Intuition goes by many names such as gut instinct, sixth sense, inner voice, spiritual guide, or innate wisdom. It extends beyond the rational often reflecting in those impressions we can’t always explain or justify no matter how much our brains want an answer.
I have found myself experiencing a close relationship with my intuition. The more I have heeded its wisdom and advice, the more it has proven itself accurate and true. This has birthed in me the conviction that our intuition is an unmistakable guide to our happiness, but how do we actually learn to trust our intuition?
Intuition goes beyond rationalization
The two hemispheres of our brain are each responsible for different thought processes. The left side of the brain focuses on those processes that bring about logic, analytical thinking, and rationalization; the right side is intimately connected with our imagination and creativity.
We live in a world that is largely rational, logical and analytical. It has been this way since the days of Socrates who kick-started a critical thinking society. Aristotle and Plato continued Socrates legacy until our society became largely analytical and logical and less imaginative. The result, people who experience intuition but don’t necessarily understand the value of balancing intuition with reason and logic.
Developing your intuition
Whether you are a mother, partner, student, or a career woman, life is busy. This busyness deftly drowns out the voice of our intuition. Here are a few tips to help you listen and identify your intuition:
1 Quieten down. Our minds race from one trail of thought to another, from one task to the next. Yet, intuition is best cultivated in those moments of stillness and quiet. The more still your mind is, the more you are able to be fully present thus attentive to your intuition. Take time for yourself. Include some meditation and quiet reflection. Keep a journal.
2 Be present. Be aware of what is going on around you and in your body. Observe the way people are behaving or responding during conversation or situations. Are they guarded, edgy, relaxed, etc? Part of being present is to be aware of your own emotions and body. If you are tired, you need to rest. IF you are emotional then you need to allow yourself the space to feel those emotions.
3 Listen to that first thought or reaction This is your intuition talking. Listen to it. Trust it. The more you obey your intuition the more you will be able to trust it and allow it to guide you into a life of greater happiness and fulfillment.
4 Discern between instinct and emotionally charged thinking. Not every thought we have is from our intuition. Sometimes our thoughts are rooted in fears, insecurities, or wishful thinking. Learn to tell the difference. Your intuition is usually neutral and objective with a gentle, affirming tone to it. Fear-based or wishful thinking will be emotionally charged or trigger you into insecurities and past hurts.
Listening to your intuition is a skill worth practicing. Allow yourself the opportunities to become fully engaged in your world as you allow your internal compass to guide you into your life’s purpose and destiny.