How To Be More Intuitive: Lesson one

Contrary to what many believe, intuition is a skill that can be learned. It can be taught, studied and continually improved upon. I cringe when I hear or read in someone’s bio that they have been “a natural intuitive since birth.” We’re all naturally intuitive at birth. Unfortunately, this culture does not place high regard on intuition and therefore it does not get nurtured and developed. So, by the time most of us are teenagers, our natural intuitive abilities have been suppressed and forgotten.

This article is the first in a series of ongoing but irregular tips on how to reconnect with and enhance your natural intuitive abilities. This first article will help you rediscover your intuitive perception point, the physical location from which you access your intuition.

Where is your point of perception? Where is your awareness when you perceive the world around you? It may not be a question you have considered but take a moment and see if you can determine where your point of perception is right now.

If you’re like most people, you will probably discover that you are observing and processing information about the world around you from a space just behind your eyes. Because we are such a visually focused culture, and place so much attention on the gathering and processing of visual information, we spend a lot of time in that area of our head.

Think of all the activities that focus our attention forward. Driving, reading, watching TV and movies, conversing with someone and, let’s not forget the big one, blogging! In fact, any time spent at the computer, is time spent focusing forward. It’s highly likely that more than 90% of your waking time is spent with most of your attention focused on what you are seeing in front of you.

In addition to spending much of your perceptual time in the front part of your head, you may also notice that your normal perception space is shifted towards one side or the other. I’m sure you’re aware of the left-brain – right-brain split. If you tend to focus on analysis and numbers and logic, you’ll spend more time in the left side of your head. Whereas, if you are more creative and non-linear you’ll spend more time in the right side of your head.

Left-brain perception tends to be logical sequential, rational, objective and focused on parts.

Right brain perception tends to be more creative, holistic, synthesizing, and focused on the whole picture.

You might assume that computer programmers would spend most of their time in the left side of their head. But, interestingly, the best programmers are those who balance the ability to logically analyze tasks and desired outcomes with a creative, holistic perception of their work. In my experience, computer programming is a very powerful tool for enhancing intuitive abilities. (Back in the mid-eighties, I got my bachelors degree in the computer-programming department of the school of Visual and Performing Arts. It was quite an interesting experience to learn and use Turbo Pascal to create art projects.)

Now don’t worry. I’m not going to suggest that you go out and learn PHP and C++ and HTML. I’ve long ago given up hardcore programming, although, with my Wordpress blog I’m having a hard time avoiding the alluring call of PHP and CSS.

But for those of you that really have no interest in computers there are plenty of other ways to get centered in your head.

The simplest step, and perhaps the most powerful way to find that central, intuitive perception space, is to shift the physical location of your head in relation to your body. Begin paying attention to the way you are holding your head. Is it forward? Is it tilted to one side? Is it facing slightly off center?

You can also begin to observe other people. A quick glance around your local café will give you enough data to conclude that most people walk around with their head jutting out in front of the rest of their body. It’s as if they want to get a preview of what’s waiting for them by sticking their head out there first.

Intuitive perception is 360 degrees. It is not forward facing. Intuition draws on information gathered from all directions, from all the physical senses, as well as more subtle, energetic information. In order to efficiently access this intuitive information you must be in a central place. This is where the term “centered” comes from. When you are centered you are not influenced by the content of the information that you perceive.

Think of it like the eye of a storm. If you are outside of the eye you tend to be knocked off balance and battered by all of the debris that’s getting blown around. When you step into the eye of the storm, you enter a calm, clear space where you can watch the storm swirling around you without being affected by it.

When you enter the intuitive perception space at the center of your head you enter a calm, clear space where you can observe the world swirling around you without getting drawn into the drama. And from this space you can much more easily access your intuitive awareness.

Begin by shifting your head back to a neutral space above your shoulders. When you find that neutral space, you should feel a relaxing of the muscles in your neck and shoulders. You may notice an opening of the energy back there as the tension releases. This is all good. And even if you don’t take this any further, the benefits to your physical body will be well worth the time and awareness required to make this simple shift.

But, in addition to the physical benefits, this one simple step has the added benefit of naturally causing you to begin perceiving the world from a more central location in your head. When you consciously begin pulling your head back over your shoulders, you also cause your observation point to move back inside your head.

Another way to find your intuitive perception point is to begin visualizing the inside of your head and focusing on the very center point. One way to find that center point is to imagine a line running through your head from one ear to the other. Now imagine another line dropping from the soft spot at the top of your head. Where these two lines intersect is the location of your intuitive perception. To enhance your ability to visualize that place you can imagine a small golden flame at the point where those two lines meet.

Once you become comfortable envisioning that central point in your head, begin to practice shifting your awareness to that point. One technique I find effective is to imagine that my awareness can catch a ride on the in-breath into that center point. As you breathe in, feel your awareness shifting back in your head. It’s like surfing on your breath right into that intuitive space.

You will know you are there when the chatter in your head begins to drop off and you feel an opening of your perception. It will feel as if your peripheral vision is being expanded, but it is not just your vision it is your intuitive perception that is being awakened and expanded.

Don’t worry if you initially have a difficult time finding your way into that center point. You are unlearning a lifetime of front of the head focus. And it will take time and practice and persistence.

As you continue to pull your physical head back, visualize the center point of your head, and ride the breath back into that space, you will begin to notice that it becomes easier to find your way into that intuitive space. And as you begin spending more time in that center point, you will find that your intuition naturally begins to blossom in your life.