Everyone can access intuition – it is always there for you. However, in our current mode we tend to create a schism between our intuition and our analytical mind, and have lost trust in our inner voice. In terms of sheer amount of exposure, we spend the majority of our time soaking up analytical information from the external world and exercising our rational faculties. It can therefore take some conscious effort to remove the blockages to intuition that we have built – but ultimately this is not so difficult when we realize we are the creators of them.
Examples of these blockages include:
- Fear-based inner voices
- Intellectual dominance
- A Closed Heart
- Perceptual biases
- Inner skepticism
- Over-confidence (Arrogance)
- Under-confidence (Self-doubt)
- Distorted perceptions based on past traumas
- Toxicity blocking the systems of the body
Unfortunately, many of these blockages are created and maintained by media, the educational system, the healthcare system, and so on. These blockages are not necessarily malicious or conscious, but rather these external voices are collectively too loud and overwhelming, and tend to drown out the messages our soul and spirit want to convey to us – which may be in direct contradiction to these societal messages. Reducing these distracting and sometimes harmful influences is an important step in unblocking our realization of intuitive potential.
Fortunately, there are many methods of self development to help a person let go of limiting beliefs and develop intuition – yoga, meditation, prayer, art, dream analysis, hypnotherapy, and so on. Meditation, for example, moderates intellectual dominance and creates a reflective state, helping us to rise above our limiting beliefs, hear our intuitive voice, and access our ‘higher self’. Prayer is also a practice where we extend ourselves beyond the realm of the ordinary, into the realm of spirit, opening ourselves to receiving information that we can access through intuition.
Intuition is often tied to a body sensation – such as a ‘gut’ feeling or ‘following your heart’. Being grounded in your body, physically active, well hydrated, and honoring your body’s needs will help the intuitive signals ‘flow’. As well, becoming more aware of your emotional state and working through states of grief, anxiety, and anger rather than suppressing them are helpful body-centric practices. Intuition is a naturally heart centered empathic process – where expanding your heart energy through acts of compassion, letting go of heart blockages through forgiveness, and experiencing more joy through expressing gratitude, can really bolster intuition.
In terms of honing and applying our intuition, there are many specific tools and methodologies such as muscle testing and pendulum testing. Muscle testing (also known as Applied Kinesiology) was developed by chiropractors as a way of gauging the needs of the body through the relative strength of major muscles when the client is posed with various yes or no questions. By accessing intuition through the intelligence of the body, muscle testing is a way of bypassing the rational mind to access true information. The question may be ‘Is this Vitamin C good for this person?’, or ‘Is adrenal fatigue an issue for this person?’ Usually if the answer to a question is ‘no’ the tested muscles weaken or lose strength, but if the answer is ‘yes’ the muscles are strong. Muscle testing can be applied by homeopaths, who might ask ‘Is this remedy good for this person?’ or ‘Is this potency good for this person?’.
The skill of pendulum testing (also known as dowsing) goes back millennia and is spoken of in ancient texts including the Bible – it was an early and effective method for finding underground water supplies. The process involves asking a question, letting the pendulum swing, and observing the pattern of the swing. The pendulums motion (either clockwise, counterclockwise or straight back and forth) then corresponds to answers of ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I don’t know’. If this seems to outlandish, realize that it is just an intuitive tool for tapping into the subconscious signaling of the body, and bypassing the rational mind. The pendulum simply amplifies and illustrates our intuitive body signaling.
Many other tools besides pendulums and muscle testing are also worthy of exploration, and we will speak to these throughout the website.
“The heart has reasons which reason itself cannot know” – Blaise Pascal