intuition is “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any demonstrated proof or logical reasoning.” — Dictionary.com
Have you ever felt that small whisper inside of you?
That voice that whispers to pay attention and trust your gut feeling? Or a nug that tells you to do something that goes against logic?
That’s your intuition at work!
Intuition is an inner guidance system that can be used to make decisions and navigate life. Intuition has long been considered a mystical force, but modern research is beginning to provide evidence that it exists.
In this blog post, we’ll explore what intuition is and how it works, as well as some tips on how to develop your own intuitive powers and examples of intuition in real life.
I have used my intuition to guide me to make decisions that have turned out to be the best choices of my life.
So let’s dive in!
What intuition is & How it works
Intuition is more than just a feeling; it’s knowing something without reasoning.
It’s that sense that you have about something without being able to explain why. Some people seem more in touch with their intuition than others, but everyone experiences it from time to time.
It’s like a sixth sense that helps you pick up on subtle signals in the environment, such as body language or energy shifts.
Many science articles believe intuition works from past experiences, memories, and patterns stored in the subconscious mind. But if that was so, how could it be explained when intuition helps you in a situation you have never experienced?
I would argue that their definition is aligned more with instinct.
The Journal Article from Intuition in decision making – Risk and opportunity would agree it is essential that we differentiate between instinct (‘hardwired’ responses or autonomic reflexes to stimuli), insights (where a decision maker consciously becomes aware of the logical connections supporting a particular answer or solution – a so-called ‘light bulb’ moment) and intuition (a ‘sudden unexpected thought that solve problems’.
To me, intuition is like a sense of knowing. The best way I can describe it is by using the example of being a parent. When you’re a mom, there are things you know about your children–for instance, if they’re in danger or sick. This comes from an overall awareness and not simply experience with your first child.
How to Trust your intuition and Use it in your Life
Intuition can be shown in different forms for different people.
- It could be a little voice inside your head that speaks to you in moments of indecision.
- It’s the feeling you get in your gut when you know something isn’t right
- A hunch that leads you to believe that someone you just met is going to be important in your life.
- A knowing that helps you take inspired action
While it may be hard to trust your intuition at first, with practice, it can become an invaluable tool in your life.
The first step is to acknowledge that it’s real because if you doubt it, then you won’t notice it.
Next, be sure not to write off your experiences as a coincidence; instead, trust that they hold some meaning because the more you second-guess if it worked, the weaker it will get.
Next, pay attention to those times when you have a strong reaction to something, even if you can’t explain why. Start being mindful when you listen or ignore the feeling so you can be more attuned.
With time and practice, you’ll develop a stronger understanding of your intuition and learn how to use it as a guide in your life.
Tips for Developing your Inner Knowing
One way to develop your intuition is to practice mindfulness because it helps you be present and stay in the moment. This would allow you to be more aware of your sense.
Meditation can help you focus by focusing on the breath and unlocking layers of the self. It’s like fine-tuning your signal to the correct station.
Set the intention every morning to trust your intuition. Follow your intuition when you get in the car and start driving… When at the grocery store, pick fruits based on how it feels. When you meet someone, check in with the feelings first and see if they are correct. You can incorporate trusting your feelings and inner knowing in many circumstances throughout the day.
Quiet the noise
Connecting with the natural world can help to quiet the noise of the rational mind and allow intuition to come forth. How would you know when your intuition guides you if you never spend time in silence? Set aside some stillness each day, and pay attention to the messages that come through.
Keep a journal.
Recording your dreams, intuitions, and synchronicities can help you become more aware of the intuitive guidance you receive daily. Over time, you may start to see patterns emerge that will help you better understand the language of your intuition.
By following these tips, you can start to develop your intuition and use it as a powerful tool in your life.
Examples of How Intuition has helped People in Their Lives
Intuition can play a big role in first impressions. Often, we get a “gut feeling” about someone based on very little information.
For instance, if we meet someone who gives off a bad vibe, we may avoid them without knowing why. Similarly, we may be drawn to someone because they seem trustworthy or likable, even if we don’t know them well. Intuition is your helpful guide looking out for your best interest.
We’ve all had the experience of making a decision and second-guessing ourselves shortly afterward. Whether it’s choosing what to wear in the morning or deciding which direction to turn while driving, our minds sometimes change at the last minute. While it may seem like a case of simple indecision, there may be a deeper cause at work.
In many cases, our intuition speaks to us in a way we can’t immediately understand.
As a result, we may change our minds at the last minute to follow our gut instinct.
My Story ( How to follow your intuition)
If you follow me, then you may hear this story often. Now I understand when my intuition is talking to me. But there was a time I didn’t listen or realize it was awakened.
Motherhood was the first time I noticed my gut was guiding me.
For a few months, when my son was a child ( now a teen), we have been dealing with his constant runny nose, heavy breathing, and sleep difficulties. Needless to say, I was worried, so I took him to the doctor’s office. The doctor assumed it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics.
Although it seemed like a logical solution to the problem, something inside me felt uneasy about it. After the second round, yesss we did this on two separate occasions the antibodies didn’t improve the condition. So the doctor chucked it up to Allergic rhinitis.
I decided to follow my intuition and take a different approach. I started doing research, visited an ENT practitioner, and discovered my son had very large adnoetic and tonsils.
The ENT doctor warned me they are so large he could have easily stopped breathing at night, and it was a great call that I got a second opinion.
The thought alone terrified me. I mean, there were plenty of nights I would have to shake him to get him to breathe.
Many thoughts and “what if” questions entered my mind.. what would happen if I had just listened to the doctor and assumed it was allergies. What was the nug that kept telling me it wasn’t allergies? Was it something in moms?
Either way, I was glad to go through with the surgery and have my little boy sleeping through the night and no longer have a runny nose through the day.
This experience taught me that I must trust my intuition and never be afraid to get a second opinion. Intuition can often provide us with valuable insight, even when the facts may seem otherwise.
Many more instances occurred like this, even finding my husband, getting out of horrible living conditions as a child, and helping my last baby deal with a skin condition.
The Benefits of using Intuition
There are a lot of benefits to using intuition.
Some people might use their intuition to help them make decisions, while others might use it to get in touch with their inner selves.
No matter what you use your intuition for, there are plenty of reasons why you should be awakening your intuition today. Here are just a few of the benefits of using intuition:
- Intuition can help you make better decisions.
- It can help you connect with your inner self.
- It can keep you out of harm’s way.
- It can help you find guidance and direction in your life.
- It can improve your relationships with others.
- Intuition can enhance your overall well-being.
- By learning to trust and act on your intuition, you can open yourself up to new possibilities and opportunities.
How to Know When You’re following your Intuition
You’re following your intuition if you are no longer asking others for answers because you are getting guidance from within. And go from a place of overthinking to trusting. When your intuition is awakened then, you are making decisions with confidence. Not saying you’ll never make mistakes because mistakes are really lessons.
But, you will eliminate the spiral of what if it’s not the right choice or I make the wrong decision. Instead, you make bold choices, and you stand in your decision with trust.
For some, it may not be familiar, or it feels untrustworthy to listen to your intuition. That’s because, from the time we’re young, we’re taught to think things through logically.
We’re told that the best decisions are made with our heads, not our hearts. This way of thinking can lead us to second-guess ourselves constantly, particularly when it comes to big life choices.
If you find yourself in a situation where you just can’t seem to make a decision, it might be because you’re overthinking things. Instead of thinking things through logically, try following your intuition.
Here are a few ways to know when you’re trusting your intuition spiritually:
You’ll feel confident in your decision.
You won’t second-guess yourself.
You’ll have a sense of peace about your decision.
You’ll feel like you’re making the right choice for yourself.
Your thoughts and emotions will be aligned.
Things I could’ve avoided if used my Intuition
When we make decisions, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about our intuition. Looking back, there are some situations that I wish I would have avoided if I had used my intuition more often.
For instance, when I was younger, I made a few bad financial decisions like giving someone money, lending someone my car, which they totaled, and much more because I didn’t trust my gut feeling. I failed to recognize the warning signs that were staring me in the face, and it cost me dearly in the end.
I also remember a time when someone close to me wasn’t being truthful with me, yet I chose not to believe my intuition. It took a while for things to unravel, but eventually, they did — and I ended up feeling foolish for not listening to my gut.
I wish I had avoided getting into debt.
I wish I had avoided unhealthy relationships ( and learned the lessons and moved on quicker).
I wish I had avoided making impulsive decisions.
These are a few examples of why listening to your intuition is important when making decisions.
It can help you avoid costly mistakes and protect yourself from people who might not have your best interests at heart.
And we all know. The more your heart gets hurt, the less like you would put yourself out there, which in turn keeps you from putting your beautiful world out into the world. Basically, we go into protection mode.
If I had only followed my intuition, I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and pain. But even though I didn’t always listen to my gut, I’m still grateful for the lessons I learned along the way.
No matter what your past looks like, you can always start fresh by following your intuition. It might not be easy, but it’s always worth it in the end.
The Last thing you need to know about how to tap into your intuition.
Intuition is a powerful tool that can help us make better decisions, connect with our inner selves, and find guidance and direction in our lives. If you’re not already using your intuition, I hope this post has inspired you to start doing so.
What are your thoughts on intuition? Have you ever followed your gut? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!