Many people believe that only a handful of us have psychic abilities. In actuality, all of us have a built-in psychic ability: our intuition.

With a little practice, you can strengthen the connection you have with your intuition and come to really rely on it.

If you are trying to create a better life for yourself, your intuition is the very best source to turn to for guidance. It always knows the right answer, and if you listen to it, you will always be guided in the direction you need to move in to manifest your dreams.

There are a variety of ways to communicate with your intuition. If you are interested in improving this connection it is best to try a few different techniques to find the ones that resonate with you the most.

With that being said, here are 5 easy ways to follow your intuition:

1. Ask your body

When you are uncertain on which way to proceed in life, ask your body! For example, if you have been offered a job but you’re not sure if you should take it, sit down and close your eyes. Take a few breaths and wait until you are calm and still.  Next, deliberately ask your body if you should take the job and then imagine yourself accepting the job. With your eyes still closed, do a mental scan of your body to pay attention to how it feels.

Your intuition will cause some sensations in your body. A “yes!” answer will literally feel good. Your body will be buzzing, you will get the goosebumps or you will feel excitement in your heart. A “no!” answer will feel bad. You will feel drained, achy or have a knot in your stomach.

2. See the signs

Another thing you can do is look up for signs in your environment. For example, if you are in the middle of a conversation with your friend and it is getting tense, you might look up to see what your vision is immediately drawn to. If you were to see a stop sign or a “proceed with caution” sign you could interpret this as your intuition’s way of encouraging you to stop the conversation or to tread lightly.

There are no accidents, so signs are placed in your line of vision for a reason. Trust that  during the times you really need guidance, the signs and signals you are drawn to are there to provide you with clues, warnings or support.

3. Pick your “lucky” signs

Another similar way to communicate with your intuition is to identify your lucky signs. Perhaps you really like four-leaf clovers, butterflies or a particular brand of car. Close your eyes and ask your intuition to show you your chosen lucky signs when you are headed on the right path.

Whenever you see (or hear of) these lucky signs you now will know that you are receiving positive reinforcement from your intuition. Good luck signs are like little “winks” from the universe, letting you know that you are making good choices.

4. Ask and let go

If you need an answer to a question that is more complex than a simple “yes or no,” simply ask your intuition for the answer! Sit down, close your eyes and think intently on your question for at least a minute. Then, let it go! Move on to something else. Trust that your intuition will provide an answer for you.

You may get a great idea while you are driving, or in the shower or in the middle of a conversation. This idea will literally pop into your head out of nowhere.

5. Sleep on it

Dreams are a fantastic vehicle for communicating with your intuition. The best way to implement this strategy is right before you go to bed. As you close your eyes and head off to sleep, think intently about the question you have for your intuition.

You may get your answer in the middle of a dream and remember it when you wake up. It’s also quite possible that you won’t remember your dreams at all, but the next morning you will just know what to do.

It’s always a good idea to “sleep on it” when you have big decisions to make. In your dream state you are highly connected with your intuition.

Each of these strategies is easy to implement and can be a lot of fun! In time, you can develop a superior connection to your intuition. You will find that instead of obsessing about your questions and dilemmas, you will be more in the flow of asking for and receiving guidance quickly and easily.

Finally, when you receive the answers that you need or feel a connection with your intuition, take a moment to express gratitude for the guidance. The more you think about and appreciate the help your intuition has provided to you, the more easily you will receive the help that you want in the future. The universe will always reward a thankful heart.

Source: Body Mind Soul Spirit

About the author
Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of Raise Your Vibration Today, which provides free and easy Law of Attraction techniques. She is available for group educational seminars and webinars.

Mantras are words or phrases that are chanted out loud or internally as objects of meditation.

Often these mantras are associated with particular Buddhist figures, whose qualities can be cultivated by the repetition of the relevant mantra.

Mantra meditation predates Buddhism, probably by hundreds of years. The origins of mantras go back at least to the Vedic tradition that preceded the Buddha, where mantras were used as incantations to influence, or even to control, the gods.

Learn to meditate in 6 easy steps!

1.Choose your mantra

A word or phrase that the beginner should silently repeat to himself during the meditation. The purpose of the mantra is to give you something to put your attention on other than your thoughts. You can use any phrase that you like. Most of the people like to use words like “Peace” or “Love”.

2. Comfortable place to sit

It’s good to find a quiet and isolated location where you won’t be disturbed. You don’t need to sit cross-legged on the floor unless that is comfortable for you. You can sit on a chair or sofa or on the floor with your back against a wall. You can support yourself with pillows or blankets. The point is to sit as upright as possible while still remaining comfortable. As long as you feel comfortable, this meditation can be practiced anywhere.

3. Gently close your eyes and begin by taking some deep breaths

Try taking a few “cleansing breaths” by inhaling slowly through your nose and then exhaling out your mouth. After a few cleansing breaths, continue to breathe at a normal relaxed pace through your nose with your lips gently closed.

4. Begin repeating your mantra silently to yourself without moving your tongue or lips

The repetition of your mantra is soft, gentle, and relaxed. There is no need to force it. The mantra does not need to correlate with the breath, though some people prefer to do so. For example, if using So Hum as your mantra, you could silently repeat So on your inhalation and Hum on your exhalation. If you choose to correlate your mantra with your breath, do not become overly fixated on this.

5. Do not try and stop your thoughts or empty your mind

As you continue with this process, you will inevitably find that you drift away from the mantra. It is human nature for the mind to wander. Do not try and stop your thoughts or “empty your mind.” Whenever you become aware that your attention has drifted away from your mantra to thoughts or any other distractions, simply return to silently repeating the mantra.

6. Stop repeating the mantra

After 20 to 30 minutes, you can stop repeating your mantra and continue sitting with your eyes closed. Before resuming activity, be sure to spend a few minutes relaxing with your eyes closed. You may use a timer with a very gentle, low-volume sound.

Many people use their cell phones as meditation timers. Be sure to turn the volume down very low as you don’t want to be startled out of your meditation.

If you find that twenty to thirty minutes is too long for you, start with whatever amount of time you can. Even a few minutes of daily meditation is good.

This meditation has more benefits when it’s practiced daily. Ideally, meditation can be done first thing in the morning upon rising and then again at the end of the day, before the dinner.

Source: Limitless Minds

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Consciousness is defined as the state or quality of awareness. To be aware we have to be awake. Not just physically awake but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

We are all conscious beings, but achieving a state of higher consciousness is about developing the awareness of the hidden, unseen world. It is about digging deeper beneath the surface in order to uncover the essence or truth.

Consciousness can be similar to enlightenment. The truly conscious person is awakened to their fullest potential and therefore “lit up” with the energy of who they really are.

Raising your consciousness is not something that is only for the privileged few. We all have the ability to raise our levels of consciousness through being more aware of who we are, where we are and what we are doing.

Many spiritual teachers call this being “present”. It is only when you are fully aware of the present moment that you can truly raise your consciousness.

But what does this even mean? What does it mean to be present? How does being present help me?

Becoming Physically Present

Take a moment right now to observe 7 things around you. Look at your surroundings and identify 7 things that stand out to you.

Just by doing this easy exercise, it is has brought your attention into the present. When you are in the present, it helps you to become completely aware. For just a minute when you were identifying the objects in the room, there was no worry, there was no fear. There was just you, the observer, trying to tune into what you were seeing.

This works on a deeper level as well. When you can be present and tune in to how you are feeling, you also start become more aware and more conscious.

Becoming Emotionally Present

Take a moment right now to identify 3 things that you are currently feeling. Go with the first emotions that pop into your mind.

In that brief moment, when you were doing that exercise you started to tune into your emotional awareness. In this moment you were able to clearly tune into your emotional state of being and feel your energy. In this moment there was nothing else, it was just you, the observer.

We can go even deeper with this exercise onto a more spiritual level, but this is where it takes true commitment and practice.

In fact, all of this does, which is why even the most “enlightened” of people will always have days when they lose touch with who they are and their awareness.

Becoming Spiritually Present

To heighten your spiritual awareness, it requires you to learn how to separate who you are with the observer in your mind. To do this, give yourself 2 praises. This could be something like –“I really love how you handled that project at work today.”

Whatever praises you come up with, say them to yourself in your head. As you are saying them, feel the response that you get when you hear them. That “person” that energy hearing the response is who you are. You are not the voice, you are the listener. You are the energy hearing those words.

Mind blown? I hope so.

Being in the present moment is really about holding on to your awareness and keeping in the flow of life. It is not about getting caught up in the past or in the future.

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This doesn’t mean that you ignore the things that happened in the past, or you neglect your future. It just means that your active awareness is with the energy of the present.

When you are actively present you have taken care of your past and your future simultaneously. When you are in the present, you are one with yourself and the world.

Being present is a gift (pun intended) and the more you can practice tuning in to the moment that is around you, the more peace you will feel with your every day life, and the higher your consciousness will go.

Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

This article was originally posted at foreverconscious.com and used here with permission.

Meditation is one of the best instruments we need to adjust our feelings, in order to create a relaxed space and manage physical and mental trouble, and experience the peace of the present moment.

Here are four types of modern meditation, used worldwide today.

Guided Meditation

This type of meditation is, mostly, a modern phenomenon.

Meditation is a modern way to grow better well-being, improve your performance and enhance yourself. It is often the option that newbies choose as it is an easy way to get introduced to meditation. Digital technology and internet make this method very popular as you can find all types of guided meditations online. You just make yourself comfortable, by relaxing and hearing the audio. A voice is guiding you one step at a time and there is some relaxed background music to help you also. There are many customized themes of Guided Meditation that have different purposes. For example, improving someones relationships and cultivating forgiveness as a healing process.

A Guided Meditation actually walks you through the different phases of meditation and help you reach a quiet and relaxed state.

Mindfulness

Being mindful means that you bring yourself in a position where you can observe your inner world from a “distance”. Rather than letting your life cruise you by, you get connected to the moment and you try to analyze your feelings, correlate them with your thoughts and enjoy the present as much as possible. What is most important is that you make your mind clear and keep away any distractions, by keeping attention to what is crucial. Your personal thoughts are not important just because they are yours, you must be in control of them without criticising them. Mindfulness is able to help patients cope with serious illnesses. Some practitioners use Cannabis products because they can be hyper aware of their thoughts and feelings and find it a good way to experiment with meditation. They often prefer vaporizers, the healthy way to smoke marijuana.

Reflective meditation

This type of modern meditation is a methodical examination of some thought or an idea. The practitioner tries to focus to this thought and analyzes extensively the many parameters of the thought. For example if one chooses to concentrate and stay focused to the idea of LOVE then he will start correlate this thought with the people that symbolize love for him or her, and make a meaningful connection. Then the practitioner can recall times of the past in his life that love was present to his life. He can connect this state of love with other thoughts or ideas like openness. By exercising reflective meditation you learn to get focused and relaxed at the same time, and in the long term the quality of your analytical thought gets more and more clear and meaningful. It is very important not to give up and be persistent in practicing and keeping your mind focused on the idea you chose.

Heart Chakra meditation

This modern meditation type focuses on the chakras of the human body. Chakras are energy vortexes and the fourth chakra is the one of the heart, related obviously with love. The Heart Chakra is the center of human consciousness. Moreover, the fourth chakra which is described with green color, symbolizes the relation between the physical and spiritual selves. Practitioners try by activating their heart chakra to create a mental bridge between these two different dimensions. By using visualization techniques they imagine the green energy starting from their chest and expanding. This technique of heart expansion is believed to release the practitioner’s sadness and fear and bring sympathy and affection into ones life.

Do you have any other types of modern meditation to suggest? If yes, comment below.

By Guest Author, William Smith