Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. –Robert Graves
The hardest thing about following your intuition is distinguishing which thought came from your intuitive mind and which came from the thinking mind.
I get a lot of questions, but knowing your intuition from your other thoughts is one of the most common so I know it’s a real sticking point for people.
To identify your intuitively inspired thoughts you ought to know what intuition is and where it comes from.
What is intuition?
Intuition is information that spontaneously appears in our awareness without any conscious effort on our part.
Intuition is our own inner wisdom and guidance. It is a small voice we hear often like a whisper, that gently nudges us to make the right choices and decisions in our lives.
It can tell us when we should be wary of a person or warn us against doing something and when we should act on an opportunity. It comes to us spontaneously and many times feels like an “aha” moment.
Intuition can also be the sense you have that someone is staring at you or walking behind you, before you even turn around and meet their gaze. In this application intuition is a sensory experience about the environment around you. It’s no different than the other five senses we rely upon – it’s just more subtle which is why some people are not aware of it.
Where does intuition come from?
Your mind searches for the answers hidden in long forgotten memory banks. When it locates the answer it deposits the solution in its entirety into your awareness, which is why often when the answer comes to us we experience intuition as a “light bulb moment.”
How to tell the difference between the voice of intuition and other thoughts
Intuition makes you “feel good” about doing something. You will experience a sense of “certainty” about it. The matter will feel “settled.” It will feel right and give you sense of connecting all the dots. Always go back to how this “voice” makes you feel.
Once the answer comes to you, if it came from your intuitive mind you won’t have any lingering doubts. You’ll trust it and feel sure and, you’ll feel it directly in your gut.
Deep down inside we always know
It’s only after we screw up by ignoring our intuition that we admit that we did in fact, “know.” Before we are forced to admit it, we’ve usually been in denial with our heads in the sand pretending everything was going okay. Does this sound familiar?
A sure sign you’re in denial is if you keep asking yourself the same question over and over and get the same answer but, respond with a lot of “yeah, buts.”
What you need to do is get radically honest with yourself. Put aside all your rationalizations and excuses and ask to connect to the “truth” of the matter. You’ll recognize when you’ve connected to the “truth” because your gut will feel as if its been “stabilized.”
Rationalizations are akin to lies we tell ourselves to make things “okay.” Rationalizing is not “real” therefor it has no weight, no real substance and cannot make your gut feel as if you are standing on stable ground.
Where most of us get tripped up
When our intuition gives us an answer we don’t like our ego tries to confuse us by making us doubt our intuition.
When you don’t like the answer you got usually it’s because you haven’t yet assimilated the lesson you need to learn from the situation that you’re looking for answers about. Intuition is often a “shortcut” to answers you need so, if you ask for intuitive guidance you’ll get the answer whether you’re ready to act upon it or not.
When a thought comes from the ego, often you’ll feel as if you “should do” it. You’ll be aware of your rational mind recounting the reasons why you ought to do it – why it “makes sense.” Keep track of the “yeah buts” that’s a big clue that you are rationalizing.
If you feel the voice is advising you to do something out of fear, or lack or that you should do this over that – it is NOT your intuition. This is the clearest way to know the difference.
It is never our intuition that is wrong but, what we mistake for our intuition.
The key is this…
They key is your gut. You’ve got to feel it in your gut. If you don’t feel it in your gut it’s not your intuition – it’s your mind rationalizing. Keep this in mind and you’ll distinguish between your thoughts and your intuition.
Do you have any other questions about identifying your inner wisdom? What specific incidents do you recall in your life where you questioned your intuition? Share with us in the comments.
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