Finding Your Intuitive Self
By Robin Newman
“To touch the stars I must feel the Earth beneath my feet.”
Everyone is intuitive – doesn’t matter who you are we are all born with a varying degree of intuitiveness. Often we hear of a wife saying how she knew when her husband was in danger and though it was only a feeling it turned out to be true. Mothers have the same sense about their children. There are also moments in everyone’s life when they have a inner knowing not to go in a certain direction and how many of you have heard the phone ring and knew who was on the other end? Having intuitive abilities is like being able to tune into television stations.
The majority of people have those Rabbit Ear antennas that look like a big V and sit on top of the televisions set, some though have upgraded to cable so are able to get even more information and then there are people like Psychics and Mediums who have the big satellite dish and are able to get information beyond this world. Whatever your intuitive abilities look like it is possible to increase your ability to tune in.
I am not saying everyone can be a Medium or a Psychic because it doesn’t work that way. Just like everyone is not born to be a Doctor or a Lawyer or a Teacher not everyone’s purpose on that planet is to pass on messages from beyond. But you can increase your ability to hear your own guidance, you can learn how to shut the world of noise out so things become clearer, you can reach a place of spirit where it is possible to feel the presence of the Angels even if you do not hear them at first, you can gain greater insight into a life situation and be able to make more informed decisions about what pathway to chose. All these things are possible. I am not an expert I can only share with you the knowledge I have gathered throughout my own journey, the wisdom of my guides, the Angels and the experiences shared by others on their journey. What you must do is take the knowledge that is given in this workshop, build on it, add your own experiences to it, change and adapt the material to suit who you are and ask others on the same journey what has worked for them. There is no right way or wrong way there are only different ways and that is what makes this world of ours great.
YOUR INTUITIVE. Grounding
There are many ways to ground some as simple as walking in nature or visualizing a connection with Mother Earth or simply reading a book or working out in the garden. People are like electrical wires being charged by the energy in the environment and as any good electrician will tell you if you overload a system with too much energy it will eventually explode. That is why there is a wire specifically used to ground electrical units. And we as humans are no different we need to find a way of grounding ourselves so excess energy can be released.
Symptoms of being ungrounded
• Mind racing with a million thoughts
• Panic attacks
• The need to hurry
• Increased nervousness.
• Extremes in emotions
These are signs our body is starting to overload and we need to take time to ground ourselves. If you do not feel like you can achieve a feeling of being grounded on your own perhaps seeking a mentor to help you may work or going to someone who is a legitimate Reiki healer (Always double check credentials). Sometimes it is a case of giving yourself time to find what works for you having some patience for the process and making a commitment to practice. That is what the saying “To touch the stars we must feel the Earth beneath our feet” means to be grounded in this world.
No Mind ~ Meditation and the concept of letting go
Here I will share what my guides told me about the process of meditation and letting go of thoughts. I was told to close my eyes and visualize sitting in the middle of a big Oak tree with those massive branches reaching to the heavens and the strong thick roots reaching down into the earth. Then after I could feel myself in the Oak tree these words came to me.
‘To touch the stars you must feel the Earth’ The Owl sits and allows itself to be still Thoughts are allowed to come and go without attachment Only when our minds are quiet Can we see that which is before us. Allow all thoughts to come and go do not hold onto them As they will become attached to your subconscious ego Breathe in from the stars Release to the Earth Let go breath feel the thoughts come and go Allow the quiet to settle around you It will take time
In the beginning man survived by his senses to hunt to gather to mate to survive As these roles in man’s life became obsolete so did his reliance on his senses Close your eyes and you must see with the rest of your body Hear the world move Smell the world move Feel the world move The blind man sees that which you cannot You must learn to see with your eyes closed Sit close your eyes do not imagine the world around you for this is an illusion of mind See the world around you using the senses that you have neglected – Eagle Feathers
Eagle Feathers makes a very good point about seeing with your eyes closed. You will find most blind people have heightened senses and a greater level of intuitiveness than people who can see. Sitting with your eyes closed and trying to listen to the world with your other senses decreases your reliance on sight (the visual). Some people after sitting for a while doing this actually find themselves unaware of time and where they are some even enter a meditative state. But the real beauty of heightened senses is the world becomes a different place and you no longer rush unaware of that which surrounds you. I personally would start with this exercise of closing your eyes then move on to the traditional
For a lot of people meditation is defined as a state of not having any thoughts but this is not the case. When I first started meditating I was so worried about not thinking any thoughts that my mind just filled with thoughts about not having thoughts!!!! The trick is to let the thoughts come and go without being attached to them, to think of any thoughts which enter as little white clouds that you watch drift away. Eventually with practice you will find less and less thoughts entering and your mind will wander less…. keep in mind people who get to a stage of pure non attachment in meditation usually practice every day. There are no rules with meditating its whatever works for you if a CD of whales singing makes you at peace then go for it, if nothing but a flickering candle makes the world disappear again go for it, if you have to sit on a chair, sit on a cushion, sit in a group whatever works for you. For me when I am sitting drawing I go into a mini meditative state unaware of everything but what I am doing. When I talk to my guides I sit with a single white candle no music and a say a prayer then I close my eyes and drift I have friends who use Buddhist chants again what ever works for you.
The goal in meditation is to have no goal or no expectations to let go of any attachments and just be There are no time limits start off small and build up to longer or just do what feel right sometimes closing your eyes in the middle of a stressful day for five minutes can bring you back into balance and peace within Meditation is the way most Psychics, Mediums connect with their Guides Angels or Higher Power. If you find the process to frustrating find a group to meditate with or see if there is anyone who runs guided meditations. There are lots of groups who meet every month to simply meditate for world peace. Keep in mind you may not connect with anybody during your meditations but do not let that put you off. Simply taking a moment to de-stress to find balance to bring calm into our life will make your vision clearer and give you greater insight into your life situations. You will become more in ‘tune’ with your surroundings and the people around you
No mind state
To be of no mind state is to be completely at one with the universe. This is not the same as when athletes say they are in the “zone”, being in the zone is having total focus on one thing while being of no mind state is having no focus on anything it is the state of just being. I am not a religious person in the church sense nor am I affiliated with any religious organization but I to get across the point of no mind it is useful to use a bible analogy. When Jesus stated in the bible the words “I am” he was actually referring to being in a no mind state being one with everything. The Native Americans say the same thing “I am one with the trees I am one with the animals I am one with the rocks etc.” When you are of no mind state there are no reactions no emotions no fears doubts you just are. This is what my guides have to say about no mind
Without self there is nothing emptiness I am Without self we are one I am Without time there is nothing emptiness I am Without time we are one I am Close your eyes does your mind tell you what you do not see? Close your eyes do your fears and emotions dictate what you hear? Close your eyes does your physical body determine the outcome your mind decrees? I am I am not here not there I am I am not afraid or fearful I am I am not walking not talking I am
Submitting to the ‘I don’t know’ is the releasing of ego the freeing of the soul it is the ultimate freedom. Only from emptiness can your body be filled.
As a Psychic/Medium when I am with someone and I am tuned in I am of no mind state. The divine energy comes through me I speak the words I have an awareness but I am not attaching anything to either what is being said or the person I am with. “I am” The reason I mention this state of ‘no mind’ is because it is when we are at our most intuitive and I might add peaceful. It is the next rung of the ladder in meditation but it can also be that moment when you are completely in the now just being. The advantage of being of no mind state is that you can see things with great clarity because there isn’t any B….S getting in the road no emotional attachment to outcomes no judgments no looking for agendas just what is. Why all these things are important? Part of tuning in or bringing forth the gift of insight is being able to let go of all the attachments we have.
Image a single Mother working full time trying to raise her children the best she can. Then imagine her thoughts as solid objects floating around her like small balls. There would be school meetings in a little ball, work commitments in another one, maybe issues with a mother or ex-husband in another one, money worries in another one and so on. Now picture this woman with all those little balls rotating around her like a mini hurricane do you think she is going to be able to see anything with absolute objectivity and clarity? Do you think she will be able to be at one with anything with all those balls floating around her? Probably not which is why concepts like no mind, non attachment, releasing ego, meditation etc are important when it comes to being able to increasing your intuitiveness. You are not going to be able hear your inner voice unless you can lessen the noise of the outside world and your ego self. Ego self is that voice saying “How can you sit here meditating when there is so much else to do”
Your intuitive self
There are many articles on how to become more intuitive but most focus on increasing your psychic abilities. But that is not solely what being intuitive means. Being intuitive is being able to recognize the person who walks into your life and is not the healthiest person to have around. Being intuitive is being able to step back in arguments and see all sides objectively. Being intuitive is having a knowing when the people you care about are hurting. Being intuitive is being able to hear the inner voice over the ego voice. Being intuitive is being able to hear that Angel voice that say “not a good idea” or “we are with you always”. Being intuitive is being in tune with not only your own emotions and feelings but those of the people around you. Being intuitive is being able to make informed choices rather than ones based on emotion and past ‘stuff’. Ultimately these things are going to be more useful to you than knowing who is on the other end of the telephone when it rings or what card will be turned over next. So what can you do to be more tuned in?
Try automatic writing. Light a candle say a prayer ask for guidance ask for all things to come in unconditional love divine light and for your highest good and write what ever comes into your head. At the very least this will allow you to clear your mind of thoughts and you may even start to tune into your inner voice.
Meditate. Find what works for you. Try and get into the habit of meditating at a set time and day. But do not be anal about it. Even a walk along the beach or around the neighborhood or a quite moment with a good book and a cup of tea are all forms of bringing your body down into a peaceful state.
Let go and let God as they say. What this means is do not try and change the world in a day. Change what you can change and accept there are just some things you can’t change. Let go of outcomes let go of expectations. Be at peace with who you are and where you are in your life. Live in the moment do not allow your ego self to take you into a future that hasn’t even been created yet.
Learn about yourself who you are if you know yourself you have no need to worry about what other people think about you or worry about the future because you know what you want and where you want to be and you are happy with all in your world as it is.
Fill up your spiritual toolbox. Go to classes, join a group or read up on things which interest you. Find a mentor. Learn different ways to meditate to tune in try a Reiki class etc.
The thing most people do not realize is everything is meant to be simple. The higher power whoever and what ever you perceive him/her/it to be did not set out to turn tuning in into an exam that was humans looking to set themselves up as ‘experts’ so they could make a lot of money by saying listen to me ‘I know’. I know people who talk to Angels and it is simply faith and belief that allows them to do so. They are able to let the outside noise die down and then they listen for the Angel Whisper and they are able to do that simply because they believe it will come. I hear my guides speak to me when I am with a person because I am able to let go of ego mind and attachment and be of no mind. Did it take a while to get to that stage absolutely but it was not a complicated process but a simple one of perseverance, trust and commitment.
To find your intuitive self you first have to get to know who you are. You have to find out what you want and where you want to be. And in this process of finding out who you are you will let go of all attachment to the past to old dreams lost hopes past hurts grudges they will start to fall away and as they do you will start to see with greater clarity you will start to hear a voice an inner voice of spirit that is your heart song. There are no party tricks when it comes to finding your intuitive self. And all those exercises designed to “bring out the psychic in you” are useless if you cannot be of a no mind state can’t sit in the now, can’t have empathy for others and let your own stuff go. I am a Medium and a Psychic but I still have to live and breathe in the ‘real’ world still have stuff to deal with and again knowing who is going to walk into the room next doesn’t help me very much in the middle of an argument with my partner, doesn’t make any money problems disappear, doesn’t take away an abusive childhood. What does help though is being able to step back and shut out the noise and hear the voice of spirit. My guides and the Angels do not give me answers but the help me gain clarity and balance.
If you want to find your intuitive self find out who you are why you react certain ways why things are triggers for you what things work to bring you into a state of peace. Nurture yourself in body mind and spirit. That is what bring forth the gift of insight is. It is bringing forth the knowledge of inner self and letting go of ego self it is knowing who we are at the core of our being. Being psychic is great but that is only a small part of who I am and knowing all the parts that make me who I am is for me the true gift of insight.
By Judith Orloff
How do I Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition?
My approach to transforming fear has two stages. First, take stock of what makes you afraid and distinguish irrational fears from legitimate intuitions. Second, take appropriate steps to heed protective fears and transform the others with courage. At times you may foresee real danger, but more frequently unproductive fears clobber you. Therefore as a general rule, train yourself to question fears tied to low self-esteem; we’re all worthy of what’s extraordinary. For example, it’s right to question the fear that you’re too emotionally damaged to love; even the severely wounded can have their hearts opened again. True intuitions will never put you down or support destructive attitudes or behavior. Here are some guidelines for distinguishing legitimate fears from irrational ones:
How To Tell Fear From Intuition
Signs of a Reliable Intuition
Conveys information neutrally, unemotionally
Feels right in your gut
Has a compassionate, affirming tone
Gives crisp, clear impressions that are “seen” first, then feel
Conveys a detached sensation, like you’re in a theater watching a movie
Signs of an Irrational Fear
* Is highly emotionally charged
* Has cruel, demeaning, or delusional content
* Conveys no gut-centered confirmation or on-target feeling
* Reflects past psychological wounds
* Diminishes centeredness and perspective
For comparison’s sake, I’ll share radically different examples of how I use the above criteria. One morning I got two calls from frightened patients who both claimed to be hearing voices. Truly a typical day in my office! The first came from Bill, a schizophrenic who’d been skimping on his meds. Bill’s inner “voice” kept haranguing him, insisting he was a bad person, that his food was poisoned, that his son was being raped again by the grandmotherly babysitter. Believing these “delusions” (false beliefs unsubstantiated by fact), he was absolutely unhinged. So Bill kept calling the cops, who sent a squad car out twice, but found no threat. Tolerant but tiring of this, the officers warned that if he contacted them again, they’d haul him off to a psychiatric hospital. My other patient, Jean, had been coping with despair about her brother suffering from end-stage AIDS. Jean’s inner “voice” said to immediately fly to New York to join him, though he’d recently been stable. True of authentic intuitions, it came through clear-as-a-bell, oddly matter-of-fact and followed the typical progression of being “seen first,” then felt.
Both patients asked me, “What should I do?’ I urged Bill to take his meds and offered reassurance about his safety, a tack that had lessened his fear many times in our decade of working together. Jean, however, I supported in buying a plane ticket because her intuition felt so imminent, so right. Fortunately, she did, despite the expense and inconvenience to her job. That week her brother took a sudden turn for the worse, slipped into a coma and died within hours. Heart-breaking as witnessing his death was for Jean, she was able to be at her brother’s side in those precious last moments.
Try to separate unhealthy fears from intuition. Though Bill’s case was extreme, you may also have some fears that belittle you or cause you to misinterpret danger. Perhaps in a fit of anger your ex-wife called you “useless” and you believed it. This is not intuition. Nor is being frightened of having cancer whenever a brown spot appears on your skin. Also, be skeptical of long-standing fears, say of heights; these are typically not premonitions.
If you’re en emotional empath, it can be especially tricky to ascertain which fears are authentic, helpful intuitions. Because you tend to absorb other people’s emotions, you may pick up their fear and think it’s your own. To avoid this, always ask yourself, “Is the fear mine or someone else’s?” One dependable way to find out is to distance yourself from the source. Move at least twenty feet away. If you experience relief, it’s likely you’re perceiving another’s fear. Although it’s fine to absorb courage and all positive emotions from others because they’ll strengthen you, you don’t want to absorb negativity. Move away, and keep releasing extraneous fear by exhaling it until the feeling passes.
While some apprehensions may be emphatically linked to another’s feelings or, like Jean’s, are distinct intuitive warnings, the more garden variety ones reflect ingrained negative psychological patterns. To resolve these, you must know where they come from and do what’s necessary to loosen their hold.
How to Identify Your Intuitive Style
By Meredith Self
I think it helps your intuition be more detailed and clear when you identify your intuitive style. You likely use a few different styles, but it will help if know your primary style. By focusing on your strength you can better find intuitive techniques that match you. Sometimes people are so used to their way that they don’t even recognize it! So it might help you to develop another style so you better trust and enhance your primary strength!
Clairvoyance: Clear seeing. Seeing in the minds eye is a lot like seeing a memory or imagining a vision or picture, though sometimes it is stronger like a presence right there. (Do you tend to learn visually?)
Clairaudience: Clear hearing. Hearing in the minds ear is a lot like remembering a sound, though sometimes it is a lot stronger and I literally turn around. It may be words, letters, music, or any sound. (Do you tend to learn by listening?)
Clairsentience: Clear sensing. This is really feeling vibes in your body. Tingles, goosebumps, electricity, lump in throat, tickle in ear, etc. (Do you tend to learn by doing, touching or get strong sensations in your body?)
Claircognizance: Clear knowing. I just know is so close to a crystal clear thought, but it comes more from the belly than the mind. It has a ring, ping and clearness to it. A purity. Not so thick or dense as many thoughts. (Do you tend to get strong gut feelings without knowing why?)
With all that said, I’ve had psychic smells, too.
Clairaliance: clear smelling (a favorite of spirits for connecting, mediumship)
Clairambience: clear tasting
So don’t feel you need to put yourself in one of these labels; describe what you experience in your own words.
Developing a secondary style to strengthen your primary style
Often, your secondary style or developing another style is the KEY to trusting your primary style. For example, I am mostly claircognizant. I just know. I know what happened to this person this morning. Its just there. I was so used to how I sensed things that I didn’t even know it wasn’t a thought! And I didn’t even realize others didn’t experience what I did. Once I developed clairsentience and feeling a tingly vibe, I noticed that I got that tingly sensation whenever I had a claircognizant impression. So I began to notice my intuitive hits and trust them. Identify a secondary style to practice and notice what happens!
The key is becoming acutely aware of what you are experiencing– to notice how you perceive, not just what you perceive.
Match techniques to your style:
Once you identify your style or your interest, then look for techniques that will allow you to see, hear, feel or know.
clairvoyant (seeing): may benefit from using something like cards, visualizations, journeying
clairaudient (hearing): may benefit from asking for an intuitive conversation or music
clairsentient (feeling in body): may benefit from asking to feel it in your body, or ask for a body signal when you get an intuitive insight (shivers, goosebumps, ringing in ear…) or holding an object to sense its vibrational information
claircognizant (knowing) may benefit from intending intuitions to come in belly or above head or in some way distinguished from other thoughts; also helps to talk to different parts of yourself (spirit name, ego/personality name) and notice the voice of each so when you get an intuition you are more likely to notice it and not reason it away
To trigger and enhance a style, I sometimes use language like, louder please. Or I am willing to see. I am open to hearing. What did you say? Where in the body is this happening and what density is it? Turn the volume up. Show me on a screen, please. This creates a trigger and tunes me to pay attention to that particular sense. I also approach intuition as a natural ability, a natural sense, expecting it.
And everything, everything, everything to enhance your ability to use your other five senses will make your sixth, intuitive sense, stronger!
Art of Following Intuition
By Shakti Gawain
Listening to, trusting, and acting on your intuitive inner guidance is an art. Like any other art or discipline, it requires a certain commitment. It is an ongoing process in which we are always being challenged to move to a deeper level of self-trust. For most of us, the practice of allowing our intuition to guide us is really a new way of life, very different from what we have been taught in the past. At times it may feel uncomfortable or even a bit frightening. If we have been conditioned to try to approach life entirely rationally, to follow certain rules (or to automatically rebel against them), or to do what we think other people want us to do, then beginning to follow our own inner sense of truth is a major shift.
It’s natural for it to take some time and it may be a little difficult and confusing at certain moments. It’s important to be very compassionate with ourselves in this process.
At times we may be very aware of the conflicting voices inside of us. One part of us may be excited about making changes while another part of us is terrified about it. If we can acknowledge and honor all our different inner voices and their feelings, our intuition will show us an appropriate step to take — one that moves us in the right direction without being too frightening for our vulnerable selves or too radical for our conservative parts.
Opening New Doors
The more we practice following our intuition, the more faith we get, because we see that it really does work. Not only is nothing disastrous happening (as in our worst fears), but our lives are actually getting better and better. Remember to start with small steps until you build a sense of confidence in yourself and can gradually tackle bigger issues.
Your intuition will most likely push you gently toward taking some appropriate risks and trying new things. For example, you might have a fantasy of doing something creative that you haven’t done before, such as taking art, dancing, or music lessons. An inner critic voice might try to stop you from risking failure or embarrassment by whispering in your ear, “Don’t be silly, you’re not creative!” or “You’re much too old to start something totally new.” You can acknowledge your inner critic and thank it for its attempt to protect you from humiliation. Then you can go ahead and give it a try anyway.
Your intuition may be trying to show you that you have a new direction in which you need to move or that there is something within you that is trying to come through. If you give yourself permission to try it, you don’t have to be great at it; just do it for fun. Follow your intuitive impulse and see what happens. It may open a new door for you. It may give you a chance to play and discover a new part of your personality that you haven’t learned to express before.
Suppose you have always wanted to start your own business. Allow yourself to fantasize about it. Start thinking about what steps you could take in that direction. Ask your intuition to show you what to do. Try following any impulse you might have to explore this possibility. It may be that nothing will happen, or that you take a few steps and then feel blocked. This may be an indication that this is not the best course of action for you at this time. Or it may mean that you need to be open to it happening in a totally different and unexpected way. Stay open and see what happens. I know many people who have become very successful this way.
As you learn to live from your intuition you may find that the process of making decisions changes. Rather than just trying to figure things out in your head, you follow your intuitive feeling for a while and let things unfold. In the process, the right decisions usually get made.
For example, if you are unhappy in your job, don’t immediately make a decision to go in and quit, unless you truly have a strong gut feeling that that is the best course of action. Instead, explore and acknowledge your feelings, such as, “I’m really unhappy here, I’d like to work with people more,” or whatever. Then turn it over to your intuition and allow it to show you step by step what you need to do. You will probably find that something will emerge. You may find that your current job changes and improves, or you may get an inspiration about a different career and begin to explore that possibility. You may follow an impulse to interview for another job and find that it is right for you. Or you may get very clear that you need to resign, and it will feel appropriate to do so. The right action will emerge from the process.
If you have a problem to solve, or a desire to fulfill, try turning it over to your intuition. For example, if you feel like your social life is boring or unrewarding and you’d like to make new friends, consciously ask your intuition to guide you in this process. You might find that a week or two later you read about a hobby group and you intuitively feel drawn to attend. You may end up joining a camera club or a hiking club and find a new circle of friends with a common interest.
Some people fear that trusting their intuition will lead them to do things that are purely selfish, irresponsible, or hurtful to others. In reality, the opposite is true. Since intuition is connected to our souls and to the universal intelligence, it is always guiding us to our own highest good and the greater good for all concerned.
When we follow our intuition, we sometimes behave in new and different ways, and others may sometimes be temporarily disappointed or upset. For example, if you are a very giving person who has always tried to please and care for others, your intuition may push you to learn to say “no” when you really don’t want to do something, and to set better boundaries with people. At first, this might upset someone. In the long run, however, you and everyone else you relate to will be healthier and happier because of this change.
It’s actually quite amazing to watch how the intuitive process sorts things out so that everyone ends up exactly where they need to be, doing exactly what makes them happiest.
A Guiding Force
In the process of learning to trust intuition, some people go through a period of time where they feel like their life is falling apart. Relationships may end or change dramatically, you may move, change jobs, lose interest in familiar pastimes. These are indications that you are letting go of certain aspects of your old identity. If you tried to hold on to it, you would limit or imprison yourself. The forms in your life have to change because you are changing. It’s a matter of trusting that even when things are not going exactly the way you expected, there is a deeper perfection in the process. New forms of relationship, creativity, work, and home will come into being and they will reflect your growth and development.
It’s important to have emotional support while you are going through these kinds of changes. Find a friend or group of friends that you can talk to about your hopes, dreams, and fears, someone who can support and encourage you as well as give you honest feedback.
Sometimes family or old friends feel too threatened by the changes you are going through and are unable to give real support. You may need to seek out people who are interested in personal growth. One of the best ways to do this is to go to a workshop or join a support group (or create your own).
Learning to follow your intuition can sometimes feel a bit like “living on the edge”. In a sense, it’s learning to live without the false sense of security that comes from trying to control everything that happens to us. It’s recognizing that as we follow our inner guidance, wonderful things are going to unfold for us, things that we may not yet even imagine.
Gradually we become less afraid and more comfortable with uncertainty. We can learn to enjoy not knowing! It’s actually a very exciting, alive feeling. We can learn to move into the unknown with the confidence that we have a guiding force within us that is showing us the way.
FOLLOWING YOUR OWN ENERGY MEDITATION
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax your body. Take another deep breath and relax your mind. Continue to breathe slowly and deeply and let go of all tension or anxiety. As you relax, you find yourself in a deep, quiet place inside. Allow yourself to just rest in that place for a few moments, with nothing you need to do or think about.
From this deep, quiet place, begin to sense the life force within you. Imagine that you are following your own energy, feeling it, trusting it, moving with it in every moment of your life. You are being completely true to yourself, speaking and living your truth. You feel alive and empowered. Imagine that you are expressing your creativity fully and freely, and let yourself enjoy the experience.
Do this meditation as often as you like. I send you my blessings on your journey.
Trust Your Intuition
By Jan Marie Dore
This past year I made a significant transition in my life. I moved – across country. As I considered the many decisions I had to make, I frequently listened to my intuition and checked in with my feelings to guide me.
Everyone has latent intuition, and it is available to anyone willing to hear it – but the busyness, noise, and clutter in our lives often keep us from listening to our own inner voice.
Picture two faculties in yourself — an intuitive mind, and a logical mind. If you strengthen your intuitive mind, you can use both minds in tandem. We are well trained to listen to our logical mind and follow its advice. Yet, few of us have received guidance of how to tap into the innate wisdom of our intuitive mind. Intuition is a powerful kind of knowledge that many people overlook.
Intuition is a clear knowing, an insight. It is knowledge gained without factual, rational or logical information. Listening to the voice of your intuition is a way to access the power of your subconscious wisdom.
We are presented with an overwhelming amount of information on a daily basis. Our intuition can be a clear guide to what to say yes to, and what to say no to. Intuition can be a reality check for you, something you can trust to lead you to the truth even when outside appearances appear to say the opposite.
If you haven’t relied on your intuition before, now is a good time to start. Find ways to listen to your inner voice and connect to your intuition on a regular basis.
Plan daily periods of ‘creative silence’ to allow your intuition to emerge. It’s often very subtle and quiet when you first try to listen or tune in to it, so you need to disengage from all the noise and busyness of your daily life, even if only for a few moments.
Trusting your intuition can shorten the time it takes to make decisions, and can lead you to the best decisions for you.
Start trusting your intuition on smaller issues in order to develop your wisdom faculty to guide you in making the larger life decisions. Then, when the bigger decision come along, you’ll be able to trust your intuition to guide you to the perfect next right thing to do.
INTUITIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Try this exercise to discover small ways to start to trust the voice of your intuition. The sound of your inner voice is very subtle and can get lost in the midst of the noise of everyday living. Start with a very simple, basic problem or question. The problem could be a perspective, an issue, a decision, understanding a person, or a next step.
Start by writing the problem down as simply as possible, because the intuitive mind speaks very basically. The act of writing it down really commits it. Then, ask a question; for example, ‘Should I leave my job?’
Get very relaxed mentally and physically and center yourself. You can center yourself by using a focusing word or phrase, such as ‘serenity’ or ‘peace, be still’, by stating an affirmation, or by focusing on an object, such as a flower or candle.
Become receptive — use breathing and relaxation to release any tension from your body and thoughts from your mind. This allows the logical mind to recede and the intuitive mind to come forward. And at that point, allow yourself to elicit imagery from your deeper, wise self — an image, symbol, metaphor, or picture. This is what the intuitive mind usually sends to you.
The images are most often metaphoric or symbolic, so you can then interpret the image for what it might mean for you. If you don’t get an immediate interpretation, let it incubate for a few days.
You may get a ‘gut feel’ of the best choice for you, or you may have a sense of one path being open and wide, the other dark and narrow. This is your intuition using imagery to help you make the choice.
Pay attention to your intuition and your feelings, and they will guide you to making the right choices about what’s important to you.
“Every moment is a moment of creation, and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities. I can do things the way I’ve always done them, or I can look at all the different alternatives, and try something new and different and potentially more rewarding. Every moment presents a new opportunity and a new decision.” –Shakti Gawain, ‘Creative Visualization’
Tuning in to Intuition
By Andrea Hess
“How do I know it’s really my intuition talking? How do I know I’m not just making things up?” This is one of the biggest concerns many of you seem to have when it comes to accessing your own intuition.
The fact is that our intuition is always “on.” It is constantly giving us information, every day of our lives. Imagine a radio music station, running quietly in the background, wherever you are, whatever you may be doing. The music is so omnipresent that you don’t even really hear it anymore. Every once in a while you may catch an auditory glimpse of it, a sweet chord that all too soon gets lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But because it is always with you, it colors your life through your emotions and moods. Subconsciously, you are absorbing information from it all day long. This is how we get “gut feelings.” Our subconscious sends us intuitive information, and suddenly something hits us as being “off.” Or we feel incredibly drawn to people or situations. Most of the time, this is how our intuition communicates with us.
Now, however, we wish to access our intuition at the conscious level. We want answers to specific questions. We want information around the issues we are working on right now. And so we sit down and meditate. We dowse. We use tarot cards, runes, angel cards, or whatever other medium we may be drawn to. We turn up the volume on that radio. And invariably, we’re a little disappointed. “This can’t be my intuition,” we think. “I already knew all that.” The little voice inside of us is just like our own. It’s nothing earth-shattering at all.
The music of our intuition has been running quietly in the background all our lives. Is it any surprise that, when we turn up the volume, every song seems awfully familiar? There are no lightning bolts, no striking visions that remove us completely from reality. No booming voice resounds in our head, gifting us with startling revelations that change our lives. That’s the Hollywood version, but that’s not how it happens.
The voice of your intuition is a quiet, familiar voice. It’s your own! Your intuition is a part of you, and always has been. You’ve been hearing it every day of your life. The difference is that now you’ve started listening. When you consciously tune into that little voice, trust it. Believe in your own inner wisdom. Act on what that small, familiar voice says. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Start with a leap of faith, and see how your life unfolds.
10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently
Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, “more powerful than intellect.” But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is.
Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.
“I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, tells The Huffington Post. “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”
Our intuition is always there, whether we’re aware of it or not. As HuffPost President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington puts it in her upcoming book Thrive:
Even when we’re not at a fork in the road, wondering what to do and trying to hear that inner voice, our intuition is always there, always reading the situation, always trying to steer us the right way. But can we hear it? Are we paying attention? Are we living a life that keeps the pathway to our intuition unblocked? Feeding and nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life.
Cognitive science is beginning to demystify the strong but sometimes inexplicable presence of unconscious reasoning in our lives and thought. Often dismissed as unscientific because of its connections to the psychic and paranormal, intuition isn’t just a bunch of hoo-ha about our “Spidey senses” — the U.S. military is even investigating the power of intuition, which has helped troops to make quick judgments during combat that ended up saving lives.
“There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence, combined with solid research efforts, that suggests intuition is a critical aspect of how we humans interact with our environment and how, ultimately, we make many of our decisions,” Ivy Estabrooke, a program manager at the Office of Naval Research, told the New York Times in 2012.
Here are 10 things that people in touch with their intuition do differently.
They listen to that inner voice –
“It’s very easy to dismiss intuition,” says Burnham. “But it’s a great gift that needs to be noticed.”
The No. 1 thing that distinguishes intuitive people is that they listen to, rather than ignore, the guidance of their intuitions and gut feelings.
“Everybody is connected to their intuition, but some people don’t pay attention to it as intuition,” Burnham say. “I have yet to meet a successful businessman that didn’t say, ‘I don’t know why I did that, it was just a hunch.'”
In order to make our best decisions, we need a balance of intuition — which serves to bridge the gap between instinct and reasoning — and rational thinking, according to Francis Cholle, author of The Intuitive Compass. But the cultural bias against following one’s instinct or intuition often leads to disregarding our hunches — to our own detriment.
“We don’t have to reject scientific logic in order to benefit from instinct,” says Cholle. “We can honor and call upon all of these tools, and we can seek balance. And by seeking this balance we will finally bring all of the resources of our brain into action.”
They take time for solitude.
If you want to get in touch with your intuition, a little time alone may be the most effective way. Just as solitude can help give rise to creative thinking, it can also help us connect to our deepest inner wisdom.
Intuitive people are often introverted, according to Burnham. But whether you’re an introvert or not, taking time for solitude can help you engage in deeper thought and reconnect with yourself.
“You have to be able to have a little bit of solitude; a little bit of silence,” she says. “In the middle of craziness … you can’t recognize [intuition] above all of the noise of everyday life.”
“Creativity does its best work when it functions intuitively,” writes researcher and author Carla Woolf.
In fact, creative people are highly intuitive, explains Burnham, and just as you can increase your creativity through practice, you can boost your intuition. In fact, practicing one may build up the other.
They practice mindfulness.
Meditation and other mindfulness practices can be an excellent way to tap into your intuition. As the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute explains, “Mindfulness can help you filter out mental chatter, weigh your options objectively, tune into your intuition and ultimately make a decision that you can stand behind completely.”
Mindfulness can also connect you to your intuition by boosting self-knowledge. A 2013 study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science showed that mindfulness — defined as “paying attention to one’s current experience in a non-judgmental way” — may help us to better understand our own personalities. And as Arianna Huffington notes in Thrive, increased intuition, compassion, creativity and peace are all wonderful side effects of meditating.
They observe everything
“The first thing to do is notice — keep a little journal, and notice when odd things happen,” Burnham says. You’ll gain a keen sense for how often coincidences, surprising connections and on-the-dot intuitions occur in your daily life — in other words, you’ll start to tap into your intuition.
They listen to their bodies.
Intuitive people learn to tune into their bodies and heed their “gut feelings.”
If you’ve ever started feeling sick to your stomach when you knew something was wrong but couldn’t put your finger on what, you understand that intuitions can cause a physical sensation in the body. Our gut feelings are called gut feelings for a reason — research suggests that emotion and intuition are very much rooted in the “second brain” in the gut.
They connect deeply with others.
Mind reading may seem like the stuff of fantasy and pseudo-science, but it’s actually something we do everyday. It’s called empathic accuracy, a term in psychology that refers to the “seemingly magical ability to map someone’s mental terrain from their words, emotions and body language,” according to Psychology Today.
“When you see a spider crawling up someone’s leg, you feel a creepy sensation,”Marcia Reynolds writes in Psychology Today. “Similarly, when you observe someone reach out to a friend and they are pushed away, your brain registers the sensation of rejection. When you watch your team win or a couple embrace on television, you feel their emotions as if you are there. Social emotions like guilt, shame, pride, embarrassment, disgust and lust can all be experienced by watching others.”
Tuning into your own emotions, and spending time both observing and listening to others face-to-face can help boost your powers of empathy, says Reynolds.
They pay attention to their dreams.
Burnham recommends paying attention to your dreams as a way to get in touch with your mind’s unconscious thinking processes. Both dreams and intuition spring from the unconscious, so you can begin to tap into this part of your mind by paying attention to your dreams.
“At night, when you’re dreaming, you’re receiving information from the unconscious or intuitive part of your brain,” says Burnham. “If you’re attuned to your dreams, you can get a lot of information about how to live your life.”
They enjoy plenty of down time.
Few things stifle intuition as easily as constant busyness, multitasking, connectivity to digital devices and stress and burnout. According to Huffington, we always have an intuitive sense about the people in our lives — on a deep level, we know the good ones from the “flatterers and dissemblers” — but we’re not always awake enough to our intuition to acknowledge the difference to ourselves. The problem is that we’re simply too busy.
“We always get warnings from our heart and our intuition when they appear,” she writes in Thrive. “But we are often too busy to notice.”
They mindfully let go of negative thoughts
Strong emotions — particularly negative ones — can cloud our intuition. Many of us know that we feel out of sorts or “not ourselves” when we’re upset, and it may be because we’re disconnected from our intuition.
“When you are very depressed, you may find your intuition fails,” says Burnham. “When you’re angry or in a heightened emotional state … your intuition [can] fail you completely.”
The evidence isn’t just anecdotal: A 2013 study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that being in a positive mood boosted the ability to make intuitive judgments in a word game.
That’s not to say that intuitive people never get upset — but your intuition will fare better if you’re able to mindfully accept and let go of negative emotions for the most part, rather than suppressing or dwelling on them.
8 Steps to Developing Your Intuition
By Peter Hutt
What is Intuition? Is it just make-believe? Is it something only gifted born Psychics have? Or can anyone have intuition? And what can we use it for?
In this modern age, intuition has been largely forgotten. We’ve become rational thinking beings. Understandably so! We live in a literal world; A mechanical world; A rational world. A world where, experience and knowledge are highly regarded. A world which frowns on, actually fears, any form of mysticism.
As such, for many, intuition is too intangible too fanciful to understand or to contemplate mastering or possessing.
Thus the analytical and rational minds amongst us will tell you that there is no such thing as intuition even when it is well known greats like Einstein favored intuition over rational thinking as a means to create and to understand complex phenomenon.
Rational thinkers will try to convince you that intuition is make-believe. That it’s just your imagination; And we make it up; Therefore, it isn’t real. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.
Albert Einstein said it well when he explained that…
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
The funny thing is, rational thinking people are more inclined to accept intuition being described as a gut feel. Many great men and woman in the business world for example are happy to confide their reliance on their gut feel to make decisions. That’s becoming more and more acceptable even in these literal rational times.
Intuition, as I have come to know it, is more than a gut feel. It is a sense no different to our other senses, such as hearing and vision. It is a natural sense that is available to all of us. In truth, it is a skill that our modern society has lost in recent centuries.
The good news is you can be taught this skill. It’s not hard actually once you know how. So if intuition is more than a gut feeling, what is it then?
Lets start with the dictionary definition, here’s a few:
The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes; immediate cognition;
A sense of something not evident or deducible; an impression;
Immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning.
Intuition then is not derived from rational thinking. Nor is it derived from our thoughts and feelings. It is not based on our stored experience or literal knowledge either.
The premise of intuition is: that intuition is a mode of awareness of our Soul or Higher Self. Additionally, it should be understood, we are infinite beings and we are all connected through all time and space. Quantum physics supports this premise.
Einstein also said this about intuition…
“There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.”
Because we are connected through all time and space, when we go outside of what we know, we are instantly connected to a wisdom that cannot be matched by the rational mind.
Why Develop Your Intuition?
Intuition, is the souls mode of awareness. It allows you to access a well of information that to the limited perspective of the Egoic mind lies hidden from plain view.
Intuition gives you the big picture. The truth.
When we make decisions or choices in life, without intuition, we automatically rely on our or other peoples past experiences and knowledge. This is one way how you perceive things. How we perceive things is revealed in your thoughts and feelings.
Now it’s not to say experience and knowledge is of no value, it’s just that it is limiting.
Intuition is the mode of awareness that allows us to receive information beyond our literal knowledge and experience and our thoughts and feelings. In comparison to relying on the limited resources of experience and knowledge, thoughts and feelings, intuition is unlimited. It gives you the big picture.
So it’s obvious, making choices and decisions are only benefited by the vast well of information made available to us when we use our intuition.
Anne Wilson Schaef said…
“Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.”
I love this quote because I had an experience recently where my intuition did exactly that.
Here’s what happened…
A few weeks ago I was in my sporty little car, stationary at a set of traffic lights waiting for the green light to go. It was a major intersection. In the lane to the right of me was another sporty car. As we waited for the green light, the boy in me (i.e. testosterone) decided that when that light went green Id hit the gas and give the guy to the right a drag. Not terribly smart I know. LOL.
I was planning to race across that intersection beating the guy next to me. No police in sight, I was ready to go!
Lucky for me, I am well trained in using my intuition. So much so, my intuition is there for me even when Im not actively exercising it.
What happened next was incredible.
As I sat their eagerly awaiting for the green light so I could hit the gas and race off, I had an intuitive insight.
I imagined me crossing the intersection and at the same time from the road to my right a large truck running the red light and it slamming into me. It was a frightening image of a terrible crash.
Valuing my intuition as I do, I headed this warning and change my mind about accelerating across the intersection.
What actually happened next was incredible…
The light went green, and as I purposely slowly started to move a massive Winnebago Motor-home ran the red light in front of me doing well over the speed limit. Had I accelerated off as planned it would have crashed into me or I into them no doubt.
A terrible accident was diverted. All I can say is, thank god for my intuition.
8 Steps To Developing Your Intuition
Think of your intuition as a muscle. Without exercise, it will be weak and ineffective. So the first thing you must realize is that regular practice will strengthen your intuitive ability.
The following is a starting point to developing your intuition. Just follow these steps:
1. Stillness: Preferably, to begin with practice in a quiet peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed. However, in truth there are no right conditions that need to be met for you to access your intuition. Take a few deep breaths at the commencement;
2. Starting Point Is Just To Notice Where You’re At: become aware and acknowledge your thoughts and feelings first. Just allow them to be. Notice whats going on for you. Notice the room you are in, sounds, temperature etc. Notice the sensations and feelings in your body. Notice the thoughts you are having. And let it all be OK. Allow them to be. Its just a starting point;
3.Make It Your Intent To Serve The Highest Good: next step is, its always beneficial to make an intent that you choose to engage your intuition to serve your highest good. Always come from service of the highest good;
4. Receive: Also make an intent to be open to receive what you need to receive – no judgments, just receive;
5. Imagination: everyone has an imagination. No? Well, what if I said think of a Pink Elephant. Did you think of a Pink Elephant? Did you see it? I bet you did. That’s an example of your imagination. Your imagination is your link to your higher self. So in this step just engage your imagination now. Just use your imagination for the rest of the steps to come. Just make it up. If you cant visualize that’s OK. Just pretend, just imagine and make it up. It is perfectly alright to just make it up;
6. Innocence: this is a crucial step. You must leave your baggage at the door now before attempting to use your intuition. What I mean by that is, adopt the attitude of not needing to know and let go of what you already know. When I say baggage I’m referring to your knowledge and experiences that you have filed away. As I described earlier, intuition is the mode of awareness beyond what you think you know. So, innocence is really in-no-sense. Its a childlike state. Imagine now being a little baby looking out of your crib into the world. Everything is new to you. So when you practice intuition, imagine first being that little baby, wide eyed, everything new;
7. The Magic of Circles: There are many ways to access your intuition. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to teach you just one method for now. This is a powerful method that involves circles. Circles are regarded as a magical symbol and help to define a space. By using a circle we are able to define a space. It helps guide your imagination. It provides definition for your imagination. So, in this step what you do now is you define the space inside the circle as whatever you want to receive intuitive information about. In other words do a reading on or tune into. For example, let say you want to tune in to your Greatness, your true nature and purpose in life. You would define the circle as your true nature and purpose. Then you would imagine stepping into the circle in innocence, a bit like entering a room you’ve never been into before. Then, in this space that you have defined as being your true nature and purpose, ask your highest self, your soul to give you a symbol that will serve to inform you about your true nature and purpose;
8. Symbol Interpretation: now you are in the circle and you have asked for a symbol to inform you (in the example above), about your true nature and purpose. Just hold the tension, a symbol will come to you. It could be anything. There is no right or correct symbol. It could be just blackness. It could be a flower, a person, anything. It could be a sound, a song. It could be a highly complicated image or a very simple one. It doesn’t matter what it is. Once you have your symbol, all you need to do is interpret it in relation to what you want to be informed about. In the example above, you interpret the symbol in favor of what your true nature and purpose is. By the way, there’s no interpretation book to go by. The symbol was given to you and only you can interpret it. So all you need to do is keep in mind the thing you are tuning into (e.g. true nature and purpose) and interpret the symbol you received in favor of the circles definition. At first, this can be a little difficult but it doesn’t need to be. It is just a game of imagination. Make it up. There’s no wrong answer. The more you play with your imagination, surprisingly the greater the accuracy of your intuition.
By now you will have realized that your imagination is in fact part of your higher self. It is the mechanism that helps take you out of your limited reality of your thoughts and feelings and into that unlimited pure creative spirit that you are, connected to everything through all time and space.
Imagination directed by an intent to serve your highest good will connect you to That s intuition!!!your highest truth.
Six Ways to Increase Your Psychic Awareness
By Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.
Perhaps you already know that you have psychic skills. Or maybe you’re just hoping that your ability to know who is calling on the telephone is more than mere coincidence. The truth is that you are psychic. New scientific research from leading international universities proves what many of us have known for a long time: that psychic abilities are a natural and normal human skill. Like any skill, you can practice and learn ways to increase your enjoyment and use of your natural psychic abilities.
Within the past decade, scientists around the world (including sceptical researchers who initially sought to disprove psychic phenomena) have verified the existence of ESP and telepathy.
Cornell University scientists used airtight methodology in 11 successive experiments that concluded that telepathy is a real skill that everyone naturally possesses.
During 1996, university laboratories in Nevada and Japan discovered that subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate decreased or accelerated the moment another subject thought either loving or hateful thoughts about them. Scientists believe this may explain why people may call us soon after we think of them. The term, “sixth sense” isn’t just a coined expression but a scientifically verified fact.
Even more, researchers have pinpointed specific factors which anyone can use to increase his or her access to psychic wisdom. By making simple adjustments to our home or office environment, and our ordinary lifestyle, we automatically receive more intuitive guidance. By incorporating these findings into my everyday life, my own psychic ability has felt more like a well-trained horse than a wild beast. I can now hold the reins and steer it at will. Today I’m in the habit of using my psychic power for practical details, such as, “What time will I arrive at my appointment?” and “Which street should I turn on to get to my destination?” My psychic guidance steers me to empty parking spaces, friendly bank tellers, and shopping bargains. On deeper matters, I receive psychic counsel about helping my clients, getting closer to God, and the best foods to eat for optimum health. In short, psychic awareness has great practical uses for daily living.
Here’s how to increase your own psychic awareness
1. Know your psychic channels of communication. We often think of “psychic skills” as being the ability to see mental pictures, or “clairvoyance.” However, seeing is only one means of receiving psychic information. Some people are clairsentient, meaning they get psychic guidance through their feelings. Psychic guidance can also come as clairaudience, which means “clear hearing” of a voice inside or outside your mind. Claircognizance is the ability to know entire chunks of information about various subjects, without knowing how you know. We naturally possess a primary channel of receiving psychic guidance, and one lesser or secondary channel of psychic communication.
2. Meditate daily. Studies show a definite relationship between meditating and psychic abilities. Scientists have observed that meditation synchronizes the wave patterns of the left and right brain hemispheres. This synchronization apparently allows a free flow of information from the “psychic” right brain into the left brain’s verbal centers. Research also shows that a synchronization occurs between the brain patterns of one who meditates and the person she or he is thinking about. You don’t need to spend a great deal of time meditating to achieve benefits from its practice. A mere fifteen minutes devoted to meditating first thing in the morning, and then five minutes before going to sleep, can greatly influence your intuitive, psychic, and healing capabilities. Remember that time is an earthly idea.
3. Chakra Cleansing and Balancing. After you have attuned yourself with your morning meditation, the next step in opening your channels of psychic and spiritual healing is to do a meditation specifically designed to cleanse and balance the energy centers of your body known as chakras. There are many wonderful books, audiotapes, and classes that can help you learn how to balance and clean your chakras. This step will immediately increase your psychic communication abilities and boost your energy.
4. Mental Attunement. Mental attunement involves centering your awareness upon your higher self’s connection to the source of knowledge and love. If we allow our mind to slip into the ego-self, our psychic readings become inconsistent and unreliable. Even worse, we become unhappy and afraid. We certainly have every reason to want to live in our higher self. Here are some ways that are helpful:
a. See yourself, and everyone you meet, as one with God, and your thoughts and actions will automatically align with love.
b. Avoid identifying with others’ egos. Any time we declare the ego as a real state of being, we give power and life to the illusion.
c. Honor your true self. You are a wonderful person who deserves health, happiness, and prosperity – know that! If you spend too much time doing something that is not part of your sacred mission, your inner guide will nudge you. It’s important to honor this nudging.
d. Watch out for the “special power” ego trap. As you begin doing psychic readings, be sure to guard your thoughts so that you don’t fall into the trap of believing you have special powers. This sort of belief will trigger your ego-self to take over, and your psychic abilities will automatically reduce as a result.
5. Create an atmosphere that amplifies your psychic abilities. Your room environment can contribute or detract from your psychic abilities. Scientific studies conducted at leading universities find that people give more accurate psychic readings in distraction-free rooms that are dimly lit and have soft background music. I also find that I give better readings when I’m well rested, am dressed comfortably, and have fragrant flowers such as stargazers or tuber roses in the room.
6. Pray. A 1995 study by William MacDonald of Ohio State University found that people who regularly pray are more likely to have telepathic experiences than people who don’t pray. MacDonald explained these findings by saying, “In one sense, the results aren’t surprising. You can think of prayer as a type of mind-to-mind communication between a person and God. So prayer and telepathy are related concepts.” How to Receive Psychic Guidance Now, it’s time to put your psychic mind into action. There are two main ways to access psychic information: by asking a question, or by deciding to allow the information spontaneously to flow into your awareness.
In the first method, you allow your mind to become as blank and relaxed as possible. I visualize my mind as a giant ornate bowl, empty and ready for the infinite universal wisdom to fill it. Then I mentally ask a question. For example, “What time will I arrive at my destination?” or, “What issue does my client who has the 3:00 appointment today want help with?” You can specifically “address” your question to God, your guardian angel, or another loving guide. Or, you can just put the question in your bowl and trust that the highest wisdom applicable will come. You will receive the answer in your mind or body as a picture, feeling, knowingness, or audible words. The second method is similar, but instead of asking to know something, you decide or give yourself permission to know some information. So, after visualizing your mind as an open bowl, relax and make a mental statement. For instance, if you were driving somewhere and wanted to receive directions intuitively, you would affirmatively state, “I now know exactly which roads to take to get to my destination.” You will immediately receive guidance by either hearing the names of the roads to take, or feeling yourself pulled right or left at the crucial intersections.
Practice Makes Perfect Here are some specific exercises to increase your confidence in your ability to tap into psychic guidance: Parking Spaces: In a parking lot, allow your mind and body to relax and become as open as possible. Relax with deep breaths. Feel your way to an empty parking space and allow your intuition to guide you. Or, ask your angels or spiritual guide to find an empty parking space, and request that they give you signs or directions to lead you there. While Driving: Ask psychic questions about what moves the driver ahead of you is about to make, which road to turn on to reach your destination, or what time you will arrive. You will either hear the answer, see it in your mind’s eye, get a feeling about the answer, or else simply know the answer.
Appointments: If you have an appointment to meet someone new, ask to receive psychic impressions about that person. You can also ask what time the person will arrive at your appointment, or whether they are running late or ahead of schedule. The Telephone: Whenever the telephone rings, allow the psychic impression of who is calling to enter your mind before you answer the call. Ask, “Is this a man or a woman calling?” and, “Who is calling?” With practice, you will become very tuned in to your incoming callers. The Television Set: Turn on a television program with which you are unfamiliar. Turn your back away from the television monitor, so you cannot see the screen or its reflection. Listen to the actors and actresses talking, and visualize what they look like. Turnaround from time to time to check your accuracy. Keep a Coincidence Journal: Write down every instance, minor and major, in which a coincidence plays a role. This list helps you to focus your mind on coincidences. The more you pay attention to coincidences, the more of them will come your way.
As you adopt these methods into your daily routines, you will immediately find yourself receiving psychic information about your relationships, job, health, and future. I recommend that you keep a journal of all the transmissions you receive. This journal will help you to develop a trust in the validity of your psychic impressions. You will also be able to notice any recurrent themes within your incoming transmissions. If you ever feel overwhelmed by all the psychic data streaming into your consciousness, you can turn down its volume any time you want. To do so, simply decide that you choose to be less aware of the psychic frequencies. Use the power of your intentions to adjust the psychic volume to a comfortable and – most importantly – enjoyable level.
Definition of Intuition -From Intellect to Intuition
By Alice A. Bailey
This immediate access to Truth is the ultimate destiny of all human beings, and it seems probable that someday the mind itself will lie as much below the threshold of consciousness as the instincts now do. We shall then function in the realm of the intuition and shall talk in terms of the intuition with as much facility as we now talk in terms of the mind, and endeavor to function as mental beings.
Father Maréchal, in Studies in the Psychology of the Mystics, defines the intuitive perception in these terms: “Intuition – defined in a quite general manner – is the direct assimilation of a knowing faculty with its object.
All knowledge is in some sort an assimilation; intuition is an immediate ‘information,’ without an objectively interposed intermediary; it is the only act by which the knowing faculty models itself, not on an abstract likeness of the object, but on the object itself; it is, if you will, the strict coincidence, the common line of contact of the knowing subject and the object.”
Maréchal, Joseph, S. J., Studies in the Psychology of the Mystics, page 98.
One of the most notable and suggestive books on the subject of the intuition, and one which gears in amazingly with both the eastern and western positions, is entitled Instinct and Intuition, by Dr. Dibblee  of Oriel College, Oxford. In it, he gives us several interesting definitions of the intuition. He remarks that
“as sensation is to feeling, so intuition acts to thought, in presenting it with material,”
Dibblee, George Binney, Instinct and Intuition, page 85.
and he quotes Dr. Jung as saying that it is an extra-conscious mental process of which we are from time to time dimly aware. He also gives us Professor H. Wildon Carr’s definition:”Intuition is the apprehension by the mind of reality directly as it is and not under the form of a perception or conception, (nor as an idea or object of the reason), all of which by contrast are intellectual apprehension.”
Carr, H. Wildon, Philosophy of Change, page 21.
The intuition, he tells us”is interested in purely intangible results and, if it disregards time, it is also independent of feeling.”
– Dibblee, George Binney, Instinct and Intuition, page 132.
In a particularly clear passage, he defines (perhaps unintentionally, for his theme is with other matters) the coordinated practical mystic or knower.
“…intuitive inspiration and instinctive energy are finally tamed and unified in the complete self, which ultimately forms one single personality.”
– Dibblee, George Binney, Instinct and Intuition, page 130.
Here we have the mechanism guided and directed in its physical relations and reactions by the apparatus of the instincts, working through the senses, and the brain, and the soul in its turn, guiding and directing the mind through the intuition, and having its physical point of contact in the higher brain. This idea Dr. Dibblee sums up in the words:
“The point at which I have arrived is the definite acceptance of two distinct organs of intelligence in human beings, the thalamus, which is the seat of instinct, and the cerebral cortex, which is the seat of the allied faculties of intellect and intuition.”
– Dibblee, George Binney, Instinct and Intuition, page 165.
This position is closely paralleled with that of the Oriental teaching, which posits the functioning coordinating center of the entire lower nature to be in the region of the pituitary body, and the point of contact of the higher Self and the intuition to be in the region of the pineal gland.
The situation is, therefore, as follows: The mind receives illumination from the soul, in the form of ideas thrown into it, or of intuitions which convey exact and direct knowledge, for the intuition is ever infallible. This process is in turn repeated by the active mind, which throws down into the receptive brain the intuitions and knowledge which the soul has transmitted. When this is carried forward automatically and accurately, we have the illumined man, the sage – Ageless Wisdom.
“Intuition definition – [n. 1 immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning. 2 immediate apprehension by a sense. 3 immediate insight. (Intuitionalism. Philos. The belief that primary truths and principles esp. of ethics and metaphysics are known directly by intuition.] Intuition. The ability to see any event, any object from a viewpoint of the cosmic whole, from it’s culmination – the seed, the flower, the fruit in relation to the whole. The knowing of something without prior knowledge or the use of reason. All stands revealed the hearts, the motives, the causes of all events. All is open to the person. Pure Intuition, as above, so below.
Intuition can be said to be a comprehensive grip of the principles of universality. A person who develops intuition can know anything, without the barriers of time, space and any other obstructions. The intuitive type: Creative people, people with hunches whose chief concern is with future possibilities. They are able to sense the invisible and the palatable. They perceive wholes and compress much into a flash. Poets and prophets are often intuitive.”
Every one of us possesses the faculty, the interior sense, that is known by the name of intuition, but how rare are those who know how to develop it! It is, however, only by the aid of this faculty that men can ever see things in their true colors. It is an instinct of the soul, which grows in us in proportion to the employment we give it, and which helps us to perceive and understand the realities of things with far more certainty than can the simple use of our senses and exercise of our reason. What are called good sense and logic enable us to see only the appearances of things, that which is
evident to every one.
The instinct of which I speak, being a projection of our perceptive consciousness, a projection which acts from the subjective to the objective, and not vice versa, awakens in us spiritual senses and power to act; these senses assimilate to themselves the essence of the object or of the action under examination, and represent it to us as it really is, not as it appears to our physical senses and to our cold reason. “We begin with instinct, we end with omniscience.”
By Alice A. Bailey
There are many ways in which the intuition can be drawn into activity, and one of the most useful and potent is the study and interpretation of symbols.
Symbols are the outer and visible forms of the inner spiritual realities, and when the facility in discovering the reality behind any specific form has been gained, that very fact will indicate the awakening of the intuition.
First ray people belong to what is called the “Destroyer Ray” and the power of the first aspect, which is the power to bring to an end, flows through them.
They will have a tendency to destroy, as they build, through a wrong direction of energy, through over-emphasis of energy in some particular direction, or through misuse of energy in work with themselves or others.
Many first ray people have the tendency to pride themselves on this and hide behind a plea that, being upon the first ray, a destructive tendency is unavoidable. Such is not the case. Builders, such as second ray people always are, have to learn to destroy, when prompted by group love and acting under the Will or first ray aspect. Destroyers have to learn to build, acting ever under the impulse of group love and utilizing the power of attachment in a detached manner. Both groups, builders and destroyers, must ever work from the standpoint of reality, from the inner nucleus of truth and must “take their stand at the center.”
The study of symbols tends to bring this about and, when carried out with faithfulness and diligence, will produce three effects:
1. It trains in the power to penetrate behind the form and to arrive at the subjective reality.
2. It tends to bring about a close integration between soul-mind-brain, and when that is brought about, the inflow of the intuition and, consequently, of illumination and truth becomes more rapidly possible.
3. It will put a strain upon certain unawakened areas in the brain and arouse into activity the brain cells there found, and this is the first stage in the experience of the aspirant. With the majority of true aspirants, the center between the eyebrows is awakened, whilst the center at the top of the head is vibrating very gently, but is not in full functioning activity. This higher center must be awakened more fully before aspirants can measure up to their full opportunity.
In the study of symbols, I would urge upon you the necessity always to put before yourselves the goal of arriving at the underlying concept of any symbol studied. This concept will ever be synthetic. It will not be detailed and in sections. You may have to arrive at this concept through a study of detail and through arriving at the significance of various sections or parts of the symbol under consideration. When, however, your analysis is completed, you must not rest satisfied until you have summed up the meaning of the symbol in some synthetic idea, concept, meaning or name.