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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PSYCHIC ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Now and then a story crops up that shows without any doubt that we have an important psychic connection with the animal kingdom.

When Lawrence Anthony, the famous ‘elephant whisperer’ of Zululand died, the elephants put on an unforgettable show. They made it clear how much they appreciated him; and that they psychically knew when he’d passed on.

For many years he’d been reslawrence-anthony-elephants-1cuing traumatised elephants. He calmed and rehabilitated them by talking to them in a heart-to-heart way. This saved the lives of many elephants that were due to be put down because of the trouble they were causing.

The day he died, two separate herds of elephants made a 12 hour pilgrimage to his home. Once there, they remained for two days. It was clear that they’d come as a tribute and farewell to the man who’d helped them so much.

Many people have experienced a psychic link with animals in ways that may be less dramatic, but are just as significant. Here are some of the fascinating accounts that people have shared with me: 

THE SOUL CAT by P.M.

“Timmy strolled into our lives late one evening when I was standing in the lane outside my home, cooling off after a humdinger of a domestic row. From then on there was nblue basto doubt that he had adopted us. His previous owners had a new baby, and were fine about him moving on if he wished to. I called him Timmy.

In a previous lifetime a ginger cat had changed the course of my life. It helped me to see the huge mistakes I had made and to make what reparation I could before my death.  I knew, without any doubt, that Timmy had been that cat in a previous incarnation.Timmy accepted all the love and attention he could get – but he gave far more in return. He knew whenever there was sadness, and always found ways to comfort us.  Showing love to his humans was more important to him than anything else – even food!

Then some years ago, my husband died. He was much older than me, and his health had been poor for a long time. Timmy and I mourned him greatly. Four months later Timmy suffered a sudden paralysis of his back legs.  There was nothing to be done apart from put him to sleep. Through a friend with mediumship abilities I learned that he’d gone because my late husband had needed him.

I now have another cat, Felix. At first I wondered if this was Timmy reincarnated. I’ve since learned that Timmy is Felix’s guide. So the link is still there, even though I may have to wait until another lifetime to meet up once more with my very special Soul Cat.”

BUTTERFLY MAGIC by L.K.
“It is nearly two months since I lost my big Love. She left a huge empty space behind and I think of her every day. Ever since she passed I have been waiting for a sign, to feel her presence to let me know that she is OK.

This morning it happened! I was just drying off after my morning shower when a beautiful butterfly came flying into my bathroom and started circling around me.  Just when I was wondering what this beautiful creature was doing here in the middle of December, it flew toward me and landed on my shoulder.

ButterflyWhen I looked into its tiny little eyes, it looked at me so curiously I suddenly felt her presence. My heart started to jump with joy. I was suddenly filled with love and a great feeling of peace.

I started to stroke the butterfly with my index finger – and it just kept looking at me. Ten magic minutes passed. I then carried her sitting on my index finger to the window. I opened it and let her fly off into the beautiful morning. Blessed Be, everything is perfect!” 

THE CAT AND THE STONE CIRCLE BY S.H.

“A friend of mine who is a geomancer helped me build a sacred stone circle in my garden. All the stones came from special places such as a demolished church and someone’s back garden in Avebury.

We dowsed to find where the circle wanted to go, and placed the stones to line up with the solstice and equinox sunrises and sunsets. We then performed a ceremony to ‘awaken’ the new circle. When we dowsed afterwards we discovered that new energy lines had formed.

All this time my cat, a rescue, had been watching from a distance. After it was complete, she spent most of her time either sitting in the circle, or on one of the main direction stones.

Stonehenge sunriseOne day I looked out of my kitchen window towards the circle, and matter of factly said, “Oh, there is a lion in the circle.” The lion was standing proudly on the stone marking the South. I carried on with what I was doing for a while, before the thought came to me that of course it wasn’t a lion, it was the cat! 

As I am writing this I realise that the South is the direction of fire, self-empowerment, inspiration and governs the astrological sign of Leo – the lion!”

In our e-mail discussions about this, S.H. said she felt the vision had been a timely message to her about having more confidence in her spiritual path, and the work she was being guided to do.

THE HUSKY GHOST by S.R.

“Years ago we had an Alaskan Husky female that we got at the humane society. I became very attached to this beautiful animal, and when she passed it was heart breaking.

After her passing I kept hearing her tick on the sliding door. This was something she did when she wanted to go out or come in. I knew she was gone, but continued to hear that ticking sound.

One day my husband asked me if I heard Nikki (our husky) ticking on the door.  I was pleased to know that he’d also heard it. I had wondered if I’d let my imagination run a little wild about that!

pet ghostI found myself going to the door every time I heard the sound and opened it enough for her to come in. In my heart I know she came back in her own way, and it gave me pleasure and strength. I had to share this story as I have always felt close to animals of all kinds.”

THE VISITOR

Animals can make psychic connections with us in light-hearted ways as well. A few years ago, I was digging in the back garden for soil to put into a plant pot. A neighbourhood cat strolled up and took a keen interest in this.

When I had enough soil, I began to walk back to my door. The cat stuck close to my heels. I suddenly knew what it wanted. With great finality, I said “You’re not coming inside.”

To my surprise I ‘heard’ its reply: “Yes I am!”

A short battle of wills then took place, with “No you’re not!” / “Yes I am!” flashing back and forth between us.

I was determined. But so was the cat. I opened the door a fraction, slipped in as fast as possible, and slammed it shut. When I turned round, there was the cat sitting in the hallway looking at me expectantly.

I sighed and gave in. “OK” I said. “You can look around. But don’t make a mess!”

At that, it gleefully scampered off to investigate every nook and cranny it could find. While it explored, I must have still been psychically connected to it because I had the pleasure of seeing my home from the cat’s point of view – like a magical place of wonder.cat in woodsWhen it was ready to leave, it went and sat quietly by the door again. We exchanged farewells and I let it out. If it had left me its card I couldn’t have been more surprised.

Our psychic connection to animals has been celebrated in many cultures. It was central to the Ancient Egyptians. All over the world, power animals have always been an important part of shamanic practices. Native American traditions honour their animal totems. We have the remnants of ancient Celtic ways in our tales about witches’ familiars.   

Despite all this, the materialistic western world has turned its back on our deeper kinship with animals. Maybe it’s no coincidence that we also have a steep rise in stress-related problems – both psychological and physical.

Reclaiming our ancient psychic link with the animal kingdom would probably help to heal a wide range of modern problems. It would also enrich our lives in so many ways. From elephants to butterflies, animals bring meaning and healing into our lives. One day our world may honour this again in ways that might seem new – but are as ancient as the animal kingdom itself.    

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