Let Your Intuition Work for You: 5 Ways to Bring Intuition into the Decision-Making Process

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Everyone has intuition. We all sense things and know things, and we all use our own innate intuitive abilities to navigate our way through life, even though, at times, it may seem like we’re not doing it as much as we’d like to. 

The fact of the matter is, we have to balance our intuition with our very strong analytical mind, and our ego, and the opinions and thoughts of everyone else in our world. When we’re too close to an issue, too tangled and caught up in it, it’s extremely difficult to take a step back and see things with clarity and insight. That’s where intuitive consultations can be incredibly helpful. Whenever I’m in a quandary over a big, confusing, scary, complicated decision, I always call one (or several) of my intuitive friends for advice.

But it’s really empowering, and fun, to rely on your own intuition to make the right judgment calls. It’s not always necessary to get advice, to seek a second opinion, or to get validation from other people. We’re in charge of our own lives, and if we learn to trust ourselves, we might find that we’re pretty capable of deciding what’s best for ourselves.

So, that said, here are 5 ways I’ve learned to make decisions using intuition:

Before trying each method, move your body around – stretch your arms and legs, jump up and down, or get up and walk around a little bit, so you can get your energy flowing, clear your head, and energetically step away from the issue at hand. Take a few deep breaths to center your mind.

1. Present the question to yourself out loud. Right after that, without even thinking, just make your choice, your decision, out loud. Say it. Chances are the wisdom that comes through is right; it’s straight from your intuitive self.

2. Close your eyes, and run through the scenario in your head. Imagine yourself in the outcome of one decision; note how you feel and what you see in your mind’s eye. Then imagine yourself in the other decision, and note how you feel and what you see in your mind’s eye with that one. Pick the one that looks and feels best to you.

3. If you have time, put the whole matter aside for a while. Just (if you can) forget about it. Pretend you don’t have to think about anything. Eat something delicious, go get some exercise, go shopping, watch a movie, read a book, and get a good night’s sleep. The next morning when you wake up, the right answer might just pop into your head.

4. Write it down. Present the choice, and put it out there. Remember to try and stay objective. Hold your pen loosely, and, if you are able to, try and put yourself into a calm, meditative state. Just zone out. And then write down your answer. This is like automatic writing – just let the information flow, and trust that it is correct for you.

5. Get a deck of cards, shuffle them, and ask your question. Cards are not just for psychics or professional intuitives; anyone can use them. And they work. I like the cards Colette Baron-Reid has created; they’re very pretty, and also very straightforward.

If you’re really stuck, try all of the above! Another thing that will help you get comfortable with these methods is to use them in small decisions – like what flavor of ice cream to get, what movie to see, where to go for dinner. Keep testing it out, and you’ll find that when it comes to the bigger choices, you really can rely on yourself.

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  • Design Expertise   

    Your post brings to mind the fact that I do some of my best thinking in as close to a meditative state as I'm able to achieve: in the shower, right before I fall asleep and right before a I'm fully awake and out of bed. When I'm working on a project (either writing or designing) I have my most creative ideas in those near sleep moments. And when I'm wading through life issues (no pun intended) my thoughts are clearest in the shower.

  • Krishanti   

    I think that's common for a lot of people. The shower is one of the best places to think clearly. It has to do with the energy of the water itself, combined in your case with your near sleep moments, and the fact that the shower is one place where you're most likely to not be disturbed by anyone.
    Happy showering! 🙂