Perhaps we have to be a certain age before we reveal to others things we think are a bit weird. Recently I’ve been part of groups where a number of people discussed experiences we could not explain.
A lot of those experiences had to do with electricity. This is something that psychologist Belleruth Naparstek, the maker of amazing meditation CDs for every kind of illness most of us might have need of help with, talks about in her book (not the book I’m reviewing here!), Your Sixth Sense: Unlocking the Power of Your Intuition (2009).
Belleruth conducted a survey of people who work as psychics. Their answers led Belleruth to believe that electricity had something to do with being a “sensitive” kind of person. Her survey results certainly seemed to include me.
When I has young, my parents took me with them up to Northern Canada every summer. My father loved fishing there. My mother, not so much. But perhaps she liked the chance to get away from her kitchen for a change of scene when she cooked the fish he caught.
On the long drive up past Toronto, various small towns, followed by lots of evergreen forests, I sat in the back seat of our car. My parents always played the radio—listening to stations that played Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other crooners from the fifties. I hated that music.
I was a fan of the new music on the airwaves called rock n’ roll. In particular there was one song I really loved. I think it was titled “When You Wish on a Star”. It was sung by a male group.
As the road rolled on over the long miles, somehow I always could feel in my gut when my favorite song was playing on the radio. Each time I got that feeling, I asked my father to change stations. He did. And every time he switched channels, there was my song. I could even sense it seconds before it started playing.
I must have done that at least ten or more times. But neither of my parents said a single word about it. What, I wonder now must they have thought? Was I a living radio antenna? Was it fillings in my teeth? Those are things I still ask myself today.
Another issue I’ve had with electricity came when TV “killed the radio.” I became a Springsteen fan after hearing one of his songs on a jukebox where I went to college. I got tickets to every show I could.
When Bruce began playing in any of his rare appearances on TV, I tried to create videotapes. But the TV screen would always turn into static. I had to stand in another room out of sight of the TV, and hold the remote around the corner to capture the picture and sound.
In groups I’ve been in, I’ve heard other people talk about seeing flashing lights when they talked to a deceased relative; street lights and traffic lights that would go out when they passed them; or even ghosts they swear they saw, and of course UFO sightings.
But this isn’t the half of it.
I’ve found that when I am really, really attracted to someone or something, I can know when I’m going to see that person or get a call from them, or otherwise predict what isn’t visible to my five senses.
One summer I kept a dream journal. Being free from working, I visited the person I saw in my dream. Almost every time, they said, “Nancy, I’ve been thinking of you recently.” It was uncanny.
I began reading Carl Jung’s theories of psychology that summer. Jung talked about “archetypes” or images that we all are born with from our “collective unconscious,” and about “synchronicity,” the ways we connect things that happen to us, even if we can’t see or hear or feel in order to make sense of these things.
For example, today I got a new copy of a magazine I subscribe to. This magazine lists obituaries in the back. As I pulled the magazine out of its package and touched the cover, I knew in my gut there would be someone I knew in those obituaries.
“Prepare yourself,” I thought, and reluctantly leafed through the back pages. There were actually two women I knew, a famous one I’d never met, but would miss, and a second woman I’d met personally. The second obituary really hit home with its bittersweet story of that woman’s life.
In a meditation group I belong to, someone offered me a book that he liked. His book bore the title, Your Spiritual Heart: Access the Wisdom that Manifests Your Heart’s Desires, by David McArthur. It is a self-published book, easy to read. This morning I finished it in an hour.
Somehow, after disbelieving my gut for years, my intuition has sharpened to almost instantly bringing me a solution to a question that’s puzzling me. If not from something a person says, a book or a magazine or TV show comes my way that has an explanation. This was one of those books.
The Spiritual Heart explains the phenomenon of knowing about something or someone that was coming in the future when there is no explaining how we know.
The author’s basic theory is that emotions are perceived by the heart first and the brain second. Too often, the result is that the brain tries to override what the heart perceives—because the brain is not as “honest” as the heart.
But the heart is where intuition comes from. The keys to opening the heart are memories of positive feelings we have had in the past.
Chapters 11 and 12 in this book cover the research that the author and other researchers have done about our intuitive capacity. Using a basic medical test of heart rate variability (HRV) they could see on the screen when the heart released memories that were attached to feelings. They noticed that not only the heart, but parts of the brain changed as well.
It seems to me that it is up to us to make use of this knowledge of how the heart and brain interact in order to determine the outcome of how we will choose to react when a flash of intuition from the heart occurs.
This book closes with the author’s simple steps to follow in order to facilitate making a positive ‘change of heart’ within ourselves, especially when things are not going our way.
I’m not saying I believe this book contains a the only explanation of the intuitive process (I have seen others), but I do think this book does show that we need to pay more attention to the things we can’t explain.
Certainly astrology relies on archetypes, synchronicity, myths, and intuition to try to explain the unexplainable.
And the author’s tips about increasing our awareness of our spiritual hearts is an easy practice to do.