The second Developing Intuition exercise is The Mirror Technique. This is designed to help you get insight into, and solutions for, any personal situation or problem that you are currently facing. To use it, you need a wall mirror in which you can clearly see the reflection of your face from a seated position. If this is difficult, obtain a shaving or make-up mirror and position this so that you can see the reflection of your face when seated.
Developing Intuition Exercise #2
The Mirror Technique
Before you begin, decide what you want your intuition to help you with. Do you need to know why you don’t have that shapely physique you keep promising yourself? Do you need to gain insight into why your finances, career or relationships aren’t all that you want them to be? Whatever your particular need, define it in your mind before beginning this exercise.
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Now sit down and relax. Take a few deep breaths, and then state what you want. For example, if you want insight into why your career hasn’t progressed as quickly as you wanted, you might say something like, ‘Today I would appreciate some insight into why my career isn’t progressing at the speed I desire. I would also appreciate some advice as to how I can get my career back on track for the success I know I deserve.’
There is no need to be overly conscious of how you phrase your words. Just use plain talk and speak in a matter-of-fact manner.
When you have stated your desired outcome from this exercise, you need to disassociate yourself from your problem. This is where the mirror comes in useful.
Look into the mirror and view your reflection as though this is the person who has the problem and you are the person who has been asked for advice and who has all of the answers. In other words, for the rest of this exercise, you will be acting as if you are a being of infinite wisdom, insight and ideas.
Now look at that person in the mirror and help him or her with the problem. Be frank, be honest and be direct. Do not tell that person that he or she can’t do anything about the situation. Explain exactly why you think the situation is as it is and exactly what that person can do to make fast progress.
If the person in the mirror wants to comment on what you have to say, you may ‘switch roles’ and speak those comments, but you must then ‘switch back’ and give your response afterwards.
This process is a little difficult to describe, so here is an example run-through of how it works in action. For the purpose of this illustration, the person performing the exercise is John, a man in his early thirties who, despite lofty ambitions, doesn’t seem to be making any career or financial progress.
John sits down and takes a few deep breaths, then asks for what he needs. ‘I need some insight into why things are moving so slowly,’ he says. ‘I mean, I’m ambitious and I have big dreams, but I’ve been stuck in the same rut for years, and I’m making absolutely no progress.’ He looks in the mirror and sees the reflection, then begins to impart his advice…
JOHN : What you have to understand, John, is that you’re only in a rut because you want to be there. You can start building a better life for yourself any time you please. For years you’ve been wanting to start your own business and start achieving financial independence, but the fact is that you’re just too lazy to get yourself into gear.
REFLECTION : Lazy? You’ve got to be kidding!
JOHN : No, I’m just being straight with you.
REFLECTION : But I would start my own business if I had the time!
JOHN : You do have the time! I mean, look at how you spend your evenings. You watch TV from six in the evening right the way through to midnight, when you drag yourself up to bed.
REFLECTION : So?
JOHN : So add those hours up! Six hours a night, seven days a week, all year long. Each year you waste the equivalent of 273 working days, just watching TV! Just think how much more successful you would be if you invested even half of that time into developing your skills and starting a part-time business of your own.
REFLECTION : Wow… I’ve never really thought of it like that…
This is only a brief excerpt from an imaginary example, but it does serve to illustrate how The Mirror Technique works. You, the participant, actually begin speaking from your intuition’s point of view and give all the criticism, advice and motivation your reflection (the everyday you) needs to make changes.
The fact is that in many cases, we already know exactly what we can do to start improving our lives. We all know that to obtain a fit, shapely physique we need to adopt a healthy diet and start a regular exercise programme. We all know that to become financially independent we need to find ways of increasing our income and also to start saving a percentage of everything we receive. We all know that in order to receive love we must first concern ourselves with giving love.
Knowing what to do is therefore seldom a problem. The real problem is that we simply do not do what we know we must do in order to achieve a certain goal.
The Mirror Technique allows you to ‘step into the shoes’ of your intuition and tell it how it really is. There is no doubt that this exercise can be uncomfortable, as the truth often hurts, but the vast majority of people find it amazingly empowering to finally ‘step out’ of their normal selves and face the situations and problems of life from a totally objective and intuitive higher perspective.