Trusting Your Intuition: Tickling the Ant as a Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Practice-Tickling the AntThe most often quoted ‘ant verse’ from the Hebrew Testament is Proverbs 6:6. “Be like the ant,” says Solomon, “consider her ways, and be wise” (the Holy Bible from Lamsa’s Aramaic of the Peshitta). The King James Bible is a little more direct and in your face. It refers to us as sluggards. It says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise.”

We don’t recommend calling people sluggards; however, the derogatory language makes an important point. Most people are a bit sluggish when it comes to applying Truth principles. And they’re even more reticent when it comes to aligning their human self (small ‘s’ self) with their Higher Self (capital ‘S’ Self).

Solomon was well versed in the wisdom traditions of the East and what we call the Mid-East today. He was well aware of what the Egyptians called the arat and the Hindus called the ajna. Taoist alchemists call it the Third Eye. In Theosophy this eye atrophied and sunk into what today is known as the pineal gland. In all of these traditions the Third Eye is the doorway to higher consciousness.

This mystical ‘perceptive organ’ provides ‘sight’ beyond ordinary sight. It’s located slightly above the eyebrows in the middle of your forehead. It is sometimes called the ‘clear sight’ or guru chakra. Hindus place a colored dot on their foreheads to mark the spot. Fundamental Christians place ashes which form a cross on congregants’ foreheads just above the location of the Third Eye on Ash Wednesday to remind them they are simply dust and in need of repentance.

Unity prefers to anoint our foreheads with oil to celebrate our Christ connection and affirm our goodness. The ancient Egyptians wore a tiara with a small serpent protruding over the Third Eye to honor its influence. Muslims place their faces on prayer mats to achieve a prostration mark that represents piety.

So What Do Ants and Third Eyes Have To Do With Each Other?

In the Book of Revelation the Third Eye is the sixth chakra (pineal gland) and is identified with the 6th church, the Church of Philadelphia. Here’s the connection with the ant and why this is a valued spiritual practice. When the Third Eye becomes active, you feel a tingling behind the skin of the forehead. Some esoteric traditions call that sensation ‘the tickling of the ant.’

So, in the Bible, when Solomon advises people to learn the ways of the ant and become wise, the ant’s ‘wisdom’ is a play on the esoteric ‘tickling of the ant’ when the ‘clear sight’ chakra becomes active. What Solomon is really saying is ‘go inside’ and connect with your innate divinity. Another way of saying it is: “Go inside and align yourself with your Christ Nature so you can ‘up your consciousness!”

Taking Action

If you want to be wise, literally ‘listen to the ant’s speech’, you must listen to your inner guidance. (If you still think Solomon lowered his ear to an anthill to listen to ants, we need to talk after you read this blogcast).

IntuitionSignIn the wisdom traditions, the Third Eye is the gateway to higher consciousness, and thus enlightenment. The Third Eye is often associated with clairvoyance, precognition, astral visions, out-of-body experiences, and astral travel. These inner ‘knowings’ are not clouded by thoughts, intentions or assumptions. They are instinctual messages that come to you, seemingly from no where and often run in opposition to your rational thoughts.

However, one thing is for certain – your inner knowing is an intuitive compass. It’s guidance is pure and its timing is exquisite. What makes intuition’s timing so reliable is that intuition is a form of knowing that is connected to the collective universal knowledge and experience that have made you what you are. It is a composite of all of your left and right brain cognition. So, in a very real sense, intuition is logic in a hurry! And it is this inner choreography that presents itself as an intuitive flash.

As you become more of and disciplined in ‘listening to the ant,’ you’ll begin to trust your intuition more and respond more positively whenever you ‘feel’ its call. Like anything else worthwhile, it takes practice and patience.


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3 Responses to Trusting Your Intuition: Tickling the Ant as a Spiritual Practice

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  2. I very much enjoyed this article, especially as I had never heard the ant related to intuition before. Cute! When I see an ant now, it will remind me of where I am consciousness wise. Its the little things that count….thank you.


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