Let me ask you something: how do you feel when you have to make a decision? Constricted, anxious, stuck? Unsure of yourself? Feeling the pull of what you should do?
You’re not alone. Most of us have been trained from an early age to “reason things out” or “think things through” to come to decisions about things. After all, we’ve been blessed with brains that are miraculous thinking machines. So when we need to make a choice or find ourselves feeling uncertain, we get busy thinking, making lists of pros and cons, evaluating facts.
But, when you live only in your head, you block yourself from your full potential. You cut yourself off from that still small voice inside of you. When you get lost in thinking, and don’t allow your wisdom, inner knowing, and intuitive feelings to come through, you miss out.
The key to tapping into your intuition is to get quiet and listen to your body. Your body is your road map. Paying attention to your heart space, your gut feelings and sensations like tense muscles are all part of it. This takes some practice for sure – you have to get used to tuning in. And then, you have to learn how to trust it. Which all takes a little time and effort.
There is no rule book for tapping into this inner power. And it sure isn’t perfect. You will make mistakes. Let yourself. Because hearing what your inner voice has to say is so worth it. The more you practice getting quiet and tuning in, the deeper your insights will be. And, you’ll probably be surprised by what comes up.
Here’s an exercise to help you to tap into your inner knowing:
- Sit comfortably and have a pen and paper near you. Bring your attention to the center of your body and breathe deeply. Focus on your breathing for several minutes and allow your body to relax.
- Once you feel relaxed, if there’s a question or something you want deeper insight into, ask it either out loud or quietly to yourself. Continue to sit and focus on your breathing.
- Notice anything that pops up. Sometimes answers come easily and you may hear a voice, see an image, or just have a random idea. Even if there doesn’t seem to be an immediate connection between what comes up and your question, write these things down. Sometimes, you’ll feel like nothing is coming up at all. This is totally normal and ok. But, continue this practice each day, even if just for a few minutes. As you strengthen this muscle of being present and opening the channel to your inner self, your intuitive awareness will expand.