Intuition: Noun – The ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.
Intuition is an instinct. A knowing. A gut feeling that perhaps something isn’t quite right or maybe that something good or bad is about to happen.
It’s often a gentle, niggly feeling which can be easily missed amongst the hustle and bustle of the everyday. This is why learning to listen to your body is so important when trying to connect with your intuition.
It takes time, practice and patience. Often things we have in short supply.
There are things that can cause blocks in your ability to listen to your intuition, such as:
Negative Feelings – they bring you down, clouding your head and judgment.
Environment – pay attention to what’s around you and how it makes you feel.
People – don’t spend your time around people who drain your energy, you need it!
Allowing negativity from feelings, your environment and people can desensitise you and stop you from hearing or feeling your intuition. Seeking approval from other people and constantly relying on their opinions or guidance can leave you feeling powerless, unable to make your own decisions or to trust in your own abilities to know what’s right for you.
No one else should make your choices for you because they do not know what you are truly feeling. They don’t know what you want from life: they don’t know how things have impacted your life. So YOUR decisions really do need to be made by you.
When you start to give yourself time and space to tap into your feelings, you’ll begin to notice how much more easily you become aware of them.
You can trust your body to show you the answers. Lean into it. Notice where your feelings show up and how they make you react.
Heavy, dark, nervous or sickly feelings? These are a sure sign that your body knows something isn’t right. Perhaps you’re in a situation where you are in danger or you have to make a hard decision. Your body feels that; listen to it. If it feels heavy, involves a lot of thinking and justification in your head then take that as a “no thanks”.
Or is your body full of tingly excitement? Does it feel fun, giddy and free? Take note of these moments. Does it feel light, right and joyous… this is what a resounding full body “yes” feels like.
Over the last two years, I’ve been leaning into what feels good and what doesn’t in my own body. For me, it is non-negotiable to tune out all external noises so that I can make my own decisions, especially those big and important ones.
You can think of leaning into your own body and learning to listen to your inner voice as an experiment or an exercise. I promise, the more you do it the more you will begin to enjoy it and the more it will become natural and easy. Begin with trusting yourself. Trust that your intuition and your body will be your guide.
Start with paying attention to how you feel when making small decisions then gradually increase the intensity of them and explore deeper, more meaningful, bigger decisions.
Practice makes progress.
As an example, let’s talk about dreams. You know how when you wake up and at first, you can’t quite remember what you’ve just dreamt about. But, if you really think hard and pay attention, you’ll begin to piece the dream together and it helps you to remember what happened with more clarity.
This works for intuition in the same way…
As you focus on it, it grows.
And the more you pay attention to how you receive the information best, whether that’s…
… the more you can refine your skill. With time, your intuition will become more frequently present and accurate.
You can track it by creating a journal, the same way you would document your dreams. This will help you to develop and refine your intuitive muscles.
Here’s some fabulous journal prompts to get you started:
What: “What was the guidance I received?”
Example – I was looking for a parking space and felt the pull to go down a random street that I’d never previously parked down before.
How: “How did it come through?”
Example – I just had a gut feeling.
Accurate or Not? Yes, there was a parking space close to the building that I was visiting.
Start by tracking these intuitive hits. You’ll soon start to notice how your intuition is already speaking to you and you’ll start to naturally build confidence in it!
So here’s what you’re going to do:
Identify a set amount of time to do this – let’s aim for just ONE WEEK to get started.
You could track your intuitive hits in the notes of your phone as they happen, so you have it easily available to you when you receive them. Or, you could make it part of your bedtime routine and write them down in a journal each evening. At the end of the week, use your notes to dig a little deeper and write insights, themes, or conclusions that you have discovered from doing this exercise.
Sometimes it won’t be conclusive because you won’t know the end result, but paying attention to it and still tracking it that week helps you build the muscle and continue to deepen that connection to your intuition.
But excitingly, there will most certainly be times it will be conclusive, and this will help you to become more comfortable, clear, and confident using it for all sorts of different reasons.
If you’d like to learn more about how to start connecting with your body and listening to your intuition, I’m here for you! And, if you’re feeling called to do this work, I’ve created a gorgeous freebie to help guide you through, jam-packed with journal prompts and insight. You can access that here.
Whilst writing this blog I came across some other wonderful resources on the topic of Intuition. If you like to meditate then this is an easy listening meditation from InsightTimer.com and there’s a great Podcast on The Gut-Mind Collective.
Chat soon x
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