4. Explore whether fear is fuelling you
Fear has a sneaky way of disguising itself as intuition. When we are fearful, we tend to make rash decisions or believe that we are “following our intuition” because of how strong the mental voice can become. When you are faced with an important decision, try writing down all of your fears surrounding the situation on a piece of paper. Making your fears visible will help you to determine whether the voice within you is driven by fear or clear knowing.
5. Formulate your conclusion, and live both scenarios
Come up with a range of solutions and mentally live out each scenario. Visualize each choice as vividly as you can, then pay attention to how each option feels. Whichever option feels the most “right” is the choice you need to go for.
6. Don’t allow pressure to bias you
Are you putting a lot of pressure on yourself? The pressure to make a “quick decision” tends to inhibit the flow of intuition. While intuition can work under strenuous circumstances, if you have the option to slow down, please do. Just because you aren’t obsessing over something doesn’t mean the thought isn’t bubbling in your subconscious mind. Sometimes putting decision making on the “back burner” helps you to relax, adopt new perspectives, and open more easily to the presence of your intuitive knowing.
7. Ask for guidance
Intuition is seeing with the soul.
– Dean Koontz
When I struggle to access my intuition, I say a prayer of guidance asking my Soul for support. If you are struggling with accessing your intuition, say a small prayer to whomever or whatever you believe in (e.g., your Higher Self, Soul, Spirit, God, Allah). You don’t need to be religious to pray. Prayer is condensed energy and intention which will help you to focus your willpower. Saying a prayer is a powerful way to enhance your intuitive prowess.
8. Develop more self-awareness
Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and the way in which they impact you and the people around you. The more aware we are of what goes on inside of ourselves, the easier it will be to identify the quiet voice of our intuition in the first place. Mindfulness, meditation, and introspection all assist in developing self-awareness.
9. Clear your third eye chakra
If you believe in chakra healing, focus on balancing your third eye chakra, which is the center of your intuitive abilities. If you struggle with problems such as negative thinking patterns, over-thinking, paranoia, or anxiety, you most likely have a third eye chakra problem. There are many ways to unblock this chakra, and we explore them in our article on how to open your third eye.
There are so many facets involved in learning how to trust your intuition. If you’re still in need of guidance, the following Q&A’s might help:
Can your intuition be wrong?
This is a tricky question to answer, but in short, pure intuition is never wrong. But the intuition that is tainted by thoughts can be wrong. As intuition stems from the unconscious and universal mind (also known as the ‘Collective Unconscious’) that has access to a tremendous amount of information, the insights it relays are far more accurate than pure rational thinking. When intuition is unclear and foggy, it’s more likely for it to be wrong or misguided. This is why learning how to distinguish the voice of fear from the voice of intuition is crucial.
What does intuition feel like?
The feeling of intuition varies for everyone. For some people, it will be very physical. It’s common, for example, to experience tingles down the spine, a rush of energy, goosebumps, a pit in the stomach, and so on. Others experience intuition as something more mental. For instance, some people get visual flashes (such as premonitions or visions) and others get a quiet (and in some instances loud!) inner voice arising.
What is an example of intuition?
There are endless examples of intuition out there. Intuition, for example, can arise in moments before a crisis directing a person to do or not do something that can have dire life/death consequences. Many individuals have intuitive feelings of dread or joy before making conscious life decisions. Intuition can also emerge in everyday situations, such as what present to buy someone, what’s really wrong with your partner or best friend (“something doesn’t feel right”), and what route to take to work.
Is everyone intuitive?
Yes, everyone has the capacity to be intuitive. It’s just a matter of learning how to tap into your unconscious mind. While intuition might come more easily to some, it’s ultimately a skill that needs to be honed and developed.
Intuition is a small glimpse into the enormous magnitude of wisdom and intelligence possessed by your largely secret and untapped unconscious mind.
By learning how to silence your mind, connect with your body, identify the fear, and clear energy blockages, you will find it easier to access your intuition in any life circumstance.
Written by Mateo Sol
Originally appeared in LONERWOLF