In my classes and books, I often encourage people new to the healing arts to start to listen to their intuition. While some nod with complete understanding, I notice from others a flare of panic in their eyes.
I get it. When I first started working with energy healing, I was one who looked vaguely panicked. Although I've been intuitive all of my life, I spent a lot of time worrying my intuition would let me down when I most needed it. Fortunately, that has never happened.
New energy healing practitioners learn techniques and tools for practicing their craft. For example, First Degree Reiki practitioners learn basic hand positions for use during sessions. Sound healing practitioners learn bowl layouts, instruments, and tonal patterns. Crystal healing practitioners learn about the specific energies of crystals as well as some basic grid layout and uses. Virtually every energy healing modality teaches specific techniques to new practitioners.
These are all important foundational tools and techniques that allow new energy healing practitioners to enter into sessions with confidence knowing they have techniques they can use to create a safe and positive experience for their healing partners. Without these foundational techniques to impart confidence, a new practitioner may feel anxious entering into a session, and that anxiety can be passed on to the healing partners, which isn't ideal for creating an environment of safety and security throughout the session. However, at some point on your energy healing journey, I strongly encourage you to tune into your intuition and begin working more intuitively in your practice.
Recognizing Your Intuition
Everyone has a Divine Guidance system that communicates with them via intuition. Some people have spent a lifetime ignoring that intuition, however, and it’s gotten really quiet as a result. I was one of those people. I thought I didn’t believe in any of that stuff, so I ignored intuitive hits except for a few REALLY big ones that were impossible to ignore. However, once that belief started to change and I started to listen to and seek guidance from my intuition, it grew stronger and louder. Now I’m shocked I once believed I didn’t have any intuition. I’ve noticed this happening with the energy healers I teach, as well.
If you’re someone who doesn’t believe you have intuition, you may just not recognize it as such yet. Some ways your intuition may be manifesting include:
- Persistent thoughts that pop into your head
- Flashes or persistent images in your mind’s eye
- Sounds or words that appear in your mind
- Physical sensations in your hands and body
- Differences in audible sensations such as ear pressure, unexplained volume changes, or pitch changes you notice such as in music, the ringing in your ear, or the timber of a voice
- Visual disturbances, such as seeing wavy lines, dimming or brightening of light
- Sudden changes to the smell in the air around you or the taste in your mouth
For example, if you have a sudden thought you should use a specific crystal in your session, use it. If an affirmation or intention for your healing partner pops into your mind, incorporate it in your session. If you suddenly feel you need to offer a visualization for your healing partner while she's on the table, share it. If you feel you need to sound a specific singing bowl, do it. If you feel you need to move your hands and energy in a specific pattern, do so. These are examples of guidance, coming in to help your healing partner receive exactly what she needs when she is in your healing space.
Exercises for Developing Intuition
The following exercises can help you to develop your intuition. I recommend either working on yourself or a pet, or inviting a trusted friend in to be a healing partner who engages in the session to help you develop your intuition. If you work with a healing partner for this, realize these practice sessions are for your benefit and shouldn’t be treated as a regular energy healing session. Always give thanks to your intuition when it guides you.
Minds Eye Intuition
This exercise may help you learn to recognize intuitive thoughts and feelings
- With your practice partner on the table on his or her back, stand at his head with your hands in prayer position. Close your eyes.
- Ask silently or aloud, “Please show me where to place my hands" or "Please show me which crystal to use/bowl to play/etc."
- Wait silently until a thought pops into your head about where to place your hands. Move to that position and place your hands there saying in your mind, “Thank you.” If you see a specific color, get a crystal of that color (or the specific crystal if it pops into your head), etc.
- Now, with your hands still in that position, after a few minutes ask, “Show me where to place my hands.”
- Continue for 30 minutes, or until you feel guided to stop.
This is an exercise we actually practice in my classes. Most people are surprised at how easily it works for them.
- With your healing partner lying on the table on her back, stand at her head with your hands in prayer position. Rub your hands together lightly.
- When you feel guided to move, hold your receiving (non-dominant) hand about an inch over your healing partner’s crown chakra and, moving slowly, skim your hand (staying about an inch above their body) down the midline, moving slowly.
- Notice any changes in sensation in your hand, such as heat, cold, tingling, pressure, or a sense of deadness. When you feel this, stop and place your hands there for three minutes. Then, start where you left off and continue scanning down the body to the root chakra, stopping as needed.
- Then, start at the right shoulder and scan down the arm to the fingers doing the same thing.
- Repeat on the left side.
- Start on the right hip and scan with your hand down the leg, across the knee, to the ankle and the feet pausing to place your hands for three minutes wherever you notice changes in sensation.
- Repeat on the left side.
- Return to your healing partner’s head, place your hands in prayer position, and give thanks to your intuition and your healing partner.
Some people receive intuitive information empathically, that is, there bodies and emotions tell them what they need to know.
- With your healing partner lying on the table on his back, stand at his head with your hands in prayer position.
- Ask, “Please, what is needed here?”
- Now close your eyes and pay careful attention to your own body.
- As soon as you notice any sensation in your body – pressure, pain, tingling, itching, coolness, or heat, etc. – no matter how light or how brief, move to that point on your healing partner’s body and place your hands there for three minutes.
- Close your eyes and ask” What is needed here, please?” again.
- Move to where the next sensation in your own body is on your healing partner.
- Continue for 30 minutes, or until you no longer notice any sensations in your own body.
- Return to the crown chakra and with your hands in prayer position, give thanks to your intuition and your healing partner.
Visual changes may be subtle, but they can also indicate where you need to work on your healing partner.
- Stand at your healing partner’s head with your hands in prayer position.
- With your eyes open, ask, “Show me what I need to see.”
- Now, starting at the crown, scan your eyes down your healing partner’s midline, looking for any changes in your vision at all, such as flutters, waves, color tints, or changes in light or focus. Where you see one, stop, step to that spot, and place your hands for three minutes.
- Continuing from where you are, ask again, “Show me what I need to see.”
- Continue visually scanning down the midline through the chakras, stopping where needed.
- Then, visually scan from the right shoulder, down the arms to the fingertips and do the same on the left.
- Starting at the right hip, visually scan from the hip down the leg to the tips of the toes, stopping where needed. Do the same on the right side.
I find using tingshas or a singing bowl are the best way to start to understand audible changes.
- Stand with your instrument in your hands at your healing partner’s crown chakra.
- Ask, “Let me hear what I need to know.”
- Strike the bowl or the tingshas and hold it down an inch or two above your healing partner’s body. Holding it there and striking as necessary to refresh the sound (do this lightly around their ears), listen for warbles, noticeable volume changes, pitch drop offs, dissonance, or other changes in sound.
- Where you hear it, set down your instrument and hold your hand for three minutes.
- Move first crown to root chakra down the midline, then from the right shoulder down to the fingertips, left shoulder down to fingertips, right hip down leg to tips of toes, and left hip down legs to tips of toes, pausing as needed to hold your hands on spots where you notice this.
You can pay attention for other physical changes by running the receiving (non-dominant) hand down the body about an inch above it in the pattern noted in the hand sensations section, noticing any of the following changes:
- Changes to pressure, volume, or pitch of ambient noise or ringing in the ears
- Differences in the smell of the air
- Differences in changes of the taste in your mouth
- Differences in other sensations such as changes in temperature on your skin, goose bumps, chills, or feelings of pressure on any part of your body
I recommend practicing all of these several times with different practice partners to see which of these provide the strongest feedback. Once you feel confident in recognizing the changes, start to incorporate them in your practice session, knowing that you can always return to your foundational techniques if you feel you aren’t receiving intuitive information.
As always, I’m here for questions and support. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help.