Wanting to develop crystal clear intuition? Classes for increased intuition don’t exist. So you should look to meditation as a key practice to develop your intuition. In this article, I look at using meditation for intuition.
Our schools focus primarily on advancing logical thinking. This has rewards, but logic only takes us so far. Even in the development of artificial intelligence, logic only goes so far. But, how do we develop our ‘just knowing’ from meditation?
What is this ‘just knowing’?
You may have experienced it. It’s when you have awareness about something without any explainable logic means of knowing such.
How Meditation Improves Intuition
Many successful people practice meditation daily. Meditation has numerous benefits, e.g., for mental health, deep sleep, and pain relief. Increased intuition is one of them.
The meditation teacher and author, Giovanni Dienstmann, explains:
Meditation helps us to give the thinking mind a break and tune in to something more powerful.Giovanni Dienstmann, Practical Meditation
Meditation helps to calm and pause our analytical mind (to quieten that left brain dominance, that voice in our head) and let the subconscious mind be. I wrote an article on ways of finding calm in a hectic world.
How Meditation Works to Strengthen This ‘Just Knowing’
Meditation allows you to enter a quiet space in your mind. Here, wisdom and insight can permeate as the filter (noise) has been switched off. Your body is relaxed.
The more time in practice quietening the ‘noise’, the more you will be in tune with seeking and receiving higher guidance or the #justknowing.
Meditation is an essential activity among your intuition-building exercises.
In meditation you reach Alpha mind state. This is when your brain resonates at a certain wavelength. I wrote about the importance of Alpha brain waves in my article on how this state of mind helps with wellbeing.
While in this relaxed state of mind, make sure to ask for guidance on where you need direction. You will receive the answer in one form or another. The answers may not come immediately but when they do it will be one of those ah-ha moments. This has been my experience.
It’s just that simple. Put your trust in receiving an answer and you will have a basis for success.
What Is The Best Meditation for Developing Intuition?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about meditation. The answer is that any form of meditation helps with intuition. But, Giovanni Dienstmann recommends Trāṭaka as a powerful meditation for intuition. There is also the Third Eye meditations that are said to take you to ‘superconsciousness’.
What is Trataka Meditation?
Trataka is Sanskrit for ‘to look’ or ‘to gaze’ and is a traditional yoga type. It involves staring at a single luminous object (It could be the moon or a flame in a fireplace).
So, a recommended best technique for developing intuition is Trataka. The technique is to gaze in meditation at a single point, a lit candle flame, for example. But, any symbol, dot, or other small object, placed at eye level about two to three feet away will do.
This approach is similar to meditations centered on the Third Eye — the eye of insight or the ajna (brow) chakra, which coincidently aligns with the position of the pineal gland.
The following 2-minute video explains the function of the pineal gland. It also touches on how sunshine plays a pivotal role in our wellbeing, something I cover in my article on natural ways of feeling better.
The Trataka Steps
A good way to start this meditation is to close your eyes and take three deep breaths to relax your body. Once relaxed open your eyes and rest your gaze on the flame. Let the flame be your entire focus. You can close your eyes after a few minutes and keep you minds eye on the image of that flame that remains. After a while this will fade and you can open your eyes again and lazily gaze at the flame for a few minutes before closing them. You can continue this inward and outward gazing. The final part is to cup your hands over your closed eyes, look down, and then gently open them to look at the void for a few minutes before concluding the session.
Third Eye Meditations
A yoga meditation tradition is to focus the attention on the Third Eye for benefits that include the awakening of intuition. The approach is seemingly powerful whether or not your views place the Third Eye as spiritual or symbolic in nature.
Giovanni, in Practical Meditation, lists four techniques to Third Eye meditations: feeling and gazing, visualization, mantra, and breathing.
Always start in a comfortable position. A supportive cushion helps when meditating. I cover the best forms and fillings for your posture in my guide on buying meditation pillows.
Start With These Three Steps
In each of the Third Eye techniques, start with the follow three steps:
- Once comfortably seated, close your eyes and take three deep breaths to relax
- Wet your finger (you can lick it) and place it firmly between the two eyebrows to sensitize that area
- Focus your mind on that spot and for a few minutes, just feel that area as if that’s all there is to you
Feeling and Gazing – Third Eye Meditation
In this technique, you keep your eyes shut and raise them as if you are looking at that Third Eye. Do this for several minutes or longer. This is the “most subtle but also the most challenging” says Giovanni.
Visualization – Third Eye Meditation
This technique involves visualizing a tiny star in front of your center brow area and meditation on that image in your minds eye.
Mantra – Third Eye Meditation
The mantra technique requires you to imagine feeling a small pulsating in that centre brow area while mentally repeating the mantra “om” in sync with the pulsing.
Breathing – Third Eye Meditation
This is a breathing technique where you focus on the air moving in and out of your nostrils. As the air comes in, you feel your awareness going up to your Third Eye. You hold that breath for a moment and then as you breathe out, you sense your awareness travelling out from your Third Eye.
Things To Know
Don’t get caught up in trying to be perfect when it comes to stilling the mind in meditation. Just acknowledge any intrusion of thought and return your focus to your breath or take in views of a distant object to focus.
The above practical advice on meditation is taken from Giovanni Dienstmann’s Practical Guide to meditation.
Get More Practical Meditation Steps
Giovanni Dienstmann is a meditation teacher and author of Practical Mediation: a Simple Step-by-Step Guide, available at Amazon, where you can check out the book reviews — See details.
(In Australia? You can get this Practical Meditation book through Booktopia.)
Meditation is a way to connect with your intuitive spirit or higher self, which is all knowing because… according to both Yogic law and quantum physics we are part of a greater whole.
The best way to commit to meditation is to start with advice from a long-term practitioner and teacher of meditation.
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Hi, I’m Mary-Anne. Apart from a PhD in Earth and Life Sciences, I have a whole heap of other life experiences. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.