Learning how to activate and really trust your intuition on a moment-to-moment basis is not a skill that develops overnight; it can take years of concentrated effort. Many of us need a great deal of calm, peaceful “quiet time” to train ourselves to listen to that subtle inner voice, accept a hunch, or interpret a vibe, and to get a sense of what these messages mean before jumping in and taking action. Quite often, however, we don’t have the luxury of working with our sixth sense and allowing our intuition to unfold on this type of schedule.
We lead busy lives, surrounded by people, constantly changing circumstances, and distractions that throw us off and prevent us from being centered. Most of us have jobs or are involved in group settings (activities involving family and friends, volunteer work, classes, etc.) that demand so much of our mental and physical energy that it’s very difficult to take the time to tune in to what our intuition is telling us. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, but it requires a certain type of focus.
Observe the Group Dynamic
One of the most important ways to start using your intuition at work or in a group setting is to take a mental step back from the interactions of the group. Stop talking, and just observe what others are saying, how they’re moving, and the expressions they’re making. Ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?” Watch the group dynamic, quietly and subtly separating yourself. Notice how people interact with one another, and where you fit into the overall dynamic. Once you determine how the group operates, you can decide how you want to participate. You don’t have to decide all of this whilst among the group at that very moment; just gather your information. With time, and with your intention, your intuition will help you to decide what your place in the group should be, what others want and need from you, and how you can deliver (or avoid delivering) that.
Part of the problem with using our intuition when surrounded by other people is that we can tend to filter things through a lens that’s more focused on “What do they think of me?” vs. what’s really going on with them in their own lives. Therefore, to effectively harness your sixth sense when you’re surrounded by others, you need to see situations through their point of view. In order to see these situations clearly, it’s important to reserve judgment. Then, you can ask yourself questions such as “What are their motives?” “What do they want to get out of this group dynamic?” “Can they be trusted?” “What is their life story like?” You can ask yourself these questions while others are talking, or immediately after you’ve interacted with them. Just be aware that knowing where others are coming from can help you to interact with them on a clear and truly enlightened level.
If you’re serious about developing the ability to use your intuition at work or in a group setting, you need to protect your interests by censoring yourself. This doesn’t mean setting up a barrier or shield that sets you apart from others – it’s more about turning down the volume on your ego so that you can receive the messages your intuition is piping into the mix. Do you blab on and on about your weekend, your dreams, thoughts, and interests, just airing your life out for any and everyone to hear (regardless of their interest)? If you’re a Talkative Tony or a Chatty Kathy, chances are you’re not tuning in. Let’s face it; most people are more interested in what’s going on with themselves than they are about what’s going on with you. So if you want to put your intuition in the driver’s seat at work, stop talking and start listening. You’ll be amazed at how much more space you create for your intuition to start unfolding.
Getting used to using intuition in your daily life takes time, practice, and, above all, patience. While it’s undoubtedly strong, your sense of intuition is quiet, subtle, and surprisingly easy to ignore. The only way to allow your intuition to flow and incorporate it into every action or decision you make is to set your intention, then commit yourself in the same manner in which you might decide to exercise regularly or start a new regimen of healthy eating. The more you rely on your intuition, the stronger it will become.