• January 2015

Start 2015 by Enhancing Your Powers of Intuition

Do you believe in the power of intuition?

Five years ago I had a feeling that what I needed to do to expand my PR firm was to create a monthly business magazine that would enable entrepreneurs to educate other entrepreneurs about best practices in small business.

After all, my clients wanted to be featured in the news. What better way to do that than to launch an online magazine that would feature their insights and wisdom, help them reach an even broader audience, and also provide my firm with an additional revenue stream.

My gut instinct panned out. With the January 2015 issue of Be Inkandescent magazine, we embark on our sixth year of publishing.

The magazine gets nearly a million visits each month. We have more than 50,000 subscribers, thousands of social media contacts, and dozens of columnists who regularly write for the magazine.

On our Search page you’ll find more than 2,000 articles we’ve published to date, which we hope stimulate you to think about your business in new and exciting ways.

And we believe the best is yet to come.

Case in point: Our cover girl this month is world-renowned intuitive guide Laura Day.

Her fans include Nicole Kidman, Chris Rock, and Brad Pitt, who said: “I believe in the gut, and I believe in Laura Day.”

Day’s long-time friend Demi Moore adds: “Laura Day is a remarkable woman with remarkable abilities. But for me, what is most remarkable about her is how she taught me to believe in myself and my own intuition.”

That sentiment is shared by millions who have read Day’s seven best-selling books. In addition to celebrities, her clients include executives at some of the world’s largest corporations, as well as other professionals who hire her to help them achieve their goals and dreams.

I had the opportunity to attend Day’s 2014 “Intuition Boot Camp” in New York City last month. About 30 other attendees and I learned the techniques she uses to tap into our innate intuition with the mission of propelling ourselves, our own clients, friends, and loved ones ahead to achieve myriad goals — including finding a dream job, making better investments and business decisions, identifying which opportunities will pan out, and more.

Sound like magic? Nonsense, writes Day in her latest book, How to Rule the World From Your Couch.

“There is a lot of science behind, actual proof of, the powerful, amazing abilities that intuition can yield — things and experiences that you may have previously deemed impossible. Some of you will find it hard to believe that what I say you can accomplish is actually possible: You will use your own mistakes as proof that intuition doesn’t work and discount your success. This is where perseverance comes in.”

Scroll down to read more. And click here to listen to our podcast interview with Laura Day on the Inkandescent Radio Network.

That’s not all!

Our columnists celebrate the start of a new year by sharing their expert and intuitive insights. It’s my intuition that you’ll find the following articles especially useful as we start off the new year:

  • Insurance agent Dave Beck offers a strategic three-step plan to help parents of children with special needs properly plan ahead for their financial future in this month’s Retirement column.

As always, we leave you with an inspiring thought for the month.

This one comes from prolific English poet and novelist Robert Graves, who during his long life produced more than 140 works.

Graves believed: “Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer.”

Here’s to tapping into your powerful intuitive ability, and achieving your ultimate Inkandescent success in 2015. Happy New Year! — Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Be Inkandescent magazine

Laura Day's "Practical Intuition"

COVER STORY: JANUARY 2015

LAURA DAY HELPS US HONE OUR INTUITION

By Hope Katz Gibbs, Publisher
Be Inkandescent

“The only difference between people who use their intuition well and everyone else is success,” insists intuitive guide Laura Day in her latest book, “How to Rule the World From Your Couch.”

“You don’t have to be full of ‘get up and go’ to have success, find love, or even earn a living” she believes. “There are tools, innate tools, that permit you to do much of the heavy lifting without your feet ever touching the floor.”

An internationally renowned teacher and intuitive, Day has penned seven books with the goal of teaching millions how to create success using their intuition.

Her latest book is a step-by-step guide with exercises that are easy to follow, fun to play with — and lead to results that will amaze you.

So it was great to sit down with Day on the couch of her NYC apartment and talk about how more people can tap into their innate inner-knowing. Scroll down to read our Q&A.


Be Inkandescent: First, let’s give an overview of this topic. What exactly is intuition?

Laura Day: Intuition is our ability to extend our senses in time and in space. It’s not based on experience. It is just a quick instant knowing of what will be. We live in a unified world, and the brain is considered a limiting organ that can only deal with what is in front of us, and what is going on moment by moment and day by day.

That is actually a very healthy thing to do.

But understand that we also are like light. Our mind is able to act like a light wave and experience different realities, different people, different time zones. Bringing that information back into our daily lives for more functional operating systems, more informed ones, gives us the opportunity to understand life in a new and exciting way.

Be Inkandescent: What you teach really is practical information. In fact I happened to read your first book, Practical Intuition, published in 1996, the year after I had my daughter, Anna. It gave me wonderful insight as a new mom, and I have been a fan of yours ever since. Take us through some of the practical steps that can help people become more intuitive about themselves or more adept at using their intuition.

Laura Day: I wrote that book 20 years ago because I wanted to tell people that intuition was more than mysticism. Fortunately, today intuition has been studied by scientists, and there is a lot of proof that it’s more than hocus-pocus. People are seeing that these capacities of the human mind are not only verifiable, but useful when it comes to perceiving more than what the eye can see.

Be Inkandescent: Is that why you called the book “Practical Intuition” — because you wanted to expand the perception of intuition as a skill all of us have?

Laura Day: It was. Back then, when people talked about intuition, they were often speaking about past lives. Frankly, I have enough trouble with this one! What I wanted to show people is that they can access knowledge about practically anything to enhance their lives and their businesses.

One of the problems with intuition is that it challenges the natural boundaries of our thoughts and beliefs. So if you are skeptical, and you get information you don’t know how to place, it can be pretty weird — to say the least.

Be Inkandescent: And you are confident that all of us are getting that kind of information all the time, right?

Find out her answer in Tips for Entrepreneurs.

Celebrate 2015 With Laura Day's Tips to Harness the Power of Your Instincts

How can you practically, and easily, harness the power of your intuition?

That’s the question we asked internationally renowned intuitive guide Laura Day, author of seven books on the topic, including “Practical Intuition,” and her latest, “How to Rule the World From Your Couch.”

To fully embrace all that is coming your way in 2015, here are Day’s 15 tips for boosting your intuition:

  1. Have a goal. The key to harnessing your intuition is to have a goal or a target that you are trying to get information about. Then, when you get that “out of the blue” information related to your goal or target, you know exactly how to interpret it. I always ask clients and students to know what their goals are. Goals are more than questions because you will organize the information you receive around those goals. And unless you are mentally ill, you will naturally repress information that you can’t do anything about.
  2. Don’t worry that you will get information you can’t do anything about. If three minutes from now a bolt of lightening is going to strike where you’re standing, and you aren’t going to have time to move, intuition is not going to let you know about it. But you will know that lightning is about to strike if you do have time to move. Intuitive impressions are usually actionable. The reason this is important is because people confuse intuition with their fears or their hopes.
  3. Keep an intuition journal. Two weeks before 9/11, another psychic researcher and I kept seeing visual images of planes crashing into buildings. But the two days before 9/11, we weren’t reporting anything like that. After the tragic event, I was reminded that keeping a running dialogue in an intuition journal will help you predict things far in advance — even though sometimes you can’t do anything about them.
  4. Document everything you feel. The best way to hone your intuition is to write down a maximum of three clear goals. These can be goals for a day, or for a strategy session, or for a meeting. Then notice what comes to you. I am a big believer in documenting because the mind is a messy place. When a thought or idea comes to you, jot it down. You will find that once you have your goals and you begin documenting things that you notice, those seemingly “out of the blue” intuitive perceptions are actually creating a road map for you.
  5. Be careful how you interpret “signs.” One of the nice things about intuition is that the information you seek often comes in a nonlinear way. That said, I always think it’s funny when people think they know what action to take because they see “signs.” For example, I once had a client who felt that the fact that she kept seeing yellow roses on the street was a sign that her ex-lover was still in love with her. Yet she didn’t consider the fact that he hadn’t been in touch with her for years — or that he was now happily married and had two children — as a sign indicating his level of interest in her. Really? My advice is not to mystify and complicate the information you have. Simply look at it all as data, and realize that it won’t always tell you what you want it to tell you. However, it will give you an ability to change a direction, and that is really what intuition is for.
  6. Avoid visualization techniques. In the last few decades, we have learned about positive visualization techniques, where we aim to create something from the imagination. With intuition you have a target — a specific target such as bringing in a business partner or finding a true love — not imaging something you conjure. When you differentiate the two, your attention will shift. When you meet someone at a dinner party, pay attention to what you are seeing, hearing, sensing. That person may be fundamental to your life, or he or she may simply lead you to the next bit of information that will guide you. Let everything you see, sense, and feel tell you a story.
  7. Embrace the idea of “embodiment.” People have gotten used to using positive visualization, which I feel in many ways is merely wishful thinking. In contrast, embodiment refers to the ability to use all of your senses — to taste, hear, smell, see, and even use your memory. In intuitive terms it’s called mediumship, and it allows you, for a period of time, to “become” the object or the goal you are hoping to achieve. When you embrace the idea of embodiment, you can actually feel what someone else is experiencing. It sounds a bit “woo-woo,” but try it. I honestly think it’s worthwhile for all of us to be consciously aware of what’s around us, what the barriers are, and what tools we have at our disposal to make our goals achievable.
  8. Stay grounded. Fact-based thinking is empowering, and that is what embodiment is about. Have a goal, experience that goal as real and true in this moment, and notice everything that gets in the way. Then make moving through those barriers your target. This is where the interesting dynamic occurs.
  9. Have integrity. For businesses, and for human beings, integrity is the ability to clearly see what needs to be done. One of the things that often gets in the way of using intuition effectively is that sometimes someone wants a specific achievement or goal that conflicts with an essential part of who they are. It could be they don’t feel it’s right, or it challenges something else important in their life. Finding a clear voice for all parts of yourself, and your work, is essential.
  10. Realize that the only thing that separates a psychic from a psychotic is whether their information is right. It’s a wonderful thing about intuitive information that you can’t always put your finger on where the information comes from. When you get “out of the blue” information — whether it’s about your company, your family, or your market — it’s very important to look at it along with all of the other information available, including financial information, hard facts, and other analytic data.
  11. Sleep. I think people overlook how important sleep is. We all have read the research about the importance of getting enough sleep. When it comes to honing your intuition, you can get great information when your senses are at rest. If you have a problem to solve, or a question you are trying to answer, target it before you go to sleep. When you wake up, you may not have the answer — but you will have a clear and directed bit of information to access. Take notes the moment you rise.
  12. Pay attention to what you can control. One of my most useful moments of intuition came a couple of weeks before the market crash at the end of 2007. At the time, I felt like I wanted to get out of the market — it didn’t feel safe to me. It wasn’t logical. No one thought I was in my right mind to pull my money out. But I did. Then, a few days before the crash, I didn’t feel that way. If I had, I believe I would have been too anxious for my friends and family. For me, keeping that running dialogue with myself about what I’m seeing and perceiving is key. It helps me know when to act on my intuition.
  13. Know your biases. I consider myself a very skilled intuitive who is especially skilled when it comes to prediction. But I know there are certain areas in my life — like around my family — where I am constantly wrong. Not because my intuition is wrong, but because my subconscious is not on target in some areas.
  14. Encourage your employees to use their intuition. It’s important for those of you who have companies to find processes that allow your employees, your staff, and other workers to communicate with each other about their intuition. To be most effective in this area, you have to put them in situations where they feel safe in giving out-of-the-blue perceptions. Begin to have a dialogue with them about those intuitive hits. These forums — even when people can anonymously share their intuitive impressions — can be very accurate.
  15. Trust yourself. Like most children, I assumed everyone saw reality exactly the way I do. I first realized I was different when I was 11 and my mother was in a coma. The doctors didn’t want to give an 11-year-old child a lot of details about what was happening in my mother’s room, and they wouldn’t let me in there. When a very nice chaplain sat down to comfort me, to his amazement, I told him exactly what was going on in my mother’s body. He had no idea how I knew this, but met with me every week for more than a year because he wanted to understand how I saw the world — and I wanted to understand how he saw it. That was my first sense that what I was doing was unusual. Then in my early 20s, I got involved with a university team that was testing extrasensory perception. I think it’s very important to take intuition out of the esoteric and bring it into the practical because we often forget as a company and as human beings that life is challenging. We need tools to manage it well. Beliefs are wonderful, but when you wake up in the morning and you’ve got a problem to solve, you need your tools. Intuition is a tool; it gives us actionable, accurate data that we can apply to create stronger companies, stronger communities, and stronger lives.

For more information, visit practicalintuition.com.

Click here to listen to our podcast interview with Laura Day on the Inkandescent Radio Network.

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– Seth Godin

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

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You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

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They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

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Ripeness is all.”

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Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

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My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Passion makes perfect.”

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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