Friday, June 24, 2005

Developing Your Intuition: 11 Keys to Expanding and Utilizing Your Intuitive Abilities

• Your perceptions are unique to you. Asking another person how they get intuitive ‘knowings’ or psychic impressions doesn’t mean your experiences will be the same. We are all unique, each learning and sensing differently. Honor your sensory impressions.

• Accept your “1st” feeling or instinct, even if it doesn’t make sense to you at the time. It’s your intuitive self at work when you get a 1st feeling. By engaging your logical mind to question it or make sense of it, you disengage your intuition. Simply allow the feeling and know that it is part of a puzzle and you will have all the pieces when it’s time.

• Usually you will get ‘pieces’ of the puzzle. Allow yourself to sleep on it and let it germinate. Don’t try to figure it out. Attempting to interpret it right away will put you into the logical left brain, out of the intuitive right brain.

• Pay attention to thoughts that come in ‘out of the blue.’ This means while you are day-dreaming, meditating, or even doing ‘mindless’ repetitive tasks. This is the time when you’re more open and receptive to intuitive information because your conscious mind is ‘out of the way.’

• You will tend to experience intuitive impressions the same way you learn; visual learners will tend to be clairvoyant, audio learners would gear towards clairaudience, and kinesthetic learners would benefit from movement and yoga.

• Perceive and record your dreams. Keeping a dream journal is a positive step in developing your intuition. It assists you in remembering and connecting to intuitive impressions you receive in your dream state. The journal also helps you look for patterns that may be expressing themselves.

• Also, journal your intuitive and psychic impressions. This includes déjà vu experiences, chills, knowing who’s on the phone when it rings, etc. Journaling these events can help to enhance your awareness and develops your listening skills.

• Pay attention to strong urges, synchronicities, strange happenings, gut feelings, etc.

• Listen to your body. Sometimes your physical body will experience the sensation before you perceive it psychically. For example, having a feeling in the pit of your stomach, goose bumps, the hair standing up on the back of your neck, etc. These are all intuitive experiences. It is a sensory response to something you are feeling. It may take longer to get to your conscious awareness. The physical body knows how to get your attention. These are signals to stop and listen to your intuition.

• Meditate daily. Meditation is different for everyone. It doesn’t mean you must sit in a particular pose and chant. Some people find it meditative to sit and listen to instrumental music, others meditate in nature by watching the trees move with the wind, or listen to a river flowing. Find the method that works the best for you. Practicing everyday enhances your listening skills and connects you to your inner self.

• Think about developing your intuition as if it were a new skill you are gaining. It will play an important role in decision making, meeting new people, being safe in uncomfortable situations, even help you get the job you desire. Intuition is a critical skill needed in today’s environment. With development of this skill will come greater self-assurance, self-esteem and self-confidence. It develops a sense of trusting in your self.

© 2005 Jodie Foster