As a culture, we learned to believe our rational minds take precedence when we need to decide on something. The decisions we need to make include things like what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner or when we are buying a home. But what about those moments when things don’t feel right? Those moments we have a gut feeling, an instinct, hunch or premonition about something? We all experience such feelings or intuition at times in our lives. It is a deep feeling that we carry inside. Sometimes we shrug off the feeling while other times we take steps.
What is intuition?
According to Sonia Choquette, “Intuition is an ability that we are born with; it comes from our non-verbal and intuitive right brain, and never goes away. However, most of us suppress it over time and prefer to listen to the logical left brain. The trick is learning how to interpret the information you receive.” This means it is something we have. It comes from our brain. It all comes from the logic and reasoning within us.
Intuition is difficult to explain, but easy to feel. It’s that “inner voice”, that little something, that gut feeling, and something instinctual coming from within you telling you how you feel beneath the logic layers. Intuition appears quickly in consciousness. It’s noticeable enough to make you act if you want to, but without being fully aware of the reasons for its occurrence. It also gives you the ability to know what you are dealing with directly without the need to bridge the gap between the unconscious and conscious parts of your mind. It arises without analytical reasoning or bridging the gap between instinct and reason. To keep it short and precise, it is your “Inner teacher.”
What does intuition mean for us?
Since intuition helps us to understand something instinctively, it means a lot to us, especially those who experienced or are experiencing trauma. In this case, intuition can be the best way to venture into your internal world, heart, aura, and soul and find a way to heal from the inside. It gives us the ability to enter our body and help us make decisions that suit our problems at that moment. Intuition is an incredibly powerful asset, if not misused. It's our key to a better decision-making future. It's more reliable than simply our mind. Intuition can lead us when we don’t have conscious reasoning.
Another thing that intuition can bring you is clarity and inspiration. It helps you identify when soothing is right or wrong. In other words, your intuition will inform you when something is not in alignment and give you the ability to align, clarify and bring inspiration to your life’s purpose. So, if you feel empty, not the depressed empty, but unwary empty, if you don't hear your intuition or gut feeling like you used to, you need to initiate it. How do you succeed?
How to initiate intuition
As shared above, we all have the knowledge we carry inside us. This knowledge or intuition gives you the information and wisdom needed in life. To access this wisdom, you need to get in touch with your intuition. Now that you know what intuition is, and what it means to us as humans, it’s time to learn what you need to do to initiate your intuition.
The easiest way is to meditate. A daily meditation practice is the most effective way of becoming aware of your intuition. One thing meditation offers is clearing your space to help you reconnect with your inner self and initiate your gut feeling. If you feel like you don’t have the gut feeling and intuition, then meditation can help. Other things that you can do to initiate your intuition includes things like:
Get moving: avoid sitting in one position for a long time. Get more oxygen. Take a walk or do something that will give your brain more oxygen. The results are rewarding.
Asking your intuition questions: ask open-ended questions…a question answered by more than a yes or a no. Like Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed., an expert on the topic of intuition says, "Spend your remaining time writing any and all answers that pop into your mind. Don't censor or judge the responses until you've completed the exercise."
Allow yourself to daydream: daydreaming is a powerful intuitive tool. Allow your mind to wander to wherever it wants to go.
Visualize: try to create an image in your mind. You may gain insight in your image that solves a problem. Sometimes, intuition doesn’t come to us with words but appears in visual images.
Since intuition can help you access your inner self and wealth of wisdom: you need to learn how you can get in touch with it. This way you can avoid making irrational decisions and make sure you are making more accurate and strong decisions.
How to become aware of your intuition
After you initiate your intuition, you need to become aware of it. You need to understand how it works. You need to know when it works. Frustration could arise if you cannot explain what that gut feeling relates to. To understand your intuition, you need to let go of the frustration, relax and try the following:
Step away from the current situation: By giving yourself some breathing space and stepping away you become aware of your intuition. Stand up, go somewhere to relax, or walk in nature. Whatever your mind tells you to do, now is the best time to do it.
Be honest with yourself: It's easy to ignore your gut feeling and brush them off. Sometimes we may put the gut feeling away, and take an easier option because we don’t want to change direction. We are afraid of failure, or we don’t want to say no. Be honest with yourself. Acknowledge your unsettled feeling. Let your intuition guide you as you become aware of it. Just simply focus.
Try writing a journal: Sometimes writing is a great way to become aware of your intuition. A journal allows you the space you need to release emotions, process your thoughts, work through issues and allows for greater understanding, knowledge, and self-discovery. Writing a journal helps you to become aware of your intuition.
Can your intuition help you create the life you want?
As you become more aware of your intuition, your life experiences start to unfold in front of you. As these experiences continue, it's time to take a deep breath, observe and discern your next step. If you want your emotions to lead your observation, then you need to follow through with inspired actions. Always avoid creating your reality with emotional acts.
For example, if someone angers you and you respond in anger, more anger will follow. It's reality with an emotional response. However, if you had just stopped and taken a deep breath, even for a moment, you will get the time to connect to your intuitive power inside you. This way you get into what feels right even if getting there means you have to take baby steps.
One important thing to pay attention to is the signs your intuition gives you. It doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear but if you focus it will tell you what you need to hear. For those experiencing trauma, paying attention is very helpful. Taking a deep breath and knowing how you are feeling once your intuitive signs are real provide you with insight. Coincidences become noticeable and you feel hunches for a perfect outcome.
Another thing you need to consider is listening to your intuition. Pay attention to how you are feeling, allow yourself to feel your way through life and stay tuned with your feeling. It's the only way you can expand your life experiences. If something feels right, pay attention to it. Your intuition may guide you to something you never dreamed of, and you will be more confident when it comes to decision-making and following your hunches.
Always remember when dealing with intuition, you continue to consider your rational mind and reason things out. Intuition and your ability to reason complement each other. Balance is also important. Balance your gut feeling and your reasoning ability knowing that your feelings are important, especially during decision making. Reasoning can guide you through your intuition. They go hand in hand. When your intuition is in alignment with your desired result, you can set your intentions and feel them in a vibratory nature. They allow things to flow into your reality.
How intuition can help you make powerful, measured and authentic decisions that are true to you, and in alignment with your heart
Today we rapidly gain new experiences every day. Technology, our busy schedule, trauma and everything that goes on in our day-to-day life add new experiences. The good thing about experiences is that they give you an opportunity to become an expanded version of your true self. Intuition allows you to understand your inner self, the divine connection that helps you navigate through life.
To make powerful, measured and authentic decisions take the time to feel grounded and centered, become more aware of the signs and messages you are getting and choose your intuition consciously. Balance your intuition and the rational part of you. Set intentions and remain open to your trust and intuition. When you do these things, your highest good comes into your being. As Comedian Michael Jr. puts it, “When you know your ‘why’, your ‘what’ becomes more impactful because you’re walking towards or in your purpose.”
Trust your Intuition
Think of your trust as a camera. You can take a clear picture of your Intuition by adding more light, which means developing and understanding your intuition. You can also turn ordinary images into extraordinary ones by listening to your intuition. The result is better decisions. Trust what you want from life and from your intuition. Trust your intuition to come to you. These are the best ways to leverage your power. Listen and understand your intuition.
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