Intuition is an inner knowing about a situation or a relationship. In our day-to-day conversations we hear comments like this:
"I don't know how I got here. My mind was off. I drove to the store on autopilot."
"I have this strange feeling about Joe. He is about to get into trouble."
"When I heard the news about Sue I felt something grip my heart."
"When I'm alone and it's quiet, the image of a wolf appears."
In order to plug into intuition, the imagination has to dominate the strategic mind. A mind which is constantly focusing on tasks and schedules offers little space for creativity. The mind gets hung up on peripheral details, such as getting through the day, clearing the desk and cleaning the house. This Webster definition of imagination is on-target for those with an intuitive mindset:
"The faculty (ability) or action of forming new ideas, images or concepts of external objects not available to the senses."
Awareness of intuitive abilities usually begins within the stories of a dream, a prediction, or an unusual understanding reaching beyond the obvious. Most often an intuitive receives instant information when an answer to a question is unavailable through the predictable access provided by the five senses. What Kind of Psychic Are You?
At some point in our lives we are seeking a way out of the grind and a path into mystical experiences. Mystical experiences occur outside of the everyday distractions and stories. We have to slow down our mind, body and breath. We have to close our eyes and let our imaginations roam freely. We have to tell our hearts its okay to open up and expand our definition of love. This is the sacred groundwork intuition needs in order to flourish and flow. Once the foundation is set, intuition is able to move from a quiet place to a platform that reminds us of our gifts, offers enlightening perspectives and taps into endless creativity.
Blocks to Intuition
Stress and fatigue are major barriers to intuition. If we don't take time each day to power up through movement, being outdoors or slowing down, intuition has nowhere to go. Its limited appearances will be perceived as weird or you'll blow it off and think random stuff happening to you vs. appreciating incoming guidance.
A week ago I lost my gym membership card. Unsure of how long it was missing, I traced my steps from the last time I saw it. Family members had no clue as to its whereabouts. Still at a loss for the location of the card, I asked my intuition a series of questions and received messages I did not lose it. Even though I gave up the search and bought a replacement card, I knew the original one would show up. After I rummaged through a briefcase for something else, the gym card appeared. Lesson: Once I let it go and ask intuition to guide me, the answer appears.
The Inner TV Set
To the intuitive the line between inner direction and a scene occurring in front of them does not exist. Their perceiving lenses are like a TV set tuned in to channels of color, sound and movement which help to improve translating experiences. Listening for clues, experiencing regular "aha" moments, and noticing coincidences are significant contributors to an intuitive practice.