HJ: We are constantly receiving intuitive messages, however, most people have not learned to speak the language of their intuition and therefore are not tapping into the full benefits of this incredible ability offers. In fact, it is not so much that they have never learned the language, but rather, we have been taught to ignore it, mainly by a society who values rational, scientific thinking above all else.
Ones intuition often times seems irrational or illogical, but this is only because it is far wiser than we can comprehend. Intuition is multi-dimensional and is not limited by the boundaries of linear thought. It can access greater probabilities and possibilities than are possible to comprehend or assess with the mind alone and therefore, while it may seem illogical to the limited, rational mind, this is actually our own ignorance limiting us from the true infinite potential of intuition, which is not yet fully understood from a scientific perspective and hence largely discounted in mainstream thought.
Those who can speak and understand the language of their intuition often live lives of greater abundance, flow, happiness, success and ease. Most CEO’s and other high achievers rely almost entirely on their intuition as their primary decision making tool and attribute much of their success to it. In fact, they speak openly about this even in otherwise non-metaphysical contexts.
Essentially, intuition is your own personal compass that will never lead you astray on the path of life, if you learn to properly recognize and adhere to it. One of the biggest mistakes people make is mistaking the thoughts of the rational mind for intuition. This is why it is essential for you to learn to speak and understand its language.
Tune into the Language of Your Intuition
Excerpt from Ananda.org (2nd section)
“Like an ability or muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.” –Robbie Gass
How many times, when we hear a foreign language for the first time, are we struck by the interesting sounds coming from the speakers – even if we don’t understand what they’re saying? How quickly do we then begin ignoring those sounds because what we hear doesn’t spark comprehension?
Identifying and deciphering the language of intuition that’s chattering away in our minds can be an equally foreign experience. Yet learning the translation key can bring abundant understanding and opportunity. But where can you find the key?
Start by tuning into more obvious intuitive experiences: a song lyric that pops into your head, a gut feeling or a recurring dream. Intuition is largely a form of sensory knowledge – a sixth sense that’s as available to you as your sight, hearing, taste, touch or smell. Just like the other five senses, it’s a knowledge that has little to do with your mental capability.
Becoming acquainted with your intuitive voice is a personal experience, and usually involves expanding your perspective of intuition. Unfortunately, it’s rarely as conventional wisdom predicts – that intuition will come in dramatic “flashes” that are so obvious we feel as if we’ve been struck by lightening, hit over the head with a two-by-four or heard angels sing.
More likely, intuition shows up in the dialect of the ordinary, often taking the form of a fleeting inner comment, such as “I really should call Ken and tell him about my new business idea,” or “You know, every time I drive by that restaurant, I feel compelled to stop” or “I should look through that pile of mail.” How easy it is to dismiss these seemingly benign thoughts because the thoughts come without the context of why each thought is intuitively important. Or, worse yet, those thoughts are followed by our inner critic, eager to jump in with “Now there’s a stupid idea.”
How can I start to recognize – and listen to – my intuitive dialect?
- Pay attention to fleeting inner comments. Follow the direction of these messages and see where they lead you. For instance, today I got a sense that I should go through a stack of mail. I did, and found a long-awaited check that I had missed when I flipped through the mail just a day earlier.
- Notice repeated experiences, such as three people recommending the same book to you in the space of a week. That’s a sign that you should run out and get the book.
- View intuition as a sixth sense – use it as you would your eyes, ears, nose, mouth or skin.
- Practice asking your intuition a question and listening for an answer. Then have patience. The answer may come immediately, or it may not arrive for several days, weeks or even months.
- Observe your body. The body is incapable of falsehood; if it gives you a message, it’s best to listen. An acquaintance recounted a long-standing internal pull to move to the U.S. Whenever she resisted this urge to move from her home country, she literally felt punched in the stomach. Once she made the decision to move, the stomach-punching stopped.
- Use your energy levels as a barometer. As your energy rises, plummets, and centers you, what do you notice? For many of us, energy can serve as an intuitive gateway, and a useful way to heighten our awareness of our intuitive dialect.
- Start learning the language of your intuition today. Listen to the information your body, heart and soul share with you. Just as learning a foreign language will allow to communicate in new places, deciphering the dialect of your intuition will transport you to whole new worlds. You have all the tools you need to learn your own intuitive dialect. With practice, you’ll be fluent!
How to Recognize True Intuition
To recognize the kind of feeling that indicates true guidance, look for three qualities: calmness, clarity, and joy. Intuition is always based in a deep sense of calmness and detachment. When you’re trying to tune in to the superconscious mind, ask yourself if the guidance you’ve received makes you feel excited or restless. If so, then it’s safe to assume that you’re just going along with your own desires. Try to associate true guidance with a sense of calm acceptance. When you’ve received an answer rather than thinking, “Yes, YES, YESS!", your attitude should be, “Whatever is, is. It doesn’t touch me personally."
You’ll experience a certain power with inner calmness, but it’s also very steady. If you find yourself jumping up and down in an agitated state, thinking, “Oh boy! I got this guidance. It’s just great!!" then it’s probably worth questioning.
The second thing to associate with true intuition is a sense of clarity. If you’re visualizing different alternatives, or if guidance comes to you in a dream, it’s important to distinguish between subconscious and superconscious influences. Subconscious images tend to have a certain obscurity or cloudiness to them, and the colors appear dim or muddy. These signs indicate projections of the subconscious mind and shouldn’t be trusted. In superconscious experiences, the colors will be bright, pure, and brilliant, and the images filled with clarity or radiance. The clarity of colors and images are strong signs that you’ve tuned in to true intuition.
Finally, look for a sense of inner joy. The basis of this kind of joy should be calmness and deep impartiality. If it makes you feel emotionally excited, then it probably only reflects the temporary happiness that comes when our desires are fulfilled. True guidance should have a joy that takes you inside rather than outside of yourself. Like a current of energy, this kind of joy should take your consciousness inward and upward — not inward in the sense of self-congratulation, but upward with a sense of soaring freedom.
In developing your ability to recognize intuition, it’s important to test your guidance over a period of time. Unless you have no choice, don’t make big decisions on the strength of intuition. It’s better to begin with small decisions, and continually test your ability. You’ll begin noticing that when a certain feeling comes, and you follow it, things work out well. Then there’s a different feeling, less calm or clear. At first you may think it’s got to be right, but over time you’ll come to recognize this feeling as false guidance. Gradually you’ll come to understand the difference from your own experience. You may not be able to explain to others how you know, but when you learn to recognize true guidance, it cannot fail you.
Another way to recognize intuition is to act it out and watch your reactions as you go. If you’re doing the right thing, your inner feeling will gradually come stronger and clearer as you act. If you have no guidance at all, sometimes it better just to start anyway, because often any action is better than none at all. But don’t presume — take small steps. You’ll find by doing a little, the energy starts to flow. As this happens, the guidance gradually comes into focus.
Claudette Rowley, coach and author, helps professionals identify and pursue their true purpose and calling in life. Contact her today for a complimentary consultation at 781-316-1923 or by email. Sign up for her free newsletter “Insights for the Savvy” at www.metavoice.org.