Call it sixth sense or intuition, you may have heard a lot about it, and probably also know how it can prove to be an extremely valuable tool. I’ve often ignored that voice in my ear warning me about a person or a situation, only to regret it later. Harnessing the power of a well-developed intuition can actually help you a lot in many areas of your life. There are practices to improve your intuitive abilities.
Intuition has always been our best guide, but we are now taught to rely on our brain! Intuition has been made to appear primitive. Our social conditioning – family, religion, professional – all teach us to put suppress the voice within. They teach us to be practical rather than rely on our feeling and intuition.
However, current events are now forcing us to explore intuition a lot more. In the last 6 months, we’ve all been at sea, wondering how we’re going to make it through the pandemic, struggling with the newness of being locked down, yet fearful of stepping out. We’ve had to rely on our intuition a lot more.
Practices To Improve Your Intuitive Abilities
Live in the Moment
One of the simplest ways to strengthen your intuition is to start living in the present. Your intuition may be unable to speak to you about the present if your mind dwells in the past or the future. Practising mindfulness on a daily basis can help you achieve that. The next time you find yourself pondering over the past or worrying about the future, bring your attention back to the present moment, even if it feels deliberate. Train your mind to live in the moment, and you’ll automatically find your intuitive abilities getting stronger.
You probably knew this one was coming- meditation has many benefits for your body and mind, and one of them is that you develop stronger intuitive abilities. Spending at least 15 minutes meditating daily can help your brain reach the alpha state, which sharpens your intuition.
If you don’t actually have time to meditate, everyday, without fail, take a few minutes to get into a place where you’re not in contact with other people, and have some time for yourself- to actually talk to yourself- even if it is 5 minutes in the bathroom.
Everyday, have a conversation with yourself- talk to yourself about things that matter to you, and allow your higher self to give you the answers.
This is simple. Take a walk, breathe deeply, swing your arms, feel your body. Walk bare footed on the grass or a beach. Get in touch with your physical senses can open your intuitive self a lot more.
Trust Your Gut
There’s a reason why it is called the ‘gut’ feeling. Your digestive system does have several neurotransmitters that, if you pay attention to, can improve your intuition. The next time you’re in a situation or facing a person that has you confused, pay attention to the physical sensations that you feel- do you feel uncomfortable or at ease? Whatever you do feel, trust it.
In the last few months, I’ve been getting some insights about people and events. Some of them would seem outright crazy. But I’ve acted based on my intuition. I always share these insights with José and we’ve learned to trust each other’s intuition too.
Learn to note these insights. Share them with someone you trust. Keep paper and pen handy to note down when insight strikes you. These Aha! moments are important to capture.
Practise these steps everyday and be patient- you’ll start noticing changes soon enough.
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