You’ve received a stunning job offer. It has everything you want. Money, perks, the corner office with a window. Three secretaries. Only one problem, it is halfway across the country.
What do you do?
YouÂ have aÂ jobÂ you truly enjoy that offersÂ incredible personal satisfaction, and youÂ know you are really makingÂ a difference,Â but you onlyÂ earnÂ minimum wage. You receive a letter in the mail saying you’ve been accepted in that MBA program you applied for only half seriously a few months ago. Do you give up your rewarding minimum wage job in the pursuit of financial success? Or do you stay in your low paying job, content in the knowledge that making a difference is what truly matters?
What do you do?
It’s Friday night. You’ve decided to order a pizza. You are not sure if you want pepperoni, or anchovies. You love them both. But if you eat them at the same time, they will mix and create a gastric disaster.
What do you do?
There are two ways to make a decision. Rational, logical, like Mr. Spock, or the other way. The old fashioned way. The way that the Samurai’s of ancient Japan referred to when they said that “every life changing decision must be made within seven breaths.” Trust your instinct.Â Your intuition. Your gut.
But how do you know?Â Unless your gut talks to you,Â (and if you think it does, maybe you shouldÂ see a doctor,) how do you know exactly what your gut is telling you?
There are two ways to look at this. According to the laws of known science, and according to the esoteric laws ofÂ metaphysics.
According to the laws of metaphysics,Â your intuition can be thought of as a connection to ‘infinite knowledge, or infinite intelligence.” Many have spoken about this. Brian Tracy, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles. According to these sages, who incidentally based their information on the sages that came generations before them, say that there is someÂ ‘source’ of information that everyone can access. This ‘source’ has infinite knowledge of all that is, all that was, and all that will ever be. We might not have theÂ capacity to understand all of this knowledge, but you canÂ get general advice if you quiet your mind enough,Â so that you can listen carefully.
AccordingÂ to the rules, or understandings of science,Â biology and neurophysiology, the brain is an incredibly powerful computer. Able to take inÂ literally billions of bitsÂ of information atÂ time, sort and categorize, and then decide which to make consciously available, and whichÂ toÂ store unconsciously, for later use. According to this model, when you ask yourself aÂ life changing question, the brain sorts through all of your life experiences, compares them to theÂ experience you are contemplating, and then comes up with an answer.Â SoundsÂ wonderful and helpful, until you realizeÂ that this ‘answer’ usually comes in the form of a vague feeling. If we could only get our brains to make us feel hungry for yes, or thirsty for no, it might be easier.
One really cool way to tap your unconscious is to use a pendulum.Â Any pendulum will do, a chain with a weight on the end, like a necklace.Â Or a piece of string with a paper clip, anythingÂ that can swing back and forth.
What you need to do first is to calibrate it. Get a flat surface to swing your pendulum over, something that you can write on. A piece of paper on a table or desk will work fine. It’s important to keep the paper from moving, you’ll understand why in a second.
Hold the pendulum so that it hangs over the center of the paper.Â Now ask yourselfÂ a question where you know the answer will be yes. For example “AmÂ I male (or female)?” Then just relax, and watch which way the pendulum swings. Ask another “yes” question. Watch the pendulum swing.Â Wherever the pendulum swings most over the paper for yourÂ ‘yes’ questions,Â is your yes ‘quadrant’ of your paper. After you have determined your ‘yes quadrant,’ make sure your don’t turn the paper. That will mess up your results. I usually tape it on the table or desk before I begin.
Next, you doÂ the same thing, onlyÂ this time use severalÂ ‘no’ questions.Â Questions you know that you’llÂ get a ‘no’ answer to. This will determine your ‘no quadrant.’
Now you need to ask your real question, phrased in a yes or no question. (Just like theÂ magic eight ball.)Â If you are getting fuzzy results, that is, if the answers are neither clearly yes or no, keep rephrasing the question. Pretty soon you should get a clear answer. You’ll be amazed at how well this works, and how well you can use this to unlock the wisdom of your own subconscious mind to help you get what you want out of life.
One thing to keep in mind, is that you will have to re-calibrate every time you do this. You’ll need to check and see where the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ quadrants are, because they will change based on your mood, tiredness, hunger, emotional state and other factors. It only takes a few minutes, and this can be a valuable tool that you can use in your quest to make decisions that support your goals in life.