Apr 112011
 

Our canyon in the Jemez Mountains

Sometimes we feel the pain or joy of another as if it were our own.

And sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with these intense feelings.

If you are one of these sensitive people, you are not alone.

What’s more, you can turn what could be a handicap into a valuable gift.

Feeling Another’s Pain

A few years ago I was driving up our gorgeous canyon for my daily walk with our dogs and was shocked to see what the electric company had done to the trees that grow along the road.

They had attacked the trees with a chainsaw. Hundreds of them.

Tortured is the perfect word to describe what they had done to them, and what the trees must be feeling.

I immediately felt such compassion, grief, and sadness that it felt like I’d been punched in the gut. I literally felt sick to my stomach.

I felt it for the trees. Not for myself, that I could no longer enjoy the beauty of them, although, of course, that was a loss too. But I felt for the trees themselves.

I felt this way for quite some time. I did what I could in a practical sense to prevent it ever happening again, but in the end my efforts have been futile. I’m sorry to say it’s become an annual ritual.

Empathy

All of us are sensitive to our surroundings. Some of us are more sensitive than others, and some of us notice it more than others. But we all are affected by everything around us.

This is known as empathy.

The typical way this word is used is in relation to our feeling compassion for another person. We identify with them and then feel what they might feel

But we can feel empathy for everything and anything. For sentient beings especially (and here I include the plant kingdom), but also for those things we don’t consider as having feeling at all.

And it happens in a physical or vibrational way without our even thinking of that person or thing.

Are You an Empath?

If you aren’t aware of this influence on you, you can find yourself feeling all kinds of emotions and moods that just don’t make sense given your current life situation.

If this happens a lot it’s the first sign that you are what’s known as an “empath”. This means you are more naturally sensitive than most people to energies around you.

And you absorb them and take them on as if they were your own without even noticing you’re doing that.

So Now What?

There are lots of ways to work with your empathic abilities.

One way is to learn to avoid taking on others’ stuff without knowing you are doing that.

Another way is to learn to use those very same abilities to greatly enhance your life and the lives of others.

This includes sharing your experiences with other empaths as well as reaching out to those beings or things you feel empathy for. (Sending loving energy to Gaia or Mother Earth is a good example of this. Or send some love to the trees of the Jemez. They can use it.)

This is how you turn what might otherwise be a handicap into one of your most useful skills.

I’ll continue to write about this topic from time to time, and in more detail. In the meantime, there is a lot of free information on the web about working with these abilities. Here’s one site that’s fairly comprehensive and a good place to start.

A Series of Empath Interviews

Another great place for helpful information is a new empath interview series.

Over at her lively and informative blog Conduit of Joy!, Kara has just kicked off an interview series “Empaths R Us”. (Is that like cute or what? It’s reflective of her fun-loving energy.)

Her first interview is with yours truly :) , and you can find it here. She asks really thought-provoking questions and it was an interesting process to consider them.

If you’re wondering if you’re an empath, or if you know you are and want some ideas for working with it, I think you’ll find my interview helpful.

Better yet, subscribe to or bookmark Conduit of Joy! so you can benefit from the whole series!

And maybe I will “see you there”.

Have you ever found yourself “crying for the trees?” Do you consider yourself an empath? Any comments or questions about what I discuss in my interview? I’d love to hear!

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Mar 312011
 

Tapping into some “magic”  just won me a valuable and exciting new learning experience.

A few weeks ago I entered a contest to win Hiro Boga’s course How to Rule Your World. To enter we were to write a post about why we are ready to rule our world.

Well, I’m excited to announce that I won the contest!

And a touch of “magic” played the starring role.

Everyday Magic

How it all happened is a perfect example of using our own magic — this time in the form of intuition and play — in our everyday lives.

I’ll show why it can pay (literally, as this course I won goes for $250, and will surely lead to even more opportunities) to listen to our hearts and intuition instead of just our heads.

Some Head Talk

Are you an intellectual? Rule-follower? People-pleaser? Want to be part of the in-crowd? I admit I can be any or all of these in any given situation.

For this contest, I automatically assumed I should write strictly about the topic suggested. I had very definite rules in my head about how I was supposed to do it.

But see that word “should”? And even “supposed to”? Well, first, I’ve learned to be wary of my ideas where a “should” is involved. If nothing else, it’s at least good to be aware that I’m using a “should” so I can make a more conscious choice. (They’re pretty sneaky, those shoulds.)

And you have to follow the rules to win, right? That’s what I was taught and believed most of my life.

But life itself has shown me otherwise. Rules don’t always deliver on their promise. And they have their place, but we’re not automatons.

An Alternative Source of Wisdom

So regardless of my should-y and rule-following subconscious and rational thoughts about it all, this time I was inspired to get my direction straight from my heart.

Since this contest involved posting my entry on my blog, and my blog is about metaphysics and the subtle realms, I decided to ask for and listen to a subtle message from the “spirit” or “soul” of my blog itself.

Some Heart Talk

So I asked. And I heard.

And what I heard didn’t match what my head was saying at all.

Often and ideally, the head and heart will mesh. But not always. In this case, they definitely didn’t. I didn’t expect the answer to be so out of synch.

The message I got was to write a post about a Deva. Huh?

Deciding whether to do this wasn’t a no-brainer. I really did deliberate for awhile about it. I mean, I really did want to win. That was the reason I was even writing the post to begin with.

My rational mind argued that writing about Devas was not a smart move. Not at all.

But ultimately, I made the decision to follow the heart/guidance. In truth, I didn’t make even that decision from just my head, but more from all of me. I could even say I simply felt compelled, and just quit thinking about it and did it.

So… I proceeded to enter my post about Devas. It tells you how to connect with the Deva of your current creative project for guidance and assistance, and I talk a little about my decision-making process there too.

And as of right now, I see it’s the most popular post on my blog — another bonus for listening to my heart!

Head or Heart?

In retrospect, I see that there was a handful of factors that came into play as I made my decision.

When you’re trying to decide between your rational mind and an intuitive urge, asking yourself these questions may help you make the best choice.

1) Did the intuitive message come through clearly and strongly?

If so, that’s a good sign that paying attention to it is a good idea.

Ironically, it’s often because it’s very clear and very strong that we assume we must be making it up. This is where it takes trust and practice to recognize that it is wise guidance.

2) Do you value your intuitive wisdom and do you want to honor it?

This may be the key to what decision you make. If you worship the god of intellect above all else, then of course you will feel safer doing what your head says.

But if you recognize that we all have innate, intuitive access to much more information than our minds could ever possibly grok, then a good step in strengthening your access to that information is to honor it.

That means to respect it and exercise it when practical.

As you do this your appreciation of it will grow since  more often than not it will lead you in a delightfully positive direction.

3) Are you willing and able to let go of your vested interest in a particular outcome?

If you are, and if you do, you can be more assured that the guidance you get is more trustworthy.

In my case, as much as I wanted to win, I wanted more to enjoy the moment, put out a post I liked, and play with my intuitive skills. So I decided to treat it as a lark. Whether or not I won, I was going to have fun entering. And I did! I very much enjoyed every moment of writing that post.

4) Are you willing to engage the spirit of play?

If you are, you have 3 advantages:

- You’re able to access your intuition much more easily.
- It’ll be easier to value and honor your heart’s guidance instead of just your head’s.
- You’ll likely enjoy the end result no matter which path you choose.

See if you can enjoy responding to life in each moment rather than try to control it or follow rigid rules.

When you play, you open to wherever it may take you. You joyfully enter the flow of life where lots of fun surprises inevitably drift your way.

Can you do that? Do you want to?

I’m certain that my willingness to play in this situation is what allowed me to make the choice I did.

5) Can you hedge your bets?

This is allowed. No rules, remember? There’s almost always a way to play it safe — but still play it.

In this case, I did two things.

First, everything in me insisted on writing a post that had a point and was helpful; one that didn’t merely indulge my whims. This made too much sense not to do it, so I wrote with these things in mind.

And secondly, since it was a contest entry after all, I simply added a section to the end answering the questions that I was supposed to answer.

And even with all my good advice about intuition, I guess it’s possible that without that section, I wouldn’t have won the contest.

Who knows?

Of course, following our hearts doesn’t always lead to a “win”. But whether or not it does, it’s been my experience that at some level it leads to something good for me as well as for the world at large.

In this case, though, it did lead to a win, and I’m taking it as a confirmation. Not only that is was a good move for me, but that it’s something worth sharing with you.

Will that lead to another instance of magic, this time for you? You tell me. ;-)

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Oct 192010
 

So how come there are just STOP signs and no GO signs?

Oh wait! That’s not our problem, because we’re talking about oracle-type signs here. Whew! In fact, we are going to SPOT signs. Ar ar.

Watching for and noticing these is a favorite past-time of mine, partly because it’s fun but mainly because it’s so helpful.

I want to tell you about 2 of the more easy signs to spot so you can benefit too.

This post was partly inspired by Collette Baron-Reid’s blog, which I’m happy to have discovered recently. A little while back, she had written a post about using her pumpkin soup as an oracle. Yes, pumpkin soup!

It was a resourceful idea and fun to read. I commented that “… the whole world is our oracle, and it is so fun playing with it that way. So many of my spot-on intuitions come to me that way, often startlingly so.”

Well, this past week Collette wrote another oracle post offering an exercise in using our world as an oracle and asking for our results as comments.

This time I had a little more to say than would fit into a comment so I am going to share a few of my experiences here.

I have two examples of using our world as an oracle, both illustrating signs that are easy to spot. There is an awful lot to say about this topic and I will explain more in the future but for now here is a bite-size morsel.

Spotted & Spot-On: 2 Examples

The morsel I want to offer today is the idea of a sign repeating itself, i.e. an element in your environment showing up multiple times. This is usually hard to miss and is a call to pay attention.

In Vedic astrology (which is a complex oracular system in itself) this idea is known as confluence. It’s one thing to see an indication in someone’s chart once, but if you see it two, three, four or more times from various perspectives, it’s much more likely to manifest.

Well, this is a similar idea.

  1. If something shows up several times out of the blue, especially something you have no control over or is unusual, then pay attention.
  2. Or if a synchronicity shows up (something appearing more than once but as a set of related elements, a type of coincidence), then pay attention to that, too.

Example 1: Synchronicity

The day before I read Collette’s most recent oracle post, I was researching something about my early days of channeling. I was looking at a document I’d written four years ago.

What I was doing wasn’t related to oracles, and the document I was looking at wasn’t about oracles, but the document included a really neat example of an oracle.

The next day, I saw Collette’s post where she asked for an example of using an outer oracle.

So you see where the idea of an example of an oracle showed up twice in unrelated and unexpected ways. This is a simple example of a synchronicity.

At first I was going to do the exercise as Collette suggested, but I noticed the synchronicity in this. I decided the synchronicity was a message to me to write about this particular example of an oracle. It all feels right and I’m kind of excited about sharing it. So here I am!

How Do You Know When Synchronicities Are Relevant?

Any or all of these work. Ideally you want a few of them at once.

  • You notice it
  • Either one or both elements are unusual
  • The elements have an unusual connection
  • There is more than one element or connection (this can play out in any number of ways)
  • It feels significant
  • You feel a sense of excitement about executing the guidance (doing what you think it’s guiding you to do)
  • It just “feels right”!

An especially interesting and thorough book about the power of synchronicity is Deepak Chopra’s The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence.

Example 2: Multiple Occurrences

This example is the oracle I referred to above, that I experienced and documented four years ago. It’s a situation where something showed up at least 3 times.

To briefly set the stage, I was experimenting with a precursor to my channeling. I would ask a question and “get” an answer however it showed up.

My question (about my intuition) was:

Q: How can I best hear/see/feel/connect so I have confidence it is happening?

The answer was:

A: Follow through on what you “get” and you will see.

This was fine, but I wanted more. So I probed:

Q: Please give me something I cannot doubt.

And the document continues:

The following just then came to mind; not especially related to questions:

Use your hands (and I saw fire coming from my palms)

and then I for some reason put my hands on my heart, and put my awareness in my heart too.

Regarding the answer to “give me something I cannot doubt”, here’s what unfolded:

- I went to the big, old piñon out back to let the crystals soak in water in the solstice sun. A little bug flew down onto the rock in front of me. It turned around and watched me. It flew away, came back, same thing! So I talked to it and asked it if it had a message. It rubbed its little hands together and they stopped in a prayer position. He stayed that way. (I took it to mean I ought to pray more.)

- A little later (~ ½ hr.) I was in my office and heard *clunk* in the living room. My white chocolate angel on the buffet had fallen forward on her nose! (The cooler was on, but this has never happened before). She is praying.

- Dana got home about ½ hr. after that. He brought me a gift from my friend. It was an ANGEL statue!! It’s holding a red rose in the heart area.

So prayer – prayer/angel – angel. (And even the bug had wings.) All with hands over heart.

The Nice Thing About Multiple Occurrences

1) They are so obvious as to almost knock you over the head!

In this example, there is no way I could have possibly missed all the similar and related objects and events.

2) Their message is clear as a bell.

In this example, it gave me a crystal clear answer to my first question about how I can best connect: to pray and to connect with heart and/or “angel” energy, which to me is quite high frequency and I have techniques for doing that.

3) They can give you confidence and trust that you are “getting” it.

In this example, it gave me something I could not doubt, just what I asked for in my 2nd question/request! The prayer and angel symbols showed up in my real world 3 times within an hour.

So ultimately, what these can do for you is strongly encourage you to trust what you get. And then that will help you act on it, which in turn will help you benefit from the message!

These Apply to All Areas of Life

One final word: I hesitated to use this example because it’s so angel/prayer oriented. Not that there’s anything wrong with that :-D but I don’t want you to get the impression this just works with airy-fairy stuff!

Heck, answers or messages can pop in when you’re grocery shopping to help you pick the most healthful or yummy foods, when you’re making financial decisions, developing relationships, choosing careers… Anytime for anything! It just so happened that my example related to my wanting to do subtle energy work, so of course the answer is in that realm too. Plus, I was guided to use this example by a synchronicity, remember? ;-) And I have learned to pay attention.

And remember to ask sometimes, too. That helps!

OK, now I know some of you have some great stories! Please share your examples! And of course, questions are welcome too.

Or did you need a YES today? Think this was it?

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Oct 082010
 

For the first time ever, I’d like to share this gentle yet effective 2-minute practice I’ve developed. You can use it whenever you’d like (I recommend first thing in the morning).

It will open you to inspiration in all its forms that you might better express what you alone are uniquely qualified to bring into the world.

It will also connect your body and conscious awareness to the more expanded self that you are, and all that that implies. (I used to say “I open [whatever] to receive [whatever]…”, but that insinuates it’s not already a part of me, which it is!) In practical terms, this means that it puts you more in tune with your intuition or your own inner guidance, and helps you notice things that you might not otherwise but that can be helpful — sometimes powerfully so — to you in your day to day life.

As I have, it’s gone through a lot of changes over the years and I’m sure we will go through many more. If you decide to try it out, do see how it resonates with you and do tweak it to fit you.

I suppose you could say it’s a prayer, but I experience it more as a full-body declaration, bordering on celebration! It can be quite enlivening if you really let yourself feel it, which I highly recommend you do.

Like me, you will probably find that as you open to all the various gifts, you can’t help but be aware of and appreciate them immediately. This alone is uplifting nevermind all the other good stuff!

It’s an exquisite way to begin any day.

Enjoy!

I Open

I open myself to the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my crown to receive
Divine Light and High Guidance.

I open my mind to be attentive and to notice
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my eyes to see the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my ears to hear the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my nose to smell the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my mouth to taste the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my throat to speak the messages of my soul,
the messages of my guides,
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my heart to feel the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my solar plexus and the rest of my body
to sense the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my pelvic bowl to empower
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe

I open my arms to accept and embrace
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

And I open my hands to give back to the world
using the gifts I am so graciously given.

And so it is. Thank you. Amen.

Update: This prayer is available in audio form now, too. You can listen to it below, or right-click here to download it.

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Sep 292010
 

Do you want to have more access to your own inner guidance, your intuition, but have trouble finding the time? Well, I have good news: There IS no need to dedicate a chunk of your precious time!

I’m going to tell you about  a really handy tool for helping you do this today. Right now, in fact. It can make your intuitive voice a constant companion. It enables you to practice your intuitive awareness while you’re doing other things and the resulting clarity and guidance will help you do those other things even better!

And it couldn’t be more accessible. It’s a simple timer!

Now, I know this may sound a little nerdy, but I have benefited so much from using a timer that I don’t care! I use this tool often. It’s great for reminding me to check in with my intuition. (It’s also excellent for any kind of mindfulness practice.  And if you are wanting to be more intuitive, I highly recommend a mindfulness practice of some kind. They go hand-in-hand and make a beautiful couple!)

I use a regular kitchen timer attached to my waistband, or if I’m at my computer I use a digital timer that runs in the background. Use whatever kind of timer is most convenient for you.

Depending on what intuitive skill I am practicing, or what activities I’m involved in that day, I will set it to go off anywhere from every 10 min. to every hour. Use your own judgement.

Okay okay, you say, so what do I do with it already?

Well, the main thing is you use it to remind you to pause, just for a few minutes, and check in with what you might be sensing in the moment. You can make this as simple or complex as you want. But essentially:

1. When I decide on an interval and set my timer for the day, I also set an intention with an affirmation. For example,

When this goes off today, it will gently remind me that I am intuitive and constantly receiving impressions. I will easily slip into a space where those impressions and what they mean are all very apparent. My intuitive muscles are getting more awesome by the minute!

If there is something in particular that you are wanting to receive answers about, go ahead and make that a part of your intention. Often intuition works more easily when it has a compelling purpose.

2. So then, when the timer goes off, step out of what you are doing if possible. (I suggest that in the beginning you don’t do this while doing things that require undivided attention, such as driving, etc. Eventually, you will find that doing this actually helps you be more attentive, but for now, let’s just play it safe.) It might help to close your eyes.

3. Be aware of that stillness and that space that is always present sort of encompassing everything. Some people experience this as their heart space.

4. Move out of your thinking mind as much as you can. (And if you have a few extra minutes, you can use these remarkable tools to make sure you’re in an open intuitive space.)

5. Next, just open to anything at all that might be trying to get your attention. Ask if there is anything that it would be helpful for you to be aware of, then see if anything comes to you. It could be in the form of a thought, a physical sensation, a knowing, an inspired idea related to what you were doing or what you asked about in the beginning of the day.

If nothing comes, that’s okay! If something comes that you don’t know what to do with, that’s okay too! You’re exercising; it’s progress whether it looks like it or not.

6. The rest of the exercise is free-form. Here are some ideas; do all or some or none!

You can ask yourself any or all of the following questions, or make up your own either beforehand or in the moment. Note you are not asking your thinking/rational mind. Remember, you’re in your heart, so ask your heart:

• What thoughts or impressions have I had (or am I having) that might be intuitions?

• What is trying to happen (I love this question. Really useful!)

• What do I need to be aware of that I now have no awareness of?

• What new concept can I become aware of today that will help: enlighten? heal? [whatever]?

• How is [so-and-so] doing right now? (Useful if someone close to you is of concern, OR if you are just playing and can confirm later on.)

Glance over my post on awareness for more ways to exercise your intuition, and insert any of those practices here.

Check in with your various bodies: physical, emotional (and see if it’s coming from you or someone else), mental (even though you are not “IN” your head, you can still see it from where you are!) and spiritual. Just see what’s up and if it’s helpful at all. (I’ll do this right now as an example; here are my notes):

Physical: A need for a big sigh, indicating I’m not relaxed. Tense. Take a moment to shift around and roll my shoulders. That’s better.

Emotional: Not. Involved in mental activity. (That’s okay, makes sense!)

Mental: A little jumbled. Preceding part of this post is only outlined (at best!), still gathering and organizing thoughts.

Spiritual: Not sure what I even mean by this in this context, but it seems important to check in anyway. I notice that the question that pops into my mind is: What frequency am I operating on? Answer: A little heavy. Something tells me I would do well to take a moment and lift myself; that way this post will come from a more inspired (spirited) place. There are lots of ways to do this, and I’ll cover them in another post. For now, I will simply remind myself how lucky I am to be getting to write. And about this. I enjoy it, and remember that this is fun and I’ve chosen it. There, much lighter already!

7. And finally, play with this! See what YOU can come up with. Improvise however you want. Keep it fun and it will be surprisingly rewarding. You will very likely come away with some useful insights or guidance that would otherwise have escaped you.

Don’t worry if you don’t get a lot of impressions in the beginning, or if you aren’t able to connect them with anything meaningful. Maybe there’s nothing at all that seems significant right away but this exercise will invariably get the juices flowing. Frequent checking in is an important step toward it being second nature, or even first! ;-)

Eventually, you will find that the timer works like training wheels, or even brakes if that’s what’s called for. Pausing to “check in” becomes automatic, and even without the timer you will go for quite awhile as if you were using it when you don’t even need to. And if you’re like me, you might find you’re getting wobbly again after awhile, or racing headlong down the hill, and you want to use the training wheels (or brakes) again for a little while.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Now is the time to use your intuition! Go!

And now, share your experience with us! [It's painless, I promise. Just click on the response link, bottom right.]

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Aug 242010
 

Color is our way of perceiving vibrations that are affecting every one of us all the time. For the most part, this is going on below our level of consciousness. But if you will begin to pay attention and learn how the different colors can be applied, you can benefit in a wide range of areas.

This is such a broad topic that I could write a book, so this one post is nowhere near comprehensive in breadth or depth. More details and how-to’s will follow since applying this type of awareness is exactly what this blog is about!

Right now I just want to point out how many areas of your life you can make the use of color more conscious so as to harness its power and apply it to your benefit. This awareness alone can be very helpful.

Applications range from applying color, i.e. putting it out there into the world so as to elicit a particular result, to perceiving and then interpreting color as a means of better understanding our world. (We can think of this as output and input.)

A little example: A few weeks ago I impulsively chose a whole new color scheme for this website. Whereas before it was mostly purple and blue, I found myself suddenly and without warning changing it to a strikingly different bright golden yellow with some burnt orange and a warm brown. What possessed me, I wondered. And hmm, I wonder if this will be as appealing or more so and to what effect? As I did a little research into this new color scheme I not only saw that it will, indeed, have a quite different effect on visitors (output), but that it also revealed a bit about me and how I feel about what this site represents as a part of my own expression (input).

Let’s take a look at some areas of application.

Marketing: Make the Right Impression

This was the area that got me thinking about writing this post (which is why it is listed first), yet is the area in which I am the least familiar with the specific uses of color. Color can be used online and for printed material to make a particular impression and to invoke particular responses. (In fact it will make certain subliminal impressions so it behooves you to know what they will be!) I will get more into the specifics of individual colors in an upcoming post, but here is a useful and succinct article I ran across about the use of color in marketing, and this one was interesting too.

Influence Yourself Positively

Colors can be used to influence your mood and to help support you in whatever activities you are wanting to take part in. For example, blue and green are helpful for writing and study, whereas red and orange are good for physical activities and sports.

Enhance Your Life Situation

Jyotish (Vedic astrology) is one system I am very familiar with so I will use this as an example of a system that uses color to effect broad and surprising changes. In some ways, Jyotish can be thought of as one of the more complex oracle systems, and color is an integral part of understanding not only how various symbols relate to the greater whole but also how to apply them and their respective colors to encourage certain practical effects. (Some other oracular systems incorporate color as well.)

An example is something I recently posted about strengthening Venus energy which is weak in the world right now. Among other things, Venus represents art and creativity, relationships (especially with our beloved), beauty, comfort, and luxury. Venus’ colors are pastels and variegated colors, especially pink. Simply using or being around Venus colors will strengthen most or all of those areas that Venus represents. It’s kind of unbelievable, but it really does work.

If you think about it, what you are doing when you expose yourself more often to a certain color is you are increasing and strengthening a particular vibration. And the vibration of pink relates strongly to the vibration of love, for example. So looked at like this, it all makes a lot of sense. (This is how seed or name mantras work as well, and in fact, much of what I am saying about color holds true for sound as well.)

Boost Your Healing Powers

This is related to influencing yourself, but in considering healing, I think of color’s influence as taking place over time and having a more long-term influence.

Colors in Our Environment

The locations where we spend a lot of our time are very important to consider since they have an almost constant influence on us. We can use this to our benefit, or unbeknownst to us, these areas can be causing problems for us or our families physically, mentally, or emotionally.

If you usually feel calm, upset, phsysically energized, lethargic, etc. in a certain location, notice the predominant color and see if you think that is a major factor.

Clear and Strengthen Body Centers or Chakras

This is a powerful use of color as visualizing a center’s corresponding color (and/or using it in conjunction with the corresponding note on the musical scale) can strengthen and clear our body centers. Each center relates to how well we function in certain areas. For example, our root chakra relates to how secure we feel and using a clear, pure red to treat this area can go a long way toward alleviating our fears about finances, death, etc.

Eat Every Color Every Day

To tell the truth, I don’t think this relates so much to the idea of color as vibration as it does to simply variety but I like it and it sort of fits here! The idea is that every day you eat food of every color and you will have a nice variety of tastes, textures, and nutrition. Fun! But hmm… Now that I think about it, since foods’ colors must at some level represent their vibration, eating them must influence in similar ways as the colors in our environment, don’t you think?

An Integral Intuitive Element

Perceiving color with our subtle senses or our mind’s eye is a great way to increase our knowledge about our world.

The Aura

If you are one of the lucky ones who is able to see auras (either naturally or through practice), you know that they can be extremely informative. They can indicate a person’s (or animal’s or plant’s) condition physically, emotionally, and mentally and sometimes in great detail.

There are standard lists of what certain colors may mean in an aura (or certain patterns of color) yet it’s recommended that you use these only as a starting point and put more weight on what you learn through experience that the colors mean to you.

Body Charts for Intuitive Work

An effective and fun way to investigate someone’s condition is to use a body chart that is drawn on a piece of white paper. As you focus on that person (or animal or plant) you will begin to see patterns of color with your mind’s eye which in turn indicate meaning to you. This practice is used similarly to that of seeing auras but can be done even when separated by great distances.

Get a Reading on Yourself

Noticing if there is a pattern or strong desire for a certain color (e.g. what color you are drawn to wear, or what color you are strongly attracted to in general) can be very informative. Sometimes it will be because you need help in that area or sometimes it’s because you are very healthy in that area and wanting to express it.

Exercises

There are lots of exercises designed to help increase our intuition that use color. A simple one that we’ve all probably heard of or tried is using playing cards. You go through the deck, pick up the top card, and see if it feels black or red. They really do have quite a different feel to them and this can be used to increase our awareness of our subtle senses.

At this point, I’m realizing I could probably go on forever (okay, for a long time) about the many applications of color in our lives. But this is a good start so I will stop here for now. I wanted to lay a foundation and to set the stage for posts on more in-depth applications.

Also, knowing how each individual color affects us is a critical adjunct to this information so I’ll write about that very shortly, I promise! [Update: I've since posted that information for you here.]

I hope I’ve illuminated that there can be lots of benefits of paying a bit more attention to color, this common element of our experience that we all tend to take so much for granted. Start to pay attention now and besides reaping some immediate benefits, you’ll be well positioned to jump into specific tools and exercises when we get to them.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your observations about this!

[Photo: Tanti Ruwani/sektordua]

Aug 182010
 

Really? So I know the most important ingredient that will make you psychic? Yes!

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!

[Photo courtesy of h.koppdelaney]