Intuition is on my mind a lot lately, especially as I was preparing to give a talk about it. I’m remembering how incredibly powerful and important intuition is, so I’m renewing my dedication to follow those wise inner signals. Let’s talk about this resource that’s inside all of us.
You know that feeling…when you just… Know. It comes over you in some inexplicable way. You don’t know how you know, but you just know. Or you have an inkling that keeps trying to get your attention. That’s what I mean by intuition. It’s the sometimes quiet, and sometimes loud, signals inside us that say “Yes, do it,” or “No, don’t.”
So much time is spent weighing our options in the reasoning part of our mind. It can drive us crazy and keep us stuck for years, in the wrong relationships, wrong careers, or stuckness in anything.
Imagine if we could tap into something that makes our decisions easier, and helps us feel happier with our decisions. That’s what intuition can do for all of us. I’m convinced by my experience, and the research, that our intuition is worth much more of our attention, and worth cultivating…for happiness and success.
We Can All Tap into Intuition
It’s not just for “intuitive people.” It’s for everyone. We can all cultivate it.
When the heart speaks, as I believe it does with our intuitive “hits,” it’s telling us the path to happiness. Doing what the heart wants makes it happy. It’s a simple equation.
In one of my introvert groups where we often refer to this idea of intuitive living, one of the members, Jen, wrote this poem. We loved it so much that we asked her to make it into a piece of art and greeting cards too, and she did! She gave me permission to share this story and this image:
I know, questions and/or skepticism are kicking in as you consider these bold statements I’m making:
- But what about reason?
- Which inner voice is reliable?
- Can I learn to hear it more easily?
- But I can’t just follow every whim…
I’d love to discuss all that but it would take a book. Actually a workshop would do it. After I started writing this article, I heard the calling to create a workshop and now it’s in the works. Love when it flows like that.
For now I’ll say this. Sometimes it’s about embracing mystery and trusting what you feel. It’s good to also look at the data. But you and I both know from experience that a pros-and-cons list is never enough. Certainly that’s true in matters of love, but the same is true in matters of business and money.
Your intuition is far wiser than you think it is. I believe it even has logic built in to it. It’s not a perfect path to truth, but it deserves our attention, with every decision. I believe it’s telling us something we need. Reason alone is not perfect either. Combining the two is where the gold is.
Here’s My Experience with Intuition
My intuition helps me with everyday decisions, including important personal decisions and running my business. I notice these benefits:
- When I listen to my intuition, my decisions and actions feel easier, and I’m happier with the outcome. There’s a sense of flow.
- When I don’t listen to it, there are consequences to pay whether exhaustion or larger consequences like years down the wrong path. Oh, I’ve had the large consequences for sure.
- The more I listen to my intuition, the more it speaks to me when I need it.
- I know it played a pivotal role in meeting my beloved soulmate. That is a daily “Yes” feeling. A deep Knowing. A reminder to hold out for the inner Yes. Yes to that!
I also notice these challenges:
- Sometimes I forget to slow down and tune in, so I stay stuck wondering what to do.
- I get impatient waiting for clarity. It’s not always on my timeline. Darn it.
- Sometimes an easeful intuitive flash just happens, like grace, but my mind tries to dismiss it just as quickly, so I have to slow down and be with both the feelings and the reasoning, and cultivate the trust that clarity will come.
- It’s not a “quick fix” kind of thing. I have to devote time to being available to hear it, including cultivating a quieter mind with meditation.
- Sometimes I have ignored it because I was afraid to take a big leap that it seemed to point to. But I’ve learned that small steps are a great way to heed intuition’s guidance. No cliff jumping required.
What’s Your Relationship to Your Intuition?
Here’s a quick self-assessment to see where you’re at.
Which one of these needs more attention?
- Learning to hear my intuition and know how the trustworthy instincts feel.
- Learning to trust the intuition that I feel.
- Knowing when to use intuition versus analysis, and how to combine the two.
- Incorporate more of the activities where I’m likely to hear my intuition (such as meditation, journaling, drawing, walks in nature).
I’d love to hear about it if you want to share in the comments below.
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