INTUITION: Listen to your Hunches and Gut Feelings

Intuition is that unerring and inexplicable knowing beyond logic. It’s the secret of heeding premonitions, acting on creative bolts from the blue, and paying attention to your quiet inner voice. Intuition is the deepest wisdom of the soul. Many people confuse being intuitive with the psychic label. Psychic abilities are part of the intuitive process and tell us what is happening in the future or what happened in the past. In contrast, intuition looks at the process of the bigger picture to tell us how or why. Albert Einstein, for example, was very intuitive yet, you would never label him as psychic.

intuitionIntuition is not a special talent reserved for very special folks: It’s a gift we use everyday, whether we know it or not. The secret is that you don’t have to wait for lightning to strike in order to put your intuition to work: You can learn to listen and understand what the deepest wisdom of your soul is telling you. You can discover how you are wired to receive intuitive transmission by focusing on how your
five senses reaches out to receive intuitive input from sounds, sights, smells, feelings, and tastes. This isn’t much of a stretch for most people. In fact, the great majority of men and women have a variety of religious and spiritual beliefs. And each individual I have met through intuitive development training sessions and classes initially made contact with their intuitive voice through their extended senses.

See if you identify with one or more of these examples:
• “I heard a little voice told me to get a second opinion.” Your intuition may work best through your ears— your auditory sense. Your intuition extends your hearing so you can hear what is really being said, beyond mere words.
• “I see myself engaging in more exercise.” Your intuition may work best through your eyes—your visual sense. Your intuition helps you “read between the lines” or use “X-ray vision” to see beyond the apparent into the real.
• “I know this is the right prescription. It just feels right.” Your intuition may work best through your sense of touch—your tactile sense. Your intuition helps you get a “feel” for what’s really going on.
• “I don’t want to try this new dish. It just doesn’t smell right.” Your intuition may work best through your sense of smell—your olfactory sense. Your intuition lets you “sniff out” a situation.
• “I have a good taste in my mouth about the new employee.” Your intuition may work best through your taste buds—your gustatory sense. Your intuition intensifies your ability to “get a taste” for any condition.

The senses do seem to trigger intuition. As I have watched people engage in experiential exercises, they seem to amplify one or another of the senses in order to retrieve the intuitive information. Each person reaches inside to process the information through his or her dominant sense, and out comes the “right” response. I had a stunning discovery of my own strong auditory nature, which I had always taken for granted. I thought that everyone sat down and “heard” dictation while writing. Now I honor this dominant sense when I am stuck for a word or a sentence, quietly waiting until the words pour forth from my intuitive mind.

The first step in cultivating your intuitive abilities is to become aware. The biggest lesson you can learn is to pay attention! Begin by recording in a journal intuitive impressions you might ordinarily discount or not even notice. For example, your stomach might hurt before you have to make a major decision, you might have an unexplained aversion to a neighbor, your might feel a “buzz” at the sudden thought of moving. Even if you think these feelings have nothing to do with anything, write them down. The entries you make in your intuition journal
will make it clear that you already use intuition, even if you didn’t know it. This is your opportunity to track and validate the intuitive voice. As you review your journal entries, you will be amazed at how many times you disregarded important warnings that would have been very useful. As you pay attention and become more aware, you will develop a greater sensitivity to your intuitive abilities.

About the Author of “Intuition, Listen to your Hunches and Gut Feelings”: Marcia Emery, Ph.D. is a psychologist, intuitive consultant, college lecturer, dreamworker, and author of The Intuition Workbook, The Intuitive Healer, and PowerHunch! She appeared on the “Dream Decoders” TV series on the Discovery Health Channel in 2005.

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