Awakening Your Sixth Sense

Intuition… we’ve all experienced it. All of a sudden and out of the blue, we get a certain feeling and somehow we know that something has happened or that is going to happen… only to find out later on that our premonition or suspicion had been correct…

And how about when we meet a person for the first time and we experience feelings that have no real justification? Sometimes we immediately feel connected to them, and some others we feel a negative vibe. All of this happens in an instant, bypassing our conscious awareness and five known senses.

Intuition refers to the act of knowing that something has happened or will happen without the usual feedback mechanisms such as reason, feedback, logic, and without resourcing to the use of the senses from which other knowings usually and normally emerge. It is also called  the sixth sense and some link it to paranormal phenomena, and extrasensory perception or ESP.

Intuition can be experienced through three defined channels: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and/or sensing clearly. Let’s talk about each one of these occurrences.

Clairvoyance is a French word that means seeing clearly.’ It is described as the ability to gain information about an event, a person, a location, and even an object, through extra sensory perception meaning, seeing without using the eyes or the sense of sight.  Instead, it is when the inner eye –also called ‘the third eye’– is at work seeing what the eyes cannot perceive.

Clairaudience, also a French word, it means ‘hearing clearly,’ and it refers to the knowing, perceiving, or attaining information through extra sensory means, in this case a feeling through listening which goes beyond the auditory sense. This can happen when a person ‘hears’ something that is not perceivable through normal audition, listening to something not being explicitly stated or listening to an inner voice. This kind of intuition can also happen when a certain sound brings up an intense feeling, such as a bird twitting or even a never before heard song. Some clairaudient people claim that they hear spirit guides or receive communication from other entities.

Both, clairvoyance and clairaudience are considered paranormal activities that certain people with special psychic abilities posses. Some believe these are innate aptitudes that cannot be learned, while others believe we all have the ability to learn and use them.

The third and most common form of intuition is ‘sensing clearly.’  We refer to this experience as having a hunch or gut feeling. This is the time when we feel overwhelmed with a feeling that is hard to explain. The feeling can go from uncomfortable to distressing. Some mothers have described ‘feeling’ something has happened to their child who lives far away. All they can say with complete certainty is… “Don’t ask me how. I just know.”

It has been said that only some people are gifted with intuition. Astrologers even insist that people born under the Scorpio or Pisces signs are naturally intuitive. Others say that this ‘sixth sense’ can sometimes be so powerful, it almost borders on ESP. However, recent studies suggest that we all are born with this gift and that we just need to learn to develop it.

And why would you need to develop intuition? -you may ask. Why not let our emotional and psychological state as it is?

There are clear advantages to developing your intuition. To start, intuition promotes good communication, empathy and compassion. It makes us more sensitive to the needs of people around us and can keep us from hurting those we love. When you sense the feelings of your loved ones, you understand them better which leads to better relationships. You’d be surprised to learn how many people are oblivious to this!

A good sense of intuition also promotes creativity and expands the means for expression. Moreover, intuition allows you to awaken a healing power which goes beyond logic and even diagnosis. An example of this could be when a physician recommends a medication for a certain condition but something inside tells you not to take it, only to discover later that the side effects could have complicated the condition even further.

Intuition can also help you delve deep into your soul to eradicate hidden negative energy that may be affecting your physical and emotional health. It can give you cues as to how to heal yourself and what changes to make in order to live a healthier and happier life.

Having learned this… are you ready to awaken your intuition? Utilize these seven ways to develop your precious gift.

  • Hypnosis
    Hypnosis can help develop intuition because it strengthens the connection with your inner guidance. You can access your intuition easier while being in an altered state of consciousness.  The good news is that having good results with hypnosis is not limited to visiting a hypnotherapist and watching a pendulum move back and forth. With dedication and patience, performing self-hypnosis through an hypnotic program works and can help you develop your intuition.
  • Meditation
    Meditation helps you relax the mind and leads to finding the peace within. When you have a busy lifestyle, your mind is cluttered with too many things. In this state, it is more challenging to quiet the mind long enough to listen to your inner voice or feel your inner state. This is not conducive to awaken your intuition.Fortunately, there are many ways to start a practice of meditation. You can take a yoga or Tai-Chi class, or simply dedicate regular time to deep and rhythmic breathing that can lead you straight to Zen.  There are a variety of audios to help you do this. If you want to learn how to meditate deeper than a Zen Monk, click here.
  • Think Positive 
    A worry-free, fear-free state can do so much to improve the quality of your life as well as your intuitive ability. By staying positive, your vibrations are high. This attracts good energy that allows you to easily recognize imminent feelings and events that differ from the norm. Your intuitive ability is directly linked to the state of your soul and mind.
  • Let Go
    When you are in a situation in which you need to make an important decision, you must let go of all thoughts, worries, and concerns to allow your intuition to surface and guide you.To do this, go to a quiet place where you can be in peace for a few moments. Sit comfortably or lie down and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to your breathing without attempting to control or direct it. Just let it happen naturally and feel the air going in and out of your lungs. By focusing on your breath, the mind gets away of the usual state of jumping from one thought to another without control. We call this the monkey mind.
    From this state, shift your focus inwards and try to listen to the voice within. Ask your inner guidance what to do in reference to your situation… let go and relax. Go back to focusing on your breath and just be. Your inner voice will come out once you let go of all attachments and possible outcomes. You will know what’s best once the solutions start popping in. One of them will just ‘feel right.’

  • Get Out of Your Own Way
    In all fairness, letting go in this fashion can be challenging at times, especially when the monkey mind has not been trained long enough and when you need a solution sooner rather than later. Thus, you may have to do the above mentioned exercise several times before you are able to clearly feel or hear your inner voice of intuition. One way to do this is to go out and do something different right after you relaxed as described above. Allow yourself to get distracted from the situation you are trying to solve or decide upon. Do not expect an immediate answer. Usually, intuition doesn’t work like that.  A hunch seldom falls on your lap immediately. Give it a little time and when you least expect it, the answer will come. Just remain attentive and you’ll recognize it.
  • Trust Your First Impressions
    When you meet a person for the first time and you immediately get the feeling that he is not being transparent about what he says, or is a bit too arrogant for your taste, chances are that your fist impression actually holds true. Most of the time, first impressions are brought by intuition. You’ll later have an opportunity to verify (or not) your hunch. The more this happens, the more you will learn to trust your intuition. Be careful not to confuse intuition with prejudgment though. The former relates to a feeling, the later is based on opinion and reason.
  • Be Happy
    Intuition and happiness go hand in hand. This is because happiness promotes personal power and such power includes intuition. Thus, when you are happy your mind is not cluttered with problems and challenges, so you can tap into your intuition much easier and faster.Let’s also consider that many lives have been saved by intuition alone. Such is the case of the person who feels like going home walking rather than taking the bus as he usually does, only to later discover that the bus had been in an accident. I’m sure you’ve heard similar stories yourself. I invite you to learn now Tom Justin saved his life by not boarding flight 182, here.

Developing your intuition is very helpful because it leads you to getting the right answers that you couldn’t have come up with otherwise. Having said that, it is my belief that we all can learn to develop our intuition and use it to our advantage… will you choose the path of intuition yourself?

Intuition is a gift that you already posses. You will be able to make better decisions when you develop and practice listening to your inner guidance. Dedicate some time to expand your intuition and reap benefits you have never imagined. When you learn to trust your intuition, it becomes your best ally.