Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 14, The Sixth Sense
Part of Hill's genius was in presenting concepts such as the sixth sense that may seem "out there" for many people, and make them understandable and usable for all of us who take the time to read and study his book.
His presentations force us to think as we work our way through the book. For example, at one level, all of the wisdom of the universe is available to all of us all the time and can flow freely through our creative imagination informing us about every action to take. Yet at the same time we all miss many of the messages that come our way all day every day. Does this mean our sixth sense is not working? The answer to that has to be no as Hill tells us that "infinite intelligence will communicate voluntarily, without any effort from, or demands by, the individual." In other words, the hunches are there for us, regardless of our personal efforts. He also says "Nature never deviates from her established laws." In other words, the hunches are there and there are no exceptions.
So why does it seem like we don't always get clear answers or perhaps get conflicting information? Why does it sometimes seem difficult to make a decision? The answer has to be that we get in our own way. We block access to the clarity of information coming through our sixth sense by giving attention to negative thoughts and emotions from other people, the media, our family etc. It's as if there is a clear stream of information and insight coming our way, but it gets muddied with lack of confidence, or what we might call "yes buts," For example, we may feel clear about an intention to be a successful network marketer, until we lets the doubts in..."yes but I don't want to disappoint my family, or yes but I don't want to sell stuff to my friends or yes but I don't want to look bad to the people at work, or at church or at a Kiwanis meeting or etc." The yes buts and other doubts are like mud added to the clear water of intention and desire causing us to miss the hunches entirely, or only getting in fragmentary information making it harder to make good decisions and leading to frustration and more doubt.
The solution is to dilute the mud of negativity with positive thoughts and self talk. The more consistent we are with the positive input the more likely we are to achieve a level of clarity that starts letting the insights and hunches in. Of course we must also be alert because we never know how the hunch will show up.
A couple of years ago I got a severe cramp in my foot while walking in downtown Seattle. Normally I can put weight on the foot and the cramp goes away. This time that didn't work and I was in a lot of pain. Suddenly a guy standing on the street corner suggested a simple technique to alleviate the cramp...and it worked. I was very grateful and thanked him. That was a small incident but demonstrates the power of the sixth sense. I was clear enough in that moment to attract the exact answer I needed to solve an immediate problem, and it showed up. I've noticed lately that I am having more experiences like that, as information I need is there for me and comes from unexpected sources.
At the same time as we receive hunches, we need to be willing to act on them. It was easy enough to act on a suggestion that was simple and had the potential to relieve the pain I was in. But what about a hunch to try a new kind of ad or, to change an ingrained, but negative habit? What if we get a hunch and feel like if we move forward we may lose a friend, or disappoint a relative? Maybe we are concerned about looking foolish or making a mistake. Will we have the courage to move forward anyway? Clearly if we want a different outcome to whatever situation we find ourselves in we need to be willing to take action on the hunches we receive....and be OK about looking foolish or making a mistake. One of the best lessons of MFF is the advice to not worry about what anyone else thinks...no matter who they are. Getting that one frees us to move forward in new and powerful ways.
Hill's lessons are simple and all we need to do is follow his advice: Get clear on what you want, clear your mind of negativity and don't be afraid to act. The results will amaze you.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA