What is Intuition?
It’s the ability to know something without analytic reasoning.
It’s that inner voice and feeling in your body that gives you information about a situation, person, and/or decision.
We are by nature intuitive, but the “hunches” we have are often shrugged off because they seem illogical.
It’s hard to develop our intuition when we live in a culture that encourages rationality. In fact, those that are open about listening to their “gut” are often viewed as weird or irresponsible.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift” – Albert Einstein
Have you ever had a sudden feeling that you shouldn’t walk home or take a certain route while driving? That’s your intuition.
Have you ever had a feeling that someone shouldn’t be trusted despite how wonderful they present? That’s your intuition.
How about having the feeling that you shouldn’t accept that perfect on paper job offer? Yep, that’s your intuition!
This is going to sound woo woo to some of you, but I believe our intuition is the universe (god, higher power, consciousness – whatever you want to call it) guiding and talking to us.
If you’ve ever had a nagging feeling that you should be doing something or an idea that won’t leave you alone, it’s likely your intuition.
The inner voice may seem illogical, so it is often ignored.
“The universe speaks to us always, first in whispers. And a whisper usually in your life feels like, hmm…that’s odd…or hmm…that doesn’t make sense…or, hmm…is that right”? – Oprah Winfrey
If you don’t embrace the idea that intuition has anything to do with spirituality, you might be interested to know that there’s some scientific evidence to support intuition being a “real” thing.
Here are 4 ways to develop your intuition:
1. Listen to the Sensations in Your Body
Paying attention to the sensations in your body is a primary way to tune into your intuition. It’s typically felt in the stomach or chest area, but it might be somewhere different for you.
When you need clarity about a circumstance or decision take a moment to ask yourself what is going on in your body.
Check out this short clip by Deepak Chopra on taking the time to feel the body
Do you feel drained, sick in your stomach, tightness in your chest? Or do you feel excited, light, and energized? If it’s the latter that’s your intuition telling you that you’re on the right track.
“To know the world, feel the body” – Deepak Chopra
2. Become Still
When we’re faced with a tough decision its common for our mind to go into overdrive. Our thoughts begin to race and often we become anxious. It’s hard to hear our intuition with all this mental chatter.
“When we quiet the mind, the soul will speak” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
The best way to hear what your intuition is saying is to meditate. I know mediation is not everyone’s cup of tea but the benefits of it are mighty!
You don’t need to meditate for long periods of time. You will reap huge benefits and get clarity with even 10 minutes a day. Asking for guidance from the universe before meditating can help you receive the answer you need.
Check out my post on meditation for beginners to learn to become still.
3. Watch for Symbols and “Coincidences”
As I previously mentioned, I believe our intuition is the universe trying to guide us in the right direction.
A way that the universe (or whatever you choose to call it) speaks to us is through symbols. Symbols let you know you’re headed in the right direction.
Examples of symbols are finding coins or consistently seeing the same number in various places (on a clock, license plate, etc.)
“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Watching out for “coincidences” can help guide you too. A book with the information you need might fall off the shelf or you meet a stranger who gives you just the answer you were looking for. Don’t dismiss this as a simple coincidence – it’s the universe guiding you!
4. Nagging Thoughts
This is a big indicator about what direction you should be taking. If you have a thought that just won’t go away it’s likely your intuition guiding you in a particular direction.
there something you think about ALL the time but you don’t act because it doesn’t seem irrational? That’s your intuition! Usually the inner voice starts as a whisper and becomes louder.
“Not everything we experience can be explain by logic or science” – Lina Westphal
If you continue to put that thing off the voice almost becomes annoying – like nagging! I know because this blog is the direct result of the inner voice becoming so loud, I knew I had to finally take some action.
For YEARS I put off writing for various reasons but finally did it – and guess what? I feel as if I’m on the right path and my inner voice is more at peace.