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Lynn Robinson's Divine Intuition book

Lynn A. Robinson’s Divine Intuition blog tour rolls on!
02/19/13

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Tomorrow Lynn talks to Jane Pollak. (http://janepollakblog.com/).  Robin Rousseau’s Explore Beyond the Usual blog hosted yesterday’s post. (http://explorebeyondtheusual.blogspot.com/).

For more information about the whole tour, visit Lynn A. Robinson’s Gut Truster’s Blog. (http://lynnrobinson.com/gut-trusters-blog/divine-intuition-blog-tour)

Q&A for Lynn A. Robinson Divine Intuition Blog Tour

         elizabeth: I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for the 10th anniversary issue of your book, “Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace and Prosperity.” I understand you revised and updated the original version. Tell us what’s new in this one.

Lynn: Divine Intuition is about learning to use our fabulous wisdom within. We all have it. I think of it as a “Compass of our Soul.” In the book you’ll find lots of techniques and inspiring stories. I like to offer very down-to-earth, practical ways that people can use this knowledge as a source of guidance in their lives.

         elizabeth: You have many techniques you shared for those of us who work in a creative field and sometimes feel a bit stuck. Could you share one of these?

Lynn: Yes. We often get so swept up in our professional roles that we rush from meeting to phone call to email and back again, and we don’t take time for even a brief break. However, I believe that reverie is crucial to the intuitive mind. I found clear evidence of this while writing a chapter of  “Divine Intuition. I had nailed the beginning, the ending and a story. I then found myself staring at the page, editing the same sentence over and over. The dreaded writer’s block!

I decided to go for a walk and simply ask my own creative mind, “What do I need to write for this chapter?” By the time I’d completed a stroll around my neighborhood I had several solid ideas that seemed worthy to write about.

When you’re overwhelmed and feeling stymied and blocked, making yourself work harder is usually counterproductive. Your creativity dries up, the numbers you’re trying to crunch swim before your eyes. The intuitive insight you need just isn’t coming to you. The solution? When you’re besieged and need answers, take a hike.

Is there a place near your office that makes you feel calm? Go there the next time you need insight. The answers you receive during those thirty minutes will be more than equal to the hours of statistics and analysis you had planned.

When you get there, begin to stroll. Focus on the present. Use all your senses and take in all that is around you. Notice the fragrance in the air, the sounds of the birds, and the breeze on your skin. Take some slow, deep breaths. Observe how you feel.

As you become calmer, think about what has been disturbing your peace of mind. Frame it into a question as you continue your walk and listen for answers.

Intuitive insights come to you more easily when you’re relaxed and have an open state of mind. Ask questions….The answers will come.

       elizabeth: You’ve been giving intuitive readings as a business for over 25 years. You were even voted, “Best Psychic” by Boston Magazine. You interviewed many of your clients for this book to gain an understanding of how people make time to listen to their intuition. Could you share a sampling of these?

Lynn: That was really fun to talk to people about their favorite techniques for allowing intuitive wisdom to flow! I asked specifically for ideas about how they do this in the midst of a busy life. Here’s a few of the thoughts:

  • I make it a priority to eat lunch in a nearby park or, in inclement weather, even in my car. I find after I return to my desk I have a huge burst of creativity.
  • I go to the gym for a half-hour during my workday. Working out gets the cobwebs out of my brain and I come up with wonderful ideas while running on the treadmill or lifting weights.
  • My company has a meditation room. I go there for reflection and prayer as part of my lunch break. I come back to work feeling centered and relaxed. The answers to issues I was struggling with in the morning seem to be resolved during that brief time of contemplation.
  • If I can’t actually get away from the office, I make a point of changing my location. It can often be as simple as switching from my desk to the couch in my office. The minor change helps me maintain my mental alertness and increases my productivity. I actually think of it as my “inspiration couch.”
  • I reserve time in our company conference room several times a week. It looks out onto a huge field filled with wildflowers. I use those occasions as my intuition time. I bring a notepad, colored pens and pencils and do some creative mind-mapping. I get amazing results fast.

The “intuitive break” strategy I heard echoed most often was from those who confessed they took a nap at work. Surprisingly, a vast majority of executives and entrepreneurs alike confessed that it was one of the quickest ways they found to make a decision or come up with a creative solution or idea.

      elizabeth: Napping at work! Do you think the idea is becoming more acceptable?

Lynn: I think taking a nap or asking your intuition a question as you drift off to sleep at night is a fabulous intuition technique. It’s also a great creativity booster!

If you’re concerned that taking a nap will give you the impression of being a slacker, just take a look at legendary people who swore by these power naps.

American Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were famous for their naps. And John F. Kennedy was often seen taking 15-minute naps by leaning back and putting his forearm over his face.

Albert Einstein used to take afternoon naps to recuperate, and was quoted many times on his thoughts about naps increasing his productivity, creativity and intuition.

Brahms napped at the piano while he composed his famous lullaby.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric light, used to take frequent naps during the day instead of sleeping at night.

We may be facing the day when your place of work actually encourages you — as my kindergarten teacher did — to “put your heads down on your desks and rest awhile.” When you see the boost in creativity and productivity — and your intuition — you’ll be glad you did!

       elizabeth: Lynn, it has been such an honor to be able to get the word out on your book, “Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace and Prosperity.” I have to say that your books have inspired me to really get down and get to know my inner voice, my inner best friend. I think people will discover that their intiution will always be there to help them. Just like your books do. Now, I think I am going to go take a nap! Thanks so much.

Be sure to check out the entire blog tour!  Tomorrow Lynn talks to Jane Pollak. (http://janepollakblog.com/). Robin Rousseau’s Explore Beyond the Usual blog hosted yesterday’s post. (http://explorebeyondtheusual.blogspot.com/). 

For more information about the whole tour, visit Lynn A. Robinson’s Gut Truster’s Blog. (http://lynnrobinson.com/gut-trusters-blog/divine-intuition-blog-tour)


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2 Responses to this article

elizabeth cassidy February 23, 2013 Reply

Kay, if we lived closer, I would amke sure we both took lunch breaks! Glad you like the interview. Lynn is just so cool and very open and funny.

kay February 19, 2013 Reply

Inspiring interview. You really snagged a good one!
I love all the ideas for breaking away from work during the day. Decades ago, when I first started working, I always went out to lunch. Today, I never go out to lunch. I always eat at my desk. After reading this, I’m going to make it a point to change the scenery during the day.

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