For many people “blocks” are largely about changing expectations and developing confidence (see Part 1). But there are also more literal blocks to intuitive perception. Three common causes of intuitive block have to do with our mental-emotional states when trying to access intuition, the condition of our energetic boundaries, and our degree of energetic clarity and authenticity. These can all be factors in the experience of intuitive block, though they are not automatically causative. Some people are still intuitively open despite the presence of conditions to the contrary as there can be other factors in play. But when these types of blocks are present, addressing these causes will make a difference in intuitive clarity and flow.
In a prior post – Am I Doing this Right? Unpacking Intuitive Perception – I defined intuitive perception and addressed some of the pitfalls we can experience when developing our intuitive faculties. But there are more! Intuitive blocks are similar to creative blocks. For a great book on working through creative blocks see The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Some of this post is inspired by comparisons I noted while reading through this book again, and many of the book’s exercises can be applied to intuitive as well as creative flow. As with creative blocks, much of intuitive blocking comes from our relationship to intuition, our fears, and our often unhelpful preconceived notions and expectations about it from cultural conditioning. We think nothing is happening when in fact something is happening, it is just not what we expect. These common misconceptions will be the focus of Part 1. Intuitive blocks can also be the result of energy body restrictions and the need for stronger boundaries. These will be addressed in Part 2.
In modern Western cultures mediumship has become a special skill limited to a few naturally gifted people. But mediumship as I define it has a much broader application. We are all mediums…
“Am I doing this right?”
“How do I know I’m not just making it all up?”
“Is this real?”
Any of that sound familiar? These questions are standard for many people beginning to use intuitive perception. They are good questions because discernment is important when accessing intuition, but when over-applied they can also get in the way of developing trust in your perception. I have witnessed many people going through this stage in the process of intuitive development, and I went through it when I first started training in spirit work. The following are tips for those struggling with intuitive perception.
There are two general categories of people who want to learn about interfacing the spirit: those who are already open to it, and those who want to be more open to it. Each category has its challenges and benefits; and the two states can call for somewhat different approaches.
I was raised in a secular-intellectual environment firmly grounded in materialist reductionism: there is no world but the physical world and that which can be verified through research science. Religion had no part in my upbringing, and spirituality even less. Spirituality was the realm of lunatics, idiots, and charlatans; people who were either too crazy or stupid to be rational, or people who were intentionally trying to con the naive and gullible.
Imagine, then, what it was like as an adult to find myself going from the field of neuroscience into traditional Chinese medicine and then into spirit work.
A spiritual teacher is someone who serves as a guide along the path of your soul’s journey, providing information, methods, and modeling that help you realize your life dream. They help you access and strengthen your connection to the source of your own soul and spirit. Spiritual teachers come in different varieties, from well-known gurus to personal mentors. There are some common misconceptions about spiritual teachers, and ways that we tend to give away our power to them. Below are some guidelines and considerations to keep in mind when seeking or interacting with a spiritual teacher.
I can clearly feel not only how [the work] benefits me directly, but I am also aware of concentric rings of wellness spreading out into the world. I have a sense of groundedness and interconnectedness I have never had before.
“I love getting this information. I had no idea we have these traditions in my ancestry. I’m so grateful for this knowledge and feel so enriched! Thank you for your service!”
[The facilitators] created a safe, fun-serious, all inclusive, loving, container. They know their ancestral medicine and taught me so much.
Maris listened deeply and pondered before answering. The high quality of her responses was reflective of her thoughtfulness. Her singing is magical. She is a blessing!
For years I have chipped laboriously away at my personal healing work. [Ancestral healing] was exponential in that it helped me access the roots of so much dysfunction. Such a relief that I don’t have to do this work alone, but have compassionate human guidance and the tremendously powerful and effortless work done by my well ancestors.
I loved the way the teachers used vernacular language to relate to the ancestors. Didn’t have to be so serious all the time. And made the ancestors seem more approachable.
This experience was amazing! I felt such a sense of belonging, respect, and caring about my experience!
I truly appreciate [the facilitators]. They each brought a strong personal presence and quality to the gathering while keeping a dogma-free energy beautifully intact. It was clear how much hard work and dedication they bring to the work.
“Powerful work – an example of the magical oracular work that is re-emerging.”
I no longer feel overwhelmed at the notion of being in right relationship to my ancestors.