You have nothing to lose and much to gain when you begin listening to, and trusting, your own inner knowing — your powerful, intuitive voice
Have you ever had that nagging deep down inside feeling that says, ‘Don’t do that’? Or how about that inkling of an idea that says, ‘Why don’t you try this over here?’ Is it possible that you know way more than you think you know? That’s where your intuition comes into play.
Many people think that intuition should be like a lightning bolt from the sky similar to a flashing neon sign that says: This Way! Go Here! Go Here! Unfortunately, that’s not how intuition works.
Instead, intuition and awareness are very subtle, like a whisper with a light feather’s touch.
Most of the time we just ignore these feelings thinking that they can’t be right. However, the more we acknowledge awareness and intuition, the stronger they will get.
Let’s say that you’re driving home from work one day and get an impulse to go home a different way. But you ignore it because you always go the same route and that’s just what you always do. You might even say to yourself, “That’s ridiculous, it would take even longer to get home!” And then the next thing you know, you find yourself in a traffic jam because there’s an accident on the freeway and now you’re stuck in traffic. This is an example of not listening to your intuition.
Intuition is a lot like building a muscle — the more you listen to it the stronger it will get.
As Oprah said… “I’ve trusted the still, small voice of intuition my entire life. The only time I’ve made mistakes is when I didn’t listen.”
Wondering how to tap to into your own intuition? Here are a few simple tools:
1. Distinguish Heavy from Light
In Access Consciousness, we have a tool called ‘heavy and light’ that involves asking yourself a question. It could be a question about anything. Maybe there is a new business venture that you want to be a part of, or it could be a potential date that you have been asked to go on.
Pause for a moment and ask something like, “Will this choice create greater ease in my life?” or “What will my life be like in 5, 10, 50 years if I choose this?” Then notice what energy comes up — is it heavy or light? In other words, does your body seem to contract against it, do you get a pit in your stomach… or does it expand your world and lighten everything up?
2. Acknowledge the Whispers
The more you listen to the whispers, the more you’ll tap into your own knowing. It’s also important to acknowledge when you choose to not listen to that gut feeling; that awareness can help you the next time you are faced with an opportunity to listen to your inner voice.
Let’s say you choose to hire somebody for your business even though you had a feeling when you hired them that they were not going to work out. But they looked really good on paper, had a great education, and said all the right stuff, so you went ahead and hired them only to find out that once you got them into the office, they didn’t really like to work and spent too much time in the break room. Learn from situations like this to listen to the whispers and niggling thoughts. Paying attention to these signs can help you avoid costly mistakes.
3. Let Go of the Need to Get It Right
A lot of times people don’t make a choice or aren’t willing to follow their gut instincts because they’re worried about what others might think. Do you find yourself doubting your awareness because you don’t want to be wrong? Every choice creates awareness, and following your intuition does take a level of courage and trust in yourself. It also requires a trust that everything is going to work out, no matter what.
Are you willing to have your own back? Are you willing to take a chance and let go of the need to get it right? If so, you may find that anything is possible and things you never imagined will become available. One of the things I have always loved about Richard Branson is his willingness to follow his intuition. It doesn’t mean that every venture he tried was a success; it just means he didn’t need to be right because he trusted himself and his choices. So can you.
You may also enjoy reading 8 Steps to Open to Your Blind Spots and Navigate from Your Intuition by Kelly Boys