I do believe that everyone has the gift of intuition, gut instinct, inner knowing, however you want to refer to it. I also believe that getting familiar with your unique inner knowing, so you can hear it loudly and clearly, is a skill that can be honed and strengthened. The effort you put toward listening to your gut while valuing what it has to tell you is what can help you become more in tune with your intuition. So, how do you do this? Where do you even start, right?
Here are some suggestions on how to get more in tune with your gut if your feeling disconnected or if you just need some reminders.
These two words make such a simple statement, yet it can be so hard to slow your roll. I was recently sick. Like sick, sick. I rarely get the kind of sick where I‘m forced to completely stop, sit on my couch and feel restricted to my four walls. As much as it was miserable to feel like you know what, there was something also refreshing about letting myself not do anything. When you slow down, you leave space for emotions and thoughts, amongst other things, to come into your awareness and exist. It’s way more difficult to block things out and ignore details when your not going so fast. In the same respect, this is why it’s scary to stop. There seems to be a lot of fear around what is and might come up when you are left with space and your thoughts. Contrary to the instinct to run from fear, this is where I invite you to sit with discomfort because once you face your fear, it loses it’s hold on you.
Value What you Feel
How you feel about life, situations and people is a huge chunk of information that can help you decide which direction you want to go in. Your feelings can act as a compass. Let them guide you and your decisions. Your feelings about something or someone are always valid. Whether someone tells you they are or not. When you begin to value your feelings and ditch “dumbing them down” or discrediting them, you will begin to hear yourself more. Simply clearing your own noise of self doubt will open up more space for you to hear your true self. How you feel is never wrong. It’s always valid and real.
Have Alone Time
Alone time doesn’t mean that you need to go on a solo journey to a far off land to hear your inner truth. It might be, but chances are, just allowing yourself some time on the daily where you can reflect on the events and conversations that are coming into your world will help you clear the clutter. That’s up to you what your alone time looks like. There are no rules on what this alone time needs to look like. It just needs to be a time where you are tending to solely you.
There is a time and place to think logically. Just as there is a time and place to not. A gut instinct doesn’t need to make logical sense. Ditch thinking it needs too in order to open your mind to endless possibilities. For example, you can have a gut that you need to be somewhere in the very near future that’s a plane flight away. That specific gut feeling requires work. You have to have money or be willing to spend money for a flight, take time out of your schedule and put out the energy to make the trip happen. That’s a lot of work for some instinct that's not rooted from something that you know to be true, right? It’s so easy for us to dumb down our gut when it’s telling us to go after something that seems above us, beyond us or out of our league. Actually, when things don’t make sense and seem far fetched is when I encourage you to keep listening and see if that gut quiets or gets louder. If the need to jump on a plane keeps growing inside your heart, why not take a chance and do it? I believe that some of the most interesting things evolve by listening to your gut, especially when it’s urging you to do something that doesn’t make sense. That's when the story gets good.
Trust Something Bigger
Trusting your gut could become more automatic when you practice faith in “something bigger” than you. Having an inner knowing is a gift. I will be the first one to say, I have no clue where “that knowing” is coming from. I know that it’s helpful for me, especially at times when I’m feeling lost and confused about what to do next in life, to trust and believe that something bigger is going to help direct me by putting little pebbles in my path. I like to believe that my intuition is coming from a place way bigger than me. That thought comforts me.
Your inner knowing is a huge asset for you to use throughout your life. When you become more familiar with when this inner voice is talking to you, decisions can be made with more confidence and clarity. Don’t deny the power of your intuition. It can be your true guiding light.
* This image was taken by Amy Lynn Bjornson, San Diego Photographer in Bankers Hill, San Diego.