“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” – Albert Einstein
Have you experienced a moment when you felt something wasn’t right or was absolutely perfect? Like walking into a house for rent or sale, and you instantly know it’s the right place to live. Or you take up a job or a task and know whether it would work out or not.
Its that inner voice telling you the solution to problems and decision-making without the use of rational processes and logical reasoning. It’s your intuition that just knows. Researchers describe intuition as “rapid intellect” or “condensed reasoning” which is present in each and every living being. The word “intuition” comes from the Latin word intueri, which means knowledge from within.
Intuition is the connecting path between the subconscious and conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, applicably, converses with the conscious mind all the time. This phenomenon of the inner world is popularly known as “gut feeling”. Having a gut feeling is as natural as feeling sad, happy or angry.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”― C.G. Jung
When you feel contraction of energy inside your system at the thought of something, it’s your intuition giving you a warning signal. Similarly, when you experience an expansion of energy, it’s your intuition bouncing positive feelings.
However, in this chaotic world of information, it has become quite difficult to listen and tap into the inner signals. As one cannot get away with blaming the world alone, one can also be responsible for creating communication blockages within one self. If you are clouded with ego, pre-conceived theories and excessive random stream of thoughts, you might have trouble listening to your inner wisdom.
But every problem is a blessing in disguise as it motivates you to seek a new path. Here the idea is to understand how to maintain a smooth communication channel with your intuition. A clearer understanding of the following can help you carve out a way to connect to your inner voice.
1) De-clutter your mind and its garbage
If you can think for yourself, you need not take anyone’s unsolicited advice seriously. Rather introspect and use your gut feelings to reach to a conclusion. Harbingers of self-destruction for e.g. ego, jealously, revenge hazes your ability to listen to your inner voice. The aim is to get rid of the negativity to re-boot your self.
There are several forms of meditation that helps one in achieving a balanced and quiet mind. Indulging in few minutes of meditation everyday will help you in getting in touch with your intuitive mind.
3) Spend time in Nature
Nature heals. Go for a walk in the woods. Feel the grass and acknowledge the beauty around you. Let the breeze gush through your soul. Breathe and let the soul dance. Discover the joy of being with the self.
4) Listen to sharpen your intuition
Listen to experiences of near and dear ones compassionately. You never know, they secretly might know your troubles and help you out in getting away with them. They can help you in knowing your heart.
Affirmations can help you to purify your thoughts and help you develop a more positive perception of yourself. Writing simple affirmations daily like “I am listening to my intuition,” “I am in touch with my source of energy,” will instill positive feelings and thoughts in your subconscious mind.
6) Be Compassionate towards your body
No one can get away with abusing his or her body. Don’t over exert yourself and most importantly, take care of it.
7) Let go
Learn to let go and surrender to the need to control. Nothing is worth clinging to, as that will eventually disconnect you from your inner voice.
Learn to listen to your intuition and inculcate the habit of following the message it has to give. The more you listen, the stronger it gets. Start off by asking yourself simple questions, like try to guess who is calling you before answering the phone, whether it will rain or not and so on. The more you practice, the better you get at recognising the whispers from your soul.
9) Emphasise the positive
Positive people have been reported to have stronger sense of intuition. So stay positive and smile!
10) Understand Selflessness
A person who feels abundance is rewarded in abundance by the universe. Never give a second thought to an act of kindness. Selflessness makes one fall in love with the self. Once you discover the joy of this beauty, the body is filled with positive energy.