Answering How Do I Develop My Intuition

Your intuitive ability is critical in helping with decisions going forward. We are all born with an intuitive power. But because we go to school to learn logic, we don’t get to develop a strong intuition. Optimizing your intuitive thought processes can make a difference in choosing certain paths and exactly how life unfolds for you. Here are some best ways for developing intuition beyond ordinary.

What is good for me? Which is the right path? What should I do?

Logic doesn’t provide all the answers.

Where to then? Well…

Intuition has been described as the highest form of intelligence.

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

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, see the reviews of it here, offers more on that.

 “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 this 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 the basic model for developing intuition included here.

Develop Varied and Broad Perspectives

For example, Bonapart used his knowledge gained from research and experience in the process of intuitively deciding what action to take.

And, Warren Buffet researched each company in depth before deciding on investing in it.

Recognize Patterns

Chunks forming these patterns come from your experience and understanding, which are much like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

Also, more pieces of the puzzle come from knowing and understanding your true self, compared to that of your ego. Know yourself more than Google does.

In knowing your true self, be aware of your core values. How do they align with your present situation or direction? When feeling stuck do you need to analyse your core values?

Listen to others’ perspectives, but look beyond these and remain open to all possibilities.

If you haven’t already, I recommend you learn to practice daily meditation to help you discover your true self.

Make Space for Insight

Try to incorporate a few of these into your daily habits.

Be Able to Stay Calm in Chaos

Being able to stay calm in chaos was one of Bonapart’s secrets.

By calming the chaos, we can start to gain a presence of mind that is necessary for decisions based on higher intelligence.

Master these Essential Elements:

  • De-stressing
    • Get rid of the ‘noise’ and clutter
    • Chunk the overwhelming into smaller and simpler bits
    • Reduce distractions
    • Preserve free mental space
  • Relaxation
  • Shifting focus away from the issue for a while
  • Opening up to all possibilities
    • get rid of the ‘shoulds.’

To spark intuition, 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.

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.

Letting go of perfectionism is also 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
  • Journaling
  • Doodle
  • Draw, color in, or do something else creative
  • Take a shower (a favorite of Steve Jobs)
  • 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

Check out these apps to help with de-stressing and relaxation:

Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness – Headspace meditation limited

Happify — Activities & Games for Stress & Anxiety – Happify, Inc.

Relax – Stress and Anxiety Relief – Saagara

Try out these music collections for relaxation:

50 Best Meditation Songs Collection – Meditation Music

Reiki Healing Touch – Amazing Calming Music for Reiki, Spiritual Healing, Holistic Health & Music Therapy – Reiki

Everything in Nature (Nature Sounds) – Nature Sounds

Find Your Channels for Getting Those Ah-Ha Moments

There are many ways to receive intuitive guidance.

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.

Here is a bunch of channels:

  • Brainstorming (just letting words flow without judgment or editing)
  • Blind reading (choosing from cards hiding yes, no, or maybe answers)
  • Asking spirit guides a question, then waiting and listening for answers
  • Asking an imaginary mentor
  • Flipping a coin
  • Sleeping on it
  • Passages in magazines, books (selecting random paragraphs or pages)

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 sense of awareness from each of the above. Listen. Observe. Carry a notebook to write down sudden enlightenment. This is all about developing intuition.

Trust and Act on Your Hunches

Bonapart acted on his flashes of insight and 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 with ordinary matters to gain confidence and trust in your intuition.

In that 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.

Be like Oprah and many other achievers, and introduce a morning ritual of meditation or prayer for clarity of thought. There are many benefits from a daily meditation practice.

Intuition offers a direct line to your life force, and also, as I experience it, to a divine intelligence. ~Judith Orloff MD

Keep a daily 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 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)
  • 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)

Final Thoughts

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.