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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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  • Andy
    • Andy
    • April 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Hi guys, this was a great episode of the podcast. The notion of an intuitive awakening certainly resonates for someone who recently discovered they are an INFJ.

    I cannot help but see the dichotomy between sensors and intuitives as having a parallel with the perennial conflict between materialism and spiritualism. Most likely, both sides have a part of the truth. As you point out, intuitives need to see that they are not always right. On the other hand, sensors need to try out their intuition more often. The healthiest way forward for everyone will be an integration of the two.

    The description of the integrated state where we no longer see distinctions in the world sounds very appealing; very Zen!

  • Amy
    • Amy
    • April 27, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I’m a 41 year old left-handed INFJ? which for most of my life was very painful. As a child and just until fairly recently I felt that there was just something intrinsically wrong with me. When I was in my twenties I found massage therapy as traditional college never seemed to work for me. While I was enrolled in this alternative kind of schooling I felt like I had met my tribe. The instructors and students were talking about and participating in the kinds of things that I was also into! I guess I finally felt validated. Massage therapy was fun and all but I was young and didn’t figure out how to make it viable so I gave it up. Around this time I guess I realized that yes, I was intuitive but that wasn’t getting me anywhere except for knowing that o was good at “reading” people and energy in a room. It was time for me to grow up! I left all of it behind me. I looked at it as a phase in my life that I was done with. I married an ESTP, who in so many ways is a beautiful balance to me but also solidified (in my mind) that was a better way to be. When I look back I realize that for most of my life I had been trying to be like what I thought everyone else wanted me to be. I was always trying to blend in and the more that I did blend in I didn’t recognize myself anymore. I’m done blending in and now I feel a bit like I don’t know what to do with my intuition. I want to put it to work, I want to develop it and help others as well. I feel that my son (9) may be an INTP, and I want to help him and also my daughter whom I believe may be an ESTP, to grow this part of themselves while they’re young. What an amazing world we could live in if our kids grow up honoring and developing this part of themselves!

  • Meena
    • Meena
    • April 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hi. Thank you for the podcast. It was great. I’m an INTJ. I think I went through a rough preawareness, followed by enormous relief and then yeah, I was bitter (more like angry) at people who I saw as the ones responsible for my miseries. I think I’m still a bit bitter, because when you talked about the complaints sensors have, I was like, “They have all the fun in the world and they outsmart us all the time!” I know I’m being unfair, but I’d be lying if I said I sympathize with Sensors for not having developed their intuition. Hell, if they had intuition, they would be unstoppable. I understand that’s a good thing… For sensors.

    So at present, I’m not yet there. As in, I still feel vulnerable using my intuition to affect the way things are around me. I use it for my own stuff. For things that will affect me and me alone. So, I guess sometimes, I feel like I’m too self-centered. I think INTJs, no matter how introverted, want to create an impact on the world and not doing that makes me frustrated. Not that I’m idle. I use my intuition indirectly, for little things. I test it out. A lot. It’s like everything’s become an experiment. I give suggestions based on my intuition. I watch when people follow/ don’t follow it. I predict things just to see if I’m right. I do things contrary to what my intuition says (eg. I follow rules/ social customs instead of what I think should be done). It became kinda out of control, because I realized that I was experimenting even with serious stuff. Then I wondered if I was justifying not using my intuition, by calling the mistakes my ‘experiments’. Because most often, I would be like “What happens when I don’t use my intuition?” rather than like when I use it. I don’t know.

    I’m at a stage where – I don’t blame the sensors, but I do feel bitter. I don’t feel ‘safe’ using my intuition to impact people around me, so I’m using it only for myself. I don’t feel superior or particularly more intelligent than anyone.

    I’m working harder to get to the point where I’ll stop feeling vulnerable, where I won’t have to hide my intuition away. But there is a problem here, because my strategy is flawed. I ‘think’ that once I’m successful enough, people won’t ostracize me for being different. That my intuition won’t be flawed. That’s not true is it? You say it’s like a muscle that has to be used constantly for it to grow. At this rate, mine will just go for disuse atrophy.

    Anyways. I understand that I’m at second level. And I need to use my judging processes to help develop my intuition, so I can integrate it into my life, use it everywhere and then the world around me won’t seem quite so stiffling. I’ll be this happy butterfly with intuition for wings. Even if that’s all just theory, I’ve seen that all it takes is a slight shift in perspective and direction to change where I’m headed altogether.

    So I hope just knowing all this will help me reach the desired goal.

    • April 27, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I have know since childhood that I processed differently. I remember telling my Mom and Dad that I was a human antenna for other people’s emotions (Pre-awareness). I tend to see connections that other people don’t pick on as quickly; things that I know as fact, but can’t always explain to others how I know.

    As I moved into my 30s, I learned that I was a INFJ, and began to be more conscious of my intuitive nature. Despite this awareness, I often find myself trying to blend with others and ignoring my gut (Intutive awaking). This has caused endless heartbreak and missed opportunities.

    This past year, after ending a toxic, emotional romantic relationship and finding myself distancing myself from old friends and associates….It’s has been a “bitter” season, but I feel a shift happening, that is calling me to find balance and make peace with my intuition and my relationship to others.

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • April 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Craig’s a great coach for finding purpose. Thanks for telling us your story Anne. It’s amazing how it makes everything click when you get a type that resonates with you. Hope to see you around the community.

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