THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SUCCESS IS TO LEARN TO TRUST YOUR INTUITION MORE.
INTUITION DOESN’T EXPLAIN, IT SIMPLY POINTS THE WAY
Acts 2:4 — “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The first power step to achieving the wisdom that leads to your success is to learn to trust your inner voice.
Whenever I’ve given talks about this subject, it was often a cause of mental strain for some to comprehend. This would lead to many a long night of discussion and debate on the validity of thought.
Understand this; nothing on this site should be taken as true. Everything and I do mean everything should pass through your filter to determine whether it works for you or not. And that my friend, should determine what’s true for you at the moment.
A SHORT STORY:
I first became acquainted with my intuition at the ripe old age of 13. I was living in Baltimore at the time and one morning which seemed like any other morning would have a monumental impact on my life.
It was an overcast day that day. I had my normal breakfast of bacon and eggs and headed out the door with a backpack full of school books. There I was waiting with all of the other kids who were being bused to another neighborhood for school. Soft and subtle but confident this small but assuring voice said, “walk across the street and catch the bus in the other direction”.
I don’t know why I immediately obeyed that small inner voice but I was about to violate the trust that my mother had in sending me directly to school by taking this little detour.
Surprisingly, I found myself downtown, on the corner of Baltimore and Charles streets to be exact, by myself for the first time in my life. Automatically, I headed up the hill which was north on Charles Street. As I approached the top of this hill, the sun broke from the clouds and I was introduced to the most beautiful, magical-like place that I’ve ever seen. This place still gives me that feeling to this day.
There before me, in my Land of Oz, stood a monument to George Washington; a museum; 18th century, architecturally stunning row homes; a small park, a gothic, green marbled church built in 1843; The Peabody Conservatory of Music; and all of this was set upon a circular, cobblestoned street. This place seemed like it was from another time.
Somehow I managed to spend the entire day there. I scuttled behind an elementary school outing to go into the museum (Walter’s Art Museum) unnoticed and was given a free lunch and access to many things I had never imagined that I would be remotely interested in.
This was the absolute best day of my life partly because my mother never found out but mostly because of this magical day I spent in a magical place I never knew existed literally right in my backyard.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?
We are fully aware of our 5 senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. These 5 senses allow us to navigate within and define this world and to easily apply labels that are agreed upon by the masses. For example, is a tree really a tree or is it a label that we all agree upon?
There is another sense, the 6th sense, that we all know exists but can’t seem to explain. This sense is the one we use to communicate with nature. This is the sense that uses that small inner voice or the voice of intuition.
Intuition is an incredible resource and gift that we have been given to help us live our best life. Unfortunately, many of you may not know what it is or how to use it.
Intuition is thought to be the spiritual faculty that talks to you. If you will stop for a moment and acknowledge this, you will begin to realize the incredible perspective you have at your fingertips.
You have this very amazing power! However, you don’t need special training to start using it. Primarily you need to raise your awareness about it and set your intention to harness it.
Intuitive messages range from an inkling to a strong sign or message. Your inner self is persistent and consistent. It will keep trying to get your attention until you finally wake up and start listening.
An intuitive message ranges from hearing actual words, seeing a clear picture, or a deep inner knowing. Some people experience intuition as a feeling, others as a gut reaction, others see images or have dreams, and others hear an actual message.
Become familiar with how your inner self communicates with you. Once you receive the message, check it against your character and be sure it harms no one.
Developing your intuition is not as difficult as it may seem. We all have it and it’s always working even without any effort on our part. It is a force within us that is constantly yearning to express itself, especially when so much is at stake for us.
Our challenge is to recognize its powers and follow its directions more often than most people currently do. All that is required is for us to pay more attention to what it has to tell us.
SO HOW DO I DEVELOP AND USE IT?
Listening to, trusting, and acting on your intuition requires commitment, focus, and attention. It is an ongoing process in which you are always being challenged to move to a deeper level of self-trust.
For most of you, allowing your intuition to guide you is a new way of life, very different from what you have been taught.
At times it may feel uncomfortable or quite frightening. We have been conditioned to try to approach life rationally, to follow certain rules. Therefore, following your inner sense of truth is a major shift.
It’s natural for it to take some time and it may be a little difficult and confusing at certain moments. It’s important to be very compassionate with yourself in this process.
At times you may be very aware of the conflicting voices inside your head. One part of you may be excited about making changes while another part of you is either terrified or apprehensive about it.
Once you acknowledge and honor the different inner voices and their feelings, your intuition will show you an appropriate step to take — one that moves you in the right direction without failure and within your boundaries.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
The more you practice following your intuition, the more faith you get because you see that it does work. Not only is nothing disastrous happening (as in your worst fears), but your life is getting better. Remember to start with small steps until you build a sense of confidence in yourself and can gradually tackle bigger issues.
Your intuition will most likely push you gently toward taking some appropriate risks and trying new things. For example, you might have a fantasy of doing something that you haven’t done before, such as taking art, dancing, or music lessons.
Your inner critic might try to stop you from risking failure or embarrassment by whispering in your ear, “Don’t be silly, you can’t dance, draw, sing, etc.” or “You’re too old to start something new.”
You can acknowledge your inner critic and thank it for its attempt to protect you from humiliation. Then you can go ahead and proceed with the new endeavor anyway.
Your intuition may be trying to show you that you have a new direction in which you need to move or that there is something within you that is trying to come through, your purpose for example. If you permit yourself to try it, you don’t have to be great at it; just do it for fun.
Follow your intuitive impulse and see what happens. It may open a new door for you. It may give you a chance to play and discover a new part of your personality that you haven’t learned to express before.
You are on your path trying to define what your purpose in life is.
Suppose it’s a new business you’ve always wanted to start. Allow yourself to fantasize about it. Start thinking about what steps you could take in that direction. Ask your intuition to show you what to do.
Try following any impulse you might have to explore this possibility. It may be that nothing will happen, or that you take a few steps and then feel blocked. This may be an indication that this is not the best course of action for you at this time or it may mean that you need to be open to it happening differently and unexpectedly.
Stay open and see what happens. Many people have become very successful this way. If you read the history of people like Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates, they will tell you how surprised they are at their level of success
As you learn to live from your intuition you may find that the process of making decisions changes. Rather than just trying to figure things out in your head, you follow your intuitive feeling for a while and let things unfold. In the process, the right decisions usually get made. If you have trouble making decisions, get yourself a copy of “The Ultimate Power of Choice“. This eBook shows you how to make great decisions and solve any problem quickly and effectively.
For example, if you are not satisfied with your life as you are currently living, don’t immediately make any drastic decisions unless you truly have a strong gut feeling that that is the best course of action. Instead, explore and acknowledge your feelings, such as, “I’m really unhappy, I’d like to do something different with my life,”. Then turn it over to your intuition and allow it to show you step by step what you need to do.
You will probably find that something exciting will emerge. You may find that your current job changes and improves, or you may get inspiration about a different career and begin to explore that possibility.
You may follow an impulse to move to another city and find that it is right for you. The right action will always emerge from the process. It may not seem logical at first or at all and that is the excitement of adventure that I have with life.
Should you have a problem to solve or a desire to fulfill, turn it over to your intuition. Simply ask your intuition to guide you in this process. You may be presently surprised how easily the answers seem to appear from nowhere. People will come along and provide you with answers; you will hear things on the radio or TV. This is truly how The Law of Attraction works.
Learn to trust your intuition. When you follow your intuition, you will be amazed at how the intuitive process sorts things out so that you end up exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what makes you happy.
A GUIDING FORCE
In the process of learning to trust your intuition, you may go through a period where you feel like your life is falling apart. Relationships may end or change dramatically, you may move, change jobs, and lose interest in familiar pastimes. These are indications that you are letting go of certain aspects of your old identity.
If you tried to hold on to it, you would limit or imprison yourself. The forms in your life have to change because you are changing. It’s a matter of trusting that even when things are not going exactly the way you expected, there is a deeper perfection in the process. New forms of relationship, creativity, work, and home will come into being and they will reflect your growth and development.
It’s important to have emotional support while you are going through these kinds of changes. Find a friend or group of friends that you can talk to about your hopes, dreams, and fears, someone who can support and encourage you as well as give you honest feedback.
Learning to follow your intuition can sometimes feel a bit like “living on the edge”. In a sense, it’s learning to live without the false sense of security that comes from trying to control everything that happens to you (see “You’ve Lost Your Damn Mind!“). It’s recognizing that as we follow our inner guidance, wonderful things are going to unfold for us, things that we may not yet even imagine.
Gradually we become less afraid and more comfortable with uncertainty as we embrace this adventure called life. We can learn to enjoy not knowing! It’s a very exciting, alive feeling. We can learn to move into the unknown with the confidence that we have a guiding force within us that is showing us the way.
HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH IT
The best ways to get in touch with your intuition are:
1. Be quiet — Meditate
Practice taking time out every day to experience silence. Calm your mind with traditional or active meditation. Release your need to think, analyze, and know everything. The best information comes from the deep recesses of your soul.
2. Be open
Accept the gift of intuition and accept what it has to tell you. Many times, our ego thinks it has it “all figured out,” but your true path may look very different than the one you are on. Being open to new possibilities and ways of living is key.
3. Be creative
There are many ways to be creative; painting, writing, dancing, designing a website, etc. Do something that helps you get into the “flow,” that place where time seems to fly by and the work is leading you. Creativity is an expression of your soul and goes hand-in-hand with intuitive guidance and could ultimately lead you to define your purpose.
4. Ask questions
When you ask yourself questions, you gain additional insight and clarity. When you ask a question like “What is the next step I need to take?” know that you already know what you need to know. Trust yourself. You already have everything you need inside.
5. Believe in your first impressions
Rarely are first impressions wrong. When you get some insight or a hunch, try not to second guess yourself and go with the first impression. Most of the time, first impressions are brought by intuition.
6. Stay happy!
All you need to be intuitive is to stay happy! Happiness attracts immense power and such power includes intuition. In tapping your intuition, your motivation must be happiness and contentment. Given that premise, intuition will come to you easily.
7. Write it down — Journal
When you write, you tap into thoughts, feelings, ideas, and directions that you are not consciously aware of. Writing allows the truth to come forth and is an easy way to gain insight from your inner self.
JUST DO IT!
You can further develop your intuitive guidance by gathering the necessary information and experiences to provide more of an opportunity for your intuition to surface.
Intuition cannot be forced; you need to allow it. After loading up your mind with information about the issue, give your intuition time to work on it. And then become open to the answer. You will likely experience an “Aha” moment, which is a moment of instant awareness, where the answer sprouts from “out of the blue.”
If you have an important decision to make and are not 100% sure about something happening, stop and think before making a decision. Usually, this is your intuition trying to tell you that something is not quite right. Likewise, if you feel that you should go for it, do it, so you don’t miss a valuable opportunity.
Intuition is your best friend. It is always there for you. It waits patiently for you. It gives the absolute best advice, and all you have to do is ask.
Like any good friendship, all it takes to nurture it is a little time and attention. If you decide to be close and intimate with your intuition, I promise that your life will transform into something much more wonderful than you could ever imagine.
That’s It! Now get out there and show the world how awesome you are!
Live More, Laugh More, Love More, and Be a Blessing to Someone Else!