9 Ways To Develop Your Intuition

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Decision-making can be hard work. When our minds wrestle with problems, it can be mentally and emotionally draining, even leading to physical fatigue. Our intuition works as inner navigation that guides us in our decision-making process.

It is a kind of connection that cannot be forced and we have to create enough space to be receptive to the intelligence of intuition to deliver its messages.

Just like the optimism that can be cultivated, your intuition can be developed. To develop your intuition, place it on the driver’s seat instead of the ego to make good choices for a happier, more informed future.

If you are a believer, ask the all-knowing God creator to guide you through your intuition. The more you become self-aware, the easier it will be to hear from your intuition.


How to Tap Into Your Intuition

Trusting your gut feelings is great, but it is essential to know how to develop your intuition. When you get used to your intuition, you will understand when you are listening to it and how it can help you in certain situations.


1. Learn How Your Intuition Speaks To You

There are different ways of how your intuition can speak to you. Do you get intuitive information visually? In this case, you may receive messages in a form of images and visions through your mind’s eye.

If you get your information by sensing it from others, you will “know” or “sense” your answers energetically. Do you prefer to hear things instead of seeing them? In this case, the necessary information will be perceived audibly through the words or phrases in your mind as “audible thoughts”, or often as song lyrics.

Sometimes intuition will speak through the messages that are downloaded straight into your mind, often as fully formed ideas, a sharp sense of knowing or so-called “clear knowledge”. Try to remember exactly how you felt when having your perceptual experience. Recall as many details as possible. The more you can get in touch with the part of you that tried to warn you, the more you’ll trust it next time.


2. Meditate

Dedicate 15 to 30 minutes a day to listening to your intuition and asking questions. Messages from intuition are not loud, so practice mindfulness by being present in the moment and letting go of your thoughts. Focus on your breathing, stay still, and carefully listen to your inner guidance.

Find some time and a quiet place without distractions. Clear your mind, relax and practice to stay still for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Meditation or prayer is one of the fastest, easiest, and most effective ways to tap into your inner voice. You may want to look for a padded mat, meditation chair, or cushion for more comfort.


3. Memorize Dreams and Visions

When our cognitive mind is busy, it can interfere with the messages from the intuition and subconscious mind. During sleep, your cognitive mind rests, allowing the subconscious mind to work with intuition. Try to memorize your dreams and visions, write them down, and see what type of messages it delivers.


4. Get Creative

Creative activities help to connect with our inner voice. Certain activities like painting, drawing, or journaling will quiet the cognitive mind and open up your intuition. The trick is to write a bit faster than normal and write before you start to think.

Ask your subconscious a question and write about things that inspire you. You could also write down questions for yourself, such as ‘How am I feeling about this situation, or about this person?’, then write the first thing that comes to mind. Eventually, with more practice, you will become more aware of the way you hear or sense your information.


5. Listen To Your Body

Sometimes when you get an uncomfortable physical feeling when you are trying to make a decision, it could be a false fear or stress response, but it also can be your intuition giving you a loud warning. Your heart may feel heavy or your body may respond with a feeling of worry or sickness.

If your cognitive mind starts to argue with intuition rather than trust it, don’t doubt your intuitive hunch. Otherwise, you may rationalize yourself out of intuitive messages that could save your life.


6. Spend Time In Nature

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Nature is a peaceful place to clear your mind from a busy day at work. Spending more time in nature will recharge your batteries and help reconnect with your instincts.

Even a small walk is beneficial for your energy, improves your concentration, and decreases stress and depression.

Spend your time away from technology, clear your mind, focus on everything that is around you by being in the present.


7. Feel Your Gut

The mind uses logic, chatters, and thinks, while intuition feels. If you are not sure whether you are listening to your fear-based mind or the wisdom of intuition, see if you can tell the difference between your cognitive thoughts and feelings. Do you have a feeling of who is going to call you next? Can you sense the weather for the next day? If you can actually feel what will happen in the future, write down your thoughts and confirm them later.


8. Focus On The Present

Being focused on the present can be the best thing that you can do for yourself and your intuition. Thinking about a worrisome past or unclear future can cloud your mind and create a negative mindset. Focus on your thoughts and feelings that you are having at the moment and don’t worry about things you can’t change. By staying fully present and cultivating a positive mindset will help you to hear your intuition better.


9. Practice Social Intuition

Social intuition lets you read what is happening in real-time with other people. It makes you focus not only on yourself but on other people as well. This type of intuition lets you read nonverbal communication and collect information from observing other people and feeling their energy. This type of intuition lets you know more things you couldn’t possibly know while using a cognitive mind.

These are just basic ways to connect and develop your intuition and you can discover even more. Connecting with our intuition takes practice, patience, and ongoing attention. Let the infinite flow of inner guidance and wisdom take over. It will feed your soul and lead you on a journey through life.

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