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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Have you ever had the feeling someone was following you? This feeling is the intuitive knowing you get to warn you that you may be in danger. Feeling that someone is there you turn round and see them and then RUN which saves your life.
Intuition does come through differently for everyone though and sometimes it can be confusing. Read these three stories to get a sense of how intuitive insight shows up for these writers.
The more you know about how intuition works the more likely you are to recognize it in your own life. And, the more you follow your intuition the more confident you will become in trusting it and the more successful you will be in your life.
Intuitive guidance for relationships:
My husband and I were having issues early in our marriage.We were butting heads and our arguments seemed to be getting worse.
I had reached the point where I had had enough and was ready to walk.
Just before I told my husband that I was done, something stopped me.I suddenly realized that I was following a pattern.I started to see how I had done this in every other relationship I had ever had.
I remember the voice of my intuition saying to me quite firmly, “Not this time.Stay.Learn something.You can always leave later.For now, stay.”
It was tough to stay but I did.For the first time in my life I realized that I had to work on myself.The problems in my life weren’t always someone else’s fault.
If I kept experiencing the same kinds of relationship issues, regardless of who I was with or where I lived, then I must be a big part of it.Like Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “Wherever you go, there you are.”
I put my relationship on hold while I saw a therapist and did some deep work on myself.The more I changed, the more my husband seemed to change into the person I had been looking for.
Our marriage improved.Since then, I’ve never stopped looking deeper into myself, seeking opportunities for changing myself into the person I’ve been looking for.
I’ve been getting a lot of signs and synchronicity lately about what to do next with my business for the next 3 months while I’m visiting home. I’m not sure of the outcome yet because it’s still in the making, but I got invited to be a co-author in a book series about soulful relationships or conscious business. When I checked it out, the buy in price just didn’t seem worth it. I knew that I could invest in myself for cheaper and probably make more money. My intuition was telling me this is a gentle nudge to write my OWN book instead.
Then, I received a random email from someone who saw my website. Those emails are few and far between… It’s been months since I’ve received one. He mentioned how my involvement in past client work with Cheryl Strayed lead him to her book “Wild” and thanked me for the (indirect) connection. I took that as another synchronous sign that it’s time to write my own memoir about my walking journey, which is all about my soulful relationship. Tie that in to ‘conscious business’ and I’ve got an Eat, Pray, Love-ish memoir + biz guide! This feels like the energetically right next thing to do.
My niece is getting married in a few weeks and I’ve been putting off shopping for a dress.
I’m not one of those women who enjoys shopping or shops as a pass time. I usually spend time in a mall at a department store only when I absolutely must.
I told myself months ago not to panic and that when the time came to buy a dress I would feel the urge or get a sign that it was time to go to the mall.
With only a few weeks to spare I was starting to get nervous. The “urge” to shop had not yet descended upon me!
Last weekend – it finally came. I had an urge to go to Macy’s Department store – which is funny as I had been thinking all along that I would go to Lord & Taylor’s to find my dress. But no – it was a very clear urge to go to Macy’s so I went.
On the way there I suddenly heard this very clear directive, “Go with the navy blue dress!”
Again this was funny as all along I had been picturing myself in a completely different color; a shimmery copper long dress.
Well, don’t you know that the first dress I saw when I reached the fancy dress department was a navy blue cocktail dress? I liked it right away and “knew” it was going to look well on me.
I also saw a beautiful long copper colored dress and took that one and an armful of other dresses into the dressing room with me. Although I tried them all on – nothing could beat that navy blue cocktail dress which had been the first one I tried on.
I was actually a bit disappointed as the copper dress was exactly the kind of dress I had been imagining all along but it didn’t flatter me at all – not like the blue dress anyway.
I ended up buying the short blue cocktail dress and a great pair of comfortable black patent leather heels and now I am all set for the wedding that is just six weeks away. What a relief.
While I did spend three hours at the mall had I listened to my intuition from the beginning and tried only the navy blue dress I would have been in and out of there in less than an hour.
Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster. –Anne Wilson Schae
A heard a tiny whisper in my head saying, “Check again for your keys.”
I ignored it….and discovered I was locked out of my house when I got home at 11 pm. I had to get a locksmith to make an emergency visit to drill the lock. Ignoring my intuition cost me a lot of money.
Has something like this ever happened to you?
If you often find yourself in pickles like this you are ignoring your intuition.
Here are the top reasons you ignore your intuition:
1. Doubt. You play down the importance of this “voice.”
Antidote: You need to develop trust in your intuition. The only way to do this is to listen to these whispers and act upon them. The more you do and find they are “right” the more trust you’ll gain in your inner voice.
2. Lack of intention. Listening to your intuition is not a priority in your life.
Antidote: You’ve got to create an intention to develop your intuition. After all if you don’t make it a priority to listen this voice, who will? Recognize the importance of these messages from your intuitive wisdom and become conscious of them.
3. Monkey mind. You lack focus and clarity in your thinking.
Antidote: You have not set aside time each day tomeditate and clear your mind. Develop the habit of sitting in silence and listening for 20 minutes a day. Your thoughts will slow and your intuition will come through more loudly and clearly.
4. Insecurity. You listen to others (external voices) rather than yourself.
Antidote: You must develop your self-confidence and self-reliance. Pay attention to how you feel when you override your own instincts to listen to what others say you should do. Feeling “twisted” up inside like maybe it’s “wrong” is a signal that you’ve ignored your inner wisdom.
5. Multi-tasking. You are always in a hurry and doing too many things at once.
Antidote: Stop it! When you rush and try to accomplish too much at once you will not hear this subtle voice. Focus on one thing at a time. Take breaks where you walk away and give yourself a breather so your intuition can come through.
6. Distraction. You are never alone or have your cell phone, radio or television on at all times.
Antidote: If you cannot be alone with your self and need to have constant company, conversation or “noise” you will block your intuition from coming through. Turn everything off and spend at least an hour a day being “mindful” while you accomplish a simple task such as washing the dishes.
7. Self-medicating. You drink, do drugs or use food to shut out your inner voice.
Antidote: Using any substance to deal with your fears or quiet the critical internal voice will also block your intuition. Try journaling to get in touch with these inner stressors instead. When you write about your feelings you become conscious of what is driving you to self-medicate.
8. Toxic relationships. You live with or are involved with controlling or negative people.
Antidote: Find a way to cut off from or lessen the time you spend around toxic people. If you can’t get away make it a habit to have “alone” time. Toxic people poison your thoughts and undermine your confidence and self-esteem which muffles your intuition.
9. Control. You are a controlling personality who is attached to things turning out exactly as you think they should.
Antidote: Having to be “in control” all the time comes from having many fears. You fear what may happen if you don’t “control” the outcome. This is a no win way to live though. You cannot control everyone or everything. Learn to let go and allow the answers to bubble up naturally.
10. Negativity. You have a habit of thinking negatively.
Antidote: Look for the positive in everything. Stop looking for what can go wrong. Change your attitude and look for what can go right instead. You created the habit of thinking negatively and you can break that habit too – if you want to. Negative thinking overrides your intuition. You’ll hear it but you won’t believe it!
11. People pleasing. You put yourself last all the time.
Antidote: Stop putting the needs of others ahead of yourself all the time. Yes, we should help others and be selfless at times but, not at the expense of ignoring our own needs. People pleasing is a habit that absolutely shuts down your intuition.
Do you see yourself on this list? Can you think of any other habits or things you do that cause you to ignore your intuition? Share them with us in the comments.
If you notice that you are ignoring your intuition by doing one or more of these things I highly suggest you focus on the antidote. I cover these blocks to intuition extensively in my book, “The Intuition Principle.”
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