Intuition or what people sometimes call the sixth sense is sometimes no more that the conglomeration of all the other senses and experience. There is no mystery to this stuff.
Let’s take the simple example of walking. When you first learned to walk, you had to think about how to do it, you had to pay attention to each muscle. Now you don’t even think about how you do it, you just do it. Your knowledge is “in your bones,” or more accurately, in your muscles.
Intuition is the same thing. I no longer think about how I create a design or a poem or a painting, my perceptions and inner guidance to the best solution come easily and automatically. Whenever I work, I have access to a rich source of guidance and experience through my intuition. But I am not unusual; we all have access to the same incredible tool.
Here are some practical exercises to develop your intuition and to help you build trust in the messages that come from your intuition.
1. When you talk to someone, pay attention to their body language over their words.
Listen with your whole body, and see what you hear. It is often radically different from what they are saying with their words.
2. Look at things with your peripheral vision.
Many things that you wouldn’t normally notice suddenly become obvious. Why? Because your right brain is the brain in charge of your peripheral vision because it grabs “the whole picture” — the holistic version. This is similar to a common technique practiced by visual artists: they look at their work and blur their eyes deliberately. This allows them to see the picture in a new way.
3. If you are watching an interview of someone on TV, try looking at the person while they are talking with one eye covered and then with the other eye covered.
I did this during the debates, and I could tell which candidates were sincere. Again the reason is the same as #2 above; the right brain grabs information that the left brain cannot.
4. When you have to make a decision, lay out all the choices before you and see which one naturally attracts you.
Go with that one immediately and see what happens.
5. When you have spent too long deliberating between several choices, try to remember which one came to you first.
The first choice is usually the one that your intuition was trying to give you.
6. Pay attention to any weird synchronicity; your subconscious is trying to speak to you through the objects in the external world.
The universe is not random, scientists suspect that even chaos has an order. And what is “out there” is actually just a reflection of what is inside you.
7. Record your dreams.
There is much insight to be gained from the rich source of your dreams. Record your ideas of what the dream means alongside the dream, then look at what you wrote a few days later to see how your insights have affected your life.
8. Start listening to the world over seeing it.
This makes a great meditation too.
9. Practice walking with eyes closed.
See how many steps you can take. You will find yourself trusting other senses than your eyes, and may find, as I did, that you can actually “see” your way. I once took 100 steps on uneven ground in a park this way. It showed me that I could trust my perceptions without thinking about how I was doing it.
This is what intuition feels like: you know something without knowing how you know it, you trust that knowledge because you feel it in your bones. Intuition is the holistic knowledge that comes from the tiny hints that you receive all the time. Intuition is not a loud thing, it only suggests a path, or just shows you what is what, but what an incredible tool it can be, if you decide to develop and use it.
Copyright 2009 Aliyah Marr
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