The Inner Advisor — That part of you that connect with your intuition and subconscious wisdom.
All the answers are within us, but often we can’t hear them because our ego or other distractions get in the way.
The Inner Advisor is a powerful technique that help us listen better the voice of our in-tuition, develop your inner guidance, find clarity and connect with our higher human qualities. This is based upon shamanic and yogic principles.
For example the idea that “there are no limits”. All things are connected: our inner world influences our outer world. Also, that “all power comes from within”. We may find this power (life force, drive, confidence, etc) within us, by following our breath, and tuning in to our inner wisdom.
This technique uses meditation and visualization to enter deep relaxation and enter that safe space inside. A place where we can welcome the advisors of your choice and receive guidance for any life situation.
An advisor can be a historical or fictional character and their answers can be insightful, curious and profound. What would Oprah say? What would Jesus do? What would your future self recommend?
The advisors are characters that serve as a vehicle for the voice of our intuition to manifest more clearly while we are in the visualization practice. It’s all about tapping into inner knowledge and using the latent power of our mind and bringing into awareness new perspectives that we may not have considered before. The process can be super fun and imaginative, and it may even be emotional.
The power of Visualization
Neuroscience research has discovered that guided imagery or visualization triggers neural firings and create mental blueprints that can facilitate future performance (physical and emotional). Visualization can help us on how we will handle any feelings of anxiety and how we’ll respond to future situations. Many peak performance athletes practice visualization or mental rehearsal as part of their training.
We can use the inner Advisor technique to find the inner calm of increasing our sense of guidance. We can use the technique to rehearse and prepare for important conversations or events. All answers are inside of us, all power comes from within.
Background of the practice
I discovered this technique while studying shamanic Huna and the use of “mental symbols”. I learned that Napoleon Hill, a personal development guru from the 1940’s, mentally talked to his “Invisible Counselors” before going to sleep. These were great people from history whose qualities he wanted to incorporate in his own life.
In advanced Yoga, a similar technique exists: If one you want to attain the positive qualities of something or someone, make the focus of your meditation those positive qualities in order to embody them (or learn the “inner secrets” of the object).
What to expect…
An introduction of the principles of the practice.
Guided breathing and visualization practice. (Some unguided practice also)
We will practice with closed eyes in sitting meditation pose — cushions and chairs are available.
No previous experience is required.
The Inner Advisor Technique: How To Connect with the Inner Healer
The fascinating technique of the “Inner Advisor” is number two on my list of hits. The parent guides the child to bring forth an image that represents wisdom, love, support, and safety. This image can be anything: a family member, an animal, a spiritual figure, a shape, or even a presence.
Inner advisors can be guardian angels, imaginary friends, or simple intuition — that important small voice within. The child is guided to interact with that image while the parent aids the child in describing the image and asking the image questions.
Keep in mind that listening is an important part of the parent’s role. Be patient, and give time for the child to do the work. It is essential that nothing should be rushed, and patience on the parent’s part is vital. When the child or teen is interacting with the imagery, it is an active process.
Liaison Between Conscious and Subconscious Mind
The inner advisor is the liaison between the conscious and the subconscious mind and is a powerful concept and tool. In imagery, the guidance from the inner advisor figure makes our unconscious minds more accessible. The inner advisor is a wonderful image for the child to interact with because many times the advisor has the answers to the child’s feelings about specific symptoms. The inner advisor figure can be used for support, diagnosis, conflict resolution, problem solving, and symptom control.
Martin Rossman, M.D., of the Academy of Guided Imagery has said, “[Y]our whole inner mind is an advisor because it contains a vast amount of information about you and your well-being. It will naturally try to express those thoughts, feelings, and actions that are most important in your life. When you ask your image about something, whether it’s a symptom, an illness, a problem, or a feeling, the image will give you information about that ‘something’ which you may not have been aware of.”
Who Knows You Better Than You Do?
Another way to think of it is to ask the question: “Who knows you better than you do?” You actually have all the answers to the questions that concern yourself, but they are deep inside under many layers. This pertains to a child as well as an adult, but the child just may not be sophisticated enough to have the tools to get answers to those deeper questions. The inner healer or advisor gives the child these tools. It is an image of a person or thing that is more concrete (though built in the imagination) to work with.
Keep in mind that the image can speak to the child with words or telepathically. For a kinetic child, the inner advisor may be a feeling or a presence. Through the senses, this imagined image helps the child to touch the inner core or being, with awakened and heightened awareness in order to be able to listen to the small voice within. This connection is especially crucial concerning health issues. Naturally, a young child may not immediately grasp how the inner advisor works, and that’s okay. The parent should not get hung up on a lot of explaining to the child, so let the process take its course. Keep in mind that you can use a different word instead of advisor or healer. I have used doctor, helper, friend, or nurse, usually in the case of a younger child.