Steps to Developing Your Intuition
Step 1. Get comfortable in your body.
Your body is an intuitive instrument. Awareness in your body can provide you with hunches and ‘gut feelings’ or insightful flashes. Being aware of your body is an intuitive key. Unfortunately, from an intuitive sense, we usually are only aware from the neck up. This ends up being counter intuitive and cuts us off from important energy sources.
Intuition is as much energy signals as it is your messages from your gut.
To be comfortable, ask yourself: “Are my shoulders loose?”, “Is my throat relaxed?”, “Am I pain free?”, “Am I sitting comfortably?”, “Is my breathing easy?”, “Am I ready to receive?…Yes!”
Step 2. Quiet your mind.
The point here is to be able to hear your intuition beneath all of your normal mental interests and chatter. It is sometimes referred to as your ‘monkey mind’ because it is constantly is jumping from one thing to another.
Here is a process to help quiet your mind.
Settle into your comfortable position—sitting upright. Be sure that you are in a quiet room with the phone off and no distractions. No distractions means no music, no candles, no pictures to look at, it is just you with you.
Close your eyes (you can use an eye mask if you wish) and then slowly breathe, watching the breath inhale and exhale, and letting your mind gently and gradually quiet down. When thoughts come in, try not to concentrate on them, rather stay focused on your breathing. When your mind feels calm and quiet, you can ask a question.
Asking an intuitive formatted question when your body is comfortable and your mind is quiet is one way to trigger your intuition. (A relaxed body and a quiet mind create an interface to our intuitive perception center.)
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How do we ask an intuitive type of question?
The way to ask an intuitive question is: Center in your lower belly area, breath in and out a few times, in your belly, close your eyes, and then move your awareness, your focus from your head to your belly. Think of a question you would like some direction on. Then let the answer flow from your intuitive self (you may see it, feel it, know it or hear it). Keep repeating this phrasing until you are satisfied you have received all the information you need.
“What is the next step I need to take for my career path?
Notice over the next few moments what your intuition says or indicates with images or symbols. One of the keys of intuition is not to force it. It is simply to watch and see what comes. Remember not to dismiss what comes because it may seem too illogical.
Just stay relaxed, centered and watchful and see what comes. If any tension comes in, just let go and remain calm and relaxed. Practice and practice some more, and with time your intuitive answers will come more frequently and with greater ease.
Step 3. Monitor your energy.
Another key of intuition is becoming aware of your energy. Intuition is a subtle energy. It is an energy that is in us and surrounds us and penetrates us.
Monitoring-your-energy involves keeping track of where and how you attract, gain or decrease your energy. You know with certain people afterwards you feel drained, while with others you become energized. Likewise with certain duties or jobs or projects your energy is increased or decrease. The problem is that most of the time we don’t pay attention to the up and down process of our energy. To become more in tune with our intuition it is helpful to become more in tune with our energy.
This ability of being to gauge your energy will also allow you to tap into your intuition easier. Connecting to intuition is also an energy awareness skill.
Step 4. Keep a dream journal.
Intuition can and does influence our dreams. This is a key to learning from our intuition. You can initiate subjects to dream about. If the subject has a high enough urgency and importance, it can trigger your intuition to provide you with handy solutions, guidance and answers for problems and questions.
Of course, to be practical it is good to have your dream journal by your bedside with pen and paper. Try to keep it simple and only ask one question before going to sleep. For example, “Is this trip good for me at this time?” or if you have the infamous writer’s block, “What should I write about?” The next morning, first thing, recall and record your dreams. They will tend to fade quickly, so write them down immediately. When you get answers, try them out. If you didn’t get answers or you didn’t understand what you received, keeping trying this dream journal process for a month. Patience and practice with your intuitive dream journal will build your intuitive abilities. Another way to record your dreams is to use a small digital mp3 recorder. Keep it by your bed, and when you wake up either during the night or in the morning you can easily reach over to use your recorder. Then you can load the information onto your computer.
“Often you have to rely on intuition.” – Bill Gates of Microsoft