Have you ever had a moment where you felt as though something wasn't right? Perhaps stepping into a parking lot late at night, or feeling negative around someone without knowing why? Maybe you shrugged off that feeling. As a culture, we have learned that we should look at things logically. Intuitive people have learned to listen to, rather than ignore, the guidance of their intuitions.
Albert Einstein once said that it is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses. He described it as “a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance of something.” Sometimes our intuition is referred to as gut feeling, sixth sense, innate wisdom, inner sense, instinct, inner voice, or spiritual guide.
I have been asked the question about knowing the difference between intuition and impulse or nudge. When learning to differentiate between intuition and impulse, we look at the feeling versus thinking, which can be challenging for many of us. Intuition is a much quieter, much subtle voice that directs thoughts and actions. Impulse is more forceful, and more driven. Intuition guides while impulse seduce.
Growing up believing in the power of thought, logic, and reasoning over all else has caused us to detach from our intuition. We need to learn how to trust our intuition again.
The intuition’s most important role is that it alerts us to the path, people, and circumstances that we will uniquely find fulfilling. Using your intuition is just like strengthening a muscle. It will get stronger the more you use it.
- Start by shutting off your inner critic that needs to rationalize everything, and just listen – without judgment. You must first be willing to hear the truth in your heart.
- Keep a journal or a dream journal, or start a synchronicity notebook to write down all your so called “coincidences.” Start simply following your hunches and be prepared to be amazed where they lead you.