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" 12 Proven Ways to Awaken Your Intuition"

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Have you ever had a hunch, a gut feeling, or a sensation that guided you in the right direction? That's your intuition, your inner knowing, an ability we all possess. Our minds can identify patterns and respond to them through intuitive insights. Here are some ways you can use to awaken your intuition.

1. Trusting Your Inner Wisdom

You might wonder, "How can I increase my intuition?" Well, first things first, trust yourself. Your inner knowing often gets drowned out by the noise of everyday life. Start by believing that you have the answers within you.

2. Cultivate Silence

Intuition tends to whisper. Create moments of silence in your day. Meditate, walk in nature, write in your journal, or simply sit with your thoughts. These quiet moments can amplify your intuition's voice. In our noisy world, silence can be a rarity. Embrace it. In silence, you can hear your intuition loud and clear.

3. Listen to Your Body

Your body is a treasure trove of intuitive signals. Pay attention to those "gut feelings" or bodily sensations when making decisions. Your body often knows what your mind hasn't figured out yet.

When you experience emotions such as sadness or anger, it's important to take a moment and reflect on the reasons behind them. Try to identify the source of your emotions and the trigger that caused them, and dig deep to find meaningful answers. By understanding your intuition and becoming more self-aware of how it manifests in you, you trust it better and have greater control over your emotional reactions.

A practice that can help you be more self-aware is Reflective Journaling. You can start your reflective journaling practice by answering these journal prompts that will guide your writing and help you think more deeply about your experiences.

  • How am I feeling right now?

  • What emotion did I experience today?

  • What triggered this emotion?

  • How did I respond to this emotion?

  • What did I learn from the experience?

“When we work solely with the mind, we abandon the strength of our gut feelings. We need to trust our intuition and inspiration in order to move to a place of realization.” ― Andrew Pacholyk, Pearls of Light: passion, poetry & positive affirmations

4. Embrace Your Creativity

Engaging in creative activities like painting, writing, or dancing can connect you to your intuitive self. These activities encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and tap into authenticity.

5. Journal Your Insights

Keeping a journal can be a powerful tool for honing your intuition. Write down your thoughts, dreams, and any intuitive nudges you receive. Over time, patterns and insights may emerge.

A great practice that works for me is Morning Pages; I open my journal every morning when I'm the only one awake in my house and write three or more pages of thoughts and ideas that pop into my head without giving them much thought. From this practice have come some of my best business and writing ideas. The method of writing Morning Pages comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This practice was intended to encourage artists to overcome the voices within that spew negativity and limiting beliefs. But it has proven valuable for anyone who wants clarity, focus, and direction.

"Three daily pages gave me a sense of purpose. It was a manageable amount. The first page and a half were easy. The second page and a half, harder, contained paydirt: hunches, intuition, insights." - Julia Cameron, The Artist Way

6. Seek Solitude

Spending time alone isn't about loneliness; it's about giving your intuition space to breathe. Solitude allows you to reflect, process, and connect with your inner wisdom.

7. Be Mindful

Mindfulness practices can help you tune into the present moment. When you're fully present, your intuition has room to shine. Engage in mindfulness meditation or practice being in the here and now.

“People don't realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.” “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” “Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.” “Your entire life only happens in this moment." - Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

8. Ask Questions

Sometimes, all it takes to activate your intuition is a well-phrased question. When faced with a dilemma, ask yourself, "What does my intuition say?" Your inner knowing might surprise you.

One of my favorite practices when asking questions is using my intuition to answer them with Tarot and Oracle cards. This is because I can distract my rational mind with the cards' images and stories. And while my rational mind is distracted, my subconscious mind and intuition are engaged. I DO THIS EXERCISE when I have a question I need help answering. I shuffle the Tarot deck (the Chrysalis Tarot deck is one of my favorites) or the Oracle deck (I love the Wisdom of the Oracle). I choose a card and keep it face down. Then, I turn the card up and ask for help understanding the card's message or meaning.

Try this exercise with the intention of practicing awakening your intuition. If you catch yourself trying to guess the card, stop and redirect your focus. It is not about thinking but about sensing.

9. Be Authentic

Authenticity and intuition go hand in hand. When you live authentically, you align with your inner self, making it easier for your intuition to shine through. Embrace your uniqueness and let it guide you.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

10. Practice Makes Perfect

Like any skill, intuition improves with practice. Don't be disheartened by occasional missteps. Each experience is a lesson that hones your intuitive abilities.

11. Stay Grounded

Staying grounded entails releasing excessive energy from the body, allowing pure energy to flow through. When we ground ourselves, we calm or slow down our emotions, which enables us to connect better with our inner and outer worlds. Being grounded also implies that we are more mindful of our surroundings. When we are grounded, our intuition flows freely.

Things I do to stay grounded that you can try too: staying connected to nature by touching the earth with my feet each day, drinking herbal teas that are earthy like chamomille and ginger, practicing yoga each morning, keeping with me a supply of stones and crystals, maintaining a consistent meditation practice, eating healthy, allowing daily time for self-reflection, and setting boundaries.

“Alignment is a vibration, a movement of energy that feels at once grounded, centered, and enlightened and propels you gracefully forward toward what feels good and meant for you.” ― Kris Franken, The Call of Intuition: How to Recognize & Honor Your Intuition, Instinct & Insight

12. Believe in You

Above all, believe in yourself. Trust that your intuition is a powerful tool guiding you toward a life of authenticity, confidence, and fulfillment.

We all have a natural intuition, but society has taught us to ignore it and rely on logic instead. However, with practice, you can rediscover and develop your intuitive ability. Trusting your intuition can lead you to make decisions that align with your true self, bringing you closer to authenticity. Embrace your inner wisdom and make intuitive awakening a part of your life.


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