Article by Justine Melton
Recently I have universally been asked the same question over and over again. “How can I build my intuition?” And then it is usually followed by, “Can you teach me?” I have been asked this by so many people and by so many different types both in and out of the Reiki world that I decided it would be the perfect thing to share with all of you here. If you have not yet had a Reiki class you can leave the Reiki out. Once you have had level one start adding the Reiki symbols in and you will start to see how far it can help take you.
Everyone is born having a very high sense of intuition. Sadly, many times adults will tell children that whatever they have to say is all in their head, a dream, or that they just have a very active imagination. When in all actuality the young children are just more in touch with the spiritual world. The veil between worlds is thinner for children because they are innocent and haven’t been taught to have a limiting belief system. When children are around the age of 2 or 3 and start speaking more and more really start to listen to what they have to say. What are they talking about? Do they see things you don’t? Do they ever comment that a friend or relative that has passed has said hi to you? Do they ever comment about their past life? Take a chance and ask who they were in their last life. If they don’t respond do not pressure them for an answer. Let it be. If they do respond be prepared to accept whatever they have to say. There are so many verified stories like this if you start to research the subject. It is amazingly interesting and really makes you start to wonder why we were ever told it is all in our head to begin with.
So, just how can you build your intuition? There are so many different ways. Your intuition is already there inside you. You just need to tap in, trust yourself and build your intuition back to being something that you use all day. Take a look at the list of exercises below and take some time trying out each one. Really allow yourself the time to see what speaks the most to you. Once you have discovered which one works best for you go with it, have some fun, and allow it to help you build back your intuition.
Intuition Building Exercises
1. Educate Yourself
Ok, so this may not seem like a basic exercise but it is preparing you to be able to naturally communicate with the Universe again. The Universe has so many basic symbols it uses to guide us on a daily basis. Start looking up things that you notice on a daily basis. Are you seeing 11:11 a lot? 22 maybe? Perhaps 44 or 777? Or maybe even my favorite 27! Look it up! They all carry a message and once you have educated yourself in what all the numbers mean you will be able to immediately know what message the Universe is trying to get to you. How cool is that? You see 1111 and know immediately that the Universe has just told you not to worry that you are on the right path! It is so cool and exciting. Also, look up things like animal symbolism, rock and crystal meanings, etc. Basically anything that you start seeing a lot out of nowhere is generally a message. You can find a lot of information on these things right here at Reiki Rays. Educate yourself and pay attention.
2. The Reading Minds Game
This is a great thing to do with a friend (or stranger) to help build confidence and have some fun. Decide on a subject matter with someone that you are going to practice building your intuition with. For this example, we will pretend that you have chosen the subject of animals. Make a power symbol over yourself and one over your partner. Ask your partner to think of one animal in their head. Let yourself relax for a few minutes and then say out loud what animal comes to mind for you. Notice how much better you get with more and more practice. The more you practice, the more comfortable you are, and the more you trust your 1st gut feeling.
3. The Card Experiment
This is a fun one to do with a partner or by your-self. If you would like to do this exercise on your own begin by picking up a stack of playing cards and then making a Reiki Power Symbol over it. Next, shuffle them and pick one card out. Make sure it is upside down so that you can’t see it. Once you feel like you know what the card is turn it over and see if you are right. If you don’t get it right at first don’t get discouraged. Your body needs to learn how to relax and go with your gut. The more you do this the better you will get. If you are doing it with a partner go through the same process except ask them to pick a card. Then tell them without looking at the card which card it is that they have selected. It is not magic just plain intuition.
4. Sending Messages
This is one of my favorite ones to do and really helped me gain confidence in the beginning. If you have not learned Reiki yet again, you can just leave the Reiki part out. If you have get ready to use the distance symbol! First, picture whoever it is in your mind that you would like to send a message to. Picture them sitting in a chair in front of you. Make one large distance symbol in front of you. Next, make a Sei He Ki over your 3rd eye and pretend that you are doing it over the other person’s 3rd eye that you wish to send a message to. Then say, “I am sending (add the person’s name here) this message.” Then state in full the message you’d like to send. Make it as short and simple as possible. It can even just be my favorite short one to send in the beginning which is, “hi, this is (add your name). I miss you. Call me!” After you send the message make a grounding symbol over yourself and give thanks.
Have you ever tried Automatic Writing before? This may seem a little funny at first but it is so great at helping you realize just how powerful your intuition is. Even I was skeptical if it really worked before I tried it. Now it is one of my favorite ways to effortlessly get messages for myself and others. To give this a try get out a journal or a piece of paper. Make one large power symbol over yourself and over your piece of paper. Allow yourself to relax for a few minutes. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Once you are completely relaxed place your pen on your paper and ask what you need to know for your highest good (for you or for someone else). When just starting I recommend practicing on yourself for awhile until you become more comfortable and confident in the process. Start writing! Really, that is it! Start writing down whatever words come to mind and keep going until you feel you are done.
If one of these exercises calls out to you right away and you feel like one is not for you that is perfectly fine. Go with whatever your gut tells you. I tried all of them when I was starting to rebuild my intuition and then started using those that I felt worked best for me. Once your intuition is built back up you will be amazed at how easy it is for the Universe to communicate with you.
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Justine Melton is a Reiki Master/Teacher and an Intuitive Counselor. Reiki came into her life and changed it in amazing ways. It is her passion now to bring Reiki to others and help them to heal in a holistic way. Justine is lucky enough to be an Empath, Clairaudient, Clairsentient, and Clairvoyant. She is able to use these gifts with Reiki if asked to give extra messages during a session for the client’s highest good. You can follow Justine on her website SerenityOfTheMindAndSoul.com and on Facebook at Serenity of the Mind & Soul.