How it started
Many people have asked me how I came to develop the Business Adept Cards system and its source, the Corporate Signpost Toolkit. My answer is that I was prompted by several discerning people to create an intuitive tool for use in business to promote the power of whole-brain thinking – a way of focusing intuition (and gut hunches) on demand. However, this concept would have fallen on stony ground, if I hadn’t already been introduced to the mystery of intuition.
On reflection, I believe the specific event that started me on this course occurred a couple of years earlier.
When the opportunity arose to attend a 3-day Awakening Intuition workshop being held in Helmsley, a small market town in North Yorkshire, I’d been going through a bout of depression and low self-esteem. So, having always been interested in the workings of the mind, I decided to give the workshop a try. If nothing else, I’d be getting away for a while – a change of scene, a change of company, and hopefully a change of heart.
Helmsley is a delightful place with lots of history. It was worth the 350-mile trip just for that. Find out more at www.visithelmsley.co.uk
We met in the old Town Hall in the town square.
Awakening Intuition Workshop
As a died-in-the-wool career woman and corporate executive, specialising in business strategy and business process engineering, I harboured considerable scepticism about the subject matter. Nevertheless, I was determined to keep an open mind.
The workshop, led by Mary Hykel Hunt, was fascinating. It comprised a mix of theoretical and experiential exercises designed to open our minds to all our senses and especially to the power of the subconscious. We learned, for example, about the significance of sound or colour, how to see and feel aura and how to sense when someone’s aura touches your own. None of us had met before and we were amazed at how much we could deduce about each other using purely intuitive methods.
For me, one exercise had particular impact. This is the one that caught my attention and set me on this track.
Three objects exercise
Firstly, the group was set the task of each deciding on an issue for which we would like new insight. Keeping that issue in mind, we were then required to find 3 objects either from the work room or from the town. (We were to draw a picture of any object that couldn’t be transported back to the room.) We would just ‘know’ which objects were relevant and we should note their sequence.
Well! Subtle panic! Deciding the issue was easy but I was not at all convinced about ‘knowing’ which objects to choose. Reluctantly and with some trepidation, I started the task.
On the floor beside my chair were my note pad and a box of 12 coloured pencils. As I leant down to pick them up, I fumbled the box and half pencils fell out. For no reason at all I decided that this was a sign and the pencils must be my first object.
Finding nothing else of interest in the room, I wandered out into the town, where I was struck by a similar lack of inspiration. However, since my hobby is horse riding, I was intrigued to discover just off the town square a small stable yard. Extremely unusual these days to find one in the centre of town! There were no horses in the stalls and no-one around - presumably all out on a trek. It was the cleanest stable yard I’ve ever seen.
Would I find my 2nd object here? Nothing caught my eye and time was marching on. So, in desperation, I decided that a hitching ring on the wall would have to do. I made a quick sketch.
With time running out, I went into a touristy shop. Surely, I’d find something there. Nothing! But while I was there, I decided to buy a rather attractive jar of mint humbugs to take back to my work colleagues. Outside the shop again, I’ expected to find my 3rd object on the way back to our work room. I didn’t. The humbugs would have to do.
The review stage
Having had mixed success, a rather subdued group returned to class to start the next phase of the exercise.
We were split into groups of three. Each of us would take a turn at sharing our issue, making an intuitive reading of the objects, or observing. The objects represented 1) the underlying issue, 2) the hindrance to its resolution, and 3) a possible solution. Interpretation would be achieved by using all the senses to assess the significance of the object and apply it to the issue in question. The overall nature and purpose of the object was also important.
In the event, my objects proved easy to interpret:
My issue was ‘how could I recover my zest for life?’ Even two years on, I was still feeling down after parting from my life partner of 12 years. I needed to get over it and get on with my life. Enough was enough!
After discussion among my group of three, the following key points were agreed.
Object 1 – the underlying issue – pencils falling out of the box
I’d noted that the pencils that fell out of the box were all the brightly coloured ones –red, light blue, pale green, orange, yellow. Left in the box were the black, brown, dark blue, maroon and bottle green. Val, as interpreter, reasoned that, when my partner left, I felt he had taken all the bright colour out of my life. I was left with dark colours, dark feelings and apathy.
Object 2 – hindrance to resolution – the hitching ring
Val deemed that the hitching ring indicated I was tied to the past and unable to move forward. However, this was illusory - there was no rope tying me to the ring. I could move on whenever I wanted.
Object 3 – possible solution – jar of mint humbugs
The jar of humbugs was an indicator that, to help me get over my grief, I needed something sweet in my life. I should give myself treats, get out more and enjoy myself. After all, our team of three women reasoned, to be upset about a man was all humbug anyway.
I had to admit that the insights were valid. I was surprised and impressed that, without actually feeling drawn in any way to these objects and even doubting my reasons for selecting them, I still ended up with items that were relevant.
I even followed the advice. And, although I haven’t totally succeeded in bringing the colour back, I did find a new interest. I went on to study intuition in greater depth. When pressed to produce an intuitive tool for business, I felt ready to do so, especially when my skills were combined with those of Michaele Wynn-Jones who became my business partner on the project. Together we created the Corporate Signpost Toolkit which has now morphed into the online Business Adept Cards.
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