Updated: Apr 2, 2020
What is your intuition and why is it important?
It's most likely you've heard people saying "listen to your intuition" or "use your gut feeling", but what does that actually mean? There are many ways intuition can be described; either a gut feeling, a hunch, the inner voice or a feeling of just knowing something without conscious meaning. Your intuition is your immediate understanding of something; there’s no need to think it over or get another opinion—you just know. Your intuition arises as a feeling within your body that only you experience. Because the feeling is so personal, no one else can weigh in to tell you if you’re in touch with your gut instinct or not. You alone have to make the call. Because of this, trusting your intuition is the ultimate act of trusting yourself.
I thought one of the best ways to explain the use of intuition is to tell my story. If you have read my 'About Me' section of this website then you would know that I had come by a close call of life and death if I hadn't listened to my intuition. I was extremely ill earlier this year and recovering from being diagnosed with Hepatitis A after recent travel. However, when I returned home I still wasn't feeling too good. These symptoms weren't the same as the ones I had from Hep A, but I assumed they were a sort of 'after math/ body fighting' situation. That's until my heart rate went up to 140bpm while resting. I admitted myself to hospital after a few days of this bizarre symptom hoping someone could tell me what was wrong. A few hours later and I was sent home with a referral to a cardiologist and a heart rate still over 100bpm. But I knew something wasn't right despite what the ER doctor had said. I kept ignoring my symptoms until one day it got unbearable and my dad had to call an ambulance. That was the best decision I've made to date. It turned out that something was really wrong and I was lucky that I caught it so early. I had a blood clot in my lung on it's way to my heart. If I had suppressed the feeling of knowing any longer, I would've had a stroke or a heart attack only a few days later.
Intuition is the act of listening to yourself. Intuition is not a figment of a person’s imagination or is it literally coming from a person’s gut– it is the result of the activities within the different brain regions. Generally speaking, the area that paves the way for intuition is the right hemisphere. Not only does it govern creative thought, art, music, senses and emotion, it is also the area where intuitive thoughts are created. The cerebral cortex, also known as the cerebellum, also affects the development of hunches in humans. Responsible for decision-making, creativity and cognitive logic, scientists believe that it plays the role in intuitive verdicts as well. The process of trusting your gut isn't as easy as it implies, though, especially when certain habits and circumstances pull us strongly and often unconsciously in the opposite direction. Luckily, our intuition is so deeply instinctual that even if we’ve been out of touch with it for our entire lives, it’s still there inside of us, waiting for us to summon its wisdom.
"The Intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein
Here are a 3 tips to heighten your intuition:
Listen to your gut. Literally.
Believe it or not, your digestive system can help improve your intuition. There are neurotransmitters in your gut, so if you get a gut feeling, it's not good to ignore that. Enhance that aspect of your intuition by checking in with your gut when you have decisions to make. For instance if making a big decision, lets say looking at a house to potentially buy. You know when a house is the right one and that is called using your intuition. To make this feeling stronger, next time you have a big decision make your final thoughts based off with how your gut feels. Everyone knows the feeling when something isn't in alignment with them, they get that horrible feeling in their stomach - this is your intuition talking!
We must dig through our noisy mental state, constant mind chatter, non-stop anxiety, self interest, bodily tension, emotional push-pull, and material world attachment, to the magnificence of our subconscious mind. Meditation is the very best tool to access your subconscious, and awaken your super-powerful, yet dormant intuition. In one of my previous blog posts I touched on the importance of mindfulness and meditation, and that meditation is simply what brings ourselves closer to our inner selves. When we awaken the 'inner self' through meditation it is easier to see and feel the effects it has on our every day lives, hence enhancing the use of our intuition.
70% of human communication is done through energy.
It's true and everyone uses it - energy is a massive component of everyday life and so is intuition. An example is how we feel with certain friends, we know when someone brings out the best in us when we feel that they do and visa versa. This is your intuition talking, the sooner you recognise it, the sooner you can use it's benefits more and more each day.
The sooner you recognise the use of your intuition, the sooner you can reap the benefits - your intuition and gut is your constant guide throughout your life. Whenever you get that 'knotted-up' negative gut feeling, it is the universe advising that you are thinking, doing or saying something that is not in alignment with your highest self.
If you've read all the way to here…I want you to set a goal to recognise the use of your intuition at least once this week. If you have any questions or want to share your improvements and experiences I'd love to hear all about it! Just send me a DM or sign up to my mailing system and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!
Lots of love,