Ever wonder if your intuition is leading you astray or if it’s something you should bank on? All the time, right?
We are all born intuitive. In fact, intuition is an innate ability we can all develop if we want to. While some of us are born with heightened intuitive abilities, perhaps for the purpose of fulfilling a soul’s unique destiny in this lifetime, every one of us has the power to develop and benefit from what intuitive abilities we have been given.
There are many great reasons to strengthen your intuitive muscles. Intuition can help us to solve problems, make good decisions, have better relationships, improve confidence, avoid unnecessary heartache, reduce stress, improve health, gain a new perspective, save time, and live in the present moment. If you are a spiritual person, intuition comes in very handy. As a force, it can help to strengthen your relationship and connection with God, departed Love Ones, the Universe, and Angels.
Developing your intuition does take time and practice however so if you have never flexed your intuitive muscles before, just like in the gym, the more you train those muscles, the stronger they will become. Most people would love to tap into and rely more on their intuition but don’t know how to develop it. Here are 3 simple practice to awaken and develop the intuitive abilities you have been given.
HOW TO HARNESS YOUR POWER OF INTUITION
Our intuition is always working and we are always receiving intuitive impressions and messages. The challenge is that most people are not aware of their intuition at work because they are not living in the moment. Instead, their mind and awareness is focused on the past or the future where intuition does not reside. Intuition is happening right now, in this moment, and if we are not present to the moment, we will miss the guidance and insights coming in to us.
INTUITION PRACTICE #1: Awareness of Now
Spend 15 minutes every day in a comfortable seated position with your eyes closed and focus your attention on your breathing and nothing else. Notice and observe how your breath enters and leaves your body. Be aware of the thoughts entering your mind. Observe them but don’t become attached to them. Simply notice their presence, then exhale and let them
go. When 15 minutes is up, record in a journal your experiences.
Over time, you will start to become aware of subtle psychic and intuitive impressions as they arise because you will be able to discern between your own thinking and that of intuitive guidance. When these impressions arise be sure to record them in a journal. Look for themes and repeated messages as the weeks and months go by.
DEVELOP BODY AWARENESS
Your body is a powerful conduit for psychic and intuitive information and insight. Have you ever experienced a ‘gut-feeling’ about something or suddenly felt anxious walking into a room? Have you ever sat next to someone and immediately felt nauseous, tired or depressed? This is called clairsentience, and it is your body’s way of alerting you to intuitive information coming into your awareness.
Another way to consider this is to think of it like the ringing of a telephone. What you are feeling is your body’s way of alerting you to an incoming message from a higher state of awareness. If you allow yourself to be present to these feelings and tune into them as opposed to resisting or ignoring them, additional information can come through to you. Again, this does take time and practice to understand the messages inside what you are feeling, but the following practice can help to achieve this.
INTUITION PRACTICE #2: Your Body Knows
Spend 15 minutes every day in a comfortable seated position with your eyes closed and focus your attention on your body. You can also lie down for this practice if more comfortable. Begin by drawing your attention to your toes and feet.
Notice what you feel emotionally and physically as you focus on this part of your body. Do you notice any tension or tightness? Do you suddenly feel afraid to move forward or start thinking about someone you have not spoken to in a long time? Just observe what happens and then record your observations in your journal afterward. Do this for about 30 seconds. Then move on to the following parts of your body: calves, knees, thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, chest, back, neck and shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, face (eyes, ears, mouth and nose), head.
Over time, you will start to become aware of valuable information arising from within your body. As you repeatedly engage in this practice, you will start to notice your body speaking to you even when you are not engaged in it. This is because your body knows. So listen and take note of what it is sharing with you.
JOURNAL YOUR DREAMS
The dream state is where intuitive insight thrives as our thinking minds shut down when we sleep, allowing our subconscious and superconscious minds to govern. While our dreams can often appear illogical, confusing, bizarre or even downright freaky and weird at times, they are filled with symbolism and insight that our souls understand even when our waking minds do not.
Noticing a random dream in isolation often makes no sense. But when we take the time to journal our dreams on a regular basis, we start to notice repetition of themes, feelings, symbols and messages that can provide tremendous and valuable insight into what we are experiencing in our lives. For instance, your dreams may be telling you to get out of a challenging relationship, change jobs or get that spot on your back checked out asap by a doctor. Your dreams may not be the exact same every night but there are elements of your dreams which are consistent.
INTUITION PRACTICE #3: Dream Journaling
1. Buy a journal or notebook that you can dedicate to your dreams and keep it beside your bed with a pencil or pen.
2. As soon as you wake, keep your eyes closed and immediately set the intention to focus on you what you recall dreaming about. Try not to move and definitely avoid leaping out of bed.
3. As the information comes into your awareness while your eyes are closed, notice it and mentally record it in your mind. Once you are done recalling as much as you can, open your eyes, grab your journal and pencil and immediately document what you remember. Don’t analyze anything at it this point, just jot down what you remember. For instance, if you remember dreaming about a blue dog wearing a red baseball cap driving a motorcycle. Write that down. Blue dog, wearing a baseball cap, riding a motorcycle.
4. Close your eyes again and this time ask Spirit (the Universe, God, your Guides or your Angels) to share one word, picture or feeling with you that will help you to understand what you dream is trying to tell you. Whatever word, feeling or picture arises next in your mind is your intuition speaking to you. At first, it may feel like you are making it up or it’s your imagination. This is perfect and you can trust it. Intuition does feel like imagination. As you continue this practice, you will start to discern between authentic intuitive impressions and your mind’s own thoughts.
Michelle Armstrong is an internationally recognized gifted Psychic Medium, bestselling author and a coveted Intuitive Messenger and Soul Coach.