Creating Waves of Awareness
A middle aged lady visited my clinic in early September last year. She went on to tell me the story about her husband, who was 42 years old with a low grade fever since the past one month and was not responding to any form of routine medications. All his investigations were within normal limits and the treating physician was administering him anti tubercular drugs. She requested that I visit her house to examine her husband and inquired if homoeopathy could help him? I went to her house and was taken to his bedroom. As soon as I saw the patient, I felt a hunch that I was dealing with a Cancer patient. Neither was he very weak, nor had he lost any significant weight, yet something inside me, even before the examination, told me that “this man has cancer.” I examined him in detail but could not find any physical fault. Since all his investigations were done quite recently, I asked for a repeat Ultra-sonography of the abdomen. Alas for the patient – he did have a mass in the liver – Primary liver cancer. His sad demise 2 months later was a blow to the family.
My maternal grandmother, resident of Mumbai, aged 76 years was a Diabetic on Insulin since past 30 years. On 24th June 2008 she had consumed fish. Next day she started having diarrhea that continued for a week. After some medications, it stopped and she only complained of weakness. On the 6th of July, I happened to telephone her. Hearing her voice, I felt that something was not alright with her, although she had no complaints. I asked my mother to leave for Mumbai immediately the next morning. On reaching there, my mother reported that everything was fine and grandmother was recuperating. On 9th July, my grandmother, mother and uncle were sitting leisurely. Suddenly, my granny said “I have a chest discomfort” and collapsed in my mother’s lap. Though she left us for her heavenly abode, the only solace was that she passed suddenly in my mother’s lap.
One of my close friends – a Homoeopath remarked “I do many things through my gut-feeling. What I normally guess becomes almost the right thing for me. For example I saw my wife first in college days. From the very beginning I knew that she is the one whom I am going to marry whatever happens. Many difficulties passed by, but she did become my wife. Like this there are many things which I normally depend upon my sixth sense...”
These three examples and many more make us realize that we all are born with something within us that lets us know the difference between right and wrong, about someone – good or evil. One may call it by several names – gut feeling, a hunch, sixth sense, the inner voice, conscience, or intuition. They are all interrelated, but actually different.
The inner voice can be looked at in many different aspects. A 'normal' person sees it as the voice deep within that keeps him on the right track. An anxious or a depressed person sees it as a critic pointing out every mistake or flaw. When we are alone and thinking about what to cook for dinner, and we think Biryan sounds good that is the inner voice. It happens to most of us day in and day out.
Our “conscience” is the voice of the Self which says 'yes' or 'no' when we are involved in a moral dilemma. It is the guiding voice within; it is how one distinguishes right from wrong. Conscience tells us to behave in the right manner and reminds us of the consequences.
Intuition is defined as a feeling of sudden mental apprehension without reasoning. The word intuition means “in to you” in Latin. Our intuition works from the moment that we confront a situation. I believe that one must then take the intuition for what it is worth or toss it to the side. I believe that even though these three terms are closely related, they are different in the aspect of reasoning.
All said and done, intuition is an incredible resource and gift that we have been given to help us live our best life. Unfortunately, not many people know what it is or how to use it. Florence Scovel, a theologian, once said, “Intuition is the spiritual faculty that doesn’t explain; it seemingly points the way.” It’s also been said that intuition is your divine Spirit talking to you. If you will stop for a moment and acknowledge this, you will begin to realize the incredible perspective you have at your fingertips. You have this very amazing power! And you don’t even have to get any special training to start using it. All you need to do is raise your awareness about it and set your intention to harness it.
Intuitive messages range from an inkling to a strong sign or message. Your inner self is persistent and consistent. It will keep trying to get your attention until you finally wise up! Inkling is like a glimmer or passing feeling/ thought that comes from somewhere inside and usually precedes a hunch or intuitive message. A “hunch” is accurate information from a higher intelligence; therefore, you can rely on it. An intuitive message ranges from hearing actual words, seeing a clear picture, or a deep inner knowing. Some people experience intuition as a feeling, others a gut reaction, others will see images or have a dream, others hear an actual message. Become familiar with how your inner self communicates with you. Once you receive the message, check it out with your research and common sense.
The best ways to get in touch with your intuition are:
1. be quiet - Practice taking time out every day to experience silence. Calm your mind with traditional or active meditation. Release your need to think, analyze, and know everything. The best information comes from the deep recesses of your soul.
2. be open - Open to the gift of intuition and accept what is has to tell you. Many times, our ego thinks it has it “all figured out,” but your true path may look very different than the one you are on. Being open to new possibilities and ways of living is the key.
3. be creative - There are many ways to be creative, painting, writing, dancing, designing a website, etc. Do something that helps you get into the “flow,” that place where time seems to fly by and the work is leading you. Creativity is an expression of your soul and goes hand-in-hand with intuitive guidance.
4. ask questions - When you ask yourself questions, you gain additional insight and clarity. When you ask a question like “What is the next step I need to take?” know that you already know what you need to know. Trust yourself. You already have everything you need inside.
5. Journal - When you write, you tap into thoughts, feelings, ideas and direction that you are not consciously aware of. Writing allows the truth to come forth and is an easy way to gain insight from your inner self.
You can further develop your intuitive guidance by preparing yourself by gathering the necessary information and experiences to provide more of an opportunity for your intuition to surface. Intuition cannot be forced; you need to allow it. After loading up your mind with information about the issue, give your intuition time to work on it. And then become open to the answer. You will likely experience an “Aha” moment, which is a moment of instant awareness, where to answer sprouts from “out of the blue.”
If you have an important decision to make and are not 100% sure about something happening, stop and think before making a decision. Usually this is your intuition trying to tell you that something is not quite right. Likewise, if you feel that you should go for it, do it, so you don’t miss a valuable opportunity.
Intuition is your very own best friend. It is always there for you. It waits patiently for you. It gives the absolute best advice, and all you have to do is ask! Like any good friendship, all it takes to nurture it is a little time and attention. If you decide to be close and intimate with your intuition, I promise that your life will transform into something wonderful.