What is intuition anyway? 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.
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 seem? That’s your intuition.
How about having the feeling that you shouldn’t accept that “perfect” job offer? Yep, that’s your intuition!
“Not everything we experience can be explained by logic” – Lina Wesphal
Alright, let’s dive in some more. 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 one of the best ways to tap 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.
Do you feel drained, sick in your stomach, or have 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 minds to go into overdrive. Our thoughts begin to race and we might become anxious. It’s hard to hear our intuition with all the mental chatter.
The best way to hear what your intuition is saying is to meditate. I know meditation isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but the benefits 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.
“When we quiet the mind, the soul will speak” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
3. WATCH FOR SYMBOLS AND “COINCIDENCES”
A way that the universe (or whatever you choose to call it) speaks to us is through symbols. They 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.)
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!
“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
4. NAGGING THOUGHTS
This is a big indicator of 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.
Is there something you think about ALL the time but you don’t act because it doesn’t seem rational? That’s your intuition! Usually, the inner voice starts as a whisper and becomes louder.
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. I want that for you too!
Put these 4 ways to tap into your intuition into practice and your life will change! I promise.
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Until next time friends! x