Developing Your Intuition
- Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Our intuition is one of our deepest links to our spirituality. To me it is part of a cosmic language that links us not only to each other, but to everything else and to the very pulse of the universe. The language of intuition is one of our greatest gifts. Over the years I have been asked many questions about intuition and for the purposes of this article I will draw on some of the most common queries to offer some insights and to help to demystify it.
What is intuition?
Intuition is the basis of an inherent language that we all have that utilizes all of our sensory elements (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) to communicate to us. For example if you are in a situation that may require caution you may have the physical experience of the hairs on your arm standing up or tingles or shivers. This lets you know mentally that something is up which then emotionally signals you to be on guard. This information came from an "energy" that was outside yourself yet connected to you on a deep level from the ethers, and that is the spiritual component.
All of these elements worked together to let you know that something was going on that you did not have any prior rational or logical details about, but intuitively you knew. Intuition is the name for that process. Sometimes we just know things.
What do we need intuition for?
Utilizing your intuition is like writing with a sharp pencil versus a dull one. The bottom line is that the sharper your intuition is the better compass it can be in helping you successfully navigate your life personally and professionally. Who wouldn't want a tool like that? The best part is everyone already has it and it and developing it will not break the bank, it just takes time and commitment.
Why and when is intuition diminished or ignored?
This is a two-fold question. Firstly we have to recognize as a western culture we are not generally encouraged to tune in to our intuitions. From early childhood we are taught to follow and to listen to external direction and wisdom. From an early age we are desensitized from developing a strong relationship with our intuitive (internal) gifts. Realizing your intuition exists is the first step to developing it.
In terms of diminishing the intuitive relationship, there are many things that can do that. Ignoring it time and again will certainly diminish it. as well as things like excess living, whether that is a lifestyle choice or an emotional state. Any time we are consumed by something that creates imbalance in our lives our intuitive relationship will be diminished, and what's more imbalance can potentially interfere with accurately interpreting intuitive messages.
People ignore their intuitive vibes because they mentally talk themselves out of listening to that “little voice", and thus stagnate the whole process. Often people do not want to face the truth in life, even when they know deep down with that truth is. For example, you may be in a relationship that intuitively you know is not perhaps healthy for you, but you mentally rationalize it because that is what works for you on an emotional level. Your heart wants it and so your head accommodates that want, even though deep down something is telling you that it is not going to work. Often intuition is ignored when it is telling us something that goes against what our ego wants or believes to be true.
How can intuition be developed?
There are many ways that one can develop their intuition and really a combination of things working hand in hand will do it faster and better. What I mean by this is that if we view the intuition as a receptor for information, then the stronger the signal the better the reception. If the body is what carries the antennae then the healthier and more balanced the body is, the stronger the antennae will be. A strong antenna can receive a very strong signal and clear reception. The healthier and happier one can become physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually the better and faster their intuition will evolve.
When you take a minute to think of balance on all of these levels you can see how involved things can get. The most important thing to remember is that anything that helps you connect with yourself and helps to cultivate balance and harmony will help develop intuition.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to develop their intuition?
Things that nurture balance and happiness which connect you with yourself are things that will help - for example walking in the woods, meditation or even yoga. Not only are these things great for stress and health in general, but they all help you to connect internally. As you do that you will naturally tune in to yourself, and as you begin to become conscious of your inner dialogue your intuitive voice will have space to begin communicating. When you consciously try to do this on a daily basis it will become second nature.
A person can also read books and take formal classes in intuitive development or meditation. A connection with your intuitive self will always be a byproduct of a meditative or yogic practice because as you tune into your body and thought processes, it is impossible not to connect to your intuitiveness. There is really no disconnection from it, rather it is about awareness. The deeper you become aware of yourself the deeper you will cultivate your relationship with your intuitive self. I highly recommend it. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself.