Updated: Jun 23
Would you describe yourself as intuitive?
For years I believed I didn’t have intuition. I followed my heart often, but I didn’t view this as an intuitive sense.
I often had full body feelings of “no” but I still cracked on. And often overrode these sensations.
I often thought intuition was a weird thing and silly. I allowed myself to believe that logical choices were better and this was the way I must live my life.
As children we are often told “it’s all in your head” or “an overactive imagination” but the truth is, children are more in tune with the spiritual world.
I didn’t really have a good understanding of what intuition was. In my head were crystal balls and magic. Some outward magical entity that held all the answers to the winning lottery ticket.
If you asked me to fully define intuition even now after years of working with it, I would struggle to define it. It’s a subtle sense and needs some attention. It’s also very different for each of us.
For you it could be words you hear in your mind when you close your eyes.
It could be a shiver or goosebumps when things feel just right.
It could be a whisper in your ear and you aren’t really sure where it came from or even just a feeling in the gut.
Sometimes it’s not much, we just know
I spent a long time trying not to listen, to control everything logically. I heard my inner knowing speak often, but I didn’t listen. Probably out of fear or because it didn’t make sense.
Trust is so easily talked about but so difficult to do. Especially if life has taught you not to. Slowly as I deepened some practices and fully committed to a path of connecting was when magic began to happen.
I’m not going to tell you life unfolded, that I had nothing else but to trust and it all just fell into place. But things did start to change.
My health improved, the decisions I made were more aligned with the life I truly wanted to lead and not the one I had been living, the relationships that weren’t working fell away and new habits began to form. Through these experiences, each time I trusted my instincts a new life started to slowly unfold.
You may feel disconnected from your intuition. You might also feel like you’re unable to harness the power of your imagination. Rather than feeling mentally strong, you may feel scattered and unable to concentrate or focus.
How can you build your intuition?
There are so many different ways, knowing you have it is the first way to trust yourself and build your senses to a point of being used more beneficially.
Try to stay open to the simple messages that may be calling you. The Universe has many symbols it uses to guide us. Check out repeated thoughts or images. Often numbers keep coming in. Do you see the same number on your clock everyday? Things like 11:11 or 333, they all carry a message, you don’t necessarily need to know what the message is. I often see it as a sign I am in flow. Traffic lights changing to green as you approach, parking spaces becoming available as you need them and so on. These are all signs of being in flow and of being in synch with the Universe. Be open and receptive.
Make time and Space to Listen
We are constantly bombarded with information and data. Once we recognise that intuitive processing can help decision making and guide us to better decisions we can start to prioritise a practice to tune in.Try to allow time each day to tune into your intuition.
Start to Understand How Your Intuitions Talks to You
As I said previously we all experience our intuition differently. Some of us may experience images, others may get a physical sensation ‘a gut feeling’ others may receive a more emotional response. Slow down and simplify, try to sense how you experience your intuitions.
Keep a Reflective Journal
Try writing down your experiences in a journal and notice how they manifested, this allows us to look back without analysing it with our logical mind. Make a note of your gut feelings about situations or decisions means you can check them later to assess if this was a useful process. Drawing pictures or doodles can be a creative way to slow us down and may tap into more intuitive modes of thinking.
Mindfulness and Meditation
These practices encourage us to notice feelings and thoughts without attachment. It starts to slow us down and clear the mind of unnecessary and unwanted thoughts and reactions. This can be particularly useful if you are trying to develop your intuition. Watching and accepting thoughts without judgement will allow you greater access to our intuitive senses. Being present and mindful of our surroundings is also likely to help develop intuition, by providing the unconscious with rich data to inform decisions.
“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the mind’s unconscious activities.” - Freud
Dreams can provide us with information about our unconscious mind. Writing them down upon waking can help us remember and then to explore later to access clues to any difficulties you might be facing.
Affirmations to support
I see and think clearly.
My mind is strong, open, and clear.
I trust my intuition to guide me to making good decisions.
My mind is free of resistance and open to all possibilities.
All that I seek I can find within me.
I am insightful, intuitive, and imaginative.
I release doubt and welcome faith.
I am aligned with my highest and most authentic self.
I am in alignment with my purpose.
I trust the signs and synchronicities that show up in my daily life.
I surrender control and allow the Universe’s loving presence to guide me.
Most of all enjoy the process, make it fun and a journey.