Have you ever received a strong feeling that hits you in the pit of your stomach? You are driving down the road and suddenly you get a deep inkling to turn left. You just missed a truck coming your way. Your gut instincts warned that you were in harm’s way. Intuition is defined as, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.”

Our gut instincts guide us for the best possible results. The trick is in knowing when it’s your mind or your intuition speaking the truth.

Here are 5 signs that your gut instincts are trying to tell you something:

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1. Whispers.

You are alone in your house and you are super busy. You might be cleaning. Suddenly you hear a voice outside of your head. No, you are not having hallucinations. That voice comes from a source and your higher self. There might be a feeling that something needs changing or doing. This is the little whispers from the consciousness that are connected in the spiritual realm. Some people call them angels. Others call them God.

We have hundreds of names for intuition. When that voice starts to speak you feel at ease. Ego will try to shut it down with negativity and opposition. But, the little whispers that tell you to move forward are your own guides expressing concern or giving you a simple answer to a question you have brewing in your head.

2. Synchronicity.

You are at a red light. You are oblivious to the world around you. Your mind starts to chat on what needs to be done, or maybe some problem that is wearing you down. On a subconscious level, you are asking for your awareness to be shown a sign. A bumper sticker in the car right in front of you reads something that catches your attention. It relates to what you were thinking. You continue driving and you notice a giant billboard with a similar message. This is synchronicity. They are repetitive signs trying to answer your question.

Your gut instincts are providing external messages so you can quiet the mind and pay attention. Signs can also come through songs, passages in books, and even a word from a stranger at the check-out aisle in the supermarket. It’s amazing how your intuition can transpire outer distractions to force you to take notice.

3. Calm and quiet.

Another way that intuition communicates with us is through silence. You may feel the desire to be alone, or meditate. During these times serenity takes a hold of the spirit and you get answers. Authentic truth will show itself when you detach from the heavy mind chatter. At times just taking a walk outside in nature helps calm us down. Sitting by water elevates the senses to open up and we are brought to a state of bliss.

Intuition has a way of entering our bodies through joy and certainty. There is no real explanation how it happens. The moment you let go of all the worries and concerns of your life, intuition will appear with a sense of peace.

4. Dreams affirm your gut instincts.

When we sleep, the ego stops dictating. We enter into a higher alter state of consciousness. During this time dreams create scenarios and dramatic plays. Some dreams serve as a means to uncover the busyness of the waking moments and are full of anxiety and fears. While other dreams are messages from intuition. Before going to bed write down those things that are requiring answers. Take a few deep breaths and release before sleeping. Allow your body to relax and adjust to the bed. Many times dreams will appear as masked symbols or archetypes.

Well-known psychologist Carl G. Jung said, “The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could reach.”

5. Gut instincts reveal how your body speaks to you.

There are times that refusing to pay attention to our gut gives us physical pain or ailments. Our spiritual, emotional, and physical bodies are one. When we are out of balance with all three, physical issues start to appear. Louise L. Hay, inspirational author, and speaker, says, “Every thought we think is creating our future.” When we go against gut instincts we may pay a hefty price in our bodies. This avoidance will show up in ailments, diseases, or something as simple as an ankle sprain. Your higher self will speak in many forms just to get your attention. If you follow your intuition, it will never lead you wrong.

Your physical body will always let you know what is happening. Take time to connect with your guidance. We get so busy trying to accomplish things that we forget the toll it takes on a physical level. For example, having chest pains or shallow breathing may be an opportunity to stop and connect with your guidance. What are you aching for? What issues in your life are taking your breath away? These are warning signs from the universe and they should not be ignored.

Stay open to your intuitive nature. Ask for signs and messages while releasing old patterns of trying to control the answers. You are given gifts from the universe. These little “knowings” and “inklings” are for you to stay on track with all that you desire. Continue engaging in the present moment and be receptive to all that your higher self tries to convey to you. You know exactly what’s best for you when you detach from the ego-driven mentality.