by Carey Davidson
Have you ever had a gut feeling about something? Maybe you had a great job opportunity, but something told you to turn it down. Or maybe you were apartment hunting and just knew you had found your home when you walked into a particular place.
This gut feeling, or inner-voice is your intuition. It’s an unconscious reasoning that propels you to do something without knowing exactly why or how. It comes from knowledge stored in your subconscious mind and provides a quick, seemingly inexplicable understanding.
Your intuition is an incredible resource and gift that can help you live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. It’s sometimes dismissed as a coincidence, or viewed as a mystical or supernatural experience, but there’s growing scientific evidence about the important role it can play in decision-making. In fact, the U.S. military has started looking at how intuition can help troops sense danger during combat.
We’ve all had those gut feelings or sudden fleeting moments of just knowing. But did you know that you can intentionally tap into the wealth of insights stored in your subconscious mind? The more you exercise your intuition, the more clearly you’ll be able to hear that quiet, powerful voice within you.
Here are five ways you can start tuning into your intuition:
- Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal every day in stream-of-consciousness style.
- Practice simply observing your inner thoughts instead of judging them and exercise self-kindness and compassion.
- Recall times when you did or did not listen to your intuition - what were the outcomes? What might have been different if you had or hadn't followed your gut?
- Use guided practices to tap into your intuition during our Intuitive Exploration Series (see below).
Intuition is a powerful tool. Once you hone your ability to hear your inner voice, you’ll start to notice the many benefits it offers:
- Helps you reduce stress when dealing with problems
- Opens up your imagination and creativity
- Gives you a more complete view of life using your left and right brain
- Connects you to your subconscious
- Makes you more confident in your decision-making
Remember that it will take time to develop your intuition. It’s common to confuse intuition with fear or other emotions, but true intuition is accompanied by a deep sense of calmness, clarity and joy. Be patient with the process. Pay attention as you’re guided and over time your intuition will gradually come into focus and lead you to your most fulfilling life.