What exactly is intuition? How can we know the difference between the self-limiting voice in our head and our highest truth? Is there a source of infinite wisdom that is available to us at all times, and if so, how do we access it consistently?
To help me answer these questions, I’ve reached out to Julie Reisler. Julie is one of the most intuitive people I know. She is an intuition coach, multiple time TEDx speaker, author of Get a PhD in You, and host of the You-est You podcast. Her powerful, life changing process has helped countless individuals transform their lives for the better and access their truest selves.
Today, Julie returns to the podcast to help define what exactly intuition is, how to listen for it, and how to cultivate an intuition practice of your own.
- What it means to sleepwalk through life – and how it stops us from authentically living the lives we want to live.
- How to create an intuition inventory and process the gut feelings you’ve had in life.
- How intuition affects decisions we make when it comes to health and nutrition.
- Why you should start an intuition journal and how to use it.
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Hal Elrod: Yeah, we’re live. Julie, we’re live. How are you doing?
Julie Reisler: I’m great now. Honestly, so happy to see you. This makes my day. Yeah, that’s a good question though. There’s like five layers to that, Hal, but for the most part, feeling grateful.
Hal Elrod: That’s funny. You just reminded me. I haven’t said that in a while but a few months ago I was saying that all the time that like the most loaded question ever right now is, how are you? Like, it used to be the most generic thoughtless, “How are you?” “Good. How are you?” How are you? And you’re like, “Ugh…How long do you have for me to answer that question? Because it depends on the moment of the day. I was great and then like this happened, and then I was terrible. Now, it was great.”
Julie Reisler: I was walking yesterday. So, funny you say that. I walked by these two women. I don’t know them and they’re like, “How are you?” And I’m like, “Do you really want to know? Because if you do, we don’t know each other but I’m happy to go to the 100-foot level of the sea if you want.” I know we don’t know each other but I was like I don’t think they’re asking for that reason.
Hal Elrod: So, you know what, I wasn’t planning on this but this just came up. Let’s start there.
Julie Reisler: Yeah.
Hal Elrod: Let’s go to the 100-foot level. How are you? Good, bad, all of it.
Julie Reisler: My heart just did this like boom. I love it. I love the 100-foot.
Hal Elrod: You’re in a safe place.
Julie Reisler: Thanks, man. Thank you. No, I feel in a safe container. Especially with my huge earphones on, I actually feel like I’m in a container. You know, it is a great question. So, it’s interesting. I feel like to answer that. There’s a couple of different answers or a couple of different ways to – it feels like what the overarching tagline for me during this time is what would like to be revealed is coming up so it can be healed. And so, I feel like this time has done a lot of introspection. And that’s not always easy when you start to just look at especially slowing down schedule. Kids are at home. I have three kiddos downstairs right now all on Zoom doing who knows what, but hopefully in class, stepping into that, but I think just there’s been a lot of grieving. I felt I’ve cried more in the last six months, sometimes not even sure why. There’s also been this like reconnection with myself, with family, obviously a lot more dinners and time together.
I’ve gotten a lot of clarity and like who I am and my mission and helping people and really creating programs and opportunities that are going to just serve and I just feel like we knew 2020 was a year of new vision, new perspective. And I felt so many range of emotions and I think we’ve gone there before. I struggled with food addiction and coping and using things to help me and I haven’t been doing that. So, there’s a lot of frickin emotion that’s been showing up. And, yeah, there are some days I’m feeling like I really love this like not driving around a lot and kids’ home and I can walk everywhere. I don’t even need the gym anymore. And then there are days like, what happened? All my travels, everything stopped. So, it’s really a mixed bag. It’s like you said every day is a little different.
Hal Elrod: Yeah. By the way, I noticed before we started that our last conversation on the podcast was Episode 170 and this is 344, I think. So, you were right at the hat like, yeah, it’s kind of interesting how the timing of this. So, your answer how are you doing, I think, for a lot of people it’s very mixed. And what I want to talk to you about today, I remember the last conversation that we had in-person or I don’t know if it was our last conversation, but the one that really stuck out to me was you and I in Ohio or in Cleveland, in Hudson at the National Park sitting on that picnic bench and talking about really kind of intuition. I was sharing with you like a lot of the how I had been really going deep within myself and having all these really profound insights about like changing the world and saving humanity and all of this stuff. And you’re so tuned in. You’re like one of those intuitive people that I know. And so, I think that that topic of intuition and listening to ourselves, I think it’s one of the most misunderstood or not even misunderstood, but just not understood, right? Like, yeah, what’s intuition? I don’t know if I should listen to the voice in my head because a lot of times, it’s just a fearful voice. Right? It is repeating fears or it’s a self-limiting voice like of the past like, “No, you can’t do it. You’ve never been able to do this. You’re right.” Or it’s the voice of my parents.
So, I feel like tapping into our intuition can be really challenging. And I know for me, it’s during meditation or late at night, just in moments of silence. The shower late at night, early in the morning, that’s like the only time I really hear that voice of intuition. So, I’d love to hear a few things and you can go with this wherever you want. Again, well, intuition’s your wheelhouse but I would love to hear what you think what intuition is. Is it listening to the wisdom of God? Is it your infinite intelligence? Is it yourself? Is it all of it? So, what’s intuition and how can we tap into ours?
Julie Reisler: Some of my favorite questions of all time. I love it. So, we’re going to do like 100-foot. I would just want to warn everyone listening like it might sound a little woo and this is how I look at it. Of course, take what you like and leave the rest but this is truly what I have come to find that it is. And then I also share just having done some work with HeartMath that studies intuition from the science perspective. To me personally, intuition it’s like our lifeline, our direct connection to what I call it your youest you. You could also think of it as your higher self, your inner being. It’s the part of you that’s limitless, that’s infinite that is, I believe, done many, many times on this planet. And I believe that your higher self, that aspect of you it’s all connected to the divine. It’s all connected to this I call it some days love stuff or universe, creator, God, source, this oneness, this quantum field. So many books on the quantum field and how we’re all connected. We’re all connected. And so, intuition is really that it’s like that line of communication. And one of the things that I’ve studied and I’ve noticed both myself and working with people on this is we typically have a dominant way of intuiting information, whether that’s sensing it, whether it’s getting a knowing like I don’t know why I just know this, whether it’s getting a visual so some might feel more visionary, whether you hear it more like volume, or auditory.
So, we usually have a dominant way. If this is natural, we’re wired for this. We know this by, if you look at science, the HeartMath has done a lot of research on this, and I love their work, and we know that information comes through our heart and then it disseminates. It goes up to the brain, it goes to our gut, but it goes to the heart, and through our heart, we have over 40,000 sensory neurites. We have all this intelligence. They’re intelligent neurons and we are wired for this intelligence that I believe is cosmic intelligence. And I see it as there’s kind of this oversold or higher self. We all have it. The whole youest you concept is tapping into that highest version of you. So, here’s a question I think you asked is how do you know if it’s intuition? How do you know if it’s your crazy mind? Well, notice the quality. When it’s mind chatter, when it’s analysis paralysis, when it’s being unclear or doubt, or hearing that voice, typically, it would have a little fear baked in, it often has doubt baked in, it often has an even maybe shame or feeling not good enough, worthiness is baked in. I’m going to tell you right now, that is not going to be your intuition. Your intuition will come usually in a clear, succinct.
Now you might hear it, you might see it, you might feel it, you might know it. It’s not going to have that essence to it. It’s just not because the truth of who we are, of course, is worthy. And so, intuition, you’re going to notice it’s got a different quality to it. Often, you might get a knowing about something. You might get a vision and Jesse and I shared this on stage with Best Year Ever about that image I had of him speaking. You might hear a voice that says, “Don’t do it. Go this way. Get in the car and go this way instead.” And those voices or that sensing or knowing, the problem is so many of us are distracted or sleepwalking. They’re going through life asleep. So, if you’re asleep during life and/or distracted, you’re going to miss it. And that’s why I think what you said is so, so crucial, right? Of course, the SAVERS all of what you teach…
Hal Elrod: Real quick, how do you define sleepwalking through life? What do you mean by that?
Julie Reisler: Yeah. You’re good. Good question. Well, I look at it as going through life where you’re kind of not fully awake to who you are. So, often the signs of sleepwalking through life would be not tuning into your heart’s desires, not tuning into your goals, feeling a lot of heaviness, lack of self-awareness. Victimhood, oftentimes, frankly, can be in that realm. Feeling like, I mean, I lived part of my life like this feeling like I was just doing whatever I thought I had to do or expected of me versus, actually, who am I? What am I here for? When you find yourself like, “Wow, how did I get here?” Like, so for me was a marriage. In a marriage, it’s not the right fit. It might be in a career and it’s like, “How did I get here?” When you ask the question, “What’s going on? How did I get here?” Oftentimes, for me, it was really being slightly asleep at the wheel of my life and that’s how I look at it.
Hal Elrod: Yeah. It’s something that you said. What came up for me is lack of awareness. Like if you think about it, when you’re sleeping, it’s the ultimate lack of awareness. You don’t know you’re sleeping. And so, if you’re going through life and just going through the motions and living the same day, every day, and not spending time in silence to tap into your intuition and not spending time learning and growing and journaling and asking yourself those questions on how am I showing up? How is the way I’m living my life impacting my health and my relationships? That introspection which, in a way, that’s the antidote to a lack of awareness is introspection, right? Asking questions, really self-examination. And so, yeah, so I think that no, I think that you’re right and I think most of us go through life asleep. Literally, we go to school and we’re like, okay, I learned this is how I’m supposed to learn. I see how my parents behave. This is how I guess I’m supposed to behave. And we just go through life kind of modeling everyone around us, other people and then finally, at some point, they get to stop, and you have to decide, right? Like, am I living the life that I ultimately want? And if you’re not, I think that’s just a great sign. And so, that’s your wakeup call from being asleep to the wakeup call.
Start with that question. Am I living? Am I living the life that I want? Am I living as you would say, the youest you, the me-est me like am I living to my full potential? Am I living every day at my best? Am I giving my best? Am I living my best? Am I serving? So, I’m kind of rambling here. But that point being that I think that you’re right, that people go through life asleep. The beauty of it, the good news is, is that as soon as you hear that, if you are honest with yourself, you’re like, “Have I been kind of asleep?” You can wake yourself up like that, right? Snap your fingers and you go, “Okay, who am I? What am I? What do I want for my life? Who do I want to be? And what am I going to do differently starting from this moment forward, to change the course to wake up and change the direction of my life? All right.
Julie Reisler: I love it. And so, intuition, when I had this wake-up call, that is when and I started to really tune in, and we all have this ability. The one thing about intuition is the more you start to honor it and listen to it, it’s like any muscle, you’re going to hear it more. It’s going to expand and what you can do is, eventually, really start cultivating an ability to broaden your intuition so that you can be someone that hears it, feels it, senses it, knows it, and that becomes I want to say secret weapon but weapon’s not the best word but it becomes this like incredible guidance that is always going to steer you for your highest good and only for your highest good and those that you’re here to connect with and serve. So, it’s like once you wake, we got to wake up, you got to be awake to hear it. If you’re sleeping, you can’t really hear much.
Hal Elrod: So, in terms of people getting practical like actionable, what are the practices? Is it meditation? Is it journaling? Like, what are the practices you use to tap into your intuition? How do you do it? Because it’s like it feels so right and tangible. You can’t grasp it. How do you personally practice and tap into your intuition?
Julie Reisler: Yeah. I love this question because we want to get to like, “Alright, this is like a really lovely theory but like, what the heck, how do you like find it here?” Well, I think, first of all, one cool thing you could do is do an intuition inventory. Seriously. So, create an inventory. Go look in your life. This is one of the most powerful things you can do. Go back. Don’t worry. You’re not going to remember every intuition you’ve ever had. But it’s really pulling the times in your life when you had that inner voice, that knowing, that sense, that gut feeling and try to capture what happened. Did you listen? Did you not? No judgment. What happened? And then track it and notice. You listen to what happened. When you didn’t listen, what happened? I got to tell you, when I did this, it was one of the more spiritual, powerful, mind-blowing experiences. And I thought, why are we not taught this like in day one in kindergarten? That’s powerful. So, you do an inventory. You’re going to literally look at your past and just see when have you felt some sort – and you also want to then notice, just look and see, “Oh, interesting, most of these past stories, it seems like I tend to get a gut feeling. I get a feeling about it or I seem to get images.”
So, you want to get kind of a little clearer. What type of intuition is your dominant preference? That would be number one. I would start with that. And then the second step is, obviously, stillness, meditating. We just know. I mean, there’s enough science. I don’t even have to like just go google it. You know, I mean, you know this, the SAVERS, getting so quiet. It’s a must. It’s a must because it quiets the mind and allows us to be in a different state, goes into different beta, theta, delta waves. So, doing some sort of quiet meditation, I mean, I think the SAVERS program is perfect for this. Then, intuitive journaling. And so, an example would be you might write down something that you’ve been really concerned about or upset about, and just sort of write about it, brain dump it. And then get quiet, get still. You could even put your hand on your heart. You know that there’s a connection there. And then ask yourself, ask your heart, ask your third eye, ask God, whatever you want to ask, ask yourself, “What’s for my highest good here?” That’s all you have to ask. What’s for my highest good here? And notice what comes up. I’m going to tell you right now it is totally different. It’s going to be different than what you brain dump, what you had up earlier.
It’s a really practical tool. And then I would continue tracking. I would track stories. I actually have one over here. It’s a mind map. It’s incredible. My whole starting my business was out of intuition, all of it, listening, and track it. Track what’s happening. The fourth really easy way to do this, this is kind of a great tool. I use this a lot when making decisions and not sure. You know, sometimes it’s really hard if we’re really programmed and wired for like that our mind chatter to be like just doing the ping pong all day long. It’s like, I don’t freaking know. I just feel like I could go this way, I could go that way. I’m not sure what my intuition is. Notice your body has intelligence in it. I mean, we know Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work goes into this. So, notice, are you leaning in or away? So, if there’s a decision, are you moving towards it? Are you moving backwards? Do it with foods. This is a good one. Go and like pick up a food that you really want. I’m really always keen on food. I really want those French fries, I really want them and notice in my leaning, it’s so annoying. My body’s always like, “No, we don’t want them.” My brain is like, “Yeah, we do.” So, you can use this for anything but notice with decisions, like are you leaning forward? Use your body. It’s another great tool.
Hal Elrod: I’m so glad you said that. I had a conversation a while back and it was like a Q&A. Berghoff and I were answering questions from the Miracle Morning Community, I think, and somebody asked about intuition. And what was interesting is I’m like, “I don’t know how I’m going to answer this.” I use intuition but I don’t really talk about it. And I don’t know how I was going to answer it and what’s crazy is you call it channeling but when you’re at it like just you just get in flow and you answer a question when you’re like, “Where the hell is this coming from? I didn’t even know that I know what I’m saying right now.” And so, I just looked at it. I just typed intuition into my computer while you’re talking and what you finished with food is exactly it. So, what for me, I tried to think of how can you develop your intuition to be a real tool that you can use at will? And how can you trust it? And I thought it’s like anything else, trusting any other way comes in baby steps. And having confidence in your intuition is the way you felt confidence in anything, which is trying something typically in a small baby step way, and then getting a positive result and then building on that. So, for me, I thought food was actually where I went to when I thought, “Well, how might someone do that actionably where they could literally get off the podcast, and they could start doing it, and it’s food?”
And whenever you are faced with a menu and you look at, what should I eat? What should I eat? Your brain which has a lot of addictions in it, is going to usually choose taste and texture, right? “Ooh, I want that. Mm, that tastes good.” But if you then don’t go with that first response and you actually quiet and go, “No, no, no, not what do I want to eat. I said what should I eat as in what serves my highest purpose mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually?” The answer is very different and to me, that’s your intuition because intuition always leads you to your highest good. It’s the youest you. It’s the truest you. And so, for anybody listening, that’s a way you can start figuring out intuition is with those baby choices. Ask yourself, “What should I do?” And your intuition always knows what you should do but very often we go, “No, no, no,” I know that little voice. It’s like, “No, no, no don’t drink that soda. No, no, don’t eat that.” But we override it with our brain. So, what’s interesting is everybody has their intuition working all the time and we shut it up because we’re addicted to something. I know I should do that but I want to watch TV. I want to eat this thing. I want to drink this. So, anyway, that was my two cents on intuition.
Hal Elrod: I love it. And here’s where it gets really, even more, I’d say juicy and important is, what about when it comes to our health? What about like I had a lot of intuition and I don’t know if that’s something for you like I know I had a whole health breakdown. And I kept getting signals and I avoided them. Why? Because I didn’t want to listen. I wasn’t paying attention. So, it’s there for our highest good. I also believe truthfully, Hal, a lot of what we’re seeing in the world and the shifting like really, if all of us, if you all start tuning in, your intuition is always going to be for the highest good of you and everyone. It’s not like this is my belief, at least. It’s not a zero-sum game. It’s like what is the best for the collective. And so, I’m really in the belief that our world is calling for us to go deeper in ourselves, go deeper in our heart and our intuition, and we need to. It’s actually, I mean, to me, it’s a superpower. It is legit a superpower. And totally try it with food. It is a great one to try it with because we have such strong smell and memories. Like, I’m telling you this pandemic, my kids have been baking so much and I don’t eat a lot of that stuff. It doesn’t work for me.
And my body is like, “Stay away.” And of course, I’m like, “I want everything they’re making. It smells so good. What the heck.” But I’ve learned. It’s like, now, I honor – usually, not always – I honor my intuition because I’ve now tracked enough like you said in baby steps. You’ve got it. Start tracking it so you can see, “Oh, this really does work,” and notice the outcome when you listen and notice the outcome when you don’t listen. Real powerful.
Hal Elrod: Yeah. And that’s such a great point because that’s your feedback loop. You’ve all had those nights, well, if you’ve ever drink an alcohol, where you’re like, “I know I shouldn’t have another but, yeah, okay,” and you give in to peer pressure and it’s like, “Well, your intuition just literally told you what you should do,” but you’re like, “Yeah. Give me another shot or whatever.” And so, for us, here’s the beauty of it. If you listen to your intuition, your highest good that always knows what will serve you and humanity then what happens is you build it like a muscle because then you wake up the next morning and you’re not hungover. You don’t feel like crap and you’re like, “Whoa, when I listen to my intuition, that’s doing the right thing over the easy thing and I feel great about it.” So, it’s interesting. Once you make that switch, even in simple baby steps, you start to get feedback that, “Oh, my intuition is guiding me toward a life of health and wealth, and happiness. And my mind, my addictions, my thought patterns are guiding me toward more of the same,” meaning any more of the past and sometimes worse. Oh, I love it. Anything of intuition…
Julie Reisler: Can I share a quick trippy…
Hal Elrod: Oh, go ahead.
Julie Reisler: No, I was going to say I have a trippy story. You just made me realize. It’s about you. It’s about intuition. I’m like, “Oh.” Well, I realized this is so funny and I’m like, “Oh, what stories can I share that might really resonate?” and like, “Oh, hello.” When I left my cushy day job with a single mom, this is six years ago, no savings to start my own business, which some would call crazy, was the best decision I made. My intuition was saying for a year, for two years over and over again. So, I finally made the decision, and then I heard, “Okay, Julie, you got to write a book.” So, I’m like, “Who am I to write a book?” but it kept going. Wrote the book. And I was like, “Who do I really love to like be part of my book and write something that’s in the same want to live a good life and help people?” And I loved the Miracle Morning. It’s one of the books that helped me, especially with my health breakdown. I fell in love with the Miracle Morning and out of the blue, I heard my intuition say, “Connect. Just find Hal.” I didn’t know you. And I went to your website, literally went to the Contact Us and was like, “Hey, we don’t know each other but I’m in love with your book like would you be willing to just connect and maybe write something about the book I’m writing if I send it to you?”
That was all intuition powered. I actually have it. Everything starts from there because then, of course, I just fell in love with you and your community and the Miracle Morning people and my soul family. And that was my intuition. And I thought, “That’s crazy. We don’t know each other. My brain was like, “I know. He doesn’t know you,” but who do you think you are to do that? And I didn’t listen to that. And so, it comes in all forms in all ways. I just can say like start tracking it, start getting that, getting the proof. We need proof sometimes and start tracking it. So, you can see the proof and it’s like, “Oh, my God, this freakin works. This stuff works. It’s a superpower. It really is.” And I created an assessment. It’s actually on my website to find out what kind of intuitive you are so I can share it later. But it’s cool because everyone gets it different. Some are not visual. So, just because like I might get a vision, you may not and it’s not bad or wrong. We just have different ways of perceiving.
Hal Elrod: Just give it now. What’s the website for the assessment?
Julie Reisler: It’s just my name. It’s super simple. It’s like the first thing you’ll see. JulieReisler.com and that the first thing you’ll see is the assessment, the intuitive assessment.
Hal Elrod: And Reisler is J-U-L-I-E R-E-I-S-L-E-R, correct?
Julie Reisler: Yeah. Thank you for spelling it like I guess I should. It’s like Reisling.
Hal Elrod: So, the other thing I want to talk to you about and you mentioned this a few times, which is heart intelligence. And this is a concept that for me was completely foreign. I won’t say completely foreign because I think I had lived by it but I wasn’t aware of it. I didn’t know of it. And then we had the founders of HeartMath, Debbie and Rollin, speak at our event and now you’ve gone very deep with them, and you’ve done a lot of work with them. And you mentioned a few times that there is now like they are the leading scientists that are proven that we have intelligence in our heart like the old adage is like trust your heart and your heart knows the way. It’s like, no, it’s actually scientifically proven that our heart is like brain, and often that may be where we access our intuition. I’m not sure about that. So, the brain is where our thinking, right? The brain is a tool, the mind is a tool, and all of our thoughts that we’ve had for our entire life, they’re all stored there. It’s a powerful tool but often the brain it’s like AI, right, and it takes over. You know the big fear of AI taking over like our mind does that whereas the heart intelligence is where you access your youest you. So, you’re more of an expert in this than I am. What is heart intelligence? And why should we care? Like, how can we use this in our life?
Julie Reisler: Yeah. I think this is important for all of us to understand. And once you start tuning in, you’re going to realize for yourself the power of heart, your heart intelligence. So, our heart has over 40,000 or so intelligent sensory neurites. You know, the gut is called the second brain. You’ve probably heard that before. The heart is like that as well. The difference is though, our brain is a polar organ. So, polar meaning it’s meant to do the whole like I’m going to do this. No, I do that. Right. Wrong. Left, Right. It’s meant to go back and forth. It can be so great and so annoying sometimes. The heart is not a polar organ meaning when you learn to tune in and ask it a question or two, it doesn’t even have to be formal. We do this naturally. You know, they’ve done studies, you go around the world and ask people, where do you feel the most? Where do you connect with people or connect with your intuition? Everyone points to their heart, kids, especially before they’re kind of programmed out of that, especially boys. They’ve done a lot of research with boys and girls that feel connected.
We have literal intelligence in there. Intelligence meaning there’s intelligence in our brain, there’s an intelligence with an organ that’s not polar. So, learning to slow down, put your hands on your heart, do what’s called create heart coherence, which is an amazing ability to really what you’re doing is connecting to your heart and to your mind and your heart. And there’s a device they use with HeartMath called the Inner Balance Device. You can get it on their website. It’s like $100 and you can start to watch yourself and track it. Like my mom called the other day. She has a lot of anxiety during this time. I love her. She’s very anxious and my heart coherence totally dropped. I like went way out of heart coherence. So, I’m like, “I got some work to do around my mom and anxiety.” All right. Like my son broke a ball and I was like, “Ahh,” like it’s great feedback. So, I highly recommend this for those that are like how do you do this? How do you tune in? It’s a great like science tool, it’s fun, and you can do it on the app, the inner balance app.
We want to create heart coherence. And then there’s what’s called the field, the quantum field, that we then feed with our heart. And I’m not doing this justice, but the beginning to understand is that we are all really more connected in this quantum field and even saying the word quantum field of love, I don’t just mean like gushy love. I mean like literal like energetics, like we’re all of energy that is the frequency. They’ve measured the frequency is the same frequency of the emotion of care, appreciation, and love. And so, the more you get into coherence, the more you tap into your heart intelligence and heart wisdom, the more you’re both connected to yourself, the more you’re connected to others, the more you’re actually feeding this larger collective field of higher vibrational energy. It’s pretty amazing. And that’s scratching the surface on it. So, we have this direct line to you could call it Infinite Intelligence, whatever you want to call it, but we have it. And so, the two to journaling, when you stop and ask yourself what’s my highest good here? Simple question. That’s a way to start tuning into your heart intelligence.
Hal Elrod: So, real quick, I want to dive in on or just touch on the intuitive journaling that you’ve mentioned a couple of times. What is that? If someone’s like, okay, I want to try to do journaling today or tomorrow like, hey, how do they do that?
Julie Reisler: So, it’s really simple. You just get a good journal that you like. I like the bullet journals, but whatever you like, doesn’t really matter.
Hal Elrod: Blank journal?
Julie Reisler: Blank journal, yeah, exactly. You want to usually start so you can do this a couple of ways. What I typically do is for this when there’s something I’m not sure about or I’m anxious about or I’ve been doing this, oh god, these six months a lot like this is how I’m feeling. It’s what I’m thinking about it. And I’ll just kind of brain dump it. So, you’re going to write everything out that you might be concerned about or the topic that you’re curious about or I’m not sure. Should I go this way in my career? Should I start this program? Whatever it might be. Should I leave this marriage? Should I join this marriage? It might be a weird question or get married, whatever. You’re going to brain dump it. You’re going to get everything out what Julia Cameron from The Artist’s Way talks about is clearing the cobwebs. You’re going to clear the cobwebs, the dust bunnies, then get still and quiet. And it helps to even put a hand on your heart to just breathe 2, 3 minutes. We don’t need a lot of time. And then you’re just going to ask I like asking very, very simple, direct question. What’s for my highest good here? That’s it. You can ask any question you want at any time and I recommend it. But for starting out, what’s for my highest good, just helps you really zoom in and let you just notice you might hear words, just start writing, start writing whatever comes up.
And the main thing is not to edit. Oftentimes, when you start doing this, your intuition might connect with you in symbols. It might connect with you in colors or images. It may not be full sentences. Sometimes it’s like I’m doodling and then I’m writing a few words, and then it will start to come out. So, just to be really, to just walk on whatever’s there, but a powerful tool, you’ll start to notice. And I use this for everything now. I really do.
Hal Elrod: So, I started doing this recently. I mean, I think I did maybe a little bit a long time ago but it was only recently that I started just opening up a line journal because like for years, I used Five Minute Journal app on my phone. I just got in the habit of that. So, I would write down three things I’m grateful for and three things I want to do today but I wasn’t just creating that open space of unlimited line paper to just write. And what I started doing and I started doing this six months ago when I was going through the anxiety and depression, the chemotherapy brain stuff. And exactly what you just described was exactly it. It was like I started out by writing here’s what’s going on and sometimes it was like I had an argument with my spouse or I was really nervous about a speech that was coming up or something. And just whatever was like overwhelming my mind that I couldn’t sleep at night, I would just start writing it out. And it’s amazing that just when you put it on paper, it immediately creates this separation of, “Wait, I now no longer have to ruminate and obsess over this. It’s not in my head anymore. It’s on this paper. And if I really want to stress about it, I could open this back up and I can read it again but I can let go now.”
And then I would follow what you just said which is I just would keep writing and go I would kind of write, “Well, how do I overcome this? What’s this really about? Why is this…?” And I would just keep going and going and, by the end of the page, this little journal 4×6 or whatever it’s like almost always I had my intuition led me to the solution.
Julie Reisler: So great.
Hal Elrod: It’s so powerful.
Julie Reisler: You interviewed Neale Donald Walsch, who I love with Conversations with God and I’m a huge fan. I’ve read all of his books, listened. This is like intuition times 100. He tapped in. I really believe we all have that gift. It might show itself different. But here’s the thing, right? Like what he and, I mean, his works are just beautiful. You said it. You get to be this channel. And what you’ve said earlier, what comes through, A, it feels good to have this information come through, especially when we’re in that flow state but especially when we start to just allow it to come out in the page and it solves the issue itself, you start to build this trust yourself. And I got to tell you, I think a lot of what we’re lacking I know this has been one of my big growth opportunities is like how do I really trust myself? And how do I trust this? And I think that trust, that worthiness it’s all in the same, they’re all sleeping in the same bed together and putting your time and attention on your intuition and like really putting that time attention and making sure you’re giving time to listen to write, to honor. To me, this should be before you start your day, before you jump into a decision because often there’s going to be wisdom that you said like I didn’t even know I had that. I didn’t know where that came from. What the heck?
Hal Elrod: Yeah. And you’re right and it gives you to be able to trust yourself and for me, it’s a trust in, well, I guess there’s no separation. For me, trusting in God, trusting in myself, trusting in higher, they’re all just words but different words and labels and I think for a lot of us, you know, a lot of people that are spiritual or religious that they will pray to God or they will look for God to guidance like I had actually the other day. I have these intuitive moments all the time and it is I think Neale Donald Walsch informed me, kind of empowered me like, “Oh, we can all talk to “God.” We can all get our highest truth, those answers. In fact, I’m rereading Book 4 as of this like yesterday morning. I started reading it and I loved it, my favorite books. Where was I going with that? But, yeah, to develop that ability where you feel like the answers are always available to you and they’re available to you through silence, like silence is the doorway to access that higher intelligence. And you said something that I think that we can find some practical examples of which is that it is said. You call it the quantum field. And it is also called Infinite Intelligence. It is often said that we have access to every idea, every thought. It’s all floating around like where do thoughts come from? Like, where do the thoughts come from?
And here’s where the practical example is this is as an influencer, maybe you’ve done this as a writer, as a whatever, I will often have an idea, and it will come to me in the shower or it come to me in meditation, and I’ll be like, “Oh my god, that is brilliant,” and then I will write it down and I will be like, “I’m going to share that with the world,” and then I’ll Google it and I’ll be like, “Oh, s**t, that’s been shared by like dozens of people for the last thousand years, that exact same idea, same thought.” And Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, he talked about that. He had his board of advisors where he put up these pictures of all these famous people and he would have conversations and he’s like, “They would tell me what I needed to do and they weren’t real people. They were pictures of people.” But he’s like, “I tapped into that wisdom, that collective wisdom that’s available to us at all time.” Oh, that’s what I was going to say that the other day and I don’t have time to look it up but I wrote it down. I was journaling and I go it was like a different paradigm on God and I go, “Maybe God isn’t as religion has made ‘Him’ out to be.” I go, “In that, number one, maybe he’s not a him. Maybe he doesn’t have a gender.”
Like, I’m probably going to get hate mail for this but don’t shoot the messenger here. There’s the message I got. It was that maybe God is kind of like a source of energy that is available to every human being, every living thing on the planet to tap into, and it’s not like a judgmental being. It’s like, “Alright, I’ll answer your prayer because you are good today and yours not today but keep doing some stuff and then maybe come back from like in a week.” Maybe God is this universal source of energy that we all have the ability to tap into, to access, to create from. And the last piece I’ll say is, I think the Bible said that we’re made in the image and likeness of God. And for me, I don’t think that means that we look like him, her, it. I think that means that we are a smaller piece of him, her, it. We are creators. We can literally create life. And I know I’m speaking your language. I’m preaching to the choir here. But this came up the other day and it’s come up in the past, but I wrote it out and I’m like, yeah, I think for all of us, if you’re listening to this, if you’re still listening and you haven’t gone, “Alright, they went too woo-woo. They went to off the deep end,” Julie, you are a living example. And every time I talk to you, I’m reminded of the divinity that we are all a part of because it shines through you. It radiates. And I think that’s because you’re such an intuitive person and everything you talked about today like you live it to the umpteenth degree. And I get to experience it when I have a conversation with you. So, thank you for that.
Julie Reisler: Well, thank you. I have tears in my eyes. I want to just that really quickly why this is so important right now. So, starting with the tracking and believing it and making sure for each person like you start to see the power in this. And like you said, Hal, like I see everybody is the divine, everybody. You and I, we are it. You listening, you are it. There’s a lot of shifting going on right now and there’s a lot of different kinds of information and your intuition will guide you. And I say that because I think that can be a call to action as we move through interesting times. Tune in. It’s a great way to be with fear and anxiety is to go into your intuition and ask your heart, ask yourself, what is for my highest good? What is going on here? What do I need to lean into or not lean into? And that is where I think this can really shift a lot of just moving to a world where we are all more connected to ourselves and to one another. And it sounds very like, “Oh, someday I see this,” but like really, when you know the divinity that’s you and I do and we’re tapping into that lifeline of intelligence, it changes the whole game. So, really, everybody is worthy. Everyone deserves to have that intelligence. And just like Napoleon Hill did, I do that with a council. I have a council of people. Are you kidding?
I mean, they’re not here anymore, but I love it. I took that. I was like Louise Hay, I’ve got Marisa. I got Napoleon Hill. I’ve got like I got them all. I was like bring them all in, all the greats from 2,000 years ago like you guys are all whatever. So, that may not work for you but again this is something. Try it. Practice it. See what happens. It’s free. It’s natural. It’s part of how we’re designed. And all I can say is doing life out of the intuition lane was a lot of pain, sadness, and feeling very disconnected. And then life doing mainly in intuition lane, it’s like night and day. So, well, you’re amazing. I love you. I’m so honored to be here and I’m just grateful to be able to share about this thing. It’s so pertinent for everybody.
Hal Elrod: I agree completely. Where do they find the podcast? Where do they find you? Where do they get more Julie Reisler?
Julie Reisler: That’s so sweet. So, back to the website, which is JulieReisler.com with the R-E-I like the store. That’s a great place to go. The assessment’s there. My intuitive assessment’s there, which is free and tells you what kind of intuitive you are. The Youest You Podcast is just a few. It’s on my website but also if you look on iTunes or iHeart Radio or really anywhere, you can find just The Youest You Podcast. And the other place would be on Insight Timer, which kind of birthed out of your community. I have a lot of courses and meditations. It’s a beautiful mindfulness meditation app with a lot of free resources there too.
Hal Elrod: Insight Timer. Beautiful. Well, thank you. It was honestly better than I expected which is I had high expectations. So, this was I love talking to you. It’s wonderful.
Julie Reisler: Thank you. You’re awesome.
Hal Elrod: Cool. All right. And everybody listening, I hope you got as much from this as I did and I think that when we get stuck in our head, which most of us live in our head, and sometimes we forget that there’s more than our head. We are more than our head, right? We’re more than our head, we’re more than our body. There is an unwavering consciousness, pure consciousness that exists within all of us that’s observing the mind, observing the body. And when we get quiet and take time and silence, time to do the intuitive journaling that Julie was talking about, tapping into our heart and infinite intelligence, then there is so much perfection and beauty in life available to us at all times. And it’s not dependent and it’s not determined by what’s going on outside of us. It is absolutely available based on when you tap into the inside if that makes sense. So, goal achievers and members of the Miracle Morning community, I love you. Thanks for tuning in and I will talk to you all next week.
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