October brings thoughts of Halloween, and with it, ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night. What better time to practice ways to increase your intuition?
Learning to listen to your intuition is like developing any other skill. The more you are aware of intuitive messages, the more you will be able to rely on your own inner wisdom and the guidance of the universe. Often, unusual things like unexplained coincidences, scents, sounds, or even messages can seem scary on the outside. But if we approach them with the awareness of keen intuition, we can welcome spirit messages like seasoned ghost hunters.
In that light, I’m offering five ways that you can increase your intuition. No telling the cool stuff you might learn!
1. Be aware. Notice repeating numbers and look them up on numerology sites. Keep a notebook and write down when you know before someone emails, calls, or stops by. Notice the birds and squirrels in your neighborhood. Are they active or quiet? Are they busily hunting for food or basking in the sun? The actions of our feathered and furry neighbors can indicate a storm coming, a cold winter, or a welcome balmy span of weather.
Watch interactions among people. And here’s the secret to that: observe in a totally objective way. You’ll be amazed what you pick up by watching body language, listening to tone of voice, and observing the dynamics between people. Others may be shocked, but if you take everything in without becoming emotionally involved, you just might gather the pieces to resolve many situations.
2. Take your intuitive messages seriously. Many people don’t take seriously when they receive intuitive messages, like when they know ahead of time before someone calls or emails, for example.
Again, the key to taking your messages seriously is objectivity. In other words, remove the ego. Many people think that removing the ego means not taking credit. That’s not the case at all—focusing on not taking credit is still egoic. If someone asks how you knew something before everyone else, answer in the same tone of voice that you would use if you were asked what the weather is outside.
“Oh, its raining,” or “It’s sunny.” You might say in a totally nonchalant manner.
And why wouldn’t you be calm about reporting the weather? Being non-egoic means taking that bit of ownership out of the answer. Suppose you were given a totally amazing bit of insight that could help a lot of people. Making light of it or downplaying the importance of the message involves the ego and can affect others’ perception of the message.
3. Learn from your dreams. Keep a notebook beside your bed and write down any dreams you can remember. Dreams are your subconscious’s way of bringing up issues you may be overlooking or working through. Dreams can also be a link to the universe, since ego and other resistances are down during sleep.
Dreams are a fantastic resource for imagery, or coded messages. After jotting down your dreams, think through each image and be aware of themes. Water, for example, can indicate spiritual knowledge. So a flood in a dream may not be a scary thing, but instead indicate that you are growing spiritually, ready to dive in, being flooded with new insight and knowledge.
4. Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you have a bad feeling, or a good feeling, for that matter, about something, listen to your intuition. Don’t be afraid to speak up. People may or may not believe you but the more you believe yourself, the more you can hone your intuition.
Again, the ego thing. If you start to feel self-conscious, take that bit of yourself out of the equation and see if the message still needs to be shared. If it does, go for it. Since it isn’t our job to convince others, you can be a bit nonchalant.
Say someone asks you what you think the weather will be like in a week. If you have a hunch, offer your suggestion. If you’re right, you could have people checking your forecasts more closely than the local news stations.
5. Take yourself seriously. Intuition is what a salesperson relies on to follow leads, what a writer relies on to develop a story. I once heard that Steven Spielberg lived on macaroni and cheese and brought his scripts to meeting after meeting until someone caught on to his vision. He had to believe enough in his intuitive gifts long before others did, and enough to risk.
And I’m so glad he did. Keep a track record of your intuitive successes, failures, and almosts. The successes are sweet but the failures and almosts are important tools for you to hone your skills.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to trust your intuition. The worst that can happen? People won’t believe you. But the most important thing is that you believe you.