from ourselves instead of learning from the
experience. When we shut down, those unexpressed
emotions get trapped in our bodies and show up as
depression, rage, aggression, and so on. So it’s very
important to make room for them and let them pass
through us so they don’t get stuck.
I suggest walking with your emotions, because if
you’re moving the energy
then you can let the
emotions rise and be
present to them, and
then you can let them
move on. As I tell my
students, your left brain
is like your barking dog;
you have to take your
dog for a little walk
before you meditate.
So stretch, move, run
around the block,
breathe—just move some of that energy. And then you
can sit down to meditate. You’ll settle into a quiet space
One more piece of advice on meditation: People are
afraid of being with themselves because they’re afraid
they won’t like themselves. But after the initial anxiety,
spending quiet time alone, with real appreciation,
becomes deeply calming and very healing. We find that
deeper authentic self we’re yearning to connect with. So
face that fear, breathe into it, because what you’re going
to discover is that your absolute best friend will be you.
Imagination is the second superpower. It needs your
presence and the space for you to dream. A recent study
shows our attention span has been reduced to seven
seconds, which is less than that of a goldfish. If we’re
constantly being pulled into our emails or text messages,
where is the room to imagine? Taking even half an hour
a day to just shut off all our electronics is very helpful.
Play with your dog. Hang out with your kids. Play games.
Take a walk. Go sit in a bubble bath surrounded by
candles. Allow some new things to drop in from your
creative self, your higher self, your divine self.
Don’t ever let anyone hijack your imagination. You
often hear, “Don’t rock the boat. Don’t take a risk. It’s
dangerous out there!” And all of that can feel very
real when, in fact, it’s just other people’s fears hurled
at you as truths. You don’t have to set yourself up by
buying into those fears. Just say, “Well, that’s different.
I wonder what that would be like.” Then your positive
imagination can start jumping in and coming up with all
kinds of wonderful inspiration. You have to upgrade the
discomfort and say, “Yes, I’m uncomfortable, but what an
incredible opportunity this is! What adventure!”
When I was young, one of my teachers told me,
“Unless you’re uncomfortable, you’re not growing. You’re
not learning: You’re stuck.” So I learned to make peace
with being uncomfortable because
staying in a known discomfort is just
completely giving your power away.
The third superpower is
intuition, and there are two
important keys to unlocking it.
The first key is to use meditation
to know who you are. Don’t rely
on reflections from others to
define who you are. Go inward and
start recognizing yourself, your
motivation, and what you want
to create. Honor and respect your
grace and your heart’s desires.
The second key to unlocking your intuition is to
trust yourself. The biggest reason most people think
they’re not intuitive is not that they don’t sense their
intuition, but that they don’t trust it. That requires taking
responsibility for their perceptions, something a lot of
people are disinclined to do fully—and yet, we have to.
No one else is going to do it for us.
So just know yourself and trust yourself—and begin
with baby steps. Start by saying, “I’m going to trust that
my intuition says to turn here to park the car.” That’s not
so threatening. Trusting your intuition in small ways
usually results in no negative consequences, yet it lays the
groundwork for having a real intuitive foundation.
The other bit of guidance I’ve learned over time is that
if you speak your intuitive feelings out loud, chances
are about 90 percent better that you’ll listen to your
intuition. If you put voice to what you’re intuiting, it’s
hard to ignore—because when you name it, you claim it.
This article was adapted
from an October 2016
interview Sonia Choquette
gave to Debra Moffitt on her
Unity Online Radio show,
Divinely Inspired Living, airing
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. (CT) on