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A sixth characteristic of recognizing your intuition, and one that is quite common, is multi-sensory. What does that mean…?

Intuition can come in several modes: see, feel, hear, or know. When you find you are receiving in more than one mode, what is called “multi-sensory” that can be a sign that your intuition is communicating with you.

First, let’s explore the visual mode. An example of a visual image is close your eyes, picture your living room. An intuitive example would be close your eyes, try to tune in to an unseen friend’s living room (with permission) and see if you can describe some of the features.

Aside from visual, audio can be another way or mode that intuition can come to you. For example, when you “hear a voice” that tells you something you don’t know, but later proves to be accurate. I teach to always look for a life-enhancing quality in any information that comes to you, including the audio mode.

It’s really helpful to practice as you’re learning a new skill. If you apply what you learn, you remember it. Try asking your intuition to give you a “visual” impression or an “audio” one when you tune-in. Make it playful, like a game, instead of work, and your practice will seem fun and easy.

A third mode, and possibly the most common, is kinesthetic or feeling (body sensation). Examples: that funny feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, a prickling on the back of your neck, etc. This is a common example that students share in class with me: talking to a friend on the phone and all of a sudden getting a headache (or some other pain). You mention this and they tell you they have a headache. You hang up the phone, and you feel fine.

The feeling/kinesthetic mode can be one of the primary ways people receive intuitive information. Years ago, I interviewed dozens of intuitives. All of them, 100%, used the kinesthetic mode. No other mode received this unanimous score. However, many intuitives used more than one mode.

Here’s an example of kinesthetic/feeling intuition: perhaps you’ve met someone and felt a creepy “vibe” from him or her? Or, instead, a really great feeling — maybe in your belly or heart. Maybe it was a future employee, or a new colleague, possible friend, love interest or neighbor, etc. As time went by, the vibe you felt turned out to be an accurate prediction.

One other example of kinesthetic/feeling intuition: when driving your car have you felt someone or something uncomfortably close? You looked in your rear-view mirror and there was a big truck speeding up and eventually bearing down on your tailgate. REMEMBER the “flavor” of your impressions. When that flavor comes up again, you’ll have something to compare it to and use it to hone your intuition further.

I’ve spent the most time on the kinesthetic/feeling form of intuition, because it seems to be the one most-often used. Here are a few names that you can use to refer to it or when communicating: feeling, sense, gut reaction, clairsentience (French for “clear-seeing), or kinesthetic. One of the doctor’s I work with seems to have it in his hands: they automatically go to where the patient is hurting. I call this “body radar.” No matter what you call it, it is a valid type of guidance.

What about when you don’t see, hear or feel your intuition, but somehow it still comes? Take a moment and intuit and/or think about if there could be another way before reading on…

Sometimes you don’t see, hear or feel intuition. You just “know” it. The “knowing” mode of intuition has many names. Here’s a couple: a fancy word for this is “claircognizance” another word is “hunch.” You don’t know where this information comes from, sometimes it’s just out-of-the-blue, but yet you know it. An example of this is when you blurt out something without even thinking and you instantly recognize it as something you hadn’t known before, but it’s true, it resonates.

Keep an eye out for when your intuition comes to you in more than one mode: see and hear; feel and know; know and see; hear and feel…or maybe three or four modes all at once. Any of these combinations might clue you in to paying attention to important information that can be helpful in guiding your life.