Practice Makes Perfect Sense
Intuition is everyone’s birthright – right? But why is it that some people can tap into it seemingly more easily and accurately than others? Why is that when I follow my ‘intuition’ some times it gives me a bum steer? How come I can’t hear it all the time to help guide me through the day? These were some of the questions that were going through my mind when I was interviewing Raelene Byrne about intuition. I know this woman personally and she is a walking, talking, living, breathing, 24/7 intuitive being. Raelene doesn’t tap into intuition – she is it. It is an intrinsic and powerful part of her presence.
And what did she say about all my questions? Practice. Like any new or underdeveloped skill, it takes time, patience, persistence and a sense of adventure to develop it to a level of proficiency. Those people who are a ‘master’ at it are like that because they practice using it everyday and in every way. And just like you might use breathing in yoga, recipes in cooking, a dictionary for crosswords, there are of course techniques that support you in this. Here are Raelene’s suggestions –
- Listen – It is very hard for your intuition to send you messages if your brain never shuts up. You do need to create space for your intuition to whisper to you. It doesn’t have to be hour long meditations, just a couple of moments of silence.
- Awareness – Your intuitive messages can come in many forms – songs, a comment, a book, a dream. If you have asked a question to Spirit then remain open for the answers.
- Trust – This is the key ingredient. If you don’t trust what you are being guided to do then you won’t take it seriously. Even if it seems random, you may not at this stage see the bigger picture. The more you trust your intuition the stronger it becomes. It is here where discernment also enters. There is a difference between your intuitive voice and your ego voice (hence the bum steers).
- Act on it – No point in receiving expert advice if you don’t act upon it. Your intuition comes from a higher place and will take you where you need to be. Shying away from acting on it sends a message of distrust and dishonouring.
- Be grounded – To be able to do all the above steps you need to have your feet firmly planted on the ground.
My biggest stumbling block to attuning my intuition is the ‘acting on’ step. I hear the guidance, I have awareness of it and then I balk. In the long run though it catches up with me either physically, mentally or emotionally. So my challenge to myself over the next few weeks and beyond is to dive fully into intuitive water – to practice my strokes until it becomes unconscious and effortless.
Who would like to be my practice partner?