This post is by Judith Orloff MD, author of the new book Second Sight (Three Rivers Press, 2010). She is a UCLA Psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Freedom. In addition to Second Sight, be sure to check out Emotional Freedom, which comes out on Amazon tomorrow! But you can buy it today by clicking on the book image to the left.
Five Ways to Use Intuition in Everyday Life
In our modern world, we’re moving at such a rapid pace we often miss seeing extraordinary signs and messages that pop up in our daily life. Whether you’re a soldier in Afghanistan, a corporate executive, a parent, spouse, or employee, when you can slow down enough to recognize and listen to your intuition, it can reveal truth, warn you of danger, uncover an ingenious idea, or help you understand people and situations in new ways.
In my new book, Second Sight, I show how to keep an eye out for intuitive experiences in everyday life, and what they can teach us. Drawing from my own experiences as an intuitive along with new scientific studies on the value of intuition in decision making, I include strategies anyone can use to develop their intuitive intelligence. In the book, you will learn how I came to be a pioneer in intuitive medicine, using my intuitive gift as a potent healing tool and incorporating it into my medical practice.
From Second Sight, here are five types of intuitive experiences you may encounter, and what they can teach you:
Body signals. Your body has many ways of getting your attention. It could be goosebumps when something feels right or strikes you as true. Or it might be your hair standing up on the back of your neck when you sense danger.
How to use it. Most commonly referred to as a “gut reaction,” your body’s response to the world around you is often instant–quicker, in fact, than your conscious thought. Next time you sense your body is trying to alert you to something, check in with it. Are your shoulders tense? Is there a knot in your stomach? Or do you feel energized and excited? When you learn to read your body signals, a whole new type of information will be available to you.
Déjà vu. This is when you feel as though you’ve had this exact conversation before, or you’ve been to this place before and know what’s around the corner and up ahead, even though that’s impossible.
How to use it: Instead of thinking it’s strange and then moving on, don’t let the experience go unremarked. Discuss it with a friend. Write it down. Bringing a déjà vu experience into the open energizes it, acknowledges its significance, and enables you to find out what it’s trying to tell you or where it’s trying to lead you.
Synchronicity. This is the experience of perfect timing, such as when you’re thinking about a word right when you hear it on the radio, or a person you just met offers you the perfect job.
How to use it: Stay aware and look for synchronicity everywhere. Such moments let you know that you’re in the flow–in the right place, at the right time. See if you can uncover its hidden significance.
Seeing beyond. This is when you’re tuned in to an event that’s happening right now, but in a different place. For example, you think of a long-lost friend, and then she sends you an email in that instant Or you get a feeling to turn left on the way to work and avoid an accident.
How to use it: Your entire body–not just your brain–acts as an intuitive receiver, so the more conscious you become of your whole body, perhaps through a discipline like yoga, the more likely you are to tap into realities outside of your immediate setting. They will come to you in snapshot-life flashes–a taste, smell, sound, or a feeling in your body. Jot down your impressions. The better you get at tuning in, the clearer the messages will become.
Intuitive empathy. This is when you “pick up a vibe” from another person. For no apparent reason, you suddenly sense a person’s deep loneliness, or you feel hostility coming from a person who is smiling at you.
How to use it: Being sensitive to other people’s nature is a valuable skill–but it comes with perils. If you feel drained after talking to someone at a party, for example, pay attention so you can protect yourself from him or her next time. Learning to “read” other people’s feelings will improve your personal and professional relationships, as long as you don’t “take on” others’ moods and emotions.
Judith Orloff MD is author of the new book Second Sight (Three Rivers Press, 2010). She is a UCLA Psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Freedom. Her recent TV special, “Emotional Freedom Now!” aired on PBS stations nationally. To develop your Second Sight and for inspiration, visit www.drjudithorloff.com.