Develop Your Intuition.
It is widely believed that the “wise inner guiding system” that we call “intuition” is something that everyone has. We all use it in our day-to-day lives, helping us to make tough decisions and to fulfill our dreams.
According to Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed. (author of Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace and Prosperity) this is because “when we pay attention to our intuition, it points us in the right direction”. Intuition gives us information that we wouldn’t gain from other forms of analyzing or logical thinking – it is “a way of knowing, of sensing the truth without explanations.” She suggests that listening to our own intuition is a skill that we can develop, and practice in order to preserve the quality of our lives.
There are several strategies that Robinson has put forward for us to enhance our everyday lives. It is important to remember that intuition can take many forms, whether it’s an image or a dream, or even a physical sensation. Even just looking at our past can help us to identify times when we’ve used our intuition effectively, in order to aid us in our present decisions.
1.) Take Small Steps:
Using your intuition doesn’t have to involve big steps, and leaps. It can just mean taking a positive step, no matter how small.
For example, if your intuition is indicating that you should leave your job, the next step isn’t just to quit. You should obtain as much information as you can about other options you can pursue, maybe rewrite your CV or talk to people with jobs you are interested in. This will also help to develop your intuition further.
2.) Follow Your Enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is a way for intuition to guide us towards success – it is important to lose things that are boring or draining, and continue with things we find exciting and interesting.
3.) Create a Different Kind of to-do List.
Robinson begins her day by meditating, and thinking about what she wants from life. Then she asks herself “what three things can I do [today] to move in that direction?”. This unusual to-do list is an effective way to keep yourself on track and move towards your goals easily and clearly.
4.) Seek Answers in Your Sleep.
I remember my Dad once telling me “don’t underestimate your ability to process thoughts and decisions in your sleep”. So don’t forget to sleep on it!
Robinson herself journals before she goes to sleep. She writes about the topics she needs guidance on, and as she drifts off to sleep she asks herself a question that she needs answering on that particular night. Dreams can sometimes reveal new steps that you may not have previously considered. Failing that, Robinson has also reported waking up “with a knowing” of the direction she needs to go in.
5.) Take an Intuitive Walk.
If you are worrying that you find it difficult to still your mind, don’t worry you’re not alone. People do have a hard time clearing the minds of the many things they need to process. A good way to deal with this is to take a walk. Leave the music, or podcasts, at home and keep an open mind. Answers can jump on you when you least expect it, so it is worth a try.
6.) Journal for Clarity.
An important factor in using your intuition is being clear about what you do want, and what you don’t want. A good way to truly distinguish these is to journal about how you want your life to be – your goal. It doesn’t need to be specific, and you can journal for just a few minutes a day. Having a clear vision of your future will give “your inner compass the right coordinates”. Then you can move in the right direction, personally.
7.) Watch the Words You Say to Yourself.
Robinson says “I’ve made it a practice when I start to feel negative, anxious or discouraged [to consider] what am I telling myself right now?”. We aren’t able to hear our intuiting when it is clouded by negativity. I becomes blocked by our self doubt. Robinson has noticed that people often “talk themselves out of what they want”, or “talk ourselves out of joy”.
Robinson sees intuition as a gift that’s available to all of us. It points us in the right direction towards a more meaningful and fulfilled life.
Written by: Philippa Berry