By Cathy Eck
I tell people to let go and follow their inspiration. However, there’s often confusion around my words because most people think that inspiration and intuition are the same.
I never heard the word intuition growing up. I did hear another word a lot — imagination. “Cathy, get out of your imagination.” No one understood imagination either. We all have imaginary capacity. But most people use it the wrong way. They use it to fuel their fear by imagining problems, pain, and suffering.
I can’t say enough that we’re born to be creators. But I’m using the word creator in the truest sense, where we would only create things that were win-win for everyone. All creating starts in our imagination. We can use our imagination to create our unique heaven on earth, or we can use it to create hell.
I remember the first time I realized that. My husband and I were visiting his parents, who took pride in their ability to worry about everything. Often the very thing they worried about would end up happening to someone. One day, I couldn’t take it anymore; I told them to stop it. You see, when I or someone else reflected their worry, they didn’t take responsibility. They’d say, “Oh, I just knew it.” They acted like they were prophets; and that wasn’t the case. Their worry was misused creative power, and they were projecting it out with a very strong force.
My in-law’s worry confused me because it was wrapped in nice intention. It kind of looked like love or even compassion; my husband was sure it was love. I could see that they thought my inability to worry was a major character defect. My telling them to stop was rude.
When lost in the illusion, we forget that we have an imagination that creates our life. We should all be quick to tell people to let go of their beliefs that cause fear and worry; but often, we feel that we must accept their beliefs.
This problem is caused by level confusion. At their physical level of reality, my in-laws were caring. But at the mental level of reality, they were creating shit in other people’s lives. I was attempting to free their victims although it would be years before I’d understand how to explain letting go. Letting go of our fearful thoughts is truly compassionate; when we see this, we’re on the fast track to freedom.
Intuition Versus Inspiration
So many people think that their fearful thoughts and dreams are premonitions. They don’t let them go; they spread them like viruses. All fearful thoughts are false!
But let’s say a thought pops into your mind, and it feels calm and good. Is it inspiration or intuition? Inspiration happens when you’re exiting the illusion. Inspiration moves you toward your spirit or True Self. To get inspired thoughts, you need to have your navigational destination set on freedom. You want your mind to be looking for exits.
Most people have set the direction of their mind on getting rich, getting approval, or winning; they want to do well inside the illusion. They use intuition. Tuition, you might notice, is a word associated with money and knowledge; in-tuition would be within knowledge or beliefs.
I once took a class on intuition, “Intuition for Business People.” They told us to ask questions and then take what we got as the answer.
What they didn’t teach was discrimination because they didn’t have any. They just assumed that if our mind said it, it was right. Psychics say they do readings this way. They trust what their mind gives them. Kanye West said this is why he runs on stage at the Grammies; his mind tells him too. People do dumb fucking things when they trust their mind blindly. Many even think that God is guiding them — that’s how religions were invented.
I do tell people to do exactly what the psychics and intuitives do. “Ask a question. Don’t put answers in your mind, and just see what arises.” The difference is that I tell them to let go of what arises. Intuitives believe everything they get. My “intuitive” friends never give good advice. Their answers are only useful for those in the illusion. This confused me. I often felt bad for constantly rejecting their advice.
Intuition is the ability to maneuver among your beliefs and knowledge. Intuitives have a good mental database manager that can find the best solution within their limited world view. They do not get original information; nor do they get information that’s going to free anyone — that’s what inspiration does.
If you want to live from beliefs, follow your mind completely; and life kind of works. You keep putting more knowledge into your mind so you appear to have more options for the intuition to pick from. That’s why people become addicted to learning.
All knowledge was once someone else’s inspiration. But knowledge is memorized. When our mind is trained to look to memory for answers, it ignores inspiration completely. We can’t find our creativity.
If you want to find your True Self, you allow your mind to speak; then you let go of whatever it says as untrue. You reduce the beliefs and knowledge in your mind until you’re completely clear. Once you let go of all that false data, you discover concepts and ideas that are original, unique, and powerful. You stop fearing and worrying.
Intuition is like a car with a decent, not great, navigator. Inspiration, however, is like having the bird’s eye view of the entire world. You can see everything; so you make choices from the knowing that you’re creating the perfect route and the perfect destination. It’s only inspiration that will show you the exits to the illusion. Intuition will just keep circling you round and round the desert in a nice, comfortable car. And that car will run out of gas one day.