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Training the Intuition in Psychotherapy

 

By George A. Boyd © 2004

To train the intuition, you can learn to perceive and listen to where your client’s material arises. Very different issues arise from ego, Self and Soul. Some of the signals from each of these identity states include:

Elements of the Three States of Identity

Element

State of Identity

Ego

It reacts to challenges with defensiveness and vigilance. It views itself as organism that needs to survive. It enlists defense mechanisms, violence or profanity to fend off perceived threats. It operates from a fight or flight reaction to stress. It has limited coping mechanisms.

Self

It develops skills to cope or deal with stress, the demands of the situation or with a difficult person. It enhances the sense of oneself as a person by the ability to make choices and commitments, and to take responsibility. It possesses values by which it can decide what is right action. It has the ability to plan to think and problem-solve, and the ability to decide. It uses intuition to check in with oneself. It uses assertiveness in relationship interactions, and establishes stable bonds of friendship and love. It evaluates appropriate risk-taking.

Soul

It may present as a sense of god-likeness, grandiosity or omnipotence. It conveys a sense oneself as an atom of the Divine. It believes in and expresses psychic powers (siddhis, gifts or spiritual abilities). It perceives the patterns of a Divine Plan or working out of destiny. It experiences union with the Cosmos or at-one-ness with the Divine. It transcends and is detached from personal experience. It may perceive that the personal realm is limited or illusory

Much of the work of psychotherapy is training an individual to move from egoic-polarization to self-polarization. Meditation and Transpersonal Psychology shift an individual to the next octave, opening from the personal world of the Self to the transpersonal world of the Soul.

You may first learn to recognize these states in yourself by focusing your attention on your ego, your Self and your Soul. With some practice, you will learn to recognize the characteristic patterns that arise from each center. You will then begin to observe similar patterns in others, which will help you to grasp from where these issues are arising. This in turn will aid you to discern what is the appropriate intervention to use with your client.

Intuition-enhancing meditation techniques are presented in our Meditation for Therapists workshop. Some of you may find this workshop valuable to augment your current therapeutic armamentarium, and to learn new ways to guide your client from stuck-ness to wholeness.

Levels of Intuition

Intution has seven major platforms. Two belong respectively to the autonomic and central nervous system. Five are integral components of the Conscious, Subconscious, Metaconscious and Superconscous mind. These are shown in the table below.

Level Band Faculty of Intuition
1 Physical Substrate Solar plexus and autonomic ganglia – this brings awareness of the activity of the abdominal organs.
2 Spinal cord and thalamus – this brings awarenss of the sensory and motor segments of the entire body through the anterir and dorsal horns of the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves emanating from each vertebrae of the spine.
3 Conscious Mind Ego – the ego checks in with the senses, body feelings, the emotional center, reason and its own experience. It comprises the type of intuition called "gut level feelings."
4 Subconscious Mind Chakras of the Subconscious mind – the awakened chakras provide intuitive information about the areas of life represented by the opened petals of their lotus. The chakras encapsulate knowledge about survival, sexuality and parenting, career and livelihood, caring and compassion, creativity, reception of guidance, wisdom and understanding, and connecton with the ensouling entity. See our detailed article on the chakras.
5 The astral spine and brain – the nodes of the astral spine, which are mirrored by the opened orbs of the astral brain, give information about the dimensional realms of the Cosmic Sphere.
6 Metaconscious Mind Personal Intuition – this permits the Self to check in with each level of the Conscious, Subconscious and Metaconscious mind, to listen to each level, to give suggestions to that level, and to poll that level's opinion about a decision. Each level comprses a discrete vehicle of consciousness of the personal band. Applied to other people, this type of intuition expresses as the faculty of empathy. Empathy gives the ability to listen deeply and to understand their feelings, their experiences, and the meanings (story) they construct from their experiences.
7 Superconscious Mind Transpersonal Intuition – this permits the ensouling entity to access the knowledge of each vehicle of consciousness of the Supercosncious mind using correspondences (mandalic reasoning) and discernment of the form and essence of each of these vehicles of consciousness. This is the wisdom faculty of the Soul.

Psychotherpapists and counselors draw upon intution at its Conscious and Metaconscious mind, levels 3 and 6. Psychics and visionary artists pull in data from the Subconscious mind, levels 4 and 5. Disciples and Intitiates learn to tap the Superconscious mind's intuitive knowlege of their ensouling entity at level 7. We encorage you to study the operation of your intution at each of these levels so you may strengthen this faculty.

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