Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. ~William Cowper – poet
Want to kick your intuition into high gear? Look no further. These three simple changes will have your intuitive motor purring like a kitten.
The simplest way to stoke your intuition is to master being present in your life and body at all times.
When you are fully present you are aware of your thoughts, emotions and the sensations your body experiences.
When you are preoccupied by thoughts that take you off into an unknown future or pull you back into reliving your past, you drown-out intuitive thoughts and ignore the intuitive cues given off by your body through feelings and physical sensations.
Our intuition sends information to us by making us aware of brief feelings. It’s usually a “forewarning” of something that will occur because of our actions.
Say, you are driving to work and hear that you received a text on your phone. You want to see if it’s your boss. You reach for your phone and just as you look down to read the text you become aware of the “slightest” little “tug” of a feeling telling you that you shouldn’t look away from the road. But, you do it anyway and even though it took just five seconds you end up in a car accident. After the accident you “recall” that you got this little “feeling” and, wish you’d listened to it.
Why did this happen? Yesterday, and the day before, you read a text while driving and you didn’t have an accident but, you didn’t get that “tug of a feeling” either. That “feeling” was there telling you that your luck with driving and texting was going to run out today. Your intuition was trying to tell you not to drive and text to avoid the accident. (FYI: I do not advocate driving and texting. I want to make it clear that this is just an example).
When we ignore these cues from our intuition it comes back to bite us later
These feelings don’t crop up all the time which is exactly why you should pay attention to them. You will only get them when you need to warned about something. If you’ve made a habit of multi-tasking, busyness and pushing your feelings away, over time it will result in shutting out your intuition.
Once we have instilled the habit of not being present we operate on a “new normal”
In this “new normal,” feeling uncomfortable becomes the new normal. In other words, we’ve suppressed our intuitive feelings for so long that we are used to not being in sync with our feelings. We believe it is the way we are. We get an intuitive nudge and feel briefly uncomfortable but, we pay no attention to it. We’ve become accustomed to being out of sorts and living with feelings that are incompatible with our actions.
Becoming aware of these slight nagging feelings in the back of your mind or in your gut will no longer set off the warning bells like they were intended to do. Therefore when you go to make decisions you’ll always second guess yourself afterward and never feel sure that you’ve made the right decision.
Intuition is intelligence for your life
What is intelligence? Intelligence is being able to learn or understand something and it’s also knowledge and information. What your intuition does is “inform” you ahead of time about things that can be avoided by heeding this information.
Intuition’s primary function is to keep us safe. It’s an instinct that is born within us so that our species survives.
Everyone is born intuitive
It has to be that way since the primary function of intuition is to ensure our safety. We have evolved since the times when we relied on our intuition to keep us safe from predators like tigers and dinosaurs. The good thing about that is that our intuition has also evolved. We can train our intuition to give us more information about what’s going on in our environment and it will provide the “intelligence” we need to make the right decisions and choices.
Are you ready to rev the engine of your intuitive motor?
Here are three simple changes you can make to kick your intuition into high gear:
1. Learn to be mindful. Be present. Pay attention to the task you’re doing. Try not to multitask. Every time you catch your mind straying off on some tangent have a signal like, snapping your fingers, to bring you back to the present. Do one thing at a time and do it well!
2. Begin to focus more on your feelings. Make an effort to zero in on your feelings when you’re making decisions. Your feelings will tell you whether to proceed or not. If you feel calm, enthused and confident when making a decision, that’s a sign that your feelings are in alignment with your actions. It is the green light to go ahead.
2. Become aware of your body. When you’re truly present you are grounded in your body. Did you ever notice how when you’re stressed you have no body awareness at all? That’s because you’re living in your mind and have vacated your body. Uncomfortable physical sensations are signals to stop and rethink your decision.
When you become calm by being present with your thoughts and emotions you “come down” from your head and reenter the body. When you fully occupy your body you become aware of “sensations” such as feelings in the gut, feeling of weakness, or muscle fatigue and aches in the head or back. These sensations are the body’s way of communicating information to you. Think of these bodily sensations like a “Morris Code” sending you a message about whether to proceed with a decision or not.
When you are fully present in your life and body your intuition will come through loud and clear!
What questions do you have about this process? Have you had any experiences with your intuition you’d like to share?
Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life you Dream Of,” Free bonus material is available to readers of The Intuition Principle here.