Intuitive Challenge #2

We had so much fun with our previous Intuitive Challenge that I decided to make it a regular feature! This time, I’ve made a few changes: I promise to NOT clutter up the comments section with responses (and hints) to commenters. Although I love seeing people develop their skills, I think its ultimately a detraction to the trust we need to develop in identifying our psychic intuition. That said, here we go!

First, make sure you will not be disturbed. Turn all phones to silent mode, and ask anyone you might share your living space with to not disturb you until you are finished. Make sure you are in a sitting position (lying down can easily put you to sleep), and then regulate your breathing as follows:

Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • 1) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • 2) Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a count of four.
  • 3) Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • 4) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a to a count of eight.
  • 5) This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

If you recognize the subject of the experiment, please do NOT reveal his or her identity. And don’t even THINK about sneaking in an image search. If you do, I will be forced to create a new page called “Spoilers and Other Assholes” where I will publicly shame you. For real.

First, focus only on her face and try to connect with her; who she was, where she grew up, etc. Then, scrutinize each of her features as well as the background of the photo. Is there something about the set of her mouth, angle of her head, or any other detail of her portrait that jumps out at you? Make note of those things, and proceed.

Ask yourself the following questions:
1) What type of person is she?
2) Do you like her? Why/why not?
3) What do you think her life was like?
4) Did she have any noteworthy accomplishments?
5) What kind of things happened to her during her lifetime?
6) What was her death like?

1) When we see a face, we often instantly arrive at a character judgement about the person. Then, the logical mind kicks in. Screw the logical mind - this challenge is about intuition, and often our first impressions are right on the money. Make note of how your initial impression compares with what your logical mind presents you with.

2) Don’t worry if nothing comes to you at first. You might be too conscious about being accurate and your conscious mind will overshadow your gut impressions. If that’s the case, come back to this exercise later and try again

3) Ask the photo questions (no, really - I’m serious!). See if you can “hear” or imagine any answers and make note of them to compare with the results when they’re published.

4) If you like, print the image and carry it with you to review at a different location. I often go to my ‘secret spot’ in Riverside Park when I need to meditate, and that would be a perfect place to conduct this challenge. Another alternative is to put it under your pillow before you go to sleep, and see if she shows up in your dreams. The unconscious mind has a funny (sometimes downright hilarious) way of serving us, and you never know when its going to pipe up.

Approach this challenge playfully - after all, its only an experiment and at this juncture it would be a good idea to establish your start point so you can compare your progress to future challenges. And please remember my warning to spoilers - I can be a bitch from hell if you cross me Winking

I’ll post results in 2 weeks, and follow up with another Intuitive Challenge shortly afterward.

Have fun with this, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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