The 6 Types of Intuition and the Do’s and Don’ts in Supporting Your Child in Developing Intuition
Let’s Make Intuition a Household Term
Intuition can be defined as the faculty of knowing or understanding something without reasoning or proof, an impression and insight gained by the use of this faculty (from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.) It comes from the Latin word “intuir,” which means knowledge from within. Everyone has intuition. I’m sure you’ve experienced a situation where you walked into a room and felt the tension without even knowing that a confrontational situation had just occurred. Maybe a particular person just seems to zap your energy every time you engage in a conversation with them. Perhaps your child gravitates towards some people and hides behind you in the presence of others. Have you ever had a hunch about something or just knew in your gut that a decision was the right one to make? There are endless examples of how we all use our intuition daily. Science even backs up the notion of intuition.
There are numerous studies on what scientists call the deliberation without attention effect (National Library of Medicine). The studies found that, while deliberating on small choices such as deciding between different outfits for your child was helpful, when deciding on more significant issues such as what house to purchase or where to send your child to preschool, following one’s intuition produced more favorable outcomes. So how does intuition work?
Quantum physics is now proving that we live in a vibrational universe and that we are vibrational beings. Thoughts are not something that generate from inside our heads. Instead, our brains act as a receiver and attract thoughts that match our current vibration. When we receive intuitive information, different regions of the brain are activated, specifically, the right hemisphere. Among other things, the right hemisphere governs creative thought, musical ability, and emotion. Scientists believe that the cerebellum plays a role in intuitive conclusions as well. To learn more about the function of the brain and intuition read, Intuition, Gut Feeling, and the Brain: Understanding Our Intuition. The key is being open to receiving the intuitive messages and believing that it is not only possible, but it is happening all day, every day, if we pay attention.
In addition to thoughts having a particular vibrational frequency, every thought that has ever been thought still exists. If we want to receive information about a particular topic, we just have to tune to it like a tuning fork. When Albert Einstein wanted to receive information, he would take a nap or a bath, or ride his bike. He would take his mind off of the problem he was trying to solve and get into the “receiving mode,” as Abraham Hicks calls it. Only then would he receive the solution. Hence his quote, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.”
My Personal Introduction to My Intuitive Abilities
Intuition is often called the sixth sense, but in truth, we interpret vibrations through our five senses. Remember, we are in a vibrational universe, and we are vibrational beings. Fascinating discoveries have been made in the field of quantum physics and biology that explain particle and wave formation and how even the cells of our body are made of light (biophotons). For more about the science, reference the work of Dr. Joe Dispensa in his blog, Biophotons: The Light in Our Cells and Best Physics Tuition: Quantum Physics Explained in Simple Terms.
While I am fascinated with quantum physics and the biology of our cells, when it comes to intuition, my personal experiences are what have taught me to believe in and hone my intuitive abilities. When I was about seven or eight, I woke up one night in the middle of the night, and I saw what I could only describe as white shadows of people walking around in my bedroom. I vaguely remember a waiter carrying a large tray. It was as if I was watching a scene unfold right in front of my eyes, but as a bystander, an observer. It wasn’t a frightening scene, but it scared me nonetheless. My sister and I shared a bedroom, and I don’t remember all of the details of what happened next, but I do remember it having such an impact on me that I slept with a light on well into high school. And I’m not talking about a little nightlight. I slept with the “big light” on for over ten years. My sister loved that!
Two crucial things happened through that experience that shaped my ideas about intuition. One was that I became frightened because I didn’t have anyone to explain intuition to me and normalize what happened. The other is that my mother didn’t believe me. She invalidated my experience and told me it was just the shadow of the trees through the window. At the time, I shut my intuition off and didn’t look back. The gift returned many years later while I was learning how to do energy work with highly sensitive children. I began receiving intuitive information as part of understanding how to help them.
At the onset of reopening my intuitive gifts, I still thought I was supposed to see dead people, angels, or hear the booming voice of God give me a message. It took me a while to understand that intuition can be subtle, that everyone receives information in ways unique to them, that it’s nothing to be afraid of, it’s natural and normal, and we all have it!
Developing Intuition: The 6 Receiving Modes
You may have already heard of the most common ways we interpret vibration. When we see, our eyes are interpreting light waves. When we hear, our ears are interpreting sound vibrations. Our hands interpret vibrations in order for us to feel things. Our noses interpret vibrations into smells, and our mouths interpret vibrations into taste. I want to emphasize that we are constantly interpreting vibrations all day, every day, as a way to normalize the interpretation of information coming in from our environment as intuition.
We can all accept the fact that we can jump on our cell phones and hear someone’s voice who happens to be in Japan when we live in the United States. And yet, it completely freaks us out if we happen to intuitively know someone is going to call seconds before the phone rings and it’s them! In my opinion, picking up on intuitive information, or using our sixth sense, should be as normal as smelling the pie cooking in the oven. Once we learn to tune into our intuition, life becomes so much easier and extremely fun! Wouldn’t it be nice if our children learned to hone their intuitive abilities early in life and live from a place of being connected to their wise inner-self so they could take guided action and create magic?
Clairvoyance or Clear Seeing – receiving information in the form of visual images. When I first learned energy work, one of the women who was learning the work with me was becoming a psychologist. She was interning, and when a patient walked into the room for the very first time, she would literally see their diagnosis written in words above the person’s head. She’d observe the psychologist work with the patient, and every single time, the information she received was correct. Now that’s a tough act to follow! Her gift was very developed.
Receiving information in the form of a visual image can be as simple as daydreaming and picturing what you want your dream house to look like. It doesn’t have to be so dramatic. If we teach children to visualize, we are helping them develop the intuitive faculty of clairvoyance. Visualization happens to be a reading comprehension strategy. To help them develop this skill, practice visualization with your child while reading a story. As a teacher, I teach children how to do this all the time. When reading a story, have them close their eyes and imagine the scene. Then they can describe it to you with details about what colors they see, what the characters look like, the details of the setting, etc. It’s as simple as that! And an added bonus will be good reading comprehension.
Clairaudience or Clear Hearing – receiving information in the form of hearing sounds. Remember the booming voice of God I mentioned earlier? It’s not like that for me at all. Instead, I hear my own voice inside my head. One time I was being interviewed for a teaching job, and the interviewer asked me if I was truly interested in the position. I heard my own voice say “NO!” inside my head. I ignored it. He even asked me again towards the end of the interview (he trusted his intuition more than I trusted mine, apparently). Again, I heard, “NO!”, and again I ignored it. I took the job and soon after regretted it. I wasn’t trusting my own guidance. It wasn’t the booming voice of God. It was my own voice inside my head—no bells and whistles; simple.
You can teach your child to pay attention to the things they tell themselves. To develop the intuitive faculty of clairaudience, simply practice being present and listening. Sit quietly with your child and ask them what they hear. Do they hear the birds chirping or an airplane going by? If they have a question, encourage them to ask themself the question and quietly listen and wait for a response from within.
Clairsentience or Clear Feeling – receiving information through feelings in the body. This one is my favorite. I feel sensations in my body all of the time. We all do. It’s the gut feeling, butterflies in your stomach, dry mouth, weak in the knees, rapid heartbeat, etc. Eckhart Tolle describes it as feeling the inner body. I can close my eyes and feel the energy in my hands, feet, etc. Try it. It’s fun!
Our emotions are our guidance system and a good place to start with children. When your child is excited or happy, have them stop and ask them where they feel the happiness in their body. If they get angry, once they calm down, ask where they felt the anger. Have them close their eyes, tune into their body and describe what they feel inside for no good reason. See if they can notice positive and negative emotions right away and identify where they feel them.
Claircognizance or Clear Knowing – this is when you just know. Period. You can’t say how you know something; you just know. It’s often the hardest one to explain and the hardest one to trust. The information for me often comes in fast, like when I’m driving and just know I need to switch lanes seconds before the person in front of me swerves.
To develop this in your child, give them examples of when you just knew something was good or bad for you, and ask them if they have similar experiences. Allow them to share and talk about the things they just know. Start a journal to record times when they just knew something and it came to fruition. I call them “faith-building experiences.” It will help them trust their intuition.
Clairgustance or Clear Tasting – receiving information through the sense of taste. Amazing chefs have this gift. They can intuit which ingredients would make a dish taste amazing. Sometimes, I can tell a food is going bad before anyone else in my family. As soon as I put it in my mouth, I will get the information not to eat it.
To help your child develop clairgustance, have them eat mindfully; eat slowly and without distraction. Have them chew and fully taste their food. Allow them to describe the flavors. Pay attention to which foods they gravitate towards and which ones they don’t like. Ask them why they like a particular food and why they don’t like others.
Clairalience or Clear Smelling – receiving information through the sense of smell. Perfumists have this gift. I had one clear example of this in my own life. I was having a session with a Shaman. I had my eyes closed, and she was using guided imagery with me. At one point, I smelled an extremely potent rose scent. It was powerful. When the session was over, I asked her if she sprayed rose spray, and she said no. I was even amazed at that one. A more down-to-earth example is when I was about nine, and my parents were staining some doors in the basement. I got a debilitating headache and had to lie down. My intuition was telling me that the stain was toxic.
A fun way to develop this skill with children is through the use of essential oils. Have them close their eyes and smell a few oils. Let them tell you which one to put in the diffuser that day.
The Dos and Don’ts of Helping Children Develop Intuition
- Be open to anything your child tells you no matter how “crazy” it seems. Some children remember past lives. There are many books written about this. One example I remember from reading such a book was about a four-year-old child living in the United States who somehow knew Italy’s geography. The child could describe it in detail with street names and everything!
- Don’t invalidate your child. Refrain from invalidating your child’s experiences, even if it freaks you out. Listen and say things like, “That’s interesting. Tell me more,” instead of telling them it’s in their imagination or isn’t possible. Anything is possible.
- If your child does tell you something shocking or out of the blue, such as they saw Grandma (after she’s passed away), react calmly.
- Try not to exclaim, “What!??” and react with an incredulous look when hearing information that may be outside the realm of your experience. Children are coming in with more of their intuitive faculties open. Encourage them instead of discouraging them.
Do…Have an Attitude of Curiosity
- Start the conversion about intuition with your child if you notice they are particularly intuitive. Ask them questions about the information they receive and how they receive it.
- Don’t expect intuition to look a certain way (that booming voice of God). It can show up differently for everyone. Inquire how it shows up for your child. Ask the right questions instead of making assumptions.
- The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- National Library of Medicine
- Examined Existence: Intuition, Gut Feeling, and the Brain: Understanding Our Intuition