Intuitive skills are inside all of us. Intuition is always there for us, to guide, protect, and help us develop. As we grow into adulthood, we may push this intuition to the side to conform to what society says we should do. The more we do this, the less we tend to listen to that little voice or those gut feelings.
And like anything else in life, when you stop using it, you can lose it. A muscle must move, an eye must see, a brain must think; the same holds true for the intuitive process.
Here are five ways you can develop intuition.
If you’re an avid reader of Chopra.com, you may be tired of seeing articles on meditation. But there’s a reason meditation is suggested so often—it’s important. Meditation can be beneficial for almost anything in life, including helping you access intuition.
There are several states of consciousness described in Silva Method. Beta is a normal level of consciousness. Alpha is relaxed awareness, theta is a state of meditative trance, and delta is a state of transcendental experience. Of these four mental states, alpha is the level that helps you learn, memorize, interact, and read the thoughts and emotions of others and yourself. The alpha state of the brain also relates to meditation. A daily meditation practice helps you control this alpha state, and therefore control the intuitive process.
Cultivate a Healthy Pineal Gland
The pineal gland is a small gland in the brain the size of a grain of rice. If you place one finger on your third eye and one just above your ear, and you could have the two fingers meet in the brain, this is the location. The pineal gland regulates your circadian rhythm and helps your brain enter the meditation state easier by the alpha state of consciousness. For optimal health of this gland, try these steps:
- Avoid Fluoride: Fluoride builds up on the pineal gland, calcifying and reducing, or eliminating altogether, the intuitive function. Fluoride is in our public water system as well as in toothpaste. Although the toothpaste is not being consumed it does soak into the bloodstream through the gums. This also holds true for the shower, hot tubs, etc. Skin is our largest organ; turning on the hot water opens pores and welcomes the fluoride into the bloodstream, circulating onto the pineal gland.
- Tune Your Chakra: The third-eye Chakra, or the Ajna, is the area to concentrate on for heightened intuitive abilities. Balance in this area can be tuned by daily meditation and yoga practices. Up the intensity of tuning by incorporating the color indigo around the home and office, carry or wear healing crystals such as an amethyst, and consciously focus your mind on the area between the eyebrows (Ajna) each day.
Make it a Game
Think of simple items, colors, or situations. Create the vision in your mind and watch as your intuition guides you through certain scenarios. For your first try, notice how long it takes for your intuition to speak to you. Keep notes in a journal. Notice if the answers to certain items or situations come faster than others. If so, what do they have in common?
Play with these optional outcomes and try to gain an object, this time faster than the previous effort. For example, you may think of the color pink. You walk outside to check the mail and your gut tells you to look to your left. There you notice a pink Cadillac drive by, that had you continued to focus on the route to the mailbox, you might have missed. Keep your goals simple; it will help you receive answers on a more regular basis because the game is more likely to hold your attention. As the intuitive muscle builds and subconscious declines, you can increase the complexity of your goals.
This is, of course, purposely manifesting. Manifestation is the main reason to tune your intuition. For example, saying, “I am always safe” is an affirmation of a specific manifestation, and the intuition will guide you through the road of safety. Making a game of this intuitive strength will create excitement, show the universe this is a goal, and keep you focused. Focus plus intention equals results.
Live in the Now
It becomes difficult for your intuition to speak to you if your mind is in the past or the future.
Consider this quote from Lao Tzu: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
The gift intuition works best when the mind is in the present. Pain caused in the past can take over the mind. The future can seem frightening. What is on the other side of today or even an hour from now? At this point even when the intuitive process could send you signals loud and clear, your fear will allow the subconscious mind to override those signals.
When depression or anxiety creeps into your thoughts, repeat the above quote. The “now” is the place where intuition resides. Your higher self has no concept of our earthly time.
Talk to Your Higher Self
Intuition is yourself, your higher self, that is. Creator, the Universe, or your soul are all patiently waiting your instruction, more than happy to guide you. So why don’t humans just have gold rolling out of every home, happy relationships, and eternal good health? Humans have forgotten how to communicate such things to the universe.
Ask yourself, “Am I sending the message of what I want or am I vibrating what I’m worried about?” The universe may end up giving you the signals that send you to all the wrong places.
How do you speak to yourself? Do you say ‘I am always sick’ or ‘I love being healthy’? Consider and consciously choose your inner dialogue and language. In both statements, you may really want to be healthy. But the statements vary, and they send different signals to the Universe. Choose your dialogue wisely to ensure your desires don’t get skewed.
Your intuition is your own personal GPS, built in with 24/7 access. Continue to charge the power, program the software, and input the correct data and you will succeed.
Some of the above steps will take practice and patience, but will be well worth it. Your personal intuition will become like a magical wand; you’ll wonder how you moved through life without it. Intuition is not for the spiritually gifted, those who meditate all day, or those with relaxed lives. It’s a tool for each and every one of us … Now use it!
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How to Develop Your Intuition
Intuition may seem to be a spooky, otherworldly talent, but it’s actually a very natural skill that anyone can learn to develop and use in their everyday lives. At its core, intuition is nothing more than the ability to tune into subtle subconscious messages that we perceive from our environment. We may not always understand the reasons why we feel anxious about a certain situation or wary of a specific person, but our subconscious mind is busy in the background picking up and processing little bits of information that we may not notice right away. All of these little bits of information are compiled, catalogued and formed into a conclusion that triggers bodily signals.
For example, have you ever gotten a “bad feeling” about something without knowing why? If you ignored that feeling and proceeded anyway, you probably experienced negative consequences. Likewise, have you ever had a “gut feeling” that a certain job or experience was perfect for you? If you trusted that feeling, you likely discovered that you were right and everything worked out wonderfully. That’s because your intuition was working quietly in the background, perceiving little details that you were not aware of – and directing you to back off or move ahead.
In today’s modern world it may seem like our intuition isn’t as necessary as it was to earlier humans. Our forebears relied heavily on intuition to avoid dangerous predators, determine the best hunting times and even decide on the most beneficial place to build a village to ensure the longevity of the tribe.
While we rarely have to worry about predators anymore (except perhaps the human variety), our intuition can still serve as a powerful and effective tool to guide us in nearly any situation, whether professional, personal, romantic, or even spiritual.
Developing your intuition is a very simple process; it just requires a bit of patience and persistence.
Step One – Tuning Into Signals
The first and most important step is to develop an awareness of how your body feels in normal circumstances. Since most intuitive prompts are perceived as bodily sensations, you’ll need to be able to tell when you’re receiving signals from your subconscious mind.
Start by “tuning in” to your own body several times during each day and noting how you feel. Most often you’ll probably find that you feel neutral, neither good nor bad. However, be on the lookout for any feelings of dread, wariness, fear – or on the opposite end of the spectrum, feelings of eagerness, excitement, and enthusiasm. Ask yourself if any of these feelings might be signals regarding your current activities or decisions you are about to make.
In addition to assessing your emotional state, notice any bodily sensations like tingling, warmth, chills, nausea or fluttering in your abdominal area.
One of the most common ways that our intuition speaks to us is through “gut feelings,” which can vary in intensity. Sometimes you’ll get a super-strong reaction like a clenching or wrenching sensation. This is usually in response to a dangerous or volatile situation. At other times your gut feelings can be very mild, like the sensation of “butterflies” or nervousness.
As you get used to tuning into your body, you’ll begin to notice how often the feelings change in response to your activities. Throughout the course of a single day you can run the gamut from feeling calm and centered to frightened and defensive.
Don’t worry if you can’t define the sensations you experience right away. More important than anything else is simply being able to recognize when you’re feeling neutral, good or bad. These three states alone can help you know immediately which situations will be beneficial and which should be avoided.
Step Two – Deciphering The Messages
Once you’ve developed a familiarity with your own bodily sensations and intuitive prompts, it’s time to strengthen your interpretation skills. Deciphering messages from your intuition can often be like fitting together puzzle pieces. At first glance the signals might not appear to make sense. However, if you examine them more closely and build up trust in your own intuitive insights the full picture usually comes clear.
When you feel like you’re receiving a message from your intuition, stop what you’re doing and try to tune in more clearly. Pay attention to your bodily sensations and ask yourself a series of questions that will help you understand why you’re feeling that way. You might ask, “Would this be a bad move?” or “Is this choice the best one for me?” Then pay close attention to any feelings that seem to provide an answer. You might feel a wave of dread or a twisting sensation in your abdomen that seems like a warning. Or you may experience a feeling of lightness and excitement that seems to urge you forward.
Occasionally you may not receive clear messages at all, just a vague feeling that you’re not sure how to interpret. When this happens, try to put off taking action or making decisions until you’re sure which direction would be most beneficial. If nothing else, your intuition might be telling you that the time simply isn’t right yet – but could be at a future time.
Step Three – Building Trust
The more you practice working with your intuition, the messages will get clearer and stronger. Eventually you’ll be so used to tuning into your intuition that you’ll do it almost on autopilot. At the beginning, however, you’ll need to focus on learning to trust the messages you receive – even if they don’t seem to make sense right away.
You may find it helpful to keep a written journal of your insights and the ensuing outcome when you acted on them. Over time, you’ll have dozens of examples of undeniable accuracy which will help build trust.
In the meantime, assessing the consequences of your actions can be a reliable way to test your intuitive insights. Before making any decisions or taking further action, ask yourself what the possible consequences of doing so might be. If your intuition seems to be telling you to hold back, would anything bad happen if you chose to do that? Likewise if your intuition seems to be urging you to move forward, what possible consequences could there be to doing so?
If it feels too frightening to trust your intuition on very important decisions, try it on minor decisions first. Use it to determine the right foods to eat, the best outfit to wear, and which activities would be most beneficial for you. Eventually you’ll find yourself tuning into your intuition on a regular basis, but there’s nothing wrong with starting slowly and feeling your way along.
As you work on developing your intuition, remember that it’s really nothing more than a heightened awareness of subtle clues that exist in each situation. By learning to recognize these clues and trust your feelings about them, you can drastically improve your success and growth in your professional life, personal life, spiritual life, or in any other areas that you want to make positive changes.
“Often you have to rely on intuition.” — Bill Gates
In my previous post, I wrote about Balancing Your Intuition and Reason, but what if you aren’t very intuitive? Is there a way to develop your intuition? What if you just want to improve? Those are some of the questions I set out to answer.
In the book, Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques, Michael Michalko provides exercises for improving your intuition.
You develop and improve your intuition through practice. If you don’t use it, you lose it, and the more you use it, the better it gets. The beauty is, there’s probably lots of little scenarios each day where you can put your intuition to the test, or at least ask what your gut says.
“You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren. Strive to be aware of your intuition on a daily basis. How do your intuitive impulses feel? When do they occur? Practice your intuitive skills by making guesses before a situation is fully analyzed.”
Two Ways to Develop Your Intuition
According to Michalko, here are two ways to build your intuition:
- Technique #1 – Ask yourself “Yes” and “No” question.
- Technique #2 – Remake old choices.
Technique #1 – Ask Yourself “Yes” and “No” Questions
Develop your intuition by asking yourself “yes” and “no” questions to recognize where your answers come from. According to Michalko, you can learn where your answers come from by asking yourself “yes” and “no” questions.
“To condition your intuitive mind, try asking yourself some ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions to which you already know the answer.
For instance: birthdates, the name of the company where you work, the names of brothers and sisters, and so on. Observe how you get the answers.
You may hear a yes or no in your mind, you may see a yes or no, or you may see flashes of color (green for yes, and red for now). However your answer comes, concentrate on getting future answers in the same way.”
Technique #2 – Remake Old Choices
The key here is that you can also develop your intuition by remaking choices you’ve already made and paying attention to where your responses come from.
This exercise really surprised me. I’ve found it’s tough in many cases to pinpoint where my answers came from, but some are more of a feeling, while some are a definite voice. I’ve found that in the cases of a definite voice, it’s because I’ve asked the question, ‘What would so-and-so do?’
This particular practice has been very effective for changing my perspective and opening up to more options.
“Start by thinking about a choice you already made, and imagine the options you had when you made the choice.
As you think of the choice you have already made, observe the word, phrase, image or symbol that represents the choice. Concentrate on how you got the answer, and focus on getting future answers in the same way.
Continue to remake choices you have already made, and continue to concentrate on how the response appears. Try making a few simple choices you haven’t made before.”
Recognizing the difference between intuition and emotion or wishful thinking can feel confusing, yet developing this sense is an exciting part of our Spiritual journey. It can give us access to guidance from our higher self, empower us to trust in our decisions, and open our eyes to the synchronicities which playfully line up for us.
There are very noticeable differences in the way intuition feels in the body, versus the way thoughts and feelings are experienced. Tuning into your true intuitive voice starts by taking some time to pause and be present with the experience when you feel you may be receiving intuitive information.
To help you determine if what you are sensing is genuine intuition or not, I recommend asking yourself the following 3 questions. These are checkpoints for yourself. As you go through them you are consciously turning your awareness inward. The more you practice this presence with yourself, the easier it will be become to recognize the difference between true knowledge, and your own emotions or thoughts.
1. Is the information connected to a strong sensation of anxiety or emotion in the body?
Many of our emotions have a physical sensation that comes with them – these are often intense. Emotion or wishful thinking is agitated and unsettled and it’s also inconsistent. Your mind makes up the “what if” scenario and your emotions feed into that. It creates an uncertain and unsteady feeling around the information.
Intuition is quiet, it does not have the same charge that emotions brings with it. It is settled and calm. Even if the intuition is not an outcome you would desire, it doesn’t bring up a powerfully unpleasant charge in the body. You may have sensations such as the hairs raising on your arms or back of your neck, you may have tingling or pressure in your crown chakra. But none of these will be unpleasant or fearful. You may also experience a feeling as though your body is expanding into the knowledge coming forward. That this information is not outside of you, but rather it is part of you. If this is what your experience feels like, you can trust that it is intuition.
2. Ask yourself is this true?
You can do this into yourself in your head, but I actually recommend speaking it out loud and then asking yourself if what you said feels true. If you can’t answer that question with confidence, if you can’t really answer yes or no, chances are this is not intuition. This is where consistency comes in. Intuition is clear and consistent. It is quiet and subtle, but it’s going to give you the same answer every time – and it’s not going to nag you about it. Intuition isn’t going to ask you to buy into it. On the other hand, your emotions, will. Your emotions are going to generate thoughts that feed your ‘what if’ story. Intuition is a calm sense of knowing, and when you ask yourself is this true – your heart with answer YES. You can experiment with speaking your intuitions out loud and then asking yourself out loud – is this true? Or you can write your intuitions down and then come back and revisit them a few days or weeks later to see, what was true intuition and what was not. In writing things down – include any sensations that came with information.
3. Where do you feel the intuition in the body?
Intuition is a knowing that comes from the heart and the energetic body. It is not a mental exercise. If we’re engaging in thought, we are engaged with the loop between thoughts and feelings. If your intuition arises from your mind, I’d advise you to be suspicious of it. Intuition is typically felt most strongly in the heart or gut area of the body and the energetic body or light-body. If this is where you feel the information resides, it’s much more likely to be intuition, than if it is sitting as a thought or image in your mind.
Always remember that intuition is neutral and objective, it is not attached to one outcome or another. Emotion is not. Emotion wants something or fears something. Intuition may still speak to us when we are emotionally charged, but it can be challenging to hear that intuition when our emotions are so loud.
When this happens it’s vital to let go of your attachment to one outcome or another. Allow your emotions to calm, and then listen for that quiet and steady voice. These are opportunities to balance our emotional and energetic bodies and come to understand ourselves more deeply, also.
Allow yourself space to feel out what is intuition and what is emotion. Use the circumstances in your life to hone this awareness. And have some fun with it! Use these three questions to help you tune into your inner voice and develop your intuitive senses.
Everyone is aware of intuition; it’s something we commonly hear in reference to “mother’s intuition” or “intuitive, user-friendly software.” To develop intuition, we need to first understand its source and learn ways to become aware of it.
For many of us, intuition presents itself in the form of a subtle feeling, or a quiet inner voice that warns of impending danger, suggests the right decision to make, and gives us a feeling about another person’s motives.
What is intuition?
Intuition is a built-in mechanism of the human mind. Within the rational thinking process, intuition can be drawn upon to provide information that is not purely analytical in nature. To that end, intuition is more closely linked with the creative mind, which originates in the side of the brain that functions creatively.
When you’re creating art in any form, or writing, or doing any activity that allows your mind to soften and get into more of a relaxed, dream-like state, you’re opening the channels to the intuitive process. You might get brilliant flashes of wisdom about different things, insights into how to easily solve problems, or ideas about your career, friends, family, and life in general.
Where does intuition come from?
Intuition comes from within, and as we all have it, it helps us to interact with each other in a very subtle manner. Intuition might be considered one of the senses, like taste, touch, smell, etc. It is also very closely connected with the circuitry of the body, and will give you warning signs in the form of hairs on the back of your neck standing up, or an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach.
It is a natural sense that many animals have as well. Humans and animals have an instinct for survival, and intuition presents itself very clearly when the need for protection arises.
Many mothers have a sixth sense, or sense of intuition, when it comes to the well-being of their children. Their intuition is very strong, and warns them, as a thought, a sense, or a feeling, that they need to act quickly in order to protect their babies.
Intuition comes from within, but it is also non-local, just as the mind is non-local (meaning, it is not solely housed within your brain and head, but can gather information from outside of your body), and intuition can pick up and sense signals from those we are connected to who may not be in our close proximity.
Is it easy to develop Intuition?
So, how do you become aware of Intuition? Intuition is not loud and easy to detect. It is quiet, and very subtle. Therefore, to become aware of intuition, you must work diligently to quiet your mind and pay attention to how you feel and what quieter, more peaceful and intelligent thoughts float through your mind.
The easiest way to access your intuition is through your imagination. That way, you’ll give yourself a free pass to experiment and play with your hits, hunches, senses, and vibes. Notice what kind of thoughts pop into your head about certain people. Jot some notes down, and see if you’re right about what you think.
For example, if you’re in a job interview, pay attention to the person interviewing you and imagine what that person thinks about you, about the job, and about life in general. After the interview, when you’re back home, jot down imaginative ideas about the person and about what working for that company would be like. The more you let yourself get creative, the more intuitive this process will be, and chances are, your insights will be quite surprisingly accurate.
Another way to become aware of your intuition is to ask yourself questions about things, and listen for the answer, or check your body to see how you feel. Start with simple things, like “Will the store be less crowded on Tuesday or Wednesday?” and then listen to see what insight you receive.
Then move on to other things, like “Will I have a good time if I go to the party this weekend, or would I enjoy myself more if I stay home?” and notice how you feel with each option or choice.
There is no limit to the amount of assistance you can receive from your intuition. When you develop intuition, it can help you make excellent choices and decisions, help guide your life, and even save you and your loved ones from danger. All you need to do is make the concrete decision to begin to pay attention to it, and to take your intuition seriously. The more you honor your intuition, the more it will thrive and grow.
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