Intuition everyone talks about it, but not everyone is aware of when they are having an intuitive flash. Whether you call it listening to your gut or tapping into your intuition or following your instinct, understanding how to pay attention to your natural knowing is a vital skill for success in business and life.
In fact, even the top CEOs and notable people like Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet have attributed part of their success to their “ah-ha!” moments.
Albert Einstein once said that it is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses.
Now, you may think that you don’t have the intuitive gift, but that’s just not true. We’re all intuitively wired. It is our most natural biological function. Each of us has our own “feeling” of what is worthwhile and right for our lives, and you’d certainly like to learn how to tap in to the infinite power of your intuition, but you don’t know how to do it.
So, here are seven actionable ways to tune into your gut.
1) Listen to a physical reaction
Do you have butterflies in your stomach? Goose bumps? Did you experience physiological responses, like queasiness, shortness of breath, sneezing or a headache?
Your body is a powerful intuitive communicator. There’s a reason it’s called a “gut feeling”. If you experience nagging thoughts and feelings of suspicion, anxiety, doubt, curiosity or wonder for a particular situation, it’s up to you to follow them and see where they’ll lead. Listening to your body’s subtle signals is a critical part of exercising your intuitive sense.
Close the door. Turn off the phone. Shut down your computer and take a few deep, slow breaths to relax your body. Meditation is one of the most powerful practices that, in my opinion, every human on the planet should take up. The first reason why most of us can’t hear our intuition, is because our mind is like a drunken crazy monkey.
Clearing your mind of repetitive thoughts and worries is one of the best ways to listen to your inner voice. When meditating, be still while fully immersing yourself in the flowing torrent of your own mind. Let your thoughts roam and be open to the ideas and solutions that come to you.
3) Ask your inner wisdom for guidance
Whether you call it, God, Universe or Cosmic Consciousness, each of us has access to an unlimited infinite source of wisdom. So, if you’ve found yourself stuck in a certain situation, simply ask for guidance. Pose an inner question to yourself and really pay attention to signals and patterns that may arise. Be open minded.
Inwardly pose a question to yourself, like “Why am I here? What message was I brought here to share with other people? Is this life path right for me?” Stay open to any flashes, sensations or impressions you receive.
4) Tune into higher vibrations
Every single thought and word that comes into your head and out of your mouth has an impact on the world around and within you. Every thought or feeling has a vibration that can be measured. By learning to raise these vibrations you will be able to connect with your inner wisdom. People who speak about their vibration and their intuition comfortably experience it very regularly.
5) Stop and take a moment
The goal here is to take a moment to quiet your mind and bring yourself into the present moment. Sitting at your desk trying to hammer out a solution to a project won’t allow your intuition to turn on, while stepping away from your pc, getting out of the office and doing something that has nothing to do with work can help you tune in to your powers of intuition.
Steve Jobs was known to take long walks when stuck on a problem to experience a moment of real clarity. That clarity is like a fresh breath of pure inspiration. So, no matter what you are doing, take a break and jump, dance, go for a run or have a nice long walk.
6) Pay attention to your dreams
Intuition is the language of dreams. Research shows that during dream-time the brain does creative problem-solving, which can help you make the right choice in your waking life. Before you go to sleep each night, reflect upon questions and issues for which you couldn’t find solutions during the day, such as “How can I fix that problem?”.
Think about and explore different possibilities. This will trigger your imagination and put your subconscious to work at furnishing you with creative solutions while you sleep. If you’re attuned to your dreams, you can get a lot of information about how to live your life. The next morning, immediately write down any dreams or great ideas you remember before getting out of bed. Then see if and how the dream answered your question.
7) Keep an intuition journal
Meditation, dreams and long walks can bring up lots of insights, so it’s a good idea to track every thoughts or “feeling” you experienced. Write down questions or concerns, then take a deep breath and listen for a response from your inner wisdom. Let yourself write automatically.
Next time you are having difficulty making a decision, pick up a pen and some paper and let the words flow out of you. Reflect on the situation, explore those feelings, and consider the bigger picture. By regularly recording your thoughts can be a wonderful catalyst for removing blocks and letting your intuitive voice lead the way.
Your intuition is your inner guide. If you don’t listen to it, you are not living at your full potential. Intuition unleashes your creativity and imagination, puts you in touch with your subconscious power and helps you make better and more integrative decisions. Developing your intuition is like learning any new skill. The more you practice, the better you get at it. So, be patient. Results don’t always happen right away. Like exercising any muscles, start off slowly and gradually build your “intuitive muscle.”
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