“Finally, I’m listening to my intuition” those were the words that my client could happily say to me, and she truly believed in herself for the first time in a long time. Instead of living in fear and constantly anticipating everything that might go wrong, always feeling exhausted, and emotionally drained. She came to me wanting change. She wanted to find confidence, find some peace, motivation and trust as she follows her life path.
What happened? What did she do?
Let’s first start with what was stopping her. Your brain wants to keep you safe, keep you alive, and protect you. Especially if you are wanting to making a decision or speak out, or maybe do something new and exciting. Often, you’ll hear yourself saying somethings like, “I shouldn’t do it, I’ll just end up sounding really silly and look like a complete idiot.” Or “what if I fail? A common one is, “I’m not good enough.” How about this when you’re ready to date again, “Who would want me, I’m too old? The list is endless and I’m sure you’ve heard a few similar sounding statements at some point in your life. That negative inner voice that keeps you feeling stuck, fearful, and riddled with doubt. Most of all it wants you to stay in your comfort zone.
When we are busy listening to that negative chatter, we’ll often ignore what our heart and gut are telling us. Remember, we all have intuition, but most of the time we don’t consciously listen to it. We trust only what seems rational in our irrational mind.
So, how do you begin to trust your intuition? How do you know if your intuition is trying to tell you something? How do you listen to it?
Here are some of the exercises that my client worked on.
Let go of any limiting beliefs.
Our experiences in early childhood are the first way we form beliefs about ourselves, and life. Beliefs are not facts. They are based on our circumstances, people’s messages about us, our experiences, and the meaning of those experiences. That determines that we do not get to decide what we believe, and so those limiting beliefs get stuck in our brain, and keep us stuck in our limiting thoughts and patterns. That’s why we should always question any negative thoughts, allow them come and go, don’t try to push them away. If your beliefs do not serve you in a healthy way, let them go and choose ones that bring you closer to your hearts desires.
Be honest with yourself.
Take note of your feelings. Do not ignore them and push them aside. Recognize any unsettling feelings and allow them to come and go. This life is about your happiness. Know that it’s ok to fail. It’s ok to say no. And if something doesn’t feel right, then maybe it’s time for change? Just be honest and stop running away from yourself. Your feelings are there to guide and support you, so, why not start to listen to them?
Get some quiet time. Meditating for 5-20 minutes a day can really help you clear your mind of distractions and teach you how to better recognize and connect with your intuition. When you meditate you change your brain waves so that you become more connected to your insight and intuition making it easier for you to trust it. Spending time in silence will help you hear and interpret these messages. And, remember, there’s a saying, “If you don’t have time to meditate for 5 minutes, you need to find time to meditate for 20.”
Be creative and do activities like drawing, painting, pottery, writing, scrapbooking, gardening, etc. Because, when you are being creative, it puts you in a state of ‘flow’ and that’s where you get lots of intuitive nudges. Plus, you free yourself from your worries and distractions. Doing something creative helps to quiet the mind and allows your intuition to speak up.
Act on your intuition
What better way to learn to trust and strengthen your intuition than to act on it? Connect with your heart and ask for guidance. Start small by deciding what to make for dinner, which way to go to work ~ or, will it rain tomorrow? Practice every day and slowly build your way up to make bigger decisions and changes in your life. Be sure to take some time to sit with your intuition and go within yourself for the answers before you choose which path to take.
Pay attention to your dreams
Your dreams are often symbolic and offer deeper messages. They are your subconscious minds way of processing information and dealing with repressed feelings, internal stress, or unacknowledged longings. You may want to document your experience, make notes and journal about specific feelings or impressions you may have had through a dream.
Sit quietly and ask questions like, “What do I need to know? Then, simply write. No judging or thinking. Just let it come up and flow onto your paper. It can be helpful to journal in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night. That way you can go back and look over what you’ve written. You may have one those ah-ha moments as you go about your day and your intuition talks to you and answers your question. Your mind is switched off from what you are seeking and that allows the answers to flow through.
Being aligned with your intuition can help you reap many benefits and guide you through life’s challenges. When you are following your intuition, you become comfortable in your own skin. And, don’t we all want that? So, don’t let logic talk you out of trusting your intuition. Trust yourself and keep taking the risk. Learning to use your intuition is a process, it’s the balance of listening to your gut and your head. Consider your intuition as a muscle to strengthen and will guide you back to yourself.
Are you willing to listen to your intuition? It’s all about doing what feels good for you!
If you’d like to chat or need some help then please connect with me. I’m here for you. xx
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~ Samuel Beckett