Identifying and deciphering the language of intuition that’s chattering away in our minds can be an equally foreign experience. Yet learning the translation key can bring abundant understanding and opportunity.
Start by tuning into more obvious intuitive experiences: a song lyric that pops into your head, a gut feeling or a recurring dream. Intuition is largely a form of sensory knowledge – a sixth sense that’s as available to you as your sight, hearing, taste, touch or smell. Just like the other five senses, it’s a knowledge that has little to do with your mental capability.
Becoming acquainted with your intuitive voice is a personal experience and usually involves expanding your perspective of intuition.
More likely, intuition shows up in the dialect of the ordinary, often taking the form of a fleeting inner comment, such as “I really should call Ken and tell him about my new business idea,” or “You know, every time I drive by that restaurant, I feel compelled to stop” or “I should look through that pile of mail.”
- Pay attention to fleeting inner comments. Follow the direction of these messages and see where they lead you. For instance, today I got a sense that I should go through a stack of mail. I did, and found a long-awaited check that I had missed when I flipped through the mail just a day earlier.
- Notice repeated experiences, such as three people recommending the same book to you in the space of a week. That’s a sign that you should run out and get the book.
- View intuition as a sixth sense – use it as you would your eyes, ears, nose, mouth or skin.
- Practice asking your intuition a question and listening for an answer. Then have patience. The answer may come immediately, or it may not arrive for several days, weeks or even months.
- Observe your body. The body is incapable of falsehood; if it gives you a message, it’s best to listen. An acquaintance recounted a long-standing internal pull to move to the U.S. Whenever she resisted this urge to move from her home country, she literally felt punched in the stomach. Once she made the decision to move, the stomach-punching stopped.
- Use your energy levels as a barometer. As your energy rises, plummets, and centers you, what do you notice? For many of us, energy can serve as an intuitive gateway, and a useful way to heighten our awareness of our intuitive dialect.