I have recently become intrigued and extremely curious about my own intuition. My desire to learn more about it led me to an online course I just took with Dr. Judith Orloff called: Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition. Dr. Orloff is an medical doctor with her own private practice in Los Angeles. She has a cool approach to her work as a therapist because she is an M.D., but also seems to value a spiritual approach. I wanted to share with you some basics from this course that were helpful for me. I believe that we all have the capacity to tap more into our own intuition and strengthen it, which can really help guide our choices and overall direction in our lives.
Intuition is often described as an “inner knowing.” A feeling or gut instinct that just feels to be true. Intuition is not “over thinking or over analyzing.” Dr. Orloff explains how “mental effort blocks intuition” because our own thoughts stem from the linear mind, which has a tendency to want to control and make sense of our experiences.
So, how do you tell between your Fear vs. your Intuition? Here is a mini break down to decipher between the two:
- Conveys information neutrally and unemotionally
- It feels right in your gut
- There is a passionate affirming tone in the feeling
- There is a feeling of detachment
Generally, your intuition is not emotionally charged. It’s neutral, unemotional and has a compassionate tone to it.
- It’s highly emotionally charged
- It conveys no gut centered feeling
- Reflects past psychological wounds
- Diminishes your centeredness and perspective
Generally, fear has a strong emotional charge that points to your own stuff. So, in other words, if you find yourself reacting and getting caught up with your feelings, that’s a signal that FEAR is speaking to you rather than your intuition.
There is so much more to say about this subject and it continues to fascinate me. I know that honing my own intuition and working to build “it’s” strength has helped me in my own life. As I learn more about this topic, I will continue to share it with you because I truly believe that it’s such a helpful tool to tap into and learn about.
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* This image was taken by me in Malibu, California near County Line.