Frameworks for Interpreting Intuitive Messages
Updated: Mar 29
(this is a recycled post from the Dreams of July)
Growing up in culture that basis a lot of emphasis on tangible/ physical reality can make trusting your intuition tricky. I have struggled with trying to make sense of non-physical information, and I am sure I am not the only person who naturally picks up knowledge intuitively and then doubts it and tries to write it off. If you are someone who can relate to this quandary then the following frameworks for understanding the development of timelines and non-physical information might be helpful and I encourage you to read through them and apply them in a way that is beneficial.
First the quandary (at least as I have experienced it):
There are times when I will see, hear, feel, or having a knowing about things that I cannot fully explain. In spiritual circles these events are sometimes referred to as downloads or channeled messages. There is an idea that they come from higher-level beings or the higher self, or the collective or some other source of external knowing. Often, I find the information to be extremely helpful once I’ve had time to process and apply, usually I am eager to share it because it makes sense to me—but there are times when it is a struggle to describe the information and why it is relevant. I fear that what I am understanding is just part of a delusion and that the truth that I am unwilling to see is that I am actually in fact so sick that I cannot see out of the layer of sickness.
It has taken me a while to learn to be patient with the information. I have had to learn how to share because it feels important to me to do so and not because I need to be proven right and then to let go and let the pieces fall into place as they need to. What typically happens for me is that things will flip suddenly. I’ll see or know something in an inexplicable way and then try to share it and not see any relevance, I’ll go back to thinking I’m just sick and delusional and feel really bad about myself, and then after I move on things will adjust so that the message I was trying to describe will become solid.
Usually when I am picking up a lot of information in this way, I find myself feeling torn and irritated. Maybe some of you who pick up intuitive messages or know things in inexplicable ways are familiar with this experience.
Over the past year when this has happened, I have taken my complaints to the “higher-ups”. In response to my frustrations, they have provided a series of frameworks to help me better understand how these messages work and why they sometimes appear unclear or out of place. I feel like these frameworks can be useful in general for finding patterns and thinking about the “big picture” aspects of how life weaves together, but they can especially be helpful for people who are more intuitive in their navigation through life—especially when the information you are picking up seems overwhelming.
Lately I’ve been having a lot of information come in, so it seems like a relevant time to re-post this. Hopefully having these ideas to frame information will help if you are also receiving lots of information and struggling with the context of it.
Here are the frameworks/images for understanding intuitive messages and patterns within life:
1. Don’t think of it as a timeline—They explained—think of it as a map. The problem with the timeline framework for interpreting these messages (at least based on the way we tend to conceive of time in this plane of reality) is that it’s not very dynamic. It flows at one speed in one direction and sweeps everything through as if there is no personal authority or control. If you interpret the messages through a timeline framework it feels like things are destined to happen in a certain way and that if they don’t the message is wrong, but if they do and the messages are correct then you have no real control over your own life. Neither of these are true.
A map is a more accurate metaphor because it shows possible locations and outcomes based on the speed and direction you are currently heading. If you keep going this way you’ll eventually come to this experience and you might get there faster or slower depending on both internal and external factors or you might chose to change directions altogether and never reach it—but based on the current trajectory and speed it is likely that you will hit this event at about this time. They explain it this way because sometimes they will say things and then give me “landmarks” to watch out for. They’ll say something and then say “wait for this or when you see that get ready to go.” It isn’t an exact measurement, but it gives a hint at what is coming and what to watch out for based on my own current direction and speed combined with relevant external factors.
2. Think of it as one of those museum displays where it looks like there are random hanging pieces of glass but when you step into the right position they all line up to create a seamless 3-dimensional image (they didn’t actually describe it this way, they just showed it to me as if I was looking at the exhibit). The reason for this imagery is that not all the information comes down at once, it comes bit by bit so that you can digest each piece a little at a time. Sometimes the pieces seem unrelated and so it feels confusing, but when you step into the exact right spot (or moment in time if you want to change the concept of time to distance) then you can see the image. Then they told me to take it further, imagine if there were multiple spots where you could stand, and the combined image made up by all those fragments created different images. Then imagine that you had the capacity to hold onto each image and step further back so that they all came together to make a new larger image. That is also an example of how these ideas come in. Small fragments with multiple meanings that you only understand when you reach certain points in your life and then understand again at a different point and if you could step far enough back to observe yourself observing them you might see all those images as fragments creating even larger images. They explained that this is why something can have one meaning at one point in time but be part of a completely different perspective at a later time.
3. Think of it as layers of circles. Each circle is a different realm and knowledge passes between them, but every time it hits a layer or hemisphere the quality of that message and interpretation shifts slightly. This is because the primary elements of reality are not the same at every level and as the information is transmitted it has to be translated and re-translated between each layer. In this sense the map in the first metaphor is not only a map but a more dynamic globe and timing has to be made with consideration of the movement of elements between layers of the hemisphere to meet at the landmark points. They also told me that this is why sometimes a shift can be felt on one of the more distant layers but it will seem like a long time for it to make sense in the physical reality and it doesn’t look exactly the same when it shows up. There are a lot of stages of translation that can occur between the layers and many factors need to line up so that something can move all the way through from the innermost to outermost levels.
4. Think of it like you are working on a loan (this metaphor comes directly from working in the mortgage industry but made a lot of sense to me). There are a lot of important pieces to each process, some you have control over, and some other people have control over. All the pieces need to come together within a specified framework in order for a loan to be completed. This happens with things in life too, there might be something we are creating or waiting for and it might be in the process of being. There are some things we can do to speed up the process but sometimes there are other dynamics at work that we have no control over and when it comes to those aspects you just have to do your best and wait for everyone/thing else to be ready. I’ll talk more about this when I get to the message about free will and divine plans, but in this metaphor the idea is that your life isn’t a singular thing-- there are factors beyond your personal control, there are also factors within your personal control. You can control some things but not others and so you find a balance between action and trust, movement and patience, etc.
5. They gave me an image of two mirrors flipping. It reminded me of a baby toy. There was a shiny part that reflected light very strongly and muted part and they were attached to a single axel. They would spin and land with a shiny or muted part up. I watched them land several times. Sometimes they both landed on the shiny side, sometimes on the muted side, sometimes one of each. Sometimes they stopped at the same time. Sometimes one stopped before the other and there was time to wait to see where the second one landed.
I didn’t understand this image when they showed it to me, but they told me, “wait for both sides to match and then move.” I was confused so they explained, “you spent one year learning about courage to move, and one year learning about the strength to stay still, next year you will start to learn about timing to combine the movement and stillness in cohesion with the rhythm of life. This is a hint, when one or both pieces are spinning or when they are facing different directions stay still, when they are both facing up or down then run through.”
This example goes into the example of the spheres, it is about waiting for the translation to come through. Just because something has been experienced on one plane doesn’t mean that it has occurred on all planes, as it translates down there is a time to pause and adjust because once it hits everything will line up and then it’s time to move.
These are the primary metaphors I have so far of understanding why the messages look as fragmented as they do and what happens to the timing along the way. I don’t know if explaining them all upfront like this is helpful or more confusing, but in general I feel like it’s important to have an understanding of the framework before explaining the substance of something. The framework is like a lens and if we are all looking through different lenses it will be harder to know if we are communicating about the same substance. If we figure out the lens it makes it easier to express the ideas.
Hopefully, this is helpful on some level.
Thanks for reading.