Intuition stands as one of humanity’s most formidable assets.

Often described as instinct, a gut feeling, or a hunch, intuition is that inner whisper or nudge that propels us forward, guiding us through decisions with a wisdom that defies logical explanation. Imagine a scenario where you encounter someone new and immediately feel a sense of unease or dislike. It might seem unreasonable at first—how could you develop such feelings towards someone you’ve barely met? Yet, this scenario is a quintessential example of intuition at work.

The inklings and nudges – some call them “promptings” – we receive from our intuition are far from random; they are the product of ultra-rapid thought processes that dwell in the depths of our subconscious mind. Acknowledging and tuning into our intuition can be a complex journey.

Rational Thought and Logical Reasoning – Friend or Foe?

We pride ourselves on our capacity for rational thought, which serves us in numerous ways. However, our tendency towards logical reasoning can sometimes overshadow the insightful messages that our intuition works to bring to our attention.

Embracing your intuition is fundamental to living an authentic life. It empowers you to make decisions that are deeply aligned with your true self, even when these insights appear spontaneously and without obvious reason.

But what if you find it challenging to connect with your intuitive sense?

We often outsmart ourselves, leaning heavily on logical thought to navigate life’s challenges, and make the mistake of distancing ourselves from the intuitive guidance that seeks our attention.

Consider the experience of sitting for an important exam. Despite thorough preparation, you’re stumped by a question. An inner voice suggests that the answer might be option C, but without concrete recall, you hesitate.

After spending precious time contemplating other possibilities, you ultimately – mistakenly – choose option A. Later, you discover that your initial hunch—option C—was correct.

Meditation for Intuitive Awareness

If tuning into your intuition feels elusive, here are strategies to help you improve this skill:

Intuition communicates uniquely with each of us—through sudden insights, physical sensations, or emotional cues. To discover how your intuition speaks to you, meditation can be a valuable tool.

In the silence of meditation, reflect on a current dilemma or decision. Observe any sensations, emotions, or thoughts that arise, noting how your intuition manifests. This heightened awareness can help you recognize and respond to your intuition more effectively in your daily life.

Embracing Intuitive Guidance

Listening to your intuition requires courage and permission from within. When you sense an intuitive pull, allow yourself to follow it. Trusting your gut is a significant step towards a deeper connection with your intuitive wisdom. The more you practice heeding your intuition, the clearer and more discernible its messages become.

Resources to Help Develop Your Intuition and Your Instinct

Guided Meditations: Perfect for Beginners to Meditating

6 Great Reasons to Use Guided Meditations

The Power of Guided Meditation

Affirmations – Seek Guidance from Your Intuition

Key Tips to Boost Your Level of Self-Trust

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About the Author Dianne M Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

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Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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