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Tap into Intuition
Before you can tap into your intuition, you have to be aware of what your intuition is not. While intuition does give us information and ideas, it does not come from conscious or contemplative thought. It’s not the voice inside your head or the ability to reason. Intuition is your unconscious instinct. It’s what gives you those “ah-ha” moments and unforgettable gut feelings.
The following practice offers two different ways that you can begin to connect with your intuition more regularly. Begin by trying each exercise *beginner* once a month or *advanced* once a week. After your intuition’s been activated, it will become easier to tap into and gain insight on all of your personal problems.
Free-write: One method that can be used to heighten intuition is by free-writing about any and all personal questions. For this practice you only need a journal, a question, and 5 undisturbed minutes. Your question should be focused, yet open-ended, on anything in your life that you want guidance with or an answer to. Some examples are, “Why am I still scared?”, “What is my next step”, or “How can I let go of my pain?”. After you decide what question to ask, write it down on the top of your paper.
Once you have your question, it’s best to begin by clearing your mind. Find a comfortable position to write in, then close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths. While you’re regulating your breathing pattern, focus your attention on the question you’re asking. Repeat it in your head and imagine your mind opening -ready to receive your insight. You might feel some tingling in your head or body, or perhaps you feel an overall sense of calm. No matter what you experience, keep repeating your question.
After you’ve completed 30 seconds to 1 minute of focused relaxation, it’s time to begin your free-write. All you have to do is let your mind go and let the words simply flow onto the page. Just write down whatever word comes into your mind next. Don’t stop, pause, or re-read anything until the free-write is finished. The way you write, the narrative it’s in (1st, 2nd, or 3rd person), and even your word choice might surprise you. So you’ll know that it’s your intuition talking because it doesn’t always sound like you.
The first few times you try this practice, set a 5 minute timer so that you have a defined end point. Once you become more comfortable with this process, you will know when you’ve reached your end point or have finished an entry. You can even free-write without a designated question and just see what words of wisdom or advice come through. Your intuition will guide you towards what you need to know.
Intuitive Inklings: Another way to increase your intuition is by paying attention to and keeping track of your “ah-ha” moments. These can be big or little thoughts of realization that click in your mind and hint towards a solution to a question or problem. It can be anything from, “I should cut back on dairy” to “I should make a slideshow of my favorite pictures”.
At first glance, these thoughts might not seem like a huge revelation, but they can lead us towards incremental change. Realizing that dairy could be the cause for your bloating and acne, or that looking at your favorite memories is a great way to boost your mood are worthwhile realizations. These are thoughts that can make a difference in your day to day life, thus improving your overall well-being.
You’ll know that a thought is intuitive because it will come out of nowhere, instantly make sense, give you excitement, and be easily relatable to a question or problem that’s been on your mind. The unconscious mind uses your intuition to bring you messages that might not be able to come through in your active thoughts. It opens up the possibility for things you may not have considered, forgotten, or dismissed. So the more you keep track of these inklings and the more you apply them to your life, the stronger your intuitional insight will be.
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