Your intuition is 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 can make the call. Trusting your intuition is the ultimate act of trusting yourself.
Intuition is your immediate understanding of something. There is no need to think it over or get another option- you just know.
Listening to your intuition helps us avoid unhealthy relationships and situations. In your life, many people will have ideas about what best for you. Some have good intentions, and some are coming from a place of deceitful, harmful, selfish intent. It’s sometimes hard to tell which category someone talks into. Set aside all the external opinions a d trust the advice from your own intuition, it will guide you to what is truly best for you.
The process of trusting your gut is not as simple as it seems. We have habits and circumstances that can pull us unconsciously in the opposite direction. But, our intuition is deeply instinctual that even if we’ve been out of touch with it for our entire lives, it still there inside of us waiting for us to summon it’s wisdom. But, if you ignore it when it comes up it can become dim and you make poor choices.
What Gets In The Way
Your intuition is like your own star, but there are many obstructors that act as clouds dimming its light. Once you are aware of them, you will do better to catch yourself when you’re headed in the wrong direction for the wrong reasons so you can take appropriate steps to realign with your intuition.
Is one for the biggest interfere of intuition. Intuition is defined as; the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Putting excessive thought into every decision and walking through every scenario and outcome can lead you away from your gut instinct, especially when you’re overthinking in order to rationalize or justify something. In these cases, your thought process is not flowing freely but a specific agenda to build a case for something you’ve already made up your mind about. Overthinking generates you to become overwhelmed and confused, leaving you without a clear direction. It is sometimes called analysis paralysis. No matter the process in can lead you to the same place-out of touch with your gut instinct.
Should’s often enter the picture when you’re overthinking and other times when you’re outwardly focused. Like if you wonder, will someone else like me if I do this? In these instances, you’re thinking about your behavior in a lens colored by the rules preferences and expectations that someone else has rather than looking inwardly and allowing your own thoughts and needs to guide your behavior. Should’s shift the focus away from you and distance you from your intuition.
Prejudices and Unconscious Bias
Even though these are in some ways the opposite of overthinking, they have similar effects on intuition. As opposed to overthinking a d over-analysis, prejudices and unconscious bias operate from quick judgments that the brain automatically makes on past experiences, stereotypes, and background instead of based on actual experience, neither of these allows you space for you to tap into the nature of intuition.
A Loved One’s Or Authority Figure’s Needs/ Wants/ Opinion/ Advice.
Often the person who has the greatest power to cloud your gut instinct is a loved one or authority figure whose love or approval you wish to win over like a parent, partner, teacher, or couch.
When You Want Something Badly
When you’re really hungry for something. Whether love acceptance, social status, or something else, your strong desire to fill that gaping need can cause you to overlook or ignore any red flags along the way. Being focused on satisfying a need you deem worthy of almost any cost leaves little opportunity to acknowledge or follow your intuition. Here’s an example: I enjoy playing bingo and being with friends, but this overrides my intuition because while I enjoy playing bingo do much, I am really awful at it. This causes me to waste money and I feel horrible afterward, my intuition tells me, not to play. My love for the game can override my intuition. And I sometimes do it anyway. If I would have listened to my gut, I could have met with friends and played bingo for free, and had a good time. My gut instinct is add odds with something closely aligned with this need.
Previous Trauma/Abuse In Childhood
Perhaps the most complex and powerful of all culprits is having experienced abuse as a child. Because childhood abuse can leave a lasting g I pact on a person that remains even in adulthood. Growing up experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse can cause children to district their experience and blame themselves. Since trusting your intuition is the same as trusting yourself, tapping into this gut instinct can be a struggle. For many years as an adult I didn’t trust myself. The experiences I lived through as a child caused that.
But there are ways to cultivate your Intuition. Here are some ways:
Slow down and clear your mind, when you’re living in a cloudy haze and rushing around whether physically or mentally you miss information. Slowing down and clearing your mind helps you better recognize and process the information you receive.
Notice sensations in your body. Intuition is grounded within sensations inside the body, so learning to recognize what’s going o. Within your body, what you’re feeling is key to developing your intuition.
Focus on you. Ask yourself What do I really need here? What’s important for me? This is one of those times when it should be all about you. Give yourself full permission to do so. If you find yourself focusing on other people and their needs notice and purposefully return your attention back to being curious about what you need and want. Because that is where you will find your intuition concentrating on these needs help you more easily pave the pathway there.
Take action, the feeling of intuition is like an ocean current navigating you toward a purposeful life. Once you discover it. You still need to jump in a boat and set sail in order to attain its full value. After you answer the question What do I need right now? Do something to give yourself what you need. It might be a tiny step, but size doesn’t matter here. Small steps can be beneficial at first to gradually build trust with your intuitive self who you may be meeting for the first time,