Your intuition, commonly known as your gut feeling or inner guide, is an instinct to know something to be true or false without any supportive evidence. In other words, you just know.
Scientists believe intuition to be a key component of a human’s operating system. A scientific study looked at intuition and people’s ability to predict what would happen. They asked study participants to predict whether an image would be behind curtain #1 or #2 on a computer screen. They were surprised to learn through physiological responses that the subjects could predict the correct curtain seconds before the computer placed the image.
Many of the great philosophers consider intuition a major part of our thought process and our connection to our subconscious mind. It is the best source for tapping into our creativity and wisdom. When we trust our intuition, it can have a great impact on our lives, allowing us to tap into our full potential…
Here are 5 ways to tune into your intuition:
1 – Trust Your Gut Instincts
You know the feeling you get when something isn’t quite right yet logic says do it anyway? Well, that is your gut warning you. Chances are you have gone against your gut a time or two and wished you had trusted your gut.
Trusting your intuition can be scary especially when all the logical evidence says something to the contrary. When something doesn’t feel quite right, it probably isn’t.
Make a commitment to trust your gut. The only way to learn to trust it is to take that first step. When you realize it didn’t let you down, you will be more willing to trust it in the future.
2 – Learn to Listen
Listening to your intuition in a noisy world can be a challenge. When you are struggling to make a decision, you have the perfect opportunity to consult your greatest teacher – your inner guide. To do that though, you have to learn to listen to it.
It’s important to quiet the noise around you and focus on how you feel about the question at hand. Let go of the desire to analyze, compare and scrutinize the issue. Just listen and tap into your feelings. When you are actively listening to your intuition, the answer will become clear.
3 – Pay Attention
So much of our day is made up of habitual behaviors. Behaviors that require little to no thought. If we are moving through our day using habits, then we are not allowing ourselves to tap into our intuition. An important part of developing our intuition is paying attention to what is happening around us.
Our intuition uses the information our conscious mind gathers through interaction and experiences. The more information our conscious mind gathers, the more insightful our intuition becomes.
4 – Remember Your Dreams
Our subconscious mind talks to us not only through gut feelings but also through our dreams. Once you begin to pay attention to your dreams, you will gain very valuable insight into your life. Dream recall can be hard, but it will become easier when you train your brain to reflect on them first thing in the morning.
You can use your dreams to help put your intuitive guide to work. Before you go to sleep, consider the challenges that are still unsolved. Spend a few minutes thinking about possible solutions. This will help trigger your inner guide to continue working while you are sleeping.
Have a journal next to your bed, so when you awaken in the morning you can write down your first thoughts and journal about the dreams you had. You might be surprised to find some creative solutions coming to you through your dreams.
5 – Meditate
There is no greater way to tap into your inner guide than through meditation. Mediation can be a scary word to people that don’t meditate, but there isn’t anything to be afraid of. Meditation is all about quieting the outside noise and excessive mental chatter so the important messages can come through.
Start by just focusing on your breath for a minute or two. There is no success or failure in meditation; it simply is what it is. The key here is to focus on allowing your intuition to speak to you.
Start by asking for inner guidance around a challenge or issue you are having. Sit still and focus your mind to allow you to tap into the wisdom of your intuition. When you ask a specific question and are ready to receive and answer, your intuition will clarify your options.
Developing and trusting your intuition is a skill. Start small and continue to practice it to build your intuitive muscles. The more you choose to listen and act upon your inner guide, the better at it you will become.