Intuitive Discipline


Discipline isn’t a word often associated with intuitive work. Generally, I think, people think of psychics as being spontaneous, perhaps a little airy/faery, but certainly not regimented or disciplined.

Still, discipline is critical to intuitive work. One of my pet peeves, as anyone who has taken a class from me can attest, is the notion that psychic knowing only comes spontaneously and without intent. It can, of course. We have all had instances when we "just knew" something would happen or "had a sudden hunch" about a person. If we wait for only those types of events, however, we are not taking full advantage of the gift of intuition.

Intuition should not just function as a drive-by shooting. We can, and should, elicit it. But, in order to do that, we need to develop discipline.

Intuition, like most things, requires practice. You get better at it the more you do it. You learn to ask good questions and to interpret your answers with greater clarity. Like all good things, it takes discipline, time and effort to become a master at it.

While Tiger Woods may have been born with the ability to be a great golfer, he needed initial golf lessons to learn the game. I also understand that he still he practices his strokes two hours a day. A master violinist spends hours honing her craft even after she qualifies to join the orchestra. A master intuitive also needs to practice.

I find the best way to practice intuition is to consciously use it on a daily basis. Almost every day I take some time in the morning to ask, "What do I need to know about today?" Before I meet with a new client I always ask, "What should I know about this person?" Asking for information about an upcoming event or work assignment aids me as well.

I also ask my intuition to use my dream time as a time for messages. I set my intent in the evening to get information about a particular topic, then take a little time upon awakening to ponder and translate the information I received.

In all intuitive work, the better the question, the better the answer. If you ask to have your intuition "just tell you something," you might just end up with a recipe for bread pudding or the words to a silly song. Ask for what you need or want to know. Try to keep it specific without boxing your intuition in to giving just a yes or no answer. The main reason people have difficulty interpreting their dreams or intuitive messages is that they don’t know what the question was (which makes interpreting the answer a lot harder).

Asking good questions can be difficult. Learning how to ask them is a form of discipline in itself.

Once you commit to a disciplined practice of mastering intuition, you will find it to be great fun. There are thousands of ways to practice and learn. Ask who is on the phone when it rings or which elevator will arrive next. Ask what will aid you most when needing to make a decision. Be bold and adventurous with your requests. Who will win the election? What stocks are going up in value?

You won’t always be right, of course. No one ever is. In the case of practice, it is the discipline that is important, not results. Needing to be always right will get in the way of that.

So, enjoy. Just always enjoy.

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Kathryn Harwig
Kathryn Harwig is an internationally known author and speaker who has written five books. She appears regularly on television and radio and hosts a monthly intuitive forum in the Minneapolis area. She is a former attorney who now dedicates her life to spreading messages of joy and hope. Contact Kathryn at


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