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Second Sight by Judith Orloff, M.D.

“To listen only to the mind and not the soul is insanity.” These are the words spoken by psychiatrist Judith Orloff and this theory is what her book Second Sight is all about; learning to listen to and trust intuition.

As a student of traditional Western medicine Orloff learned first hand, from the perspective of a practitioner not a patient, about the serious hazards of Western medicine.

Her quote says it all and addresses just how most often Western medicine indeed does treat the patient.

The Silencing of Intuition Starts Early in Life

Dr. Judith Orloff, MDSecond Sight follows Orloff’s story from a young child with strong intuitions that were silenced by a scientific minded family.

Then Orloff continues on sharing the process of the last decade “coming out of the closet” with her intuitive healing instincts.

The Blocking of the Intuition/Mind Connection

Orloff is now proud to tell others she uses not just her intelligent, educated mind to treat her patients but also relies heavily on her intuition, that gut feeling that tells her what is really going on with her patients (and in her own personal life.)

When any type of treatment focuses on only one part of the whole it is not optimal.

In the case of Western medicine we silence the intuition and instinct with pharmaceuticals to “heal” the ills of patients. Doctors teach patients to ignore their bodies own vital clues and delay life saving treatments.

Orloff thinks we can do better.

Relearning How to Listen to Intuition

In her 12 chapter, 384 page book, Second Sight, Orloff invites you to join her on her own personal journey of re-learning to trust her intuition.

In the second half of Second Sight she teaches the reader how to develop and nurture their own intuition.

Intuition is often written off, especially in scientific fields, as “silly” or “nonsense.” Orloff explains how she learned to dismiss the common criticism and use her intuition to improve her own life and the lives of her patients.

We all have intuition, it can’t be taken away from us by others, or stolen in the dark of night, it only disappears when we choose to stop listening to it. But when we’re ready to listen to it again, it is there waiting for us.

Orloff contends that using your intuition to guide you through life really makes life worth living.

She explains by her own experiences of how much comfort, knowledge, and direction she has gained both personally and professionally by doing just that – following her intuition.

Second Sight with Calm Your Soul

Second Sight has a calming, gentle feeling that comes with reading it. I like how Orloff shares her own intimate life details with the reader freely and openly.

She tells the reader of her own doubts and personal shortcomings. She even tells how she was ashamed of her own intuition and what it took to overcome those fears.

Six Ways to Grow Your Intuition

In addition Second Sight teaches the reader how to look for signals from your own intuition.

Orloff gives six ways to develop and grow your intuitive abilities to improve your life. From reading your own dreams with meanings to checking in with your body to find out if anything needs attention, Orloff offers easy ways to tap into your own intuition.

Judith Orloff, MD

Orloff has published several New York Time’s bestsellers and has had her work profiled on numerous television stations (NPR, CNN, NBC News, A & E, Lifetime, CBS Early Show, USA Today, PBS, and O Magazine.)

She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, too.

Second Sight Book CoverYou can feel her spirit come through in truth and wisdom in Second Sight. Orloff is brave to state her beliefs and continue to follow her own intuition in teaching both patients and physicians to use their intuitive senses in both their professional and personal lives.

Orloff explains that it took her seven years to write Second Sight as she was in fear of many stigmas that would be attached to her in her highly scientific medical community.

Bravo Judith Orloff for stating what so many feel and so many others know to be true!

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Developing Your Intuition – Learn How to Balance Your Mind & Heart

Here’s a question we received regarding our intuition training course that helps with developing intuition.

Kirk VandenBerghe provides insight into balancing heart and mind.

We hope you enjoy this Q&A session.

Jennifer: I really need help with the “heart” aspect. My main challenge at the moment is identifying when I’m “in heart,” and knowing how to open up to my heart and its intelligence. I’ve read the six steps to intuition in your “Developing Your Intuition” eBook and have done it a few times, but I feel like I’m a bit off the planet when I do this; out of touch with reality.

Are there certain indicators that can let me know when I’m really coming from a heart space, as opposed to a head space or a “needy” space? My biggest challenge is to identify this so I can manifest what my heart really wants, not what I think I want in my head. I get so confused.

The Flower of Intuition Blooms from Fallow Ground

Kirk: I love how you phrased, “…open up to my heart and its intelligence.” Entering altered states of consciousness and the subsequent shift in really will really help.

Love your “head.” It just wants to help. When you ask a question and your mind provides an answer, just thank that aspect of your being for its contribution. Mind is used to being the provider of answers.

Love all aspects of your being that seem to be “needy.” You have needs and wants and desires. Allow them to exist. Give them space to be. (Not space to run your life…space to be.)

My suggestion is to give yourself permission to play with learning to develop your intuition. See if you can play with temporarily setting aside the important questions in life, like what your heart truly wants. Instead, begin with play and keep things fun and light.

Act “As If” You Can

Learn to run through the first five “Developing Intuition” steps quickly:

  1. Grounding
  2. Centering & Releasing
  3. Affirming
  4. Aligning
  5. Asking

Don’t worry about doing these steps perfectly. Just pretend that you can do them quickly. Act “as if” you can. After some practice doing the first five steps slowly, you’ll be able to do them in one slow, deep breath in…and out…

Then you can finish the sixth step of “receiving” as you once again breathe in…

Breathe in the answer. This is your receiving.

Here are some example areas of life where you can play:

  • When your phone rings, sense the energy and ask yourself who is calling. Your receiving (the sixth step) is what you guess as the answer. See if you can let go of having to get the “right” answer. Just enjoy noticing what you receive.
  • When you see an email message from someone, sense the energy of the message and ask what they’re writing about. Your receiving (again, the sixth step) is what you feel is the answer.

Intuition and Breathing

As Natural As Your Breath

The first four steps are about dropping down into a resourceful state of consciousness. Then your intention is engaged on the fifth step when you form your asking. Your awareness is engaged in your receiving. Asking and receiving are as natural as breathing in…out…and back in…

By playing with asking and receiving in areas of life that do not hold for you strong significance, you can bypass the fears of success and/or failure, along with many other beliefs about possibility, capability, deserving, meaning, etc.

Again, when your mind offers an answer, note it and express your gratitude for having a mind that is responsive. Don’t scold your mind. It’s just trying to participate and help. If you like, invite your head to join in the adventure of developing intuition.

What If My Head Just Makes It Up?

Now I will address the essence of your question by rephrasing it: How do I know if what I receive is really intuitive information from my heart or just something my head made up? My answer is that the difference is often very subtle. There is a difference, but the distinctions are often quite fine. Don’t let that discourage you. Again, see if you reframe the work of intuitive practice into play.

Start moving through the first five steps quickly…ground, center, release, affirm, align…ask…receive…

As you play, you will begin to notice how your receiving operates. For example, I have great confidence when I see an inner movie that appears a little above eye level and slightly to the left. It has a yellowish color tone (I have no clue why). Through practice (play), I’ve tested what I’ve received and have been able validate the information as accurate. What preceded this ability for me was having a lot of fun making intuitive guesses and noticing my experience.

Intuitive Development Through Play

Engage Your Five Senses (and Beyond)

My example above of seeing an inner movie is primarily visual, but any of our senses can be utilized to intuitively receive information. After you ask…sense…listen…watch…feel…even taste and smell for information.

The kinder you are to your mind and its desires—your beautiful ego—the more these energies of your being will relax and enjoy the sixth step of receiving. You can’t force your mind be quiet.

For example, if you try to shut up an inner voice you’ll probably be using an inner voice! The more you enjoy the first five steps, the quieter your mind will become. The more happy and relaxed your mind, the easier and more natural your receiving will be.

This is heart-mind balance.

Relax Into Receiving

If you like, invest time in playing each day. If you do, you will find that your “guesses” become more accurate. You will build confidence and self-trust. As you grow, you will know when to ask the “bigger” questions that you feel are more important. You’ll build confidence that when you ask…you will receive. Perhaps that’s how the universe works. You will receive. You cannot not receive.

See if you can relax about of how, when, and where you will receive. See if you can relax about what you will receive.

Drop down into your intuitive state. It’s a wonderful state in which to live in. That’s the first four steps. Then…ask (step five)…and…receive (step six)…

There you go, Jennifer. I hope you enjoy the process.

Jennifer: Thank you, Kirk! That was really helpful, and I’m excited to continue practicing and playing. I know that there’s wisdom in side of me (somewhere… 😉