You & Your Intuition
Intuition is as much a part of the human experience as sneezing, digestion and identifying the world around us with our five senses. The key, say Edge Life Expo 2012 keynote speakers Echo Bodine and Kathryn Harwig, is whether we choose to take the time to listen to our intuition and make daily life decisions based on the information we receive.
Bodine and Harwig are the masters on intuition in the Twin Cities, with 17 books between them, as well as an untold number of media appearances, classes and personal sessions that have encouraged a healthy intuitive life for all people.
They will appear together on stage for the first time ever from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Edge Life Expo 2012 at Earle Browne Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, speaking on intuition, how to access it and what information they have garnered from their intuition on what we can look forward to in the years to come. Each will give introductory remarks and then open up questions to the audience. Tickets are $25 and $29 in advance at Edgelife.net or toll-free 1.866.776.5244.
Every decision made
Both speakers use their intuition to inform the direction of their lives.
“My life is so much about intuition,” Bodine says. “For every decision I make, I step aside and spend time in the silence, asking for inner guidance. I go in that quiet space and tell myself, ‘Okay, Echo, you’re going to be shown the truth, so just relax. You don’t have to make any decisions right now.’ And then a half hour later, a completely different situation arises and again, I go off away from people and say, ‘Okay, God, I need guidance here. What kind of decision should I be making about this proposal?’
“This is what I do all day long. I take that moment to step aside from what the world wants me to do, what the world is telling me I should do, and I go into this spiritual space. ‘Okay, God, it’s just you and me. I need your guidance here.’ And then I just know that the answers are coming. It’s no longer, ‘Gee, I wonder if I’ll get an answer.’ I’ve received the answers so many times that now it is just a matter of bypassing my ego for a quick decision and do it this other way.”
Harwig says she wants to leave expo attendees with the knowledge that they too can access their intuition and get incredibly useful information for their lives — if they ask the right questions inwardly.
“One of the things I am going to talk about is how to ask a question that will give you the kind of information that will improve your life,” she says. “My guides actually came out and said, ‘We don’t want to, and actually can’t, answer when and why questions.’ They want to talk about how and what questions.
“My introductory talk will be that people have evolved now to the point where they are going to get their own information, to a large extent. I think that’s very exciting. What I would like to do is empower them (as if I need to empower anyone). I just want to explain to them that they have access to that information. Perhaps I can give them some suggestions as to how to go about asking a question that will get them information they really need to know.”
Harwig explains that just receiving random information is not really that helpful.
“I see a lot of people walking around very open, carrying around a lot of information, some of it coming as feelings or physical manifestations, and they don’t know who it’s for,” she says. “I have actually made an agreement, or a deal, with my guides. My agreement is: Don’t tell me anything unless it has some relevance to what I need to know, and/or if I ask for it. That keeps me sane, to be honest with you.
“…Every morning I sit down and open myself up and say, ‘What do I need to know for today?’ That’s very helpful for me. Because of how busy we are, and because we don’t know how to ask the right questions, most people don’t do that as a practice.”
The big questions
At Edge Life Expo 2012, Bodine and Harwig say they want to address the big questions in people’s lives, not whether Jane will get a job or Bob will meet the love of his life, but questions that relate to the bigger issues that connect all of us.
“What we see,” Harwig says, “particularly with 2012 and all of the things that are happening, is that people have a lot of questions. What we really want to look at — and answer — are what we call the big questions. We don’t really know what people’s big questions are. Often when we give talks, we talk about what we think is important. What we’re interested in finding out from other people is what kind of questions do they really have, and what kind of answers we can give.”
Bodine says it’s important to her to emphasize to attendees that they have the choice to access intuition and live by divine guidance — or not.
“I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, about the most important thing I need to do, to teach, to be in this world,” she says.Â “It is to help people understand the difference between their intuition and their psychic abilities, and to help them recognize these abilities within themselves. And it’s really important to me to teach people about their intuition, so they live by that divine guidance.”
What lies ahead
If you’re waiting for these two master intuitives to reveal their predictions of world events in 2013, then you’ll have to keep on waiting. They are more aligned with sharing with others how to use intuition to inform daily life than gleaning insight on cataclysmic changes just to make a name for themselves.
“The real value of accessing intuition,” Harwig says, “is to give you freedom. To me, that is just an incredibly important piece. Once you have the ability to access your information, and get it in a clear fashion, then you can use your logical mind to explore various pathways or options. First of all, you become responsible for your own life and don’t feel like a victim any more. Being a victim — feeling like you’re just blowing in the wind depending upon what’s going to happen — is the most powerless place you can be.
“Because it’s an election year, I keep hearing people talk about what will happen if so and so wins or if the other guy wins and feeling somewhat powerless about how the world is going. But, if you talk with your intuition on a daily basis, and get some very concrete suggestions or information from your intuition, you become more empowered. Being empowered, to me, is almost synonymous with living your life in the fashion that best suits you.”
That said, both women have a sense of what lies beyond 2012. Bodine says the highly charged energy and transformation so apparent this year will continue for the next two or three years.
“Above all,” she says, “I want to give people reassurance that life is intense, but we can do it. We have what we need to get through these intense times. Yes, things are going to calm down again. I’m not sure exactly when, but the time is coming.”
“I see more intensity and a continued breaking down of old systems, which are really fighting change. …In 2013 it will come down to running things with ego and greed, or running things with intuition and a love for our fellow man. It seems to me that people will be pulling together in a really cool way. People are coming up with ideas to feed others and save other people. I hope we’re going to see a whole lot more of that. …The younger generation is very creative, and I think we have a lot to look forward to.”
Harwig says two words will be big in 2013: responsibility and freedom.
“What I see in 2013 is that a lot more people will be coming to that awareness, realizing that they don’t have to wait for somebody else to change their life; they can change their own life,” she says. “If enough people do that, the world changes. I see people becoming less of a slave to the past and more free as people.
“I see a lot of people choosing, in one fashion or another, to change the way that they live. I see a lot more people choosing some form of self-employment — or mixing that with a different way of working. I don’t see everybody going out and getting a job, giving over to a certain extent some of their freedom to a corporation or to the government or to some other agency. People will be choosing to live in a different fashion to become their own person.
“…On a core level, just over the past one hundred years, we’ve been taught that we’re not responsible for ourselves. So we make too much over who wins the election, for example, and we make too little over what we’re going to do today to enhance our lives.”