Intuition – The language of the Soul

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I am sure you have heart the word intuition many times in your life. My mother and grandmothers use to say “Just listen to your intuition”. Well, but what exactly the intuition is? Can we learn it? It is something we are born with? How do I know if I have intuition? What is the intuition good for? How and when can I use intuition? We will respond to all of these question, so if you are interested to find you more, continue reading. 

 

A Little Bit of History

Let´s start from the beginning. Did you know that the first use of the word intuition in the western world was found in a text at the end of the 15th century? Until the 17th-century intuition meant “mentally looking at”; “the act of regarding, examining, or inspecting”; “a view, regard, or consideration of something”, all of which are now obsolete meanings. But ancient yogis knew about the benefits of intuition many centuries before. We can find the evidence in The Yoga Sutra (which was compiled sometime between 500 BC and AD400 by the sage Patanjali in India who synthesized and organized knowledge about yoga from much older traditions.)

A Rama devoted Sadhus
Sutra 1.17: Vitarka-vicāra-ānanda-asmitā-anugamāt-samprajñātaḥ

“Translation: Samprajnata samadhi (distinguishing contemplation) is accompanied by reasoning, reflecting, rejoicing, and pure I-am-ness (Swami Satchidananda translation). When practice and nonattachment strengthen, intuitive insight (samprajnata) arises. As this insight deepens, it reveals four increasingly subtle levels of nature (prakriti), bringing complete and accurate knowledge of the object of contemplation (Rev. Jaganath translation).” Reverend Jaganath Carrera

  • Vitarka: reasoning, deliberation, consideration
  • Vicara: reflecting, examining, investigating
  • Ananda: happiness, rejoicing
  • Asmita: I am-ness
  • Rupa: form, feature, aspect, mark, sign, way, mode, via
  • Anugama: following, in association with, conforming with
  • Samprajnata: distinguished, discerned, cognitive
  • Samadhi: absorption, the state in which the mind merges with the object of meditation

The roots of samprajnata, intuitive insight, reveal a lot about its meaning. Prajna can be translated as before (in time) knowledge. In other words, an insight that occurs before the arrival and influence of intellectual knowledge. Tathatd (thusness or suchness)is not the result of accumulation of knowledge but the result of purification of the intellect, which arouses intuition (prajria).5

 

What Is The Intuition & When Should We Use It?

We could say that the intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without recourse to conscious reasoning. It’s a result of purification of the intellect out of which intuition arise. So, we asked in the beginning if everybody has intuition, and the answer is YES. Everybody is born with intuition – to protect us and bring to light to situations that are harmful. What distinguish us is its use. Unfortunately, most of the people ignore it. The key to live happy and fulfilled life is to connect and liste to our internal compass that keeps us charging hard toward our own True North. Olny through intuition we are able to tune in to what in Yoga is called the sadguru (inner teacher), and a willingness to trust this voice.

When should we use intuition? In every decision we are about to make. Remember a strong intuitive mind gives us the ability to know the unknown consequences of our actions before we act, so that we can make wise choices to guide our lives.  If we start make decisions based on intuition in our professional life, our bussiness or carrerr starts blossom; in our family life we start to connect in more deep level with your partner and family members; in general we lose fear and judgement. Excepting everything as it comes. 

 

Let's Put The Theory In Practice

MEDITATION
There are plenty of meditations on the internet. Probably you ask, but which one should I pick? Let me suggest you start with simple meditation using the mantra and mala (meditation garland). 
When your mind becomes more steady you can simply sit in Easy Pose with hands in your lap and focus in eyebrow point with eyes closes breathing long and deep. Let all external sound be, experience the temperature, air, light, and smell through your senses but without giving them any judgment or importance. Slowly becoming one with everything. 

MANTRA
There are countless mantras we can use depending on which quality we need to work on or what blockings we would like to eliminate from our life. 

Mantra AUM – considered a primal sound that rang out in the created universe. It is considered AUM (OM) which represents the three aspects of God: the Brahma (A), the Vishnu (U), and the Shiva (M). It brings clarity to thought, increased self–awareness, greater ability to be associated with the world.

Mantra SO HUM – inhale SO and exhale HUM. The meaning of the mantra is ‘That (Universe) I Am’. We are all connected to the universal energy that is constantly supporting and nourishing us in the ways we need and desire. It falls into the same concept as “oneness,” or “I am one with the Universe and all of creation.”

PRANAYAMA
Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternative nostril breathing) – subtle energy clearing breathing technique to help us quiet and still our mind.

  • Place left hand on left knee.
  • Lift right hand up toward nose.
  • Exhale completely and then use right thumb to close right nostril.
  • Inhale through left nostril and then close the left nostril with fingers.
  • Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
  • Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
  • Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.
  • This is one cycle.
  • Continue for up to 5 minutes.
  • Always complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.

Adham Pranayama (Diaphragmatic breathing) –  concentrating on the breath will calm the entire nervous system, which will spread relaxation into our gut.
Hand on heart and belly and cycle breath around and into stomach.

 

Gyan Mudra

MUDRA
Jnana (Gyan) Mudra – jnana means wisdom or knowledge. This mudra help us to connect to our intuitive knowledge. 

Garuda Mudra – ‘The Mystical Bird’, is used to heighten intuition and enable communication with the spirit world. Meditate with it, experiment with eyes closed then with eyes open, switching position of hands.

Pranam Mudra – ‘Prayer Mudra’ joining both palms creating pressure of the thumbs on the point between the eye-brown stimulates the Pineal and Pituitary glands. 

Practice any of these mudra in easy pose with long deep breath during 15-20min at least 3 times a day to obtain the benefits. 

ASANA
There are many different asanas wotking with Ajna Chakra to balance this paoint and enhence intuition. Let´s point few most common and practice asanas which stimulates our Third Eye Point:

  • Balasana  ‘Baby Pose’
  • Adhomukha Svasana  ‘Downword Dog’
  • Pavitrasana  ‘Purity Pose’ 
  • Yoga Mudra
  • Bakasana ‘Crane Pose’
  • Prstha Uttanasana Baddha Kaphoni ‘Forward Back Strech Pose with Elbows Bound’
  • Garudasana ‘Eagel Pose’
  • Dhruvasana ‘Fig Tree Pose’
 
We could say that all balancing asanas that improve concentration, and inversion asanas. 

ESSENTIAL OILS
Jasmine – its subtle and blooming aroma can connect us with the loving energy of the heart that brings us deep truths of our Being through images and visions from the third eye. 

Bergamot – it’s wonderful at helping us attain the neutrality necessary to see things clearly, and to connect us to that elevated perspective. It has a healing effect on both our nervous and endocrine systems; it balances our hormones so we function optimally. 

Peppermint – offers us clarity of thought and concentration, while encouraging us to release our emotions, dissolving old and restrictive mental structures.

Frankincense – know as ‘The oil of Truth’. Frankincense oil is used to stop vibrating from low frequencies, such as lies, disappointments and negativity. This essence creates new perspectives based on light and truth. It allows the person to connect the Soul with the inner light of him, thus transforming the shadows of the personality. It is one of the most powerful to push the soul to continue growing spiritually and opens spaces to enter deep states of meditation. 

ajna chakra

CRYSTALS & STONES
Amethyst – raises our vibration and helps us connect with our higher consciousness. Calm and stimulate our minds at the same time, which is the prime state for us to attain spiritual guidance and wisdom.

Ametrine – is the natural occurrence of amethyst and citrine that grew together.  Amethyst helps one to connect with Divine energies, while the citrine helps one to manifest desires. Your piece will be intuitively selected for you.

Blue Tiger’s Eye – helps us to understand ourselves because it brings the heart of the issue into the light so that we can better resolve it. When we use it, we are inspired to heal our emotional wounds and settle our emotions.

Kriya to Know Through Intuition

There are several Kundalini Yoga Kriyas working with Intuition and/or Ajna Chakra. We found this kriya as a great practice to start to live life with knowledge without recourse to conscious reasoning. 

1. Sit in Easy Pose with the spine straight. The left elbow is bent, palm flat facing the floor, in front of the Heart Center. The right arm is extended out to the front at a 60 degree angle. Close the eyes and breathe slowly and honestly. (Work up to breathing only one breath per minute.) Feel the Divine Presence around you. 11 minutes.

To end, stay in the position, inhale deep, hold the breath 10 seconds as you tighten all the muscles of the body. Exhale. Repeat 2 more times. Relax, roll your shoulders, stretch your arms and rib cage.

The first exercise done with the One Minute Breath links the Heart Center, the Arcline and your projection. Feel your magnetic field and Aura as you meditate. Establish an open, sensitive and unlimited field.

2. Extend the arms straight out in front of the chest with the palms touching and the thumbs locked over each other. Close the eyes and whistle a song of your choice. 7 minutes.

This posture affects the parathyroid and you may feel a pressure in your neck.

In exercise 2 the Sixth Chakra is stimulated into action with the sound of the high pitched whistle. The sound relaxes and opens. The hand lock enhances neutrality. The third exercise is the fulcrum. You create a polarity between the fixed hand position, like antennae, and the relaxed cells of the rest of the body. You welcome and receive the information and intuition from the known and Unknown. It is an excellent kriya to prepare for powerful prayer and to develop intuitio

3. Put the hands in Lotus Mudra at eye level. Relax the entire body but hold the hand position firmly. Close the eyes for 3 minutes.

This is an intertwined action when one part of the body in a confined posture becomes the antenna and the rest of the body is relaxed to receive.

To end, inhale and clasp the hands in front of the Heart Center and press as hard as you can. Exhale and repeat 2 more times. Then relax, talk, and ground yourself for a few moments.

This text and imagies are copied from https://www.3ho.org [This kriya can be found in Transformation, vol. 2]

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