Episode 10 – The Mindful Approach to Changing Your Habits

Episode 10 – The Mindful Approach to Changing Your Habits

Mindfulness, Leadership and the Art of the Micro-Practice

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

 John C. Maxwell –

In this episode of the Leading in the Light™ Podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with good friend and corporate leadership consultant, Taruni Falconer about how we can begin to embody a mindful approach to change, transformation and habits.

For several decades Taruni has been an educator, executive leadership coach, meditation teacher and expert in inter-cultural dynamics, where she has worked extensively across a number of continents bringing her own unique style and flavour of personal leadership and facilitation to help managers and leaders thrive.

Together we speak about the evolution of mindfulness and meditation approaches for expanding awareness, intuition, and insight. And we also delved into the intriguing area of ‘habit change’ and how we can all begin to create ‘micro-practices’ that engage the mind, body and spirit and that work cohesively to create transformational change from the inside out.

About Taruni

Taruni is a business coach, presenter, and facilitator with a rich background in intercultural communication and leadership skills. Clients know her first and foremost as a coach and facilitator. She facilitates trainings, meetings, and complex processes, and give participants the skills to continue that work themselves. Most importantly, she facilitates changes and deep shifts for individuals and teams.

To facilitate means to make things easier, and that is what she does. She makes it easier for individuals and teams to work through complex issues. Her presentations are informed by current leadership, cross-cultural and diversity research as well as three decades as a practitioner.

 

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Mindfulness approaches to self-leadership and self-management
  • The art of the micro-practice in habit change
  •  Personal leadership as a vehicle for transformation
  • How to lead yourself – while leading others
  • Why its important to engage conscious practices in everyday life
  • The key elements of sustainable behavioural change
  • How to step into ambiguity and hold your energy and presence
  • How to engage deeper levels of uncertainty and vulnerability
  • Ways that we can all begin to embrace greater courage in our lives
  • The essence of heart and head coherence
  • Accessing your fastest path to inspiration
  • How intelligence flows through our whole body

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Episode 9 – The Art of Manifestation

Episode 9 – The Art of Manifestation

The Art of Manifestation:
How to Create What You Really Want

You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

In this episode, I speak with empowerment coach, trainer, spiritual teacher and psychic, Matu Apiata about his own personal journey in creating a successful and thriving fitness business, as well as his insights and guidance for learning how to manifest and create what we really want in our lives.

Together we explore the essence of mindset and how we can make 3 transformational shifts in our consciousness, that will enable us to create, attract and bring into form what we really desire. We’ll also look at why it’s important to connect with your deeper sense of ‘why’ and how to begin to change your inner-world, beliefs and mindset to create greater levels of abundance, happiness and fulfillment on the inside.

Inside you will also discover how our beliefs and mindset determine our capacity to receive and accept good into our lives. And why many people seem to struggle to create what they really want, and often end up settling for what is less than they are worth. We will also share insights for how you can learn to embrace ‘pre-empting’ and ‘living in aligned action’ as principles to awaken your highest good now.

About Matu

Matu is a spiritual guide, teacher and empowerment coach who has been working in the field of business, personal and spiritual development for many years.

With a deep passion for self-discovery and spiritual exploration, Matu experienced his own life journey finding himself as a child, facing challenges with bullying and sexual abuse, which resulted in him spending most of his time ‘running away’. It was only in later life that he would truly find a sense of peace, allowing him to answer the question “Who am I”.

Today he helps people who are seeking to understand themselves and find a better way forwards, by using a blend of transformative questioning with intuitive guidance, meshed with a with a dash of real-life experience.

 

In this conversation we talk about:

  • The power limiting beliefs have over our lives
  • What stops people form having the results they really want
  • How to move from goal-oriented consciousness to creating from within
  • Why it’s important to really connect with your ‘Why’
  • The power of connection in creating deep relationships
  • The mindset of the manifestor
  • Getting into alignment with the things you really want
  • The essence of heart-felt intention
  • The Law of Allowance
  • Expanding your awareness to manifest
  • Creating miracles in everyday life
  • Pre-empting the secret to manifestation
  • Three keys to greater manifestation
  • How to take inspired action in life
  • Why energetic ‘discernment’ is so important in life
  • Living in aligned action
Episode 8 – Growing Your Influence through Branding

Episode 8 – Growing Your Influence through Branding

Growing Your Influence through Branding,
Apps and Social Media

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon

In this podcast I speak with digital designer, illustrator and branding specialist Tanya Mullens about what it takes to grow and expand your influence in a changing world. 

The landscape of branding, social media and marketing has changed significantly over the last 20 years, and in a world that is filled with so much fake news, disinformation and noise it can be challenging for heart-centered business owners and soul-centered leaders to have their message stand out and be heard.

In this episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with brand ambassador, illustrator and graphic designer Tanya Mullens about some of the keys to creating and defining personal and business brands that stand out and get noticed.

Together we also explored the new world of social media and how changes in different channels are affecting the effectiveness of social media channels to engage and attract audiences. We also took time out to reflect on some of our favourite apps that can help any small business owner, influencer or visionary leader be more effective in today’s market.

About Tanya Mullens

Tanya is an illustrator, designer and branding expert who has been working in the field of graphic design for over 20 years. Having run her own graphic design business for many years, Tanya has worked with solo-preneurs, small and medium size businesses and local councils, helping them create brands, marketing materials and concepts that stand out and get noticed. Today she is a Digital Design specialist and works predominantly with high growth businesses helping expand and grow their presence online.

 

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Why good branding is essential to creating influence
  • Essential keys for creating a brand that gets noticed
  • Key challenges business owners face when it comes to great design
  • The changing social media landscape
  • How to better use social media channels to stand out and be recognised
  • Some of our favourite apps for improving design and effectiveness

Connect with Tanya:

  • Visit her illustration and art page on Instagram @tans_artbox
Episode 7 – Awakening Heart & Brain Coherence

Episode 7 – Awakening Heart & Brain Coherence

The Keys to Awakening Heart + Brain Coherence

“The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Discover a simple practice that can awaken your heart and brain connection and create more connected states of consciousness, intuition and inner-harmony.

In this episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast, I’m super excited to have good friend and colleague, Cath Guerrieri join me online to share some of her insights on the emergent science and practice of coherence.

Coherence has been defined as being the state where heart, mind and emotions all operate in perfect energetic alignment, balance and harmony. It’s the state of being that powerfully opens the door to awakened intuition, greater resilience, increased personal energy and more present states of flow and consciousness.

What’s more, the emerging fields of neuroscience and neuro-psychology are converging and starting to validate what spiritual teachers, masters and healers have known for centuries … that we all have access to this amazing power and presence within ourselves … and the ability to direct and channel that energy to become the masters of our own lives.

About Cath Guerrieri

For over 10 years Cath has been a relationship counsellor, mediator, hypnotherapist, mindfulness practitioner and grief counsellor with a deep passion for helping her clients overcome their self-limiting beliefs, gain greater confidence, and find the path to fulfilling their future dreams, using scientific and evidence based techniques.

You can learn more about Cath at www.cathguerrieri.com

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Her background and what guided her to become a counselor and mediator
  • An overview of coherence and why it is so important at this time
  • How coherence can be used to increase peace and awaken intuition
  • Why gratitude is the greatest key to opening ‘heart awareness’
  • A guided practice of coherence for you to start using in your own life

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How to Trust Your Intuition and Higher Guidance

How to Trust Your Intuition and Higher Guidance

How can we learn to trust and believe in our inner-guidance?

Whether we realise it or not, each of us has an incredible intuitive power and presence that is guiding us in each moment.
So, why then do so many people struggle to connect with and trust themselves?

Awakening Your Intuitive Presence

As a transformational coach, energy healer and intuitive I’ve now been helping people awaken and open their own intuitive channels for over 20 years. What I’ve noticed in that time is that there are some key practices, insights and ways of being that can truly enhance our ability to receive, trust and connect with our inner-guidance.

The result is that the more we learn to trust in our own insight, wisdom and guidance, the greater the flow, grace and ease that we experience in life. Now, that doesn’t always mean we’re going to live a life without problems or challenges. On the contrary, many of our problems and challenges are in fact ‘divine gifts’ that encourage us to dig deep within ourselves for the strength and resources to overcome them. In many ways our greatest problems also become our greatest teachers. Yet that doesn’t mean you have to resign to a life of striving, struggle and hardship.

Instead, when we learn to trust and follow the inner-guidance of our heart, soul and spirit in each moment we awaken a greater consciousness and energy within ourselves. We open our heart energy to becoming a vessel for greater guidance and inspiration, and in doing so we are encouraged to take steps of courage, faith and confidence in aligning the lives that we really want to create and realise at this time.

7 Insights from The Power of Intuitive Flow Training

Here are 7 insights from our beginner level Power of Intuitive Flow Training, our 7 week course for helping activate and engage your own intuitive intelligence, that will help you to begin to open to trusting and following your intuition more deeply.

 

Key #1: Intuition Speaks to You on Many Levels

While we all have access to a great intuitive power, the voice of intuition can often be subtle, a little like tuning into a radio station for the first time in the dark. It takes practice, discernment and trust.

So, as you begin to awaken to your own intuitive energy it is helpful to know that not everyone receives guidance in the same way. In fact, there are often 4 main channels that your intuition may be communicating with you in each moment:

  •  Auditory: Through an inner-voice or dialogue.
  •  Kinaesthetically: Through feelings and impressions
  •  Visually: Through images and symbolic guidance that you receive mentally
  •  Cognizance: Clear knowing and understanding that is just impressed upon you

If you’ve ever walked into a room or building and just felt that the environment was not safe, or that something was not right, then you’ll already be familiar with your emphatic or feeling intuition, which is often activated in moments of flight or fright, when we need our survival and protection instinct.

While you have one predominant channel that you work with, with the right training and development you can learn to awaken and activate your other channels in unison for greater intuitive flow and guidance.

 

Key #2:  Accessing Your True Knowing

Many years ago, when I was working the United Kingdom I had an insight to go and do a course in Laredo, Texas. The calling was so strong that I booked a ticket and hopped on the next plane.

The only problem was that at the time the company I was working for were still processing my working visa in the UK, which meant that there was the possibility that I would not be able to re-enter the country and would be deported on my return. Yet all along something inside of me just ‘knew’ I needed to go and that I would be taken care of. That everything would work out ok.

  • Have you ever just known that something was not right?
  • Have you ever just had a feeling you needed to call a friend?
  • Have you ever just known that you needed that you needed to continue with a path of action?

Our belief in ourselves is fundamental when developing intuition. And there is no greater belief than a sense of ‘knowing’ a deep inner-feeling that we are right, that we need to do something, or take some form of action.

So take a moment now and simply reflect back on a moment or experience when you had a deep sense of knowing, and you trusted and followed that. What did it feel like? Where did you feel it? How did your body, soul, spirit and mind let you know that you were right?

Key #3:  Move from Your Head to the Heart

Often when we are in the live Power of Intuitive Flow training I get my students to pay attention to where their inner-energy flows when they are connecting with their intuition.

Far too often because of our left-brained centric education systems we have forgotten how to connect with our heart, feelings and true sense of knowing, and so the energy often goes back up to our heads where we attempt to ‘think the solution to the answer’.

The problem is with this that the moment we end up back in the head, we have often already lost and negated the first initial energy or impression from our heart that was trying to guide us in the first place!

Therefore, the moment you find yourself going back to the head to try and find or think a solution it’s time to draw your energy and focus back to your heart.

Key #4: Open Your Inner-Senses

In expanding your intuition, you will need to learn to open your inner-senses, not just your external senses.

One of the most critical points that we focus on in our training is the centre of the throat (throat chakra) or point of communication, self-will and expression in the world. Developing this primary energy centre is essential if we are going to find our voice in the world and learn to express ourselves and our intuitive impressions and guidance. Most significantly this centre along with the solar plexus need to be opened and developed to allow you to feel and receive inner-guidance.

The more you work embracing exercises to open the throat energy centre, you will also begin further clearing and awakening the intuitive channels to your own clairaudience, which governs your ability to receive verbal guidance and messages from your higher-self and intuition.

Key #5:       Learn to Ask Better Quality Questions

The key to receiving quality guidance from your intuition is to get better at asking higher quality questions. The questions that we ask ourselves on a daily basis determine the quality of our lives.

Therefore, for intuitive questioning to be valuable we need to learn to ask questions that are:

a) Specific – Clear and with one focus
b) Objective – Are not loaded with our own bias or expectation
c) Grounded in a Higher Perspective – That seek the highest truth for all involved

For example:

  • Instead of asking “Where do I find my ideal relationship? ask “What do I need to know in order to open myself to the perfect divine relationship?”
  • Instead of asking “How can I create more money?” ask “How can I allow greater abundance and prosperity to flow in my life?”
  • Instead of asking “What decision or choice do I now need to make?” ask “What choice will bring me greater joy, aliveness and happiness?”

 

Key #6: Build Your Self-Esteem

Listening and following our intuition and inner-guidance implies a need for great trust. Trust in our own wisdom. Trust in our higher intelligence. Trust in our connection to source.

In the same way that a lighthouse must have a firm and solid foundation in order to do its highest work of shining its light, so too, your soul and spirit require a firm foundation and base of self-esteem and self-efficacy in order to operate at their highest potential.

When we believe in ourselves, and see ourselves as worthy of guidance and insight, then our guidance and insights grow and develop. A healthy self-esteem also means that you will have much greater courage and belief in yourself to act on higher guidance when it presents.

How do we build this base of courage, self-belief and esteem?
We can start first by reflecting on all the moments in our life where we received guidance or inspiration an acted upon it. Reflecting on these moments will help you create the physiological state of trust that is required to enact and enable your intuitive presence and power.

 

Key #7:  Take Inspired Action

Intuition is not a one-way street. It is an intricate cycle of asking, receiving, accepting, trusting and acting.

Therefore, the more we learn to trust and ACT on our intuitive messages and guidance the more that our intuition develops, and the greater the trust that we have in it.

Learning to act on your intuition will imply a level of needing to take risk and step our of your comfort zone. In the beginning you may ask for guidance and take action, only to find that what you initially acted on did not work. It is important in these times not to give up. But to take this onboard as a learning experience.

Start to monitor your body’s feelings and signals of confirmation that you are on the right track. It may be as simple as an opening of energy in your gut area, or a light shiver that goes down your back, or a simple sense of knowing and confidence that originates in your heart. The more that you pay attention to these signals, the more you take risks and act on your guidance, the greater your opportunity to grow, evolve and become a channel for intuitive grace and presence.

It is through inspired and intuitive action that our highest lives are formed.

 

Ready to take Your Intuitive Abilities to the Next Level?

At The Greatness Connection we run regular intuitive development programs to help you connect, access and follow your intuition. The Power of Intuitive Flow training is an engaging and interactive 7 week course based on 21 principles of intuition that will help you learn to develop greater trust, rapport and confidence in yourself, and provide you with a pathway for transforming and healing your life, business or professional life. Best of all the course is delivered as both live training as well as completely online as a self-paced learning program.

For more details make sure to check out the online training program here and details of the next live training here.