But what should I do? Call my girlfriend and ask if her husband was okay? I obsessed over the dream until a few hours later when I finally decided to call my friend to see how her family was doing. She told me that her father-in-law had passed away in his sleep.
Throughout my childhood, I had similar experiences. There were moments when I simply knew things. All those years ago, I didn’t know that I was an empath. Nor did the people in my life. Family and friends misunderstood my sensitivity to energy and my ability to tune into my intuition. I got scared and started to believe that I was weak and overly sensitive. I blocked my natural abilities.
Years later, after learning Reiki, I reconnected with my gifts. I realized that my empathy was a blessing. I released the shame and started owning my sensitivity. Today, the official title on my business card is “Intuitive Transformation Mentor.”
I believe that we are all born with the capacity to tap into our intuition.
Many of us block this natural ability as we grow up, but it is possible to make the conscious choice to reconnect with that gift at any stage of life.
But first we must release the false beliefs around intuition and embrace our innate gifts.
Intuition is not a magic power
Yes, I know that intuition is considered a sixth sense. But it is not a superpower. While some people might be more intuitive than others, we are all born with the ability to trust our gut feelings. In the ancient world, people were more in tune with their intuition because they had no digital and technological distractions.
Mondays are Pick-A-Card Days in my Thriving Empath Facebook Group for Women. I present three cards face down in the morning, and, in the evening, I reveal the cards. It has become a favorite way for group members to play with intuition. Interestingly, some women pay more attention to the message that is written on the cards, while others focus on the images, and others still respond most to how looking at the cards makes them feel. These different styles reflect the different types of intuitives. Visual intuitives see mental images. Auditory intuitives hear messages. And somatic intuitives receive input through sensory sensation.
Intuition can be developed.
Intuition is a down-to-earth (not a “woo-woo”) skill that is improved by releasing fears, limiting beliefs around those fears, and practicing tapping into them.
Intuition is an emotional energy.
intuition is not experienced in the mind. It is experienced as an emotion in the body. Sourced from the heart, this physical sensation emerges in the body and creates a momentary sensation of expansion.
Intuitive messages are sudden and unexpected.
The night before I wrote this blog, I connected with Reiki—my spiritual practice of many years—before going to bed and asked for guidance on a blog topic. I had forgotten my request by the time I woke up, but soon it hit me: “write about intuition.” That morning, I read a newspaper article that opened with a paragraph about an intuitive thought the author had. Intuition is the art of listening. Ask. Let go. Listen. The answer will come suddenly and unexpectedly.
Fear blocks intuition. Calm and presence encourage it.
There are so many fears that can get in the way of developing your intuition. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of being wrong. Fear of being judged and misunderstood. Fear of regretting your choices. In a recent coaching session, a mentee needed help in making a decision. I took her through a guided visualization to help her find the answer within. It was clear that fear was getting in her way. I started sending her Reiki while helping her to get centered and grounded. Within minutes, she got super relaxed, and out of nowhere, the answer came to her.
Your intuition is part of a larger skillset
If you are a logical person, you might lack a connection with your emotions and intuition. If your intuition is very developed, you might need to consciously use logic and become mindful of your feelings. One of my teachers said that wisdom is your ability to know without learning, and intuition is knowing without knowing how you know. Wisdom, insight, logic, emotions. Thinking, feeling, and knowing. They are all skills and qualities that are part of your “internal support team.” Like everything else, it is all about the balance. If developing your intuition is a priority for you, go for it. Trust that you will end up accessing all parts of yourself and finding balance.
Why Reiki is the most valuable tool I have to develop intuition
Looking back at my personal growth journey, my ability to receive intuitive messages heightened drastically as I deepened my relationship with Reiki. This simple practice that has been a part of my life since 1996 has also been my go-to secret weapon for tapping into my intuition for all those years.
While writing this blog, I posted a question in my Reiki in Action Facebook group: What is Reiki’s effect on your ability to listen to your intuition? Members shared their experiences.
“Reiki calms my mind and my internal chatter. I often receive intuitive messages while doing my self-Reiki, and I definitely receive intuitive messages when giving Reiki to others.” —Cyndi
“Reiki helps [me] clear any blockage and become more aware. My dreams are more vivid with Reiki.” —Linda
“My intuition kicked in big time. The most noticeable change happened right after my attunement in your Reiki 2 class. I’m grateful for this gift, which allows me to feel more connected with myself and the spiritual realm.” —Dena
“Reiki quiets the outer noise so I can hear the inner voice.” —Beth
Healing energy is always flowing around us. The attunement ritual you go through when you take a Reiki class creates a higher resonance level and increases your frequency. Once you start vibrating from a higher level, blocked energy is released, and you naturally access your intuition. It is not something that you actively do. It is an opening, an expansion that happens by itself as you start treating yourself with Reiki.
It is one of those things that is hard to explain in words. But I can promise you this: nearly all of the thousands of students who have completed the Beacons of Change Reiki training report an increased ability to develop their intuition.
What else can you do to develop your intuition?
- Meditate. Listen to my tips on meditation in this vlog.
- Quiet your mind in any other way you know.
- Journal. So much insight comes up through writing.
- Release tension from your body by practicing yoga, qigong, and any other body movement.
- Pay attention to your dreams. Write them down.
- Engage in creativity. Creativity nurtures intuition.
- Spend time in nature and clear your head.
- Take breathing breaks. Breathing releases tension that is stored in your body.
- Listen to guided visualizations. This guided visualization might be a good start.
- Place your hands on your heart and take a “feeling” break.
- Talk to your higher self. Ask her for guidance.
- Connect with people who support your sensitivity and gifts. My Thriving Empath Facebook Group for Women is a good start. You’ll feel at home.
- Consider taking a Reiki class with me. Your intuition will love you forever.