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Quieting Your Mind

How to sharpen intuition with meditation.
Heidi  Sawyer
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Jul 01, 2009 at 10:00 AM

BEING AT A NOISY PARTY with lots of chatter all around you makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to hear someone trying to have a conversation with you. At a library, where it is generally very quiet, when a person speaks at the other end of the room every word is crystal-clear. If someone shouts in such an environment his voice booms for all to hear.

When communicating with the intuitive part of the self—the higher self—to spirit guides or to those who have passed from this life to the next it is very challenging to hear them if you have a party going on in your head. Part of developing strong psychic or intuitive skills is the discipline of quieting the mind. Similar to most things in life, once you get used to actively quieting the mind it soon becomes automatic. Life becomes very easy; any subtle communications can be heard clearly. Any messages from spirits can be passed on accurately, as the energy can be interpreted with little interference.


Meditation is body-building for the mind. It is known extensively for helping to create inner peace, harmony and relief from the stress of everyday life. Many people are reluctant to meditate because they believe they can’t do it, haven’t time for it, or that it’s boring.

Once you are in the swing of meditation it is an incredibly life-enhancing experience. Guided meditations are an easy way to develop the skill and for you to have some direction during your meditation practice.

For the beginner it is advisable to spend no more than about five minutes following a guided meditation. This is because your conscious attention span is very limited when your mind is busy.

If a meditation is only five minutes long, most people can stick with it and follow the process without their mind wandering or without falling asleep. Most meditations that I use and suggest for people are purposely short, and the sound behind each one helps to quiet the mind with little effort since the accompanying music is set for the brainwaves to respond and quiet down to a relaxed state.

Persistence pays off. After only a few weeks of relaxation meditation even the busiest of minds will slow down and take you even closer to the “library.”

Thoughts about how you feel or how someone has upset you during your day can go round and round in your head. To quiet this, a helpful process that also connects you to your truest and deepest feelings is to write out all that you feel. Start a sheet of paper or a computer document with a sentence. Something to help get you started, perhaps, would be: I feel angry today because… 

Let the pen flow and let your typing fingers dance. Keep going until there is nothing left, no more feelings to state or when you begin to wander on to something else. The angry feelings will soften and disappear. Once your writing for the day is complete, there is no need to read it. Tear it up, throw it away or delete it from your computer.

Once you put this into practice, your psychic abilities will, without doubt, improve significantly.

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Heidi  Sawyer
Heidi Sawyer is known worldwide for her work with intuition and the human mind. As an author and speaker, she helps people with their self-esteem and self-image through intuitive development at workshops, online courses and her supportive me Continue reading