The Inner Advisor — connect with your intuition and subconscious wisdom.
All the answers are within us, but often we can’t hear them because our ego or other distractions get in the way.
The Inner Advisor is a powerful technique that help us listen better the voice of our in-tuition, develop your inner guidance, find clarity and connect with our higher human qualities. This is based upon shamanic and yogic principles.
For example the idea that “there are no limits”. All things are connected: our inner world influences our outer world. Also, that “all power comes from within”. We may find this power (life force, drive, confidence, etc) within us, by following our breath, and tuning in to our inner wisdom.
This technique uses meditation and visualization to enter deep relaxation and enter that safe space inside. A place where we can welcome the advisors of your choice and receive guidance for any life situation.
An advisor can be a historical or fictional character and their answers can be insightful, curious and profound. What would Oprah say? What would Jesus do? What would your future self recommend?
“Two weeks ago I did a really long inner advisor session with my 60 year old self that gave me an answer to a huge life-changing question” — Mark
The advisors are characters that serve as a vehicle for the voice of our intuition to manifest more clearly while we are in the visualization practice. It’s all about tapping into inner knowledge and using the latent power of our mind and bringing into awareness new perspectives that we may not have considered before. The process can be super fun and imaginative, and it may even be emotional.
The power of Visualization
Neuroscience research has discovered that guided imagery or visualization triggers neural firings and create mental blueprints that can facilitate future performance (physical and emotional). Visualization can help us on how we will handle any feelings of anxiety and how we’ll respond to future situations. Many peak performance athletes practice visualization or mental rehearsal as part of their training.
We can use the inner Advisor technique to find the inner calm of increasing our sense of guidance. We can use the technique to rehearse and prepare for important conversations or events. All answers are inside of us, all power comes from within.
Background of the practice
I discovered this technique while studying shamanic Huna and the use of “mental symbols”. I learned that Napoleon Hill, a personal development guru from the 1940’s, mentally talked to his “Invisible Counselors” before going to sleep. These were great people from history whose qualities he wanted to incorporate in his own life.
In advanced Yoga, a similar technique exists: If one you want to attain the positive qualities of something or someone, make the focus of your meditation those positive qualities in order to embody them (or learn the “inner secrets” of the object).
What to expect…
An introduction of the principles of the practice.
Guided breathing and visualization practice. (Some unguided practice also)
We will practice with closed eyes in sitting meditation pose — cushions and chairs are available.
No previous experience is required.
Rio’s inner advisor workshop felt like putting glasses on to look at my life! I left with a clearer view into the questions I need to answer in my life right now, and how to think about doing that. I’d recommend a visit to the garden to anyone interested in self development and perspective : ) — Trish Kennelly — VP of Experience at Remote Year
We organized an Inner Advisor workshop with all the keynote speakers that attended the 2018 edition of NomadCity which was an outstanding experience. Rio led a group of over 20, many of whom have met right before the workshop and managed to achieve a high level of involvement and great energy.
Everyone was really satisfied with the experience and we are certainly counting with him for our upcoming events. — Ignacio Rodriguez — Founder of Nomad City
Loved the experience — new but so inspiring. Definitely I will introduce this into my life! — Natalia, Google Employee
Rio is someone who can take you on a spiritual journey without being super vague about it. He’s smart, kind and full of wisdom. During his sessions I learned how to better listen to my intuition. And, he truly is an awesome guy to hang out with — Mark van der Heijden — Founder at Wanderbrief.
We visualized ourselves on a garden isle of our own design, and asked questions of imaginary advisors of our choice. What struck me was the difference between my own inner voice to myself — which at times can be negative, fearful, or doubtful — and the voices of my imaginary advisors which were positive, confident, and supportive. After all, it’s really just my own voice, but by framing it through the lens of others it allowed me to speak positively to myself, boosting my confidence and self esteem. It’s a helpful trick I learned today, and one I wanted to share. — Kellen Trachy- Marketing Director
What struck me was the difference between my own inner voice to myself — which at times can be negative, fearful, or doubtful — and the voices of my imaginary advisors which were positive, confident, and supportive. After all, it’s really just my own voice, but by framing it through the lens of others it allowed me to speak positively to myself, boosting my confidence and self esteem. It’s a helpful trick I learned today, and one I wanted to share. — Kellen
About the teacher:
Rio Otoya has practiced yoga and meditation for over 10 years, certified as a teacher and advanced practitioner in India. He has given talks and workshops internationally at events and retreats.
Rio started his career in London as an artist and later as a facilitator, community builder and startup programs manager with Google Launchpad. He taught meditation and yoga for gPause, Google’s mindfulness initiative. [Read more here]