On Nursing Intuition

by Alan McAllister, CCHt PhD-phys

The ability of a nurse practitioner to come to conclusions about the state of their patient and how they should best proceed with their care is based on various channels of information input and on several levels of information processing. Here we focus on the ability of a nurse to be aware and perceive things about their patients outside of the dominant physical sensory channels of sight and sound.

Considering the human being as an energetic system, we have the ability to exchange energy with The our environment, including other human beings, in many different ways. These include, but are not limited to sight, sound, and touch. These exchanges occur due to the ability of various parts of our being to resonate with aspects of our environment. As complex energetic systems we can resonate in many more ways than just through the physical senses. Anyone who has felt a musical performance vibrating through their body knows that we can perceive sound waves with more of our physiology than the nerves of the inner ear. Extending this experience, any part of our body or being may resonate with aspects of the environment opening a channel for energy or information exchange.

We have a whole emotional aspect which can resonate and exchange energy with other human beings. While this is not the only “extra-sensory” energetic level that nurses use, it is probably the most common and dominant one. By tuning into (either consciously or sub-consciously) to their own emotional system they can become aware of the perturbations caused by energy exchanges through resonances on this level. When feed into the intuitive/integral aspects of the brain/mind for processing we have the basis for the nurse’s “intuition” about their client.

In practice this emotional channel will be integrated with other sources of information and past experience, both about a particular client and other clients in similar situations.

There are several such energetic channels that human beings work with, either sub-consciously (as is true for most of us) or consciously to varying degrees. These include the empathic/emotional channel, a feeling channel usually associated with the heart, and various mental levels of extra-sensory perception and communication. A given practitioner may be using some, or all of these, in varying combinations and to varying degrees.

A separate, but related topic is entered when we consider that once a channel of energy exchange or “communication” is opened energy may flow both ways. This underpins the effectiveness of love, compassion and other forms of “caring” in the healing arts. It may also mediate exchanges, or have consequences, that are less beneficial, especially to the practitioner. This is why awareness and training in this area is of great importance.

Once this channel is open it is a two way street for energy as well as information. When this is set up without conscious control and monitoring, there can be a variety of unwanted consequences. These include being energetically drained by clients, being “gifted” with emotional and physical energies that they don’t want, and being programed by them. This is not meant to frighten anyone, it is part of how we operate as human beings all the time, though generally accentuated in several ways.

By learning to be more aware of our energetic selves, we can begin to choose which aspects of these channels are useful, and which are not. We can learn how to set them up so that we filter the less useful aspects out, or rearrange how we work with them to avoid unwanted side affects. This is something we can all do. You are already doing it, just not in a fully conscious, directed fashion, because our society in general does not teach us how to.

(© 9/2007)

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