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“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” –Frances Scovel Shinn

You can use your intuition to lead you to a life you love. All it takes is letting go and trusting your inner voice.

Follow your intuition to a life you loveDuring a session a client commented that when reviewing her past mistakes in life she was able to identify a pattern of ignoring her intuition. Whenever she had ignored her intuition and relied solely on the rational mind to make a decision it had not turned out well.

The reason she had ignored her intuition and not followed its guidance was because she was afraid of what might happen if she followed it.

By far, the biggest reason why people ignore their intuition and end up making bad decisions and wrong choices is because they are fearful of letting go and trusting their intuition.

I know through my own experience that not listening to my intuition is what put me on the wrong path in my life. It was only when I finally let go of the fear and “took the leap of faith” and began listening to it that my life began to change for the better.

When we won’t let go and fear trusting our inner guidance it is because we want to “control” the outcome.

The problem with control is that we also limit the possibilities of what may happen when we try so hard to be in control of things.

You might think that the only solution is “X” but, what if letting go means that you set off a new chain of events that leads to an unexpected and even better solution? Wouldn’t you want that instead?

Letting go and letting your intuition lead you is the way to set off the new chain of events that leads to those fortunate coincidences and door opening opportunities.

When you take a leap of faith to follow your intuition the Universe will catch you and gently place you on the road that leads straight to your heart’s desire.

Here’s a wonderful account of how listening to intuition led Janet Brent straight to her heart’s desire and to a wonderful new life:

When I was smack in my mid-twenties “quarter-life crisis”, I made a decision that would change the course of my life by breaking up my five year long-term relationship to the man I thought I’d marry. I realized how much of a sham stability is and knew I needed to work on loving myself and finding my passions. I told myself I would need two years to be completely single, without the bullshit of dating. Feeling very lost amidst the crying fits, I wondered what to do next.
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A quiet voice that I call my inner intuition told me to move back to the Philippines, my home country where I was born. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest since the age of 3, this seemed like a crazy idea and I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to pull it off. That whisper in my head wouldn’t go away and a year later, I stepped on the plane to follow my heart. I had no plans, but I made a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do. A handful of those things were crossed off without actively searching, but many came as opportunities practically handed to me!
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“Join a Zen Buddhist temple to practice meditation” came about when I was about to start a new work-from-home head hunter job that didn’t satisfy my passion. I asked for guidance and for a sign that following my intuition to turn it down was the right thing to do. Show me a better opportunity and I’ll take it. The next day, I noticed a link to the Buddhist retreat in the Philippines while viewing a friend’s Facebook profile. Live and stay at a temple for four months FREE. It was a no brainer for someone with “no plans” with a one-way ticket and no savings/very little funds. “Stop eating meat for a long period of time” would also be crossed off my bucket list.
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“Learn Filipino Martial Arts” came about when a co-retreat member  introduced me to a martial arts teacher who I ended up walking 660 km with on a tropical island. This experience came directly after the retreat where I had asked to find a spiritual partner. Feeling like my life was starting to seem like “Eat Pray Love“, I knew that “love” was coming soon. The day we first took our friendship to the next level was two years exact to the date of my breakup/singleversary.
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Amazing intuitive experiences came during our walk. Things like declaring I wanted my own bottle of ice cold water, in a provincial area where buying ice cold Coke is much more available, and then manifesting it that same night when we reached a bigger town and a villager decided to give us an ice cold bottle water in exchange for the massage my partner freely gave. He also gave us a rare rice delicacy that my partner was craving all day. On another occasion, the universe even answered when I wanted to drink! The group who hosted our shelter for the night were drinking rounds of gin and this was the only night in our trip when our hosts were drinking.
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Another night, we had stopped by a beachside hut and I looked with longing at the other side of a private fenced area next to ours which had a bigger, much more comfortable hut that I wanted to sleep in. A tent was there but I wasn’t sure if anyone was in it.
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While my partner was meditating and making intentions to give us help for the night and a vegetarian meal, an old man who was tasked not to let anyone in the beach property came out of the tent and was drawn towards the ocean where my partner was meditating. After talking together, my partner received an intuitive message that wouldn’t have made sense to just anyone, but made stunning sense to the old man. “Don’t worry about your son, he still loves you.” When the man heard the message he decided to take us in, cooked us a vegetarian meal of seaweed and rice (for me) plus sardines (for them), and let us sleep in the bigger hut that I wanted to sleep in.
I feel constantly blessed by how life has guided me and I continue to use techniques for manifesting and affirmations.
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Thank you for sharing this with us Janet!
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Are you afraid of taking an intuitive leap into a life you love? Answer these 8 question to help you identify what’s holding you back from following your intuition:
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1. Review some of your biggest mistakes in life – things you wish you could “do over” if you had the chance.
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2. Do you recall having an intuitive sense to to do something else at the time you made those decisions, that you ignored?
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3. What did you want to do instead that you didn’t do?
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4. How might your life be different now if you had followed your intuition?
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5. Can you see a theme or pattern to your mistakes? What is it?
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6. Why did you ignore your intuition – what outcome were you trying to secure? For examples was your goal to maintain your safety and security, to avoid challenging yourself or looking stupid or due to fear of failure or fear of success?
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7. Is this theme or pattern still running your life today? How is it holding it you back?

8. What is your intuition telling you to do next or what has it been nagging at you to do recently?

9. What if you did it? Think about the myriad of ways your life could change if you followed this guidance.

10. Can you find a way to “take a test run” of the intuitive prompt you’re getting? Can you make some phone calls or do some research to see if it is doable in you life?

11. Act for one day as if you have taken the leap. How does it feel? What do you envision happening after you take the leap of faith to follow your intuition?

Sometimes you need to “act as if” you are going to follow through on your hunch and then in the process your fear will diminish and you will find that you are ready to take that leap. Calling it “practice” or a “test drive” is much less frightening.

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Where are you stuck in your life? Can you see how ignoring your intuition has made your life “smaller?” What will you differently now?

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If you enjoyed this article please share it on FB, Twitter & Google+. Thank you.

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P.S. Want to learn more about how to use your intuition to create a life you love? Click here.

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Janet BrentJanet is a graphic/web design intuitive for indies and entrepreneurs in the holistic and creative arts. Her passion for building her business, working with other passionate people, and making positive change is only the beginning of more extraordinary things to come. As a “professional hobo”–homeward bound in her motherland after spending all her life in the Pacific Northwest of Portland, Oregon–she now resides in the concrete jungle of Manila, Philippines. You can find her marching to her own beat at Purple Panda or tweeting up a storm @janetbrent

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  1. Rosemarie

    Great story. It is so hard to let go of the “controls” we have drummed into our thought process, especially when you are well past that first “quarter” of life landmark. Working on it.

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    • Hi Rosemarie,
      Yes, it is hard. We are so trained to listen to reason ALL the time. It’s a hard habit to break.
      After I made series of mistakes – one day it just “clicked.”

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  2. Intuition plus action aligned with that intuition is so powerful. I think it’s important too not to beat up on oneself, when looking back at the past mistakes…I know that’s easy for me to do if I’m not mindful!

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    • David
      You said it! “Intuition plus action aligned is so powerful!”
      Definitely, I think using our past mistakes as stepping stones to graduate to the next level of awareness is better than beating ourselves up over past mistakes.

      Reply
  3. There have been so many decisions I have had to make on my own. Although things have ALWAYS turned out well, I’m glad that I have used my intuition in all cases. I don’t have any regrets.
    Glynis Jolly recently posted..How to Build Confidence When the Chips are Down – Guest Post

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    • Dear Glynis,
      I’m so glad you have no regrets and that you’ve been using your intuition throughout your life. Some people, like you, “get it” from an early age and others, like me, need to learn the hard way.
      Thank you so much for sharing your comment here.

      Reply
  4. David Weitzman

    Hi Angela,
    You most likely written it somewhere in your previous articles… but I have not seen it so:

    How one can distinguish between intuition and a tendency to stay in the comfort zone (or to discontinue doing something hard – an obstacle).

    Thanks
    David

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    • Hi David,
      If the ego is trying to get you give up something difficult and stay in your comfort zone you will continue to think about the thing you walk away from afterward and still long to complete it. If this is truly an intuitive prompt you will feel relieved of the matter and quickly move on to something else.

      Does this help you?

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  5. I can definitely relate to this issue of intuitive guidance, as I’ve felt pulled by strong creative urges for the past few years — I know the raw desire for creativity is there in spades, but it’s never 100% clear what exactly I’m supposed to do with it. So, I’m just charging forward into something right now and hoping for the best. :)

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    • Chris,
      I love it!
      Charging forward and trusting that the way will become clear as you proceed is exactly what my book, “The Intuition Principle” is all about.
      We have to take the first step and then another and as we move forward the path is revealed to us.
      I’m so glad you are charging forward!

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  6. Katherine

    I have a couple examples used in business. When dealing with people, intuition is a belief or feeling that we have that tells us to do something. For example, I was in a meeting and we were talking about the big new customer, when my intuition told me to ask the question about the thing that nobody was talking about. I don’t know why or if my question was really important, but I felt it should be asked.

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    • HI Katherine,
      That’s definitely your intuition speaking through you for sure!
      When you have that inner urging it springs from your intuition.
      Thank you for sharing this example with us here.

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  7. The questions were still helpful for me, Angela.. I’m realizing, in another dayjob, that I’m STILL not following my intuition 100%. It is really hard to do. I just bought a condo and feel reinvigorated by such a bold decision.. I asked the universe to show me some money in my inbox if it was the right thing to do and sure enough, I had not one, but three new projects. At this point I really think it’s time to exit the dayjob and live my intuitive life 100%!! Love this blog. And thanks so much for featuring me.
    Janet recently posted..GIVEAWAY and Interview with Angela Artemis: On Intuition

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    • HI Janet,
      Don’t be so hard on yourself. Look at all you’ve done by following your intuition!
      Sometimes you need to make decisions based on real world concerns. We have to eat and pay our bills too.
      Buying a condo is a big financial responsibility. No one can fault you for having a job so you can pay for it!
      Sometimes we need to take “baby steps” and we also need to be prepared for a rainy day by being realistic and putting money away too.
      There’s no doubt that you are a talented designer and will have your own business in the future.
      Ask your intuition to guide you to the “right time” to make the transition since it’s already a given that you are going to be in business for yourself.
      It’s not a question of “if” but, “when.”
      It was a pleasure to feature you!
      xoxo,
      Angela

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  8. Hi Angela,

    Like all of us, there are moments in my life that would definitely be do overs if I had the chance. I went for safety and security at times when I could have pushed myself. But it’s been a great learning experience and I have no complaints. You’ve asked some great questions that give food for thought. Thanks for a great post.

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    • HI Cathy,
      I think it’s universal for all of us to have decisions we wish we could go back and do over in our lives but, as you say they are learning experiences.
      I too, for all my kvetching, know that my life turned out exactly right. If I had been following my intuition all my life I would have never been called to write about following your intuition so, it’s all been for the best!

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  9. Regret is the saddest thing in life, especially when we know we could have avoided a particular situation. We live and learn.

    Thank you for a wonderful post, Janet.

    Thank you, Angela. Those eight questions are useful pointers.

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    • Hi Vidya,
      Yes, absolutely – we do live and learn.
      Hopefully we learn enough to avoid the same pitfalls in life over and over.
      I’m glad you found the questions useful too.
      xoxo,
      Angela

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  10. Wonderful Angela!

    I think it always helps to listen to your inner voice, the first one that comes to mind, without any second thoughts…that’s the intuition for me at least…and guides me to take the steps I do. I guess everyone doesn’t really do what their heart tells them and often go with what their minds do, which is another reason they don’t listen to their intuitive voice.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with questions that would help many follow their intuition. :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted..How To Make Quality Family Time?

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    • Hi Harleena,
      I’m so happy to hear that you so easily listen to your intuition! That’s great. :-)
      Definitely, that is the crux of the problem we listen to our mind rather than our heart!
      It’s my pleasure to share.
      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your comment too!

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  11. Thank you for including Janet’s story — how refreshing to hear of meditative intention and its fruition in her life, repeatedly!

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT———————

    Evan

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    • Hi Evan,
      I loved Janet’s story too. I’m so glad to be able to share with all of you.
      Meditative intention is a new term to me but, I completely understand it and see its value.
      Awesome. So glad you loved it.
      It’s great meeting. Thank you so much for sharing with us here as well.

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    • Thanks Evan! I’m glad you enjoyed my piece/story. I love the term meditative intention.. That’s what it is exactly! When I was at the monastery, I learned that meditation isn’t just sitting. It’s eating, working, walking.. It’s really conscious intention and mindfulness in your day to day life!
      Janet recently posted..GIVEAWAY and Interview with Angela Artemis: On Intuition

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      • Dear Janet,
        Thank you for contributing your amazing story for this article.
        It illustrated how we are led by our intuition to the life we dream of perfectly!

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  12. There were some decisions I’ve made in the past that I regret. If only I’ve listened to that little voice inside my head, things would have been different.
    I love the idea of practicing our intuition. Thank you for the help!
    Glori recently posted..Small Talk Your Way Out of Awkward Silences: 8 Practical Ways to Do It

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    • Hi Glori,
      Yes, me too but, that’s what prompted me on my journey to change and to begin using my intuition every day.
      Every day is chance to begin anew – that’s how I look at it!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment here.
      I truly appreciate you coming by.

      Reply

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