What exactly is intuition?
Is it a sixth sense, a gut feeling, a deeper knowing? There’s plenty of opinions about whether such a thing exists and if so, its accuracy in helping to make choices.
And, actually it’s a personal thing. People either subscribe to it, or not. They either feel it and live by it, or ignore any strange sensations that don’t come directly from the mind or emotions.
For me, it’s been one of the greatest tools in life. I have used intuition as the guiding decision tool in business, relationships and all aspects of life… and for me its been successful. In fact, I can clearly look back and see that where I haven’t made good choices, is where I haven’t listened to my intuition.
It took me years to learn to trust it, and years before that to even recognise it. No-one told me about it as a kid, and yet, many of the people I looked up to were using it as a daily tool for guidance in life.
As such an integral part of life, I can’t believe that its not a compulsory subject in every school, a core unit in university, a pre-requisite in job interviews and a vital part of management and business training.
It certainly doesn’t get taught at my kids’ school….
How do we nurture and grow these skills in our kids? Skills such as recognising intuition, how to use it & when to use it?
Here’s some practical steps that we have tried & tested & work a treat:
- Instinctive Navigation
Jump in the car, or on bikes & ask your child which way to go. Every time you get to a cross road or intersection, ask them this question: “What ‘feels’ right – left, right or straight ahead?” Just get them to check in with their ‘gut feeling’. You can help by putting your hand on your that spot between belly button & solar plexus & getting them to check in on any sensations. Keep practicing for at least 15 minutes. Practice just letting them lead you wherever they ‘feel’ is right. It works best in areas which are new…! If you have more than 1 child with you, swap after 15 minutes or so.
- Guessing Games
Make these simple, otherwise it can be counterproductive if it’s too complex or difficult. Take 2 pieces of paper with strong contrasting colours e.g a red piece with a light blue piece. Hold them behind your back, put one in your right hand & ask your child to concentrate & ‘feel’ what colour you have. Remind them not to think with their head but to drop into their body sensations.
- Yes or No Questions
This is one of the greatest tools to teach children to use for childhood right through to old age. It can be as simple as ‘Shall I have the green cup?’ or ‘Shall I put on yellow socks today?’. At the beginning, it’s really important that they are not ‘loaded’ questions i.e. questions where you have an agenda or they feel compelled to answer in a certain way emotionally. They shouldn’t be attached to an outcome. The key here is to slowly attune your kids to understand the sensation of a ‘no’ & the sensation of a ‘yes’. When they become proficient at this, they tend to make great choices. Although sometimes they purposefully don’t ask the question if its something like ‘Should I eat this ice cream…!’. This tool goes well beyond simply listening to intuition; it is a choice-making tool for later life. ‘Do I hop into that car?’ ‘Do I have that drink or substance?’ ‘Should I be in this relationship?’ ‘Should I go for that job?’ etc
In my experience, my life is much changed for the better as a result of honing intuition skills, and the results in my children are incredible. I’m excited to see what choices they make in life as a result of learning how, why and when to listen to their own intuition.
We’d be interested to learn of any positive experiences you may have had on nurturing your children’s intuitive skills either here on the blog or on our Facebook page.