How to Improve Your Intuition Through Meditation

A lot of you may be interested in improving your own intuition. There are many ways to improve intuition, but one of these methods is often neglected by the people of the West. It’s meditation. Today, I wish to teach you a basic form of meditation that will help you improve your intuitive mind, so that you can know more, see more and sense more. Let’s begin!

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How Meditation Can Help You With Your Intuition

Let me start with a question – what is intuition? Most people would say that intuition is your inner voice which is far wiser than your ego :). The problem of most people is simple: our ego is louder than our inner voice of wisdom. Two things are needed for successful work with intuition: trust and the ability to hear intuitive thoughts. Trust is simple – you need to trust the things you feel. This can be practiced through use of intuitive journals, for example.

Learning to “hear” your feelings is more difficult. In order to improve your “hearing”, you need to calm dawn your ego, along with your thoughts.

Your ego can be defined in multiple ways, but for the purpose of this article, let’s stick to the following definition: your ego is your thoughts, worries, concerns, fears, expectations, passions the the chaos of the daily life. To deal with this chaos, you can learn to mediate, at least in a basic way.

Common Myths About Meditation

Before we proceed, I wish to deal with some common myths about meditation:

  • Meditation and trance is the same thing – false. Trance is an altered state of consciousness, and it’s not meditation. True meditation is a peaceful and focused state of mind. The mind can be focused on emptiness, or a specific thought or idea, but it’s not a trance state. Therefore, if you meditate, you meditate, and not seek any trance state.
  • You have to sit in full lotus position – again, false. Although there are some forms of meditation that place focus on the way you sit, other forms of meditation do not care about your physicality, but about your mind only. In the form which I’m going to teach you, you can sit in an armchair, and that’s OK.
  • You can meditate only if you sit still – false. There are forms of moving meditation. Yoga is a form of meditation to some degree. The same goes for Tai Chi Chuan or Qigong, which are both forms of chinese breathing meditation.
  • You need a calm mind to meditate – in a way, false. The calm mind is the goal of meditation, but the techniques used to achieve this goal are also forms of meditation, even while the mind isn’t calm yet.

With these things in mind, we can learn to practice a basic form of meditation.

Meditation To Improve Your Intuition

The following technique utilizes breath and states of relaxation to calm down the chaos of your mind step by step. It’s designed to be practiced for few months, because this is the time you need to notice the positive effects of this basic technique.

This technique is my personal mixture of Zazen and Gassho – the first one is a complex Zen Buddhism meditation. The second one, fully named Gassho Kokyu Ho, is a japanese form of meditation taught along Reiki practice. I’ve created this mix so that I can pass it to people who wish to begin meditation, but do not have much time nor enough experience with spiritual themes.

The technique is quite simple:

  1. Sit down – you may choose a lotus or Seiza position, or you can simple sit down in an armchair. Just don’t fall asleep. A lotus position is the one Budda used :). The Seiza position is a traditional Japanese way of sitting – google the pictures if you’re not familiar with this one.
  2. Choose what to do with your eyes – you can keep your eyes closed, or open. Decide by yourself. Choose the option that is comfortable to you, but make sure it won’t make you fall asleep.
  3. Breath in and breath out through your nose. Find your own speed, make sure that your breath is natural. Do not force any “meditative” form of breath like the one you can see in movies on YouTube. Be natural, be yourself :).
  4. Now, when you’re comfortable with your position, eyes and breath, focus on the emptiness of your head (if your eyes are closed), or focus on a point on the floor about a meter in front of you (if your eyes are open).
  5. Breath and focus. Begin to count from 1 to 10. Count like this: first… second… third… fourth… fifth… sixth… seventh… eighth… ninth… tenth… first… second… . Focus on the emptiness/point and on counting will keep your mind steady.
  6. But this is just the beginning. Now we have to deal with the incoming chaos of the mind. Thoughts and emotions and memories of different sort will come to your attention. Dealing with them in a proper way is the essence of this technique. So, whenever a thought of different type come to your attention, notice it, acknowledge it, and return your focus to counting.
  7. Then, another thought will pop up – do the same. Notice the thought, acknowledge it, and focus on counting again. Do this all the time. Do not fight with the thoughts. Do not try to get rid of them. Do not get angry with them. Just notice, acknowledge, observe for a moment, and breathe on. This is the secret.
  8. Sit like this, count and acknowledge thoughts for the next 10 to 15 minutes. When you’re done, just stand up and the meditation is finished.

This is the basic technique of meditation.

What Have You Just Done?

You may wonder what have you done. The answer is simple – your thoughts are trying to get your attention. When you fight with them, or when you become emotional about them, or try to force them out of your head, they (thoughts) become stronger and stronger. You encourage the things you fight with. Your emotions feed your thoughts. But when you remain calm, when you simple acknowledge your thoughts, but you keep breathing and counting, you teach your mind to let go.

And you do let go – at least for few seconds. But after few days, weeks, months, you will notice that it’s getting easier and easier. Your mind becomes calm and steady, and the chaos of your mind is calming dawn. It may sound trivial, but it really works, just give it some time.

This will help you “hear” your intuition more and more with time. But it will also improve other areas of your life. The old Taoist saying goes: to the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

Be patient with this technique – it takes time to get positive results, but if you just practice three to four times a week for 15 minutes, the results will come, and they will benefit both your intuition, and your daily life.

If you have any questions about meditation, please ask them in the comments, and I’ll try to do my best to answer them.

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Comments and Discussion

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  1. One of the most user friendly, straighforward how tos for meditation I have read. I have been averse to it for a few reasons (procrastination being one) but this makes it tenable. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. And I will pass it along to others as well. I have had better intuition than ever recently (who knows why) but I think this needs to happen to enhance/improve it. Thanks again

    by Cc / July 2nd 2014

  2. @CC,

    Yay, thanks for stopping by to post a comment – it’s good to see people still read the website after so long break in new articles :).

    I’m glad you enjoyed this short tutorial – it motivates me to post simplified practices more often :).

    by Nathaniel / July 2nd 2014

  3. Hello Nathaniel.
    I just read your book The Art of Seeing and it is one of the most practical and easy to apply. I went into the Alpha state using your 100 to 1 countdown. I thought I would get bored halfway through but the opposite happened — my mind and body got increasingly quieter. I plan to do your 10-week Alpha State training program.

    I also like the quicker meditation technique above. Thanks so much for your practical tips as well as the theoretical background on Intuition/Clairvoyance.
    Thanks again.
    Aya

    by Aya / July 14th 2014

  4. @Aya,

    I’m glad you you like the article above, but I’m even more glad that you have found my book useful! Thanks for sharing this kind thought!

    by Nathaniel / July 15th 2014

  5. welcome back!

    by anthony / July 16th 2014

  6. @Anthony,

    Thanks :)

    by Nathaniel / July 18th 2014

  7. Nathaniel,

    Good article. And your book, “Psychic Development Simplified,” has prompted me to meditate which I have been doing now for about 3 months. Here’s my question:

    I close my eyes because I find it easier and more relaxing. You say to notice and acknowledge thoughts that pop into your mind which I do. But what about images that appear out of the emptiness? I see these images while counting, I continue to count and breathe but these pictures are distracting. Sometimes I find myself beginning to dwell on these images. After 20 to 30 minutes, I feel better and more energized but these images have me puzzled. What should I do? Notice and acknowledge them as well?

    Thanks

    J

    by J / July 25th 2014

  8. J,

    Indeed, you should notice and acknowledge them – if the images are just a form of distraction, they will disappear with time and practice.

    Here’s a simple thing to do – notice and acknowledge these images, and don’t worry about them while you meditate. After meditation, you can recall these images and contemplate them – analyze and see if they are somehow related to your life, are some forms of messages or suggestions or if they point you to some aspects of your life that needs healing. But do this contemplation after meditation :).

    by Nathaniel / July 29th 2014