How easy it would be to simply know things. Not things like the square root of pi of course, or how high Mount Everest is. The important stuff.
Like when you need to make a decision in your life. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to know what the right choice is for you?
You have that ability! It’s called your intuition.
What intuition really is
Intuition is more than just the proverbial gut feeling. It’s your communication line with the Universe and your Higher Self.
It’s what flows from that divine connection straight into your conscious knowing. It tells you what to do. So you can take inspired action.
The trouble is our society is obsessed with the rational mind. We’re taught to blindly trust the voice of reason, and to completely ignore the voice of intuition.
And we do. Like an army of obedient and well-drilled tin soldiers, we march to the drumbeat of reason. Conveniently forgetting that sometimes the rational mind can be sorely mistaken.
Yes, facts and logic are important. And this is not a plea for dumbing down the world (especially since humankind often seems to be dumb enough already, when you look at some of the stupid and senseless things our species gets up to).
But this is a heartfelt and urgent plea to restore balance between those two!
When reason and intuition work in harmony, there is no limit to what we can achieve. As an individual person, and as a species in general.
Learn to listen to your intuition
There’s nothing wrong with your intuition in itself. It’s always right. Even when what’s right for you, isn’t necessarily what you want to hear.
After all, you need to remember that intuitive information comes “from above” so to speak. It’s your sixth sense through which the spiritual world tries to get in touch with you.
The real problem lies in your ability to trust in your intuition. To listen to it. To interpret accurately what it’s trying to tell you. And then to act upon that.
So instead of training your intuition itself, you need to work on your skills of listening to it and understanding its intuitive “input”.
Before we move on to a couple of hints and tips on honing your intuitive skills, I feel a word of caution is in place here.
Some people would do the most silly, awkward or downright dangerous things with the excuse that they were “only following their gut feeling”.
Not you of course. But, you know, other people ;-)
As I just showed you, it may be that your intuition is never wrong. But you, as a fallible human being, could very well be interpreting it the wrong way. Or maybe you’re listening to other drives and urges than your intuition.
So please tread carefully here. For the sake of balance between reason and intuition, and for your own safety and comfort, think twice before you act upon something that might cause you harm in any way.
Taking small, safe steps
Learning to trust your intuition is just like any learning process. You make it safe – both emotionally and physically – by going about it in small steps. And by starting out small too.
After all, back when you were learning to walk as a baby, your parents didn’t hand you the keys to their car straight away, did they?
And so it is for learning to trust your intuition as well. You start out on small and non-threatening things, and then you gradually progress.
Turn it into a fun little game! For instance, when you’re cooking try something new. Experiment with herbs and flavours. Trust your gut!
Or go to the library and ask your intuition to help you pick out one really good book. And just for the heck of it, one really terrible book too!
Close your eyes, breathe in and out a couple of times. Then open your eyes and let your intuitive senses lead you along the rows of books. If you set your intention right, you will be drawn to certain books.
And if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, let your intuitive feelings show you the way when you’re out on a walk. As an intention you could ask to see something beautiful, something unexpected or something that makes you smile.
This will teach you that you can in fact trust your intuition. As you build up your trust, the stakes will become higher too (so read my word of caution again, if you please).
What’s this to do with meditation?
Since this post is part of my “A-Z Guide to Meditation” series, you might be wondering what all of this has to do with meditation.
Surely meditation is about sitting down, breathing in and out, and making deep Om noises?
Hardly (as I do hope you gathered from the irony in that sentence).
Yes, meditation can be those things, if that’s how you like it. But much more importantly than that, meditation is simply any means or method you use to create the right conditions within you.
Right for what? Right to tune in to the voices of your intuition, your heart and your higher self. Those conditions are calm, clear and peaceful. They tell your ever-present and overactive rational mind to settle down and relax for a while.
So that you can become the balanced, wise being that you were destined to be.
When it comes to learning to read and trust your intuition, meditation is perfect awareness training.
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