Practical Intuition: How to Harness the Power of Your Instinct and Make It Work for You


Gut feeling.  Sixth sense.  Hunch.  No matter what it's called, intuition plays a part in the decisions we make every day.  In seminars around the world, Laura Day has taught business people, financial analysts, celebrities, homemakers, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals how to consciously tap this hidden ability.  Now, through a step-by-step program, first-person accounts, and real-life examples, Day shows you how to ...

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Gut feeling.  Sixth sense.  Hunch.  No matter what it's called, intuition plays a part in the decisions we make every day.  In seminars around the world, Laura Day has taught business people, financial analysts, celebrities, homemakers, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals how to consciously tap this hidden ability.  Now, through a step-by-step program, first-person accounts, and real-life examples, Day shows you how to unlock the remarkable power of your mind.

Practical Intuition will help you:

follow your hunches and control your enthusiasms make better investment and business decisions
"read" other people more accurately make more informed decisions about your health know whether a partner is right for you understand what you really want to do with the rest of your life and much more

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Practical Intuition very succinctly and clearly outlines how we can unlock a natural ability that we are all endowed with."
—Deepak Chopra

"Intuition isn't mystical.  It's a sort of background sense of how things should work; it's facts hidden in the brain.  Intuition is logic.  Laura Day guides you step-by-step through a systematic approach to getting in touch with this important faculty."
—Dr. James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and codiscoverer of DNA

"Laura Day is a remarkable woman with remarkable abilities, but for me, what is most remarkable about her is how she has taught me to believe in myself and my own intuition. . . . By creating a practical format like the one in this book, she teaches everyone to see how intuition works on all levels of our lives, and how we can take back our personal power."
—Demi Moore

Library Journal
Day, a psychic who prefers to be called an intuitor, claims to have been able to predict the future for most of her life. She now works with clients to help answer questions about their business and personal lives. She also teaches classes to help others use their intuition to advantage. In this book, Day uses anecdotes to illustrate the validity of her own and her students' intuition, and she offers exercises to the reader for learning how to use their intuition. Readers open to the idea of "psychic" abilities will enjoy exploring and enhancing their own intuitive skills. This book is well structured and easy to follow. Nonbelievers will probably not be convinced by Day, but then they probably won't be reading this book anyway. Recommended.Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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A renowned teacher and consultant to executives, celebrities, and financial analysts teaches you how to harness your remarkable innate abilities so that you can make the intuitive decisions about everything, from stock-market picks to your romantic life. Book Club edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767900348
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 290,990
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Day

Laura Day has been teaching her  "Practical Intuition" seminar all over the world for the past ten years and has been a consultant to business people, scientists, and private individuals.  She lives in New York City.  

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What Are You All About?

It has been said that each individual's life boils down to a single question.  Your life is the living of that question, the search for its answer and personal significance.  Arriving at that ultimate question involves asking and answering numerous preliminary questions.  Slowly, you begin to realize all the questions' interrelatedness, until at last you distill them down to one.  You do this not by gaining information from empirical sources but by questioning yourself and unearthing knowledge you didn't know you possessed.

This answering of a question with a question that reveals a still greater truth is a fundamental part of many religious traditions, including Hebraic, Jesuitical, and Zen.  It's in reaching the profound, seminal questions that the meaning is discovered and the questioning taken to the next level of understanding.  The questions lead us to places unfamiliar and then make these places known to us.

An insightful psychotherapist once said to me, "You want answers to questions that only you could think to ask."  At the time I thought he was validating my intellectual superiority.  But I've come to realize that certain questions are so intricately tied to our individuality that the answers can come only from within ourselves.  Often this is the last place we look.

The function of intuition is to lead us to these answers.  The function of the mind and the heart is to formulate the questions.

This book will help you answer your questions by asking them back at you.  Indeed, only you can answer the ultimate questions of your life.  It always amazes me that we expect disciplines like philosophy and religion and intuition to answer questions such as What is the meaning of life?  Yet we don't think that the individual "I" who generates these philosophies can answer something simple like Will the price of gold rise in February? or Where the heck did I leave my car keys? or, more seriously, How can I make my relationship more successful?

It's the little questions that make up life.

Getting In Touch With Your Priorities

The following is a simple questionnaire that will help you pinpoint the information you need to best use the next chapter.  This is also your first exercise in opening the door to intuition.

Exercise 1
Getting In Touch With Yourself

Part I

Record your first response to each of the following questions, even if it doesn't seem to make sense.  Be honest.  Don't try to be clever or to respond in a way you think will impress me or others.  Be brief; sometimes a word will suffice.  You will have the opportunity to give more reflective answers shortly.

Although this exercise calls for short responses, you may want to have a friend read off the questions and transcribe your answers.  If not, use your tape recorder.

Remember, I want your immediate responses.  OK?  Here goes:

In this moment, what do you want?
In this moment, what do you need?
In this moment, what is your greatest fear?
In this moment, what is your dearest wish?
In this moment, what do you need to be happy?
In this moment, what is your ambition?
In this moment, what is your greatest talent?
In this moment, what is your most formidable obstacle?
In this moment, how are you your own worst enemy?
In this moment, with what part of your life are you most satisfied?
In this moment, what is missing in your life?
In this moment, in which area of your life would you most like to see change in the coming year?
What is your mission?

Part II

Review your answers to the preceding questions.  I would now like you to reflect on each question before responding.  Your answers this time will be longer than those in Part I, but you should still try to be concise.  If you get stuck, look back to your initial responses.

Here goes:

Upon reflection, what do you want?
Upon reflection, what do you need?
Upon reflection, what is your greatest fear?
Upon reflection, what is your dearest wish?
Upon reflection, what do you need to be happy?
Upon reflection, what is your ambition?
Upon reflection, what is your greatest talent?
Upon reflection, what is your most formidable obstacle?
Upon reflection, how are you your own worst enemy?
Upon reflection, with what part of your life are you most satisfied?
Upon reflection, what is missing in your life?
Upon reflection, in which area of your life would you most like to see change in the coming year?
Upon reflection, what is your mission?

Record your responses in your intuition notebook.  If you used a tape recorder, transcribe your precise words.

Remember to label this Exercise 1 and note the date.

The Point of This Exercise

This is a book about answering the important questions in your life.  You've just begun the process of thinking about them.  In the next chapter, I'll ask you to think about them more concretely.

Granting You Three Wishes

Just Imagine, You Can Ask Anything . . .

I'd like you to imagine that you're about to be granted a special audience with an all-seeing individual.  It's hard to believe, but this person can tell you anything you want to know about any person or event in the past, present, or even future.

Now, just like Aladdin's genie, this omniscient being has granted you a wonderful gift: the answers to any three questions of your choosing.  Any three.  What questions would you ask?

They wouldn't be trivial—you have been granted just three, after all.  This would not be the appropriate time to focus on where you left your car keys or whether you should substitute chestnuts for walnuts in your mother's Thanksgiving recipe for turkey stuffing.  You wouldn't want to waste this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

No, these questions would involve major life issues.  Very likely they would concern your career or your relationships.  Your questions might be about obstacles or opportunities you're likely to encounter in the coming months and how best to deal with them.  Or perhaps there is a mystery from your past you'd like to solve once and for all.

Since you'll want to be able to use the information, you wouldn't ask about events decades from now.  You'd ask about issues you could verify one way or another in the next six to twelve months, a few years at the outside.  If you asked about the meaning of life, for example, you would not ever be able to verify whether the answer you were given was correct.

Exercise 2
So, What Would You Ask?

Right now, get a pen and a piece of paper and come up with three questions.  They can be about personal or business matters.  They can be about yourself, someone you know, or someone who hasn't even come into your life yet.

Three questions.

Don't be shy, really let loose.  No one is going to see these questions but you.  Don't think any of your questions are silly.  "Will my breasts ever grow?" would have been my main question in the years between childhood and adolescence!

These need not be yes/no questions.  They should be varied and not overlapping, though they don't have to be in any particular order.

Again, ask questions you really want answered.

Don't worry about whether you've phrased your questions perfectly.  In the next chapter you will be editing them.

If you have trouble narrowing your wish list down to three, brainstorm with as many questions as you'd like.  Once you've completed your longer list, use process of elimination to select the three questions you would most like answers to.

When you've finished writing them, label the list Exercise 2 and place it in your intuition notebook.

Here's My Promise

By the time you've finished this book, you will have detailed answers to your three questions.  You don't need to do research, ask an expert, or call the Psychic Hot Line (a psychic 900 number).

How, you ask?  Well, do you remember that person I mentioned whom you can consult, that remarkable individual with access to answers about any question?

I was talking about you.

As you will discover shortly, you are already intuitive.  You access your "sixth sense" unconsciously all the time.  You simply aren't aware of your intuition, or haven't learned to recognize it.  Trust me: You have the ability—right now—to get useful information instantly on any topic at any time, whether intellectually you know anything about it or not.

This book will help you develop your conscious control over this amazing faculty.  Through the exercises you will answer each question not just once but over and over, from different perspectives and in different time frames.  Incidentally, there is nothing preventing you from answering other questions on your own as you hone your intuitive ability.  The limit to three is simply so I can walk you through the exercises in an organized way.  I know this program works because over the past decade I've helped thousands of people tap their intuition.  By the end of this book, you'll be using your intuitive powers like never before.

Remember, I'm not going to answer your three questions.  You are.

That means you'll have to complete the exercises conscientiously.  Since they're all about the major questions in your life, I'm sure they'll have your complete attention.  Besides, they're brief and fun, and they'll give you instant feedback on your progress.

If You Have Any Doubts

You may be skeptical that anyone, much less you, can answer these questions.  I don't blame you.  Many of my students begin as skeptics.

So I'm going to ask you to do something I ask of them.  If you don't believe you can answer these questions, I'd like you to cultivate an attitude you may have forgotten since childhood.  I'd like you to pretend.


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Table of Contents

An Introduction
The Seven Steps to Intuitive Development
1 How I Became an Intuitive 3
2 What Intuition Can Do for You 9
3 Establishing What Is Truly Important to You 16
4 Granting You Three Wishes 23
5 Without Further Ado 28
6 The Art of Asking Questions 32
7 Congratulations on Your First Reading 42
8 You Already Know Everything 46
9 Attention Shift: Unlocking Your Intuition 53
10 There Are No Coincidences 57
11 Remembering How to Pretend 64
12 Relying on Intuition Can Be Scary 76
13 Intuition Is Knowing Without Knowing Why You Know 81
14 Intuition's Relationship to Other "Psychic" Phenomena 89
15 Finding Your Intuitive State 92
16 In the Beginning Was the Question 99
17 Your First Solo Reading 105
18 Reviewing Your First Solo Reading 110
19 Intuition Can Tell You About Anything You Want to Know 113
20 Understanding Your Unique Intuitive Vocabulary 117
21 Giving Your Readings a Framework 121
22 Your Intuitive Vocabulary: What Are Your Time Cues? 128
23 Your Intuitive Vocabulary: Answering Yes/No Questions 135
24 Developing Your Intuitive Reading Style 141
25 Doing Formal Readings for Yourself or Your Friends 144
26 Using Intuition to Improve Your Decision Making 157
27 Using Intuition in Your Professional Life 161
28 Using Intuition in Your Personal Life 165
29 A Final Look at Your Three Questions 171
30 Random Speculations Regarding Intuition, the Nature of Reality, and the State of Our World 174
31 Free Bonus: How to Turn Anyone into Your Own Personal Psychic in Five Minutes! 181
32 You've Only Just Begun Your Journey 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Practical is the Key Word

    Everyone is born with intuitive ability that they can develop and harness to make life work for them - whether it is to be aware of good opportunities, bad people, or find out where you lost your keys ... intuition and intellect are the best bed fellows. Although it is a matter of debate ... psychic awareness is something much bigger than intuition. Everyone is intuitive but not all people are the bonafide psychic who can see across the realms of creation. Nonetheless, don't allow intuition to stay dormat. Don't get wacky and forget about magic. Harness your intuition and allow yourself to be focused to its constructive and practical uses in your life. By the way - there is no such thing as fate. Life is choice not chance. You create your reality within the realm of choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    A great book!

    I really enjoyed this book! Although I enjoy all the books from Laura Day. She has really helped me and if nothing else at least you'll have fun doing all the exercises in the book. I've just started reading practical intuition for success by laura day.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    An Intuitive Shares Her Psychic Toolkit

    Laura Day's book, PRACTICAL INTUITION, describes ways that we can develop our psychic senses and connect more clearly with the truths that are out there -- such as what job is best, what partner is best, what to do to improve one's health, and how to make better investment and business decisions. Most of us suffer from occasional lapses in what we call 'reason' or 'judgement', in which we ignore deeper knowledge of who we are and what we need. This knowledge is fully accessible to each and every one of us, according to Day, who provides fun and informative exercises designed to building up our intuitive talent. PRACTICAL INTUITION sets itself apart from other intuition books by starting with the working assumption that we all have access to universal truths and can see the future, feel how others are feeling, and generally live our lives in mystical fashion. I love this approach to the subject of intuition, because I share these beliefs and enjoy experiencing the magic in life. I love the section Day includes in this book which shows you how you can quickly help almost anyone become your own psychic guru (even when they don't think they are psychic at all) -- for those times when you need an unbiased opinion, and don't want to hire a psychic. This is a very creative technique that you're sure to have lots of fun with as you get the answers you need to those burning questions. Would you like to find out how intuitive you can really be? Are you open to the possibility that you already know exactly who you are and what is best for you? PRACTICAL INTUITION picks up where other intuition books leave off, and can raise your intuitive ability to heights you never knew you could reach.

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