Did You Miss the Sign?
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Did You Miss the Sign?Hone your healing messages.
I didn’t have much experience with advanced hearing, tasting, or smelling until I had been in the healing field for some time. Then one day, out of the blue, I suddenly began to hear, taste, and smell things that other people couldn’t. Believe me, this can be a little unnerving at first! Initially, I noticed that I was hearing tones while I was working with clients and, after a while, figured out what they meant. Since I’ve studied music, I wasn’t surprised to find that minor tones signified illness, while major ones signified health. Sometimes I’d also hear a word or phrase, at other times entire sentences. During the same period, I also developed an uncanny sense of smell, and today I can smell the rotting odor of sickness in a person from quite a distance. And then there’s my sense of taste, which comes in handy when I “taste” a chemical or drug that someone has ingested.
As you expand your perceptual abilities, don’t be disturbed if you begin to hear—in what may seem like the most normal circumstances—phrases or sentences in your head containing information that could be helpful to the person or situation you are contemplating.
If you want to begin developing your extrasensory capabilities on your own, simply intend to allow Spirit to work through you. The greatest obstacle is being small-minded or afraid. Over time, trust will grow as it becomes easier and easier to surrender your personal will to Divine will.
Another common block is the urge many people feel to be in control. The world we live in encourages the development of a strong self-identity. We like to “have it all together” so we can “take the ball and run with it” and always “come out on top.” All of this leads to a false sense of self-sufficiency and strengthens the urge to be in command. Yielding is misinterpreted as giving up, but in reality it gives us access to a far greater power than the small, egoic self. Once an individual gets a glimpse of the vast resources that come flooding in when he or she lets go of the need to maintain control, the resulting freedom can lead to a highly exalted state.
EXERCISE: No Mind Awareness
We’re all constantly receiving information from our environment, but much of it doesn’t make it into our consciousness. People would be amazed to learn how much they missed in any given scene. For one thing, we’re all on sensory overload, and each year that gets worse. If we absorbed that amount of light, sound, and vibration consciously, we’d simply blow out, so our psyche protects us. Another related problem is that, culturally, we rely too heavily on our mind. This misplaced emphasis has resulted in the loss of much of our natural ability to sense. When we learn to relax and shift into No Mind awareness, we start to receive and experience images, impressions, and sensations that we would otherwise have missed.
The following process outlines steps to focus your awareness:
- First of all, relax. Take a few deep breaths and let go of your mind. Let go of the part of you that “tries,” your perfectionist part. You’ll want to allow the right brain—the receptive, feminine, and intuitive side of you—to be present.
- Next, open yourself. Take a moment to feel the ground beneath your feet, which will help open your lower three chakras. Intend to release your vertical power current, the energetic cord that runs up through your spine. Then intend to open your heart and feel compassion. Now, relax your brow area, and intend to open your third eye. Feel your scalp relax and intend to open the crown chakra at the top of your head.
- Next, lift. Using your intention, imagine an elevator going up inside you, lifting your awareness through your energy field and body up toward your higher self above your head. Imagine that there is a column extending above your head, which makes it easier for the elevator to lift. Let the earth energy—pushing upward from the center of the earth—come through the minor chakras in the soles of your feet, through the legs, and then up through your first chakra at the base of your spine to help propel your awareness skyward.
- Finally, connect by consciously and intentionally forming a triangle between your heart, your third eye, and the person or thing being observed. Still using your intention, expand that triangle by moving the point at the third eye up to include your higher self; picture it as the eighth chakra about three feet or so above your head. Now you’re ready to observe that person, place, or thing and get information. Allow all of your senses and feelings to receive, and allow your inner ear to hear vibrational tones.
With practice, you will be able to hone your awareness and innate perceptive abilities, and more readily observe, listen, and receive.