Here are some fun and simple ways to support children in developing accurate intuitive/psychic perceptions.
First, remember that children are naturally in touch with their intuition, especially from birth to 5 years old. At those ages they typically haven’t yet learned to ignore their intuition or discount it as imagination. As a result, they pay attention to the many levels of feeling and perceiving that older kids and adults have learned to overlook.
When a child says something that you know is true, even if you don’t want to talk about it, validate the accuracy of the child’s perception. When we tell a child that an accurate perception is wrong, we teach the child to distrust her/his own perceptions. That breakdown of trust in self not only undermines intuitive awareness, it also creates all sorts of other problems as the child becomes an adult.
Engaging children in any kind of creative activity will expand their intuitive skills. Creative thinking is what we use to access our intuition. It’s the part our brains that can process information that we have no tangible evidence to support.
Encourage children to talk about their dreams. A fun family tradition is to get everyone together and ask who would like to share a dream story. Adults and kids can all share those dream stories. Dream memories are freshest right after we wake up, which makes this activity a natural for interesting breakfast conversation.
Kids love to play, so turn intuitive skill building into games. Here are some ideas:
♦ Have children guess what they think is going to happen 5 to 10 minutes into the future. Let them get silly with this. Write their guesses down, pay attention to the time, and then have fun together seeing whose guess is the most accurate.
♦ Begin a game of hide-and-seek by having the seeker stand quietly after everyone is hidden and, before starting to search, ask him/her to mentally feel for where the hiders might be.
♦ Ask kids to listen to the whispers in between the words someone says. Then have them share what they think the whispers were and have the speaker tell them which parts are accurate.
♦ Give children an unfamiliar object that’s been in someone else’s possession for awhile. Ask the child to hold the object and tell a story about it. Then ask the child to explain how he/she “caught” that story. If the object’s owner is there, it can also be fun to have her/him share how the child’s story relates to something about the owner or something from the object’s history.
♦ Give a child a picture of a family member who has crossed over to Spirit and ask him/her to tell you a story about that person. If you know the story is accurate, confirm that for the child.
Also, between the ages of 3 and 6 years old many children remember events from past-lives. They usually talk openly about their memories and the adults around them often see these conversations as imaginary. Encourage your child to remember and talk about past-lives by responding positively and asking questions when they bring “imaginary” conversations to you.
Here are some questions to get you started:
♦ What does your house look like?
♦ How old were you when that happened?
♦ Am I there too?
♦ What color is your hair?
♦ Can you describe your clothes to me?
Kids live in the world of imagination, mystery and magic. It’s what excites them, motivates them to explore new things, and makes their lives rich. Supporting them in expanding these natural tendencies into well-developed skills is very easy. Just play and have fun in ways that encourage them to imagine, test their imaginings against reality, and then imagine some more.