How to Develop and Use Your Intuition
March 14, 2012 1 Comment
Intuition is defined as the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. It is often referred to as a “sixth sense”, a “hunch”, a “gut feeling”, or simply pure luck. It is that little voice in our head that guides us through our everyday lives. Our intuition sends us messages in different forms all the time, some which are crystal clear, and some which take some time and evaluation to decipher. Making the conscious choice to tune into that little voice can improve your life in a variety of ways.
We all have intuitive powers, some to varying degrees, but we all have the capacity to develop it further. Developing your intuition takes time, practice, and consistent conscious effort. If your intention is to develop your intuition, you must focus your mind at a very introspective level which can be very difficult with all the distractions we face on a daily basis.
How to Develop Your Intuition
The first step to developing your intuition is to learn how to silence your mind. Silencing the mind takes a lot of practice and can be extremely frustrating when you first try it. If you have not tried to silence your mind before, take a few minutes to close your eyes and notice the thoughts that run through your mind. The brain is a thinking machine, and it loves to constantly think. When you first try to sit with yourself, you will almost certainly face heavy resistance from your mind. Most of us live hectic lives, and our minds are constantly on alert receiving information and judging them based on your egotistical beliefs. If you live a busy lifestyle, your mind will not be used to emptying itself of all thought. There are many techniques to counter this such as meditation, but simple deep breathing techniques work effectively as well.
If you notice yourself frequently being distracted by negative mental chatter and “noise” you will have to learn to consciously silence those thoughts so your intuition can find an opportunity to make a connection to your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the receiver for intuitive thoughts and ideas, and will attempt to relay these ideas in ways that you can consciously perceive the messages. The messages might not always come directly to you. They may appear in the form of advice from a friend, noticing patterns in events, or waves of strong positive or negative emotion.
The second step to developing your intuition is trusting your intuition. Without trust, there is no true connection between your intuitive powers and conscious decision making. Not trusting your intuition can lead to overall poor decision making and in turn, regret of your decisions. If something doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t. Learning to avoid situations in life that don’t “feel” right might just save your life one day.
Paying attention to what is going around you is the next step. The more data and information you absorb from your environment, the more your subconscious mind has to work with when you have to make an important decision. Since your intuition uses the information gathered by the conscious the mind, storing attentive details in your subconscious through power of observation can leave room for more intuitive thoughts. Remember, the subconscious mind communicates information to the conscious mind through your intuition.
Reflecting on the events of each day in your life is another important step. Before you go to bed at night, reflect upon questions and issues for which you couldn’t find solutions during the day. Think about and explore different possibilities for questions that are bugging you. If you can’t find the answer right away, you trigger your imagination to come alive while you sleep. When you are sleeping, your subconscious mind is busy at work repairing your body, storing information, and sending you messages through dreams. Most of us have trouble remembering our dreams, but you can train yourself to have the ability to remember dreams, and even train yourself to lucid dream. This can be extremely beneficial in the process of building intuition, because in the morning, you can once again reflect, and determine the deeper meaning behind the wacky dream scenarios you go through each night.
Using Your Intuition
Your intuition will be one of the most powerful tools you can use in your life, and it comes completely free of charge. It is available around the clock, and is essential to develop if you want to improve your life to live in a more positive state.
Developing your intuition will have an amazing effect on your overall well-being. Once developed, our intuition helps us identify and deal with problems more effectively, resulting in lowered stress levels. A strong intuition integrates the left and right brain functions, giving you a more complete perspective on issues. When you are in touch with your intuition, you prevent the buildup of negative emotions and negative thinking. The most important aspect of a well developed intuition in my opinion, is the ability to unleash creativity and imagination whenever you see best fit.
Having a well developed intuition enables you to be more sensitive to the energy of other people and your environment. This can help you determine if the situation you are currently in might not be the best place to be. Negative people rub off a lot of negative energy, and being sensitive to this will allow you to be aware of how they are effecting your emotional state by being around them. No one wants to be around negative people, and a lot of the time, we don’t realize the effect their projection of negative energy has on our emotional state. If you are sensitive to this energy, you might begin to realize how many people in your life are negatively effecting your well-being.
We can use our intuition in almost any aspect of our lives. One of my favorite places to use and trust my intuition is at the poker table. There is a lot of subconscious information that is given out during the course of a poker game, and if you are able to pick up on these signals, you can begin to use reasoning as to why certain players act a certain way.
There are certain “tics” that you might notice in players during different hands. You must take mental notes of this subconscious body language to use in the future. If you have an idea of how your opponent plays certain hands, you can notice when they make these “tics” giving away the strength of their hand. Be careful, some poker players are exceptional at giving off false tells. They understand how players react to them, and sometimes will give off signals on purpose to bait their opponents into making bad plays. While most players aren’t on this level of thinking, you must trust your instincts when determining why a player is giving off certain tells.
The reason I enjoy poker so much is because each player is trying to conceal their hands while also trying to figure out what their opponent is holding. It is mental warfare at its finest, and I enjoy expanding my thinking, logic, and observation skills every time I sit down to play.
Trusting my intuition is something that has not only benefited my poker game, but has made me more consciously aware of every situation and event in my life. I have started to look at things as objectively as possible, not giving in to my biased preconditioned belief system I used my whole life up until this point. Breaking the conditioning is something I work at every day as I try to find deeper meaning in the events I encounter. It is still a work in process, and will always be, but I certainly have found that developing my intuition has ultimately made me a better person. It has removed aspects of my ego that I used to attach to, and it has given way to more creativity and imagination than I ever thought possible.