Have you ever made a decision based on your gut feeling? Maybe you decided to turn left instead of right at a fork in a lonely country road. Perhaps you chose to buy a certain car because some inner voice told you it was the right one for you.
When these types of phenomena occur, we label it intuition. It is also referred to by some as a sixth sense.
Because an intuitive feeling is difficult to describe in words, it is all the more challenging to trust. Even though some people describe intuition as an insight to a question or a feeling in your stomach, it is not always possible to verify by logic. Intuition is just what it is, an inner knowing that guides us along our journey.
As elusive as intuition may be, it provides a deeper intelligence. When finely tuned, intuition can increase awareness, provide a deeper understanding, and make fulfillment of your goals that much more attainable.
Napoleon Hill referred to intuition, or the sixth sense, as the “Temple of Wisdom”. He called it the most powerful aspect of our subconscious mind that allows us to gain access our most creative and productive capabilities.
In order to realize your own intuition, you must understand it and be aware of it when it surfaces. Like most people, you probably refer to your intuition as a bodily sensation. Some people become aware of a feeling or response deep in their gut, others get a tingle or shiver, some see colors or hear words, and others have a heightened perception of their surroundings.
The degree to which you allow yourself to experience intuitive feelings will determine its strength and deeper development. Those who dismiss their intuition will gradually lose it. Those who attune themselves to it will gain from the sage wisdom it offers. But like most things in life worth having, it takes an increased sensory awareness to reap the rewards.
In order to gain the full benefit from your intuitive insights, you need to practice. In the beginning, it takes courage and faith to trust your intuition. As you increase your sensory awareness and become acquainted with its gentle cues, you will be surprised at what a resource it can be in your daily life.
Here are some tips from an acclaimed life coach online to start developing your own intuition today:
- Suspend your disbelief – this means believing in what is possible rather than denying or rejecting something just because it isn’t tangible
- Get in touch with your body – your breathing, your sensations, your feelings – because intuition often reveals itself with the subtlest of clues
- Develop patience – you won’t develop your intuition overnight so don’t let discouragement dissuade you
- Avoid the urge to focus on finding your intuition – you need to be in a highly attuned state but not overly intense
- As you get an intuitive thought or feeling, test it out. begin with small items as you learn to increase your level of trust
- Track your progress – keep a intuition journal and note the intuition you had, the clues your body gave you, and the result of your decision to use your intuition
- Above all, believe in yourself and the power of your intuition
Over time, as you continue to develop your awareness and deepen your trust in your intuition, you’ll be able to access this inner guidance any time you search for a new idea, face a question or struggle with a decision. Intuition, when finely developed, brings you that much closer to your target. Its subtle background influence moves you closer to your goal every time you pay attention to it and respect the wisdom it holds.