We all know the familiar cliché of intuition. We say it’s that feeling you get in your gut when the phone rings and you already know who’s calling.
Intuition is the ability to sense how other people are feeling even when they don’t tell you. It’s the KNOWING that we should or shouldn’t take a certain action, because we can already sense the outcome.
Intuition is instinctively knowing something that you don’t know how you know!
Animals have it in spades. They intuitively know when to run, when to stay and fight, what foods to eat when they’re ill.
Um, so we’re animals. How is it then, that our own inner navigation systems have gone so wildly askew?
If intuition is a natural ability, something we all have, why are psychics, mediums and tarot readers so perennially popular? Why don’t we trust our sixth sense more?
The problem is largely one of modern living.
We unwittingly dull our instincts by being caught up in the fast pace of modern life.
Firstly there are the distractions – mobile phones, computers, demands of jobs, family.
Another problem is constant chatter of the mind. Our mind makes decisions based on experiences and memory – not necessarily the reality of the situation.
Most people just operate from the intellect. For example, say we decide to dislike a colleague at work or a new face we’re introduced to – just because they remind us of someone from our past.
In reality, that person may be lovely, a great help and a possible future friend – but we’ll never find that out because our conscious, ‘rational’ minds have already denied us that possibility. We over-ride our senses.
How often do we take time out to stop and really listen to what our body is telling us?
Moreover, have you ever considered that the foods you eat and drink may be affecting your intuition?
Some believe the chemical overload we imbibe on a daily basis blunts our 6th sense. Not just the obvious culprits of alcohol, prescription (and other) drugs and cigarettes.
[highlight]Did you know Aspartame, commonly found in diet drinks and food, and sodium fluorides found in our foods are potent neurotoxins affecting the pineal gland? The pineal gland is located in the centre our brains and said to be the centre of intuition, our ‘3rd eye’, and the ‘seat of our ‘spiritual consciousness’.[/highlight]
It’s no wonder folks are turning in increasing numbers to psychics. We’ve lost our ability to trust our own inner voice.
On a personal level, and whatever the cause, I see a lot of people who are burnt out, lethargic and unable to focus on, let alone identify what issues are ailing them.
They are totally disconnected from their innate ability to make decisions in their life.
Of course, there’s always those times when we need a bit of spiritual guidance. But increasingly, there are those who don’t trust themselves to make ANY decisions for themselves – or their families.
How to get your intuitive mojo back:-
There are ways you can help reconnect with this primal instinct and the more you do these things, the sharper your intuition becomes
- Take time to slow down and focus on the present instead of worrying about the past – and the future.
- Take note of what your ‘gut’ is telling you about situations or people.
- Switch off. Meditate on a regular basis somewhere quiet where you will be undisturbed– even if it’s just for 5 minutes daily.
- Unplug. Disconnect more frequently from your phone and computer.
- Get in touch with your senses by getting out into nature more often. Get the grass beneath your feet and bring your focus back to your senses. Feel your connectivity to the Earth, the Universe and your place within it.
- If you’re struggling to find an answer to a problem, stop trying to solve it with logic and reason. PR week studied 252 CEO’s of companies. Most said they relied on intuition to make decisions. It’s a lesson we should all note.
- Be careful what you eat – check for Aspartame, Fluoride in foods. Depending on your belief system, meat, sugar and processed foods can harm your ability to be intuitive. Try and eat a ‘clean’ a diet as possible.
Try This Simple Exercise To Improve Your Intuition
To help you connect with your own place of knowing, first have a pen and paper to hand. Find a quiet space where you’ll be undisturbed and get comfortable and relax. Slow your breathing down.
To help relax, try circular breathing. Breathe slowly in through your nose and exhale through your mouth 3 times. With each breath, relax more deeply.
Now focus on the issue, but in an abstract, carefree way (i.e. not from a place of anxiety – just try to let that go for now. Try and put your emotions about the situation aside for a few moments). What are you hearing, seeing, feeling, sensing?
Write all your impressions down – images, words, etc. even if they don’t seem to make sense. Allow your mind to wander and free associate. What is your inner voice telling you to do?
The more you do this and trust your findings, the more connected to your intuition you will be. Then when those situations in life arise that just don’t feel right, you’ll learn to trust you inner guide more and gain confidence in your choices.