When we are trying to understand something, we sometimes rely on our senses and use reason to seek for the truth. We also use intuition to discover unknown things. As environment and culture may affect people’s way of thinking, people from different backgrounds may interpret things differently. People from the same background can even have different personal experiences, which also affect people’s understanding of the surroundings. No two people have exactly the same idea and we try to understand things based on our own ideas. The “things” we are referring to can be objects, scenes, characters or in other forms. Whatever the things are, they will be meaningless without being given any definitions. When we call an object “dehumidifier”, we unconsciously give it the definition of an equipment that absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and makes the air dry. In fact, “dehumidifier” is just a box with calcium chloride granules in it. People regard it as a useful tool in daily life without noticing its components. In this case, we normally do not understand things by their realities, but by the functions as we know them.
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Henri Bergson’s statement shows that what we see and understand is based on what we are ready to take in. We are ready to take in something because we can make hypotheses from our previous knowledge. That is our empirical knowledge which is obtained through our five senses. We are able to know the external world around us through these senses. For example, we wear more clothes when the weather gets colder because we feel the coldness if we were wearing fewer clothes. Obviously, senses generate experiences and when we are facing something new, we usually try to learn from our past knowledge so as to acquire new knowledge. However, such a way of knowing things makes people fail to understand new information without learning from past experiences.
It is easy to see how the five basic senses work according to natural laws; they can be poked and prodded by machines, tested in labs, scored, rated, and all the other scientific verifications that let us know they truly exist. But when it comes to the senses that are beyond the norm, science throws up its hands and says they can’t be proven, so obviously they don’t exist. Well, they do.
There are the “clairs”—clairvoyance, the ability to see with the “inner eye”; clairsentience, that feeling in the gut that “knows”; and clairaudience, like hearing your name called when there’s no one around. Throughout the ages and in every different culture, there have always been those who could access their expanded senses.
Here are 4 ways you can expand your horizons and go beyond what the eye sees:
- Trust your intuition. You’re already receiving more information than you’re aware of. When you meet someone who feels “off” to you in some way, don’t start dating that person. When you look at your child at breakfast and you get a really bad feeling in your gut about the school bus, drive your kid to school that day. Maybe nothing will go wrong, but then again, maybe that guy will turn out to by physically abusive, maybe the school bully will punch out the kid sitting where you child usually sits on the bus.
- Let your awareness expand in nature. Find a place outside where you feel safe and allow your awareness to widen as you gaze at the sky or mountains or body of water or the green of trees and fields. Sink into a “reverie,” letting your thoughts float away like leaves in a stream. Realize how far beyond the confines of your body your consciousness can travel.
- When you first come into someone’s presence, ask yourself what information you are receiving from that person. Do they feel happy or sad? Relaxed or stressed? Healthy or not? When you start bringing more awareness to that person’s energy field, you might start picking up events that happened to him or her, such as a quick flash of a recent divorce, or the way he or she felt when a parent died, or even a past life.
- Don’t automatically discount the information you receive in these extra-ordinary ways. Instead of reacting with “That’s impossible . . .,” try for “hmm, I wonder if what I feel is true?” Allow for the expansion of your senses without putting up roadblocks.
When you develop your intuitive gifts and open more fully to the information you’re receiving, your life will work better. You’ll “know” how to get healthier, which friends are really friends and which ones you should probably drop, what your child needs, if that guy or job or house is right for you.
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