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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Ascended Masters Wisdom

by Rev. Michelle Coutant –

  • What wisdom can you offer to those who are struggling on their spiritual path?
It is a time of great learning and accelerated growth. Each of you chose to incarnate at this time, knowing that the path would be filled with many spiritual lessons and tests for each of you. Do not despair, as you have all the spiritual gifts available to you to assist you on your journey. As you incarnated you asked for and were given, the appropriate spiritual gifts to assist you in your transformation.
You must go into meditation and ask for your spiritual gifts to be activated, to be made aware to you and you must begin to use theses spiritual gifts to assist you. Every soul on this planet has spiritual gifts available to them.
You must hold your determination at the forefront.

You must use discrimination and you must continue to trust that you are up to this challenge that is before you. When you look back upon this lifetime, you will see it as a most blessed gift, the lifetime that you had been waiting for, for eons.

This is it, and the challenges are great. In the human realm you say to each other, ‘that which is worth having is worth working for” and “what is worth having most is what you must work the hardest for”.
Sometimes the spiritual path requires you to release, as much as it requires you to work hard. The hard work you will be required to do, comes to you in the form of educating yourself as to the nuts and bolts of what is required to raise your consciousness. You must do the work to stay within your heart center each Now Moment, which requires the diligence of noticing your thoughts each moment.
There is the work which is required of you, of learning how to follow the straight and narrow path, of always making the highest choices of the Master. You must ask yourself in each moment, if the choices you are making and the thoughts you are thinking are the thoughts, actions, and choices of a Master.
As you raise your consciousness, much is expected as much is given. You are expected to live in impeccability, as a Master. Do not despair, you have not been given more than you can handle.
The process of releasing the old outworn vibrations which no longer serve you will greatly assist you, as you raise your consciousness. 

Releasing the low vibrations will make way for the new and higher vibrations, which will allow you to come into the peace and harmony, and the love and the joy, which you are seeking to be.

Meditate when you are in despair, when your trails and struggles seem so great. Meditate and ask to connect to the Ascended Masters and the angels whom you resonate with. We are here to assist you and we will help you in the moment to return to the love of your Sacred Heart, if you will connect with us.

Ask us to give you a shower of light and love. 

This will greatly assist you to return to the love of your Sacred Heart. Feel our love, and you will return to balance and harmony within your heart. Allow us to assist you. Allow the company of the heavens to assist you. You are never alone and we will assist you to the greatest extent allowed by Cosmic Law.

Bask in the vibrations of the Ascended Masters and feel the love and support offered to you. You will greatly enhance your journey and you will move forward more easily and gracefully upon your spiritual path which you have chosen.

  • How do we come to the place of total surrender to God?
Beloved Ones, you must have a clear knowing of what it is you desire, and your desire must be that which is for your highest good and for the highest good of all. You must be very clear about what it is that you desire.
Many of you vacillate from one moment to the next and you are not at all clear about what it is you choose to create. God is most desirous of fulfilling all your dreams and desires as God knows no lack and limitation. This is the human condition which you have experienced in the third dimensional reality.
You are the God Source so you too, are limitless, having every experience available to you which you choose to experience for your highest good and the highest good of all.
Be in meditation and breathe deeply and ponder upon the expansiveness and the limitlessness of God, of you, of all Creation. Blend your consciousness, your physicality, and your total and complete awareness in this deep, deep knowing of all Creation.
This is you. Feel this. Incorporate it into your very Beingness. For you are all Creation. 

Draw this substance of all Creation into your physical body, your mental and emotional bodies, and fill your heart with the love of the Creator, this unconditional love of Source. Meditate upon this often, and each time you do so, surrender to this unconditional love of all creation, surrender to the God Source. It is you.

Surrender to this knowing. 

Surrender and allow this life force to flow through you unimpeded. This, Dear Ones, is the surrender you are asking for and in this moment you may surrender your desire and dreams to the God Source, to all Creation, and know that you are in alignment with all Creation, as you have asked for your dreams and desires to be for your highest good and the highest good of all Creation.

As you are in the universal flow of life force substance, you are in the flow of abundance, love, joy, peace and harmony and the fulfillment of your desires.

  • How do we find the place of trust and faith?
Trust and faith is a byproduct of raised consciousness. As you begin to let go of that which no longer serves you, you come into the awareness that there is no separation, there is only One Mind, One Heart and that is the mind and heart of God and it is the mind and heart of you.
As you begin to understand and know this truth, you develop the wisdom of the knowing and along with this wisdom comes the ability to trust and have faith that you are One with the God Mind and One with the God Heart.

All that God knows and experiences is yours for the asking. 

God knows only light without needing to know darkness. There becomes trust and knowing and faith that this experience is available to you also, as you are God.

  • How do we “let go and let God”?
Breathe, Dear Ones, with the conscious intention of letting go of all that no longer serves your highest good. Breathe with the intention of filling yourselves with the vibration of the All That Is. There is no need to hold tightly to all that you desire in the human realm. The All That Is knows all your dreams and desires and there is no room for lack and limitation within the All That Is.
Fill yourselves with the All That Is, breathe it in, breathe and breathe continually. 

Breath in the prana, the elixir of life and you will have no room for the lower vibrations which limit you and block your manifestation of your dreams and desires.

Fill yourselves with the All That Is, Dear Ones. It is so simple yet most do not understand how vital is the process of deep breathing, and how this fills your very Being with the God Source. You have “let go and let God”, when you fill each Now Moment in this way.

  • What other wisdom would you like to offer at this time?
Release the old patterns of low self worth. You are the God Source and the Divine Mind. The Divine Mind knows only unconditional love, as the Divine Mind is unconditional love. You are the Divine Mind. Feel it, breathe it, Be it.
Fill your moments with this unconditional love. 

Feel this love in meditation and every moment as you breathe. Know that this love is you and fill yourselves with this love, be this love and fill your field with this love. Look in the mirror every day and see the beautiful Being that you are, and love yourself as you look at your reflection in the mirror.

Love the beautiful physical body which is your vessel which you have chosen for this lifetime. It has served you well and will continue to serve you well if you will shower it with love and take care of it as befitting of a Divine vessel of God.
Love yourselves and as you do, you will radiate this love outward to the earth and humanity and all life forms. 

You will be filled to overflowing with love and your life will be filled with abundance and miracles and you will have a bounty of love to share with all those around you. You will not only greatly assist yourselves in the transformation you desire but you will greatly assist the earth and all life forms in this great shift of the ages.

–Ascended Masters
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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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What? ME Worry?

by Lynn Robinson-

Worry is like any bad habit. It can be addictive.
One small fear leads to another and another. Before you know it, you’ve imagined your life falling apart, not only now, but ad infinitum into your future. One of the ways to begin breaking any habit is to simply recognize you’re doing it! Oops! “There I caught myself imagining not being able to pay my rent again, getting evicted and being homeless.”

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?” —Henry Ford

Simply the recognition that you’re worrying isn’t usually enough to change it.
What can you do to switch the channel? Ask yourself the question, “What do I want?” For example, if your worry du jour is imagining yourself broke and penniless, turn it around. What you probably want is to feel safe.
You might also want to imagine having enough or more than enough money. Your task at this point is not to figure out how this will happen. It’s simply to begin choosing something you want versus something you don’t.
Just for today:
Remind yourself that God wants you to live a happy, healthy and abundant life. Allow yourself to receive all those Divine blessings.
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