This is a recovered post originally written and published 03/12/2015.
I equate intuition with personal empowerment, and also with self-care, which I believe is another form of personal empowerment. By listening to my intuition, then, I’m empowering and taking care of myself.
Is it really listening, though? The better question here may be, “Is it just listening?”
The answer to that is, “No.”
Intuitive insights, oftentimes referred to as extrasensory perception (ESP), can be felt, seen, heard, smelled, and even tasted.
For all intuition is referred to as our sixth sense, it actually can use any one of, or combination of two or more of, or even all five of our physical senses to communicate its wisdom.
This is a dual method. The feeling may be that intuitive yes or no, as outlined in an earlier three-part series on identifying the yes and no responses of your own intuition. This method would include a “gut feeling” or “I’ve got a feeling about this.”
The feeling may also be sensations felt when you come into contact with a person, an object, or the energy of a space or spirit.
For example: When I scan an energy-healing client with my hands, I may feel a change in temperature as they hover over certain points of their body.
Another example: When I use my dowsing rods, my hands – and fingers, especially – tingle like crazy.
One final example: There are times when the air pressure around me will change, causing my ears to pop – like just happened, and which I recognized as a reminder to mention it. (Thank you, Spirit.)
That’s something you’d expect ascending or descending a height, not sitting at your desk typing a blog post.
This intuitive ability is known as clairsentience: clear feeling.
You’d think seeing was seeing, and yet I’ve discovered at least three ways of seeing at the intuitive level: with my physical eyes; in my mind’s eye behind my closed lids; and in my mind’s eye with my physical eyes open.
With my physical eyes, I’ve seen shadows of spirits, including one of my cats, and I’ve also seen shimmers that I associate with the angel realm.
In my mind’s eye behind my closed lids, I’ve seen past lives; the energy imprint of buildings and properties; the chakra system and energy body and energy field of humans; various images from those in spirit; spirit guides – both mine and others; elementals.
In my mind’s eye with my physical eyes open, I’ve seen the energy imprint of buildings and properties; the chakra system and energy body and energy field of humans; various images from those in spirit; spirit guides – both mine and others; elementals.
This intuitive ability is known as clairvoyance: clear seeing.
This is a straight-up conventional method.
When I smell fresh-baked bread in my house, and I haven’t been baking bread (or anything, for that matter), I know my maternal great-grandmother is present.
When I smell pipe tobacco, I know my spirit guide Jasper is present.
When I smell a certain type of perfume that I’m not even sure is still on the market, I know my Auntie Martha is present.
This intuitive ability is known as clairalience: clear smelling.
Hearing is another dual-method sense. Sometimes, I’ll hear things in the physical auditory way, and other times (most times, in fact, for which I’m grateful), it’s inside my head. I don’t mind admitting that having someone in spirit yell “hello” at your left ear can be a little disconcerting.
It’s interesting for me to realize that this sense is the most frequently used within the realm of my intuition. It’s how I channel messages for card readings, etc. It’s also how I receive messages from spirit guides, and in-spirit loved ones when I do mediumship work.
This intuitive ability is known as clairaudience: clear hearing.
This is also a straight-up conventional method, and it can still catch me off guard. This may show up when I’m doing an energy investigation of a property, and I’m in a basement area – particularly if it’s a basement that is fully or in part dirt (root cellar).
While I may first feel the softness of the dirt underneath my feet (a cool experience all on its own), I’ll then get a second hit on my tongue with the unmistakable earthy taste of dirt.
I’ve also had it show up when I’m doing some medical intuitive work, and I’m understanding the person with whom I’m speaking may need something herbal or nutritional. I’ve tasted chamomile, garlic, coconut, and more in those situations.
This intuitive ability is known as clairgustance: clear tasting.
Invitation to Explore Your Intuition
I invite you to explore how your five senses may reflect intuitive insight. Think of this exploration in terms of self-empowerment and self-care. Tapping in to your intuitive abilities – which we all possess as a birthright – can result in improved quality of life.
Next week, we’ll explore other senses of intuition.