Your unconscious mind is the source of your dreams, creativity and intuition and it is nourished and informed by your experience – by what you sense, see, hear, feel, touch and observe in your daily life. If you are always rushing and never take the time to observe your surroundings, you are starving your unconscious of the nutrients it needs to ignite your intuition. That’s why the theme of this blog is observation. Studies indicate that the more you observe what is going on around you the more likely you are to sense the connections, coincidences and odd things that are so often the catalyst for the intuitive insights that can guide you to great decisions.
Benefits of Being Observant
Sometimes simple observation is all that is needed to spark intuitive insight. To illustrate, Aristotle stated that when someone observes that the bright side of the moon is always toward the sun, there may be a sudden intuitive insight that the only possible explanation is that the moon shines by the light of the sun. Other times, observation can be more active and unusual occurrences or patterns that you notice can trigger associations and breakthroughs in thinking.
There’s no doubt observation plays a key role in the intuitive leaps made by many scientists but this generally isn’t observation in the sense of passive watching, rather it is observation that is an active mental choice. It’s viewing life as a researcher would. Most of the knowledge gained by a great researcher resides in the choices they make about what is worth observing, retaining and recording.
Becoming more observant in your daily life doesn’t just benefit your intuition, it can benefit, potentially even save, your life. You will become more attuned to your surroundings and more considerate of others as a result. For example, if you notice someone who is dressed formally wearing mismatched socks, you can see that this person is likely in a rush and not on top of things right now. You’ll probably be able to tell when someone is in trouble or lying, because the way they communicate or something about their body language seems out of place. You are less likely to have accidents and mishaps because you are more observant and likely to notice potential dangers.
Above all, being a good observer means that you are more aware of what is happening around you and living fully in the present, not in the past or future. Self-awareness is a vital ingredient for igniting intuition.
This ritual is about attention to detail and making a conscious choice to observe an everyday item with a curious but focused and reverential mind. You are going to be Sherlock Holmes and start deducing conclusions from what you notice and see. You are going to observe your life in an active and not a passive way and start appreciating and valuing details you may have overlooked before. Active observation ignites intuition because it encourages you to seek inspired connections between what is noticed or seen and what remains hidden or unseen.
To begin find a large coin or a bank note of any value and place it in front of you. Visualise yourself putting your Sherlock Holmes hat on. Then spend 30 seconds or so studying every detail of that coin or note. Notice the date, the colour, the images on it and its condition. As you study the coin or note, allow yourself to marvel at the beauty of its design. Ponder the many different hands it has been handled by. Think of the trust people place in it – a coin would simply be a lump of metal or a bank note simply a piece of paper if we did not assign a value to it. Now, put the coin or note away and write down or recall in your mind the date (if using a coin) and details of the images, as well as its condition.
Complete the ritual by personalising it and imagining who or what will ‘own’ the coin or note next. It could be anyone from a newspaper seller to a vending machine to a jar in your own home. It doesn’t matter who or what you imagine, just make an intuitive guess based on how you typically spend your cash. If using a coin, also think about the date on it and what your impressions are of that year. Do the images on the coin or note and its condition spark any personal connections or images for you? If the money could speak to you, what would it say?
In coming days, you may well come across that coin or note again – whether it’s the exact one you used in the ritual or another one that looks exactly the same. It doesn’t matter if you guessed right or not about what would happen to the original coin or note, the important thing here is that this ritual taught you to look at (observe) something familiar with fresh and curious eyes, to flex your imagination and make connections that you normally would not. Your intuition will be taking note.
Want to learn more about rituals? Check out my book 21 Rituals To Ignite Your Intuition.
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