As therapists or mindfulness practitioners, we rely on using our intuition. One of the strongest ways to develop intuition is through mindfulness but what is intuition and what other ways can we develop it?
People often speak of intuition as being a gift, or something that enables you to see into the future. The reality is that everyone is intuitive. It’s a sense that we all have. From the time you are born your intuitive signals are up and running and the first place it speaks to you is through your gut instincts. Animals are also incredibly intuitive. If you’ve ever seen a wildlife documentary you will know that in order to survive animals have to be incredibly attuned to their intuitive instincts, otherwise they will not survive.
When helping clients to find the answers, it can always help to ask them what their intuition tells them.
When clients fully connect with the wisdom of their intuition, there is often a very big shift in the way they view the problem they came to you with. If they connect with their intuition, they are able to see how it can help guide them all along in making choices that fill them with a greater sense of congruency.
As therapists, it's important that we too develop and use our intuition. I am blessed to have these 'gifts' and be able to use them and I would like to share with you how you too can become intuitive.
One practical measure we can put into practice each day is to tune into our body. In this day and age, we are often more aware of what is going on in our heads or outside ourselves than in our own body. We might work in offices or at home, spend a lot of time on computers or watching television and not much time doing physical activities. Listening to your body is a positive way to apply intuition in life and stay true to yourself. Tune into your gut-feelings when meeting new people. You may find you get impression almost immediately. Try not to worry too much abut this feeling, learn to listen to it and notice how many times it is right.
Notice what the body is sensing and the corresponding signals it sends us as an important part of developing intuition. Our body will tell us if we are comfortable with a particular place, person or choice in life and if it is truly in our highest good. Have you had the experience of just knowing that a new job, house or relationship was right or not right?
Pay attention to your thoughts and inner voice. Sometimes a thought will pop into your mind out of the blue and hold special meaning; for example, when looking for a new home of having a thought that was not characteristic of your usual ones. Or, when conducting therapy, a thought might pop into your mind that is on a different track to the current discussion but turns out to be pivotal.
The 4 psychic clair senses are:
Clairaudience is the ability to hear the spiritual, to hear the voices of spirits, to hear voices or sounds from the past or from the future.
Clairaudience sometimes can occur independently of any other extra-sensory perception. In fact, many people who cannot “see” the spiritual will still hear voices, sounds, and noises not originating from any physical source. Unlike clairvoyance, clairaudience often occurs in what seems to be a physical manner. The clairaudient person will actually “hear” the sounds.
Clairsentience literally means “Clear Feeling.”This can be taken literally, in that you feel the touch of something nonphysical. .
Claircognizance It is also described as a sense of 'knowing'. It can also be taken more intimately, in that you’re able to feel the spiritual reality, and the message that it conveys emotionally or intuitively. You just have a knowing about things. For many strong in this gift it feels like knowledge pours into the top of their heads. For you, you may have a "knowing" of their name.
Practicing Empathy can also help develop claircognizance. Empathy is the ability to pick up on the feelings of other people and know what it is like to be another person. Empathy can be a double-edged sword. It allows you to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes more easily. However, if you’re an empath, you can be like a sponge, absorbing and feeling emotions which aren’t your own. Do you ever experience overwhelming negative feelings which seem to have no cause? Then you could be feeling someone else’s feelings.
One of the most powerful ways is through practicing mindfulness every day. Regular mindful practice can develop your intuition and help access that inner guidance. In the next article, I will be taking about what can interfere with intuition.
Also to come are ways to develop the 'therapeutic alliance'.
Written Helena Fone