In the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time talking to many people
about nurturing intuition in children. In those conversations, one of the
most frequent messages I hear from parents is just how painful life has
been for them because they lost touch with their own inner voice and don't
listen to their own heart in life, and how they want better for their
kids. In fact, the number of stories of regret, lost opportunity, struggle
and even sickness resulting from being led by other than one's own
intuition are endless.
The more I hear from people the more I realize just what a profound
wounding being out of touch with your intuition actually is. I believe
losing a connection with your sixth sense is just as profound of a loss as
losing a connection with any one of your other senses would be, if not
more so. Our intuition is the lifeline to our Source, God. It is the voice
that helps us remain in integrity with our real nature, our essence. Being
aware of, honoring and following the guiding wisdom of our intuition is
the most reliable way to create lives that fulfill our deepest dreams and
desires. As important as intuition is, it is no wonder that losing touch
with it does so often bear out such unfulfilled lives. Knowing this, I
believe that intuition should be perceived as our first sense, not our
last, and should never be the sense we ignore or throw away?
I think we lose touch with this inner voice when we are young. We lose it
through the million and one subtle ways in which we are told that our
feelings are not reliable, and cannot be trusted. Or are told that what we
feel is not real, or not important and cannot direct our life. The
injuries to our spirit, the voice of our intuition, are usually so subtle
that they can never be specifically identified. Rather than dying a death
by dramatic blows, it is my observation that intuition usually dies a
death of a thousand tiny pinpricks, suffered as we grow up.
The good new about our intuition is that even though some of us have
become disconnected to it, because it is inherent to our Spiritual Nature,
it is totally possible to reconnect with it in our own lives as well as
preserve it in the lives of our children. All it requires to do this is to
create the proper environment for your intuition to re-enter your life.
The first suggestion for doing this is to begin by paying attention to
your own feelings. As you know from your own experience, we do not
necessarily do what we feel when growing up, but rather we do what we
observe the important people in our lives doing. Therefore, if you want
your children to connect with their intuition, you must demonstrate how
to do this by connecting to yours first.
Begin with giving attention to the feelings in your body as you move
through the day because this is how intuition gets your attention. Does it
come to your attention in your belly, your chest, your throat, or
somewhere else in your body? Where? Be aware. Notice.
Next, acknowledge your own intuitive feelings as they come up in your
life, and share these feelings openly and without a lot of drama with your
children. Be certain not to put a negative or unnatural spin on these
feelings when you do speak about them, such as describing intuition as
"weird" or "bizarre" or "scary" as some people do.
After all, what kid wants to emulate something "weird" "bizarre" or
scary?" Probably not yours.
Another thing you can do to foster intuition in your home is to ask your
kids how they feel about things. And then respect their feelings when they
do share them with you. If their feelings suggest a modification in your
plans, be open to changing course. Because intuition works to assist you
in making the best decisions possible in life, it is only natural that
many intuitive feelings suggest re-directing your course to a better
way, or to avoid potential problems.
Another suggestion is to create an atmosphere in your home that is
harmonious and invites everyone to share their intuitive feelings without
censorship, embarrassment, or a need to justify their instincts in any
way. When we create an atmosphere that respects the unseen, but felt world
as much as the physical plane, we are well on our way to reclaiming the
most important instinct for success that we have.
And finally, encourage your self and your children to ask for intuitive
guidance in life and begin to turn your awareness inward and listen for
it. Intuition is natural and available to anyone who desires to connect
with it. It is never to late to awaken your intuition as well as support
you child's intuition, even if you feel you have been out of touch with it
for a long time. The reason this is so is that intuition is NATURAL and
present in anyone willing to notice.
Nurturing intuition isn't so much a matter of what can we do to foster an
awareness that isn't present, but rather it is a matter of what can we do
to protect the natural yet subtle soul awareness that is present in all of
us. When we connect to our intuition, the world takes on a friendlier
place, welcoming us to all sorts of opportunities, surprising us with
synchronicities, protecting us from adversity and directing us to the best
possible course for sharing our gifts with the world. This is the natural
plan and the way it should be. Invite intuition into your home, for your
own sake and for the sake of your children as well. It's worth it!
has traveled the world for forty years as an intuitive guide, spiritual
teacher, speaker, and author.