If you’ve been around on this planet for more than a couple decades, you know the world has changed significantly since you arrived, in many ways not for the better. This post expands upon the one of April 17 regarding subtext, providing additional techniques for working with it. Subtext refers to an underlying and often distinct theme in a piece of writing or conversation, but it’s not limited to this. Subtext is everywhere in life. It’s what’s going on behind the words, behind the scenes we see on the surface. Looking at what’s really going on in life can heighten our intuition and working with our intuition likewise strengthens our ability to be more aware of the subtext of life.
I’ve talked to people who told me they didn’t want to know what was going on behind the façcade of the world. There is none so blind as those who will not see. We all have to choose what we acknowledge in life, and for those who want to see more and heighten their other senses, physical, psychic and beyond, there are some easy ways to do this.
1. Get Quiet.
Find a place where you can be quiet and preferably alone for fifteen minutes each day. Focus on the in and out motion of your breath during this time. Feel your lungs expand as you inhale and then feel your stomach flatten as you exhale. Silence is best during this time, without any music or any other sound. Make this your goal. However, since western society comes with a barrage of static to assault the mind, it can help in the beginning to use tools to help still the noisy mind. Listening to classical or other calming instrumental music can help one get started. Another technique to begin this pattern of quiet time is to stare into the flame of a single candle. Staring at a fountain and listening to the sound of the movement of the water can help, too.
2. Temporarily set aside all your beliefs.
Pretend for just the short fifteen minute period of your alone time listed above that everything you’ve ever learned is not true. Doing this helps us become clean slates so when psychic impressions come in, we’re not dismissing them because they conflict with the belief systems we’ve adopted. Everything we will ever need to know is already inside of us. Our beliefs we choose from sources outside of us. Most of us have chosen to align ourselves with a particular religion, political party, the notions that we need some so-called “authority” outside ourselves to regulate our lives and money to obtain goods and services, athletic teams and other things in the outside world. Set every one of those things aside for fifteen minutes a day during your quiet time. Visualize yourself putting all your beliefs into an imaginary jar before you start your quiet time and at any other time you wish to do so. See yourself now as a clean slate ready for intuitive impressions you will receive today. All of your beliefs will be waiting for you to pick up again when you’re done.
3. Observe. Then ask.
This involves making a daily commitment out of the noticing what you notice in the April 23 post. Stop and look around for five to fifteen minutes every day. This can easily be done over your lunch hour or another break from your work day. When you do this at work, don’t be surprised if your mind is more alert when you return to your work area. What do you see? Who do you see? What sounds do you hear? What conversation snippets can you make out? What smells do you notice? Engage all your physical senses as you observe the world around you. Clear your mind of all obligations, worries and static and really observe.
I first started practicing this technique about eight years ago when I was stuck in traffic. I thought there must have been an accident since traffic had been reduced to one lane, but as I crawled forward in my car, I eventually discovered a barricade of over a dozen police officers on motorcycles guarding the installation of a cell phone tower. Since anyone who wanted a cell phone already acquired one over a decade earlier and sufficient towers were available for coverage at that time, this strict surveillance got my attention. I did my best to clear out preconceived notions and previously acquired information and let myself ask questions. Why had police protection for this installation been issued? What type of opposition could have been anticipated? What specifically would prompt anyone to attempt to block this installation?
It’s okay if your questions aren’t answered immediately. With the complex world that we currently live in, it can take some time to research your questions. The Internet is an electronic library and it connects us to people all over the planet, many of whom are asking some of the same questions we are asking. When we ask, research, discuss and act, our intuition helps direct us to finding the answers we want and need.
4. Emotional embargo.
Now take all the emotions you’re currently experiencing and set them in another imaginary jar. Our thoughts about people, things and situations bring us our emotions. When we practice temporarily clearing them, this helps open the door to the psychic frontier. It also lets us look at things logically, so we can successfully utilize both sides of our brains. Just like with the beliefs jar, you can pick up your emotions and take them with you at the end of your fifteen minutes of quiet time.
5. Unplug your television set for one week.
I know this one may sound odd, but when I discovered some information concerning the invention of this device, I had to extricate myself from it temporarily to process the information and to increase my understanding of it. If there’s a television show you watch every week, you can usually find it online on the site for the station that broadcasts it. I’m not suggesting you not watch these shows on the Internet. Just unplug your television from the wall for one week. I don’t want to influence you with my results yet, but if you do this, you will witness positive changes in yourself. Some people experience them immediately. For others, it takes a little longer. Everyone I’ve talked to that unplugged their television experienced positive changes within a week’s time. Turning off the television without unplugging it is not enough. You must unplug the device from the wall for a week to experience changes.
6. Continue your expansion on the psychic frontier.
Continue your awareness heightening, intuition expanding practices, but remember that you can only expand these abilities in yourself. Don’t be surprised if after increasing your awareness and intuition you gain knowledge of things both small and large in magnitude that you couldn’t experience previously. The information was there, but you weren’t able to tap into it yet. Once these heightened senses become a regular part of your life, it can be tempting to want to lead others to some of the new things of which you are now aware. I learned the hard way that while a small minority of people may be interested in what you have to say, you run the risk of scaring a lot of other people. Approach with caution. Your time may be better spent on your building your psychic skills. In doing this, you’ll be guided more regarding to whom, when, where and how to share information. Utilize discernment and follow your other forms of inner guidance.
My grandfather used to say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” I’ve heard an update of this bit of wisdom, “You can lead a human to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.” We can share techniques that have helped us, but, generally speaking, we each need to choose to discover knowledge, or to not discover it. Sadly, not everyone wants to discover it. Sometimes we choose to believe what we’ve been told. Critical thinking, questioning what we’ve been told, has not been taught in American schools for over 150 years. We must memorize what we’ve been told to successfully complete school programs, not question what we’ve been told. Students often get in trouble now for questioning what their teachers have told them. If we want to expand our education on our own, our intuition can help us in our quest for knowledge.
All the steps I’ve suggested here are things I have done. Take other actions that you’re guided to perform to help you heighten your senses of awareness and intuition. Share in the comments and in other venues what has worked for you. I read in a psychology book years ago that Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor, said that we experience less than 1% of all reality with our five physical senses. Less than 1% of all reality! Keep investing time in yourself working with your awareness, heightening your intuition and tap into the goldmine of that remaining 99% of reality.