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3 Easy Ways To Expand Your Intuition

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“Know thyself.” – Ancient Greek aphorism

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Logic and intuition, opposites that form opinion based off of knowing, or feeling. Intuition is defined as: “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.” While logic is defined as: “reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity.” Although logic may discount intuition because it mostly operates on feeling as the compass, making sense of your feelings can lend to sharpening your logic. While intuition tends to get associated with mysticism, and discounted as random by skeptics – it is something we should not ignore, because it is a force that flows through every single one of us.

If you’ve ever walked into a room and felt the energy of the people in it, had a dream that manifested itself in your reality, experienced deja vu, or just knew something was wrong – it doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything mystical about these experiences. If all time is happening at once, perhaps what is happening is just a remembering of an encounter, or experience that has already happened.

Below, I’ve created some intuition “hacks” to assist in allowing time to become more malleable, as you harness the energy of your thoughts by flexing your intuitive muscles.

1. Create Your Own Oracle Deck

Oracle decks differ from tarot decks, in that the major/minor arcana of tarot have their own very specific definitions, while oracle decks are a bit more malleable. In that you give the images meaning by how the images speak to you.

Oracle cards are where I got my start in exploring the esoteric, and the deck I use (given to me by my grandmother) is compiled of 33 cards which tell a story based off of how you read them. A skeptical friend of mine wanted to test the validity of the mystery of the oracle, so he decided to write out the word meanings of each of the cards on hot pink index cards to see what would happen if we read the index cards, in conjunction with grandma’s deck. To our surprise, almost every time we read the index cards, with the oracle cards – the messages would be close to identical (save for one card/or the order).

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It seemed the more we read, the more the cards would fall very similar – so we decided to take the experiment to the next level by adding more cards that we would create, or have our friends create.

Through our experience we came to find that nearly every time a person would create a card, that would be the card they would pull in their reading (no matter how many times the deck was shuffled or cut). While it is unclear what is really happening, this type of experiment proved to be a really important exercise in expanding your intuition, and understanding what thoughts you may be projecting. The more you practice, the more you can fine tune your thoughts, as you see them outside of yourself.

A great way to create your own oracle deck is to get your own set of index cards – before creating your cards, get out a notebook, and set a timer on your cell phone for 5 minutes…in the 5 minute time frame, write out a list of nouns and verbs that resonate most with you. After the 5 minutes is up, take a look at your list and pick the words that feel best, then write them out on your index cards. Have fun with them, draw/design each card as you wish, then begin using them in the way you feel works for you. There is no right or wrong way, but the way I have found to be most accurate is to pick a number you vibe with, then shuffle the deck that amount of times, and then pick 4 cards – and see how the story reveals itself.

2. Hand to Hand Reading

Another way to open yourself up to receive more intuitive insight is by practicing hand to hand reading. Find a partner to work with and take turns “reading” one another. The reader acts as the receiver, while the readee is the one who “delivers” information – so the reader must face both hands out, palm up, while the readee places their hands on top of the reader’s hands.

evolvegif-jensodiniWhile your hands are connected, see what feelings present themselves in your body, and don’t be afraid to blurt what comes to mind (usually your first intuition is right, even if it may be strange). For example, perhaps you get a feeling in your solar plexus and an image of a mirror comes to your mind – this could represent that the readee may be feeling insecurity, and their ego is presenting itself in the reflections of their experiences. All sensations in the body should be noted, and all images that come to your consciousness, make sure to say out loud…do not be afraid of what is coming to your mind – more often than not, you’ll find that what you receive is strangely accurate and while the images may not make sense to you – they may make sense to the person you are reading. Take turns reading one another, and afterwards analyze your notes – the more you practice, the more you’ll be able to receive. Before you know it the symbols will become stronger, the sensations will become more clear, and you may find that these symbols and sensations begin to present themselves without having to “dial in” – thus you may be able to navigate interactions with people in a more present way.

3. Zener Cards

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For those of you who have seen Ghostbusters, the image of these cards may be familiar because of the opening scene with Bill Murray. However, while Murray’s character may have had some salacious intentions with his “experiment” with the cards – Zener cards are actually a really powerful tool in stretching your mind, and allowing your extra sensory perceptions to become engaged.

To use the Zener cards, you may find a friend to partner with and have them draw up cards one by one with the back facing you – or you can pull the cards yourself. Do NOT rush this process. As the card is pulled, close your eyes and allow your mind’s eye to receive the image of what is behind the card. Try not to overthink, but allow the first intuition to come through. This is a difficult process, and will take a lot of time and patience to master. Keep a running count of how many you get right – and compare as you spend more time with the cards and in time you will see your results improve, and your intuition will strengthen.

There’s an old phrase that goes something along the lines of “energy goes where attention flows“, and if we look at our intuition as a muscle – the more you put energy into it, and flex it – the stronger it will get. We all have the ability to have abs, but to get a “six pack” it requires hard work and dedication –  through my experience (and my own practice), I’ve come to find that we all have the ability to tap into our “sixth sense”, but unless you give it the proper energy and attention – it won’t be activated to its fullest ability, and will remain “out of shape”.

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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