Improve Your Intuition In Just 7 Steps
‘Can I learn how to become intuitive?’ That’s a question I get asked a lot because many of my clients don’t realize intuition is an innate part of being human. And, like any skill, the more you use your intuition the stronger it becomes.
From the beginning of life you have a sixth sense, an unconscious reasoning that acts as a bridge between your conscious rational mind and your sub conscious mind. Acting like a super computer, your intuition is the result of your energetic and physical body working together to process vast amounts of information quickly.
Intuition is knowing something but not knowing why you know.
Your energy body is composed of chakras and meridians that are able to pick up thoughts, atmospheres and intelligence from great distances. Like a giant super powered brain, your intuition takes this mass of information then distills it to a hunch or ‘gut instinct.’ Your conscious mind will have hardly been involved in the process.
Beliefs, other people’s advice and fear can stop you hearing and acting on your intuition.
All sounds great so far doesn’t it? But, there is something that stops you accessing your intuition and that is the dam of beliefs and advice you have been given and unconsciously adopted over the years.
For example, you might get a hunch about a new date. That although he or she seems really nice – something doesn’t feel right? If you have a belief that you aren’t attractive, you may have that warning feeling but ignore it as you unconsciously think it will be difficult to get another partner.
In my years as a coach, unhelpful beliefs are the strongest factor causing us to ignore our intuitive guidance.
Intuitive awareness is the Holy Grail of guidance systems and can be crucial in how you interact with others and your environment in order to reach your goals. This is a huge reason why we should learn how to build this resource.
How to improve your intuition?
- Set your intention to develop your intuition! And remember it is a process not an end event.
- Reduce your stress levels. In emergency situations people can find themselves acting without thinking and taking heroic and life saving action. However high stress levels can impact on your day-to-day intuition. So do what you can to shift areas of stress in your life.
- Consciously charge up your intuition by developing your ability to go into ‘heart coherence.’ Your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the measure of beat-to-beat changes that occur in your heart rate. When stressed, HRV fluctuates rapidly and when calm it is more even or coherent. When coherent your physical and energy body works at a higher level thus facilitating great intuition. You can achieve this by simply breathing in and out for the count of five for about a minute. Then bring in a happy memory or image that makes you feel good. Beautifully simple eh?
- Take time out. Leading a balanced life isn’t always easy but taking time out to be in nature, reflect and restore is key to building good intuition. In the absence of distractions you will find it easier to listen to your hunches.
- Still your mind and recognize negative beliefs that you have that may stop you following your intuition.
- Listen to your dreams. Your unconscious mind can tell you a lot in your dreams. The key is not to take them literally. So if you dream of not being able to move, think of the metaphor. So the dream may be saying something is holding you back, or you are stuck in a situation – not moving forward.
- Notice when you do get a hunch about someone or a situation. Be aware of a fleeting thought or feeling in your body.
A Great Exercise To Improve Intuition:
- Ask the question you want answered.
- Breath to get yourself into heart coherence – if you are feeling good anyway this will only take a minute or less.
- Think about going ahead with the decision and see what happens in your body. Be aware of any fleeting or strong sensations that may convey an emotion. Mentally make a note of the emotion or thought.
- Ask yourself what you would like to happen. This is what your identity wants – not your higher self. The wanting will be made up from your beliefs and what other people might want.
- Notice the world around you to refocus your attention then…
- Ask your gut instinct/soul/higher self what it advises and what is the best course of action.
The exercise may go something like this:
- I want to know if the choice of job is right for me?
- Breathing pattern to obtain coherence.
- Think about taking the job and being there doing it day to day. Notice how your body reacts, what sensations does it have? Is there an uplifting or sinking feeling?
- Ask ‘what does my identity say– what do I want to happen?’ And you may get back something like – ‘Take it as you may not get another’. Or, ‘the money is good enough – it will cover the bills.’
- Then ask your gut instinct/soul/higher self what it advises. – and you may get back something like ‘No’ and get a sinking feeling when you think about.
- Practice with events and situations that don’t carry high emotional stakes at first as they are the ones most likely to stop you accessing your intuition.
Remember practice, practice, practice but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water as your conscious, rational mind can play a big part in the final decision too. For example if you felt a sinking feeling when you thought about that job offer. Then maybe you can bring in both worlds by working out logically how you can pay the bills but over time plan to move to a career that makes you light up when you think about being there.
Written by Jill Wootton