My first big intuition related wake up call came when I was seventeen. I was familiar with the voice inside that told me things I couldn’t actually know based on logic. But that didn’t mean I always listened. It was a rainy evening and friends wanted me to go out. At that time in my life, I wasn’t one to pass that up but on this night, my whole being inexplicably screamed, “No!” I declined several times but eventually gave in, going against what I knew to be true. Everything seemed fine until later that night when we ended up in a remote wooded area and as the storms became heavier, we were heading home. Unknown to us, where there once was a road, a river had formed due to a powerful flash flood. Our car was whisked away into the flood and we all nearly drowned. Everyone survived, with surprisingly minimal injury, thanks to a rescue crew and the grace of God. But it was definitely an intense experience and a huge lesson in paying heed to the voice of inner knowing.

Who can say the reasons why things unfold the way they do? I believe it all happens for a reason, even if I don’t understand what that reason is. What I do know is that this experience, and others to lesser degrees, taught me to identify intuition and have respect for it. There are times when emotional commotion tells me something might be coming. But that is different than intuition. Intuition is solid, unwavering and simply known. It may not make sense yet, but it is known. Yogi Bhajan said, “Intuition is never impulsive. Intuition is a calculated, overall, conscious activity. When you say, ‘My sixth sense tells me this, I do not know why,’ it means your sensitivity has gone beyond you, captured and calculated the entire environments and is telling you something.”

In these times of global change, we are moving from a period of relying on knowledge and into trusting experience. Honoring intuition fits right in with this shift. Women naturally have strong intuitive potential. Yogi Bhajan taught that because we are mothers (to children or in other capacities), “the woman is basically highly intuitive. Actually they call the woman a wireless station.” It is important for us to recognize it in ourselves. Then we can guide the next generation to appreciate their own inner knowing and trust in it.

We all, as human beings, have the gift of intuition and can utilize it as a valuable asset in life. In Kundalini Yoga there are numerous practices for strengthening intuition and developing the ability to recognize it. The yoga set To Know Through Intuition builds intuitive capacity. Any yoga or meditation that works on the sixth chakra (energy center), the third eye, will enhance connection to inner knowing. The sixth chakra, at the brow point, is the command chakra and, when balanced, it connects us with intuition, sensitivity to the subtle worlds, and clarity of direction. Kirtan Kriya helps to clear the subconscious mind and awaken the third eye. All yoga postures that place the forehead on the ground, such as baby pose and bound lotus, activate this area. Chanting the mantra Ong stimulates the brow point as well.

Sometimes the only way to know is through experience. But whether it is something we need to do or something to avoid, if the gift of intuition comes and kindly offers to guide us, may we be awakened enough to hear and respect its voice.

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