“Intuition” – Bente Hansen
I’m not talking about intuition when it comes to divination, although I’m sure some of what will follow will be related.
No, what I’m talking about here is the intuition that is needed when you have relationships with deities, ancestors, and spirits in general. When you first begin on this path, no matter what path you call it, it can seem disheartening when you don’t receive straightforward answers, or even an answer at all from the Gods you worship, or the ancestors you honour. Ours is not the easy path.
For myself, I believe that for a long time, I had been blocking off communication, in both the ways of not allowing it to penetrate whatever walls I had put up, and in ignoring it when I did fleetingly have it come through. I think a lot of us do this, until we cannot possibly ignore the things our Gods and spirits are trying to tell us. And I think many of us do this because we are not yet ready for the kind of experiences and relationships that are in store for us if we bide our time in becoming the spiritual person we hope to be.
Another reason why I will say I know why people can’t connect as readily is because we live in the age of information. There are so many blogs and books out there giving us information that applies to ONE PERSON, or at the very least is regurgitated, and still applies to that original person who wrote the base material. We are all different, our minds work in different ways, we learn things differently than others… why would the Gods and spirits come to us in the exact same manners and interact in the exact same fashions as with every other worshiper? When we do eventually sit down to practice what we’ve read extensively (and too much) about, all we can do is allow our minds to impose these specific ideas of how this is supposed to happen.
While I will not discredit research and reading others’ blogs and talking to others on a similar path to yours for the sake of community and that lovely feeling of validation that what we do is very real, that it’s not wrong (or insert whatever obstacle that’s been in your way concerning your spirituality), sometimes we need to just be silent.
Do not take in more information about other peoples’ experiences, and experience it for yourself. I can say be prepared for appearances that will very much take you off guard, but there is no real way to prepare for that. Also, if the Gods choose not to answer you, then that is ok too. You can be a devotee, emanating the values and traits that drew you to your Gods; not all of us are meant to work directly with Them. But this is a topic for another time.
Back on topic, I can’t stress enough how important it is to meditate. Ritual purification has always been important, but it’s not just physical purification that is required. We need to clean out the cobwebs in our minds. We need to be able to either maintain a very clear of thought mind space, or at least be able to not pay attention to thoughts that happen. If we are constantly full of our thoughts, our questions, our doubts, our expectations, then there is not enough room for what They would have us know. This skill takes time. Some of us are more naturally able to clear out our minds, others are not, and that is ok. What we do is not meant for everyone to be able to do. Not all wish to devote much of their time to this. Ours is not the easy path.
When you feel you have received some sort of communication with a Deity, it’s ok to ask for some clarification from others, but I would suggest pondering upon it yourself, do not reveal all the details as this message was for you, and other people’s views of things could blur what the truth of the message is. Other people will find meanings in the imagery that are connected to their own life experiences and spiritual experiences. You need to apply your own experiences and meanings to your message yourself to really understand what They would have you know.
Intuition is a powerful tool in regards to communicating with all spirits and Deities. It may take quite some time to develop the skills, and in most cases, we’re really not ready when we really want to be. We must work hard, and realize that for some, we’re not meant for that type of devotion, and it is OK.