Honor Your Intuition

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Intuition is our guiding inner compass, that “sense of knowing” without any logical explanation for it.

It provides us with an additional level of information that does not come from the analytical or rational side of the brain.

It’s that feeling that something’s either right or wrong, safe or unsafe.  You just know that you know, and you have no rational way of explaining it.

When we pay attention to it, it points us in the right direction.

But all too often, people miss their hits of intuition because they get too caught up in their own thoughts to recognize these hits.  When we are disconnected from our intuition, we find ourselves busily weighing the pros and cons, or thinking about the “how-to’s” and the “what-if’s.”

Einstein said, ” The only real valuable thing is intuition.”  This coming from a scientist in a profession known for operating from the left side of the brain.

Intuition is a gift that is available to all of us.  We each have it within us.  It’s a matter of recognizing and cultivating it.

To “hear” intuitive messages, you must first quiet your mind.  This “hearing” can come in the form of an image, feeling, sensation, even a dream.  If you’re caught up in the noise of excessive thinking, your intuition can’t come through.  A short meditation, some deep breathing, or taking a walk will help you to center yourself, but find what works best for you. A general sense of feeling neutral and calm is a good sign that you are centered.

This is a good time to check in with your body and energy.  If you pay close attention, you will feel your intuition in your physical body.  Think about a decision that’s been pressing on your mind.  Do you feel a sensation of physical resistance? Tension in your chest, neck, and shoulders?  A knot in your stomach?  This is your intuition saying “no” to a particular situation or decision.

Are you experiencing a feeling of expansiveness in your heart area?  Do you feel a certain lightness of being?  Do you feel energized?  Do you feel yourself being pulled in one direction? This is your intuition saying “yes.”

The sensations you feel in your body are a direct link to the answer that you are seeking.

If you go straight into your head, without considering what you are feeling physically, then connecting with your intuition will take some time.  Pause and check in with yourself; note what you are feeling and trust your responses.  If you’re questioning whether or not you really know something, then you are over-thinking it; however, chances are that if you’re not sure if something is right for you, the answer is probably “no.”  On the other hand, if you know something is right for you, the physical response will be undeniable because your senses will be automatically heightened.

After quieting your mind and checking in with yourself and your body, ask a specific question of your inner guidance system.  The more specific the question, the clearer your intuition will answer.  It’s best to focus on one question at a time.  This way, you won’t get confused about the intuitive information that you receive.  Keep it simple.  Note your impressions and/or feelings without analyzing or judging. The second you begin over-thinking or weighing your options, you’re just going to confuse yourself.  You may want to try journaling for clarity so that you get clear on what you do want versus what you don’t want.

Honoring your intuition doesn’t mean making drastic, sudden or risky changes.  Instead, ask your intuition, “What is the next step that is right for me?” Maybe your intuition is prompting you to leave your job or to change careers.  Rather than quit right away, take the time to gather information about your options.  Update your resume, explore other career options, enroll in classes, speak to others in those careers.  This helps you to honor your intuition, while taking the necessary steps toward the life you want.

Our intuition is what guides us.  It is energy, and energy is a flow.  This energy wants to move.  The more clearly it flows, the better.  It can come through many channels.  As we open our hearts, eyes, and minds, our intuition will move more effectively and quickly.  Our feelings are our feedback to the Universe, letting it know what we like and dislike and what feels good and bad to us. Connecting to what we are feeling allows the Universe to clearly focus its flow in the direction we want.

 

12 thoughts on “Honor Your Intuition

  1. anonymous

    Ive been listening more closely to my intuition. ..and it has always steered me to the positive side of things….im learning more n more to trust it…once im trusting it more the WHAT IFS N THE WHYS started to calm down in my thinking….its a beautiful thing…

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      That’s great news to hear, “anonymous.” Our intuition will never steer us wrong. It IS a beautiful thing.

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here. I appreciate you.

      Blessings.
      Penny

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  2. Kathy Hadley

    Dear Penny.

    This is SPOT ON!!!

    I feel very, very fortunate in that I learned to listen to my inner Guidance when I was very young.

    I could write a book on just the amazing things I got or the things that I avoided just by following my intuition without ANY analytical reason.

    The surprising thing about this is that I have always been very analytical.

    But I found that when intuition came in, it generally was right, so I learned to go with it.

    I agree with what you say about it being energy and a flow.

    It is very subtle.

    And as an encouragement for anyone reading this who may have a hard time quieting their mind, believe you, me….if I can do it, anyone can!

    🙂

    Thanks,
    Kathy
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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Kathy!

      Like you, I learned to listen to my Inner Guidance when I was young and when no one could answer the questions I had, so I turned inward, started journaling, and paying close attention to my dreams and feelings. That’s what my intuition prompted me to do…I had no reason not to believe it. My inner world taught me so much more than the outer world. I can recall many times when people have said to me, “How can you possibly know that? You’re only a child.” I’d tell them that my “insides” knew.

      Hushing the analytical side of the mind can be a challenge for some, but with practice, tapping into your “insides” can be done.

      I’m sure you have some amazing stories to share! Could be another book in the works as part of your Law of Attraction series 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here…I appreciate you.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  3. Gena Livings

    Beautifully written Penny!
    God (The Infinite Intelligence) gave us intuition and discernment, an inner guidance system to help us find the way that resonates with our soul.
    Healthy blessings,
    Gena 🙂

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Indeed, Gena, intuition and discernment are spiritual gifts in each of us. We can always find our way home when we turn inward to its Voice.

      Thank you for sharing.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  4. Andrea

    Hi Penny
    My life was definitely more difficult when I didn’t listen to my intuition! For me, meditation helps to tune in to my inner voice, but I’ve also noticed that I have particular body sensations, usually in my solar plexus that mean a yes or no to something. Most of the time I can’t explain it, but I will just ‘know’ something. If I go with that knowing, it always turns out to be wrong, even if it is going against my logical brain. I’ve slowly learned to go with the inner knowing, not my logic and it always works out for the best. For a while I was body dowsing to get answers which I guess was a different way of accessing my intuition, but I’ve found I rarely need to do this anymore. I wish I’d listened to my intuition more when I was younger. It would have saved me a lot of trouble! Blessings to you, Andrea

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Andrea!

      I can relate. Any time I didn’t listen to my inner guidance system, things went the other way, so I learned to trust what my body and my dreams were telling me.

      Like you, listening to it when I was younger would have saved a lot of trouble! Live and learn.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Andrea, as always. Much appreciated.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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    1. Penny McDaniel Post author

      Hi Debbie.

      True, sometimes following our intuition upsets others, but we must be true to ourselves and follow what is right for us.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing. Much appreciated.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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