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5 Ways You Can Tune Into Your Intuition

And trust it will take you in the right direction.

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“Intuition is seeing with the soul.”
Dean Koontz

When I was young, particularly up to the age of 7, I used to be very connected to my intuition. I somehow knew which activities would put me in that state of flow that would allow me to tap into my intuitive side. I loved writing, doing ballet, playing make pretend. I used to be quite happy when I allowed myself to be guided by that intuitive inner voice.

But then, as I went to middle school, I started becoming more self-involved as a teenager and ‘forgetting’ about my inner compass which had been so faithfully guiding me up until that point. The voice became fainter and fainter until I could no longer hear it. It slowly became replaced by other people's voices.

I timidly started getting reunited back with my intuition around 22 when I suddenly felt this inkling that I should travel abroad. I had no idea why or where, I just remember hearing this inner voice, at first subtle, and then louder, and louder as it was nudging me to travel. I decided to listen to it. I made a vision board with only a picture of a plane and the next thing I knew I met a colleague at work who told me about this job in China. Once I decided to fully embrace and follow my intuition, in less than 3 months I was working in China, traveling and immersing myself in a whole new culture.

I feel like in the past 5 years my intuition and I have truly reunited. Once I tapped into meditation, yoga, painting, writing, and activities that silenced my incessant mind chatter, I could hear my intuition louder and clearer. We are now good friends and lifetime partners.

If you feel like you have trouble reconnecting with your intuition and tuning into it, in this article I am going to share some of the things I did to tap into mine and hone it.

What is intuition?

According to Science of People, intuition is your inner voice and knowledge within, without the influence of outside sources.

People who are said to be “in tune” with their intuition might mean they are good at minimizing distractions and knowing what they want in life.

What does psychology have to say about intuition?

Psychologists believe that intuition relies on powers of pattern-matching, as the mind combs experience stored in long-term memory for similar situations and presents in-the-moment judgments based on them.

Research at the University of South Wales confirmed that intuition significantly benefits decision-making while adding that nonconscious information can increase decision accuracy, speed, and confidence.

Intuition is quite a holistic process — combining insights from multiple sources and often requiring a leap in thinking based on limited information.

What happens if you choose to ignore your intuition?

If you choose to ignore your intuition, you might experience:

  • people-pleasing
  • having trouble setting boundaries
  • self-betrayal
  • difficulty interacting with others
  • self-esteem hit
  • finding yourself in situations and with people, you don’t resonate with

How to better connect with your intuition

1. Make space for it

“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.”
Roy T. Bennett

When we are fully immersed in our day-to-day lives, it can be difficult to hear our internal voice. The incessant outside noise can be extremely disruptive and take up all the space.

And I am not only referring to traffic jams, honking cars, and your next-door neighbor’s drilling. I am also talking about other people’s opinions and your internal dialogue.

Practices that bring your focus to your inner world such as yoga or meditation can be truly helpful.

A walk in nature, cloud or star gazing, conscious breathing can also help.

2. Allow the energy to flow in your body

”Trusting your intuition means tuning in as deeply as you can to the energy you feel, following that energy moment to moment, trusting that it will lead you where you want to go and bring you everything you desire.”-Shakti Gawain

During my 6 years in China, I have come to learn that our bodies have energetical channels. In Chinese medicine, the channels that conduct the energy throughout the body are called “meridians.” When the meridians are clear and open, energy flows freely and all is well once more.

Stagnant energy in the body is going to make it more difficult to connect with our intuition. Energetical blockages are more likely to appear and thus imbalances will arise.

You can easily get your energy flowing freely again through any activity that involves movement: walking, running, dancing, yoga, and so on.

3. Become aware of any people-pleasing tendencies

For those of us who have developed a people-pleasing side, it is very important to become aware of this behavior and take a step back when we see it kicking in.

People-pleasing is a coping mechanism that we have developed through our childhood to stay safe, but that is not in alignment with our intuition. When we agree with others just to please them but we don’t feel like that was the right thing to do, we betray ourselves. And we might end up even resenting the other people.

If you notice your people-pleasing mechanism starting to kick in, take a moment to pause and ask yourself if it’s worth putting your needs on hold and getting disconnected from your core self.

4. Pay attention to your body cues

“Intuition is always right in at least two important ways; It is always in response to something and it always has your best interest at heart.” — Gavin De Becker

Our body language can say a lot about how we feel in regards to a decision we have to make, a person.

If we start paying attention to how our bodies react when we are, let’s say, in the presence of a certain person, we can definitely tell whether we feel good or bad around them.

If you all of the sudden start tensing up, your breath becomes shallow, and you have a feeling of discomfort, that is your body’s way of telling you that something is off.

5. Unhealed past experiences vs intuition

“The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.”- Gisele Bundchen

It is very important to make the difference between fear or disappointment associated with past experiences and actual intuition. Not wanting to get involved in a romantic relationship because of fear of past wounds that haven’t healed is different from your intuition actually telling you that person is not the right one for you.

Is it fear of being disheartened again or is your inner voice telling you that person is probably not a good fit for you?

Also, it is good to recall the times when the decisions we made based on our intuition felt good and aligned and when we chose to ignore our intuition and we felt like we betrayed ourselves.

Can you recall a time when you followed your intuition and that led you closer to your dreams? How about a time when you disregarded it?

Final thoughts

  1. Intuition is never lost, only dimmed in time.
  2. You can reconnect with your intuition at any time by:
  • making space for it
  • allowing energy to flow in your body
  • becoming aware of your people-pleasing tendencies
  • paying attention to your body cues
  • discerning between unhealed past experiences and intuition

3. Turning down the volume of your outside world and tuning in to your inner voice is going to help you hone your intuition.

If you want to deepen your knowledge of intuition, I recommend the following books:

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Clarissa Pinkola Estés ( Vasalisa the Wise chapter)

I would love to know how you tune in to your intuition!

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you!

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Much love!❤️

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Sorina Raluca Băbău

Sorina Raluca Băbău

Clinical Psychologist. Integrative Psychotherapist. Writer. Dreamer. Traveler. Pet lover. Avid reader. Chocolate's biggest fan. Yoga practitioner.

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