Everyone has intuition; we just don’t all rely on it as much as we do our rational, analytical minds. Societal conditioning leads most of us to second-guess ourselves when it comes to intuition; what if that gut feeling, hit, or hunch is crazy, totally off, or, worst of all, WRONG? These realistic fears often hold us back, or influence us to make decisions that seem to “make more sense” than otherwise.
The problem is, our analytical minds can be just as wrong…even more so…than our intuition. Intuition is about subtle energy, feelings, and vibrations. It’s infinitely wiser, and can help immensely if it’s well-developed. Because we’ve spent most of our lives trusting our brains, though, the only way to make the switch is to let the brain ease in to the intuition. When it comes to learning how to trust our gut, we really have to start merging the two sides – analytical and intuitive – together.
How do you do this, though? The easiest way is to start small, and play little games where the stakes don’t matter. You can first begin to tune into your intuition by noticing how you feel about a person or situation (happy or sad? anxious or excited? angry or lovey?), or by paying careful attention to thoughts that float into your head unexpectedly. If any of these feelings or thoughts or impressions require action, check in with your analytical mind to see if you’d be comfortable with that. If so, go for it. If not, just take note of the intuitions and then go ahead with your mind’s decision. Little by little, you’ll start to see that your gut is pretty right on. It just takes time and practice to trust it.
For example, I met with a client last week who had really started paying attention to the impressions and “messages” she got, which, in several cases, all happened to be little premonitions of future events that particular week. She didn’t have to “do” anything, but she just took note. And guess what? They all came true. All of them.
Another client gets goosebumps when she knows she’s making an incredibly good decision for herself. It’s so funny – but those goosebumps are never wrong. The best intuitive coaches in the world always say that the body never lies. It can’t. So trust the hairs on the back of your neck, the goosebumps, etc.
I have a friend who started developing her intuition by practicing “psychic free-flow.” She would take time out to state and then write down her hunches/intuitive impressions about things. Not all of them were accurate at first, but in time, as she learned to switch over from her analytical mind, more and more became so. Now she can just blurt out her intuitive impression, and know it won’t mis-guide her. That’s how she connects with her gut feelings.
Learning to trust your gut should be fun and easy. If they taught intuition in grade school along with traditional studies, it’d be like this: classes for developing your analytical mind would involve reading and memorizing, then taking multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank tests that you’ve studied for. Classes for developing your intuition would involve painting a picture of the answer (with brushes or your fingers!), doing an interpretive dance, checking in with your body, belting out a song at the top of your lungs, or acting out a scene with dolls. Indulge yourself with this. It works!