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Left brain – right brain: challenges and insights from the road

One of the joys of travelBrain2 pixabayling overseas to teach is getting to experience knowledge that is old and familiar to me in a completely different way. When I see what I know through the eyes of people who look at the world from a diverse perspective it forces me to explain things in a whole new way. This is brilliant as it gives me a new appreciation of old and loved material.

One of the most noticeable differences between the culture I grew up with and the Brazilian culture is one that, fortunately, Fractology is well-equipped to handle. My upbringing was a very left-brained one. Not only because my father is a mathematician but because the culture I come from seeks to understand anything before acting on it. This means that often long explanations and assurances are required before teaching anyone even the first step in the Fractology process of developing their intuition. The challenge at home is the classical one that many spiritual and intuitive teaches have to meet. It is the challenge of enabling students to accept the validity of their intuition deeply enough that they’re open to learning. In Brazil all that changes.

This is a wonderful, deeply empathic culture with deep shades of mysticism. This harks back to the unique history of the place and can be seen in the diverse and integrated influences that created what Brazil is today. What this means for Fractology and the development of intuition is that students here plunge straight into the work. There is an immediate empathic connection to the work which is profoundly right-brained. The challenge here is not to get students to open up to the work but to understand what they’re doing from a logical framework so they can do it consistently and with clarity. In other words, the process of learning here is the reverse of what it is at home.

At home the most effective method of teaching is left-brain to right-brain. Once students have a logical framework they can accept they’re far more open to all the many gifts their intuition has to offer. Here in Brazil where I’m currently teaching that would not be an effective method. What works best here is going from right-brain to left-brain. This back and forth between both sides of the brain is fortunately an inbuilt part of the Fractology system.  It is a necessary part of teaching intuition and self-awareness. It also has implications for other parts of our lives, such as business.

In business it’s most common to go left-brain to right-brain because a reliable and consistent method of operation is needed to get anywhere if you want to be successful. Knowing what you’re doing and how to do it most effectively within a highly specific focus is a great recipe for the operational side of any business. Yet any truly successful business person will tell you this isn’t enough. A great business system is an efficient way of making product, of getting the work out there but to be successful you also need to have what you’re doing be well-received. That is a more right-brained process.

Some businesses figure out the system first and then seek to connect to their clients. They go from a left-brained approach to right-brained communication. If they don’t make that switch they may have a great product but their marketing will lack heart and so their products won’t enjoy the success they deserve. The left-to-right-brain approach works well with companies that require a lot of research and development, such as medical supply companies. However today most companies, especially small companies, would do better to reverse this process.

The right-brain is what enables us to make that immediate connection. It’s what guides any business to the niche that will enable them to create an effective base from which they can grow momentum for outrageous levels of success. Microsoft is an example of a company that takes this approach. Whether you are a Mac or a PC person you can learn something from the way Microsoft does business. They throw together their next product and send it out to market knowing it’s not perfect. In other words, they’re far more focused on making that right-brained empathic connection with people than they are on having a perfect left-brained system. Once the product is out in the market they know their clients will give them feedback. Full left-brained understanding of each new product or system comes after they’ve put the product out to market.

In other words, both approaches work. They’re just different. The question you have to answer for yourself is – which way do I prefer to work?  Left-to-right-brain? Or right-to-left-brain?

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7 signs your intuition is talking to you about your business

Money savings patternBusiness intuition is a hot topic right now. In our increasingly fast-paced world your business intuition can help you keep up and make your business thrive for years to come. Intuition is your in-built system for sensing what’s coming. Your business intuition is brilliant at predicting issues and problems before they become serious. It’s also essential for the next wave of innovation, including any which will affect you and your business. Learn to listen to your intuitive business side and you can use it to succeed in business. You will then be the one creating the changes, rather than being affected by them. To help you get started here are seven signs your business intuition is talking to you:

  1. You keep hearing the same subject in conversations or on your media.

Your intuition works through patterns so if you notice a pattern cropping up in your world, pay attention to it! This is a powerful sign your business intuition is talking to you, especially if the subject relates to your business. This sign happens most commonly when there’s a big decision to make. Focusing on your intention to find the best option is a great way to trigger your intuition to assist you in business decision making. Your intuition can supply the answer, but not always in the way you expect. If you keep hearing the same subject mentioned it’s probably because this is where you’ll find the answer you need.

  1. The thought of someone you haven’t seen in years keeps coming into your mind.

Only the other day a client mentioned to me she’d had persistent thoughts of an old colleague. She’d lost touch with them but a week later she learned he’d passed. Stories like these are common with general intuition but have a special significance in business intuition. If you keep thinking of someone connected to your business, either in currently or the past, it’s often a sign your intuitive leadership is required. Leadership puts the best team together and knows who to task with what and when. If your business intuition keeps pulling a particular person into your awareness it may be they, or their ideas, are needed for your team to succeed.

  1. You feel a strong sensation in your chest.

Your soul seat is in your upper chest. When you get a strong sensation in this area it’s usually connected with something that affects you and your authenticity directly. This is an intuitive sign your integrity may be affected by your business decision making. If the feeling is positive, it’s a good sign. If it’s negative, you may need to consider how you can achieve what you need to in a different way.

  1. You feel a strong sensation in your gut.

Your hara is in your lower abdomen. When you get a strong sensation in this area it’s usually connected with your goals and life-path. This is an intuitive sign your goals and dreams may be affected. If you pay attention to this sign it may help you succeed in business with maximum ease. If the feeling is positive, go for it. If it’s negative, then your intuition is supporting your business decision making by letting you know you’ll need to find a different path to your goal.

  1. You feel confident and happy even if you’re not sure of the decision.

Intuitive leadership means you often have to make decisions without all the information. This means you can’t be sure it’s the best choice. Yet if you feel good about your choice it’s a sign you’re using your intuition in business successfully. Your decision may not work out the way you expect but this is a sign it’ll work out well, one way or another.

  1. You feel uneasy about your choice even though you’re sure about the decision.

This sign can be one of the hardest to pay attention to, especially if the choice is one you’ve made before and it worked out well. Yet one of the most important ways your business intuition can help you succeed in business is in avoiding unnecessary problems. Sometimes things change without you realising it and if you’re feeling uneasy it may be an intuitive sign there’s something going of which you’re not aware. If you’re feeling this it’s time to check and re-check what’s happening.

  1. The same opportunity keeps popping up.

Your business intuition is also there to help you grow and achieve your dreams. If the same opportunity keeps popping up it may be a sign this will help take you to the next level so you can succeed in business. Your business intuition knows the way to success doesn’t always lie along the tried-and-well-trodden path but most often in the unexpected. If the same opportunity keeps presenting itself ask yourself how would it support your business. You may be wonderfully surprised by the answer.

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The intuitive-edge in business

Are you haunted by the problems in your business or work life? Or do you know with absolute conviction that your business could be huge if you could Money treejust get ahead of the trend? Problem solving and creative innovation are the edge your intuition can give you in your business. From Steve Jobs to Oprah Winfrey, many business leaders speak about the importance of their intuition and how it helped them get ahead in their business. This is an edge you can acquire for yourself. You too can use your intuition to succeed in business.

In life and business there are only two categories of things you have to deal with. Those you already know and those you don’t know yet. Your brain is designed to handle both of these. That’s why you have two sides to your brain.

When dealing with something you already know you’ll probably need to pull up from the dim recesses of your memory or subconscious known facts and figures. These details, this data gives you the information you need to deal successfully with what you’re facing. If you’ve dealt with it well before you’ll pull up that data and do something similar again, hopefully with a similarly successful outcome. Your left-brain is really good at that kind of thing. That’s what its job is. This is the side of your brain that school focuses on. However good your grades were then, that was down to how well your left-brain stores that data. When you know something, you know it. The difficulty is that in business, as in life if you try to use what you already know to handle something you don’t know yet it’s probably not going to work out so well. That’s when the other side of your brain and your intuition comes into it.

Your right-brain doesn’t deal with known facts but with the patterns of life. Pattern-based thinking or using your intuition in business decision making is what the intuitive-edge in business is all about. None of us like having to deal with difficult situations, especially if we dealt with something similar unsuccessfully in the past. When you’re faced with such a situation you know you need to do something different, but what? Even more daunting are those moments in which you have to deal with something entirely new, whether it’s because the trend has changed or you’re taking your business into its next phase. Yet these moments are also where the biggest opportunities lie.

The chances are if you have a problem other people have it as well. Solving problems is a great way to grow your business. When your business intuition is working well you’ll be able to perceive the pattern running through the situation and use that to realign what you’re doing to solve the problem. To understand what I mean consider a tree for a moment. Your left-brain might know all sorts of facts and figures about a tree, like how the chlorophyll or the green-stuff in the leaves can turn sunlight into energy and takes carbon dioxide out of the air in the process. Your right-brain isn’t so interested in any of that stuff. It just looks at the whole magnificent tree and goes past that to recognise the pattern that created it. Then it does more.

The pattern shows you where the tree has a problem because that broken branch or piece of mistletoe doesn’t match the rest of the pattern of the tree. In the same way your business intuition will recognise where there’s a problem when the healthy patterns of your business are disturbed in some way. Just like the tree you need to get your business back into alignment with its healthy pattern to solve that problem.

What’s more your ability to recognise pattern means you know when one tree is the same kind as another because they both have the same pattern. This is the part of your business intuition which will help you recognise new opportunities. When your right-brain recognises a situation or opportunity that aligns to the healthy pattern of your business you’ll know, even if you don’t yet have all the data, that that’s a situation in which your business can thrive in. Saying yes to such opportunities is a wonderfully empowering way to use intuition in your business decision making.

So one of the best ways to succeed in business is to strengthen your intuition. Knowing your intuition comes from the pattern-based thinking of your right-brain gives you a clue as to how you can do that. Spend some time each week working on your ability to recognise patterns and your intuition will grow stronger. You can do this by spending time in nature which is full of complex patterns called fractals. You can watch fractal zoom videos on YouTube or simply look for patterns all around you, in the people you pass and the things you notice on your media feed. Or of course you could study Fractology.