Return of Intuition
by Kathryn Harwig
All children are intuitive when born, with a natural and inborn sense
of who to trust and what is real. Watch a young child look at the world
and you can almost see the knowledge and wonder of this gift sparkling
in her eyes. Before they are taught to color inside of the lines,
children automatically draw and color the world the way they see
it...with auras around people and fantastic creatures walking
right beside ordinary folk. But, around the age of seven (if not
before), children are carefully, if not intentionally, taught to only
see and pay attention to what the world considers “real.” This teaching
comes very early, and from parents, friends, teachers, and, of course,
Children are socialized to acknowledge what society
considers true, to focus attention solely upon what they are told to
see and to disregard the rest. If society taught people to ignore other
gifts, such as musical talent, in this fashion, we would all be tone
deaf. Instead, musical senses are nurtured while intuitive ability is
discounted, ridiculed, and ignored. By the time most of us have reached
adulthood, our natural intuitive ability is completely shut down and
There comes a time in life, however, when circumstances
contrive to allow intuition to return. It has been there all the time,
of course, ignored and unheeded, except, perhaps, in dire times as a
warning. Then, right around the age of fifty, most people find that
their still small voice of intuition gets louder and harder to ignore.
Midlife and later is the era of the return of intuition.
There are many reasons why intuition returns in midlife. For one, most
of us have far more time to sit, listen, and simply be as we age. The
demanding and all-embracing times of child rearing and career
development are slowing or reaching an end. During those rewarding and
yet frantic times, it is almost impossible to listen to the quiet voice
of intuition. As we age, though, we enter a period when we have more
leisure and often more money, and we find ourselves doing some soul
searching. We start reading books on spiritual topics, spend more time
in prayer or meditation, or perhaps do yoga or simply sit quietly. What
we find is that our intuition has been waiting patiently for us to pay
attention to it.
Another cause for the return of intuition is that midlife is a time
when many people experience traumatic events, such as the death of a
spouse, significant illness, lay-offs and retirement, or divorce and
life style changes. All these events, while unpleasant, can act as
“wake-up calls” from the spirit realm. I have heard hundreds of stories
from clients who have had their intuition triggered by such happenings.
It is as if we are programmed to awaken our natural intuitive ability
at this stage of our lives.
As we age, we only have two choices. We can embrace our natural human
intuitive ability or we can deny it. In most cultures prior to the 20th
century, the aged were revered as wise ones who could see beyond the
veil. The shamans, crones, midwives, and medicine men of the past were
generally aged persons who had lived long enough to master intuitive
and mediumship skills. In a culture where living to old age was rare,
those who were blessed in that fashion were honored and listened to for
guidance. People who survived into their 50s and beyond became the
nurturers of the community; the spiritual leaders; the guardians of
traditions; and the teachers, mentors, and initiators of the young.
They were the storytellers who helped their people remember enduring
wisdom. They were looked to for advice and counsel and were cared for
by those who were younger.
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with Kathryn Harwig, Author of
The Return of Intuition
1. Your book, The
Intuition, discusses the phenomenon of profound intuitive
middle-aged adults. When and how did you first discover this
My first awareness of this phenomenon
came many years ago when I realized that the majority of people coming
for psychic readings and intuitive training were in their middle years.
As I learned their stories, most people told tales of a "reawakening"
of interest in spiritual and metaphysical matters as they aged. Often
this interest was prompted by a traumatic event such as death, illness,
or divorce, but many people told of a gentle awakening back to the
realm of intuition and spirit. As I started collecting their stories, I
realized that we, as a species, seem to be programmed to return to
intuition as we age.
2. What is it about children that make them
"born psychic?" How do we lose this gift as we age?
I believe all people are born with an
innate ability to be psychic. Then as we grow, we are systematically
socialized not to pay any attention to it. Intuitive ability is
discounted, ridiculed, and ignored in our society, so it is no wonder
that, by the age of seven, all but a few of us have forgotten what we
can do naturally.
3. You are a psychic; is this something
that you've noticed in your own work?
I have had people bring their children to
me because of their natural gifts and have observed firsthand the skill
and knowledge that these children have. I have also watched as these
same children decide (due to peer or media pressure) they don't want to
be psychic and then put their gifts away and forget all about them. My
hope is that as the elder generation reclaims their psychic ability and
returns to intuition, they can also mentor the young so that this no
4. Having a bachelor's degree in psychology
and a doctorate in law, how did you discover your own psychic gifts?
My earliest memories are regarding
psychic gifts. As a small child I spontaneously started "reading
palms," taking the hand of a person and telling him or her about
himself or herself.
In the small Minnesota town where I was raised, this behavior was not
encouraged or approved. So, I spent many years in midlife trying not to
be a psychic. In high school, college, and throughout my first career
as a probation officer I tried very hard to disguise and ignore my
inherent psychic ability. I first got a degree in psychology to figure
out if I was "crazy." Then, I got a doctorate in law, because lawyers
seemed to be the most normal and respected people I knew. I married,
lived a typical middle class life, and tried as hard as I could to
suppress my psychic ability. In my case it took a near-death experience
and a very serious illness to reawaken me and convince me to focus on
honing and then teaching my intuitive skills.
5. Why is being "in tune," so to speak,
with our intuitive abilities important?
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