What do YOU want to know about intuition? My 2018 survey

ALL about YOUSince starting this blog several months ago, I’ve been writing in quite general terms about intuition: its validity, its reality, its downright usefulness in the way we run our lives.  I’ve described ways you can develop and strengthen your intuition, as well as practical ways you might use it.

And now I’d like to hear from you, about what YOU want to hear with regards to intuition. I’d like to hear about the subjects and issues YOU’D like to hear more about in this field.  You’ve given great feedback and comments in the six months this blog has been running, and now I’m going to ask you to tell me what you’re interested in and want to expand your knowledge on.

Below is a survey I’d love you to take part in, as your answers will enable me to tailor this blog and the courses and books I’m going to be offering this year to suit YOU.  There are just four questions (scroll down in the box to see them all) and it’ll take you just a matter of minutes to do, I promise. Feel free to wax lyrical in the comments boxes – that’s what they’re there for …

Thank you – it’ll result in courses and articles that YOU want to see and take part in!

 

Click here to go to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RW9NG6N

A New Year Meditation: Twelve Questions

New Year MeditationFor me, the turn of the year is always a time of reflection.

As you may remember from my last post, Stepping Outside Time, New Year’s Eve itself falls right in the middle of the Time outside Time and, as such, it’s a deeply powerful time. Perfect for taking the opportunity to reflect on the year just departing, and using what we glean from it as a foundation or direction for the year to come.

Over time, I’ve come up with some questions that help me with this process of reflection, and I’ve found that they help me to walk more consciously into the New Year, rather than just sleepwalk. Instead of some general resolutions that have little traction and probably won’t last beyond the end of January, this exercise helps me mine for the deeper themes of the previous year.  It promotes deeper levels of understanding about what occurred – understanding which helps me make better decisions and choices about my life as I enter the New Year.

I’d like to share those questions with you for you to try out.  See what they make clearer for you.  And if you feel like sharing what emerges, or if it provides any benefit to you, please let us know in the comments below.

 

 

A New Year Meditation

 

 

The Hinge of the Year Exercise

You’ll need pen and paper.  You’re going to have a conversation with yourself, so make sure you won’t be interrupted. Take some time to do this exercise. Don’t rush it. Think of it as a gift to yourself – a gift of time and clarity. Be honest with yourself – and that includes writing about the positives about yourself, as well as anything that maybe didn’t work out as well as you’d have liked.

Under each question, I’ve added some hopefully helpful notes, and some details from my own working of this exercise for 2017/2018.

 

1. What did you set out to achieve in 2017?

Notes:

This can include anything. Maybe you set out to become fitter, eat better, start a new course, move house, have a baby, find a new job, stop biting your nails, decorate your bedroom, read that book.  They don’t have to be mighty.  Just something you aimed for.

Write down those things you wanted to achieve this last year, whether you did them or not. Or maybe you didn’t aim for anything specifically.  Maybe it was more general, or a vague desire. DO NOT FEEL BAD ABOUT WHAT YOU DIDN’T AIM FOR OR ACHIEVE – that’s not the point of this exercise.  What we’re aiming for is greater awareness about what you want to take forward into 2018.

My notes:

I set out with a fairly lengthy list at the beginning of 2017, and some of the items on it were BIG, such as changing the way I worked and continuing to develop my fitness and weight loss.  I was confident of my ability to apply myself, so didn’t feel I was being over-ambitious. However, life had other ideas, as you’ll see below.

 

2. What did you accomplish during 2017? Anything on your To-Do list? Or any accidental or unintended accomplishments?

Notes:

Write down what you did accomplish – and this includes anything you achieved that you hadn’t intended.

My notes:

I STARTED the work changes, training in new IT software programmes and studying new business models and marketing techniques. The other things in my list didn‘t get much of a look-in – ‘why’ gets answered below.

‘Accidental’ achievements included learning how to sleep better and get more rest and relaxation.

 

3. What fell by the wayside?

Notes:

Be honest with yourself here.

My notes:

Pretty much everything else on my list!

 

4. Why? Did you actively choose to let it go, or did something else take over? Or was it lack of focus?

Notes:

Think about this carefully. Did it turn out to be un-do-able? Not a priority? Did you make a conscious decision to let it go? Or did you lose focus or motivation? Or did self-doubt creep in?

My notes:

2017 has been a challenging year for me health-wise. I have always been someone who could throw off bugs and viruses and just keep going. That wasn’t the case this year, however. I went down with six or seven bugs, each of which floored me and stopped me functioning for weeks at a time.  I also developed back and joint problems – issues I’ve never had before and both of which stopped me moving for up to six weeks. Needless to say, plans of all kinds were affected.

 

5. What keyword or phrase would you use to describe this last year?

Notes:

Try and keep this tightly focused – no need to write an essay!

My Notes:

Health issues

 

6. What were the high points of 2017?

Notes:

Think about the times when life felt good – in any area

My notes:

Times spent with my family

 

7. What were its low points?

Notes:

Brief notes here on where things didn’t feel so great …

My notes:

Health – lacking my usual energy

 

8. Who or what were the major players in your life this last year? (you can include places and events, as well as people)

Notes:

Feel free to write about anything here

My Notes:

My family and important family events; my favourite hotel in Wales; snow in the Brecon Beacons at Christmas

 

A New Year Meditation

 

 

9. What was the mental/physical/spiritual/emotional tone of the year?

Notes:

This can fluctuate, but try to capture the keynotes

My notes:

Mental = Frustration

Physical = low energy

Spiritual = low-key, steady

Emotional = sometimes contented; other times fed-up with poor health situation

 

10. If the year were a colour or a texture or a tone of voice, what would it be?

Notes:

Not as nutty as it sounds.  Many of you who’ve worked with me in the past know that I use this kind of approach regularly. Your imagination can be very helpful in illuminating what’s going on, and also by implication, providing possible solutions

My notes:

Colour/texture – Grey-brown felt

If it were a tone of voice, it would be monotonous and delivering a boring lecture!  Fairly descriptive of the way I feel my year went …

 

11.  Any regrets?

Notes:

Be objective here. This is not an invitation to self-flagellate or wallow. The idea is that this can help you figure out what you need to change for your on-going benefit, whether that be habits, attitudes or feelings.

Examining regrets gives you a chance to consider whether they’re REAL regrets (and if so, maybe do something about, if you can), or whether it’s just a feeling of generalised guilt.

And then there’s forgiving … yourself as well as others. Not easy. But looking at such issues can sometimes lead to the realisation that the matter wasn’t as important as you’d thought it was, and you can let it go. But don’t force it.

My notes:

Maybe I should have been thinking more about my health sooner, rather than carrying on thinking I was invincible. Work-life balance is something I’ve never been good at. Need to get a grip on this.

 

12. Anything you’d change? What would you do differently going into 2018?

Notes:

This is where you can look for the themes that have emerged over the last year, based on your answers to the above questions, and think about what you’d do differently, if anything. This helps you come up with ideas to carry forward into the new year.

My Notes:

The message of 2017 is pretty clear for me: take steps to improve my health and get a better work-life balance. The health problems I experienced during the year have affected everything else. 

I’m making a promise to myself to tackle this, starting the first week in January. I’ll make appointments with a physio and various health professionals, as well as a trainer at the gym.

 

And that’s it

All you have to do is go back over your answers and notice what themes emerge.  You can then make choices about what you do about them.  It’s a simple but deep process.

There are other ways of getting clear about what you want/need to be doing this coming year, as well as fascinating ways for making things manifest. I’ll be writing more on these topics in the next weeks, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

Stepping outside Time: the Magic of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Stepping outside TimeSo here we are.

The sun has gone its round again, and we in the Northern hemisphere have just passed MidWinter Solstice – a special threshold, a crossing place, which ushers in a deep and mysterious time of year.

Many call this time that we’re about to enter the Twelve Days of Christmas. But few know that, in times of old, these twelve days were thought to occur outside ordinary time.

As such, they were believed to be days when a quiet magic surfaced. Anything could happen. You could touch miracles. The future could be shaped.

But you needed to know that you were outside time for any of this to be possible. You needed to take some time over these days to step out of the ordinary, to stand quietly on the hinge of the year – the point where the magic peaked – in order to reflect on the twelve months just gone and to learn from the twelve to come.

Great gifts were believed to emerge from this. Gifts of guidance, healing, breakthrough, abundance. Out of the deep darkness of midwinter magic could come transformation. From chaos and apparent lack, wisdom and peace could be born. Deep magic indeed.

 

Stepping outside Time

 

 

None of this has changed. It’s still possible to do this. The magic and the miracle are still available. It’s we who tend not to be.  

So stop and think about that for a moment. Why wouldn’t you want to be available to the deep magic and miracles of this time of year?  Magic and miracles that could gift you with wisdom, abundance, contentment and peace that could flow and flower during 2018?

Just stopping and asking yourself that question can open the door to that transforming magic, believe me.  So ready is that magic to work with us that all it needs is for us to leave the door slightly ajar, a few seconds’ gap of openness, a beat of silence, for it to reach in and touch us with its gifts.

So, maybe this year, you might like to remind yourself that, over these Twelve Days, you’re currently living outside ordinary time – that you can step outside time and find there a way forward to a potential future you didn’t know was possible. At the very least (or should that be ‘most’?), you can find yourself an oasis of peace, for a little while, for a space.

That’s where I’ll be over these next Twelve Days. Outside Time. Where the magic and the miracles are. Meeting the Mystery.

See you there, as we travel on together into 2018.

7 Sure Fire Ways to Ignite your Intuition!

7 surefire ways to ignite your intuition

Everyone is born intuitive, but most people don’t access this part of themselves – because they don’t know how to.  And even if they do accidentally manage to tap in to their intuition, they don’t know how to maintain it.  So, starting this week, I’m running a short series of ‘How to …’ posts, to help you plug into this vital part of yourself, and start using it.

This first post gives you some things to think about as a basis for firing up your intuitive abilities.  Tempting though it may be to skip over this kind of work, it’s worth paying attention to it, because it helps you get clear about yourself and lays some strong foundations to build on. Hazy thought processes produce hazy results, so let’s get clear on how you can ignite your intuition!

 

7 Surefire Steps to Igniting your Intuition

 

BELIEVE YOU’RE INTUITIVE

Yes, this really is where we have to start!

I’ve been teaching people how to develop their intuitive abilities for three decades, and without fail, the very first hurdle we have to overcome is their lack of belief that they’re capable of being intuitive.  Folk want to be intuitive, but doubt themselves.

When I ask new students to talk about their intuitive experiences to date, the conversation is usually littered with small self-put-downs:

“Oh, I only get an intuitive hit now and again – I just get lucky, I guess.”

“I just get a hunch.”

“I didn’t listen to what I felt – and I could have kicked myself afterwards.”

“I can get a feeling about something, but I don’t pay much attention to it … it’s probably just my imagination …”

And so on.  Small though these put-downs may appear, they have a huge impact on our ability to connect with and act on our intuition, because what they REALLY point to is our lack of belief in our own abilities.  We dismiss the messages we get, because we don’t believe we are intuitive/psychic/whatever you want to call it.

How do we get round this?

One way is to EXPECT to be intuitive.  The fact is that we’re all intuitive, and we have to keep reminding ourselves of that fact. It’s a sense you were born with, just as you were with your other senses.  It’s meant to work alongside your analytical mind.  You’re meant to use it, so expect your intuition to operate.

If that’s not working for you, then another way is to BE CURIOUS about your intuition. Try things out. Test your ability. Ask yourself “What if …?” questions.  “What if I were an intuitive? If I were, what would my intuition be telling me right now in this situation?”

Maybe you’re having to make a decision about something, and you’re stumped as to which would be the better course of action.  You decide to run it past your intuition.  It could go something like this:

“OK, I don’t think I’m intuitive.  But what if I were?  How would I be feeling if I took course (a)?  And what if I took course (b)?”  You then allow yourself to notice/feel how you react to each choice.  Ideally you practise this on things that aren’t really important to begin with, so that you get to know what it feels like when your intuition is in action! Practice is key to strong intuitive growth.

Obviously, these aren’t the only methods you can use to build up your confidence in your ability, but they’re good ideas to start you off.

 

KNOW YOUR INTUITIVE ID

Harry Potter had it easy.  He had the Sorting Hat.  It told him a lot about himself – a sort of magical self-profiler that gave him information about his magical identity.

So – assuming you don’t have a handy Sorting Hat available – what do you know about YOUR intuitive identity? How do you find out about it?

Well, you start by noticing how you get what you get. Ask questions of yourself –

How do you tend to get your intuitive input?  Do you sense things? Or do you get words or pictures in your mind? Do you feel things, physically, emotionally? Or do you hear things?  These are important questions to ask yourself.  Knowing HOW you tend to pick things up intuitively is a major step in developing your intuition.  You can then work on improving that skill.

But here’s the thing: do this self-exploration, and you’ll be doing a whole lot more than simply improving an intuitive technique.  It’ll start you on an amazing journey into yourself, because, frankly, it’s impossible to become more intuitive without developing your self-knowledge/awareness.

I published a post a while back that included a quiz to help you figure out what your intuitive mode is likely to be.  CLICK HERE if you missed it.

 

PAY ATTENTION!

Have you ever tried to catch the attention of someone who’s super-busy or super-focused on what they’re doing?  I’m betting that all you got back was a half-acknowledgment, maybe a grunt or if you were lucky, an impatient “Yes, OK!” And you just knew they hadn’t heard anything you’d just said.

Well, that’s often pretty much the way we react to our intuition. It’s half-heard, often ignored, rarely acted upon.

Add to that the fact that intuitive signals are usually on the subtle side and yes, Houston, we have a problem.  The thing is, we have to learn to PAY ATTENTION to our intuition.  More than that, we need to cultivate an ATTITUDE of ATTENTION.

But how to do that?

Well, becoming more aware of our intuitive ID and how we operate intuitively does help.  If you know that weird feeling at the back of your neck tends to mean something, you’re more likely to pay attention to it.

Also, a regular practice of going quiet – meditation, mindfulness, making yourself available to the Great They –  helps.  In fact, I’d say it’s crucial to our intuitive growth.

I offer a practice called The Ten Minute Rule in my development classes, which simply means going quiet for ten minutes every day. No effort involved, no rituals to follow; just qoing quiet and making oneself available to God/Source/Spirit/ whatever your name for That which sits at the centre of all things is. The benefits of doing this very simple practice are enormous, so try it – click on the pink box  below to download a helpful little booklet all about the Ten Minute Rule.

 

GET GROUNDED

You can’t really pay attention properly if you’re distracted or all over the place, so being grounded is essential to good intuitive practice.

Being grounded is more about attitude than anything else. Let me say that again: being grounded is more about attitude than anything else.

Yes, there are crystals and talismans and mantras and affirmations we can use to help us ground, but they don’t do the work for us, they support us. WE have to put the work in to become grounded. Grounding is ultimately about being, so work at developing a grounded attitude as a matter of course.

And how do you do that? Well, for a start, don’t dramatize; don’t exaggerate; don’t egotize.  Alongside lack of self-belief, ego and drama are intuition’s biggest saboteurs.  Remember, your intuition is a life skill that’s meant to help you life your life well and effectively AND be of service to others.   It’s not about being a guru, or part of an elite group, or living your life Most Haunted style.

For those times when you get knocked off balance (and we all do from time to time), there are simple practices you can do to help you anchor back.

BREATHE

Honestly, the simplest way to bring yourself back on an even keel is to breathe – but breathe consciously. I made good use of this earlier today.  I don’t sleep too well round the time of a Full Moon, and I can feel a bit jittery in the mornings as a result.  So on my way to my office this morning, I took five or six really deep belly breaths and let them out slowly, and within about ten minutes, I felt much more grounded and ready to face the day.

 

The STOP Exercise

This is a direct lift from the Alexander Technique!  Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment, and then do it thoughtfully, mindfully.  If you’re reaching for a mug, just stop for a second, and then do it consciously. Notice how your hand feels as you reach out for the mug.  Notice how the mug feels in your hand.  Listen to the sound of the water filling the mug – etc, etc.  These micro-practices are very effective as grounding exercises, because they bring you back into yourself and into the moment.

 

The RIGHT NOW Exercise

If you’re feeling off-centre, stop for a moment and then

  • Notice how your body is feeling – right now.
  • Notice what you can hear – right now.
  • Notice what you can smell – right now.
  • Notice what you can see around you – right now.
  • If you’re eating, notice what you can taste – right now.

Once again, what you’re doing here is using your senses to bring yourself back into yourself.

 

LEARN TO DISCERN

One of the most important things we can learn as we grow intuitively is discernment. Because we are creatures of emotion and logic, as well as intuition, we need to be able to distinguish between the various ‘voices’ that speak within us. 

When I have to make a big decision, which ‘voices’ are speaking within me about it?  Is it the voice of my intuition?  Or is it the voice of my fear?  Is it the voice of my desire?

Is it my fear that’s stopping me buying this house, or is it my intuition telling me not to?

Is my total infatuation with this guy blocking my intuition about the relationship?

Is it my fear in the guise of practicality that’s keeping me in this job? Or do I need to leave it?

 

Our fears and our desires can create a lot of noise around the intuitive signals we’re getting, so it’s important to learn how to discern.

How do we do this? Through knowing ourselves better. By paying more attention to our input and learning more about ourselves and how we operate, we learn to distinguish between the various voices in ourselves. (I offer a course called The Committee of Selves which relates directly to this whole aspect of intuitive development – CLICK HERE to find out more).

 

PRACTISE TRANSLATING

Fundamentally, intuition is all about reading and interpreting the energy of people, places and events, past, present and future.  As intuitives, I believe we read and interpret the language of energy – which isn’t as daunting as you may suppose. It involves paying attention, noticing what we’re experiencing when we get an intuitive hit, and then learning to translate it into conventional language.  That’s why I often think of intuitives as translators/interpreters, because to me that’s what we are – interpreters of the energy patterns that we’re able to detect.

Now, the language of intuition can be literal or symbolic, so let’s have a look at what this means.

Literal messages are usually of the ‘what you see is what you get’ kind.  They may seem as though they’re the easiest to translate, but sometimes, they’re not straightforward.

A good example of a literal-but-strange download occurred for me on one occasion with a new and slightly nervous client. The minute she sat down, the room was filled with little dachshunds, all running round sniffing, tails a-wag. They weren’t literally there, of course; I could just see them in my mind’s eye. It was a real distraction, and I hadn’t a clue why I was getting this picture. I did know that an image that made no sense to me often did make sense to the client, so I said, “Ok, before we start, I just need to mention that, since you came in, the room’s been absolutely full of little dachshunds running all over the place, and I …”

That’s as far as I got, because said client burst out with, “Oh my God – it’s my mother!”

“Your mother??” I asked, puzzled.

“Yes – my mother. She used to breed dachshunds.  She must be here … I guess that means this is the right place for me to be then!”

And we went from there.

The image of those little dogs had come through as a confirmation she could trust what I had to say. I could have ignored it, but by paying attention to it, I was able to offer something meaningful to my client from the start, which helped her relax, as well as trust what came through subsequently.

But very often, intuitive hits come through less clearly, and we have to give ourselves time to interpret what we’re getting.  You need to ask yourself, “What is this feeling?  Why am I feeling it?” and then allow it to express itself to you as an image, or in silent words, or just as ‘gnowing’.

Images in particular benefit from being given time to develop, since they’re often symbolic.

Examples?

  • The piece of limp lettuce I once saw as symbolising a boyfriend a client was severely disenchanted with turned out to be a more than accurate description of him
  • The cart with the wobbly wheel travelling across a dusty desert seen by my friend Archy gave an accurate picture of a relationship not going well
  • The image I was given of the Fat Controller from the Thomas the Tank Engine books was a warning about the trouble my gall bladder was in (only I didn’t pay enough attention at the time, to my later detriment …).

You get the idea. You get a picture, or a feeling, or words in your head. You then have to give them time to develop, for detail to fill in, for a greater sense of ‘gnowing’ to come to you.

You have to learn your own intuitive language, a language that’s unique to you.

Working with imagery is a powerful skill, and I’ll be running a new course on this during 2018, called Symbolic Imaging. In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can read Dina Glouberman’s book, Life Choices, Life Changes – this is one of the best books on image work around, in my view. You can click straight through to Amazon here to learn more about it and buy it directly:

 

 

JOURNAL

Yes, this old chestnut.  It’s an old chestnut because IT WORKS.  It provides you with feedback.

At the very least, keeping some notes of our intuitive journeys is useful, because we forget what happens. We forget the times when we acted on our intuition, when we listened and followed through and things worked out as a result. Looking back through your journal can remind you of the hits you got, the times you were accurate. And this builds up your confidence in your ability.

You can make this as simple or as complex as you like.  You can write bullet points or you can write screeds – whatever works for you.

You can do what I call a Top n Tail Journal, where you briefly set things in motion in the morning, and spend a bit longer reflecting on your day in the evening:

 

Morning:

Make notes on

  • How you felt on waking
  • Any dreams you can remember, even if it’s just brief snatches.  Our intuition sometimes grabs the opportunity of speaking to us through our dreams – it’s when logic is out of the way!

AND THEN

  • Set intention for the day. This could include something like, “I will pay attention and notice when my intuition is signalling me.”

 

Evening:

  • Scan the day for intuitive moments/hits.

Did you just ‘know’ something with somebody today? Did it turn out to be accurate?

Did something you’d picked up on in the last few/weeks/months days play out? How?

Did something you’ve been dwelling on NOT happen?  Which ‘voice’ do you think had been speaking – your intuition or your fear/desire?

  • Note three things from the day just gone that you’re grateful for.
  • Before you sleep, say to yourself something like, “I believe in and trust my intuition.”

But above all, use your journal to NOTICE how you’re using and developing your intuition – you’ll grow more confident by doing this. 

And finally …

USE your intuition.  You don’t learn to drive a car simply by just sitting behind the wheel and never switching the engine on.  You have to fire up the ignition and start moving – learning how to use the pedals, the steering wheel, the gears and how to drive safely, preferably with a good instructor. And alongside that, you need to learn how to maintain your vehicle, to keep it going in good order.  And then of course, there are the rules of the road …

It’s a good analogy.  Learning how to use your intuition isn’t much different. In both cases, you have to get moving, if you’re going to learn.  However tentatively, however cautiously, however clumsily you feel you might be doing it – just START!

 

 

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Abilities: #2 story from Archy Lee The History Seer

Mary Hykel Hunt

 

As there was so much interest in the article I posted last week on Archy Lee aka The History Seer (https://maryhykelhunt.net/ordinary-people-extraordinary-abilities/) I’ve decided to follow up with another of his fascinating cases.

This time, it’s drawn from work he did almost accidentally.  I wrote it up for the blog page on his website, and reproduce it here.

 

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Abilities

 

 

The Beast with Two Tails

Honiton, SW England. It’s a late summer evening in 2007 and Archy Lee is having dinner with some friends, one of whom is his research colleague, Mary Hykel Hunt.
 
They’re sitting in a conservatory, looking out onto a garden at the back of a bungalow perched high up over-looking the A30 and the Otter Valley.  Everyone’s relaxed after a good meal. Conversation winds in and out around various topics.
 
Suddenly, Archy cuts through the talk, saying, “There’s a woman out there in the garden, under the tree. Dressed in skins.”
 
Inevitably, conversation stops dead. His friends are used to this. They wait.  Archy is looking at someone the rest of them can’t see. And he’s listening. Listening to someone that the rest of them can’t hear.
 
“She’s smiling at me,” he says. “She seems pleased that I can see her.”  Silence, as Archy stares out through the glass panes.
 
“She’s a lot younger than she looks,” he goes on. “Her skin’s really wrinkled, weathered, and her hair’s wild and grey, but I’m guessing she can’t be much above 20, maybe even younger. She’s had a tough life – a real struggle to survive.”
 
He looks sympathetic. “What’s happening?” someone prompts.  His friends know how to push for information when Archy’s connecting with someone from the past.
 
“She’s telling me how hard her life was round here,” says Archy. “It wasn’t anything like it is now. The land was different and the climate was different. It was hot and humid, and there were animals around – lots of animals.”
 
He pauses, clearly listening intently. “It used to be very open land here – grassland – but right round here, it was very marshy. And she’s telling me about the animals. Lots of different kinds, and some of them were big and scary. She keeps telling me about one in particular. She calls it the beast with two tails.”
 
The friends round the table are puzzled. What does she mean, a beast with two tails? Does she mean a mammoth?
 
“No,” says Archy slowly. “No, not a mammoth.  It didn’t have the long coat that mammoths had.  She just says it looked as though it had two curved tails, one back, one front. But she’s smiling as she says it, so I think it’s some kind of a joke.” Archy chuckles, and then adds musingly, “She hasn’t got many teeth …
 
Are you sure it’s not a mammoth, says the friend, not convinced. If we’re talking prehistoric, then surely it’s bound to be a mammoth. 
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Abilities
 
Archy pauses again, listening hard. “She’s definite about it not being a mammoth. What she’s showing me looks more like an ordinary elephant to me.”
 
Another pause, and then he goes on, “She says these animals used to be round here – not far from where we are right now. Maybe at some kind of watering hole? Anyway, she seems to be losing interest now – maybe because you don’t seem to believe her.”
 
The woman in skins appears to recede back to her own time, and the few moments of connection with the past are over.  The friends remain skeptical.  Elephants just aren’t likely.  Archy shrugs, and then says, “Any chance of another coffee?”  and 21st century life rolls on.
 
 

Investigation

Some years later, Archy’s colleague, Mary Hykel Hunt, picked up the threads of this story, following a conversation with a Honiton local about some unusual animal bones that had been discovered back in the mid 1960s, when the Honiton by-pass was being constructed. Archaeologists had identified these bones as belonging to deer, giant ox, hippos – and elephants.
 
Hippos and elephants?  In South West England?  Excitement and skepticism warring, Mary started investigating. 
 
Her research revealed some interesting facts. Tests had revealed that the various bones uncovered by the road works were about 100,000 years old, dating them to the Ice Age, when even places as far south as North Devon were covered by an ice sheet. Not the most likely habitat for hippos and elephants, you’d have thought.
 
However, a bit more digging into tomes and archives revealed that this was in fact quite possible.  During this time, the Ice Age was repeatedly interrupted by warmer periods known as ‘interglacials’.  Higher temperatures caused glaciers to melt and large rivers and humid wetlands to develop as the ice sheet retreated.
 
During these interglacials, the Channel and North Sea didn’t exist, as so much water was locked up in the northern ice sheets.  So animals from what is now Southern Europe and beyond were able to migrate across land that was not yet submerged below the sea, attracted to the humid food- and water-rich lands of what is now South West England.
 
The dating of the Honiton by-pass bones placed them in one such interglacial period known as the Ipswichian 1, when the climate of the area would have been more like that which we now associate with parts of Africa. And, as these bones revealed, they included animals such as giant ox, hippos – and elephants.
 
Elephants. In what was to become Honiton, millennia later.
 
Archy’s prehistoric contact had been right, as this extract from “The Archaeology of South West England“, published by Somerset County Council makes clear:
 
“Mammal remains from 17 individuals included Hippopotamus amphibious (which earned the site its name of the “Honiton Hippo Site”), Palaeoloxodon antiquus (elephant), Cervus elaphus (giant red deer) and Bos primigenius (ox). Pollen was analysed from samples of peat taken from both inside the animal bones and surrounding them. Sparse tree pollen from a range of species was present, with a high representation of herb pollen. The interpretation of the local environment based on the plant and mammal remains was of a rich marsh flora and grass landscape,occupied by grazing herbivores. It is now commonly attributed to the OIS 5e Ipswichian interglacial …”
 
We can get an idea of what the giant elephant known as Palaeoloxodon antiquus would have looked like, from a model at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. It’s based on fossil remains of another elephant, dug up in the Barnstaple area during the 1800s:
 
  
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Photo of The Barnstaple Elephant at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
  
And in case you were wondering what an Ice Age elephant’s tibia looked like, here you go!
 
                                                                      
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Original Location  :  Honiton By-pass, Devon, England
Identification  :  Elephant Tibia Collected  1965
Present Location  :  Honiton Museum
Recorded from store by H. Pearman and J. Wilmut 12/7/05
http://pengellytrust.org/library/image_library.htm
 
On top of this, all these animal remains had been found at what was thought to be a watering hole – just as Archy had said. The location of this watering hole was at what is now the junction of a slip road with the A30 on the outskirts of Honiton – a site approximately half a mile from the garden where the Woman in Skins had made herself known to Archy that warm summer’s evening in 2007, and told him all about the Beast with Two Tails.
 
So there you are – yet another fascinating tale from the Archy Archives.  Please remember that Archy is in no way primed for these experiences – he just gets what he ‘sees’ and ‘hears’ and it’s Mary’s task as a trained researcher to check out what he comes up with.  And as you’ll appreciate from reading this post, it often takes considerable time and effort to track down such confirmation.   
 
Do you have a similar story? Have you had an experience like this? Do please feel free to comment or get in touch – and do share this post with anyone you think might be interested. 
 
Reference:
Webster C J (ed) (2007), The Archaeology of South West England, Somerset County Council, p.50

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Abilities: Archy Lee, The History Seer

Mary Hykel HuntOne of the purposes of this blog is to introduce people with some really fascinating intuitive skills.  Not famous people, not psychic celebs, but ordinary, everyday people whom I’ve met, worked with or read about over the years, who have fascinating intuitive skills that can’t readily be explained away. 

And the person we’re show-casing this week is my good friend, Archy Lee, aka The History Seer.

 

 

 

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The man who sees backwards in time

Imagine walking down the High Street of your town and being able to see not just the people of the present around you, but people from the past – in detail. Roman legionaries on a drunken day off, crinolined Victorian ladies going about their shopping, Stone Age men in skins sharpening their flints for a mammoth hunt – all mingling with the people of today, and all of them completely unaware that their time periods are over-lapping, and it’s happening right under their noses.

But, somehow, you’re aware – you always have been. You can see them all as you walk down that street, going about your own business.  And these people from the past, they can see you, too, and want to talk to you, to tell you their stories, giving you information about their life and times that always seems to check out, sometimes showing you answers to questions that have puzzled historians for years – and sometimes even revealing that we’ve got history wrong.

It would make a great story, wouldn’t it – the extraordinary psychic who gets answers to history’s mysteries in ways no-one can understand? Because, of course, this could only be a story, couldn’t it? It couldn’t happen in reality.   

Except for one man, it does. Welcome to the world of Archy Lee. 

 

“I can see and talk to people from the far and recent past –
They tell me their stories, like turning pages which go 
back through time.   

Whether you believe what I say or not is
bounded only by your own imagination.”
Archy Lee

 

Archy has been able to do this since childhood.  It was something that happened to him all day, every day.  And it still does.  Wherever he goes, Archy encounters people from the past. And they can somehow see him, and want to talk to him. They tell him about their lives, things that happened, ordinary, everyday events as well as major historical happenings.   

Seemingly able to step outside time, he’s met up with all kinds of people from different eras, ranging from members of the Lost Legion to Henry VIII, from anonymous monks to Isambard Kingdom Brunel – and they’ve all had fascinating facts to reveal, some of which have the potential to re-write history.

So much of what Archy describes turns out to be remarkably accurate. And yet he is no historian and has no prior knowledge of the people and times he’s ‘seeing’ and reporting.  He doesn’t possess a computer, and has no interest in using one. Yet much of the information he picks up is verifiable – although very often it takes an expert researcher considerable time and effort to confirm it. Other information he comes through with is tantalising and contentious, challenging what we think we know about the past.

 

Mary Boleyn and the Hair Bodkin

A fascinating example of the kind of little known detail Archy can pick up which later turns out to be accurate came about during the filming of a TV pilot at Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. 

As the cameras followed Archy around, he ‘met’ Mary Boleyn, Anne’s sister. He described what she was wearing in detail.  In particular, he described a kind of decorative pin she used to fasten up her hair at the nape of her neck.  A replica of the pin was made up, based on the details he gave, and it looked like this:

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The wardrobe mistress disputed the likely existence of such an item, but a few days later, research by a costume conservator established that such pins did in fact exist at that time, and that they were called hair bodkins. The conservator was able to locate pictures of such bodkins at the British Museum.  
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 Images from the BM

 

As finds, they’re few and far between, and are hardly headline makers.  But Archy was able to describe one worn by Mary Boleyn, and there’s really no denying the similarity.  How could he have known?  Surely food for thought?

In Conclusion …

If you’re interested in Archy’s work, you’ll find more fascinating instances on his website, www.archylee.com.  

Don’t forget to visit the blog pages, where you can learn about his investigation into the case of Dr Crippen, who was hanged for allegedly murdering his wife in the early 1900s, and The Beast with Two Tales – the story of ancient elephants living in the South West of England! 

And if you’d like to see Archy in action, check out this YouTube clip from filming at Oxford Castle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCA0lEFFbL0

Archy’s extraordinary ability is undoubtedly intriguing.  But this is so much more than material for some kind of Most Haunted programme. There’s overwhelming evidence that Archy’s skill is genuine, beyond what appears on his website.  We have incontrovertible evidence as to his ability to read the past in accurate detail.  What might this have to contribute to the study of the past?

And what does it have to say about what the human mind is capable of?  What does it  suggest about consciousness? And, given such evidence, why aren’t we paying more attention to it? 

The Scientist who believed in past lives

Mary Hykel HuntIn the Western world, the idea of reincarnation generally meets with a mixed reception. There are those who are convinced that they’ve lived before and will again, and there are those who dismiss the idea as impossible (if they’re being polite), or New Age nonsense (if they’re not).

On the whole, the scientific world adopts those last two attitudes.  Reincarnation is nonsense and just isn’t possible, it says, because there’s no factual evidence to support it. End of.

Except they’re wrong.

There IS evidence, and it’s been provided by one of their own, and a notable one at that.  Enter Professor Ian Stevenson.

 

The scientist who believed in past lives

Professor Ian Stevenson

 

Ian Stevenson was a prominent psychiatrist who worked at the University of Virginia for 50 years, heading up its Department of Psychiatry for a decade and holding tenure as a Research Professor until his death in 2007.  

But he was no conventional psychiatrist.  Described in the Daily Telegraph’s obituary as ‘the world’s foremost scientific authority on the study of reincarnation’, Stevenson spent over 40 years travelling the world, accumulating more than 3,000 cases of children who appeared to have memories of previous lives.

One such study centred on Gopal, an Indian boy who, at the age of three, had begun talking about a life he’d lived in the city of Mathura, 160 miles away from where he currently lived in Delhi. He said he’d been a businessman who’d owned a company called Sukh Shancharak and that he’d been shot by his brother.

Stevenson’s investigations revealed not only that the company existed, but also that, eight years before, one of the company’s owners had actually shot his brother, also an owner.

Gopal was invited to meet the dead man’s family in Mathura, where he recognised people and places known to the dead man, as well as being aware of his attempts to borrow money, which had led to the shooting – a fact known only to the family.

This was just one of the many cases Stevenson investigated that offered strong evidence for the idea of reincarnation. He also began investigating the occurrence of birthmarks and physical anomalies on the children’s bodies, marks that couldn’t be explained as inherited or happening in the birth process. He found again and again that these marks correlated with the wounds and injuries or manner of death that had occurred in the previous life the child was recalling. Often these details were corroborated by the dead person’s autopsy report and photos.

All in all, Stevenson put forward some pretty convincing evidence in support of reincarnation. And a point I particularly like is that what makes his work difficult to refute is the robust scientific method and meticulous approach he adopted towards it.  In fact, he went out of his way to try to dis-confirm paranormal explanations for what he was finding, in order to counter any unintentional bias he might have.  Now, that’s some integrity.  And still, the evidence stood.

As a result, skeptics are hard-pressed to dismiss his evidence. In an article in Scientific American in 2003, psychologist Jesse Bering, a self-confessed arch skeptic, says, “Some cases are stronger than others, but … when you actually read them firsthand, many are exceedingly difficult to explain away by rational, non-paranormal means”.  As he points out, the cumulative evidence in support of reincarnation presented by Stevenson is overwhelming. 

So, if that’s the case, why isn’t Ian Stevenson’s name up there with Einstein’s and Stephen Hawking’s? (I’m betting you’ve never heard of him til now).  Why hasn’t the body of evidence he accumulated tsumani’d its way through the standard mechanistic models of brain, mind and consciousness?  Why aren’t we all talking about this staggering, revolutionary idea?

Stevenson answered this one himself, in his 2003 essay for Harper’s Magazine, Scientists with Half-Closed Minds, where he suggests that it’s partly to do with scientists forgetting that science is a method, and not a collection of facts that can’t be challenged.  As we discover more, it obliges us to revise the things we thought we already knew – not something certain members of the scientific fraternity are comfortable with when it comes to the so-called paranormal, either because of vested interest (“I can’t admit I was wrong ..”), concerns about funding (“If I admit I believe something weird, I might lose my funding …”) or plain bigotry (see Professor Tait’s quote below)..

‘Twas ever thus. Think about what happened once Columbus landed in the New World. The long-held notion that the earth was flat couldn’t really hold sway any longer.  But that didn’t stop the then Establishment shouting, “Fake news!”  Not unlike another example of scientific short-sightedness expressed by by Professor Peter Tait, a prominent Scottish physicist in the mid 1800s. “It is all humbug, for such a discovery is impossible”. What was he talking about? The discovery of the telephone.

So what about you?  What are you thoughts on reincarnation?  Have you had experiences that make you think you’ve had a past life?

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And if past lives fascinate you, then I can recommend several good reads.  First off, have a look at Tom Shroder’s book all about Ian Stevenson’s work, Old Souls. Fascinating read.

Then there’s Brian Weiss’ book, Same Soul, Many Bodies.  

 

And for those of you who enjoy a rollicking good yarn, try some of Barbara Erskine’s novels – many feature past life plots: Lady of Hay is a classic




Your name, my intuitive skill set and how they work together

Mary Hykel HuntMany of the people who read this blog have met me.  They’re the hardy souls who, over the past 20-odd years, have turned up for my workshops and courses all over the UK, or who work with me regularly face to face or by phone or Skype on their own growth and development.

And then there are those of you who haven’t yet met me; whose only contact with me has been through this blog, or through my other writing in books and magazines.

But even fewer people know the basis of the way I work, so in this post, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself and my unconventional intuitive skill set. It’s my hope that this will encourage you to bring YOUR own intuitive abilities out of the closet and start to work with and develop them.

To begin with, it’s all in your name …

 

Your name, my intuitive skill set and how they work together

 

The Name’s the Thing

In my very first post (The Science of Intuition), I described myself as a high functioning intuitive – someone whose intuition operates at a conscious level.  I ‘do’ intuition for a living (consulting, teaching and writing) and have done for three decades, during which I’ve developed something of a reputation for accuracy.

But it’s the way my intuition operates that’s unusual, even in a field noted for the unusual.

The primary way I gain this information is through people’s names.  The minute I hear or see someone’s name, it’s immediately translated inside my head into an array of colours, expressed as textures and shapes – usually geometric – circles, squares, triangles.  The result is a kind of hieroglyphics that I can see with my mind’s eye, which I suppose is weird enough.  But the weird doesn’t stop there, because, put together, these coloured shapes have a meaning for me.  It’s as though they form a language that I can understand and interpret, because they tell me about YOU.

Let me give you an idea of the kind of thing I see. Here’s a theoretic example for someone called Martin:

 

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Yes, I know.  Weird!

In fact, this isn’t a particularly good representation of what I see, as the colours and shapes aren’t static.  They have dimension as well as texture and they’re somehow alive, living and breathing.  But it does give at least some idea of the kind of thing I perceive.  (If only I had a USB port on the side of my head, I could connect me up to a projector and Powerpoint the images I get …)

 

A Type of Language

Now, these shapes and colours give me information. Like all languages, they convey meaning. But this particular language tells me about the person – who they are, what they’re here for, what they’ve come in with, at the same time giving me access to information about their past, present and likely future.  I can also pick up on health matters, relationship issues, money concerns.

And it’s instant. It’s a language I’m fluent in. I just look at the name with my mind’s eye, and there the symbols and colours are, together with their meanings.

In this theoretic example, the opening shape is a cube, harebell blue in colour.  To me, this might suggest that Martin is a good communicator – someone who isn’t just articulate, but knows how to listen, too. Next to it is a rose-coloured sphere, which could suggest that Martin’s chief driver is compassion, a desire to help.

Right behind that is an earth-coloured square. From this, I might gather that Martin has a strong sense of responsibility and has always wanted to be a good Dad and a good provider.  This image could also suggest digestive health issues.

Partially covering this brown square is a grey mist/cloud. When I see this symbol, it usually indicates that the person is suffering from some kind of despondency or depression, or has lost direction in life.

This is a very slimmed down version of what happens – there’s a whole lot more going on than I have room/time to talk about here – but it does convey something of what I get.  When I’m actually working with someone, the whole thing is a lot fuller and richer – because I’m working with a real living being, and the whole thing is drawn from and woven in and around their life.

 

Meaning and Interpretation

I’m unwilling to put real case studies here on the page, for reasons of confidentiality, but, to give you an idea of how this all works, if Martin were a real person, that blue cube and rose-pink sphere could convey that he works as a counsellor or in mental health, and is something of a crusader, because he feels that mental health issues need to be better understood.  I have in fact seen those meanings associated with those images.

He might also be a very caring Dad (the brown square) who was feeling depressed (that grey mist) because he’d just gone through a difficult divorce and was having problems over access to his children. And he might have IBS (that brown square again)which was being made worse through the stress of the divorce. Again, actual meanings I have seen in reality. All things I could interpret from the coloured symbols I saw in my head …

Of course, it’s not the name itself I’m reading, otherwise, people with the same names would look identical to me, which is not the case. I can have two John Smiths in front of me, and the hieroglyphs will look quite different, because they’re two different people.

So it’s not the name, but the person and their life path I’m reading – as though the name is some kind of map of them and their path.  And it’s not just people I can read in this way. I can also read for businesses, projects, pets, relationships. If it has energy, if it has some kind of life, I can ‘read’ it.

 

Looking Down the Timelines

Using this approach, it’s possible to unearth what’s going on for someone in a shorter time than conventional approaches would take.  But my work with people isn’t just about reading what’s in their names. It’s how we then use the information gleaned.

Drawing on my conventional coaching training, we can use that information to find solutions, formulate self-help strategies, map out ways forward. But this is where other intuitive skills can come in to play, too, including my ability to ‘look down the timelines’.

I call it ‘looking down the timelines’, because that is exactly how I see it. If someone asks me something about their future, I’ll see paths of possibility, never just one future set in concrete, because there is no such thing as one set future. We weave and re-weave our futures with every choice and decision we make in the here and now.  All I can spot is the path of greatest probability – and you can change that by changing your mind the minute you walk out of my office.

I certainly did.  Years ago, a psychic told me that I’d never have another relationship – that was it.  Done.  I walked away from her, thinking words to the effect of “Stuff that” and refused to accept it.  

I then met the man I’ve now been married to for nearly 17 years. Now, would that have happened if I’d just accepted what she’d said?  Quite possibly not, because I’d have been primed to not even expect it.

So don’t let anyone frighten you with talk of ‘This is what’s going to happen to you, full stop.’ You make your own future. More on that in future posts … as far as I can predict!

So that’s some insight into how I work. As I said at the top of this post, I hope it encourages you to explore the way your intuition works.

If you’re interested in taking your intuitive development further, I’ll be launching the first of my on-line development courses towards the end of this year, so keep a look out for the information I’ll be putting out about this. 

 

In the meantime … 

I’ve written about timelines and my theories of the future in my book, ‘Learning from the Future’, available on Amazon:

 

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A Christmas Tree, Telepathy and some Zener Cards

Mary Hykel HuntTELEPATHY STORY #1

Back in July, as a joke, I shared a Christmas post on Facebook with Senior Daughter. 

It was from a glitzy American company, specialising in high-end artificial Christmas trees and decorations. She knows any mention of Christmas at any time of the year brings out my Inner Toddler (she describes me as having O.C.D. = Obsessive Christmas Disorder), so I didn’t think she’d be too surprised. It was, after all, a joke at my own expense.

 Christmas Tree Telepathy Zener Cards

 

So I was surprised when she came back with an OMG reaction.

Was it because of my tacky taste in Christmas decorations?

 

No.  It was because a few hours before, she and her boss had had a ten-minute discussion about overhauling their departmental Christmas decorations, and Senior Daughter had been tasked with researching/ordering them.

Now, as she works in a major department of a prestigious university here in the UK, this isn’t the kind of conversation she and her boss typically have. But in amidst the discussions on subject development, funding, conference organisation, etc, etc, they’d had this brief over-coffee chat about Christmas decorations for the department.

And an hour or so later, my Christmas post share turns up in Senior Daughter’s Facebook newsfeed.

Just a coincidence?

 

Possibly. But, although I see this advert quite regularly all through the year on Facebook, this was the first time I’d pinged it on to my daughter.

So why did I do that just then? Did we ping one another telepathically?

 

TELEPATHY STORY #2

I have to confess that this kind of thing does happen quite regularly for me with people I’m close to. A few days after the Christmas Tree event, I sent a photo to Not-So-Senior Daughter of a Christmas present I’d just bought for her little boy/my grandson (and yes, I know it was in July …).

It just so happened that, a few hours before she received this photo, a friend had just recommended she buy the self-same dvd for him for Christmas. “That’s weird …,” she said.

Personally, I could have accepted this was coincidence, had this occurred in December.  But July? 

Just another little incident, typical of the kind of telepathic thing I experience. Small, ordinary occurrences that point to the possibility of extraordinary mind abilities. 

 

And you’ve probably experienced something similar.  The phone rings, and it’s the friend you were just thinking about five minutes before. An apparently random thought just drops into your head, you mention it and your partner looks at you in a surprised way and says, “How did you know I was just thinking about that?”

These kinds of happenings are so often dismissed – but there’s some strong evidence to support its reality. (Geek alert: the science bit follows, but you can skip to here if you’re not interested).

 

The Science Bit

Telepathy has been the focus of a considerable amount of scientific research since the mid 1800s. 

Early experiments included card guessing experiments using Zener cards, designed by Karl Zener for use in experiments run by himself and the famous parapsychologist J.B. Rhine in the thirties.

These were followed by ‘dream telepathy’ experiments carried out by scientists Stanley Krippner and Montague Ullman during the late 1960s. Conducted under controlled conditions in the Maimonides Medical Centre in New York, an awake ‘sender’ in one room would ‘send’ an image of a randomly selected art print to a sleeping ‘receiver’ in another room.  The ‘receiver’ would then be woken up by an experimenter at the end of a period of REM sleep (when they’re almost certainly dreaming), and asked to report what they’d been dreaming about.

Results from this ten-year series of experiments showed strong evidence in support of the existence of telepathy (click here for Krippner’s own description of this work, entitled A Pilot Study in Dream Telepathy with the Grateful Dead  http://bit.ly/2uoGhxV). 

 

Over subsequent decades, more tests of telepathy were carried out, some yielding positive results, some negative. Inevitably, studies suggesting that telepathy could be real have been taken apart by mainstream scientists and sceptics, results being dismissed variously as due to confirmation bias, expectancy bias, poor experimental controls, and just plain ol’ wishful thinking. For a fairly comprehensive round-up of this experiment-bashing, have a look at Wikipedia’s entry on telepathy. (Note that Wikipedia is not known for its open-mindedness in regard to research into ‘anomalous experiences’. For more on this, you might like to read Skeptical about Skeptics’ views).

 

But here’s a big BUT:  in 2014, neuroscientist Carles Grau of the University of Barcelona and colleagues set up a clever experiment.  It utilised modern technology to record brain signals being ‘sent’ between people based not just in different rooms, but on different continents. (See http://bit.ly/1lPWNRV for the actual paper).

The results were stunning.

One research participant in India successfully transmitted greetings to three participants in France – 5,000 miles away – via brain-to-brain transmission.  In other words, via telepathy. There’s an interesting report on it here in the Smithsonian Mag http://bit.ly/1FiY3qd and even Mark Zuckerberg has waded in on the topic in an article reported by the Washington Post http://wapo.st/2upb2TC

However, we await the usual onslaught of dismissive scepticism.

In the meantime, have a listen to biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s fascinating Google Tech talk  https://youtu.be/8YWiR6TRr4o. In it, he presents a review of current research demonstrating the possibility that telepathy may very well exist, not just in humans, but also in animals. Controversial and very thought-provoking, it might just tempt you into believing that you (or your dog) could be telepathic! His experiments with cats proved less positive, but as Sheldrake says, this may just mean that our feline companions really aren’t that interested in us humans … 

 

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This Zener Card pack is part of the library of free resources that I’m putting together to help people like yourself develop your intuitive abilities. Not a lot in there right now, but that should change over the next few months.

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Reviewed for You: books on intuition that I rate – new series

Mary Hykel Hunt One of the promises I made at the outset of this blog was that I’d be reviewing books on intuition that I’d like to recommend, because I believe they can help develop intuitive ability, or because they get us to think and question. Today’s the day that starts!

 

E2: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

I love this book.  Why?  Because it’s original, it’s funny and, as far as I’m concerned, it works.

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It’s original …

… because instead of just telling you all the theory behind the thoughts-create-reality idea, Pam Grout gets you to test it out for yourself.  We’re not talking about the ‘how to manifest a million in just 10 days’ type of stuff, which frankly I found a relief. So often those stories have just turned out to be a lot of hype, designed to help the author rake in money for hot air. (Ooops – did I just type that out loud??)

Instead, Pam gives you nine little experiments that you run on and for yourself to test whether you do really create your own reality.  They’re simple and straightforward to do – and adopt a scientific approach.

No, don’t run away. We’re not talking anything complicated here.  These little tests are easy, fun and of the ‘if …, then … ‘ variety. All Pam has you do is start off with a simple and straightforward idea for each experiment, which you then test, setting a 48 hour deadline for results. Your daily life becomes your test laboratory.  You supply some time and curiosity – oh, and if you’re a skeptic, a temporary suspension of disbelief – and that’s about it.

Experiment #1, for example, invites you to prove for yourself that there really is an invisible energy force or what Pam describes as the Field of Potentiality (the FP) out there.  You’re testing what she calls ‘The Dude Abides Principle‘.  The other experiments build on this.  Experiment #2 tests if/how you draw from the FP according to your own (largely sub-conscious) beliefs and expectations, Experiment #3 prods the ‘everything is energy’  idea, and so on, until you reach the last experiment, which tests the idea that the Universe really is on your side. 

 

THE PRACTICAL BIT

The idea of these book reviews is that I’ll largely be talking about books I’ve read and worked with, so that what I have to say about them comes from genuine experience of them. But here I went one better: I got my husband in on it.

Now, my husband is a born-again skeptic and a fully paid-up member of the See It, Believe It Club.  So he was an ideal candidate for these experiments.  We had to manoeuvre a little to get him into the suspension of disbelief place, but once there, he was good to go.

And go he did. 

Within 24 hours of setting up Experiment #1, which requests the appearance of incontrovertible proof of evidence of the FP ‘at work’ within 48 hours, please, he came home from work, wearing a mystified expression and clutching a totally unexpected award he’d received, related to his job – apparently out of the blue.

OK – interesting, he thought, but could just be coincidence.

So, go Experiment #2, which tests interaction with the FP, using the sighting of butterflies and particular coloured cars as its basis.  Husband put out for “Pink cars, please,” thinking that he might as well make it as difficult as possible.  Later that day, he was waiting to cross the road in our little Devon town, when a rose-pink car drove past him. Pink Car Mary Hykel HuntThe way he describes his reaction to that is plain funny. He stopped dead on the kerb, jaw dropped, realising what he was looking at: a pink car. But what also dawned on him was that he’d been limiting himself to only one shade of pink – bubble gum pink. It hadn’t occurred to him that there could be other shades of pink … until then. (After that, he saw two more ‘differently’ pink cars over the remaining 24 hours.  Strike #1, FP!)

OK – fascinating, he thought. But only so far, because I haven’t seen any butterflies. Too cold, really.  Only another 24 hours to go.  How likely is that to happen?

And then we went out for afternoon tea at a nearby National Trust property, where he found himself sitting near a woman who just happened to be wearing a very pretty blouse with colourful butterflies printed all over it ….

Cue me to assist speechless husband to drink tea and eat cake.

 

THE IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) BIT

I thoroughly recommend this book. I love its experimental approach, its funny and irreverent tone, and the kindness and compassion that underlies it.  But primarily, it’s worth reading because it gets YOU to do the work. Instead of just being a passive receiver of someone else’s ideas, which you’re likely to forget the minute you put the book down, you test the ideas it puts across for yourself. Now that’s my kind of book.

Click here to go straight to it on Amazon UK and enjoy!  (Note: at the moment, this mini edition is the only one available via Amazon in English!)

 

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