Six Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Natural Intuition

by Nichole Carrington –

Intuition is practical:

Everyone has it no matter what you call it, gut feeling, hunches, eureka moments, knowing, seeing or hearing. Your intuition is a shortcut to productivity, insight, knowledge, innovation and decision making. 

So how do you harness your intuition? How do you become more user-friendly with your intuition? Sometimes we think intuition is an event – like a flash of light. If we take this concept as how it happens, you are left to wonder. 

“The primary force is intuition. In that deep force, the last fact behind which  analysis cannot go; all things find their origin.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you can think of your intuition as your partner, then the two of you can work together into a really rich partnership. I’ve used both and I much prefer the latter. If you concept it as a partnership then it becomes like a real gift and tool to be honed. 



SIGNS AND SYMBOLS

You’ll have your own interpretation or meaning for what your intuition gives you. Why not start a collection of symbols you get and the meaning they are to you. For example: when I feel butterflies that for me means release, evolution, awakening and light touch.

You Have the Ability to Solve Problems Instantly


Have you ever looked at a problem and known the root cause and the solution – instantly – without research? You’ve been taught to distrust that inner voice, right? So you reflect back on all the times you knew and did something different. 

In hindsight (the I told you so of intuition) your intuition was right on, wasn’t it? You have the ability to solve problems instantly if you trust yourself. We all do. So how do you harness the power of your inner guidance system – the voice that cuts through all the blah, blah, blah and tells you the truth of your direction and development? 

Why not use these 6 ways to buff up that guidance system?

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Intuition


1. Use your natural empathy 

Imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes. Better yet go experience what they’re experiencing. If you are working a helpdesk and someone calls from the factory floor complaining about the speed of the printer, don’t sit at your monitor looking at graphs and metrics. Get off your monitor and imagine being down on floor with them, looking through their eyes and see what’s going on. 

Get your whole self involved and it will strengthen your intuition. Great battlefield generals know this. Get out of your bunker and ride up to the front line and see it, feel it, and act on it. Experience what others are experiencing. Just remember to come back to your own body and bring nothing back with you except your intuition message.

2. Allow yourself to name fear 

When you are an empathy, you feel the fear and pain of another. Fear blocks intuition and is strengthened when we try to resist it. When you open to your intuition, it’s important that you not make anything you feel personal. It’s not about you. For one day, make a personal rule that nothing you feel is yours. Nothing. Allow yourself to say, I’m noticing fear. What is the fear? Hmm, I’m noticing fear of making a lot of money through business success and losing it all. Hmmm, whose is this? 

You see, if you are a natural empathy, you will know that the fear or pain you feel isn’t yours if a half an hour earlier you felt fine and were happily going about your business. Name what you feel and it strengthens your intuition. When you name it, the energy information will leave your body because you picked up the message. The messenger doesn’t need to keep delivering the message.

3. Connect with others 

When you engage with another person, face to face, on the phone, or online, try to read their emotions. Name their emotions to yourself. Does the person sound angry, happy, hopeful, joyous, depressed, or sad? The more you connect with others emotions, the deeper your understanding of social situations and the better your intuition will function. 

Intuitive hunches and abstract ideas come from the same place inside you that form your emotions, so the better you are able to read and identify emotions in others the better you will be able to create and communicate via intuition. Identifying and naming emotions within yourself and others is a powerful exercise. 

When you name you become the witness, not the empathy that feels to the point of debilitation. Employ just enough empathy that you get the read. Name them to yourself. I’m noticing sad. I’m noticing anxiety. I sense butterflies. I get the feeling of plowing a field for planting. Connect and notice and name.

4. Shut down internal subjective judgments 

When you find yourself judging someone or something – including yourself – that isn’t intuition, its negative energy that blocks your intuition. When you hear the critic in your mind saying, “he’s stupid”, “she’s ugly”, “I’m fat”, or “I’m gonna lose.” Stop and think – Is this me or am I picking up their self-judgment and internal identity state? You can ask, Hmmm, what am I picking up here? What does this mean for this person? Is this mine or am I picking up their state? 

When you strengthen your intuition, don’t make it about you – make it about what you are becoming aware of. You can check it out – ask, I’m picking up some internal self-judgments. Does that make any sense to you? They will tell you or dismiss it, but pay attention to the energy you feel from their response. Your intuition is not for you to sit in judgment of them, only to recognize what you pick up.

5. Make time for Solitude 

The best way is meditation. Find at least thirty minutes a day to spend alone with your thoughts. Take time to sit alone with your thoughts, feelings, and visualizations. I’ve spent most of my life nearly unaware of all the stuff going on inside me. By taking the time to listen to your inner world, you’ll find out what an amazing magical being you really are. Learning to listen to yourself in solitude will train you to listen to your inner intuitive voice when you aren’t alone and will lead to catching powerful intuitive ideas right when you need them.

6. Ask questions – lots of them – Get buff with your intuition. 

Two thoughts here: 
  • Questioning is the best way to create stronger intuitions. The most powerful creative intuitions will come to you after long question and answer sessions. Get together with a group of curious people and discuss complex issues – philosophical, scientific, sociological, medical, or literary topics. The most power comes not from the answers but from the questions, bringing you down paths you hadn’t considered, spurring further questions and more answers. There is no better way to exercise your intuition than lively question and answer sessions. 
  • Asking questions includes checking in to gain verification that you did indeed pick up that thought, feeling or impression and it’s not just your imagination; “Is any part of this true for you?” “I’m feeling …….” “I’m wondering if that means anything to you?” “Does this make sense to you?” Questions make it so you don’t feel alone in strengthening your intuition.
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Making Difficult Decisions with Ease

by Carol James – 

Have you ever struggled to make a decision? 
Do you sometimes base your decisions solely on what you think you will get as a result of a given choice? For instance, if you thought “If I take that job, I will have more money, and when I get more money then I can stop worrying about my bills,” your decision would be based on being able to pay your bills, not on being excited about the job.
The problem with a “If I do this then I will have that and when I get that, I will have or be. . .” approach is that if this doesn’t turn out to give you that, which frequently happens, you end up in a state of worry, anxiety or fear.
Of course, when first making the decision you are filled with enthusiasm and expectation of a fabulous outcome. 
I call this stage the honeymoon period: the “in love” stage when everything is rosy and you couldn’t see a blemish with a microscope. However, the decision was made because of an expectation to get something, so it is inevitable that you will start monitoring whether or not it has arrived.
If what is wanted comes quickly, the “in love” state continues to flourish. But when it doesn’t. . .well, there’s just too much negative chatter, doubt and lack found in that state.

There is another, far better place from which to make decisions: the heart. 

The heart’s filter wants to know:
  • Do I feel inspired about this option?
  • Does it feel like the “right” thing to do?
  • Will I grow and expand from this experience?
  • Will everyone involved be uplifted by this choice?
  • Can I feel good about my choice regardless of the outcome?
  • Does it cause my heart to sing?
Instead of laboring over decisions, give yourself time to notice how you feel about each option under consideration, then pick the one that resonates the most with your heart. By doing so, you will naturally pursue the best option. 
After all, your inner knowing – the heart center is the wisest one of all.

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Effortless Creating

by Jennifer Louden –

For most of my life, I created what I wanted from an “I’ll show them” stance. At some point in my early life, I decided I wasn’t smart enough to accomplish what I wanted using talent and brains, so I would rely on my will instead. All I needed was one person to challenge me, to doubt me, and I was off. 
When I conceived of my first book, The Woman’s Comfort Book, and a friend said, “You’ll never get that published,” I had the fuel I needed to get published, albeit with teeth gritted, jaw clenched. When the same friend said, “Well, that’s nice but you’ll never sell more than 20,000 copies,” I sold hundreds of thousands. When a guy I went to high school with retorted, “You’re a writer? But you never could spell,” I became even more determined to be a successful writer (but not to learn to spell).
As my spiritual journey deepened, and I reached middle age, my desire and ability to create on sheer will disappeared. When I no longer believed my master assessment, “I’m not smart enough,” the challenge to prove myself became meaningless. I was left feeling flat and lost, without another way to create my list of projects and desires. How would I move forward?
I was in the midst (and perhaps for a long time) of the classic spiritual journey: moving from creating and living from ego-mind, that easily exhausted small “I,” to creating and living from the vast, unknowable inexhaustible “All.” I was learning to access to the deeper well of creativity and meaning. I had certainly observed this same shift in many of my coaching clients and retreat participants, and I came to see it as part of everyone’s essential journey.
I began to build a bridge from where I was stranded to where I wanted to live (not just visit from time to time), by beginning to regularly listen to something larger than myself. By beginning to understand the spiritual principle, “Thy Will Be Done,” does not mean, “If I am good enough, pious enough, the Divine will grant me what I want.” Rather, it means surrendering and being willing to do what God leads me to do and being willing to really listen to guidance, without any guarantees of success or comfort or even doing what I want.
Many of us might complain, “But I listen and I don’t hear anything.”
Not true, says medical intuitive Caroline Myss in an interview at integralnaked.org. She asserts that most people are already abundantly intuitive but spend their time trying to deny it. “I am now beginning to believe you are so intuitive, that’s the source of your misery. You’re so intuitive you’re imploding, so you try to numb yourself to it instead of going with it. Every choice most people make is to block that level of timeless guidance.”

My personal bridge began to include a stronger dedication to regular practices that dissolve the blocks to the guidance that Myss assures us is right here, right now – and I know she is correct. And dedication to practices that help me remember what I hear, for I’ve noticed that when I do allow guidance through, I can forget it within a nanosecond.
The wisdom traditions offer us thousands of physical, emotional and mental practices to choose from to help us hear past the ego-mind’s chatter, past our fears and stories. 
What’s important is to find practices that work for you – not what you think you should be doing but what you are naturally drawn to – and then commit to regular practice. 
The guidance is always available, right now and you and I don’t need to go to graduate school in contemplative religion to access it but we do need to train the mind to get out of the way. Mindfulness meditation, yoga asanas, contemplative prayer, sacred mantras, and silent meditation retreats are excellent examples.
The insights and guidance come and are probably coming to you even as you read this article. Your next responsibility is to remember to pull the gold from the human sea of forgetfulness. Devise or adopt a system to help you remember and use it weekly – or even daily. 
My favorite way is to use mindful questions and journaling. 
Examples of a mindful question include, “What does my body need in this moment?” or “What am I resisting right now?” or “What am I afraid of?” and “How is that fear shaping my choices today?” I use a few mindful questions each week to stay on track with listening and remembering, and to stay out of pushing and willing. Combined with hatha yoga, spiritual reading, meditation and raising a nine-year-old, it all helps to keep me in the sweet spot of listening and surrendering – most of the time!
In the end, we must “proceed at the pace of guidance,” as spiritual teacher and writer Christina Baldwin says in “The Seven Whispers.” We can only hear as much guidance as our bodies and our minds can bear. 
Let yourself move at the pace that is right for you – because there is no final goal to reach, no big payoff. It’s all right here, right now! 

The unique path of your life is being revealed to you, one step at a time, right now. Gently tell your mind to get out of the way and allow yourself to listen. I’ll join you.
About Author: Jennifer Louden is a best-selling author, creativity coach, and retreat creator. She has created several Inner Organizers to help you hear and remember guidance – enjoy the free and beautifully designed downloadable versions at http://www.comfortqueen.com. Her newest book is “Comfort Secrets for Busy Women,” which contains tons of mindful guidance and questions, not to mention the Comfort Queen herself!

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Sensory Perceptions

by Marlene Buffa – 

Rich with sensory perception, our human experience allows us to take in and assimilate the world around us. Unlike the rainbow portraying the very basics of color schematics, the real world vibrates with a truly unlimited spectrum of possibilities. Not limited to merely seven colors, we bless our eyes for bringing to us a full-color array that changes with alterations of light and perspective. Similarly, we bless our Creator for showing us precious bits of digestible life, all the while we fully comprehend that more than we observe and understand exists in our grand gourmet of choices. 

“Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

Our relationships with one another bring far greater depth and complexity than the limitations of sensory observation allow. Like the grand earth and all its vibrations, those around us –ourselves included – put forth a limited range of who we are, for others to see. 
Now, the two elements of the human equation – what truly exists compared to what our limitations allow us to perceive and what we put forth for others to see vs. their ability to see it – add a doubly variable basis for establishing, forming and maintaining relationships with one another. 
Who are you, really? 

Over the years, various psychological studies hypothesize we use about 10% of our total brain capacity. That, alone, astounds us by demonstrating we rarely dare to exert the other 90% of our capability. What comprises that inert 90%? Mystical, elusive and often fearful traits popularly bear the reputation of that unknown brain store. 

The notion of true genius rests in people demonstrating perhaps a larger percentage of brain usage. But what if genius had nothing to do with the filing cabinet of facts and figures, and more to do with connecting to spirit for intuition and understanding of that we do not see using merely the ten percent? 
Additionally, we must also understand that like the limitations of the spectrum of sensory perception and the 10% of human brain usage, who we truly are as a physical being reflects a mere fraction of our true selves as a spiritual being. 
When we consider the wide range of non-physical experiences our soul carries forth, these bodies – or vehicles – merely experience the possibilities limited on the earth plane. As we ponder our spiritual existence, our mind stalls as the magnitude overwhelms us. Like gazing at billions of stars in countless galaxies, our limited awareness barely comprehends the full breadth of our spiritual truth. 
Understanding the human limits 
Like living within our means financially, we quickly learn that our human bodies constrain us in many ways. Subject to the limitations of the law of gravity, for instance, mankind overcame his avian desires by building airplanes and other modes of aviation. The myth of Daedalus and his son Icarus exemplifies failed attempts at human flight independently, at will. 
Similarly, we understand the restrictions of spirit as captured into the human experience. Like seeing birds in flight and knowing that mobility is impossible for us, we get loving glimpses of spirit at work in our life and believe that, too, eludes us. Thus far, technology sidesteps or never considers the spiritual or invisible component to our earthly experience, and therefore fails to account for the spiritual component at work in human lives each day. 
Multiple ports of entry 

The news media proves effective by using several modes of sensory input to convey a story. For thousands of years, the spoken word prevailed as the primary source of information from person to person, and generation to generation.Then, somewhere along the timeline, the written word emerged, lending a second component to communication. 

Ever since Gutenberg, the printed word reigned as the staple of information exchange. Five hundred years later (give or take), recorded audio began as Edison brought the phonograph to the general marketplace. 

From there, various regenerations of audio media integrated into our culture and now we enjoy personal systems, satellite television and more. Researchers over the years learned that the impact of an intended message intensifies when the message is presented using more than one sensory receptor.

That means that if you get your news on television, for example, you see it and hear it. Therefore, the news’ ability to reach you is greater and your ability to receive and remember it, is greater, too. 

Add to the visual pictures, the scrolling bar along the bottom of major news channels, you engage in reading, watching pictures and colors and hearing. A triple whammy to hit your brain! As of yet, the transmission of smell, taste and touch is not possible, but when that occurs, the retention ratio will skyrocket! Think of the scratch-and-sniff ads in your favorite magazine. Why did they do that? It wasn’t effective enough to let you see and read about a perfume. Once you see, read and smell, presumably, you’re hooked! 
The illusion of what we perceive. 

In high school, a wise teacher once told our class, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” Looking back, I realize her direction not only addressed the unreliability of gossip and hearsay, or even the media for that matter, but also spoke to our interpretive abilities as limited by the human experience. 

Not meaning to second guess or inspire doubt in what we believe we know for certain, let us remember to keep a healthy perspective when taking in information of any sort. Spirit knows no limitation of any kind. Our higher self recognizes things on more than a physical, human level – it sees what Antoine de Saint Exupéry, says “is invisible to the eye.” 
The spiritual connection within us, when trusted, acknowledges what is essential – whether or not our ability to perceive it exists. When our awareness of the illusions comes to light, our ability to thrive peacefully increases along with the connection to Spirit and the Infinite. We are human beings struggling to move forward in a world with built-in perception restrictions. We are so much more than our human limitations! 
Remember what is essential to you, take a deep breath and trust that your higher self senses all and shows you the truth.
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Hearing the Whisper Underneath the Noise

by Madisyn Taylor –

There is beauty and power when we listen to the whisper. You may have noticed that if you want to speak to someone in a noisy, crowded room, the best thing to do is lean close and whisper. Yelling in an attempt to be louder than the room’s noise generally only hurts your throat and adds to the chaos. 
Similarly, that still, small voice within each of us does not try to compete with the mental chatter on the surface of our minds nor does it attempt to overpower the volume of the raucous world outside. 
If we want to hear it, no matter what is going on around us or even inside us, we can always tune in to that soft voice underneath the surrounding noise.
It is generally true that the more insistent voices in our heads delivering messages that make us feel panicky or afraid are of questionable authority. They may be voices we internalized from childhood or from the culture and as such they possess only half-truths. Their urgency stems from their disconnectedness from the center of our being and their urgency is what catches our attention. 
The voice that whispers reassurances that everything is fundamentally okay simply delivers its message with quiet confidence. 
Once we hear it, we know it speaks the truth. Generally, once we have heard what it has to say, a powerful sense of calm settles over our entire being, and the other voices and sounds, once so dominant, fade into the background, suddenly seeming small and far away.
We may find that our own communications in the world begin to be influenced by the quiet certainty of this voice. We may be less inclined to indulge in idle chatter as we become more interested in maintaining our connection to the whisper of truth that broadcasts its message like the sound of the wind shaking the leaves of a tree. 
As we align ourselves more with this quiet confidence, we become an extension of the whisper, penetrating the noise of the world and creating more peace, trust and confidence.
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Getting To The Core Of Who You Are




by Garrett Paknis – 

What is it that you most want but are afraid of speaking up about? Has there been something that you’ve kept locked away from all your friends and family members simply because of a fear of being judged or ridiculed? Is there some sort of secret fantasy life you wish to live yet you don’t know how to go about getting it? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Our whole purpose in life is to do exactly what we wish to do. What makes us truly happy. Not what our ego wishes for or what our parents or friends wish for… but what our core being is both made up of and is fueled by. Sometimes, the biggest hurdle keeping us from living the authentic and passionate life we are dreaming of are our own self-limiting beliefs. We get caught up in our heads and societal pressures to be one thing when we know it isn’t who we are.
Who’s going to stick up for you? Who’s going to fight your battles if you don’t? The most amazing, exhilarating freedom can come about when we face our fears and move confidently in the direction of our future. Sometimes, all it takes is the smallest step in order for all the doors to open. And once those doors are open and the light is beckoning you from the other side, you just have to run and jump through. You don’t hesitate… you jump. That’s what this life is about. It’s important to make the jump and take chances. Chance is a yummy recipe for miracles.
In order to get ready to make that jump, you need to get comfortable with yourself. You need to be honest and figure out what it is that keeps you from living truthfully and going after what you most desire. Usually, at the core of this issue are the ideas of others. Whether you were once told that it was impossible for you to do something, or whether others expect you to live a certain type of life – that is usually our greatest detriment as people.
But who cares? No – really? 

Who cares about what other people say? They aren’t the ones fighting for you at the end of the day, you are. The only person you need to be happy with when you’re going to sleep at night is yourself. So let’s get to the core of it all and unplug from our false beliefs about ourselves! I want you to get to the core of you.
When you’re ready, the universe will step up and be ready with you. 

You’ll be presented with the opportunities to change once you decide to change. And like the light beckoning you to jump through the door of opportunity, you’ll find yourself meeting every opportunity and rising up to it. It’s time to rise up to yourself. Get clear on the life that you’re after… and… go get it. Off to the races! I’m over here rooting for you.
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What Calls To You?

by Jay Forte –

If you listen, really listen, you can hear the voice inside you that gives great guidance. It pulls you to things you are interested in and good at. It pulls you to things that activate your passions and abilities. Listen for this because it has very important information for you.

I have a friend who is an artist – a photographer. He doesn’t see things the way most of us do – he sees lines, colors, textures and shapes everywhere. It is as if a voice inside him says look here, watch for this and notice this. It calls to him. He follows. His photography is amazing. It makes him happy.
In my life, I love language – I love grammar, rhyme, poetry, prose – even foreign languages. I used to leave notes at home in phonetic transcription (when the note was read, the message sounded like it had an Irish, German, French or Australian accent). Weird huh? Not really. Language calls to me. I don’t just listen for what people say; I focus on how they say it. I hear flat vowels from New England, frontal vowels from Chicago and rounded lip vowels from New York and Long Island. Again, weird? Yeah, maybe, but I still love it. It calls. I listen and follow. I can spend hours writing. It makes me happy.
What calls to you? 

When you aren’t distracted by a world that tells you who and what you should be, what you should think and what you should notice, you create the space for your own voice to share its thoughts with you. It guides you wisely if you listen. But for that to happen, you must value its voice and create the quiet to hear it. As I share in my Life Possibilities workshops, “When we quite the chatter in our minds, we allow the meaningful things in life to find their voices.”

And when you listen, you will be guided to things that connect with the true you. 

You will find yourself wanting to go to a lecture or read a book on something your friends think is crazy. You find yourself looking for others who share your belief in or love of in science, weather, landscaping, bird watching, paddle boarding, differential equations or tandoori cooking. The Internet can help us find our tribes – those who hear and are moved by a similar voice.

The other amazing thing about discovering and listening to your voice, is it introduces you to your greatest abilities. Our abilities come from the way our brains (our DNA that formed our brains) spark. Some people like my artist friend sees the details in things that others have no aptitude to see. I hear things in language that others don’t. We are each special – gifted – unique in our way. This ensures that there is room for all of us to live a life that matters, is happy and is successful on our terms. That voice that calls is how we learn of our greatness.
I find that the voice that calls to us isn’t the least bit interested in fame, fortune or power.

It is only interested in helping you connect with something that makes you feel successful, happy and joyful. When we stop listening to society’s voice insisting that we be rich, famous or powerful, we’ll connect with our internal voice, the one what will lead us to our treasure, and that treasure will be loving the moments of and the events in our lives.


Listen to your inner voice. Quiet the chatter to let this voice speak. What does it wish for you? What does it direct you to do, be, accomplish, invent, experience or change. Trust it. Listen to it. It will guide you well.


About Author: Jay Forte, the president and founder of The Greatness Zone LLC, is an author, motivational speaker and certified life and workplace coach. He and his organization help others discover and connect their unique abilities to opportunities in today’s world to live and work with purpose, passion and power – to know themselves, find their fit and transform their world. 

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