Doubt Management: An Essential In Developing Your Intuition
It was reported that, in the beginning, Edgar Cayce doubted his intuitive ability. He went so far as to say that, should anyone be harmed by information given in the readings, he would never do them again. Doubt is something that everyone experiences, as they learn to develop a new ability. But as you become more proficient, your confidence and faith in your own ability outshines the doubt and fear, and in time you are able to truly express your new ability to the highest degree possible. The most difficult step you will take is learning to overcome your doubt that you can do this.
I teach people to develop their intuitive abilities in the same manner which I learned from my mentor, Ross Peterson (dubbed “the new Edgar Cayce” by biographer, Allen Spraggett). I believe that the practice of deep meditation is key to getting around the rational mind in order to access a greater consciousness. The rational mind consists of intellect, logic, reason, and deductive capabilities. In part, it is your personality and ego mind. It is completely in charge of your daily activities and is the basis for how you think in the waking state. On the other hand, the contemplative mind is the greater consciousness which houses the subconscious, the imagination, and all the intuitive gifts, from premonition and precognition to prediction and clairvoyance (along with clairsentience and clairaudience). The contemplative mind remains a passive, creative mind. This mind does not require logic, intellect, or reason to furnish answers to questions, to solve problems, or make decisions. It simply knows the answer. However, the intellect needs to figure out how to do a mathematical question in order to get the answer, not “out of the air.” Our rational minds cannot comprehend how you can simply know an answer to some question or concern. It does defy logic that a person can perceive someone else’s heart condition from thousands of kilometres away, and not even know who that person is. Herein is where the seeds of doubt are planted. Yet time and time again, ordinary people just like you, with proper instruction, are able to see clairvoyantly and get answers to questions that are beyond deductive reasoning.
The first enemy of the intuition is your own doubt. To successfully develop clairvoyance, and achieve information from that passive, creative mind (in conjunction with the Akashic Records), a seeker does not deny the doubt. You learn how to manage it. The intuitive mind or soul mind can provide an answer in the blink of an eye, sometimes providing guidance without being asked. Here’s an example: when you see an item on your desk or the kitchen counter and that item catches your attention three times, and each time you dismiss it by saying, “I won’t need that today,” I suggest you pick it up and put it in your pocket. Even though you say you are not going to need it, I can guarantee that, in the same day, you are going to need the exact item. And of course you are going to say, “My, wasn’t that a lucky coincidence!”
A student of mine named Tim had taken my course in deep meditation twice. He was demonstrating genuine clairvoyant and clairsentient ability, but he had great doubt and disbelieved the information he was getting. He reasoned the information was a lucky guess, a coincidence, a logical assumption, or that he was getting this information telepathically from me. These are the usual excuses that doubt uses to obscure the truth. So I took Tim aside and helped guide him into the deep meditation. I prompted him to cast his mind to a man who was some two hundred kilometres from where we were. I asked him what he saw. Tim described seeing two tubes going under the armpit into the man’s body. He saw fluids whirring around the man’s heart and he also saw the spinal column was white in colour, with puss. He went on describing his vision for twenty minutes, providing vivid and specific information. When he came out of the meditation, he attempted to explain away what he had seen, instead of being elated that he had seen anything. Sometime later that day, I called the test subject of this exercise and found out that he was in the hospital. He had poison all throughout his body and they were doing a procedure to flush the poison from around his heart—hence the two tubes under the man’s armpit. It was only when this confirmation was given to Tim that he accepted that he had a powerful vision that was 100% accurate.
Like many who learn to develop their intuition, Tim was looking for an explanation that he could accept, even though he had done something amazing and had received genuine information, which was confirmed later on. You need the confirmation. You need evidence that your intuition is working all the time. Pay attention. Do not be quick to dismiss the whisperings of your contemplative mind. Remember that, as we go through life, part of our education is by trial and error. In most instances, we have to reason out a solution to a problem or a concern. This means we have to think about the issue at hand and creatively find a solution or an answer to overcome the problem, through deductive means. This takes a lot of time. When the answer intuitively pops up, we tend to say to ourselves that it cannot be, and it is too simple. Or we might feel that we have cheated somehow or have gotten the answer by some suggestion or subliminal way. It is just hard to accept that we had the answer in our minds all along, and at some time it just popped up. Part of human nature believes that you have to work hard and struggle to figure out a problem.
Although it may be hard to believe that the intuition can retrieve information from some unseen place or location, Cayce demonstrated that it was possible to tap into a universal consciousness, repetitively, consistently and with a high degree of reliability. He was the way-shower for my mentor, Ross Peterson, and for myself. Those who study the Cayce phenomenon, should constantly ask themselves: “How did I do that,” or “Where did that come from,” instead of discussing and belittling some intuitive insight you may be given. And by making this enquiry, your awareness is increasing, and you are managing your doubt. It is good to be skeptical and prudent, for the world presents many deceptions. But pay attention. You will always doubt that the simple answer the intuition gives you will be of some benefit, until you actually use it and the benefits prove the intuition correct. Only then will you become more likely than not to dismiss what the intuition has given you, as luck or a coincidence.
The intuition manifests in many different ways. You can be thinking of a problem and the answer intuitively pops into your mind. You can get a feeling that you should do something, that almost becomes an urgency to do so. You can feel very good or very bad about something. Sometimes you will just know what to do, without thinking. These are all elementary examples of your intuition at work. Doubting can deny this great natural ability of intuition that we all possess. There comes a moment of revelation, perhaps when you are talking to someone, or you are planning to do something, or a project is in the works, when things are not going correctly. There is that moment when your intuition is passively warning you. Oprah calls it the “uh-huh” moment. When everything logically looks like it is proceeding in order, and you get to that moment where your intuition is giving you a warning that something is not right, do not dismiss it, do not belittle it, do not doubt your intuition. Something is wrong, and you need to find out what it is. If you doubt it, and proceed, sooner or later you will be saying, “I knew I should have listened to myself.”
Overcoming doubt is just a simple matter of being aware that your intuition is like a five-thumbed helper. It wants to help all the time. Getting to know this intuitive mind takes patience, confidence and evidence, over and over again, so that your doubt can be managed and your intuition can become a daily, integral part of your life.
Originally published in Open Road magazine