Everyone is intuitive. Babies are born knowing everything. As we parent them and teach them to get along in the world, they learn that imagination has its place. We teach them not to listen to their bodies and they become less and less connected to themselves and the gift of knowing which they came into the world with.
By the time these blessed beings who know everything are adults, they may have lost this sense of wonder and safety. Seeing gnomes in the garden and colours around Grandma’s head is lovely in a two year old but sadly many people equate invisible knowing with ‘crazy’. If this same child is talking to spirits when they are 16, the child is taken to a psychiatrist and promptly put on medication and instructed to keep visions and dreams to themselves. Then, often years later when they realize that something is missing, they return to the medical community, usually in the form of an alternative healer who then encourages them to reconnect with that lost gift of knowing.
My son used to say things like “I was chased by a bear once” or “I used to ride a motorcycle”. While the first response for most people is “no you didn’t dear, you’re only two”, I was determined to trust his body’s wisdom and acknowledge that perhaps in a past life he did do those things. When my kids were little, we used to go on long camping trips up north. As soon as we were in the car, I would put black electrical tape over the clock and announce that we would be spending the next four days listening to our bodies. We would eat when we were hungry, sleep when we were tired, etc. That was tough. As adults we are so conditioned to check the clock: is it lunch time? Is it time for bed? I must admit that even I peeked occasionally. I still listened to my body, I often took myself to bed by nine or stayed up until midnight, but the time provided a sense of connectedness with my body and the planet. It was almost a relief knowing what the clock told me was in relative coordination with my body.
Bringing ourselves back in line with our body’s wisdom: My role as a Practitioner is to follow your body’s lead in clearing old patterns which you may be reliving daily, and which may be keeping you worrying about the future or regretting the past. As Oogway in Kung Fu Panda said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the Present.”