There are a variety of activities that help deepen the connection with The Intuitive Self. These are summarized in five groups: Breath, Relaxation, Focus, Self and Ideas. The specific activities in each group enhance the degree of intuitive awareness that we bring to the world.
The activities move from experiential to conceptual. We believe that intuitive understanding must first be approached in terms of concrete experience and then explored through ideas and concepts. In this way, what we read and hear others say will serve to confirm our experience.
Breath represents the foundation on which intuitive ability rests. From the yogic tradition, we have learned the critical importance of breathing to any activity that requires concentration and focus. Group I offers a set of breathing practices that encourage a slow, continuous, smooth, diaphragmatic pattern of breath.
Relaxation is a natural corollary of breath work. Following these breathing practices encourages relaxation in the body. But to really deepen the intuitive way of knowing, we need to move beyond relaxation to a state of attentive awareness. The practices in Group II are designed to achieve deep relaxation and focused attention.
Focus can be developed once a solid foundation has been built with breath and relaxation. The first two groups prepare the body to be a better antenna for receiving intuitive messages. Once messages are coming more easily, the Group III practices sharpen the mental focus needed to tune into the messages that we are receiving.
Our Self also needs to be explored to discover how dimensions of our personality affect receptivity to intuition. Group IV practices offer tools to directly learn more about who we are in terms of relative preferences for the rational versus intuitive ways of preparing for the future, solving problems and approaching work.
Ideas from experts in a variety of disciplines can stimulate our thinking about intuition and how it works. Selected audio/visual materials in Group V are designed to challenge preconceived notions we have about intuition. By actively engaging the ideas of others, our understanding of intuition will be clarified and sharpened.
Group I Restore the Breath
||Concentrate the Attention on the Breath:
the ABCs of The Intuitive Self.
||Breathe with the exhalation twice the duration of the inhalation.
||Experiment with slow, deep, continuous and smooth breath flow.
||Use the breathing movement of the abdomen to create a sense of relaxation.
||Use the breathing movement of the diaphragm to create a sense of attention.
|Toning the Diaphragm
||Use a flexible ten-pound weight to exercise the diaphragmatic muscle.
||Use this breathing practice to help go to sleep during a restless night.
Group II Reclaim Relaxation
||Lie on a firm, carpeted surface in the "shivasana" relaxation posture.
||Sit in a comfortable chair with full back support in a balanced upright posture.
||Relieve eye fatigue resulting from excessive reading or computer use.
||Scan the muscle groups of the body letting the tension flow from them.
||Move beyond systematic relaxation to an even deeper level of relaxation.
Group III Develop Mental Focus
|Observing the Mind
||Pay attention to the changing picture show constantly playing in the mind.
|Observing the Gaze
||Pay attention to a candle flame with an unblinking, non-irritating, steady gaze.
||Use one of the many forms of meditation to encourage an attentive mind.
||Go to the Question room and then the Intuition room for problem insight.
||Use guided visual imagery to center the mind in the present moment.
Group IV Learn About the Self
||Explore how we relate to people and things in terms of the six Modes.
||Experiment with diet to enhance our sensitivity to intuitive experiences.
||Use a thermometer to monitor our stress response in a variety of situations.
|I Ching Practice
||Complete an I Ching problem solving using any type of reading material.
|PDP Action Plan
||Enhance the use of moderate or reduce the use of strong intuitive behaviors.
||Explore what Collage themes reveal about the role of intuition in our everyday life.
Group V Explore Provocative Ideas
||Psychologist Charles Tart explains the self-observation process that he described in his book Waking Up.
|Intuition in Business
||Founder of the Intuition Network Weston Agor discusses ways organizations can accommodate intuitive styles.
||Psychologist Frances Vaughan describes why she feels intuition involves a direct knowing without mediation by human logic.
|Mind Over Machine
||Philosophy professor Hubert Dreyfus explains why he believes computers will never be able to replicate intuitive thought.
|Move with the Present
||Business professors Dan Robey and Bill Taggart apply the intuitive ideas of the Tao Te Ching to the management setting.
|Preserve the Soul
||Poet David Whyte believes that by using poetry we can awaken our personal vision for breakthrough intuitive insights.