Why Can’t You Hear Your Intuition?
Why can’t you hear your inner voice, AKA your Intuition?
I get a lot of email from subscribers asking me why they can’t hear their intuition loud and clear.
So today I’m opening up the PbI mailbag once again to address this frequently asked question.
5 Reasons Why You Can’t Hear Your Intuition
1. The first thing you need to understand about Intuition is that it’s quite subtle especially when you first begin to work with it. It presents itself in very “ordinary” ways that can easily be overlooked.
2. You have the power to turn up the volume of your intuition and to mute it as well. You are always in control….even when you feel as if you’re not getting the answers you desire. Most likely you’re getting the intuitive information you’ve asked for but, you’re suppressing this information. More on this below in #4.
3. Developing intuition is like any other thing we set out to accomplish in our lives; our intention is key. You must create the intention of hearing and then following your intuition in your life if you wish to hear it loud and clear.
4. Another factor you need to understand about your Intuition is that when you’re attached to the outcome you will unconsciously suppress this information from your mind if it conflicts with the outcome your desire.
5. The last thing on this list you must absolutely understand is this: Human Beings can rationalize and justify almost anything if there is a reason to do so! Read the following two examples and this will become very clear.
Say you suffer from symptoms such as occasional dizziness, blurred vision, brain fog, motor skills issues and and neck and back pain. You go from doctor to doctor but none find anything seriously wrong. You are prescribed muscle relaxants for your back and neck pain but the symptoms persist. Your family is tired of hearing your complaints and are starting to believe most of it is in “your head.”
You decide the doctors must be right, that it must be all in your head and take your meds and go about your life.
As the symptoms persist you can’t shake the feeling in your gut that something is wrong. You rationalize it away though by thinking that it’s just fear talking and not a real health issue.
Months later you have a seizure and an MRI reveals a serious problem in the brain.
Your immediate reaction is, “I knew something wasn’t right!”
You realize that you let yourself override your intuition because you rationalized that you couldn’t possibly know more than the medical establishment.
You meet a new love interest and start living together. You get along well and enjoy a really nice lifestyle together. You love to travel together and enjoy many of the same interests.
This person is head over heels in love with you but you don’t feel the same although you care for them a great deal. Eventually, they start talking marriage. Your friends and family tell you that this person is really great and how lucky you are to have found each other. They point out all the good qualities the person has and you can’t disagree either….they are a really exceptional person.
The problem is that you can’t make up your mind what to do. You get stuck in an endless loop of considering how “lucky” you are to have this person in your life and how wonderful all your friends and family say this person is. Yet something holds you back from jumping into the marriage.
You finally say yes and get married. Two years later the marriage is over.
You now realize the reason you held back from jumping into the marriage was because you were never in love with your partner in the first place. This person “checked off” all the boxes on your ideal mate list except the one about being in love! You settled and talked yourself into it.
How to Begin Hearing Your Inner Voice, AKA Intuition:
1. Journal. It’s easy to get in touch with your feelings when you journal. I wrote about this extensively in my book, “The Intuition Principle.” Journaling is a safe place to reveal your true feelings. Writing will also help you organize your thoughts and sort out what you believe over what society has imposed upon you. A good way to get to the bottom of your own feelings is to write out the question you want an answer to at the top of the page then just start writing without censoring yourself. When you feel that sense of completion – stop. Go back to read what you’ve written and you will be amazed at the wisdom that has poured out of you.
2. Meditate. When you make the time to get quiet every day your intuition will get louder and clearer. The busyness of every day life is distracting. You must create an empty space in the mind where your intuition can come through. Find a quiet and private place where you can close your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes without being disturbed. Focus your attention on counting your breaths until you reach the number 50. At the 50th breath notice how you feel. Your thoughts should have slowed down. You should feel alert yet relaxed. Try to remain in that state. If your mind begins to race go back to counting the next 5o breaths. These relaxed moments where your thinking has slowed down is where your intuition will begin to come through. Ask a question you’d like guidance on then sit quietly and listen.
3. Take back your power. Realize that if a feeling or thought persists it persists for a reason. If you feel in your gut that you’re not okay with the diagnosis from your doctor get another opinion. If you hesitate to make a decision even if everyone you know says it’s right, there is a reason. Don’t go along with the what other people think if you have a nagging thought or feeling that you should do something different. The truth is we’re raised to listen to authority figures but that doesn’t mean they’ll be right every time.
Where have you overridden your intuition in your life? How did it turn out? What will you do differently from now on?
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Today, I have the great pleasure of interviewing Jodi Chapman of Soul Speak.
Welcome Jodi. Thank you for sharing this healing information with us.
1. Jodi, tell us something about yourself and your blog, “Soul Speak.”
First, I would like to thank you for sharing your space with me, Angela! It’s such an honor to be here.
I began blogging just over a year ago after I experienced a spiritual awakening. In that moment, my entire world opened up, and I was forever changed. I used to be a skeptic and purposefully shut out anything that couldn’t be proven through the scientific method. And then in this moment of awakening (which I write about in detail in my upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How An Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit), I remembered that I had a soul.
I remembered that I was so much more than my mind and body. I remembered that I was a part of something so much bigger than myself. And I remembered why I was here: to inspire others and share my message of love through my writing. To remind each of us that it’s never too late to open up to all that we are – all that we always have been. So often (as was the case with me), life has a way of piling its pain and hardness on top of us, and we forget that we’re all here for a reason. We forget that we chose to be here. And so when I write, I do my best to be a clear channel and let this universal energy – divine love – flow through me and spread this love throughout the world.
I absolutely love my blog, Soul Speak! In just over a year, it’s grown into a beautiful community where we support each other in getting in touch with our spirit and spreading our wings to fly. I love that even though our external circumstances may not be exactly the same, our internal struggles are universal. And because of that, we’re able to help each other along this journey. I love that. We are able to get to the heart of it all and provide a space for authentic sharing and growing and supporting.
2.You are the creator of a best-selling series of journals titled, “Soulful Journals.” How did you come to create the “Soulful Journals?”
My husband, Dan Teck, and I started a gift business in 2005. Our very first products that we made were journals, but they were blank inside. Our customers used to tell us that the blank page was a bit too intimidating – they didn’t know what to write or where to start. We are both writers, and so we had the idea to come up with prompts and get them started. And so, Soulful Journals were born! The first book in the series, Journaling Within, flowed out of me almost faster than I could write it down. It contains 50 prompts to help you get to know your deeper self – your soul.
We have since created 10 other journals in this series – some focusing on gratitude and others on manifesting your ideal life. We have one for anyone who is currently facing a life transition – such as divorce or a move. We have two journals to help couples get to know each other better and share their love and gratitude for each other. We have two journals for teens who may just be starting to journal and would like a place to start. And we have one that helps you keep your commitment – it’s a 4-step program that really works! I followed the program when I started my blog, and I’m still writing over a year later.
The one thing that they all have in common is our belief that all of life’s answers have always been inside of each of us. And when we take the time to slow down and breathe, the answers will come. Our journals are a way to help get to those answers. They are soulful, fun, and great tools for self exploration.
3. Do you journal and when/why did you start?
I’ve been journaling all of my life. I recently found a journal that I wrote in when I was nine or ten. It’s so fun to go back and read what my heart cared so much about way back then.
I can’t even remember how I first started, but I do remember that I felt a strong urge to write my feelings down from a very young age. I have so many memories of sitting in my bedroom as a child pouring my heart out into my journal. It was the one place where I could share anything and everything. It was a place where I could truly be me. Oftentimes, I would write when I was too upset to even think – journaling allowed me to process it all in my own time. And it seemed like even when I didn’t figure it all out through writing, I always felt a release and could handle everything better.
5. Why is journaling important?
Journaling is such a wonderful way to get in touch with our feelings. Sometimes I have no idea what I’m feeling inside, and after I spend a few minutes writing in my journal or typing on the computer, the answer will come. Journaling is also a great way to get in touch with our soul – it’s our direct line. We can bypass our mind and go straight to our source. It’s a great way to get to the heart of what’s really going on. It’s also a place where we can be completely ourselves – it’s a safe place to go to.
Soulful Journaling Set
6. How has journaling changed you and/or affected your life?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without journaling. Not only has the practice of journaling helped me get in touch with myself and who I really am at my core, journals have become a large part of my professional life as well. It’s such a great tool to help us get straight to the soul level – I truly recommend it to everyone.
8. What advice do you have for “would be” journalers?
Just start writing. Don’t think about what you’re writing – don’t ever censor yourself. Write in the “stream of consciousness” style – keep your pen flowing or fingers typing.
Sometimes journals can turn into vent books – we tend to go to them when we are angry or sad, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. It’s a great way to get to the bottom of how you’re feeling about something and sort it all out.
However, when I went back through many of my journals, it seemed as though my entire life was horrible. Each journal page recounted another terrible event that had taken place. I always seemed to be hurt or angry or sad. And because I knew that my life wasn’t always this bad, I wanted my journals to be more representative of my actuality. This is where a gratitude journal and what I call, Soulful Journaling, came in. It’s where we look at the good in our life and write about that. It’s the practice of allowing our higher self to take the wheel when we’re writing rather than our ego. It’s a matter of letting the divine flow through us when we journal rather than staying in our human self and writing from there.
So if you, too, find that your journals are more like vent books, I would try Soulful Journaling. When you sit down to write, ask your soul what it needs you to know. Close your eyes, and start writing or typing. The truth will always come out. And listing 10 things each day that you’re grateful for is an amazing habit that will transform your life – guaranteed!
9. What’s next for you? Last words?
I would love for everyone to join me for A Month of Meditation on Soul Speak! Each day for the rest of the month, many of us are joining together to meditate. No time limits. No set way to meditate. We’re just promising that at some point in the day, we will take a few moments out to be still and go within.
There are so many paths that lead us back to our soul – journaling and meditation are two that work well for me. I truly believe that when we take the time to go within, we open up to the magic that is all around us and allow our souls to truly shine.
Thank you Jodi for this marvelous interview – Angela
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Jodi Chapman is the author of the inspirational blog, Soul Speak; the upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How an Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit; and the bestselling Soulful Journals series, co-authored with her amazing husband, Dan Teck. She would love to connect on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to receive her free ebook: As If: 50 Prompts to Help Manifest Your Ideal Life.
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