Today’s world can be overwhelming! Every year, society appears to become more focused on technology, screens, and stress. It’s all too easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to the perfectly curated lives we see on social media, or to become overwhelmed by the never-ending 24-hour news cycle. It’s no surprise that we frequently find ourselves trapped in negative cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress.
Fortunately, we are all born with the ability to access a tool that can assist us in overcoming all of today’s modern challenges. A tool that can help us navigate through life and stay on track. It is our one and only true superpower, an ancient wisdom buried within each of us. What I’m talking about is your intuition!
Intuition is defined as “the ability to understand something instantly, without the need for conscious reasoning.” In other words, it is the bridging of our conscious and unconscious minds. For example, have you ever had an unexplainable gut feeling that told you whether something you were doing was right or wrong? That was the voice of your intuition. Consider what your life would be like if you could call on your inner guidance system whenever you needed it. That sounds incredible, doesn’t it? What person wouldn’t want more of that?
Listening to and trusting that small voice is a wonderful thing in and of itself, but working to develop that small voice can make it even more powerful. We are all endowed with the sacred ability to develop and strengthen our intuition. The more we use it, the more it has the potential to grow and evolve. Consider your intuition to be a muscle that requires exercise and nutrition to grow. Let’s take a look at the 11 best ways to connect with and develop your incredible gift!
Meditate: Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five years, you’re aware that you should be meditating. It’s all over the news! We’re all aware that we should meditate more. Let’s look at meditation through the lens of how it can help us tune into and grow our intuition.
In most people, intuition speaks in hushed tones. When our minds are preoccupied with the stresses of daily life, it can be difficult to hear that small voice. Meditation is an excellent way to clear the mind, quiet the constant inner dialogue, and allow our intuition to shine. Experiment with it. Try this simple meditation to help you listen to and connect with your inner spirit!
-Set a timer for 10 minutes.
-Find a relaxing and comfortable place to sit.
-Close your eyes and stay quiet.
-Listen to and feel your breath (really pay attention to it) without trying to change it.
-Just observe the breath. Notice any sensations that arise. Just BE present.
-When your mind wanders, just bring your focus back to your breath.
When your timer goes off, slowly open your eyes and take a moment to write down any significant thoughts, messages, feelings, or insights you may have had during your meditation.
Dreams: Our cognitive brain is in charge during our waking hours. It overrides our subconscious mind by using logic and reasoning. During sleep, however, our conscious mind rests, allowing our inner subconscious to shine through. Listening to our inner consciousness can teach us a lot about overcoming issues or problems.
Maintain a dream journal. Keep a notebook and pen next to your bed and try to write down everything you remember about your dreams as soon as you wake up. Dreams begin to fade from memory as soon as you wake up, so grab your dream journal before doing anything else. As with most things, practice makes perfect, and you will become more adept at interpreting and recording your dreams over time. You will be able to identify patterns and instances where your inner consciousness is attempting to assist you in solving problems or guiding you in the right direction.
Visualize yourself remembering your dreams before going to bed. Consider waking up and writing down your dreams in a journal. Try to keep this thought in mind as you drift off to sleep. This will help you remember the practice and make it easier the next morning.
More nature: Spending time in nature, away from technology, is one of the most effective ways to relax the mind. Nature is an excellent way for us to reconnect with our ancestral selves and celestial intuition. Our ancestors relied on their intuition for everything, and this is where we come from. One of the most important aspects of life was intuition, which was used to find food, avoid predators, and find the right path. When we immerse ourselves in nature’s beauty, we have the opportunity to step into another world, a world where intuition reigns supreme.
Get creative: Do something creative or make something unique! Paint, draw, build, sketch, or do anything else that stimulates your creative mind. When we are young, our inner voice is loud and unafraid to speak up. As we get older, our inner voice becomes muffled by responsibilities and life’s stresses. Using this creative part of our brain can help to re-ignite those pathways and amplify our intuition.
Get in tune with all your senses: Your intuition can manifest itself through any of your five senses. It could be a strange or loving sensation you feel physically within your body, or it could be a thought that appears out of nowhere. It could be triggered by a specific scent or even taste. Begin to notice and pay attention to all of your senses. When was the last time you really focused on your breathing, sense of smell, and taste? We’ve all heard the expression “stop and smell the roses,” but it can really help you develop your intuition. The more you practice tuning in to these senses, the more your “sixth sense” will flourish.
Follow your hunches: Testing your hunches is a surefire way to improve your intuition. Keep a journal and write down any hunches you have as you go about your daily life. When that little voice speaks up, make a note of it so you can record and observe how these hunches play out. It could be as simple as seeing the weather forecast for rain tomorrow but having a feeling it will be sunny. If a friend’s partner gives you bad vibes, write them down and see what happens. Follow your instincts and see what you can discover about your intuition.
Switch up your daily routine: The conscious brain craves routine and order, but the more structured your life is, the more your inner voice is suppressed. When the mind is racing, it can be especially difficult to hear that small voice. Changing things up can throw your cognitive brain for a loop and allow your intuition to shine. Get away from the daily grind, slow down, and try something new. Your intuition will be grateful.
Replay past events: Sit down and try to recall a situation in which things did not go as planned or as desired. Consider imagining yourself back in that situation, noting any feelings or moments when you felt something was wrong. Was there a chance to go a different route? Did your inner voice speak up for a brief moment before being silenced by your cognitive mind? Try to assess some of these occurrences and look for patterns, as well as ways to do things differently the next time. Look for ways your intuition was attempting to guide you and what it was attempting to tell you.
Breathework: Breathework is without a doubt one of the most effective methods for quieting the mind and connecting with your inner voice. Try this 4-7-8 method to allow your intuition to shine through and bring your consciousness to the present moment.
-Start by emptying your lungs of air.
-Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
-Hold that breath for 7 seconds.
-Exhale slowly through your mouth for 8 seconds.
-Repeat this process 4 times.
This 4-7-8 technique not only improves intuition, but it is also a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Basically, if everyone practiced this simple technique once a day, the world would be a much better place!
Think less, feel more: Our cognitive brain thinks, while our intuitive brain feels. Our minds are constantly reasoning, questioning, and contemplating their way through the day. We’ve been doing it for so long that we’ve become oblivious to it. People would think we were insane if they could hear all the questions our cognitive brain is bouncing around all day!
Slow down and try to “feel” more. Feelings that are rooted in your body are also rooted in reality. These emotions will never deceive you. Learn to pay more attention to them. Pay attention to the subtle cues that our bodies send us. Your heart is racing, you have a knot in the pit of your stomach, you are hot, cold, or you have a tingling sensation. You know the scenario: you meet someone and immediately sense that something is off about them. Perhaps they are deceiving you or mistreating someone; your physical body can detect this and alert you. You could avoid many uncomfortable, painful, or awkward situations if you pay more attention to these physical cues. This is your intuition speaking and it’s trying to guide you in the right direction.
Practice “sensing” people before meeting them: This is an excellent way to put your intuition to the test. Place yourself in a position where you can observe someone before meeting them.
Imagine you’re in line at a coffee shop, and you’re trying to imagine what the person behind the counter will be like before you speak to or meet them. Take in as much as you can about them simply by looking at them and trusting your instincts. Try to imagine what they will be like, how they will sound, whether they will be friendly, sociable, or not. You can use this to put your intuition to the test in almost any situation. This is a powerful and actionable method for getting in touch with your senses, body, and inner voice.
Have Gratitude: In this day and age, it’s all too easy to focus on the negative aspects of life and overlook all that we have to be thankful for. We’re all guilty of it! It is all too easy to overlook our health, our families’ love, food and water, our home, or our community. Take time every day to recognize and express gratitude for a few of the amazing things that we are fortunate to have in our lives. This simple practice can open us up to a higher frequency, allowing more of life’s wonders to come our way.
-Gratitude improves relationships.
-Gratitude improves sleep.
-Gratitude improves physical health.
-Gratitude improves self-esteem.
-Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
-Gratitude improves psychological health.
Gratitude practice has been scientifically researched and proven to be a powerful, real-world tool. Consider how a few of those advantages could significantly improve our daily lives. Gratitude can truly open a plethora of doors to a better life, allowing our intuitions to flourish!
Pam Jackson, Spiritual Coach