Intuition is a natural part of all of us. As multi-sensory beings, we all have it although our cultural conditioning represses it. It’s commonly ( although inaccurately) known as the sixth sense and extends beyond your five physical senses to a larger awareness that spans both space and time. But here is the deal. It’s really the first sense not the 6th. Because we are first consciousness, then we take on a body. As immortal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience it is our first essential and primary ability – to sense the invisible world from where we came.
For the past few hundred years western culture has long honored logic and intellect as the most valuable way to experience the world. We’ve been taught to be suspicious of anything that defies this narrow paradigm. We tend to love facts and figures and distrust what we can’t prove through linear thinking. Yet, intuition is one of your most powerful senses it’s just that no one teaches us what it is or how to support it in school. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Of course, I know I’m kind of biased as an intuitive! But, even many of the world’s most successful people—including Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and physicist Albert Einstein, —have said that they wouldn’t be where they are today without following their intuitive hunches. Every new discovery is made with the power of the intuitive hunch.
Intuition is just as much a part of you as your other five senses, but it operates outside the limits of your physical body and reaches beyond the personal self and into another reality, one that is non-local. Non-local reality is comprised of events that are occurring without a relationship to where you are in your direct physicality. For example, you might know something has happened to your child at school, but you’re not there physically when it occurs. You don’t know how you know little Hope was hurt but you just do. When I do a reading for someone I reach out into that reality that is not my own, non-local to me, to source information about the person I’m serving. I might clearly see that your father has just passed and that you’ve just put your house on the market. This is where intuition reaches.
Intuition involves a greater way of knowing that you cannot simply explain through logic. It’s like stepping into a stream of information moving past the boundaries of time that includes emotions, experiences, other peoples’ memories and glimpses of the probable future. Your first sense comes to you through hunches as well as more dramatic experiences like precognitions. For example, you may have a sense that someone is going to call only to have the phone ring a few minutes later. You may meet a person you instantly don’t trust. Or you may have a dream only to have it play out in your life a few days later.
If you’ve read any of my books or have listened to my radio show on HayHouseRadio.com, you might recall my example of Soul FM and Ego FM which I introduced in my first book Remembering the Future. Think of intuition as Soul FM, a radio station that’s sending out details about everything around you—all that’s happening, is happening, and will (or potentially could) happen. Ego FM is the station that only broadcasts from your “Me Bubble.” The “ Me Bubble” is the term I use for the limited environment that comprises your identity, personal memories, and physical awareness. Intuition senses the world beyond those limitations.
Are you tuned into all six senses or just the five? If you’re listening to Ego FM, you’re going to only experience what’s in your head, the intellect, and the five senses. Frankly, this station is limiting and the songs get kind of repetitive and boring. Soul FM is a station that’s connected to everything. The radio waves of Soul FM are vast; they include you and go beyond you to All That Is. The universe is conscious and always sending you messages. All you have to do is turn on the dial and be willing to listen.
We all have our own special Soul FM station and receive the information in different ways. To tune into Soul FM, you have to turn down Ego FM and quiet the committee in your head. Then you must simply let yourself be and you’ll find your radio dials. One is clairsentience, which means that you feel and sense emotional intuitive hits. Then on the second dial is clairaudience, which means you hear your intuitive information as voices, names, and so on. On the third dial is clairvoyance, meaning that you see your intuition like a movie in your head. Then on the fourth dial, ( the most common and one most ignored), you have claircognizance which means you just “ know” something without previous exposure to the subject. The fifth is retro-cognition, which enables you to know things about a person or place’s past. We all have each of these abilities, but each of us has a unique, sensitive radio.
To help you get started with experiencing your intuition, here is one of my favorite exercises.
EXERCISE: A TRUTH AND A LIE
This exercise will help you know what your intuition feels like. Intuition feels different for everyone, but it will always feel like the truth. It will feel real, solid, grounded, and in the moment. People often ask me how to tell the difference between intuition and wishful thinking or the ego. Well, wishful thinking will feel like a lie. So, in this exercise, you’re going to tell yourself a truth and a lie.
To start off, take a deep breath and get centered. Now, tell yourself a lie. Here are some examples: My name is Yoda. (I’m assuming no one reading this is named Yoda!) Or, I just won an Olympic medal. (Unless you really do have one!) Or, I love onions. (When you hate onions.) Now scan your body from top to bottom and sense how you feel. Take a few notes on your impressions.
Take another breath and get centered again. Now, tell yourself a truth. Here are some examples: My name is__________. My favorite hobby is_________. I love________. Scan your body from top to bottom again and note how you feel. Write down your impressions again for what the truth feels like.
Your intuition will feel like truth. Wishful thinking and your ego will feel like a lie.
This is a powerful exercise, and you should make a conscious effort to really go through your day and use this when you are talking to people. Note how you feel when you’ve just spoken the truth and how empowering it is. Now note how you feel when you’ve told someone a lie (even a little white one), and take note of how that feels. It takes effort to lie. I want you to really pay attention to this and how you feel. Do it for a few days if you can. Really pay attention. Once you’ve tuned into the feeling of truth and lying, you become more sensitive to it. And when you’re more sensitive to that sense, the sixth sense, you’ll see how much more effective your truth or lie radar becomes. You may not know why, but your intuition will be super strong, and like the people first mentioned in this article, you’ll be right on the money. Every time.
“ Anything is possible when you open your connection to the Universe”