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“You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” – Ingrid Bergman
Sometimes when I make a decision, I can’t really explain how I arrived at it. That’s not to say that I’m not clear on the direction I have picked, because usually I am. It’s just that, if someone were to ask, I wouldn’t have a list of pros and cons to give them. The true answer is usually “because that’s the direction I felt I should go in.”
Using your intuition can be tricky, because you can’t be “sure” of where you are going, and, yet, with the feeling that it gives you, there can be no mistake that you are headed in the right direction.
When you access intuition, you are getting answers from your Center, so they are always correct for you, even if they don’t seem rational on the surface. Putting sensory information aside, you are left with only what “feels” right. Trusting that feeling is key to getting to where you want to go.
Intuition Is Good For…
Quick Decisions: When you need to make a decision quickly, you don’t have time to gather much information. This is a perfect time to make an intuitive decision. In that instant, what feels right to you? Because there is not much time, your “feeling” decision often beats out your “thinking” decision. Go with that.
Tough Decisions: When you are at a fork in the road, and you don’t know which way to go, use your intuition to pull you to the left or the right. Instead of getting frustrated and worried over making a decision, let that answer arise from your Center. You may not know exactly where your decision will lead you, but you can trust the strength of your intuition.
Knowing What You Want: Knowing what you want out of life doesn’t come from other people, or a magazine or a movie, it comes from you. Being able to trust your internal guidance is essential because sometimes what we want for ourselves seems far-fetched, strange or maybe even impossible. When you are receiving an answer you have to take it as it comes.
Increase Your Intuition
Start Small: You can practice using your intuition by starting on small things. Which route should you take home from work? Should you eat lunch at this restaurant or that restaurant? Practice on things that don’t have huge outcomes for your life. Trust yourself to pick the one that is the best choice for you right now.
Feel Your Decision: Instead of gathering information, make a “feeling” decision. The best way I can describe this is you should feel “pulled” towards the decision, attracted to it. If you feel that, trust it.
Shut Off The Noise: Using your intuition is really difficult if you can’t “hear” it. When your mind is always spinning – with thoughts, worries and possibilities – you can’t hear anything but your own chatter. Practice being quiet – internally – and your intuition will flourish.
Your First Thought: Your intuition often shows up in the first thoughts that “pop” into your mind. The ones that get to you before you have a chance to brush them away. Practice going with your first thought.
In what situations do you find yourself relying on your intuition? Share your thoughts in the comments. 🙂