10 Tips to Unlock Your Intuition
to sort of make your intuition happen is like holding a gun to a flower
and commanding it to grow. And it makes about as much sense. I think
if you take it out of the end of the spectrum that makes people think
this is weird, this is special, this is something I can't do and bring
it into the realm of every person, it's really a quality of heightened
presence, awareness, finally tuned perception, and being more in touch
with yourself. And there are lots of very simple ways to help yourself
do that. For instance, you can just start noticing the times when you
had a hunch or you had an idea and it turned out to be true."
These are the words
of Belleruth Naparstek, psychotherapist, intuitive, and author of Your
Sixth Sense: Unlocking the Power of Your Intuition. To develop
your own intuitive powers she recommends these 10 practices.
- Meditate regularly
to clear and still your mind and to focus your awareness. Lovingkindness
(metta) meditation and heart-opening guided imagery are especially powerful
and trustworthy ways to expand intuitive ability.
- Exercise regularly
to ensure a fit body for handling the increased energy that moves through
your system when you do intuitive work.
- Create sacred
space. Either set aside a special area of your home or office in
which to practice intuition exercises, or establish a ritual surrounding
your time of seeking intuitive guidance.
- Set your intention
on opening to intuition in a trustworthy, respectful way that is focused
on service, not power.
- Test your intuitive
ability on things that don't matter, like predicting which bank
teller will open up next, or who's calling on the phone. When there's
no pressure to perform, abilities open up.
- Keep track of
how your body feels when you get an accurate intuitive hit. How
does that differ from the feeling of a "miss"?
- Keep a journal
of intuitive experiences, recording your daily hits and misses. You'll
start to see patterns, what time of day or month your intuition is enhanced;
how diet, emotions, geographic location--even the company you keep--affect
your intuitive abilities.
- Verify your
experiences with objective data. This will help you avoid distorting
information received intuitively.
- Know yourself.
Self-awareness helps you separate intuition from projections of your
own wishes and fears. Mindfulness meditation, psychotherapy, or regular
introspection with a friend, support group, or teacher can help eliminate
blocks, self-deception, and distractions that prevent you from receiving
clear, direct information. Still, don't assume you'll be right all the
time; no one is.
- Tell the truth.
Intuitive awareness is about integrity--being true to your inner experience.
The more truthful you are with yourself and others, the less you will
be at the mercy of outside influences, and the more you will be able
to rely on your intuitive abilities.
- Slow down and
seek out solitude. Quiet time alone allows for greater intuition
and helps you rebalance and stay grounded.
- Work continually
on opening your heart. Practice kindness and forgiveness. You'll
not only become more intuitive, but you'll be a trustworthy carrier
of the information you receive.
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Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz
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