And it’s not a crystal ball, nor is it any variety of oracles, your “special gifts”, attendance at a mystery school (i.e. the latest must-do seminar) nor even your fantastic teachers, as wonderful as they all may be.
There is one thing above all else that psychic awareness requires, and it is… drum-roll please… awareness! Now, doesn’t that just make too much sense?
And it’s not any special or tricky kind of awareness. It’s simply awareness.
We All Have Access All the Time
And here’s the best part: We obviously all have this natural ability to be aware, at least those of us who are conscious beings (and I assume you consider yourself a part of that group)! In fact, we cannot help but be aware — of something! This is not a magical ability held by only a special few that were “born with a gift”.
By refining and expanding upon this one simple quality, your intuitive or psychic skills will grow exponentially. Yet if it goes unnoticed, you will manage, of course, as you always have… but without the benefit of an integral part of your inborn guidance system.
I would even go so far as to say that operating without this element is a handicap that most people are living with. (Fortunately, some of us are wise enough to know better.)
If you begin to play with this idea, and play with being aware, it will become blatantly obvious that there are all kinds of information available to you all the time that you normally simply just don’t notice. Or if you notice it, you don’t pay it any mind.
We are often so focused on the task at hand, which usually involves thinking about something rather than participating in the moment, that there is not even a little crack for awareness of anything else to enter.
Perhaps an even better way to put it is that you just have to notice.
Explore Your Awareness to Increase Intuition
Here are a few elements of awareness that can help you put it in context and apply it to growing your intuition:
1) Intention goes a long way. This is such a simple and easy action that it’s easy to overlook the power of it. But taking a moment to intend to notice can make all the difference. Do it now. Intend to be aware and to notice whatever information can be helpful to you as you go through your day today. You can repeat this periodically but once is a good start, and it’s that simple!
2) Deliberate awareness strengthens your intuitive muscles. Taking time periodically to notice that you are aware and to notice what you are aware of will help you be more consciously aware even when you’re not doing it intentionally. (Does that make sense?) This is very important, otherwise the awareness remains at a subconscious level, where it can do things like make you feel uncomfortable but you don’t know why.
So it’s very helpful to occasionally take a moment to break from what you are doing and simply be here now.
When you do this, use all your senses. Look around and see what’s going on in your environment. Hear the birds singing? Feel the breeze on your arm? Notice any smells? Do you have any tastes in your mouth? Do a quick scan from head to toe: What does your body feel like physically? How are you feeling emotionally? Is there any thought that pops into this empty space you are creating? Or anything you seem to just know? Note all of these things.
This is often where practical observations are made, and do not ignore these just because they don’t seem intuitive. Our sixth-sense is common sense! If your body is cramped, get up and move around or take a good stretch! Thirsty? Get a drink of water! Besides, taking these mini-breaks gives your creativity a little space to breathe. More often than not, this will in turn lead to great ideas, inspiration, and yes, even intuition about what you were doing that you wouldn’t have had if you had just sat there. (Which is what just happened to me and thus why I have added this suggestion. Tee hee.) But seriously, I benefit from this all the time.
3) There are a few layers or levels to awareness that it’s helpful to be, well, aware of. I think of them as depth and breadth.
a) Focusing provides the depth. If you want to get an impression of something in particular you would rest your attention easily on that thing (or person or situation) and see what you notice. Stay open to anything. You can ask yourself pointed questions about it. In other words, probe. Allow your attention to go more deeply than your normal senses might take you.
b) Opening provides the breadth, and to do this you can intentionally expand your awareness to the peripheries and beyond. For example, as it relates to sight, let your eyes rest on the wall (or area) in front of you and see what you might notice literally in your peripheral vision. Here again, notice what you are physically seeing but also let yourself see with your mind’s eye. Do some areas seem “dark”? Especially lively? Icky? Attractive? Are any calling for your attention in some way? Notice all these things.
And while practicing both of these, have confidence in your experience and above all, don’t judge it. Just notice it for now. These perceptions are actually coming from within and without (as if there is a difference, but you know what I mean). They are packed with information and making them conscious can help keep you clear as well.
4) Remain open to surprises. Sometimes intuition or psychic awareness is not so much triggered by deliberate attention as a casual or unexpected noticing. Especially notice those quick little thoughts — and especially non sequiturs — that flit across your mind. They are often a message, and quite an obvious one.
5) And finally, notice what you notice! Really! This might sound silly but there is usually a good reason for you to be noticing one thing over another. It’s not always so apparent at the time, but if you make a note of these things, it’s not uncommon to later realize that it was relevant to something going on in your life. If you can catch the relevance at the time, all the better.
So those are some of my basic thoughts about how expanding our awareness in general can greatly enhance our intuitive awareness. These suggestions are intended as exercises and to open some new channels in your habitual modes of experiencing. You may not get any big ahas while doing them, especially the first few times, but I can guarantee that if you play around with these ideas and activities enough, you will begin to notice some very interesting and applicable things right away.
If and when you try these things out, I would love to hear what you find! So do let us know how it went, okay? Or anything to add? Suggestions? Comments? All of the above are welcome!
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