HOW TO USE YOUR SIXTH SENSE

by-holly-sierraEveryone has a sixth sense. We were all born with intuition – also known as psi. As we grew up, however, the world told us there was no such thing. We learned to ignore and shut down our gut instincts. The only people supposed to have these powers were fortune tellers or students of the occult.   

That’s been loosening up in recent years, and there is no longer such a huge gulf between psychic people and everyone else. Books and the internet now abound with advice on how to use your extra sensory perception (ESP). Many of them say you should begin with getting into a serious meditation practice. Here’s a little secret: while this is certainly good advice, and it will help you a lot, it’s not strictly necessary.

That’s because intuition is a natural part of you. Even if it’s been dormant for years, you can wake it up without going through arcane initiations or months of navel-gazing. In fact, the practice of using your intuition is like a meditation exercise in itself, with immediate benefits. As Gisele Bunchen said, “The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.”

The best first step to take is simply to accept that intuition is real – it’s part of being human. Then start recalling all the times you spotted it working in your life. You’ll be surprised how that list grows as you remember more and more.

For example, most of us have experienced hearing from someone just as we were thinking about them. These psychic connections happen all the time, but usually in small, easily forgettable ways. However, events that are more striking are not as easy to forget. One of the most dramatic is an experience many mothers have reported of an urgent inner knowing when their child was in danger.

In her book The Gift, Dr. Sally Rhine Feather described how one mother woke up with a start in the middle of the night. She’d just had a vivid dream of the chandelier above her baby’s cot falling and crushing the child. She moved the cot away from the chandelier and went back to bed. Next thing, a loud noise woke her up. It was the chandelier crashing to the floor. Her premonition had saved her baby’s life.

Huge numbers of people say they somehow knew exactly when a loved one passed over. In her book on this subject, Beyond Good-Bye, Annie Cap says that she found thousands of reports of people ‘half way around the world from their loved ones’ who sensed something at the time they passed on.

out_of_the_mist_by_jerryThis takes different forms – sometimes it’s a strong physical feeling; other times, it comes as a clear inner knowing, a vivid image or a message from the departing dear one. This is usually a farewell with reassurances: they are now leaving this world, but all is well and we will meet again.

There are also many reports of people who had hunches about disasters before they occurred. Because of their forebodings, a significant number of people have cancelled trips – and later heard that their plane or train had crashed. 

These outstanding psychic events affect most people perhaps once in a lifetime. So how are you to cultivate your ESP and make it your trusty ally in everyday life? Here are five easy and enjoyable techniques to practice.  

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

This is one of the most helpful uses of your intuition. Practice noticing your inner reaction when you meet someone for the first time. It may contradict what you think you should feel – but that instant gut response is never wrong.

A friend who runs a bread and breakfast place in Glastonbury said that one day a young woman with sweet and smiling ways arrived. The minute she saw this newcomer, my friend said her heart just sank. At first she dismissed that feeling – but later realised it had been spot-on, as the visitor turned out to have a talent for causing trouble.

While looking for a car, a woman I know had an appointment with a second-hand car salesman. Naturally wary of the breed, she went along clutching a list of all the right questions to ask.

“But the second I saw him, before I had time for a single thought, I got a strong feeling that it would be OK – he was fine,” she said. That feeling proved correct, and she was delighted with everything about the car she bought from him.  

First impressions are not only helpful – focusing on them is also a great way to strengthen your intuition. Like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

GATHERINGS

Use your psi power to sense what’s really going on beneath the surface of gatherings – cats-teaanything from cosy tea parties to formal meetings. When you can, take a moment to mentally stand back from the scene. Ignore the chatter for a bit, and focus instead on people’s expressions and body language. Don’t try to mentally analyse anything at this point. Just be open to what the situation feels like.

A man I know who’s been using his intuition for years told me about his experience at a formal consultation of local people protesting about a new development in the area. He said when he tuned in to the underlying vibration, he saw that the men running the meeting just wanted to get people’s names. Although they made a big pretence about it, they were not the least bit interested in what anyone had to say.

PLACES

With your intuition switched on, visits to historical sites can become even more interesting. You may sense events that took place hundreds of years ago; ghosts that still haunt those places; perhaps even your own past lives that took place there.

When hypnotherapist Arnall Bloxham visited Sudeley Castle for the first time, he immediately recognised it as a home from one of his earlier lives. He found he knew exactly how the place was laid out, and could give his wife and friend a detailed tour without using the guidebook.

One of my regression clients had a vivid experience the first time she went to Avebury. As she walked round the circle, absorbing the atmosphere, she saiaveburymoonhid she could feel the intensity of old worshippers from very long ago.  

She came for a regression to see if she could find out more. It turned out that she’d once belonged to an ancient spiritual group who did regular ceremonies in stone circles. It meant a lot to her at the time – and that feeling came back when she re-discovered Avebury. 

Your antennae about places can be especially helpful when you’re looking for a new home. Before moving anywhere, make sure that the place feels right for you. Don’t ignore the warning signs if the thought of living there doesn’t make you feel happy.

SHOPPING

If you’re in no special hurry, shopping trips can be good times for hearing your intuition. This is because your mind is relaxed and only lightly occupied – an ideal time for your inner knowing to surface. Heeding their hunches, people have felt guided towards everything from special offers in supermarkets to books that have changed their lives.

You can also save time and effort by letting your feelings show you which shops to try and which to walk past. It’s wonderfully satisfying to find something just right because your inner senses led you to it.   

STRANGERS

A good time to practice your sixth sense is when there are strangers around you, such intuitive-connectionsas on a train or in a queue. Mentally scan the area for someone interesting. Then without looking at them directly, see how much you can sense about them.

While doing this you may start receiving impressions about people’s past lives – but whatever the temptation, don’t tell them what you saw, as it may cause offence. This is a private game for you alone.

One day this may keep you safe if you sense someone in the vicinity who feels somehow wrong. Your intuition is more than a friend – it’s also your protector.    

THE DIFFERENT WAYS INTUITION WORKS

Intuition is there to help you in every way it can, from the tiniest to the greatest of life events. It can come to you in many different ways – most often as a feeling, or an inner knowing. Sometimes you may also get messages through images, dreams and synchronicities.

The body gives us one of the best ways to see intuition at work. Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Do you feel sluggish or energised? Are you fidgety and restless, as if wanting to move on?

Observe your body language towards others. Are you expressing relaxed openness or closing yourself off in a self-protective art-by-jslattumdway? These are all big clues that will tell you a lot about the underlying reality of any situation you’re in. 

As you develop your ESP, you may find that you have a special bent for one of the many different kinds of psi power. Perhaps you’ll be able to see auras, or discover a talent for telepathy, clairvoyance, psychometry, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, telekinesis, dowsing – the list goes on. The foundation for all these abilities is your basic intuition. And in the end, that’s really all you need.  

In the words of Eileen Caddy, the founder of Findhorn: “Cease trying to work everything out with your mind. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration.”

Once you discover what a trusty ally your intuition is, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it – and everyday life will never be ordinary again.

(This article was first published in Kindred Spirit Magazine)

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SECRET PAST LIVES

For many reading this, it will come as no surprise that modern-day feminists and followers of the Goddess often had past lives as priestesses in the ancient worlds. egyptian priestessWhile many of those memories come from Egypt, Greece or Rome, they may also come from less obvious times and places.

At first glance, it seems that we know all about the last 2000 years – the astrological Age of Pisces. Memories of lives in that time are sadly often about the persecution of women who tried to use their esoteric knowledge for the good of others.

These experiences may create traumas that are carried from one lifetime to the next. In modern times, this can create a baffling blockage when people – both men and women – decide to take up work that is in tune with their spiritual path. A traumatic unconscious memory may then act like some invisible force which keeps stopping them from making any progress on their new path.

Fortunately, becoming conscious of this issue and where it comes from is usually enough to dissolve the block. I go into this more fully in my article at this link: http://www.goddess-pages.co.uk/healing-past-life-wounds-to-the-inner-goddess/

courtshipHowever, there was another, hidden side to the Age of Pisces. Peeking behind the grey curtain of official history reveals a big surprise. There was a huge underground veneration of the feminine. Because it had to be kept secret, this was probably more widespread than we can ever know. It flowered especially well in what came to be called the Courts of Love. These were aristocratic strongholds such as chateaux, castles and great manor houses.

This extract from my book, Magic Past Lives, describes how that clandestine world operated, and the meaning of its mysterious codes and symbols. Some of this may ring a bell for you – if so, it’s a good sign that you may once have been a part of that world.

EXTRACT FROM MAGIC PAST LIVES

Secret societies aren’t always officially organised groups. In medieval and Renaissance times, free-thinkers often belonged to a looser-knit community of people who understood one another through other kinds of secrecy. Outside the strict walls of Church dogma there frolicked a rich world of colourful codes and symbols.

Fairytales are full of them, expressing once unorthodox ideas in the form of stories. Sleeping Beauty was about finding your inner spirit. Jack and the Beanstalk dramatised the importance of following your heart. Beauty and the Beast showed the transformational power of love.

Colours of AlchemyColour coding was often central to these tales. The description of ‘cheeks pale as the snow, lips red as blood, and hair as black as the raven’s wing’ was really a sly reference to alchemy. These colours were about the stages of turning lead to gold – which itself was a secret metaphor for spiritual transformation.

The Tarot cards encoded huge volumes of secret esoteric teachings. The Church especially disliked the High Priestess card because it stood for female spiritual authority.

One of the biggest symbols of the time was the rose. It stood for secrecy, the Rosacaudata5_IIspiritual path and love. Renaissance heretics turned love into a form of worship. They venerated the feminine, raising women above the lowly status the Church had dished out to them. In the courtly circles of high-born heretics, devotion to a particular lady became a form of religion.

An even riskier heresy grew from this: the celebration of erotic love as a spiritual path. But this was no hippie lovefest. An admirer had to get through a lot of noble deeds and pining before his lady even looked at him. Eventually she might favour him with her scarf, which was carefully colour coded. He’d then wear it in ways that sent silent messages to her about his love.

troubadourTroubadours, poets and story tellers of the time entertained the courts of Europe with tales and songs that were full of double meaning. They loaded their works with coded messages meant only for the cognoscenti.

One troubadour said of his poem: ‘Thou can’st go whither thou wilt. I have dressed thee so well that thou will be understood by those endowed with intelligence: of others thou need’st not be concerned.’

In all these ways the secret underground world developed a rich culture of signs, smokescreens and red herrings. This was called the Language of the Birds or the Green Language.

As a result, a cornucopia of vibrant symbols pours out from those times to now. For the many who belonged to that world, they whisper tales of colourful memories that are just waiting for rediscovery.

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