Everyone has intuitive abilities. The way to develop them is to first understand how they work. Some people are born into families where intuitive abilities are embraced, whereas others where they are suppressed or thought to not exist.
Until people access training or information to develop their intuition, their abilities will remain hidden.
In order to use our intuition effectively, we must work to strengthen it. Once you know how to use it, the information you receive will be much clearer. The more you practice, the better you will become, and you will be able to gain abilities which will stay with you for life.
what’s the meaning of intuition
Most of us use intuition more often than we actually realize. It is an inner feeling that you may get, a hunch, a knowing. It is a quiet, yet firm inner voice, a gut feeling which does not come from the conscious mind. People sometimes refer to intuition as instinct or sixth sense.
The Latin word of instinct means, to regard inwards. This gives us an idea of where intuition arises. The easiest way to begin to develop your intuition is to quieten the mind. We all have a constant chattering going on in our minds which can distract us from our intuition. If the mind is quietened, it gives us the chance to feel the other parts of ourselves which are not sensory.
” The moment one gives attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” Henry Miller, Author
Few people actually pay much attention to what is going on around them. Most of the time the mind is so filled with thoughts that we cannot see what is in front of us. This is known as not being in the present moment. Often thoughts of what you need to do next or raking up past life events will be swirling around the mind instead of focusing on the task at hand.
Intuition relies on being fully aware and in the present moment. This is so that you can recognize the signs that are in front of you. When you learn how to pay attention, you will begin to notice things with a new appreciation. You will see things that you may not of seen before. Things will begin to make more sense. When you pay attention to the details, you will begin to open your intuitive abilities.
you are paying attention to the world around you, your consciousness will expand. You may begin to notice an increasing number of coincidences. These are synchronicities. The psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, named the term synchronicity for an event that may seem coincidental, but has deeper meaning.
For example, have you ever been thinking of a person and then they suddenly call you? Or had a question in your mind then you turn on the TV and the answer is right there. These are examples of synchronicity. It is through synchronicity that intuition can make itself known.
The two hemispheres of the brain
. The human brain is separated down the middle into two hemispheres, the right and the left.
The left hemisphere is the center of language. It picks up information in steps and uses logic. It engages in sequential reasoning and processes data verbally.
The right hemisphere is nonverbal meaning it has no language. It picks up information as a whole seeing the bigger picture. It creates meaning and is the center of creativity and intuition. It sends nonverbal information.
Most people use just the left hemisphere of the brain. Research has shown that by using the whole brain and allowing the two hemispheres to work together, your mind will become more awakened, focused, deep, more powerful yet peaceful. By integrating both hemispheres of your brain and allowing them to work in sync, you will experience an increase in overall mental health, enhancing cognitive performance, better memory and intellectual functioning.
You will begin to notice a limitless supply of insightful thoughts, with far less anger, anxiety, depression, and fewer bad habits. You will be more optimistic, while feeling more “at one” with the world.
Sharpen your senses
. When life is busy, you tend to place focus on what you need to do tomorrow and what you should have done yesterday, rather than focusing on the present moment. When your senses are not fed, they become stale and stagnant, causing you to miss intuitive signs. Sharpened senses allow you to be more alert and responsive to the world around you. When you become aware of all that is around you, your intuition becomes stronger.
Exercise to sharpen senses and strengthen your intuition:
Sit comfortably and relax. Using your eyes, look around and choose just one detail from what you can see.
It could be a vase of flowers, a chair or a photo frame, it really doesn’t matter what the object is. Now, focus on the detail of the chosen to object. Notice the color, the size, the texture, the shape, everything you wouldn’t normally pay attention to that just is taken for granted.
Next, tune into the sounds around you. Choose just one sound and really focus in on it. Be it a busy road, the sound of children talking, the radio, whatever you choose, adjust all your focus to listening to that sound.
Now, focus all your attention on your sense of touch. Reach out to an object close to you. Touch it with full awareness. Feel its texture, is it warm or cold, soft or hard. Let your hand explore all aspects of how it feels to touch the to object.
Next, sharpen your sense of smell. Bring all of your attention to the surrounding aromas. Allow yourself to identify any aroma that you may be able to smell. Take time to think about these aromas.
Now, get yourself something to eat. Do the same as before, taking your time to chew and to taste all the flavors involved.
Once you have completed these tasks, sit quietly and enjoy the simplicity of each of the exercises you just performed yet the marvel in all the information you drew from each of your senses.
This exercise really shows you how to start bringing your attention to the present moment, which is where intuitive abilities are found.
Finding your intuitive state
ment of the time our mind is in an active state. Being intuitive means making the time to detach from this. There are a number of ways to do this which can be easily included in our daily life and routines.
1.) Go for a walk or a swim, allowing your body to move whilst your mind can relax.
2.) Listen to music. Your intuitive abilities will awaken easily when you do this as it releases mind chatter.
3.) Meditate. Being in a meditative state allows your mind to be still.
4.) Practice yoga. This not only teaches your mind to quieten but also is very beneficial to your physical body, leaving you relaxed, supple and toned.
5.) Allow yourself to daydream. Anything is possible when you day dream, giving intuition a chance to show itself.
6.) Spend some time in nature. Go for a walk in the woods or to a park and allow the beauty of mother earth to sharpen your senses and relax your mind.
Growing your intuition
Live in the moment. Practice being in the moment as often as you can appreciate everything that is around you. I always say to myself this phrase,
” yesterday is been and gone, tomorrow has not yet happened, which leaves just today, right now, this very minute.”
If you can allow yourself to grasp that sentence, then being in the present moment is very easy to do. The present moment is all that there is.
Keep a record of any intuitive thoughts or moments that you recognize. You may begin to notice patterns emerging or symbols showing themselves.
Practice your abilities. Think of a question you would like an answer to. Allow thoughts to flow into your consciousness and take notes of them. Throughout the day, imagine who you may bump into or what events may happen. See if anything of these come to be.
Be more receptive to signs. Take notice and write down any signs or sudden thoughts or feelings that you see throughout the day.
Spend time relaxing. It is during periods of rest that you are at your most intuitive.
Trust in your intuitive abilities. The more you practice, the more intuitive you will become so begin to trust in yourself. Keep notes to refer back to which will show you that your intuition really is working.
Begin to open yourself to your intuitive abilities today. If you have any experiences that you would like to share, please feel free to leave any comments below.