“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?
The 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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