Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever made a decision because you “just had a feeling”? What you are describing is the use of what has been called the sixth sense – your intuition.
Your intuition is a sense of knowingness or guidance that comes from within (your conscience, your soul, or another “higher power”), without the need for logical thinking, analysis, or purposeful reasoning.
Here are some examples of your intuition at work:
- Billboards, newspaper articles, or TV shows, that seem to grab your attention, all on the same subject matter
- Conversations you “just happen” to overhear that pertain to a decision you are struggling with
- Your stomach starts to feel uneasy as you walk through a particular neighborhood
- The little voice in your head that tells you that you should or shouldn’t do something
We are given this kind of guidance all the time; the problem is that we are often not paying attention.
If you get some sort of intuitive signal, take heed. How often do you listen to that little voice? Or more importantly, how often do you choose to ignore it?
Even though I know better, I can think of many times when I have chosen to ignore my intuition, and it has usually led to some unfortunate circumstances…
I broke a glass a few years ago while washing the dishes, and decided to wait to take it out to the garbage. I immediately had a sense that this was a bad idea, but I ignored it (and then of course proceeded to forget about the glass altogether). An hour later, my husband came home, and picked up the glass. He sliced his hand open deeply enough that I had to drive him to the ER for stitches. And the ironic part is that the whole experience was much more traumatizing for me than it was for him. Note to self – listen to the voice!
In order to tap into your intuitive wisdom, it is important to be open to it.
Two Ways to Hone your Intuition:
Make time for silence. In order to hear your inner voice, you must be ready to listen. In order to be able to listen, it is important to get quiet. Try to find some time during your day for silence – meditate, or simply sit quietly and follow your breath for at least 10-20 minutes. This practice will help you develop your connection to your intuitive nature.
Live a cleaner life. If you eat an unhealthy diet, smoke, or drink more than your fair share of alcohol, or if your body is in an unhealthy state for any reason (mind or body), it may be much harder for you to harness your intuition. When the physical body has to deal with the heaviness of toxicity, it may not be able to connect with the lighter, more subtle signals of intuition.
There is a time and a place for reason, logic, and analysis; the same goes for intuition. As you practice paying attention to your inner voice, you will begin to realize that you have the wisdom you need to make many of the decisions you will have to make in life.
Next time you want to look outside of yourself for the answer, look within instead – that is where you will find what you are looking for.