There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment. ~ Shakti Gawain
I’m sure there are many of you who have experienced a feeling of knowing, whether it’s thinking of someone just before they ring, a mother’s intuition or my personal skill which is to know when someone is telling fibs. There’s no logic to it and that’s part of the magic.
We often hear the words “a woman’s intuition” and women certainly are the natural carriers of the energy that allows us to tap into this mysterious force even if we don’t always follow our hunches. I look back at times in my life when inner alarm bells rang and my intuition was trying to get my attention. I wouldn’t heed the warning and would go down a path that was the wrong one for me which could have been avoided if I had listened to myself. How many times do people say “If only I had listened to myself”.
I see intuition as a hidden gift just waiting to be unlocked. In the western world, we live in a society which teaches us to value logic and has no place for something as unproven as intuition. And that’s what it comes down to. We cannot prove in a logical way that intuition is real which makes it difficult to prove to ourselves….
Times are changing and more and more people are listening to and developing their intuitive ability. Like many, I was naturally intuitive from a very early age yet in line with the times, we were not encouraged to develop this natural intuition. Instead, it was drummed out of our awareness as we were taught to follow the path of logic instead of the path of intuition.
As an Empath, you are naturally intuitive, whether you are consciously or unconsciously aware of this gift. Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything; sometimes to an extreme and are less apt to rationalise their feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world.
In a nutshell, the gift of intuition is the gift of “knowing” without logical reason. The development of this gift allows a person to sense the energy around them, from a healer who can read their client’s energy to a person who can read the energy of a place or an item. At this level, the gift of intuition has been developed and harnessed.
The greatest obstacle to developing your intuition is one of “trust”. We live in a world that values logic over intuition, reason over gut feelings yet our intuition is our inner GPS system, our spiritual antennae and once we start to trust our intuition and listen to our gut feelings, we work from our instinctual nature and in tandem with our logical side. Our intuition is our greatest ally in walking the path of life.
So, how do we know when our intuition is speaking to us? Our intuition speaks to us through our body. The language of our intuition is not straight forward and every person works with their intuition differently. The following are example of how you may experience your intuition talking to you:-
A sense of knowing that you cannot shake off. Even though it may not appear logical, you just know if something needs to be avoided or if you need to follow something up.
2. Physical Sensations in the Body
Your body speaks your energy and you will feel your intuition speak through your stomach area i.e. butterflies in the stomach, a feeling of dread or the hairs rising on your body. Learning to listen to your body will greatly enhance your intuitive abilities.
3. Through your Environment.
Your intuition will often speak to you or validate your feelings through other people or through signs and symbols that specifically relate to you. An example could be where you feel you want to move to a certain area yet you are not certain of your decision. Suddenly, people mention this area to you, giving you your answer or you see signs and symbols that help you with your decision.
4. Through your Dreams.
Your dreams will often reflect your subconscious state of mind and your intuition will speak to you through signs and symbols. There are many fantastic books available that can help you to decipher your dreams and keeping a dream journal can help you to learn how your dreams speak to you.
Meditation is a wonderful practice for connecting with your intuition. The main block to using our intuition is our logical mind. When we meditate, our mind takes a break and it becomes easier to access our intuition.
Whichever way you work with your intuition, by learning to trust your feelings, being aware of the signs and symbols around you and your dreams, you will develop the ability to trust your intuition and go on to harness your gift of intuition.
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