6 Ways to Listen to Your Intuition
Life will bring us to many cross roads.
Sometimes, our first instinct will be to seek external guidance to lead us the “right” way. Often, we grasp desperately for someone else to simplify our decisions for us.
If you learn to turn inwards, you’ll discover, if you haven’t already, that you’ve possessed a powerful guidance system within you all along.
We are all blessed with an intuitive guidance system and the more we learn to listen to it and use it, the more confident and tactful we will become at reassuring ourselves as we dance with the unraveling of our journeys.
So intuition… what exactly is it and how do I get one?
Thankfully, we all come equipped with one. Many of us may already have a strong connection with it, while many of us are unaware that we have within us an inner wisdom that is always on our side.
Your intuition is the divine intelligence that continuously guides you in realizing and actualizing your goals. It is the immediate knowledge of exactly what to do and can gracefully guide you in all of your choices throughout your life.
Divine wisdom. Internal knowledge. Guiding force. Higher self.
Delve into these thoughts and considerations to better know your own inner wisdom and begin to better trust yourself and your direction today.
1. Trust Your Gut
We all know the sensation of when something doesn’t feel right. When our circumstances are just wrong, it's common to feel a strong urge or twisting of our gut.
This is often the most obvious if not first telltale sign that our intuition is tugging at the sleeve of our attention.
We all possess great emotional intelligence. Our feelings and emotional reactions are often communicating to us how to approach or interact with any given situation.
It can sometimes be very easy to ignore your feelings and push them away.
We might push those gut feelings aside and take what may seem like the easier option because we're afraid of failure, changing direction, and saying no.
If something doesn’t feel good, right or just simply off, perhaps your gut is telling you it’s time for a change.
Be honest with yourself and acknowledge those unsettled feelings; they are there to guide and support you.
Listen to them.
Go with your gut. Follow the hunches until your situation feels right again.
When you do, you may find your emotional body reacting with happiness, ease and confidence, even if the choice does not seem rational.
Trust your emotional compass. How you feel is your greatest indicator of whether your choices are in alignment with your intuitive wisdom or not.
2. Follow Energy Shifts
Sometimes we can wrestle with the question of whether we made the right choice or not, lingering and obsessing over it well after we took action.
One way to measure whether you’ve acted in accordance to your intrinsic knowledge or not is to tune into your energy levels.
Chances are you’ve experienced the feeling of having a weight lifted from your shoulders immediately after making a long-awaited decision. Maybe you sensed a return of joy or energy, charisma and physical stamina that you had felt severed from for some time.
If these shifts are present, rejoice in the knowing that you have acted from a place of alignment with your higher, true self.
3. Tune To Your Body
Is a recurring situation in your life triggering a tight feeling in your chest? Or maybe there’s a circumstance that sparks that sinking, churning feeling in your stomach.
If your reality isn’t paralleled to your innermost longings, your intuition will use your physical body as a medium to bring your attention to what desperately wants to be seen.
As many of us have a tendency to ignore our internal guidance system, the repressed messages will develop into more severe symptoms… anything from anxiety and depression, fatigue, migraines, nausea and other physical ailments.
If we are not willing to open ourselves to reoccurring thoughts, strong internal pulls and persistent callings, our intuition will use physical signs to communicate that we are not living in integrity with the life we know we want and deserve.
What are you experiencing in your body? And what is it trying to communicate to you? What, if any, repressed messages, urges and needs are underlying the physical discomfort you may be experiencing in your life?
Open yourself to positive, curious inquiry with the knowing that you intuitively hold the knowledge to be your own healer and transform your life.
4. Pay Attention to the Synchronicities
When we lead a life in alignment with our greatest potential and development, the Universe will frequently gift us with signs of assurance.
Be open to what life presents on your path.
As we dream, manifest and shoot off rockets of desires through our thoughts and beliefs, the Universe supports us in turn by sending us the circumstances, people, opportunities and situations that will bring our advancement in life.
Be present in your day-to-day activities so that you can see the meaningful patterns and coincidences when they occur.
These signs can be messages from your higher self that you are on the right path.
5. Get Quiet
In our world of constant content bombardment and multiple forces grabbing for our attention, it can become challenging to tap into the voice or sensation of our intuition.
When we are up against making a decision, it's important to create room for clarity. When you allow your mind to rest, the mud of many thoughts settles, and your mind becomes an open and clear channel for your thoughts and emotions to flow through.
Step away from your current situation and bring yourself to a state of mind and location where you can decompress. Dissolve any sense of pressure, anxiousness or tension that maybe present by focusing on deep, elongated breaths.
Let the clouds dissipate from your mind.
Quiet the mind to make room for clarity.
In this spaciousness, we can dissolve the clutter of our fears, insecurities, doubts and uncertainty to hear the deep, confident, clear knowing of our inner wisdom.
In this expansiveness, you have the lucidity necessary to listen, with all your might, to what your heart and soul is telling you.
Even if you are not pressed to make a difficult choice in your life, making it a regular practice to quiet the mind is a steadfast approach to deepening your connection with your intuition.
Make space to get quiet and listen to the words and callings of your heart song.
6. Do Your Shadow Work
“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.”–Roy T. Bennett
In order for us to experience a clear, uninterrupted dialogue with our intuition, we must clear, touch and heal the parts of ourselves we would rather pretend did not exist.
The shadow is a term coined by psychologist Carl Jung, and it refers to our deepest wounds.
The wounds that have us believing we are flawed, unlovable, undeserving people.
Shadow work can support you in embracing all aspects of yourself. This experience of self-acceptance is essential for you to love and trust yourself more, which puts you more in touch with your intuition.
By communing with the aspects of ourselves that we attempt to reject and hide, we heighten our awareness of their habitual patterns and thoughts. In regards to tapping into our intuitive powers, this awareness will allow us to skillfully decipher between limiting beliefs, judgments and criticisms from the internal guide that is edging us towards appropriate discernment and caution.
As we venture down the path of healing our shadow self and touching past wounds that may project our history onto our present moment, we heighten our ability to decipher between pained, habitual thinking and our inner wisdom illuminating our path.
The Path of the Intuitive
Taking the steps and efforts to cultivate a more intimate relationship with our inner guidance and wisdom is a journey of self-exploration and empowerment.
- Honing into and honoring the signs from your emotional body
- Investigating potential underlying stories and triggers of physical ailments
- Marveling at the magical coincidences of your life
- Making time to clear mental chatter to deeply listen to your inner desires
- Bringing healing love to unprocessed wounds
Honoring the process of deepening our relationship with our intuition is a journey towards living a more rich, meaningful and connected life.
Your magic and potential expand far beyond your comprehension.
In your pursuit of a purposeful, more aligned and intentional connection with your intuition, the all knowing higher self, you will uncover a greater peace, trust and acceptance of the unfolding of your life’s journey.
You possess all the reassurance, encouragement and answers to all your questions.
All you need to do is look inside.
“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti