I’ve heard many different phrases like:
- Shopping intuitively
- Intuitive eating
- Act according to suspicion or intuition
To me, psychic ability is to be able to attain very specific, tangible information from a person’s life or situation (past, present or future) without prior confirmation. This makes it very possible to research and test if someone is psychic. People go to psychics to hear their future, but this may not be their best interest to know and may lead them on a path down a rabbit hole. Some psychics can find answers to unsolvable crime scenes or speak to those who have passed over to convey messages back to you.
Intuition is tapping into a higher knowing without prior confirmation. You may not have any certainty around the information, but it is information gained in your best interest and your highest good. It is recognised by an intangible ringing, knowing or feeling – but cannot be fully explained by logic. A great intuitive reading brings about understanding, clarity and a true sense of peace and alignment. But taking guidance from intuition can often require great faith, because the puzzle pieces don’t necessarily fit together, until in hindsight.
It is rare that someone is just purely psychic or intuitive. Usually, you will find a mix of the two, of varying degrees – giving specific information mixed in with a higher wisdom. But I am here to write about different forms of intuition, not psychic abilities.
This is using your body to gain insight about information. For example, you can use your hand to feel over cards and choose one that feels warmer, or icier. People can use their bodies as barometers or pendulums too.
If I am stuck with which way to go or which direction to take between 2 choices, I often use my hand to feel for the warmer option. Sometimes neither feels warm which might mean that I have discounted a better option or that there is no difference in whichever I choose.
This is a form of somatic-guided intuition, but one that is most commonly known and often mistaken as the only form of intuition. People just know, in their gut, whether something is right or not. Good business men often have developed a gut instinct.
My gut instinct is quite poor, so I prefer not to use it - but I know of people who have very good gut instinct.
This is probably the closest to psychic abilities out of the different types of intuition, but not quite the same in energy. There is an intention to know information for your best interest, and a conscious stepping in to gain clarity around it. It is different from a psychic point of view, because there is not idea of fate and predictability but a higher path to follow with no sense of guarantee.
I use conscious intuition in my daily life to gain clarity and wisdom. I also coach my clients in methods to tap into their intuition consciously. This is the same form and methods that I teach in my intuition workshops.
If people don’t associate gut instinct to intuition, then this is usually the alternative. This usually leads to people believing they can’t learn how to be intuitive because they can’t control it – i.e. it comes spontaneously.
What people don’t realise is that intuition comes spontaneously because you have set it up for something to come through. The set up is like a question still sitting in your mind – a void. This is probably the least understood of all the intuition forms – because it is the most receptive and intangible.
Like a hit of inspiration or an epiphany, the spontaneous intuition comes through out of the blue. It only seems out of the blue, because you are not controlling the time to answer your question. You could get it days later, weeks later, in the shower, or popping into your mind in the middle of the night.
The key to this form of intuition is that you set up a tension in your mind, either by posing a question to the universe or creating a void in your mind for the answer to fill – and then you let it go. It is not much different from trying to remember a name or word – and the more you think about it, the harder it is to grasp. When you let go, it comes in randomly after you’ve truly forgotten about it. This is an awesome form of intuition – but requires real character in the ability to ‘let go’.
A well known form of intuition, but takes discipline to keep up with the practice. This is because the gold is not necessarily when you are performing the written guidance, but weeks later when you re-read it. There are different forms of meditation you can do to get into the space of automatic writing. And real benefit to your life if you keep it up.
I love written guidance, but admit that I don’t do it enough. But, when I do, the advice I have gotten has been gold.
There are other variance of intuition, but these are the main ones. And if I was to talk about psychic abilities and fortune telling, that would open up a whole other kettle of fish. But, that is an article for another person who is more specialised in those fields. My specialty is intuition - it is my daily friend and my most trusted advisor.