Developing Intuition – Or, Listening to Your Inner Wisdom

You may not consider yourself an intuitive person; however, you can develop your intuition to gain valuable insights and make decisions aligned with your best interests. Developing intuition is easier than you think. The benefits are far-reaching, too! When you are acting in alignment with your higher self, life flows smoothly, you are at a higher vibration, and there is a whole lot less stress and resistance in your life!

What is Intuition?

Daydreaming is one way of developing intuition.

Intuition is the ability to gather information that doesn’t come from conscious reasoning. It comes via feelings (hunches, physical reactions), emotions, and sometimes flashes of understanding or spontaneous ideas. Intuition comes from within – you can say it comes from your higher self; or, if you prefer a more scientific explanation, your intuition is the ability to access information that you have stored outside of your conscious awareness. Your mind takes in, stores and processes far more information about the world than you are aware of. Intuition is also energetic information. That’s how the ‘telephone phenomenon’ works – you think about somebody, and the next thing you know, they are calling you! Energetic information, or the power of thought, is just as much a part of intuition as the retrieval of stored information.

Once you are comfortable receiving intuitive information, you’ll want to become comfortable using it. If you are open to receiving it, and willing to interpret and act on this information, you can positively influence your life.

Five ways to develop your intuition:

1. Quiet your mind. Intuition has a hard time coming through noisy inner chatter, just like picking out a single, quiet voice in a crowd. Quiet your mind first by meditating. Pull your thoughts to here and now, away from the past, future and far away. Meditation is the best time to openly listen to your intuition because as the mental chatter slows (and, with practice, stops) you can literally ‘hear yourself think’.

2. Daydream! Allow your thoughts and impressions to flow without judgment. Your conscious, logical mind is very good at seeing reality and helping you make decisions based on that reality. “Here’s what you have to work with; now get to work.” However, if you are trying to change your situation or trying to solve problems using ‘what is’, you can be up against serious obstacles. Logic is cautious and suspicious of anything that does not correspond to ‘what is’.

Look beyond ‘what is’ into ‘what can be’! Anything you ever created began as ‘what can be’ in your imagination. It did not exist in physical form before you imagined it, right? Intuition is the gateway to ‘what can be’, beyond the perceived limitations of ‘what is’. Spend time every day daydreaming about something important in your life – not with an agenda of finding a solution (you’ll just mobilize your logical mind). Relax, chill out and allow images and feelings to come spontaneously. This is particularly effective just before you go to sleep, since your mind will have all night to process it!

3. Listen to your body, especially when you’re faced with a difficult and important decision. The “gut instinct” is very real – there is actually an intelligence within the digestive system (the so-called gut brain). Here’s how to listen to it when faced with option A or option B. Imagine that you commit to option A. Allow  feelings and physical reactions to arise. You may feel warning signs: a knot in your stomach, fear, uneasiness, heaviness, constriction, tightness, etc. – or, positive signs: euphoria, liberation, lightness, confidence, happiness, etc.

Then, change your mind. Pretend that you jettisoned option A and are now going 100% for option B. Allow the feelings of that choice ‘settle’ into your body and take note of any physical reactions. You will notice a difference between the feelings you get from option A and option B. If not, there may be a third choice that you had not considered yet; or you considered it, and logic/’reality’ rejected it!

The right decision feels calm and right.4. Red light/green light. Imagine a traffic light in front of you. The green light means your decision is a ‘go’ and it’s right for you; the red light means ‘stop’ – this decision is wrong for you. Now imagine that you have chosen option A and visualize the traffic light. Which light is shining in your mind’s eye? Next, change your mind and commit to option B. Visualize the traffic light again. Which light is shining?

The mind/body/spirit are one. A strong negative reaction in your body (or a strong mental image) is a clear indicator that no matter what “reality” says, a particular decision is wrong for you. If the choice is still not clear, feel out the possibility of an option C. Your intuition may have presented another option, but you rejected it because it seemed too ‘out there’. Allow yourself to receive and trust option C.

5. Be open, no matter how many choices you think you have – not all solutions are yes/no, this way/that way – often there is an alternative option you had not even considered! Ask yourself just before you fall asleep, “What would the unlimited I do? What would my higher self do?” Allow the answer to come (you can’t force it). You may not like what you hear, but rest assured, it’s right for you!

Your inner wisdom is NOT the voice of your parents, teachers, newscasters, religious leaders and other people who habitually fill your head with limitations (even if they mean well).

Your inner voice may not have a voice at all; it may be completely nonverbal. Inner wisdom is the language of feelings. It is sensory. Visceral. Illogical. Weird. Uncomfortable (until you get used to it). Being mentally relaxed, physically aware and emotionally open is essential to hearing your inner voice.

True wisdom is a blend of logic and intuition.

  • ideas generated by the imagination, plus
  • a ‘knowing’ that comes from within, plus
  • logic to make them workable in the physical realm… is the best way to navigate life!
Linah Cathy