Poetry is word suggesting image. It asks us to be still and intuitively follow the thread of its woven words. It’s full of symbolism, and symbolism is integral to reading intuitively.
Poetry asks the left and right hemispheres of our brain to play together, resulting in lateral thought. It’s that aha moment when you understand why a poet put certain words together. It’s that soul satisfying moment when the world seems to make sense in an out-of-the box way.
Reading intuitively for people is like reading poetry. Why? Poems are tidbits of imagistic language that provide accessibility to abstract ideas and concrete information at the same time. Reading poetry or people invite you to become still, open, and full of awe.
Here’s the first 4 lines of the poem, The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams.
so much depends
a red wheel
When I read for clients I receive images. If I receive an image of a red wheel barrow and it has a “hold the breath” kind of feeling, I’d know that this is important information for the client. Perhaps the client has a decision to make about something originating in childhood? What’s in the wheel barrow?
The right and left brain work together to:
- receive the image,
- make sense out of it,
- find a way to convey the information coherently.
To me, the world is made up of symbols. It’s a delicious feeling when I make sense out of what I can best describe as a metaphor. I ask “what is the meaning of this?” if I don’t understand it. Information appears quietly, perhaps as a whisper, another image, or just a sense of knowing.
To help you build a vocabulary of symbols you could read a couple of poems with lots of imagery and metaphors. You could also explore other fields, such as art, dreams, music, or another creative endeavor to help you to hone your intuitive reading skills.
Intuitive reading is another form of creativity. Poetry parallels and explains how intuition uses both words and images.