In my experience, intuition is like a foreign language that we all sort of know. Everyone has the capacity for it, but some people are better than others at using it and understanding it. Just like some people are better at cycling or writing or counseling or math. And, just like all these examples, intuition is something that can be learned and developed.
For me, intuition is the language of energy between things. How people interact with other people, how the tree interacts with the Earth, and what the energy of each one feels like and the patterns of energy each sends out. Some people see this energy very clearly- they are psychic. They can tell you details and specifics- you will buy a new car next week, you need to fix that relationship, they aren’t moving. That sort of thing.
At the other end of the language spectrum is the intuitive ‘grunts’ most of us get- stop here, don’t drive there, pick that one, etc. The ‘gut’ feelings that we should do or not do something with no logical sense of why. (If you’ve ever seen the ‘amazing dads’ video on Facebook, where dads catch their kids in mid-air or stop a baby carriage at the last second, that is a great example of the ‘basic’ intuition language.)
And there is a bunch of gray area in between those two poles of expertise.
There are also many kinds of intuition and ‘other knowing.’ (If you want to read a great book, one that even made me do a double-take, check out Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. And prepare to have your mind blown.)
Some types of intuition include:
- clairvoyance (clear seeing, or psychic vision)
- clairaudience (clear hearing, or psychic hearing)
- clairsentience (clear feeling/sensing or psychic feeling/sensing, including clairempathy)
- clairtangency (clear touching or more commonly, psychometry)
- claircognizance (clear knowing or psychic knowing)
And while there are some people who genuinely have this gift, there are also some sham artists. [I had a great resource to avoid scams, but I can’t find it. I’ll link here when I find it again!]
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So, how does intuition work for spiritual guidance? I believe if we begin to listen to and nurture our connection with our intuition, we are listening in on the deeper vibes of our own spiritual journey. If our ‘Bible’ is a way of connecting with guidance from outside ourselves, intuition is a way of connecting with guidance from inside ourselves.
Now, I am not a psychic, but I am highly intuitive. I listen to my intuition and have honed it over the years. If you would like some practices to help you develop your skills, I highly recommend Sonia Chocquette’s The Psychic Pathway. Great book with super helpful tools.
I would say my skills are somewhere in the high-middle range. My intuition is clairsentient (I know and feel things that others have done, are doing, or will do) and also clairaudient (I can ‘hear’ inside myself certain messages from another person or thing). For example, my Dad regularly loses things- one of them was my mother’s wedding ring. He called to ask me where it was, and I could feel where the ring was, from the ring’s perspective (make all the ‘Lord of the Ring’ jokes you want- I do!). ‘It’s in a drawer, I said. Somewhere dark and calm and and with a green base layer.’ He called me back, 20 minutes later, so say he’d found the ring in a drawer in his workshop, on top of a green rag. I will say that the closer I am to someone, emotionally, the more detail I see and the easier it is to see/feel/hear things.
This is a good spot to also say that I see the truth of things. People, places, connections. If I have a ‘dialect’ to my intuitive language, it is that I see and hear the truth. So, when we were out to dinner a couple of nights ago, I could hear and feel that the wife of the couple at the other table, her greatest wish is to be cared for and taken care of (not financially, but emotionally). That is her truth, right now, so that is what I could hear and feel.
I use a variety of tools I have developed over the years to sort different pieces of information I get. Sometimes I see light around particular options and that is the one I’m supposed to choose (doesn’t mean it’s the easiest option, just means it’s the one I’m supposed to take- the path I am supposed to travel). I double-check some info I get, to make sure it’s the energetic truth. I ask for confirmation and have a variety of ways to receive it. Sometimes I attach symbols to people or situations and then, if that symbol arises, I know it’s about that person or thing. This piece is really about developing a language with Life, which I will talk more about in the third installment of this series.
And while I don’t usually get specific info, sometimes I do. I once had a connection with someone who didn’t quite trust me and was trying to ‘dig around’ inside my head one weekend. I don’t know what he found, but what opened for me was the entire story of his demising marriage and new relationship. I saw everything about the wound his ex had that caused her to treat him in a certain way that, in turn, caused him to leave the marriage (and his wound that played into all this) and how the new relationship was propping him up so he could feel good again. The whole story was laid out before me- not to mention the energetic patterns and vibes of everyone involved. In this case, as in many cases, the energy of a thing- or simply people’s true spirits- want to be witnessed. And because I am open to the energy, I get to see/feel the story.
My current success rate with intuitive readings is 80-85% (depends on the person, how long I’ve known or felt them, what they’re looking for, etc.). One of the best things you can do to develop your intuitive skills is track them. What did you feel, hear, see, and how did that play out? Everyone has a unique version of intuition, so tracking it helps you gain confidence and clarity.
There is also one question I use if I think it has bearing on a situation or I can be helpful. I simply sit in a meditative state and ask, “Please show me what I need to know in order to be useful.” Quite often I am shown specific things. This happens in client sessions a lot- I will see specific words, pictures, or interactions that I need to introduce into the session to help a client move forward- but this happens in everyday connections and conversations as well. I think because I am a good person, trying to be helpful, with a good heart that has been thoroughly tested, I get access to different pieces of information. Life knows I won’t use whatever I’m given to hurt people or manipulate a situation; I’m here for the truth and the growth of souls.
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Everybody has intuition and I believe it is a way that our soul/spirit talks to and connects with everything and everyone around us. We can learn the language of our own intuition- how it works and when- and begin to navigate our lives with more information and insight. And, I believe, this is another way of directly connecting with Spirit or God or the Divine Intelligence, or Whatever You Wanna Call It. Intuition comes from the place inside ourselves that is already connected to the Greater Whatever and so it gives us access to that place where all can be seen (or felt or heard).
I highly recommend developing your intuitive skills as a way to bring you closer to your own life and path. One of the best things I can also offer is the reminder that intuition is often a development of deep spiritual practice, but it isn’t the focus of practice. Intuition and other spiritual skills are a gift, but not the goal.