By now, we’ve learned a bit about intuition, as well as the different ways it may show up for us personally. As we know how intuition manifests in our own individual experience, we understand what our dominant intuitive type is.
Today, I’d like to share how to develop our dominant types more fully, as well as how to develop those that may be a secondary, or third, or fourth avenue for us so that we may build an even stronger intuitive foundation.
I’d like to begin by saying that each and every one of us is already connected to all four types of intuition. Our intuition does a lot of experimenting itself, going through each avenue it can to find the best way to communicate with us. It’s just that one will find its way through easier than the others, so we may think that that way is the only way we receive it. The reality is the opposite. It’s simply the quickest option for it to be understood. Some of us may also find that one day we’ll receive a gut feeling, and others it may be a flash of something in our minds eye. I’ve noticed that it varies depending on what kind of mood or environment I’m in. There have been times that I’m physically drained and so instead of receiving it by clairsentience like I normally do, I may receive it through claircognizance. This is why it’s important to develop and strengthen our dominant types, as well as the others, so that we can receive what we need to at any given moment.
So, how do we begin to develop our dominant and non-dominant types?
With each of these, one of the easiest ways to develop and strengthen them is by simply setting an intention to do so and then meditating on it. Many people will find that they begin to receive loads of intuitive hits when they do this, in ways they hadn’t experienced before. For example, set the intention that you are ready to receive clairaudient guidance and take some time to get quiet. It’s extremely likely that you’ll start to notice a voice, a word, even song lyrics that pop up, usually very in line with what it is you may be going through at the moment.
As clairsentience is a very visceral and feeling type of intuition, a great way to develop it is by paying more attention to your body. It may help to have a small journal with you throughout the day in which you can jot down any feelings or sensations you may have experienced that didn’t have a real cause. For example, you may be feeling fine and then when you’re standing in line at the store, your stomach starts hurting, or you get a headache, or maybe you even felt angry suddenly. You might join a friend for lunch and feel a wave of sadness come over you out of nowhere. If you’re close, I’d suggest even asking them how they’re feeling. You may actually find that you picked up on their inner emotional state. The key here is to connect to the feeling state, and by acknowledging these sensations and feelings, we create a stronger connection to this type of intuitive awareness. It’ll become easier to discern what is yours and what is others, as well as understand more fully what the patterns of sensations or feelings may be communicating to you. It helps to also confirm them as well whenever you can. This not only validates what you received, but it also allows you to trust it more fully. In my own experience, I’ve noticed that when I feel a tightness in my stomach, to avoid whatever it is that is happening, or when I feel an “opening” sensation in my chest, that all is clear and this is something to continue with. I can also feel what others are feeling physically and emotionally. When those around me are sick, I feel sick. When someone gets hurt, I feel a phantom injury in the same area. When they’re angry or sad or happy, I experience the same feelings.
Another technique to strengthen clairsentience is something called psychometry. Psychometry is a technique to learn about objects and their owners or environment by touching and reading the energy they hold. This is based on the fact that objects that we wear or use absorb our energy. Ask to borrow something of someone’s – preferably someone you don’t know that well – that they wear or use regularly, like a hat, ring, or watch. It could be a friend’s mothers necklace or the pen of the brother of a coworker. After getting in a quiet, centered space, hold the object in your hands for a few minutes. You may start to notice sensations or feelings about the owner who wore or used the object. If not, ask yourself some questions about the object first to get the ball rolling:
Does this belong to a man or a woman?
How is the owner feeling?
How many children does this person have?
What does this person do for work?
Write whatever you receive down – everything, even if it seems silly – and verify your findings when you give it back. It may take some practice, but information will come through.
A wonderful exercise for developing claircognizance is through automatic writing. Automatic writing is the technique of simply writing whatever is going through your head. Many times, claircognizant information can get muddled by all of the chaotic analytical information that runs through our mind. Automatic writing is a way to put it all out on paper (or in a Word document!) so that we may get a glimpse of our inner wisdom coming through. The process of automatic writing is really simple. It entails grabbing a piece of paper and pen or opening up a Word document. Begin by writing or typing a question you have on your mind. Then, write or type anything and everything that comes through your mind in response to that question. It’s totally okay if at first everything seems like a bunch of nonsense – keep going! Try to allow the conscious mind to simply observe and not judge or analyze what is coming through. The first few times may just be nonsense, but the key here is to get used to writing. As we get accustomed to it, we begin to find a flow in which our analytical mind falls away and allows our inner “knowing” to come through with its insights.
An additional way to strengthen claircognizance is through the use of playing cards. To begin, grab a deck of standard red and black playing cards. Set an intention to successfully choose the right color of the card you pick. Then, shuffle the deck to allow the cards to take on your energy. Pick a card and mentally ask yourself, “What color is this card?” Whatever the first thought is that moves through your mind, stick with it. Flip the card over to reveal it’s color. I suggest moving through the entire deck and placing your right answers into one and the wrong ones into another. Continue practicing to improve your accuracy.
I also suggest becoming more aware of any “knowings” that come through in your day to day and write them down. Often, as we look back on those hits, we will find that they did in fact come true in the way we knew they would. This acknowledgement strengthens the connection to this avenue of intuition so that we can receive it more consistently and more clearly.
An awesome technique to develop clairaudience is by simply enhancing your listening. Get comfortable, in a sitting or lying position, with your eyes closed. Focus in on your breath until you feel centered and still. Now, bring your attention to each and every sound you hear. Regardless if you’re in a quiet room or not, you will still notice sounds that you normally wouldn’t hear or pay attention to. Begin to identify each sound you hear. You may also choose to do this in a public place, like a park or a doctors office. In a park, do you hear multiple different birds? Do you hear voices or laughter? Cars driving past? What about the wind? In a doctors office, can you hear typing on a keyboard? Or papers being shuffled? Or magazine pages being turned? Murmured voices in the rooms? You’d be surprised how much you will begin to pick up on that you normally block out. This practice allows you to bring your awareness to subtle sounds and heighten your sensitivity to receiving clairaudient information.
Another fun way to strengthen clairaudience is by turning on the radio. Ask yourself a question and pay close attention to any lyrics, words, or sounds that may actually be an answer to your question. I’ve done this a handful of times with great success. I’ll ask a question and suddenly the song I’m listening to has the exact response I needed to hear, or the commercial had a line that related closely to what I was asking.
Clairvoyance is all about visualization, so anything that touches on this will help develop and strengthen this intuitive muscle. There are quite a few ways to do this.
One option is to practice observing any visuals that may come into your awareness. Take some time out every day and close your eyes, noticing any pictures, scenes, colors, lights, shapes, symbols, etc. that flash through your mind’s eye. Some of these may be simply things from your day and others will be actual clairvoyant messages. Keep a journal and jot these down. Ask yourself what they could be communicating to you – usually the first thought is the message behind it, as ego tends to take time to argue and oscillate between answers. This practice helps you to discern between what is just “clutter” of your day-to-day and legitimate clairvoyance.
Additionally, ask a friend to place a handful of different objects on a plate or tray, preferably things you’ve never seen before. Once they’ve set it all up, study the objects for around 10 seconds and then have them take the tray away from your view. Closing your eyes, imagine each object as it is and where it was on the tray or plate. Jot down on a piece of paper as much as you can recall about the items and their placement. The key here is to recall as much detail as you can. For example, if there was a pen on the tray, you may write down black pen with white italicized writing in the upper right corner. When you feel that you cannot remember anymore, have the friend pull the objects back into view and verify your results. You will find that with practice, it will become easier and easier to visualize in the future.
Practice, practice, practice! The more we work on these, the stronger and clearer they get and the more consistently we receive information. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a great idea to work on all of them. Having various avenues that intuition can take to make its way to us allows us to have a stronger connection and receive more information at any given moment. I do suggest, though, working on one at a time. Begin by developing and strengthening your dominant type, and then move into the next one you’re interested in, and then the next, and so on. Usually, the interest we have in a specific type is a sign that Spirit or our Higher Selves are ready to communicate with us in that way.
As always, explore and have fun with this! This realm is not one to be taken seriously. In fact, the more serious we are the harder it becomes to receive. An open mind, heart, and spirit is key to intuitive ability.