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Nurturing Your Sixth Senses

Ben Underwood, a blind teenager, does amazingly normal things like play video games, skating and walking down the sidewalk unaided. He’s mastered the skill of echo location using a clicker to give him feedback on his surroundings. We’ve all heard of stories like this where a person loses one sense and learns to develop and rely on another to take its place. Sixth senses are the ones that, as a culture, we’ve lost the use of. They’ve been blocked off or ignored by so many people for so long we’ve almost forgotten that they are our birthright as human beings. Fortunately, learning how to nurture your sixth senses does not require that you lose one of your other senses.

Sixth sense benefits are too great to ignore in our super-charged, rush-around, get-it-all-done lives. With too many demands on our time, we have to decide which tasks and activities will benefit ourselves, our families and our businesses the most. There is just no way to take advantage of all of life’s options. How would you like to know how to be able to look at those options and know which was right? Just know. If you’re doing that you’re using the one sixth sense that everyone has – intuition.

The benefits of listening to your intuition become clear as you get used to it. You begin to trust your judgment, and although you will want feedback from other people involved with your decisions, you’ll grow more certain of your choices as you become more skilled at allowing your intuition to guide you. You begin to feel like you’re in the flow of life instead of battling upstream. Small intuitive decisions open the way for big things to fall into place more easily.

Try these three tips to help nurture your sixth senses including your intuition.

1 Acknowledge that you have at least one sixth sense, your intuition. I promise –everyone has this one. Think about it – ever had a gut feeling about something. Ever had the phone ring and you knew who it was before you looked at your caller ID. Ever felt a sudden impulse to call someone, check on the kids, take a different route home. Trust me – you have intuition. If you can’t remember one single event that indicates your intuition, let me know. I can tell you what’s blocking it.

2 Spend time in quiet contemplation. Notice I didn’t say meditation. It doesn’t take hours and hours of meditation develop sixth senses and – surprising as it may be, not all meditations help you with it. Different meditations for different purposes. Try this – Take a few minutes each morning (5-10 is plenty) to clear your head and listen. Here’s where temporarily suspending your other senses can help: close your eyes, block out noise with a fan or white sound recording, do not try this while someone is baking cookies downstairs. Breathe deeply while you let your normal thoughts and worries float around and away. You might see images, have new thoughts rise to the surface or simply feel more at peace for those few moments.

3 Don’t try to force intuition. It doesn’t work that way. It can and will sometimes shout at you in emergency situations, but it does its best work in quiet moments. Simply set your intent (a bit stronger than deciding or hoping) to find the answer to a particular problem. Sit quietly for a few moments while holding thoughts of that problem in your mind with as little emotion attached as possible. Then, and this is really important, allow a feeling of gratitude to flow through you for the future answer you will receive. And the answer will come to you, although it may take a few days or even weeks depending on what you’re seeking. Often you’ll realize it’s something you’ve considered doing but had discounted or resisted. (See! Your intuition was working all along.)

Developing and nurturing sixth senses takes acknowledgment, contemplative time and patience.
And it’s worth the effort. You’ll be rewarded with more confidence and clarity as you move through your day and your life.

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15 Responses to Nurturing Your Sixth Senses

  1. Very Interesting…

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Ian!

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  2. I have seen the video of Ben and it is truly amazing! Thank you so much for the points you made! Very infomative post! Keep them coming!

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    Teresa Reply:

    I’ll add the video to this post as you suggested. Thanks, Micahel!

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  3. Talking my language, The body know and every cell has a memory Amazing

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi Vicki! Glad we speak the same language!

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  4. Teresa,
    Wonderful post on using every sense you have and developing the ones you have yet to tap into. Thanks for the great read!
    Val :)
    Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Are You on a Rhinoceros Path in Life?

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi, Val! Thanks for stopping by. Personal growth is all about tapping into the gifts and talents we haven’t perfected yet!

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  5. This was very informative and something that I have neglected to do for a long time. (much to my own dismay)

    A sharpened intuition is the best tool in guiding us to where we need (and really want) to be in life.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jose H. Caraballo´s last blog ..Forget Your Why…Begin With Your Purpose!

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks for your comments, Jose. Good luck on your journey to a more intuitive life!

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  6. Hi Teresa,

    What a wonderful post. Intuition is such a wonderful gift that we all have inside of us. I like to think that I am naturally intuitive but sometimes I have my energy knocked off balance by lifes little hurdles, so it was great to hear your tips on listening to your inner voice and asking for those ‘answers’ to manifest themselves.

    I look forward to reading more from you.

    Beth :-)
    Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..The Princess and the Frog

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi Beth! Those hurdles definitely slow us down a bit, but trust me, you are intuitive.

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  7. Hi Teresa~

    I had the great honor of meeting Ben ~ he spoke at our convention a few years back and was beyond inspiring. His gift proves how powerful the mind is ~ and what we can accomplish if we only believe!

    I love your tips on nurturing our intuition ~ I’ve always had a fairly strong one ~ I think on a lot of levels it boils down to how deeply we trust ourselves. At the times in my life where I feel at odds with myself, I notice my intuition turns off, so to speak. Very interesting topic, thanks for writing about it!
    Beth Allen´s last blog ..How My 2 Year Old Taught Me the Value of the Platinum Rule

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi Beth,
    Thank you for your comment and your insight on when your intuition seems turned off. Something we should all take note of.

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  8. Nice.. thanks for sharing…

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