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Once I became a psychotherapist, I refined my intuition by attending workshops on hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, body psychotherapy, and energy therapy. Checking in with my sixth sense was, for me, primarily a mental exercise--one that I used daily until it became routine. I'd listen to my body as though it were a radio, with my mind twisting the dial, seeking a perceptible station. By filtering out the "white noise" of random thoughts and trying to lock onto an energetic signal, I could tune in to a body-based sense of knowing. I regularly tuned in during the day with a personal question or concern. I could also tune in during a therapeutic conversation with a client, which seemed to increase my ability to be more empathic and clear in my interpretations.
Throughout the months between the mammogram, multiple biopsies, diagnosis, and the actual surgery, when I had so many decisions to make about treatment, I set aside time each day to tune in and get information about my prognosis. I focused and asked my body: "Is it really cancer? Has it spread? Do I need surgery? How can I stay healthy? Talk to me!" I listened for answers or clues, but heard little coming back. Once in a while, a deep, subtle voice inside said: "Don't worry, it's nothing." But this was the wrong answer, as test after test confirmed. My intuition, so reliable for so long, was suddenly no longer trustworthy.