Developing Intuition | How To Clear the Window of Perception
Intuition is a gift that we’re all given, but like any muscle not used regularly it begins to weaken. This is the first in a series of articles helping you to cultivate your intuition so that you can live a life expansive in consciousness, centeredness and awareness.
“When reason rules, then dreams and prophecies, psychic insights and unconscious forces go underground and fester. Rationalism’s success in cutting off our access to our deep psychic and spiritual dimensions suppressed half our life.”
– Jean Houston
For many of us, we wake and our brains are immediately held hostage by the tyranny of the left brain. We begin to make lists of what we must accomplish for the day. We think about the order things must be done in, how we will do them in time before our next appointment, and so forth. Our minds, nearly from the moment we wake, are commanded by a very linear, very flat left brain that is ruled by logic and rationale alone. While these qualities are indeed purposeful and have their place, our intuition expands our understanding and awareness. If we remain attached to logic alone we are utilizing only a fraction of our capacity to understand (some scientists speculate only about 8-10%). When we tap into direct intuitive knowing our lives blossom and expand with revelation and miraculous understanding. It’s my belief that intuition is the home of the other 90% of our wonderful mind’s capacity.
When we’ve turned away from our intuition and otherwise ignored it, we find that we are cut off from this direct knowing. The muscle weakens to such a degree that it’s hardly capable of breaking through the wall of logic. We live lives which can at times feel like nothing more than following an endless list of tasks with no real depth or soul. We need intuition’s hues. We need intuition’s elevated perspective that allows our logic to suddenly become three dimensional and experiential. To begin cultivating our intuition the first step is we must clear the window through which we view ourselves and our world.
Clearing the window of perception.
If our window is covered in dirt and grime it doesn’t matter how gorgeous the view, we will not be able to benefit from it. This first step comes in three distinct shifts that we must work on each day to begin to clear the windows of our perception and open ourselves to the direct intuitive knowing that awaits each of us. While most of us lead modern, busy lives, taking some time out for our sacred self-care in the form of these suggestions is a powerful way of nurturing yourself and bringing a sense of centeredness to your day. Whether merely for cultivating our intuition or simply to provide ourselves with some replenishment during our day, there is nothing that should stand in the way of taking 20-30 minutes out of the day for self-nurturing.
1. Perform daily mental audits.
For those who seldom feel the power of intuitive knowing working in their lives it’s important to become keenly aware of what narrative is being told regarding the relationship between the self and intuition. Is the story you tell about your relationship with intuition one which belittles intuitive knowing as superficial or “woo-woo”? Do you tell yourself that it’s merely coincidence or happenstance when you think of your best friend and arrive home to see you have a text on your phone from her? Do you think it’s just blind luck when you opt to take a different route home and learn later that you avoided a nasty crash on your typical route?
For many of us, our narratives regarding intuition begin first in a very limiting space, which further inhibits the power of intuition to work in our lives. Why is our narrative surrounding this (and any other topic, in truth) relevant? When we condition our subconscious to see something as silly, irrelevant or otherwise wrong our subconscious is going to immediately kick the narrative we tell into action when intuition reveals itself. In short, we train our subconscious what is and what is not given our attention.
Once you become aware of the narrative you are telling regarding your intuition you can assess where and what your limitations are and begin to craft a new narrative – one which validates intuition, one which accepts intuition and gives the subconscious permission to allow this inner knowing to have influence and space on our journey.
2. Recognizing Intuition
The information that our intuition provides can come through in rather strange ways, which test our understanding and trust. We are not as accustomed to accepting intuitive knowing as we are the more rational or logic-based knowing. For example, when I was researching ancient Greece as a part of my course on the Sacred Feminine there was an immediate familiarity which hit me. I could point to buildings and correctly identify them. I could see in my mind’s eye daily life during that time and rather than it feeling like a fantasy it felt as though I was drawing upon something I had experienced firsthand. For many this can be difficult to digest when they experience it for themselves. My intuition was sharing information with me – granting me access to knowledge that my logical mind would never be open to without the power of intuition at play.
Other examples are when we meet someone and immediately sense a quality about them. Perhaps they feel familiar or perhaps we know that this is someone who is going to impact our lives in some way. Have you ever walked into a building and immediately felt a strong reaction? Perhaps you felt immediately at home or uncomfortable despite having nothing tactile to really explain this feeling. This is our intuition at work and the more that we see it for what it is the more that we train our minds to acknowledge when intuition is working in our lives.
A wonderful way to create a practice around this is to spend some time each morning asking yourself what you will encounter that day. Allow your mind to quiet and simply take what comes to you. It may come through as a knowing. It may be more of a feeling. Take note and at the end of the day spend some time journaling what your day was like and how intuition shared with you. It’s likely to be small things at first but all of this will expand and grow the more that you put this into practice.
3. Meditate, meditate and then meditate some more.
Despite its many benefits, meditation has almost become a dirty word in many circles, and I refuse to participate in this process. For me, meditation has made all the difference in my overall wellbeing. Where depression and anxiety once rooted now is a sense of peace, serenity and centeredness. The effects of a consistent meditation practice have equally transformed my intuition and the work I do for my clients. It has helped to strengthen and expand my gifts so that what I provide is exponentially more detailed, soulful and accurate. Whereas, before I could not read myself, only others, now I have no limits when it comes to how I direct and work with my intuition. So the effects of meditation when it comes to cultivating one’s intuition cannot be overstated. As we clear the window of our perception and begin to invite intuition to work in our lives we need to create the moments of silence where this information can become more readily available to us. In the spaciousness of silence, we enter a receptive mode and it’s here that intuition reigns.
Part of what has been such a disservice to meditation is the misrepresentation of it as complicated or difficult to master. In truth, it’s one of the easiest things you can possibly do. It’s our monkey minds, which, locked into ego and fearing change, tell us to ignore the wisdom within that is only accessible in the stillness of meditation. You needn’t anything special to meditate. You do not need crystals, though they are lovely tools to work with. You simply need to carve out 10 minutes to start to sit and breath. You do not need to worry about emptying your mind of thoughts. Your beautiful mind will never be empty of thought. Meditation is not a process by which we control our thoughts but learn to not be controlled by our thoughts. You can increase the time as you see fit, but 10 minutes a day is a manageable commitment to our wellbeing and mindfulness.
The cultivation of intuition is one of the most valuable gifts we can provide ourselves. We learn to slow down, to be present and centered in this very moment. We feel empowered to make informed decisions that have resonance. We recognize our special gifts and talents and can show up in purpose and with confidence of our talents. Our ability to create expands as does our capacity for manifesting potent change in our everyday lives. All from simply being connected to our deep, inner knowing.
By starting first with clearing our perception we are tilling the ground for the seeds we are to plant. We are creating an environment where intuition can flourish and grow. Next in the series we will explore how our attitude and our personal narrative shapes our intuition and our world. We will learn how to remove limitations that sully our connection to our minds, our bodies and our inner knowing.