Are you one of those people who struggles to recognize their intuition, let alone follow it?
Let’s explore how you can recognize your own “intuitive hits,” but before we do, let’s define intuition.
Here’s a definition I like: the abiilty to know, consider, or understand something without the need for conscious reasoning.
Did that sink in?
“Without the need for conscious reasoning.“
That’s why it’s so hard so hard to trust out intuition: because it often doesn’t make sense to conventional wisdom. Even when we WANT to follow our gut, the people in our lives—partners, parents, children, friends, coworkers, society, etc.—are probably not going to agree with us. They’re like to judge us when if our decisions don’t make sense to them.
It’s really hard work to get past other people’s judgment. And a huge reason why it’s so hard to trust our intuition.
If it’s so hard to trust our intuition, why do we even have it?
What’s intuition for anyway? Here’s what I think:
- It’s the part of you that cares for—and is connected to—your deepest desires and genius.
- It’s there to guide you.
- It ALWAYS supports you.
- It NEVER does you harm.
- No matter how many times you ignore it, it will keep trying to get your attention.
(Who doesn’t want more of THAT?)
Now that you realize what intuition is for, let’s talk about ways you can “tap into” this inner knowing of yours.
You might think it’s a little tricky at first: because there’s no “one size fits all” model.
(Personally, I think it’s a cool thing; it means our intuition is uniquely our own!)
An “intuitive hit” can come in many different forms: a picture, a sound, a voice, a feeling, a sensation, a knowing, or words written on the page. Personally, my intuitive hits looks like words inside my mind or a sensation of energy running down my body (kinda-sorta like the feeling of goosebumps).
How do you learn how to recognize YOUR intuition?
Think of your body as an instrument that is the conduit that connects you and your intuition. The more time you spend learning your instrument, the more skilled you will become at using it.
More practice = more proficiency.
Step 1: Pay attention.
Not too hard, right? DECIDE that you’re going to pay attention to your instrument and then DO it.
What are you paying attention to? Maybe your intuition looks like:
- Thoughts that pop into your head from nowhere.
- Colors or auras that you see around you.
- Sensations or feelings.
- Actions that you’re inspired to take (like turning down an unfamiliar street or calling an old friend).
- Images you see in your mind.
At first, take notes (it’s incredible what we forget) about what you’re experiencing. As you tune in more regularly, a clearer picture will emerge.
Step 2: Get curious.
Examine your experiences with curiosity. Don’t judge them or brush them aside; allow them to be.
Step 3: Ask sacred questions.
Ask yourself questions about what you’re experiencing:
- What do I need to know right now?
- What is this feeling here to teach me?
- How can I feel more peaceful in this moment?
- Am I being called to let go of anything right now?
If you ask your intuition questions, it will answer.
Step 4: Get still.
Unplug from the busy-ness of your day. Of course, you can do the obvious, like meditation and yoga. But you could also go on a 5-minute walk, be “present” while you’re washing the dishes, journaling, or sitting out in the sunshine. The more stillness you can invite into your life, the more space there will be available for you to see/hear/know/sense your intuition.
Step 5: Rinse and repeat.
Just. Keep. Going.
Don’t. Give. Up.
We all have an inner knowing: the ability to know, consider, or understand something without the need for conscious reasoning; that thing inside of us that’s available to help us solve life challenges and inspire us to take action. Even if you’ve never felt connected to your intuition, it’s not too late to start.
It’s time to start connecting to your deepest desires and genius.
If you’re struggling with fear and self-doubt—or you’re holding yourself back from your inner genius—it’s time to tap more deeply into your intuition. Need help getting started? Let’s get comfy in the “Life Lounge” and figure it out!