Questions on Developing Intuition

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” —Steve Jobs

Do you desire to develop your intuition?

Developing IntuitionThe number of people interested in developing intuition is growing. People are becoming aware that it is a very practical skill to have. Developing intuition doesn’t have to lead to a career as a professional intuitive.

It is a useful skill that can enhance your success. In fact, there are studies that have shown that many of the world’s leading CEOs admit to relying on their intuition at some point to make decisions.

Accessing and using your intuition will help you to get in touch with your own inner truth. It can help you gain clarity in situations and point you in the right direction. If you learn to develop it you’ll “know” what to do when problems arise.

The challenge for most people though is knowing when they’re getting an intuitive hunch or if it is their ego disguised as intuition.

Questions on developing intuition from readers

Q. When you REALLY want a particular outcome to occur, how can you be sure it is spirit you hear affirming and not desire?

A. When you’re emotionally invested in an outcome it makes it very difficult to distinguish your intuition from your ego. When your ego is attached to an outcome it can try to disguise itself as a “Yes,” or whatever answer it (the ego) wants to hear. In contrast, your intuition feels very “settled.” There is no question about it. When the ego answers there’s a unsure feeling  and lingering doubts. You continually question yourself over whether it was your intuition or just wishful thinking. Your intuition is “neutral” when it comes through because it’s a statement of “truth.” You’re intuition will feel “firm” more like a statement of fact as in, “just the facts ma’am.” The ego wants to feel like it has “won” or gotten its way so it will feel completely different.

Q. I know we all have it already – it’s learning to trust the whispers, learning to still the mind chatter and listen – much easier said then done – any advice/tips would be much appreciated.  

A. I know I must sound like a broken record but, meditation is the key to calming the mind. Training your mind to slow down and stop all the chatter is the secret to hearing your internal voice. Think of it like (your mind) being at recess all the time playing with a bunch of noisy boisterous kids but, when you meditate it becomes quiet like study hall. The slightest noise in study hall gets your attention, doesn’t it? When you meditate ask yourself questions and listen for the answers. When your mind is quiet you’ll here them – just like you hear any noise in study hall. It may come as a thought, a word, a feeling, a symbol, a knowing. The key is to practice often so you can identify how your intuition comes through for you.

Q. I do meditate daily but it’s “everyday” life that makes it difficult to stay in that mindfulness state where I can hear my intuition.

A. This happens to everyone. I’m not sure anyone can stay in that state all day. After you spend some time practicing to develop your intuition it becomes more automatic. It’s similar to when you learned to drive. At first you made all kinds of mistakes and had to really focus on every little thing you were doing behind the wheel but, over time you became more experienced and used to driving. Now, I bet there are times when you drive to work and don’t even remember how you dot there. This is the same with our intuition. It takes some time and getting used to. Don’t worry and don’t be so hard on yourself. Look back at how far you’ve come from when you first started and congratulate yourself. When you focus on what you’ve done right – you’ll get more of “doing it right!”

I get so many great questions from Powered by Intuition readers that I’m thinking of answering them once per week. What do you think – would you find this worthwhile? Please let me know in the comments. And, if you have any pressing questions about developing and using your intuition please so feel free to ask in the comments as well.

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    • Hi Cathy,
      Great. I’m relieved to hear that you’d be interested in this as a weekly topic.
      Thank you for responding!

  1. I like all your articles, whether you use the Q/A format or something else. Your articles are always full of advice and inspiration.
    Galen Pearl recently posted…Grace Did It!My Profile

    • Hi Galen,
      I’m so grateful for your support.
      It really means a lot to me.
      All my best,

  2. Love that you are going to have a weekly question article. I am finding that as I ask more for guidance, that I am being given some very practical advice- Like this morning I have just decluttered my wardrobe- yes I have been putting it off. I know that the more I listen then the closer I will come to discovering my true purpose. I used the questions you gave me and I know I am close. Now to keep releasing the old

    Love the prescription you have given Julie
    Suzie Cheel recently posted…Intuitive Hearts #16 and #17My Profile

    • Hi Suzie,
      I’m so happy you’re feeling closer. That’s wonderful!!
      It’s possible when you declutter your wardrobe you’ll also be able to “feel” more regarding your purpose too.
      All the layers of clutter from our possessions serve as distractions and barriers from getting to our authentic selves
      I’m so glad you like the prescription for Julie too.

    • Thanks David.
      I appreciate your input.

  3. Hi Angela,

    I think that is a great idea!

    I agree with everything you’ve said. Another way to quiet the mind is through watching your thoughts (Fred Tracy just posted an article on this and I thought it was a brilliant idea to complement meditation with The Watcher technique).

    Eventually it becomes very easy to discern Ego from Intuition. My question is always, if I know it is My Ego but still I am not getting an intuitive hit on a solution…what might be some alternatives besides waiting things out and seeing what comes up.
    Julie A Clear Sign recently posted…Signs From The Universe or Just Ghosts Reprise | Is My House Trying To Kill My Children?My Profile

    • Hi Julie,
      I’m so glad you think so. I really value your input. Thank you!
      Great question too. I think a “releasing technique” would work here.
      When you’ve separated the ego’s voice on the subject you want intuitive guidance on but are still not getting any intuitive answers or signs (Have you asked for a sign? I wrote about this in my book)
      Try this:
      Take a pretty bowl that you love and put in a 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of flour and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
      Mix it all up. The salt represents the Earth element, the sugar is Water, the Pepper is fire and the Flour is Air or Ether.
      Go outdoors at night under the stars in a place where you can have some privacy.
      Then turn in each of the 4 directions: East, South, West and then North. At each turn stop and take a pinch of the mixture and throw it in this direction and say, “I release this problem to the universe to solve. I know the solution will appear within the next week. Keep doing a pinch at a time for every direction until you’ve used up what is in your bowl.
      Then relax and don’t think about it anymore. Your answer will come to you.

    • Yes, not becoming obsessed with why we aren’t getting the answer….just let go.



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