With the onset of the internet and rapidly advancing technology, human beings live in a fear-based culture that obsesses with trying to control their lives, and most often, the lives of others. People are terrified of uncertainty and as a result are constantly anticipating that things could go wrong any minute and so we do everything in our power to guard against that inevitable disaster.
Surely everyone would agree, it is an exhausting way to live. This sort of lifestyle is also bound to make someone sick demonstrated by concrete scientific data and research. So what can we do? We can cultivate our intuition, that something inside us that knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. Fear should not be what is guiding us, our intuition should. Our intuition is a much more potent, trustworthy, relaxation-inducing compass that can impeccably guide us to our true path. Like courage and optimism, intuition can be cultivated. Below are some tips that can turn up the volume on that trustworthy inner voice that you may have been keeping locked up because of you fear.
Meditate and spend time with nature.
Messages from your intuition tend to be quiet, so spending time in silence will help you hear and interpret these messages. Also, being in the natural world, away from technology and the cognitive mind’s other temptations, can open up the kind of intuition we needed when we as a species lived outdoors and relied upon it to keep us safe from the elements, predators, and other true fear dangers.
Engaging in creative activities, such as drawing, scrapbooking, or free-flow journaling, quiets the cognitive mind and allows your intuition to speak up.
Pay attention to your dreams.
When the cognitive mind is busy, it can override the intuitive right brain and the subconscious mind, the wellspring of intuition. But when you’re sleeping, your cognitive mind rests and opens space for the subconscious mind to signal you in dreams. Start noticing all that you can with your five conventional senses as well. This can raise your sensitivity to your sixth sense.
Test your hunches.
Got a feeling which horse will win at the track? Getting a sense that it will rain tomorrow even though the weather forecast says it won’t? Do you just know your best friend’s new guy is bad news? If you have feelings about what might happen in the future, write down your hunches, then check them later. See how often you were right.
Escape from your daily routine.
Get away. Slow down. Go on a retreat, take a sabbatical, or just spend a day in new surroundings with nothing planned. When you’re overly busy, it’s hard to be sensitive to the quiet voices of intuition. Try clearing your schedule and see if your intuition pipes up.
Consult your body compass.
Your intuition speaks to you through your body, and the more you cultivate somatic awareness, the more sensitive you become. If you get an uncomfortable physical feeling when you’re trying to make a decision, pay attention. Do you feel light or heavy? Got a sick feeling in your gut? Saddled with a headache or diarrhea? It could just be the result of stress responses activated by false fear, but it could also be your intuition ringing loud and clear.
Consult oracle cards.
Learn to use a Tarot deck or try a deck of oracle cards, such as Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards.
Feel, don’t think.
The mind thinks, always chattering away, arguing with itself like a crazy person. Intuition, on the other hand, feels. If you’re not sure whether you’re listening to your fearful mind or your trustworthy intuition, see if you can differentiate whether you’re thinking or feeling.
Practice sensing into people before you know them.
See what kind of information you can glean from observing people and feeling their energetic signature before you
talk to them or learn anything about them from other people. The more you pay attention, the more you’ll realize you already know things you couldn’t possibly know with the cognitive mind.
Train your intuition.
There are many sources, choose which method and teacher you are most comfortable with. You can study intuition in formal classroom settings, as well as online programs.
Remember that controlling your life, your emotions is locking up the natural compass that we have called intuition. Often times it is ignored and not heeded, instead is pushed away. It will do one good to let go a little – relax, breath and let your intuition speak.