In this blog post, I will share my take what intuition is and what you can do to improve it.
What is intuition?
You will all be very familiar with the five known senses: taste, smell, hearing, touch and seeing.
Some of you will be aware of this, and some of you will not. We have another sense, our sixth sense, a ‘gut feeling’, extrasensory perception or intuition if you like. All of them are the same: an etheric sense in its own right and works all of our other senses.
Don’t worry. Growing your intuition will not be anything like the movie ‘the sixth sense’ – you will not suddenly begin to see dead people. Unless that is your gift but very few people have that. And that is something very different than intuition—more on that in a separate blogpost.
By developing our intuition, we can raise our awareness of what is around us to a greater degree – the spectrum of our lived experience expands, and we can, in turn, sense more deeply. We can increase the amount we hear, see, smell, and build our confidence in our decision-making processes.
Have you ever walked down a street and then had a bad feeling and turned in a different direction? Later on, heard something terrible happened down that street? That is your intuition speaking to you. Have you ever experienced that someone you meet immediately gives you a bad feeling? A few weeks later you hear that this person has been speaking poorly about you? Again, that is your intuition speaking to you.
Have you ever walked walk into a room, and you pick up the atmosphere of a room the second you step inside? You sense whether it is good or not so lovely. Have you ever been in a conversation with a friend, and they share an experience. You notice that they are perhaps hiding a feeling or thought about it from you and you pick that up – this is again your intuition. Have you ever made a business decision that you know right but perhaps goes against the research? That is your intuition.
All of this said, we have to be very conscious that our layers’ of social conditioning does not come into play when using our intuition, and that is nearly impossible because we are human after all. We have to be sure that what we are using is our intuition, not our ‘physical mind’.
How do we make sure of this?
First of all, we have to implement a daily practice of meditation geared towards developing our sixth sense. The visual meditation that I teach does precisely this. Without a calm mind, our intuition will not have enough room to guide us.
I am sure you will all have experiences where you can’t think because there is too much noise in your mind. That is why we have to calm our mind first with meditation.
Another way to increase your intuition is through intentionally linking your mind with someone else by doing a straightforward colour-sending exercise.
Let say you and a friend decide on three different colours, for the sake of this text let us go with red, yellow and green.
You then decide who is going to send first and both close your eyes. The sender chooses a colour, and when ready, say out loud ‘sending’. The receiver will attempt picking up the colour from the other person. And vice versa.
The colour-sending exercise is the most basic one to train your intuition. There are many other ways to improve it, and I will talk about in a different blog post.
A quick summary of the benefits of enhancing our intuition:
- Improved confidence
- Enhanced decision making
- Increased awareness
- Clarity of mind
Want to know more about extrasensory perception?
I recently recorded a 2-part podcast(part 1, part 2), with my Spiritual Teacher on the topic of Extrasensory Perception. If you are interested in learning more, please to listen to that podcast and give us feedback.