“Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason. “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’ which is usually translated as ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’.” (From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuition_%28psychology%29).
Do you follow your gut feelings? Have you ever ignored that feeling and found out later that you really should have listened to it? Most of us have experienced that in some form, whether we realize it or not. Some people are more in tune with their intuition and others aren’t sure what intuition is. If you are one of those people who tries to stay in tune but sometimes forgets to listen, this is for you!
Have you ever noticed that animals don’t hesitate on their decisions unless we force them to? If a horse in the wild thought ” meh, maybe there’s a cougar in there, maybe there isn’t, I’m going to keep eating anyways” they would be killed in no time. Horses have extremely strong intuition because their lives depend upon it. Before domestication, animals required intuition for survival, and so they listen to it keenly, barking and growling at people that are agressive, shying away from things that could be dangerous, and keeping their energetic feelers on high alert.
Intuition is a powerful tool that can guide us towards decisions and actions that will draw us along the path of our higher purpose, often speeding along the process. Our intuition can tell us when certain decisions will work out well, and it can let us know that we are taking the wrong step, before we even realize that we are doing these things. It is therefore a fantastic thing to enhance and strengthen, so that we can fumble less and enjoy life more, knowing that we are doing things that are good for ourselves and therefore, those around us!
Like our brain, “if you don’t use it, you lose…” intuition as well. If you get gut feelings that tell you not to do something but you constantly do them anyways, you are sending a loud and clear message to your body that you don’t care what it has to say. Over time you will find that your intuition just fades away, leaving you to make every decision based on what your brain, ego, and society deem to be important. Your decisions and actions will benefit your ego and the rest of you that is “you” will wither. Maybe you’ll feel disconnected, ungrounded, materialistic; or maybe you’ll feel nothing at all, which is a tragedy.
However, if you do use your intuition it will flourish! Every time you follow that gut feeling and make decisions and take actions based on what you feel, you strengthen your own capacity to know what steps to take easily and effortlessly! It’s a positive reward for your body everytime you listen to it, making it stronger, healthier, and more centered. You will find that when you are trying to make a decision your intuition will kick in more quickly and give you stronger signals! If this sounds like something you’ve been tyring to do, then try these quick daily activities to strengthen your intuition more:
- force yourself to make atleast one small decision every day (anything, whether to drink coffee or tea, when to eat lunch, which gas station to fill up at, etc) and go with whatever your gut feeling is. Focus on the decision and the options, and whichever clearly has the strongest pull, go for. Following through is the most important aspect of this.
- spend a few minutes in meditation on a decision that you are trying to make. Allow your mind to become clear so that the answers that you require can fill in that space.
- do something that you have been meaning to do that has been nagging at you….and see how great you feel after!
- drink enough water (atleast 2 litres a day).
- get out into nature or connect with animals on a daily basis, they are our best teachers.
Now get out there and get intuiting!
I wish you health, happiness, and many smiles! Brittanya
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