Intuition is a form of knowledge or ‘inner knowing’ that appears in your mind and body without thinking it through. Have you ever had that feeling that something was going to happen? Or a ‘knowing’ about a situation, person or decision? This is a result of your unconscious mind and energetic self rapidly sifting through what you are experiencing now as well as knowledge from your short and long term memory. It's your vibration shifting, you nervous system coming online and downloading intuitive guidance.
If you have ever used the words ‘had a hunch’, ‘had a feeling’, ‘gut feeling’ or sixth sense, chances are you were tuned into your intuition.
Intuition plays an important role alongside our analytical brain. It is what can keep us safe, it is the inner knowing that tells us that something might not or might be a good idea. Intuition helps give us quick responses to situations. It is also possible to not always make the correct intuitive decision however when we tune in to our intuition in an intentional and mindful way, we can find capacity to be able to apply all of our senses to make insightful decisions.
When we combine our intuition with creativity we can find new ways to express ourselves and visualise our dreams and intentions.
“Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.”
- Vernon Howard
Here are some ways to find a sense of calm in your body to help develop your intuition:
• Connect to the present moment
• Journal - practice writing freely without conscious thought
• Practice trusting your ‘gut feeling’ or ‘inner knowledge’
• Schedule time to tune in to how your body feels and act intuitively in a mindful way
• Start a dream journal - while we sleep our subconscious mind has the freedom to processes our daily life and can often give you signs or signals within a dream.
• Spend time connecting to nature
• Practice a form of movement - dance, exercise, a walk, breathwork.
Use these mindful rituals to move out of your mind and into your body allowing space for intuition to flow freely.
GROUND & CONNECT
In order to connect easily with our intuition we need to find grounding and presence so that we can easily move out of our mind and into our body. This allows us to quieten our thoughts so that we can connect to our inner self.
We can do this by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite to our stress response) through a quick and very simple breathwork exercise.
1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable space.
2. Take a deep inhalation through your nose.
3. Hold your breath for a count of 5.
4. Slowly release your breath by exhaling through your nose.
5. Place one hand below your belly button, and notice how it rises with each inhale and falls with each exhale.
6. Practice your deep breathing for at least 3 breaths
7. Now you are in a calm and relaxed state, you are able to access your intuitive self. Tune into your senses, body and energy centres and listen.
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“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”
- E.E. Cummings