How to hone your intuitive skills
by Jayne Clark, who works intuitively with clients to help them resolve issues regarding relationships, loss, grief, health, and career path. To learn more, head to jayneclark.com.
One of the questions I am often asked is, “how do I develop my intuition?”
My first answer is practice, practice, practice and practice. My second answer is to stay committed to the process of practicing.
Developing our intuition and honing our sensitivity to those higher realms of insight is no different than our physical development and what we want to achieve in our outer world.
If we want to improve our athletic, creative, business, parenting skills, etc. we must practice exercises that will aid in developing those skills. And so it is with our intuition.
Before we get started it is worth mentioning that what we get out of these exercises will be equal to our mindfulness with them. The more we approach them with a sincere and open heart, to that extent we will receive the benefit. We could even treat them like meditations. The point is, be “spiritual” and full of care when doing them.
Let us get started.
Take a few moments and turn off your phone, computer, television or anything that could distract you. Even if you are at work, use your break time for this exercise and just do the best you can with quieting your surroundings.
Next, decide on what issue you would like to receive guidance for. Keep it simple. The more precise you can be about the issue, the easier it will be to receive clear and accurate guidance. If you have several questions or issues, break them down one by one. Simplicity is the key.
Now, take out a sheet of paper and cut it into three strips. On one strip of paper, write down one option or solution that will assist you in resolving your challenge. Do the same thing on the other two strips. When you are done you should have three options and three strips of paper: one option per one strip of paper.
Keep in mind, your guidance works with you at the level of consciousness that you are in. The deeper you can go with your options, the more meaningful the exercise will be to you.
With your options written down, fold each one of the strips of paper so that you visibly can’t see through it. Fold them all the same way. This will help you to “not cheat and try to pick the right one”. Once they are folded, put them away.
Putting them away may not seem very important but it is. It helps us to detach a little bit from our agenda and what we want the answer to be.
After about an hour or so, or whenever you have a chance, get them back out. Lay them in front of you. Be as neutral as you can and see if one of the folded strips “pops” out at you. Open it up and see what your option is. Do the same for the other two.
What you will see is your best option, then your second, then your third. From that point you can begin to make some decisions or go deeper into the guidance of how to act upon your best option. You can use this exercise to help you with that also.
I hope you find this exercise helpful. I have used it many times. Being the hardest person for me to read, this exercise helps me to be a little more objective and open to hearing what I may not want to hear or receiving the validation to what I “think” I already know.