Out on the open seas of experience, we are surrounded by forces beyond our control. Below us, the chthonic currents drive the surface situation, which directions will be supported with the flow and which directions will be contrasted with countercurrents. Above us, the celestials ever guide, if we can but see them through the moods of the sky; moods which themselves stir the surface to either help or hinder.
In such a situation, ever-present as it is, everything is asked of us. On the surface, it always looks like we can trust our eyes and predict where the waves will go next. Yet if we rely entirely on such horizontal perspectives, we will miss the pivotal hints from above and below. We will miss the guidance of the hidden.
To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.
― Paulo Coelho
Sailing the Seas of the Hidden
Our modern worlds compel us to rely only on that which we can reproduce and prove to others. This movement towards accountability is a valuable shift for us away from superstition and belief-based manipulation. Integrating such powerful processes is indeed a worthy undertaking for our long-term thriving. To let this one idea rule us, to let it rule out what it cannot account for, however, is to attempt to live a half-life.
The hidden intelligences of life are difficult to pin down. The moment we seek to prove them one way or another, they withdraw back beyond the veil. This makes sharing the experience with others highly elusive. The idea of a scientific method, applied to these esoteric inquiries, becomes almost a silly idea. That is unless we allow ourselves a different measure. Instead of proving our intuition to others, we can aim to see it clearly for ourselves. We can merge the best of both worlds with such an approach and become a demonstration to others.
Riding with the Wind & Waves
It is tempting to dive into the metaphysical realms with our assumptions about what they contain and how they play out. If a sailer were to take such a view of the sea, they would find only folly. The first thing a sailer must always do is listen. Receptivity is the first key to sailing. Without it, there is no learning. Without it, there is no conversation.
Once we begin to hear the whispers from beyond, in whatever form they may take for each, we can then undertake to learn to interpret them. This is always an ongoing process of trial and error. If we wish to know what the hidden realms are communicating to us, we must learn to understand their language. To this end, the only way to find out if we understand correctly is to ourselves reply, to converse, to see what then happens, and, if needed, course-correct.
Refining Our Vehicle
Intuitive pulses come in many forms. Some see images; some hear sounds. Others simply know, and yet others may touch or smell or swim in some combination of them all. We may get a gut feeling. We may get a sudden knowing flash. We may get goosebumps on our arms or upright hackles on our necks. The forms intuition takes are an expression of individuality, of the path a given voyager is on. They are all equal and specifically tuned to our personal unfolding.
Once we learn to discern some hint (or more) of such senses, we then must set out to refine them. This can be in the form of various practices like practices one might find in a mystery school. By far, the most important practice, however, is taking action on what we sense, whether we are certain or not. Such doing, or even not-doing when called for, is the reply to the hidden that we have indeed heard, that we are listening. We may have heard wrong, but only by gambling with our own will can we discover our accuracy and improve our future decisions.
Suggested Divination Meanings
In what ways am I receiving intuitive understandings or impulses?
In what directions are my intuitions guiding me to act.
What practices might I do to deepen my ability to receive intuitive intelligence?
In what direction does it seem life is indicating I go?
What have I learned, from acting on my intuition in the past, that can help me better understand what to do now?
What do I sense I should do, in this situation, that defies logic?
How can I track my intuitive understandings and actions to refine my understanding of the language of the hidden?
Am I letting the desire to prove something to others get in my way of acting for the highest?
In what way is my heart inviting me to flow?
Am I disregarding inner guidance because it is not as loud as my fears?