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How To Make Smart Decisions Intuitively

Using intuition to make a decision can be tricky for analytical people. In rational decision-making, the need for practical and logical arguments and careful analysis come high in priority. But intuitive decision making relies on unconscious intelligence created from past experiences and learning which makes it the key component of effective and smart decisions.

As an intuitive psychiatrist, I worship my high octane intuitions. I owe the blessing of becoming a physician to one. However, at twenty, when an unwavering inner voice told me I was going to medical school, it was the last thing I thought I wanted.

This gut-centered voice committed to your happiness, health, and survival, is, with practice, accessible to everyone. But when you deviate even a nano-fraction from your inner voice, energy wanes, whether a subtle seepage or radical bottoming out. The more ferociously faithful you are to this truth the more energized you’ll be.

Intuition offers a direct line to your life force, and also, as I experience it, to divine intelligence. We can’t afford to remain deaf to intuition’s messages. Its expertise is energy; its job is to know every nuance of what makes you tick.

A master at reading vibes, intuition is constantly tallying: what gives positive energy, what dissipates it. Who you meet, where you go, your job, your family, current events, are all evaluated–crucial data that you can learn to interpret and apply.

Intuitive Decision Making
Intuitive Decision Making

Here’s a formula from my book, Positive Energy to help you get started. First, listen to your body: there are positive and negative intuitions about relationships that highlight compatible matches. Second, act on this information, which is often the hardest part. Let me walk you through the process.

Recognize Your Body’s Intuitions About Vibes

A people skill most of our parents didn’t know or teach us is intuitively reading vibes. We’ve learned to draw conclusions from surface data: how nice someone seems, looks, education, or if a situation adds up on paper.

But intuition goes deeper; to make it work for you other ingredients must be considered such as what positive vibes feel like, for instance, a sense of heart, compassion, and nurturance. In contrast, negative people project prickly, draining vibes that put you on guard.

Here is a general guideline of body-based intuitions. Use this checklist at a first meeting, to troubleshoot problems if you’re already involved, or to weigh “opportunities.” Also, feel free to add to it.

Being intuitive, I know that signature energy always accompanies situations or people. Remember the Lil’ Abner jinxed cartoon character who always had a black cloud hanging over his head? Not a vibe that bodes well for auspicious outcomes. Instead, learn to gravitate towards brightness, a positive intuition your body’s responses will affirm.

Read: How Your Intuitive Abilities Can Help You Find Your Spiritual Side

When tuning into vibes take a few quiet moments to go into sensing mode, not intellectual analysis. Look for these signs to determine attraction.

Positive Intuitions About Relationships or Situations

  • A feeling of comforting familiarity or brightness; you may sense you’ve known the person before, as with the experience of Deja-vu
  • You breathe easier, chest and shoulders are relaxed, the gut is calm
  • You find yourself leaning forward, not defensively crossing your arms or edging away to keep a distance
  • Your heart opens; you feel safe, peaceful, energized, expansive, or alive
  • You’re at ease with a person’s touch whether a handshake, hug, or during intimacy.

Negative Intuitions About Relationships or Situations

  • A sick feeling in the pit of your stomach or increased stomach acid may prompt an unpalatable deja-vu
  • Your skin starts crawling, you’re jumpy, instinctively withdraw if touched
  • Shoulder muscles are in knots, chest area or throat constricts; you notice aggravated aches or pains
  • The hair on the back of your neck creepily stands on end
  • A sense of malaise, darkness, pressure, agitation, or being drained
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Dr. Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDX talk. Her other books are Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People, The Empowered Empath’s Journal, Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on www.drjudithorloff.com. View Author posts