|February 17, 2010||Posted by Teresa Ivory under Articles|
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.