“Why should you trust your intuition?” I feel like it’s some of those questions that you could philosophize about for hours. Some might trust their intuition more than others but it’s an innate gift that we all share. So, in this article, you will learn:
- Why you should trust your intuition and
- 5 Practical Tips that will help you access your intuition
To be honest, I personally was ignoring my intuition for a loooong time, way too long! This lead me to make decisions that didn’t work for me because they didn’t come from my heart. I often ended up “regretting” listening more to other people than myself. I put regretting into quotation marks because I think that making mistakes is essential for personal growth and in hindsight, it all makes sense because you learned from it.
Why You Should Trust Your Intuition
Maybe you have found yourself in the following situation at some point of your life: Whether it’s about friendships, a relationship or your career, you want to make a decision and the first thing you do is to ask other people for their opinions. They may be your friends, your partner, your parents or even your co-workers.
While there is nothing wrong with asking for advice, all these different opinions can create so much chatter in your head that you can’t even figure out your own opinion anymore. The problem is that while these people probably want the best for you, they are not you. The advice they give is always based on their own experiences and perspective on life.
We are also so conditioned by society to make rational decisions. It’s deeply ingrained in us and our educational system. While the rational mind is good for problem-solving that is not related to emotions, I personally think that it’s better to listen to your intuition when it comes to emotional matters. There is also a quote by Albert Einstein:
The intuitive mind is a beautiful gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
It’s really true that fewer and fewer people are listening to their intuition and with the Internet and social media, there is even more outside noise than before. Since listening more to my intuition had such a positive impact on my own life, I’m really passionate about creating more awareness around it.
Plus, did you ever hear someone say “I listened to my intuition and now I regret my decision?” It’s usually the other way round.
My personal experience with tapping more into my intuition:
I used to be very disconnected from my intuition and even though I always had this rebellious nature in me, I was deeply susceptible to social conditioning when it came to certain areas of life. I used to ask too many people for their advice when it came to the choice of my degree and overall career. And spoiler alert: It made me miserable because I didn’t make decisions that were coming from my heart.
I was completely lost and unhappy during my first university degree but luckily, I found personal growth. It made me question my beliefs, made me aware of the social conditioning and the reason why I’m so happy now is that I only make decisions that are aligned with my intuition, my own inner knowing.
I think that people would be so much happier if they lived more in alignment with their intuition. Since this topic is so near and dear to my heart, I’m going to share with you 5 practical ways to align more with your intuition.
5 Practical Ways To Access Your Intuition
1. Meditate and become quiet
One of the best ways to align more with your intuition is to meditate and to just sit with yourself and your own thoughts. I sometimes think that as a human race, we really have become incredibly disconnected from ourselves and our own guidance. We get notifications and messages all day long, we listen to music, we talk to people, we watch TV. There is so much noise and distraction that it sometimes becomes harder to hear your own voice.
When you meditate, ask yourself a question that you want an answer to (one that comes from your heart). Don’t force it and just let the answer rise up to you. When you’re in a deep meditative state, it gets easier to have access to the subconscious mind and the part of you that is more about “feeling” rather than rational thinking. Just notice the answer that comes up to you first and let it plant a seed in your mind.
2. Journaling // Stream of Consciousness
One of the best ways to get access to your inner voice is to write down everything you feel. This is best done in the mornings and it also prevents you from overthinking. You know this feeling when your heart is so much lighter after you met a friend and told them everything? It’s the same with journaling. This is how it helps you align more with your intuition:
- Often, we don’t allow ourselves to have certain thoughts and push them away. However, when you write them all down, you are likely to realize things about yourself that you couldn’t see before
- When you have written something down (let’s say it’s about a decision whether you should accept a job offer), you write down what comes to your mind and say it out loud. While reading it out loud, see how your body reacts. Does it expand you or contract you?
3. When you feel stuck between two decisions, try this
A really practical tip is to use this method. I’ll just call it the “coin method”. It’s easily accessible because everyone has coins.This is how it works:
- Take a coin and assign each side of the coin to a decision (for example “yes” is the head side of the coin and “no” the tail)
- Now flip the coin and while flipping it, you can feel what you secretly were hoping for. This is your intuition. It kicks in really fast, much faster than your rational mind can process it
You can also do this method with two chairs. Each chair represents a decision. Then, you sit on each chair, visualize and feel into the emotions that come up while sitting on this chair.
Both methods have helped me a lot but the important thing here is to then also trust your intuition and surrender. Don’t push it away!
4. Self-Reflection through talking about it
I personally find that talking about the things that are going on in your mind helps a lot. However, I think it’s important to only talk to one person and choose someone who is a really good friend and only wants the best for you. Someone who will listen to you without responding and judging your thoughts. Doing this with a person who wants to push their own dreams and ideals onto you, won’t work.
So make sure you choose someone who is really kind and mindful. While talking about the decisions you want to make, see how you feel and which emotions come up. While it’s a normal thing to talk to your best friend about these issues, we often don’t really reflect and that’s the most important part. REFLECTING about what you say and how it makes you feel.
5. Use the 5-second-rule
Since your intuition kicks in much faster than your rational mind, the 5-second rule works really well. This name might be familiar with you if you know Mel Robbin’s famous book. You can use this rule for many things, basically every time you want to or have to make a decision. Whether it’s about your career or something simple like getting up/not getting up when your alarm goes off at 6am, it works with everything.
When you feel hesitant to do something that you know you should do (for example washing the dishes, writing an important email,..), count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and then ACT.
There is this really valuable window between the moment you have an instinct to the moment fear kicks in and you don’t want to do it. This window is 5 seconds long. If you do not take action on your instinct/intuition, you will stay stagnant and nothing will change. Life will throw the same challenges at you again and again until you start to change something.
The beautiful thing about the 5 second rule is that it also helps you gain momentum before the excuses and self-sabotaging thoughts have a chance to kick in.This is how you push yourself to do the hard stuff – the work that you don’t feel like doing, or you’re scared of doing, or you’re avoiding. That’s it.
As crazy as it may sound, sometimes 5 seconds are all it takes to make a change in your life
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So, we are already at the end of today’s blog post, beautiful soul. I hope it inspired you to trust your intuition more and get more aligned with who you truly are.We have so much wisdom inside of us. Listen to your heart and let it speak
Q: What are some of your favorite ways to trust your intuition more and align with it? I’d love to know.
I’m sending you so much love!! Trust your intuition and shine your beautiful light into the world. Until next time,