By Lauren Jawno, Elite High Performance Coach
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “in·tu·i·tion (noun)ˌ is a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why; something that is known or understood without proof or evidence.”
This is an incredible ability we have all been gifted with. We all have this within us, it’s the real you, it’s your soul consciousness, the true authentic you. But unfortunately so many have become disconnected from this tremendous wisdom.
As we experience more and more challenges in this world whether personally, professionally, environmentally, physically, socially etc. it will become even more essential that we develop an accurate and consistent connection with our intuition – our source of intelligence that can guide our lives with care and wisdom, nudging us to the right people and situations so that we have the opportunity to experience the best learning potential and outcomes in our life.
I’ve been very fortunate in that from a very young age I had the ability to tap into my intuition in a way that has helped navigate and direct my life in miraculous ways. What I’ve consciously nurtured over the years has been my ability to not only feel and hear my intuition but to act on it. This is not always easy because as I’m sure you’ve experienced, the things we are often guided to do and act on are often not the easy choices in life. But what I’ve experienced with 100% certainty is that our intuition or inner guidance will never take us down the wrong path.
It is however important to come to terms with the fact that we may not always understand why we are being guided in a certain direction but if we have the courage to follow this inner wisdom, I believe we will ultimately see those insights and reasons and realize that we’ve been guided somewhere better; somewhere that serves our higher self and purpose in this world.
One of the most common questions I get asked is how do we know that it is our intuition guiding us and not our ego, or our logic or social conditioning.
Typically you can tell the difference by the combination of the answers you receive and the feelings you have. When the answers to the questions you’re asking start to sound wiser or more knowledgeable than you usually do, it’s probably your intuition. When you get insights into your current situation and the advice seems sound, it’s probably your intuition. It’s kind of like you’re talking to someone else, a wise old soul and the answers are maybe not what would typically come from you. And the feeling you will most probably experience is a sense that you just have this inner knowing, this sense in the core of your being, in your gut that you should make a particular choice.
Keep in mind that it can take time to learn to get out of your head and tap into and access these answers and feelings. Most people are used to going through life basing their decisions and choices on logic, on what their head is telling them. They do their due diligence, research, projections, talk to experts and make what they feel are rational decisions even though sometimes despite everything on paper pointing in one direction their gut is telling them to go in another direction. And this is the challenge – do you follow your head or your heart when they are not in alignment. Justifying that gut feeling to others when practically everything points to something else can also often be difficult and arouse ridicule. This is where you need to step into your courage and faith to pursue what is sometimes an unnamed and unknown solution.
The hardest battle you have to fight is between what you think you know and what you feel.
So how can you consciously tap into and use your intuition to navigate your life? I spoke with Intuitive Coach, Susan Mullen to get her expert advise on how to tap into your intuition and learn to act on it. This is what she had to say:
1. Sit quietly and become centered with no distractions.
Just relax in the quiet. Let your mind wander to wherever it wants to go, without thinking about anything. When you feel relaxed, take a few deep breaths and become aware of your body.
2. Choose a truth you know for sure.
For example, your name. Then state out loud: ‘My name is ________.’ Notice: Where did that land in your body? And, how did it feel? You may feel open, light, or expansive. Take note of how that true statement feels in your body. Next, state a different name out loud ‘My name is ________’. Notice where that statement landed in your body. Notice how it feels to hear an untruth. Many feel a closed, warning type feeling in their heart chakra or solar plexus. That is why intuition is referred to as a ‘gut’ feeling. Our truths and our warnings or non-truths feel different. But, they will typically feel the same each time. When things are true – or a right choice for us – it lands and feels a certain way. When things are false – or not a good choice for us – we feel closed or tight, often in our ‘gut’. Once you figure out how and where your truth feels for you, you will be able to quickly decipher what your intuition is trying to communicate to you – on any question or choice!
3. tune in to see if something or someone is or isn’t a good choice for you.
Sit with it and feel through your body and sense if you are pulling it or is it pulling you. What is FOR us will be pulling us. That is a go. We will feel heaviness or dragging feeling for things we need to release or not pursue. With practice, it will strengthen and become second nature!
4. Pay attention to sleep and digestion.
When you cannot sleep or maybe lose your appetite consider what else is going on in your life. Are you in the midst of having to make an important decision? This may be another way your intuition is trying to guide you as sleep and eating are two of the first places affected when the body is tuning in to intuition.
5. Take into account the wider context of circumstances.
As opposed to just paying attention to present circumstances – any hesitation you feel may be related to something bigger you need to look at or understand.
6. Do your homework.
Support the feeling you have by digging deeper and doing your research so that you have all the tangible information as well.
7. Trust what you get.
Trust what you ‘just somehow know’. The more you trust in the unseen, the more opportunities and information you will see. You will soon be using and respecting your intuition as the sixth sense partner it truly is!
I hope you take the time to quiet things down enough in your life so that you to can begin to more easily tap into the wisdom within you that without a doubt will always guide you down the best path in life.
“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.” ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers.
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ABOUT THE COACH...
Lauren Jawno is one of less than 170 elite internationally Certified High Performance Coaches™ in the world.
She's built a thriving practice around living a whole and high performance life – based on relevant, cutting-edge research and information. I love to coach my clients to success, to achieve the life they truly want, through programs which not only match their goals and personalities but also educate and empower them to reach their highest potential, to be high performers.
A highly sought after keynote speaker for hundreds of public and private events across North America and the UK, Lauren is also the author of Change4Good - The Ten Essentials for Food, Fitness and the Good Life