We all have intuition. Commonly known as “gut feeling”, it’s that feeling that you get when you just “know” something – like when something might not be quite right, or needs our attention. It’s those “I feel it in my gut” moments, that makes up our intuition. And you can learn how to develop your intuition. It is not just the domain of a select few, everyone can learn to be more intuitive!
Before we move on to the “how to” part, let’s break intuition down a bit more.
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Intuition, when you break it down, is just our brain on autopilot, processing information without us being consciously aware that it is operating.
Psychologists think that intuition is a mental matching game: our brain takes in a situation, does a quick search of stored knowledge (and memories), and finds the reference(s) that best fits the situation at hand.
When we listen to our intuition (or “gut feeling”), we simply develop more awareness of these rapid assessments or “hunches”, and learn to trust these “hunches” about particular situations.
Now that you know more about what intuitions are, let’s look at five ways you can develop your intuition.
Meditation helps you to quiet your mind. If your mind is very cluttered (like it is for most), then it becomes a lot harder to listen to your intuition.
There are a lot of ways to meditate: practicing yoga or breathing exercises can be great ways to get started.
Check out this 1 minute guided meditation for a super easy way to start meditating.
This is more of a shortcut, as hypnosis can help you access your latent feelings and memories. There are hypnosis programs available that are specifically designed to strengthen intuition. We don’t have any particular recommendations at this time, so we suggest doing your own research. But make sure that the program or professional you work with is up to the task, and reputable, because unfortunately there is a lot of crap out there.
That said, self-hypnosis can be an easy way to try this method. A quick search on Youtube can be enough to learn more about using self-hypnosis for developing your intuition.
To make it even easier for you, we are including below a self-hypnosis video that can help you get you started.
You attract good energy whenever you think positive.
This, in turn, makes it a lot easier to recognize thoughts and feelings about different situations and events.
The TEDTalk below can be useful for dealing with negatives. We also have a definitive guide on how to deal with negative thoughts – check it out.
4. Let go
Letting go of your preconceived notions, beliefs, inhibitions, etc is often all it takes to listen to the voice within you.
Until you are able to let all that inner chatter go, or at the very least learn how to quieten them, it will be a challenge to listen to your “gut”.
Positivity and meditation will help you with this.
Check out the TEDTalk below if you want to learn more about the power of letting go.
5. Nurture patience
After letting go of all the things that prevent you from being in touch with your inner thoughts and emotions, give it a little time. Don’t expect results immediately.
Your intuition is a powerful tool, but one that you will need to develop. So don’t expect to be a master at using your intuition overnight.
With practice, you will get better.
Check out this TEDTalk to learn more about the importance of patience.
Intuition is a really valuable resource that anyone can access. Once developed, it can make your life easier as decisions are easier (and) to make with intuition.
It takes time and practice but is totally worth the effort.
Learn how to develop your intuition – your future self will thank you for it.
What are your thoughts on developing and using intuition? Do you have any tips for us?
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