I often write about issues that I’m working through at the moment. Presently, I’m working on listening to my intuition. I’m no expert on the subject but here’s what I’ve found.
What is intuition?
Intuition is the ability to know something without reasoning — that gut feeling or hunch that shows up when something is or isn’t right. It’s your inner GPS. It’s the part of you that guides you to what’s authentic and true for you. It offers clarity when you’re feeling confused and overwhelmed. It’s that inner wisdom; that still small voice. I strongly believe intuition is God’s way of speaking to us.
From the beginning we’re told what do, what to believe, how to think, what success is, etc. We often suppress our intuition and replace it with external influences. When it comes to making a decision, I often find myself consulting others. One of my earliest memories of what I believed to be a life changing decision was my freshman year in college. I honestly didn’t know what I was supposed to study. I talked to family, friends, advisors, co-workers, mentors — anybody who seemed like they would know what I should choose as a major. In the end, their input just added to my confusion. I do believe in seeking counsel and learning from others, but I also believe that what we are looking for comes from within.
My intuition spoke clearly in a recent decision I had to make, but logically it didn’t make sense to me. I was honestly afraid of making the wrong decision. Every time I settled that I would go with what my gut was telling me, I felt a peace. I wanted to make sure I had all of the pieces to the puzzle before I move forward with making my decision. I suppressed my intuition and went with what made logical sense. I can definitely see where I’m dealing with the repercussions of my mistake. I now know that it’s worth it to listen to my gut. I’m thankful for the lesson and hope to not make the mistake again. Often times we won’t have all of the pieces to the puzzle. We’ll just have a knowing.
How can we get in tune?
- Know yourself - Take time out to pay close attention to who you are and what works for you. Self-reflect and find out what’s true for you. Figure out what you want out of your relationships, your daily activities, career, and your life as a whole.
- Take time out - Quiet outside sources, whether it be TV, social media, your phone, or even your friends. Go for a walk; go play. Do something creative.
- Meditate - Get quiet, clear your mind, and relax.
- Recognize how your intuition speaks to you every day — maybe it’s through your desires, a tight feeling in your stomach, a quiet whisper, or a simple knowing that you can’t ignore.
It’s a powerful thing when we begin to take control and listen to the voice within. Our intuition knows what we need and want out of life more than we know ourselves.
I would like to know your thoughts on intuition. Even if you totally disagree with me, I would love to converse about it. Please share in the comments below.
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