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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the stages of an intuitive awakening and call for you to share the stages of your awakening story.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Intuitive Awakening program
  • Intuitive Awakening Community
  • Sensors can have an intuitive awakening.
  • Everyone has intuition somewhere in their cognitive function stack.
  • We foresee a wave of Intuition much like the recent introvert wave.
  • The intuitive awakening is going to happen on a societal level, but it also occurs on a personal level.
  • What stages of an intuitive awakening have you experienced?
  • 25% of the population in intuitive – 75% is Sensor.
  • The world is set up for the majority of the population – Sensors.
  • It’s like being left hand dominant in a right-hand dominant world.
  • Intuitives are always going to feel kind of alien.
  • Intuition may show up as intelligence or awareness.
  • You may feel more aware and intelligent than everyone else at times.
  • Other times, you may feel utterly inept with things other people do with ease.
  • You think different. You see things others don’t understand.
  • The first level of the intuitive awakening is Pre-awareness.
  • This is where someone knows on some level that they are different.
  • a lot of people live their entire lives in this pre-awareness level.
  • Some intuitive blending may occur at this level.
  • Intuitive Blending: The tendency to ignore your intuitive abilities and try to blend in with others.
  • Ignoring the pattern recognition or doubting it because other people don’t mirror it back.
  • SPs in the pre-awareness phase call themselves Instinctive.
  • SJs in the pre-awareness phase define themselves as Creative.
  • For some intuitives, the pre-awareness phase can come with some bitter narrative because of the feeling of isolation and alienation.
  • Once someone awakens to the concept of intuitive vs sensation, most intuitives see it as a game changer.
  • It explains why they have always felt different.
  • The iNtuitive/Sensor dichotomy is powerful.
  • Like the Introvert/Extravert dichotomy.
  • Once people realize why they feel different, they tend to blame the other side.
  • Introverts blame extraverts for making them feel flawed.
  • Intuitives blame sensors for the same thing.
  • Once we go from pre-awareness to actual awareness, it is the intuitive awakening.
  • A lot of people get stuck here, too.
  • “I’ve been oppressed my whole life!”
  • Not all Extraverts are sociopaths.
  • It is hard when someone is in pain not to project intent.
  • Most things are not a people problem; it is a system problem.
  • Gregory Bateson “When we don’t see systems, we break them.”
  • Once someone becomes aware that their mind is wired differently, it is easy to go from bitterness to superiority.
  • Superiority gives us an emotionally satisfying hit.
  • This level of awakening is merely awareness. Not a lot of effort involved.
  • Another part of this stage is the awareness that there are others out there like you.
  • The next phase is to move into skill development with your intuition.
  • There are two flavors of intuition – Extraverted and Introverted Intuition
  • Skill development puts practical discipline with your intuition.
  • It’s not about raw talent.
  • The second level is about the raw talent. That is why there is bitterness.
  • Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom
    • Data = Pre-awareness —> Unconscious Incompetence
    • Information = Intuitive Awakening —> Conscious Incompetence
    • Knowledge = Applied information —> Conscious Competence
  • Information has limitations.
  • Having info at first feels like a game changer, then it doesn’t.
  • Once we pass the relief phase, information stops doing anything for us.
  • Info doesn’t move the needle on happiness or improving a person’s life, especially if there is bitterness.
  • Just because you are intuitive doesn’t mean your intuition is always right.
  • Push it to its limitations. Allow it to fail, then calibrate. Push again.
  • It isn’t just a god given right; it’s a muscle that requires exercise.
  • You know in which context your intuition does the best.
  • Developing judging processes compliment our intuition.
  • Intuition is limited without those judging processes.
  • Self-esteem develops in this third level of skill building.
  • The final stage of the Intuitive Awakening – Intuitive Integration.
  • Wisdom = Intuitive Integration —> Unconscious Competence.
  • After the skill development, we integrate intuition in our entire persona.
  • The ebb and flow in a world that isn’t designed for you.
  • The world is getting more complex.
  • Our honed and skilled pattern recognition will help the world become a better place.
  • Wisdom knows when to use knowledge.
  • Sometimes your intuition isn’t the right tool for the job.
  • You can tell somebody has integrated their intuition when the world around them is accommodating to them.
  • You stop seeing the world as a Sensor world tailored only to Sensors.
  • You create an intuitive world around you.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to craft the life that is right for you.
  • Stop apologizing for yourself and seeing yourself at the receiving end of other people’s behavior.
  • Start seeing yourself as a creator of your reality.
  • Recognize what in your life needs to change to accommodate your intuition and what doesn’t need to change.
  • In integration, we loop back to pre-awareness and stop seeing the distinctions in the world.
  • We integrate all the aspects of life and realize that all of us have some level of intuition and sensing.
  • Sensors may start out denigrating intuitives or wish they were intuitive.
  • “Don’t think I’m not smart just because I’m a Sensor.”
  • There can be some pain in the pre-awareness phase for Sensors, too.
  • Their awakening is that they have a form of intuition themselves.
  • Skill development can come with visiting their intuitive process and exploring the tension between it and the Sensing function.
  • Make space for the intuitives in your life to shine.
  • Sensors can also use intuition as part of their aspiration.
  • They are going to get messages from the intuitive part of them.
  • ESFP Profiler Training student teaches language.
  • Introverted Intuition is usually really good at understanding the abstraction of language.
  • The ESFP integrated her intuitive part by teaching language in a more interesting, physical way.
  • Spanish Lessons with Emily
  • In pre-awareness, sensors may either reject their intuition or overvalue it.
  • In integration, a Sensor can calibrate their intuition and know when to listen and when to reject.
  • If you are a Sensor that feels you have gone thru an intuitive awakening, please tell us your story.
  • Is there a phase we missed in our discussion about the intuitive awakening?
  • Share your story.

In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the stages of an intuitive awakening and call for you to share the stages of your awakening story. #podcast #intuitiveawakening #intuition

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  • Samantha
    • Samantha
    • May 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    when you reference “plain speaking”. I find that when I do this (mainly out of a desire to just fit in) I am bored then exhausted and then it turns into irritability. I find myself feeling worse about myself. I feel like a little piece of me dies. Have you experienced this? How do you find serenity in not going deeper? How do you hold that piece of you back without feeling like your wearing a mask?

  • Samantha
    • Samantha
    • May 5, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I felt like you somehow had a little spy glass into my life. My exact experience, actually. I am an ENFJ and after some recent friendship trauma/drama and some internal processing I have become very bitter as I’ve gained insight and become more aware of my intuitive nature. Feeling that sense of ‘if you’d just listen to me we’d have this solved in a day’. Feeling attacked for being so misunderstood and taken advantage of and criticized despite having managed and held together so much that went unnoticed. I had started to find myself getting to a point of literally telling myself to look at the bigger picture. To “pick my battles” but id spiral right back but I couldn’t, and still cant seem to get past the resentment and sense of superiority.
    Also, wondering if you could do a podcast or simply give some relationship insight and tools for an ENFJ female and ISFJ male.

  • Kmarie
    • Kmarie
    • May 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I understand as my husband’s family is almost completely sensor.As an ENFP he grew up in that and mistyped as an S too at first. He HATED personality studies because it always felt “wrong and depressing” to him. Until finally I tested with him (and almost for him) because I knew it wasn’t accurate and he ended up with ENFP. He read the description and cried. Because it was so accurate. He had this pressure to be an S.
    I wrote a post about family relationships between S and N ( can be found by clicking my name) It also has Personality Hacker’s Podcast on it. We have been fans since almost the beginning stages of this podcast. Each time we take an hour trip ( which is quite normal in our life) our family, including our children who were little at the time, listen on everyone’s personality, so we can understand more.
    I think first you need to overcome, reconcile and forgive the wounds. Because there ARE wounds from being a minority. Even if it is understandable and not purposeful. Then build a common dialogue focusing on subjects that are considered “ok” by both parties. Then, not expecting much actually unless both parties are open to change and communicative understanding. I actually have a few good friends who are Sensors. They teach me so much about my inferior function. They are brilliant. But, it DOES take more work to relate, to grow and to be together. I do find that I am the one who focuses more on sensory based topics or events for them. Because it’s just easier that way. And since they are the majority, it takes more to stretch the other way. Which is understandable too. I have learned that I still can grow from this and then use my other friendships with intuitive to fill in any gaps I wish to discuss with. My best friends are my ENFP husband and INTJ gal friend because we just “get” each other. Any type can be close or enemies. The typing is there to provide a bridge and not a chasm so in that, if a sensor in your life is not open to speaking about it, maybe find another way?
    I like that you said your brain works like a web…that is exactly how it feels- everything interconnected:)

  • Kmarie
    • Kmarie
    • May 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I completely understand what you are saying. I am an INFJ too. Honestly, I had an existential sort of crisis around 5 and every few years after. Growing up in conservative christian religion and being literally surrounded, it was weird for me to have these epiphanies and completely different shifts in thought. I learned to listen to my intuition in my teens. It has rarely ever failed me and I trust it. I feel the same about money ( Monoculture by FS Michaels changed my perspectives years ago on that.) Anytime I needed to switch perspectives the right book, song or moment came along and I simply leaned into it. Sometimes I am wrong, but it’s rare. I know, without a doubt, that I have had growth many 80 year olds have not. I have learned age does not matter in growth. This does not make me better, but it does make for some interesting thoughts, choices and ways of Being in the world.
    I don’t feel my intuitions need to ‘teach’ the world though. I simply feel I can share a few to try to make it a better place, but overall to live MY best life. Sometimes this sounds like teaching ( when I write certain blogs) but most of the time it is simply sharing and by sharing there is that possibility.
    Maybe we don’t need to “agree” on things to make the world better? Maybe if we simply LIVE our stories to the best of our ability, and then tell them when we can ( our stories) we can make the world a better place? That is my hope at least.

  • Leanne
    • Leanne
    • May 2, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I found this podcast very useful and love the idea of crowdsourcing stories about intuitive awakening. My story certainly follows the pattern suggested. I spent my teenage years in pre-awareness, knowing I was different but putting it down to the fact that I was partially-sighted and therefore more interested in inner experience than outer experience. I became very involved in music at my church, which gave me a creative outlet and a context in which to develop my “spiritual sensitivity”. Awareness came much later when I began to question my faith and look at the world from the perspective of science. Because I was so busy rejecting my religious ideas, there was no relief associated with discovering I was intuitive by nature. In fact, it was rather chaotic. On the one hand, I was tossing out visions, interpretation of dreams and discernment of spirits, while on the other hand, I was trying to own my ability to detect patterns and foresee outcomes. Bitterness, however, was definitely a feature of this period, as was depression. Feeling misunderstood and under-appreciated, I sought solace in the company of people like me. That phase could have gone on a long time except that, in an effort to put more distance between myself and my religious friends, I joined an amateur dramatics company full of sensors. Looking back, I may have just been trying to blend in, but the experience was extremely useful in that it taught me how to play again, how to put on a mask instead of always trying to be real and honest, and how to relate to people in a way that was neither spiritual nor intellectual. I believe it was the start of my intuitive skills development. Since then, I’ve tried hard to exercise intuition in my personal life while exercising plain speaking in my public life. In other words, when I journal or make decisions, I consult my inner wisdom, and when I discuss my ideas or explain my decisions to others, I avoid heavy metaphor and symbolism. I find it useful to listen carefully for feedback about what others appreciate about me. Often, when talking one-on-one, I pose what-if questions and present different scenarios, which others seem to value. Whereas before, in my pre-awareness days, i tried to show how “deep” and “advanced” I was, I now aim for clarity, only embellishing an idea if the person seems open to esoteric concepts. It seems to be working well, although I still feel I could contribute far more if I had more guidance.

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