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At some point we’ve heard that ‘little voice’ whispering unexplainable reasoning and guidance from within. It’s called our instinct or ‘gut’ feeling. And although it’s a widely known phenomena: what is it exactly, how can we use it effectively? And can we trust it?
What is intuition?
Tricia Brennan, intuitive counsellor and author of The Map of the Soul, says intuition is your means of getting information instinctively rather than through your rational mind and conscious reasoning.
“The messages you receive through your intuition are whispers from deep within – the language of your inner self. Your unconscious mind communicates through your imagination and feelings, which is why you occasionally have intuitive flashes, strong hunches or ‘gut feelings'”.
How the mind processes intuition
As you accumulate knowledge, your brain unconsciously organises data into blocks of information. Over time, your brain stacks these blocks into linking patterns and then stores them in your long-term memory.
According to research conducted at Leeds University in England, when you see a glimpse of a previously stored detail, your brain instantly links it to a larger composition and gives you a ‘flash’ of intuition.
In other words, the study found intuition to be the brain drawing on past experiences at a subconscious level – and it happens in a split second. So fast in fact, you aren’t aware your ‘intuitive feeling’ is actually stemmed from previous logical thinking.
Our natural ability
As children we were all sensitive beings that were naturally receptive. Before our ego and rational mind fully developed, we relied more on our feelings and were free to explore the fullness of our imagination says Tricia.
“Although rare, some adults continue to be perceptive and use their ‘sixth sense,’ however we have the capacity to hone in on that skill. It’s just a matter of using those senses regularly to bring them to life.”
Four steps to strengthen intuition
1. Get in touch with your feelings
Use them as a gauge to know when you are following your intuition. When you are moving in a positive direction your emotions will be expansive and your life will unfold gracefully. If you steer off course, your feelings will be constrictive and you will encounter difficulty or struggle.
2. Try meditation
Meditation is a simple, practical way to clear your mind and enter a receptive state. By stilling you thoughts, you can connect more deeply with your intuitive senses. On a regular basis, take 30 minutes of quiet time to let your mind be still and shift your attention to your deepest feelings. Let go of any preconceived ideas and allow yourself to simply take on the information coming to you.
3. Keep a journal
Recording your insights, thoughts and dreams in a journal will help to strengthen your connection with your inner-self. Your subconscious communicates through pictures. So be receptive to symbols, spontaneous memories or visions that come to you through your imagination. They will ultimately guide you.
4. Trust your intuition
Take small steps in the beginning to slowly build your trust with your intuition. Using your ‘gut’ feeling, practice with day-to-day decisions to sharpen your skills. Then when it comes to making an important decision, you will be more comfortable and less doubtful in your abilities to listen to your instincts.
Tricia Brennan is an author, intuitive counselor and spiritual teacher. The Map of the Soul – Discovering your true purpose is available now.