Learning how to use my sixth sense is an on-going practice for me. It’s helped me in my journey through loss because I now understand how to work with myself. I’ve also developed a sense of trust with my instincts that makes me a better version of myself and adds to my resilience.
It’s true that some people think the whole sixth sense thing is a bit “woo-woo”, but my feeling is our sixth sense is nothing to fear. We all have the ability to harness this deep sense of inner knowing, it’s just a case of understanding how – which I’m going to share with you.
What do we mean by sixth sense?
Well, intuition is what I’m really talking about – those deep feels. Our intuition is not as freaky as some might think. It’s nothing from outer space; it’s from our inner space. Sometimes it’s buried so deep beneath the over-thinking and procrastination, we can’t hear what’s it’s telling us (over our shouty inner voice). And the inner voice causes us to start questioning decisions and clouding our judgement.
So being aligned with our intuition can create huge benefits for our personal growth and help guide us through loss.
Einstein defined intuition as ‘the only real valuable thing’ because it can guide us in powerful ways – plus, you know, it never lies.
So, even when we’re feeling a little lost, the good news is we can practice using our intuition and learn how to tap into it more frequently and easily.
Here’s 3 steps from Marcia Reynolds, as published in Psychology Today.
STEP #1. Listen to your head. Be curious. Consider all options other than yes or no, do or don’t do. List out everything you might do that is in your control or ability to influence others to help you. Think about the facts. Consider the pros and cons. What points come to the forefront? What are all of your options around this choice you have to make?
STEP #2. Take a breath and clear your mind so you can listen from your heart. Think of someone you care about or something you love to do. Say the word love or gratitude or choose another word that opens your heart. Now consider the decision you need to make keeping your awareness around your heart. What points come to the forefront? How do these points differ from what emerged when you considered the decision using only your head? Notice how the points relate more to your desires than to the facts and details. Which option will you regret more if you don’t decide on it?
STEP #3. Take another deep breath and relax so you can listen from your gut. Make sure you are sitting up straight. Take a deeper breath into your belly. Recall a time you felt gutsy and determined in spite of your fear. Remember the moment you moved forward, took action, or spoke your mind. As you inhale, say and feel the word courage. Let the word settle into the core of your body as you exhale. Consider your decision one more time. What points come to the forefront? What is the worst that can happen if the option you take doesn’t work out, really? How likely is the worst to happen? How painful will a failure be? What will you lose if you don’t try? How do these points differ from what arose when you were thinking through you head and heart? Maybe you recognised a real and valid reason for saying no or yes that wasn’t clear before. How does thinking through your gut impact your decision?
I hope these steps help with honing your intuition. I’d love to hear how you’ve found this technique and for you to share your more of your journey. Consider joining my private Facebook Group for free. It’s a wonderful and supportive community for anybody wanting to create their life beyond loss. I’d love to see you there.