The modern world can be very stressful. Technology, screens, and stress seem to take up a larger and larger portion of people’s lives every year. It’s too easy to get caught up in the never-ending 24-hour news cycle or let social media’s perfectly staged lives make you feel inadequate. It’s no wonder many of us feel trapped in never-ending loops of worry, dread, and stress.
Fortunately, we are all equipped from birth with a resource that can help us deal with the difficulties of modern life. Helpful in navigating life and staying on the right track. It’s the secret weapon we’ve always had, a nugget of knowledge from the past that lives in each of us. Our intuition!
Intuition is “the capacity to grasp an idea or concept at first exposure, without resorting to deliberate thought,” according to one definition. Put another way; it helps us make sense of the connections between our conscious and subconscious thought processes. Have you, for instance, ever experienced a gut-churning knowing that something you were doing was either right or wrong, even though you couldn’t explain why? What you just experienced was your intuition talking. Think about how much better your life would be if you had instant access to your inner guidance system. Who wouldn’t want more of that?
Learning to listen to and trust one’s inner voice is beautiful, but it can be even more potent if one takes active steps to cultivate it. We possess the divine potential to develop and hone our intuitive faculties. More people using it means it can develop and grow. Try to think of your intuition as a muscle that, like any other, will grow stronger with use and proper care.
Here are 11 tried-and-true methods for discovering and honing your unique talent.
Unless you have been under a rock for the past five years, you have probably heard about the benefits of meditation and may even have it as part of your daily routine. What if you approached meditation intending to develop your intuitive abilities?
Intuition speaks quietly in most people’s minds. It’s not always easy to hear that still, small voice if our thoughts are preoccupied with the pressures of daily life. Meditation is a wonderful tool for stilling the mind’s chatter and allowing insight flow. Give this simple meditation a shot if you want to learn how to listen to your intuition and connect with your true self.
- Start a timer for 10 minutes.
- Sit down somewhere that you can relax and be undisturbed.
- Get quiet and shut your eyes.
- Without attempting to alter it, focus on the sensation of breathing in and out.
- Take note of your breathing. Take note of any feelings that come up. Be here now.
- When meditating, if thoughts won’t go away, like the things you need to remember, acknowledge them and thank your brain for bringing them to your attention. Then drop it and return your attention to your breath.
- Slowly open your eyes when the timer goes off. Take a few moments to jot down any significant impressions, emotions, or insights that may have occurred to you during your meditation.
Our logical brain is in charge while awake, but our subconscious takes over when we sleep. It can override our instincts by appealing to our rationality. However, our conscious minds shut down when we sleep, and our subconscious minds take centre stage. Listening to this inner consciousness can teach us a lot about how to solve problems.
Remember your dreams by keeping a dream journal. Keep a notebook and pen by your bed so you can write down your dreams as soon as you wake up. After you open your eyes, your ability to recall your dreams decreases dramatically. The best way to get better at this is actually to practise it. The process of dream interpretation and documentation will become second nature to you as time goes on. You will be able to recognise situations and repeating patterns where your subconscious mind is attempting to offer guidance or offer solutions to a problem.
- Imagine yourself waking up from a dream you had just before bed.
- Consider writing down your dreams in a journal when you wake up.
- Keep this in mind as you drift off to sleep. Doing so will help the new routine become second nature by the next day.
Spending time in nature, away from technology, is a great way to relax and unwind. The natural world is a wonderful medium to contact our spiritual ancestors and tap into our innate wisdom. This is our roots; our ancestors made all decisions based on gut instinct. Intuition played a crucial role in survival, as it helped people locate sources of nourishment, avoid danger, and determine the best routes to take. In nature’s splendour, we can temporarily leave our rational minds behind and enter a realm where intuition reigns.
Do something out of the ordinary; use your imagination. Do something creative like painting, drawing, building, or sketching. Our true selves speak out confidently and uninhibitedly when we are young. Life’s pressures and responsibilities tend to drown out that quiet, wise voice as we get older. Accessing this imaginative brain region can reawaken dormant neural connections and strengthen our hunches.
Use all five senses.
Acquire holistic awareness by engaging your senses: Any five senses can be a conduit for intuitive insights. It could be a fleeting thought that means the world to you or a completely unexpected change in how you physically feel. A smell or taste could be the cause. Turn your attention to everything around you. When was the last time you really paid attention to how you were breathing? That old adage, “stop and smell the roses,” has some truth and can help you hone your intuitive skills. You can develop your so-called “sixth sense” by training yourself to sharpen your other senses.
Note down your intuitive insights.
Keep a diary of your daily activities and jot down any hunches you might have. It’s a surefire way to hone your intuition if you follow your hunches and put them to the test. If you want to keep track of how your intuitions pan out, it’s important to jot down the thoughts of that quiet voice as they occur to you. For example, you may wake up to the news that it will rain tomorrow, despite your firm belief that the sun will shine all day. Feeling uneasy about a friend’s potential new partner? Jot down your thoughts and see what happens. If you want to develop your intuition, it’s best to go with your gut and see what happens.
Disrupt your routine.
The rational mind thrives on routine and order, but the more structured your life is, the more silent your subconscious becomes. When the brain is preoccupied, tuning out the inner voice is not always easy. Changing your routine can confuse your logical brain and bring out your intuitive side. Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and do something relaxing and novel. Trust your gut; you won’t regret it.
Take a deep dive into your memories.
Think back to when things didn’t turn out how you wanted them to, and try to relive the situation in your mind. Imagining yourself there can help you pinpoint when you realise something is wrong. Was there a chance to take a diversion? Did you let your intuition lead briefly before your rational mind took over? See if you can draw any conclusions or make any plans for how to proceed differently in the future by analysing and analysing some of these occurrences. Examine the signs and clues that your intuition was trying to impart so that you can better understand its guidance.
One of the most effective techniques for calming the mind and connecting with one’s inner wisdom is breathwork. If you want to open up to your intuition and bring your mind into the here and now, try the 4-7-8 method.
- Take a deep breath in and out to clear your lungs.
- Take a four-second deep breath in through your nose.
- Don’t let go of that breath for a full seven seconds.
- Slowly let out your breath through your mouth for 8 seconds.
- Do it again and again and again until you reach the fourth time.
The 4-7-8 method is fantastic for alleviating stress, calming nerves, and improving intuition. If everyone did this one thing every day, the world would be much better. We don’t want you passing out, so please adjust the time based on your lung capacity.
Less thinking, more feeling.
Our rational mind thinks, while our emotional side provides gut reactions. Our brains do nothing but reason, question, and think all day. We’ve lived with this for so long that we no longer notice it. Our cognitive brain is constantly bouncing around with questions all day, and if outsiders could hear us, they might think we’re crazy.
Just take it easy for a while and see if you can’t increase your “felt” experience level. Genuine emotions are those you can feel in your body. Feelings like these can’t be deceived. Hear what they have to say more often. When our bodies send subtle signals, paying attention is essential. Feeling your heart race, getting a knot in your stomach, getting too hot, too cold, or tingling all over are all signs of anxiety. You’ve been there: you meet someone and immediately sense there’s something off about them. The sensation is palpable. Perhaps they are being dishonest or rude to you, and your body is trying to tell you something. It would be beneficial to pay more attention to these bodily signals to forestall a variety of potentially unpleasant, painful, or socially awkward scenarios. Understand that your gut is trying to give you sound advice.
It’s a great way to develop your intuition to practise “sensing” people before you meet them. Before meeting someone, put yourself in a position to observe them.
Picture yourself waiting in line at your favourite coffee shop, and try to picture the person working there in your mind’s eye before you even talk to them. Focus on them and use your intuition to gather as much information as possible about them. Imagine what they might look like, how they might sound, and whether or not they would be outgoing and social. This is handy for putting your gut instinct to the test whenever it seems appropriate. This is an effective and practical method for connecting with your intuition, body, and senses.
Today, it’s simple to focus on the bad and overlook our many blessings. The truth is, we’re all guilty of this. We often put our well-being, that of our loved ones, and our access to clean water, food, and shelter on the back burner. Take a moment to reflect on and appreciate the beautiful things you have in your life. This straightforward method can raise our vibration, bringing more of life’s wonders our way.
- Expressing appreciation for others strengthens bonds.
- A grateful attitude leads to better rest.
- Being grateful has a positive effect on one’s physical well-being.
- A more positive view of oneself is one of the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.
- Expressing gratitude increases compassion and decreases hostility.
- Being grateful is good for your mental health.
It has been scientifically proven that gratitude practices have positive effects. Contemplate how our daily lives might alter if we gain access to a few advantages. Being grateful can unlock many opportunities for improvement and foster the growth of our innate intuitive abilities.
Samantha is an intuitive healer and visionary who holds space for heart-centric souls to discover their strengths, find their true purpose and take bold steps towards living a life aligned with their core values and soul purpose. Through a fusion of psychology, spirituality, Human Design, Reiki Energy Healing, and two decades of business experience, Samantha has supported hundreds of people to find their purpose, live life with more flow, and build thriving businesses.
She is is a registered practitioner with UK Reiki Federation and CMA.
As a though-leader, her work has been featured in numerous publications and television appearances on BBC and Channel 5 News.