4 Keys to developing intuition that is in service to your true self.
After realising that intuition was possibly real, I went on a mission to test it. My ever sceptical mind fiercely guarded my fear of being gullible, I didn’t to believe I wanted to know for certain.
Imagine my shock when I found that intuition was not only real, but that it could be life-changing. But like anything in life, it depends on what you use it for. We can use a scalpel to hurt or to heal. We can use intuition to serve our ego or to serve our authentic self.
Here are some intuition Dialogues with my Apple Tree Self from many years ago about what it takes to develop intuition in a way that serves our true authentic self. I’ve worked with these insights for over 2 decades and extracted 4 Keys from these dialogues for you here in this post.
I’m so grateful for this work, intuition has always been so important in my life and when I teach these insights they have also helped many, many others to develop a strong intuition that serves the true self.
Now I teach students on my Intuition online course how to coach themselves and others using these methods, here they are for you.
- Open Closed
#1 Attention – this is the most important key to developing intuition.
Where ever our attention is, that is what we are tuned into intuitively — whether we notice consciously or not. If our attention is on a loved one, we are tuned into that loved one. If our attention is on a stranger, we are tuned in to that stranger. If our attention is on a memory, we are tuned into that memory. Our nervous system and body will respond to the information that we are tuned into.
So learning to be mindful of where our attention is is a critical key to developing intuition. And of course if we are interested in finding and realizing the true self, we need to learn to tune into the true self.
This is more difficult than it sounds, because most people believe they are a false self. So they are tuning in to what they are not, instead of tuning in to what they truly are.
#2 Intention – this is how you direct your attention and choose what to choose into intuitively.
What I mean by intention, is a silent inner decision, it is an act of will. I don’t mean thoughts and desires, these belong on the surface of the mind. Intention is deeper. It sits in the fabric of reality. Which is why when intention is aligned with the highest will of reality — intention can lead to miracles of manifestation.
Try this simple exercise to understand the difference between thoughts and pure silent intention. Hold up your left hand and decide at the deepest level to keep it still. Then think thoughts like, “move hand!” — If your intention which is silent has decided to keep the hand still, no amount of thoughts all words will get your hand moving.
Intention, pure silent intention is far more subtle than attention. Pure silent intention directs attention. Most of the time attention is moved by life’s survival demands. When a loud noise occurs, our attention moves to listening to make sure that the body is safe.
In an average day, most people find their attention moving randomly according to the loudest most demanding sensory information. Sometimes on the loudest thoughts, sometimes on the most dramatic sounds, smells, sights, tastes and feelings.
I discovered very early in my years of developing my intuition, guided ironically by my intuition, to quieten my body and mind so that I could sense both intention and attention. Realizing that intention could move attention, helping me to consciously choose what I was tuned into, was life-changing for me.
As an empath I was subject to a massive emotional bandwidth, tuned in to pretty much everyone and anyone. This pushed me into deeper introversion, and denied my Apple tree the full expression of its purpose.
By learning to direct attention, by using pure silent intention, I was able to navigate what living radio stations I was tuned into. To my amazement, I discovered that life and people were like orchestral symphonies, I could choose whether to tune in to the violins or the drums, to their pain or their peaceful essence — their truth.
By developing my intuition in a way that allowed me to tune in to my own truth and the truth of others, to the true self, I was finally able to be in the world more fully. Because this radio station, the radio station of truth feels like love, peace and a deep contentment.
Sometimes when the world seems crazy, and when the systems of global governments, health systems, religious systems, educational systems, financial systems all seem to be crumbling I can forget. I start tuning into the chaos and the insanity. That the suffering that this causes is a quick reminder to tune in deeper, to tune-in to truth.
I would love to teach you how to do the same. The more people that are able to use their intention and attention, two consciously tune in intuitively to the truth, to the open pure wholeness of the true self, the more we can offer humanity a song of freedom and healing.
#3 Open closed – a compass for truth.
So how can we tell the difference between the intuitive voice of truth, and the false voice of the ego? How do we discern what is deeply true from what is not?
Fortunately our bodies are incredible sacred instruments of truth. When we tune in to something that is deeply true, the response in our nervous system is to create the feeling of opening, of space. Sometimes this can be a great relief to a body burdened by endlessly tuning in to what is false.
When we tune into something that is distorted, untrue or false, the response in our nervous system is to create the feeling of closing, of heaviness and contractions. This causes some degree of stress to the body and mind. And in some instances can lead to great suffering.
So nevermind, that our bodies and minds are greatly affected by nutrition lifestyle, sleep deprivation, the demands of living in a crazy world, added to this if our attention is always on untrue thoughts, we suffer even more.
Using my “open closed” teaching together with training attention and pure intention, will give you a way to use your intuition to navigate life, to find your true self, to get to know your true self and to live free as your true self.
Start noticing when your body responds with heaviness and contraction, spot what your attention is on in that moment. Specifically what thoughts. We can test various beliefs and thoughts by tuning into them. By noticing the response in the body.
Sit quietly and hold a thought in focus, a thought perhaps like, “I don’t deserve to exist” and notice the response in your body. Within moments, you might easily feel the heavy contraction. This is the body’s way of telling you, that this thought is not true.
Compare this thought to another. In a meditative mindful way, call upon the thought, “I am” with no qualifications or defining words, simply “I am” — as in I exist. This is the most fundamental truth. You exist. Most of my students when they tuned in to this thought, describe relief, peace and openness. All of these responses in the body, tell us we are tuned in to something true. It is true that you exist. Now, what you truly are can be discovered. You can discover that you are pure awareness, always whole, always free.
Ultimately, the enlightened truth, is that what we truly are is the most open openness. We are the truth that we seek.
#4 Translation- this is learning the skill of turning silence and knowing into words.
Truth is a silent. It does not have the language. All who have used their intuition to delve deeply into the territory of the true self know this. And when they embody this knowing they transmit this truth through their very presence.
The knowledge of life is not written in the language of human communication. When we tune in intuitively, we are tuned into that which is prior to words. Then our job is to learn to translate subtle knowing into conscious language.
It must be said, it’s important to know, that words will always fail. If we expect to find the perfect words to articulate and express the true self and the territory of reality, we will always be disappointed and frustrated. I used to feel this way. What I felt intuitively was so impossible to put into words, that I thought I should rather give up and remain silent. Or keep it to myself.
Fortunately my Apple tree showed me that it was okay to just do my best, to try to find in words and paint an expression of intuitive knowing.
Once you learn to pay attention to attention, to direct intuitive attention by using pure intention, and once you practice telling the difference between what opens and closes the body energetically, you can add this fourth skill, the skills of learning to translate. If you remain humble to being fallible, and truly accept that your words will always be flawed, you’ll find great joy in creatively expressing intuitive truth. That is my wish for you, to share the joy of this — of learning to translate silent truth into the language of life.
QUESTION: “How does intuition work? How can I consciously use my intuition more often?”
APPLE TREE ANSWER:
Wherever your attention is, is where you are tuned into intuitively. This is why it is essential to become attentive to attention.
Most are not even conscious of where their attention is, or of what it is. For most, attention is moved by the most demanding sensory call, like the loudest noise that calls our attention, or the most painful sensation.
Sadly, that is why most people are suffering. Their attention is jammed on the radio stations of the most demanding sensory call, which is usually in service to biological survival and not to more subtle things like wisdom.
So first, notice attention and then notice where it is tuned in to.
QUESTION: “How can I actually do this noticing?”
APPLE TREE ANSWER:
Learn to discern the difference between the senses and attention, they are not the same. How you can realise this, is to notice that you can move attention between the senses, you can call attention to any sense. So attention must be prior to the senses, it must be more than the senses and independent of the senses.
Think of attention as focal point of and in awareness. You can call, or guide attention to notice what you are seeing, and the moment you do this, you get more information from sight-yes?
If you call your attention to sound, you suddenly notice sounds more acutely. You are tuned in to listening. It is the same for physical sensations. One can practise these as exercises.
QUESTION: “Why do most people miss out on the more subtle intuitive insights available?”
APPLE TREE ANSWER:
Most people are only tuned in to the physical senses or the mind—memories and thoughts. They don’t realise that they have access to a universal library of knowledge to tune into—and intuition is your library card, its the way you get knowledge.
They miss out on their intuition because they are tuned into “MIND FM” but the mind is like the software, the app that is translating the knowledge. The knowledge of all things is not in english, or any language of the mind, it is prior to words.
The mind is the translator. So most are tuned into the translator and miss the original language of life.
To tune into the original language of life, we need to take attention off of the load demanding calls and seek the subtle. Then we need to learn to translate this into words in our minds, or to ultimately bask in the
Whatever attention is on, your nervous system is tuned into that, and it will respond. Learn to use attention, intention, open and closed, and finally become skilled at translating subtle intuition into human language. That is the path of developing your apple tree intuition.
SUMMARY PRACTICAL GUIDANCE TO TUNE IN TO TRUE INTUITION
Here are some practical tips to tune in to your true intuition.
#1 Understand the mechanics of intuition
Firstly, it is helpful to understand the mechanics of natural intuition.
Here are a 3 essential intuition teachings that are important.
1. Focused Attention.
2. Silent Intention.
3. Translating Skill.
1. Focused Attention.
Attention determines what you are tuned into. Attention is prior to the senses, you can tune in to any physical or subtle sense, and to thoughts, memories, emotions and physical sensations.
If you have your attention on a thought, you are tuned in to that thought. If you have attention on your left foot, you are tuned in to your left foot. If you have your attention on your friend, you are tuned in to your friend.
Attention is not as limited as the physical senses are. Attention is free to roam the library of life, to access knowledge beyond the physical senses. This is why it is natural for a person to be able to know when a loved one is suffering without any obvious way of knowing. Attention is not bound to all of the limitations of space and time.
Learning to consciously direct attention is a key intuitive skill. Noticing what your attention is naturally drawn to is also helpful.
It’s not helpful to force this process.
“Trying” and “force” are counter productive. If I tell you not to put your attention on your left foot, but only on your right foot, notice how quickly your attention goes to your left foot!
Discipline and force are not helpful. Simply becoming interested in this work is helpful.
Follow your natural interest.
2. Silent Intention.
Intention directs Attention. It is more subtle than intention.
I use the words ‘silent intention’ so that you are not confused between desire or thought and pure silent intention.
Here is a way to experience the difference between attention and intention.
Hold up your hand, and intent to keep it still. Make a silent decision from within. Then think thoughts like “Move hand!” you can even say the command out loud, “move hand,” but if your intention is to keep your hand still your hand will stay still.
Intention is so subtle that it can be missed. If you set a silent intention to focus your attention on your foot, you will be able to tune in to your foot, receiving more information about your foot, both gross and subtle.
Practising to set intentions and direct attention is the cornerstone of training your natural intuition. You can tune in intuitively to anyone, anything regardless of space and time.
Now lastly is the skill of translating intuitively received knowledge.
3. Translating Skill.
Think of the universe as a library of knowledge.
Every plant, every soul, every creature is a form of knowledge. This knowledge is not in the form of english or any human language.
You are tuning in all of the time, but it is only by developing the skill of translating this knowledge that you can become fully conscious of the knowledge.
Attention is your universal library card, intention determines which volumes of knowledge you are accessing and translating is how you read the knowledge.
Intuitive knowledge is subtle. Translating it into word and images, into understanding takes practise. And you must understand that no translation is every perfect.
Knowledge, which is another word for life, cannot be translated into words accurately. And yet, it is honourable and right to do your best.
What helps to translate intuitive knowledge is…
- First starting with a blank canvas, in other words tune in to your own body first and get into a relatively peaceful state. Do this before you tune in to any other knowledge.
- Set an intention to tune in to something simple to start with. Don’t start with complex or emotionally charged topics. Practise with a few easier topics to warm up before looking into anything with emotional charge or complexity.
- Ask open questions, not closed (yes/no answer questions).
- Questions that I find very helpful for intuitive exploration include, “What do I need to see here?”, “What is the deeper truth here?”
- Closed questions like,”What is the right thing to do?” are not helpful, because at the deepest level of truth the question is flawed. There is no “right” – pain-free- path.
- Prioritise subtle feelings and knowing rather than mental visuals or thoughts.
- Notice the subtle open or closed feeling in the body first, as a baseline.
- Don’t push for details, don’t push or try. Open, intend and allow subtle general impressions to come through first.
- Instead of feeling like you are ‘creating’ ideas, intuition works well when you let ‘ideas come to you.’
- Your body will receive impressions before your mind can translate the knowledge into words, so it can help to ask yourself, “If this feeling was a body posture, what would that body posture be?” You might even want to make the body posture, or to imagine it.
- Use this, “If this feeling could talk, what might it say?” then let words flow.
- Start with letting your imagination run, don’t sensor or edit. Imagine opening a tap and let your intuitive impressions flow. Even guess what the feelings and subtle senses are.
- Start writing down or drawing your impressions and don’t stop thoughts even if they seem strange or wrong. Writing helps to concretise intuitive impressions. Doodling can also assist.