Every day, we face questions that we’d love to have answered. How can I get along better with my spouse? Why is my boss so difficult? Which job would be more fulfilling? Where did I leave my car keys?

Twin Sisters Mountains, North Cascades, WAThere is a wonderful source for the answers to such questions, your intuition. So what is intuition? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, intuition is “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence.” That sounds an awful lot like a psychic ability to me, because that’s exactly what it is.

Intuition is also called claircognizance or psychic knowing. It’s information that comes in instantly and directly, without analyzing, seeing or hearing. It just pops into your head, much like a thought. The difference is that intuition comes from a higher source than your conscious mind, like your higher self.

When using the simple technique I’ll describe, you might also get information through other psychic sources, like clairvoyance (psychic seeing) or clairaudience (psychic hearing). You may find that you have greater strength in one of these other psychic abilities. Intuition comes easier for me, whereas my wife finds clairaudience often comes easier to her, as she psychically hears an answer to her question.

Intuitive messages might come to you at any time, but it’s very easy to miss or discount them. Through meditation, you can ask for information and quiet your mind so you’ll actually notice and receive the message. When you’re trying to decide whether to trust the information, it helps to recognize the difference between an intuitive message and a conscious thought. I trust the intuitive messages much more. A conscious thought might not actually lead to the best decision. For example, when you’re at an all you can eat buffet, trying to decide between a visit to the salad bar and the dessert bar, your intuition might tell you that the salad bar would be the healthier choice and better in the long run. Your conscious thought might direct you to the dessert bar, because it would taste better.

Meditation Exercise for Accessing Intuition

Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit. Close your eyes. Meditate to reach a calm state, free of those thoughts that tend to race around in our minds. If you’re an experienced meditator this might be easy. If you’re not, I strongly encourage you to start meditating regularly. Two meditation exercises that could change your life are grounding and running your energies. I always start with these two brief exercises, before doing intuitive or psychic work.

Once you’re in a meditative state, the next part is easy. Ask your question. You don’t even have to say it out loud. In fact, it’s probably better not to. Just think it to yourself. See what kind of reply you get. An intuitive message might immediately pop in, or maybe you’ll see an image in your mind’s eye (clairvoyance) that provides insight. If you find yourself thinking and analyzing, that’s your conscious thoughts, which are not the goal of this exercise. Try to let them go and ask the question again. If you still don’t get anything, consider trying again later.

Relying on Your Intuition

This doesn’t work immediately for everyone. Many of us have a hard time letting go of all those conscious thoughts, and we may have energetic blocks that get in our way. I spent a year in clairvoyant training through Jill Miller’s Simply Spirit Center and found myself gradually getting better and more convinced of the validity of psychic information. If you don’t feel you’re getting good information, it’s well worth your time to continue to meditate and run your energies. This will help you release energetic blocks, learn to relax, and clear out distracting thoughts.

Curt Remington is the founder of Meditation Resources and the author of Simple Meditation.