Imagine if you could pay attention to your intuitive thought processes and use it to help you know the right choices faster when faced with critical decisions. Think about it! Wouldn’t life flow better? Here, I cover not only why you should develop intuition but also include the best tips on how to awaken your intuition and get the benefits.
Why Try to Enhance Intuition?
Have you ever wondered…What’s right for me? Which path should I take? What should I do?
Logic doesn’t provide all the answers. Where to then? Your subconscious mind?
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense. ― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
Intuition has been described as the highest form of intelligence.
We are all born with the power of intuition. Yes, you have an intuitive ability. The thing is…when you go to school you are taught logic. There is no room for learning intuition or developing intuitive abilities because the focus is on getting you paid employment in a society based on logic, cause and effect.
Developing Intuitive Abilities
Interestingly, artificial intelligence is now entering a phase of going beyond the logic level of intelligence (see this TED talk: the incredible inventions of intuitive AI).
This new technology uses intuitive processes to augment the logic ones (programming) that pose restrictions to further advancement. This advancement is said to be beyond that of human intelligence.
I wonder why our schooling does not advance our intuitive abilities to augment our intelligence in the same way. Imagine that?!
In our world of tight regulation, rules, and legalities, being governed by logic, we are at risk of losing our most precious power…intuition.
That is unless! we consciously develop and work it like a muscle in our bodies — my take.
Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, offers more on that. While the author refers to the unconscious rather than subconscious, the two terms are interchangeable it seems. The difference really depends on your perspective. Modern psychologists tend to use ‘unconscious’ and New Age writers ‘subconscious” (ref).
“If all you do is sit in a chair and trust your intuition, you are not exercising much intelligence. But if you take a deep dive into a subject and study numerous possibilities, you are exercising intelligence when your gut instinct tells you what is – and isn’t – important.” ~ Gerd Gigerenzer
So Why Does Intuitive Development Matter?
Being able to make smart decisions intuitively, leads to success. It helps us achieve our desires, overcome our limitations, and experience a freer life.
My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists. ~ Nikola Tesla
I listed Bonapart’s formula in Answering the How to ‘Just Know’ What’s Right for You. It’s a good example of why intuitive development matters.
best ways to develop intuition
I listed intuition exercises in my article on How To Develop Intuition Training.
But you might like to think about how you can increase your intuitive abilities.
You can listen to others’ perspectives, but look beyond these, tap into your own sources and remain open to possibilities.
Develop Varied and Broad Perspectives
Think of this like a vault or a warehouse of experiences that prime your intuitive enhancement. Bonapart used his past knowledge and experience in intuitively deciding on the best action.
Intuitive intelligence is about recognizing patterns. These patterns come from your experience and understanding, which are much like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Make Space for Insight
If you haven’t already, I recommend you learn to practice daily meditation to help you open your channels to intuition.
Practice Clearing Your Head
Being able to stay calm in chaos was how Bonapart gained a presence of mind that was necessary for a winning decision.
Thus, you need a clear ‘head space’ to make room for flashes of insight.
Start by filtering out the noise and clutter. Dim the emotional turmoil and stress.
Stop multitasking – it is a fallacy that it achieves more.
Avoid social media distractions.
Try to incorporate daily habits that help you:
- De-stress. Get rid of the ‘noise’ and clutter. Chunk the overwhelming into smaller and simpler bits. Reduce distractions. Preserve free mental space
- Shift focus away from the issues for a while.
- Ban the should haves, should dos. Get rid of the ‘shoulds.’ Open up to all possibilities
I find when I get into ‘the zone’… I ‘get it‘ — the dots start connecting.
This can happen when I’m doing something as mindless as cleaning, ironing, or watering or weeding the garden. Or just in the shower.
Letting go of perfectionism is critical for de-stressing and in making space.
To get beyond a metal block and trigger ah-ha moments, try stepping away from the issue.
Just leave it be…for a while.
Try these Key Ways to Making Space for Ah-Ha Moments:
- Get comfy and meditate
- Connect with Nature
- Heal blocked energy, e.g. through Reiki
- Draw, color in, or do something else creative
- Take a shower
- Go on a retreat or to a spa for relaxation
- Do something that doesn’t require mindpower – like hanging out the clothes or ironing
- Take a ‘Sunday’ drive
- Use apps for relaxation and de-stressing
- Listen to relaxing music
Music for relaxation
How to Be More Intuitive
There are many ways to receive intuitive guidance. The best advice is to find your channels for getting those ah-ha moments.
It will come as a flow of ideas, a message, or an image channeled at random.
It often comes when you’re not expecting it.
Ways to spark intuition:
- Brainstorming (just letting words flow without judgment or editing)
- Blind reading (choosing from cards hiding yes, no, or maybe answers)
- Asking your intuition a question, then waiting and listening for answers (ask spiritual guides if you find that helps)
- Asking an imaginary mentor
- Flipping a coin
- Sleeping on it
- Passages in magazines, books (selecting random paragraphs or pages)
- Intuition meditation
How to tune in to your intuition? It’s best to use what resonates with you. If you have a block relating to the validity of a channel (like for me it’s flipping a coin), it won’t work.
It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover. ~Henri Poincare, French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science.
Be aware of a sudden feeling or physical sensations with the above. Listen. Observe. What is your body telling you? Carry a notebook to write down sudden enlightenment. These things will help improve your intuition.
How to Strengthen intuition?
Intuition offers a direct line to your life force, and also, as I experience it, to a divine intelligence. ~Judith Orloff MD
Trust and Act on Your Hunches
One of the examples from real people is that of Bonapart, who acted on his flashes of insight and as a result, dominated the battlefield.
Don’t doubt or overanalyze your decision if you’re convinced it’s correct. If it feels right, stick to it.
Don’t force or stress about it.
In developing intuition, take one step at a time.
Start Small to gain confidence
The aim is for you to build up trust in your intuition.
In a way, developing intuition is like forming a new relationship.
Worried about the voice of fear and anxiety? The next part in this series discusses the difference between intuitive thought and emotional urges.
Have a Morning Ritual of Meditation
Be like Oprah and many other achievers, and introduce a morning ritual of meditatio or prayer for clarity of thought.
Keep a daily journal
This is a journal of your hunches and how they manifest. Look back and learn.
Search for signs of synchronicity and unusual coincidences. What do these mean? Ask your intuition the question. Listen.
Signs Your Intuition is Strong
You know your intuition is strong when you mostly:
- Find things just seem to happen easily, like they’re meant to be
- Experience ‘coincidences’. Example: with career, relationships, and relocating
- Have an immediate and accurate sense of when you are being misled
- Experience synchronicity (people or things showing up in the right place at the right time) – See examples in my article on this topic
- Can finish someone’s sentence in your head before they speak it
- Feel connected to a ‘Higher Self’
- Know who the messenger or caller is on your phone before you look
- Have hunches that lead you onto the right path
- Wake up at the time you tell yourself to wake up at (without the help of an alarm)
The emphasis on our development since we started our formal schooling has been on reasoning and logic.
Our intuitive abilities have been left to experience. Yet, science tells us we are all born with these abilities and testimonies of achievers tell us intuition will take you further than logic alone.
So, developing your intuition is worth it. Though, it requires trust and practice, allowing space for intuitive thoughts and messages, and confidence in acting.
The next article in this series discusses the common dilemma of knowing whether it’s your intuition or emotional urges that are driving you.