This is a post I've wanted to share for some time. I believe we are all a little bit "psychic", but here are some suggestions, all based on my own experience, to help you increase your intuition. I hope you find them helpful!
1) Record your dreams. Take a few moments before going to sleep at night to set the intention that you will pay attention to, and remember your dreams. Keep a dream diary beside your bed, and upon awakening, write down everything you can remember. This sends a message to your unconscious/subconscious mind that you listen to and value the information coming from it.
Don't be discouraged if you don't remember much at first. What impression were you left with when you woke up? Were you happy, afraid, relieved? Do you remember any sounds, people talking? Do you remember seeing any colours or objects? Even if you begin with only a few words, keep at it. You will be surprised at the progress you make even after only a couple of weeks.
I sometimes go through long periods where I think I am not remembering my dreams and this method always works for me. I quickly go from writing a short paragraph, to writing down elaborate details from five or six dreams a night. This is often followed by a period of frequent lucid dreaming, as well!
2) Journal during the day, too. This serves many purposes. Besides being a simple way to unclutter your mind, prioritize your goals, organize your thoughts, remind yourself of what you are grateful for, honour and give voice to your feelings and experiences, and give you a creative outlet, it can also allow you to look back at your insights and gauge how accurate they were.
For instance, that "bad feeling" you had when you heard a certain engagement was scheduled for Friday the 13th... did it really result in disaster, or was your imagination preying on your superstition? What about when the telephone rang and your heart leapt for joy? Was the caller the bringer of good news? Writing down your premonitions and then revisiting your journal with the results can help you learn to recognize what it feels like when your instinct is accurate.
3) Meditate. Practicing some form of awareness meditation helps you to understand your own mind better. I confess- I hate meditating, I hate sitting still! I'm a busy lady! Who has time for this?? But I have found that devoting some time each day to this practice is an important mental health tool.
Meditating helps you to recognize negative thought patterns as well as positive ones. It's easy to take for granted that you know what your mind is doing, and that you are in control of it, but the mind is a tricky little monkey, and habits can be very hard to break. Be patient and gentle with yourself. The point is not to beat yourself up, but to simply be aware of your thoughts, and to let them go.
I suggest doing a little research into finding a qualified instructor who can give you some basic guidelines to follow and answer any questions that may arise. It seems that awareness meditation is very popular these days. Many different traditions offer classes or workshops and an opportunity to meditate with others in group settings.
4) Get creative! Make art! Play! Anything that encourages right brain activity strengthens your ability to see the big picture. When you allow yourself to relax from the rigid attention to detail that most of our modern-day , highly digitalized, fast paced lives require, patterns emerge and connections appear where you didn't see them before.
You don't have to be a Picasso either! I am proudly a jack-of-all-trades and master of none when it comes to arts and crafts. I draw, paint, cook, crochet, hook rugs, make jewelry, cut up bits of fabric and glue things together, and sometimes just doodle! The point is to give yourself permission to relax from the predetermined, black or white, right or wrong, logical mind set that most of us are required to be in to navigate our everyday lives!
5) Get back to nature. There is something about walking barefoot in the grass, or sitting under a tree that grounds my energy like nothing else does. I can feel my breath whoosh out of me in a sigh of relief. My shoulders relax, and my mind expands and rejoices! There must be a million scientific explanations for why it is healthy and wholesome on so many levels to simply connect with nature in some way every day, but I don't know what they are. Just do it.
And if possible, bring nature indoors. It may sound silly, but houseplants are highly sensitive to your energy and they require you to be sensitive to their energy if you want them to stay alive. Look at your plants, listen to them. Do they need water, more sun, less light, a bigger pot, a smaller pot? Do they seem happy? They will reward you for your thoughtfulness by flourishing and cleaning the air that you breathe!
6) Practice forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion. Holding onto grudges, stress, and defensiveness are not conducive to opening your mind, heart, and senses in a way that increases your intuition.
This can be a tall order, and the key word here is "practice". This is not something that you master once, check off your to-do list, and forget about. It takes time, sometimes a lot of time, depending on the situation. Be gentle, patient, and forgiving with yourself in the process. We are all only human, after all.
7) Familiarize yourself with a divinatory method such as tarot, runes, or tea leaf reading. These systems provide you with symbols that become a vocabulary that can help channel your intuition into more concrete ideas and information.
Experiment with different methods to see where your strengths lie. Tarot is very visual- you may have more success with automatic handwriting if you feel that information comes to you in a more auditory way. A pendulum may suit you if you are a more tactile person.
8) Remove doubt. Explore your belief system. Whether religious, scientific, philosophical, conventional, new age, proven or unproven, it is important that your beliefs allow for the concept that human beings can access information by extraordinary means. I even wonder about the word "extraordinary", as I believe this ability is completely natural and universal to all human beings.
Everything takes practice. Some of us may have been born with an inherent ability to excel at certain activities, like sports, but even olympic athletes don't get there if they don't believe it's possible. I'm not suggesting you suspend your intellect, I'm suggesting you explore further! Have you read about what is going on in the field of quantum physics lately? Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
9) Move your chi. Ok, I made that one up because I like the way it sounds. What I mean by that is- get physical to stay balanced. The mind and body are intimately connected. Finding an activity that you resonate with will strengthen and invigorate your essential life force- your chi.
Over the years, I have enjoyed belly-dancing, tai chi, running, walking, ice skating, hiking, rebounding on a mini trampoline, stretching, ballet barre exercises, and gardening. I do not enjoy lifting weights, playing soccer, kick boxing, working out on gym equipment, or swimming (not to be confused with frolicking about in the water which I do enjoy.) The first set of activities energize and refresh me. The latter set leave me frustrated and exhausted, so I tend to avoid them.
10) Get a reading! Have an objective third party give you their professional opinion. Does the reading seem to confirm your own intuition? Don't be afraid to ask questions about how the reader has come to a certain conclusion- a professional can handle it. I mean, no one wants to be heckled, but genuine curiosity and interest in one's skills is flattering, not threatening!
A reading requires an intimate exchange of energy, and everybody's "energy blueprint" is unique. A reader may have an idea for a more individualized approach to help you increase your own intuitive abilities. But the most important thing is to pay attention to how you feel about what is being said. A reading should leave you feeling empowered and confident about your options and abilities, and never dependent upon the reader.
Do you have any suggestions that you would like to share? I would love to hear them!