Kids and Intuition

by Debbie L. Kasman in ,


This blog post was previously called “Are Kids Psychic?” It’s a very popular post, but I changed the title to help more people understand these abilities are perfectly normal.

Kids and intuition

When my son was five years old, he told me his dad had called to see how he was doing. When I checked the phone, sure enough there was a message from his dad, but my son had no way of knowing that his dad had called.  

Another time, I asked my son if he’d had any dreams in the night. He told me he had dreamed about his grandparents. They had both passed away. I asked what they were doing and he said they were dancing. My son had no way of knowing his grandparents had loved to dance together. 

When my cousin’s daughter was eight and she was looking at photographs with her grandmother, she saw a picture of her great grandmother and told her grandmother, "That's the lady who comes to all my birthday parties and sits in the corner every year. She never talks to anyone." 

My cousin’s great grandmother had died long before my cousin was born. She had no way of knowing who the lady was.

Research shows that kids are born with an innate sense of intuition, but as they get older they close the door to this gift, likely because the adults around them don't trust this type of intuition.

In July 2012, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University released a study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology that shows kids are born with an intuitive sense of number quantities, which they call the “approximate number system.” 

Researchers also discovered that the number exactitude of math kids develop later in life and this primitive sense of number are linked. They say we can actually boost a kindergartner’s math performance simply by exercising a young child’s intuitive number sense with a quick computer game, and it’s important teachers do this because a strong early gut sense of approximate number can predict a child’s math ability later in life. Until then, no one had figured out that working with gut sense can make a child better at math.   

We think we live in one world, but we actually live in five. There are five different states of consciousness to match each of the five worlds, too, and it’s important we as adults learn more about this.

The first state of consciousness is the awake state. That’s when you are wide awake, as in not sleeping. This state matches the gross physical world, which is the world we can see and interpret with our five senses.  This is the world most people think is “real.” Most people think this is the only world there is.

There is also the subtle state of consciousness, which matches the subtle world. We enter the subtle state and the subtle world when we are sleeping and having dreams, when we are awake and “in the flow” like artists and athletes, and when we are awake and having visions.  (It’s not very common for people to have visions or dreams when they are awake, but some people actually do.)

The subtle world is a very valuable world. It constitutes a range of experiences from emotions, to ecstasy, to dreams, and provides an infinite source of potential and imagination when we are sleeping. The subtle world provides an infinite source of potential and imagination when we are awake, too. It is the home of the very highest form of potentials we have. We feel qualities like bliss, infinite awareness, absolute love, happiness, compassion, and joy when we are in the subtle world. People can have premonition dreams when they are in the subtle state. People can also have intuitive thoughts and feelings when they are in this state.

There is also the causal state of consciousness, which matches the causal world. This is the world we enter when we are in a deep formless sleep. We don’t have any dreams during this state. It’s an empty, formless state. In the causal world, there’s no content in our mind whatsoever.

There’s also the witnessing state of consciousness, which many people call the causal world for simplicity.  We enter this world when we are awake and aware of ourselves noticing things. 

And finally there’s the non-dual unity state of consciousness, which many call the causal world for simplicity, too. We enter the non-dual state of consciousness as experienced meditators. This is the state Buddha was in when he meditated in the jungle for thirty-nine days and discovered his four noble truths.

Simply put, these three states – gross, subtle, and causal – are body, mind, and spirit.

We can all access all five states whenever we want, but we have to learn how. These five states provide the raw materials of all our experiences. They help us see the truth and even experience our own spirit. When we experience the non-dual state – emptiness or spirit – we experience ultimate reality or truth itself.

Intuition and premonition dreams come from these expanded levels of consciousness. We become receivers of energy vibrations and tune into information from the four invisible worlds like a radio receiver tunes in to a certain station or channel. We are meant to be and live in partnership with these non-physical energies but we have to allow, invite, and trust ourselves enough to make these connections.

The next time a child tells you something unusual, like there's a strange lady sitting in the corner at her birthday party, or she solves a math problem in an interesting way, pay attention. That child might be accessing her intuition. Don’t tell her she’s being silly, that things like this are not possible, or that you aren’t supposed to solve math problems like that. Show interest in what the child has to say. Believe her.  Ask questions. Listen. Encourage. You’ll be enhancing the child’s intuition, her imagination, and her ability to be creative. Maybe your own, too!

Intuition, imagination, and creativity are incredible gifts, and we need to nurture them - in ourselves and in our kids. 

Debbie L. Kasman

Debbie is an international educational consultant and former teacher, principal, principal assistant to the superintendent for Special Education, acting interim superintendent for Curriculum and Special Education, and student achievement officer at the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat at the Ministry of Education.  She is author of the book Lotus of the Heart:  Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul.  She has lots to say about spirituality, female leadership, and the need to transform education.