Framework. I’ll show how being in an empowered state strengthens intuition. Conversely, intuition nurtures our empowered self by opening new doors to more choice in life.

Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. —Aristotle

We all know that knowledge is power and knowing and learning to trust our power increases our ability to manage the unknown. Empowerment is to believe in oneself. It fills us with a sense of trust in ourselves and in our decisions as a leader.

There is a challenge, though, of fully engaging an intuitive life. The ebb and flow of real life has ups and downs and I’d mainly been riding the crest of the wave. I’m finding it tough as I bump up against life’s icky challenges and get stuck in fear and in the muck. It’s so much easier to access my intuition when I’m on top of the world.

How can intuition serve us by helping us navigate through times of turmoil? Isn’t that when we need intuition the most?

Raising my intuition to a new level as a firefighter

I’ve become curious about how people tap into their intuition and thrive in moments of high emotional intensity. How do firefighters, for instance, problem solve quickly when responding to a life threatening situation?

I want to be a fire fighter and respond and thrive in moments of intensity. I am definitely on a course right now to learn and will share with you my training as firefighter of my own burning house of emotions around cancer.

Last week, I shared with you the shock of a diagnosis of skin cancer. At this point, I don’t know if it is easily curable cancer or not. I’m waiting for the final pathology report to get a clearer picture of the outcome. As many would attest, the unknown and waiting part is most difficult.

The question that I now pose to myself is how can intuition help me navigate through a stressful health crisis? How can my intuition support me to stay empowered?

The past week I’ve practiced grounding myself and applying muscle testing to my intuition. Neuro-linguisitic programming teaches that we have congruent signals also called biofeedback. When I’m totally present in my body by practicing yoga, I can feel strong yes and no feedback in my body. I am particularly aware that the right side of my body is more attuned to muscle testing which is a medium for biofeedback.

I believe that we can all extend our energy fields through those signals to the universal energy field or oneness, as I call it.  Our sense of oneness of all living matter is clearly an important component of being a Leader Intuit and you will find more about this topic in this blog.

Reframing and giving voice and energy to a desired outcome 

Knowing whether my cancer is melanoma or squamish cancer cells (easier to cure) is up in the air right now.  At my last visit with my doctor, she kept on referring to melanoma and I asked her to reframe her comments in a more positive light. I find that I must battle, in this state of not knowing, my tendency to imagine “what if” worst case scenarios. She agreed and I felt empowered.

Connecting to our body with increased presence using therapeutic yoga

Empowerment is like a zoom lens. I don’t want you to look outwards with the empowerment lens, but rather zoom inwards into every cell of your body where you have embodied moments of success.

In the past couple of months, I’ve learned about the benefit of being fully present in my body using the ritual of therapeutic yoga with Jessica (link here). It allows me to tap into intuition and, if I miss my daily ritual of yoga, I feel my empowerment as an intuitive leader slide.


How to build more empowerment in your life

Here’s a list of traits I feel empower the intuitive leader. But of course, these traits are not exclusive to any of the four lenses of intuition; they can be used interchangeably.

Problem Solving

To solve problems in a spiritual sense is to find solutions which focus on the greater good by understanding what else, e.g. community, faith, religion, life purpose, has an impact on the decision making process, and how emotions impact decision making.


To innovate is to transform creative ideas into something new or different which can make a positive change for others, and that further fulfills our purpose in life. Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual. The innovation process starts as a creative abrasion of competing ideas followed by experimentation to validate ideas through feedback, and is completed with resolution — the final step to reach collective genius.


A heightened state of oneness (“one love,” as Bob Marley would say) awakens the power of inclusiveness, tolerance and a sense of belonging in our hearts. When we are open to it, we become interconnected in the most powerful energy of unconditional love, transcendence, spiritual enlightenment, and union with the divine or Source (however you define it).

Most people are considered to be asleep to reality even as they go about their daily business. “Waking sleep,” is an idea gleaned in part from ancient spirituality. To live with a heightened state of oneness is to be able to connect to a higher state of consciousness, e.g. pure consciousness, cosmic consciousness, unity or other states of trance, at will. It is to persistently try to improve yourself, to pursue personally relevant and meaningful goals that lead to a rich and enjoyable life of unconditional love, to achieve self-actualization.


We are beings with energy fields. Chakras are psycho-spiritual centers in our energy channel and are characteristic of Eastern medicine practiced in India and China for 10,000 years. Chakras connect to our emotional self-awareness. This includes the ability to differentiate between subtleties in our own emotions while understanding their cause and the impact they have on our thoughts and actions and those of others.

More and more, I’m realizing how empowerment flows by trusting my intuition. And here’s the interesting twist: When you are empowered, you trust yourself – your intuition, and in turn, as you grow trust and confidence, you become more empowered. It’s a feedback loop, an infinite cycle of ebb and flow.

In fact, this looping also happens with the lenses of purpose, cooperation and courage. Next week I’ll talk about how when you’re in purpose – when you’re in the right place at the right time – you can grow your intuition.



Leaders Intuit: Courage

29 Sep


Today’s post continues the introduction of our Leader Intuit Framework. I’ll be connecting the dots between courage and intuition, and showing how this can strengthen you as a leader and business person.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs

Last week, I had to pull out my courage card. It was a long time since I had so much pain. The doctor pushed the Novocain needle into the tender sole of my right foot and proceeded to cut out the growth that had been annoying me for the past two weeks.

I thought I could manage the pain that followed but finally I had to put my BIG GIRL PANTIES on and suck it up. Within less than a week, I was back for additional surgery to remove a cancerous growth.

I am in shock beyond words. I didn’t see this coming as I really thought that the growth would be benign. How did my intuition help me? I’m not sure that it did. Our intuition must be blinded when we are in a state of fear or denial.

The day after, the shocking news finally settled into every bone in my body. I was so ungrounded that I couldn’t even finish my wine…I’ve got to be very unsettled to not enjoy my daily ritual of a glass of wine.

There was a brief moment when I wanted to die as I had breast cancer in 2007 and didn’t want to ever go through that again. I now realize that new cancer can develop in our healing bodies and I’ve got to reignite the same fuel that got me through the breast cancer.

I know I’m not the only one to walk in the reality of a re-occurrence of cancer and that lots of courage is needed to get to the other side of wellness. But I’m still nervous and fearful though less than the day I got the news. At this point, I’m in a place to move forward – pain or no pain.

What is courage all about? It’s about taking the first step, building our momentum toward action. When you are courageous, you know you are facing down a challenging moment – not just facing it but taking action.

To be an intuitive leader, you need to take action on your ideas. It’s one thing to meditate upon an idea, but if those ideas aren’t brought forward than nothing changes. Sometimes your concepts may be new, risky or simply unorthodox – it takes courage to lead and develop expertise.

It’s time to put my BIG GIRL PANTIES ON AGAIN.

There are times when I’ve faced fear both professionally and personally. In those moments, I’ve found it essential to move despite the fear, to be present in the moment rather than sink into the fearfulness of what may or may not be.

Courage is an activating element that builds experience, confidence and knowledge resulting in rising intuition. You come to know all that you are capable of achieving, and it’s a lot more then you might think.


There are many elements of courage, and different approaches to being courageous. Here are four competencies I feel will bolster your ability to be in the moment and act with courage as you face challenges.


We strive with the power of our convictions. This action relies on the ability to be self-directed and self-controlled in our thinking and actions and to be free of emotional dependency. Obviously, standing up for what may not be popular rests on our degree of self-confidence and courage.

Being in the Present

To ‘be in the present moment’ is to live in and be responsive to each moment. It is to ground ourselves in our body and to be aware of the emotions embedded in our every organ, cell, muscle, fascia and body part. We must focus on the ‘now’ and not wander off into the complex world of ‘what if.’


The word “forgive” means to wipe the slate clean, to let go of anger or resentment toward someone. If we can create feelings inside us of forgiveness or any other coherent heart-based emotion such as love, we can influence the field of energy in us and around us. With this energy, we can conceive of new possibilities.


To be resilient is to learn to grow as a result of mistakes, setbacks, and feedback; to gain a new perspective. We must strive for balance by facing our fears when confronted with life’s ups and downs.


With courage, it comes to trust that you can take those first steps, follow what your gut says is right, and move forward despite fear or stress. This is an aspect of leadership not often discussed for fear of appearing weak, but it takes a great deal of courage to act. And, in fact, as you act, you grow.

Thank you to my dear friends, colleagues and family that have already blessed me with their prayers and love. I now realize that if we live in fear, we cannot be intuitive or courageous. Thank you for sharing this journey with me and others before me as well as others to come.


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