Re-Connecting to Universal Intelligence

This morning on my walk, as I was heading up the hill, I started to feel a little strained in my muscles and light-headed. I then naturally backed off and slowed down. Then a few moments later, I paused to reflect and appreciate what I had just chosen.

My incentive in the past when going on a walk consisted of the idea to get fit and often I’d have been driven to power and push through with this goal in mind. In doing this I was pushing through the limits of what my body was capable of and actually making myself exhausted and physically doing a bit of damage on some level. What’s intelligent about any of that?

This morning on my walk however, I was listening to the signals my body was giving me, which was that I absolutely needed movement and activity, but gentle movement and activity.

So as I continued on my walk, the appreciation was of the connection I have built over the years listening to my body and what it is saying. This to me is connecting to whole body intelligence – an understanding that the body knows what it needs, greater than any advice or research finding.

When I listen to my body and the messages, intelligence and wisdom it has to offer, I sense I am connecting to a grander picture of where that source of intelligence is coming from. Yes, it is me who is feeling it, but that intelligence is re-connecting to something which is universal.

I can see nature connects to this too. For example, I’ve always marveled at how a flock of migrating birds always has a certain formation with a lead bird at the front. When that bird needs to rest, another will replace it – and at the same time one falls back, another comes forward. How do they communicate that? – there’s no mobiles or two-way radios – but the message is communicated. It is this same source of intelligence humans have access to also.

Another way to demonstrate this is through my job, which is teaching. I completed the teaching component of my degree twenty-five years after studying the content of the subject. So when I first came to teaching, catching up on all the content felt overwhelming and I was almost overtaken with the anxiety of feeling not good enough or knowing enough.

But then I began to discover in many teaching moments that I would present some amazing info, which surprised me and I would think, where did that come from, how do I know that? It appeared I actually innately knew an awful lot about what I taught. The content of this delivery was not so much the recall of dates or names but would be of a deep and profound wisdom, always relating to the subject and content. I find students listen more intently when I speak from this perspective, and my whole voice and body feels like it is speaking from authority – whereas when I recall dates and people or read from a book, it is not as engaging for the students and my voice sounds different. I still need to learn and know the dates, figures, texts and grammar, but overall I naturally am able to convey the deep understandings which are required within all the teaching units – and within these teachings are some of the truest and most intelligent offerings my teaching has to deliver. So I began to learn to trust and surrender to the anxiety and teaching started to become far more enjoyable, as it became a natural expression.

How often do we give our power over to information and research; to institutions?

There is incredible intelligence in our bodies: no effort, professors, subscriptions or library cards needed – just a connection and a willingness to listen.

As I have deepened my connection with my body, and the relationship with my innate knowing and intelligence, I have experienced some profound effects in my life.

One of them is my inner confidence. I now know that if I feel something, it is valid and I listen. Trusting myself has had a profound impact on my self-confidence and the quality of how I feel towards myself has helped me to actually value, like and love me – and I now validate myself continuously by honoring what I feel. This has brought about a very precious and loving self-relationship that is sacred to me and delivers me a true inner confidence.

I feel equipped and have reduced anxiety as I trust my body will deliver me all I need as I walk through the many scenarios and situations in my life. Compared to the anxiousness and doubt with which I used to lead my life, this universal, whole body intelligence I am connecting to, feels amazing.

By Gina Dunlop

Related Reading:
Listening to your body
Living by our love, not from the head
Coming Back To Whole Body Intelligence

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658 thoughts on “Re-Connecting to Universal Intelligence

  1. Our uninhibited body shares so much as you have shared Gina, and the way we can walk varies every time we set out, thus we flow with what our bodies are sharing in a way that enlivens our hearts and connective tissue.

  2. I have also begun feeling more deeply how to surrender to the body and allow the Universal intelligence through, what cuts that is when I go into thinking!

  3. “I feel equipped and have reduced anxiety as I trust my body will deliver me all I need . . . ” I love what you have shared Gina. It means if I am not connected with my body I leave my body alone and hence the feeling of anxiety.

  4. I am struggling to understand why we favour our minds over what our bodies are constantly communicating to us? I know I have done this for most of my life and have paid the price of living in such disregard to my body. I would love to be given the opportunity to talk to children and young people to encourage them to think outside the current way we live in society where we use our mind to figure out life rather than our bodies.

  5. Gina, so many of us have experienced whole body intelligence, usually when it is saying one thing and we do the complete opposite knowingly so, and then wish we hadn’t.
    I lost count of the times growing up when I denied what I felt only to regret my decisions later. It’s like having a split personality, in my case the mind won over the feeling my body might be expressing. But not any more, I have come to the understanding that our minds are cold hearted and willful and has no respect for our bodies what so ever.

  6. Amazing to realise how much we do know that does not come from something we have studied, but rather is already a knowing within, and also that which comes from a lived experience – these things are really very valid as they come with an authority from the body rather than something that has been read about and then regurgitated to another.

  7. “Compared to the anxiousness and doubt with which I used to lead my life, this universal, whole body intelligence I am connecting to, feels amazing.” We are so short changed by the education system! Imagine everyone connected to their bodies and developing their connection to whole body intelligence and universal intelligence….. that would be amazing.

  8. This is gorgeous; ‘How do they communicate that? – there’s no mobiles or two-way radios – but the message is communicated. It is this same source of intelligence humans have access to also.’ I have wondered this about how birds communicate when flying too and it being a universal intelligence makes sense to me, and beautiful that we as humans can move with this universal intelligence too.

  9. I really feel how I get anxious when I’m not feeling connected to my body, the anxiety is knowing I am not prepared by being connected.

    1. Thanks Karin, the way you have shared that makes perfect sense, if we are disconnected to ourselves then the source of intelligence we are accessing won’t act in our best interests either, perhaps another reason to feel anxious.

  10. “When I listen to my body and the messages, intelligence and wisdom it has to offer, I sense I am connecting to a grander picture of where that source of intelligence is coming from. Yes, it is me who is feeling it, but that intelligence is re-connecting to something which is universal.” This is such a huge insight and I think at some level all of us know this. So a significant question is why do we choose to bludgeon our bodies and obstruct such a stupendous connection?

  11. ‘So I began to learn to trust and surrender to the anxiety and teaching started to become far more enjoyable, as it became a natural expression.’ I’m studying counselling and really what matters is not trying to follow a formula but listen with my inner heart and respond. The counselling and support that I’ve received in this way has been amazing and how I am is no less amazing when connected to universal intelligence.

  12. This makes me think about the word ‘to know’ and how it is not about owning information but it is about having a relationship with, and access to, something unfathomable to our mind and surrendering to the fact that we are a vehicle.

  13. “I feel equipped and have reduced anxiety as I trust my body will deliver me all I need as I walk through the many scenarios and situations in my life” Beautiful Gina. Having pictures as to how things should be is a killer, whereas connecting to the divine as we go about our day, knowing we are supported whatever happens – is truly magic.

  14. It is great listening openly to our body without ideas of how it needs to be – sometimes mine likes to walk very gently and at other times to have a bit more of a work out.

  15. “I feel equipped and have reduced anxiety as I trust my body will deliver me all I need as I walk through the many scenarios and situations in my life.” This is beautiful and something I am experiencing too. In the past I would always be very anxious for new situations in my life like going for a job interview but this has changed through being more connected with myself and my body.

  16. Gina I love the example of how your students respond to you speaking from your body or from your head. It shows how we all feel energy and the quality of energy that is presented to us and how knowledge from the mind is empty and disengaging. Where as when we speak from our body we get ignited and thus others get ignited too.

    1. this is true Esther, life does become very simple when all we need to do is listen to what our body communicates. So simple in fact that we are no longer identified with what we do or choose which is precisely why we love complexity.

  17. ‘This to me is connecting to whole body intelligence – an understanding that the body knows what it needs, greater than any advice or research finding’. Spot on, this has been my personal experience when I became ill several years ago. The initial shock made me stop and reassess everything. I was able to be honest, raw and real, and in doing so, I moved out of my head and into my body – and then I could listen to all my body’s advice of what if needed to recover, and boy did it have much to communicate.

  18. ‘I feel equipped and have reduced anxiety as I trust my body will deliver me all I need as I walk through the many scenarios and situations in my life’ I must admit that I don’t always feel this but I am growing more trusting of my body and myself – and really what I am saying is that I am more aware of what is happening in my body and why and that growing understanding supports me to be more honest and more open to what is being presented – and what is presented is allowing for greater evolution and a chance to be more steady and trust my body and myself more.

  19. The relationship with self is a continuous refinement and deepening, as there is always more love to allow to flow through our heavenly bodies, and as we let go of any control or investments in anything, be it, work, relationships, or family, so much space opens up and in this space it becomes easier to hear the communication from our bodies and thus to know how to handle any situation and to know our very next steps.

  20. I have had a really busy week and had an early appointment this morning. I am appreciating listening to my body to stay home today, to have a down day, rest and recharge. I am still in my pj’s, and have had an absolute gorgeous morning because I honoured what was right for me, and in doing so, it turns out it was right for everyone else too.

  21. “How often do we give our power over to information and research; to institutions?’ answer = loads – as a society we are lost without someone or something telling us what to do, we love to give our power away no wonder there is so much illness and disease – do not follow the heart or listen to our bodies and we always reap the consequences.

  22. ‘now I now validate myself continuously by honoring what I feel’. This is super loving and develops trust, trusting all we are feeling and from that space we know what our next steps are…

  23. Powerful Gina and can feel the authority in which you shared while you teach. For me personally I really struggled with teachers and connecting to what they were speaking about. I would have loved to of been in our class, connecting to not only the temporal but the lived expression of where we come from has to be a sit on the edge of your seat conversation leaving me just wanting more. What is beautiful is the reflections you share and being able to offer that to the students and everyone else. Amazing.

  24. When I do not listen to my body I get smashed by virtual negativity – you could call it abuse, self-abuse. It makes sense to accept and let go of all that miasma and know that it is not true and you have your body to be responsible for.

  25. When we try to understand life from a book it is very challenging to do so unless the writer is sharing from their own lived experience. A writer coming from the depth of their connection to their inner self doesn’t have to think about what to write as it is all there inside of them, and the wisdom simply flows and with it the inspiration for the reader.

  26. I’ve been reading blogs on clairsentience today which is trusting what we sense and feel that does not come from the mind or recalled intelligence. Those situations where we just know what to do or not to do and when we trust our feelings life flows. This blog has taken that to another level to say that trusting our feelings, our whole body and what we sense, can plug us into Universal intelligence so that we can access even greater levels of knowing in the form of information, wisdom and divine intelligence.

  27. If someone talks from their body and lived experience and truth my whole body gets awake and I hang on somebody´s every word. Someone talking from the head, controlled, committed to memory- it feels cold, boring and it is hard for me to even listen.

  28. We ourself, are our greatest teacher. Reclaiming that we know it all by connecting to our body and receiving through surrender from a much higher source, what needs to be known, instead of looking for knowledge outside of us, is the true way of re-empowering our divine light.

  29. When you truly observe the quality of living of those who are deemed intelligent by our standards today, we see that their intelligence is measured only by the degree of retained knowledge they present and limited to only when they are presenting such knowledge. Is this true intelligence? Is this ‘intelligence’ guiding them to live all aspects of their lives with true power or abuse? What is offered so wisely here, is the fact that we each have access to an intelligence that is universal, as such it puts us all on an equal platform should we choose to step up to it and live guided by it. Our everyday living is our university where we can explore, learn and deepen our relationship with this intelligence though honoring our relationship with our bodies.

  30. The sight of a flock of birds flying in formation always stops me in my tracks and asks for my attention. And so, I will watch and marvel as the formation continually changes and wonder how they know what is to happen next or do they simply allow their movements to flow from what they feel? Just imagine if we moved through our days like this, effortlessly changing direction, feeling those who are around us and to trust that the support we need at that moment in time is right there; no need to ask, as it would have already been sensed. What a magical classroom nature is.

  31. The fact that we have the inner resources to deal with all that life presents to us is known, when we are in connection with the universal intelligence.

  32. A point of inspiration to consider.. what is the purpose of our walk? To get fit and tone up, or to just be with whatever we’re feeling, not in an airy-fairy non purposeful way, but in a way where we learn to deepen our connection with our body and its messages. A walk can deepen our connection with the body and through that, our knowing of what’s needed, when and how – deepening that connection with our innate knowing and ability to sense.

  33. “How often do we give our power over to information and research; to institutions?” Great question Gina and one we would be wise to ask ourselves regularly. Our societies would be much better places if we listen more to the wisdom in our inner hearts than to follow blindly institutions and research that often has a alternative agenda.

  34. “Yes, it is me who is feeling it, but that intelligence is re-connecting to something which is universal.” – Connecting with the intelligence of our whole body connects us with an intelligence that is much bigger than just us…

  35. Committing to our body is one of the most incredible things that we can do but it takes a committment to ourselves in order to do it.

    1. In our commitment to love, our unfolding to being guided by the divine intelligence we inescapably have access to through our body, becomes an awe-inspiring journey of embodying and reflecting true power.

  36. How often do we find ourselves struggling a little bit just as you did on your walk Gina and then push through it often at the expense of our body.

    1. And then what happens as a result of that.. we feel tired, we lessen ourselves, we drop. We don’t feel quite ourselves, not quite as steady or confident. When we listen to our bodies and honour what they need, we are building the foundation for a deeply loving relationship with it, and ourselves.

  37. I just read another blog about anxiety and how it is a way that our bodies show us that we are not in connection to ourselves. This blog is saying the same – connection is key. And that connection is a loving work in progress for us humans. One that we need to keep returning to over and over and over again as we live in a world that prefers us disconnected.

  38. Trusting and listening to our inner knowing is something so important to be aware of, and how blessed your pupils are to have you as nothing in our education system fosters this very precious forever life supporting connection.

  39. Great sharing, I absolutely can recognize this from my sales consultancy work: when I am connected to me, when I am in my body I can deliver incredibly powerful messages, which is then exactly what is needed to be said to realize a next step, a big transition or a breakthrough. That is also universal intelligence in action.

  40. Our whole body intelligence is so ready for us – awaiting to be re-connected to and lived. It’s so beautiful to start allowing more of that power in your body as this intelligence does not come from the mind, it incorporates our whole body – it comes from within.

  41. Giving our power away has never worked and never will.The more we become aware of when and how we do this and the more we grow that inner confidence that comes from being present in our bodies the more we can claim our power and live it.

  42. Beautiful to feel your connection to yourself and the greater ability you have acquired through that connection, to present as a teacher with a natural flow, not regurgitating knowledge and dates, but by sharing what is needed on the subject which keeps students interested, and keen to know more.

    1. My father, who was a teacher, used to say that if you can’t connect to your students by making the subject come alive they will not be open to understanding what you’re presenting. He certainly had a way of engaging his students which was reflected by their love and respect for him. Unfortunately there were few teachers like him at that time, but it sounds like Gina is one today. How blessed are her students.

  43. Institutions thrive off the fact that people give their power away to them. Stand in our power and lets see what happens to most institutions in the world.

    1. It’s bizarre really, as we create the institutions and systems of life and then we give our power to them.

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