It’s that voice in your head that tells you to go right instead of left. But you go left. It encourages you by reminding you of your potential and sending vibrations of love and strength. It is the gentle brush of the wind to push you in a different direction. Sometimes it is the positive, uplifting, and common words or phrases that are heard by others that are close to you.
In life we hear “follow your intuition,” “trust your hunch,” “go with your gut instinct,” or “listen to your heart.” Too often, however, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that our inner voice gets fogged out. Instead, our loud voice kicks in; “gotta get up and get going!,” “don’t forget to ___,” “you are gonna be late!” With our ego in charge, it is no wonder that we can’t hear the other small voice trying to warn us of an upcoming disaster or a serious mistake. In fact, most of us, over 60% presented in several studies, make decisions more abruptly and randomly. This sudden motion of decision making may have very negative consequences in the end.
But why does this matter anyway?
Well, not all things in life are cut and dry. Decisions are meant to be made, and in some cases, those decisions will make or break us. They may have such a drastic effect on our lives that we find ourselves looking back telling ourselves not to do that one, or otherwise, telling ourselves that that was the best decision ever. Many of us have been there. I, myself, am one of those people. In fact, I can describe at least a handful of times that I heard my inner voice tell me to do something, and I chose alternately (in many cases, I just didn’t like the answer that I got). However, I can also say that over time, I have established a better relationship with myself and that internal microphone so that I am more open to its advice and warnings.
I have heard people say, “I wish I would have listened to myself when I knew I shouldn’t have married her;” “something told me to go right. If I would have gone right I would have avoided the accident and maybe I would still have my car;” “if only I would have listened to my gut, I would have known not to move and would have found another way to make it work.” Come to think of it, I find that I am helping clients work through their regret and guilt from past decisions in almost 75% of our meetings. Intuition counts.
As I go on to share some of the strategies that I have used or heard from others, I must say one thing...not all intuition is created the same. Some of us hear a small voice in the back of our head, we may visualize a picture or a symbol, we may get a literal gut feeling, we may find ourselves in repeated patterns in life and suddenly become aware of it, or we may even find that our instinct is hidden in the advice of others-I caution this approach because it could become habit to listen to others more than you do yourself. In that case, you are no longer listening to intuition but to what others think is best for you.
That being said, what can you do to become more connected with YOUR intuition?
I challenge you to practice these strategies on several occasions. Begin with small decisions. What should I wear today? Where should I go? Is it a good time to call ___? Would it be best to ___ or ___?
The more you practice, the closer you will become with your own inner voice. The magic isn’t where others are, but where you are with yourself.
For more on this topic, or in case you are looking for a good read, check out “Intuitive Being” by Jill Willard or “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert.
We want to hear from you! What strategies have you used to connect with your instinctual gut? What questions do you still have?
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