“If you have a comfortable connection with your inner sensations — if you can trust them to give you accurate information — you will feel in charge of your body, your feelings, and yourself.” ~Bessel van der Kolk
Intuition is one of your most powerful tools. If you nurture it and listen to it, it can also become your most trusted friend. It protects you from danger, guides you in the right direction, helps you find answers to problems in your relationships, and gives you clues about people you just met.
Our intuition is also the seat of healing. It is the place where we can go to connect with what is really *true* for us. Our intuition is the tool we can use to guide us to the parts of ourselves that most need attention and conscious awareness. Our intuition helps us decipher not only our wounds and points of fracture, but that of our family lineage as well. It will give us a clearer, fuller picture of who we are and why we are.
The problem is that many of us have taught ourselves to ignore our intuition. We’ve become so conditioned to just get through our busy days and complete all our tasks, that we’ve silenced our inner voice that is there to help guide us. We’re also so inundated with other people’s opinions – from our parents, to our spouses, friends, even the media – that we often question our intuition instead of pausing and listening to what our minds and bodies are trying to tell us. Have you ever said to yourself – I wish I would have listened to my gut? I should have trusted my first instinct? That’s YOU admitting you ignored your intuition.
So, how can you get back in touch with your own intuitive abilities and start trusting those gut instincts again? Here are some simple exercises you can do everyday to help sharpen and reconnect with your most priceless gift.
Ground yourself. If you want to get in touch with your intuition, it’s really important to be able to silence the chatter around you and within you, and to really connect with that wise, powerful guide within you. One excellent way to do this is by grounding, such as with a grounding meditation. Click here to be guided by me through a simple step-by-step grounding meditation.
Accept the mystery. Don’t go into this practice needing to know how this all works. None of us know all the secrets of the universe yet, and the human mind can be an incredible mystery indeed. But you don’t have to know why things work to utilize them. I have no idea how my blender was built (I mean, I have a vague idea but I couldn’t build one myself), but I use it every day to make yummy smoothies that nourish me. See what I mean? The whys and wherefores aren’t important. It’s how you use it.
Listen for a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ When you first start honing your intuition, keep it simple. Look for yes or no answers. When you sit with a question or a problem, sit in your body and see what happens when you think of a possible solution. Does your body light up and come alive? When this happens, I call it a full body yes. It’s a signal from the universe that you’re on the right track. If you don’t get this feeling, you will know you haven’t quite hit on the right answer yet.
Start small at first: Use your intuition to decide whether you want Chinese for dinner or pizza. Use your intuition to decide whether you want to go out with your friends or stay home for the evening. The more you begin to trust your intuition for small-stake choices, the more you will sharpen your intuition, and the more you will be able to use this intuition for big choices down the road.
To learn more about how to sharpen your intuition, you can read my newest ebook You’re Not Crazy, You’re just Ascending where I explore intuition and delve deep into Ascension Syndrome to explain how this mass awakening is impacting all our lives. I’ll help you identify and learn how to manage the unexplained physical, mental and emotional symptoms you may already be experiencing from it.Most importantly: Listen to my latest podcast “The Language of Love,” during which I interview Dr. Drew where he shares how he learned to let his intuition help him strengthen his personal and professional relationships.