By Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani,
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As a favorite teacher of mine (Torah) reminds us, "Your intuition is pure. It isn't conditioned by some other hidden agenda you would have in your psychology." Intuition can help us get more in touch with our authentic self, as well as guide us in the best direction. Intuition can be developed gradually through some basic exercises, as follows:

To begin, always start with centering yourself: relaxed breathing, grounding, with a request to open to information for the highest good of all. As you get better using your intuition, the routine will kick in more automatically.

1. Each day pay attention to your subtle, inner voice and your body reactions that have an immediate response to a situation or a person. This voice or body reaction may caution you about something, offer advice, tell you something about a person or situation you wouldn't otherwise know. It could be about taking a certain route, parking in a particular space, avoiding something or someone, or receiving insight in how to communicate with someone. Often we ignore these little feelings, but I am asking you now to note them and to make note of them, in writing. Observe yourself. See what your feelings, body, intuition are telling you and where you feel it in your body.

2. Secondly, note how your intellect interacted with, and responded to, your intuition: did you tell it to be quiet, or make fun of it, disbelieve it, shove it aside and replace what you think makes more "sense?"

3. Did you follow your gut instinct, your intuition, in spite of what would more commonly make sense? How did it turn out? Was your intuition more accurate, or less accurate? If less accurate, examine potential reasons for being less accurate. Was something else influencing your thoughts? Doubt?

4. Make written brief notes about your intuitions and the outcome of either following them, or not following them. What does this say about yourself?

5. Practice safely blocking off one of your senses, such as sight or sound, and use your other senses to see what you can pick up in terms of an object, energies, colors, information, emotions. Put your hands close to a plant and its leaves and see if you can feel its energy. Can you tell if a glass is becoming full while pouring a liquid into it if your eyes are closed?

6. Practice new ways of doing everyday things. Change hands for a task. Reverse the order of something. If you put on your right shoe first, switch it to your left shoe first. Alternate your daily routine. Getting out of the habit of doing everything exactly the same way will open up your intuitive abilities because it breaks you out of a rut, expands your experiences, and lets you feel life in a new way. Note how your body responds to a change in your routines.

7. Give yourself a little test. See if you can guess what someone will say before they say it, or if you know the outcome of a game show when it's half-way through, for instance.

8. Pay attention to how your body tells you that you are right on target. There is a definite difference between true "knowing " and "guessing." Not knowing something for certain leaves you with a feeling of emptiness or jitteriness, you don't feel solid or centered. When you really know the information you receive is accurate, you feel confident and strong.

9. Just because you may have insight into things that does not make you solely responsible for anyone other than yourself, or the outcome of a situation. Nor does it give you permission to manipulate others or abuse your intuitive abilities. (Just remember what goes around, does come around.) You have to also realize that what you receive might contain symbolism - so you have to figure out how to decipher the symbols for yourself. When you are focusing on what is for the highest good for yourself and others, your Higher Self, your intuition, will tell you the best course of action to take.

© Copyright 2002, Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani