How to Make Decisions Using Your Intuition
Lots of people are talking about “mindful living” these days. Social media is plastered with messages about following your heart and using your intuition. But what does a mindful lifestyle look like day-to-day? How do you remember to tune into that little voice that speaks just barely above a whisper from somewhere inside your gut?
Let’s ground these ideas in reality a little more so we can see the practical application of these types of statements. For many people, especially those of you who are particularly pragmatic, listening to and using your intuition are vague concepts. However, once we learn how to recognize and use our intuition, it opens up a powerful source of information that contributes to our greatest potential for happiness.
When we look within to find our answers and guidance, we can overcome the habit of blaming our outside environment for our unhappiness and we can find the source of true happiness which is being kind, thinking of others, and directing our life towards the path of love.
Why Is Intuition Important?
First, we must understand the types of things we can use our intuition for. It’s actually possible and helpful to use your intuition for just about everything. Those small decisions like should I go out for ice cream? as well as those big decisions like, should I take out a student loan? are both worthy of asking your intuition for advice. The intuition gives you the key to the door of wisdom that comes from your soul.
Without our intuition, our ego can take over, causing us to make decisions based on immediate gratification that won’t get us closer to our real goals and achievements. You intuition will guide you to make decisions with information your waking consciousness is not yet privy to. That means those gut feelings you get - good or bad - that come up seemingly without reason will make sense one day. Perhaps you’ll find out that there was a bridge that collapsed or someone got in a car crash when you decided not to go. It will affirm again and again for you that intuition is real and very helpful for our life.
Intuition for Beginners
Now the big question is, how do we make decisions using our intuition?
There are essentially 4 main types of intuition:
- Clairvoyance (seeing images in the Third Eye chakra),
- Claircognizance (having a sense of knowing something),
- Clairaudience (hearing something), and
- Clairsentience (feeling something in your body).
Using your intuition becomes easier the more you practice it. Like a physical muscle, it gets stronger the more you use it. Setting your intention to check in with how you feel about something before you say yes is a great place to start. When someone invites you to do something, notice how you feel about the situation. If you feel at ease and like your energy is safe and expansive, that is your intuition showing you a positive flow of energy towards that decision. However, if you feel tense, tired, anxious and ‘off’ that’s your intuition trying to say it’s not the best choice.
You can also set time aside to listen for intuition each day to practice and get used to the feeling. This is a great way to develop a relationship with your intuition so when it comes time to make bigger life decisions, you know exactly how to handle them. Asking what you need to know each morning and waiting for something to come to you can show you little signs that will affirm you have intuition. You can ask about your direction and check in about your purpose in meditation. Keeping a journal allows you to have an ongoing dialogue with your intuition so you can see that it is there to help and always guides you.
You have access to more information than you think. Start paying attention to what you pick up when you see someone. You can sense a lot about someone by just tuning into the information you get when you see or think of them. Even tuning into the energy of your day before it starts can show you that you know more than you give yourself credit for.
How Does Intuition Work?
You intuition taps into the universal energy that connects every person on earth and can help you know the intentions of others and if certain decisions will work out well or not because your intuition picks up on energetic projections into the future. Intuition is subtle and using it requires paying attention to the shifts in your emotions and even the physical sensations that change in your body.
Signs can show up in many ways. We may see or hear things that are synchronistic like someone saying the exact word we are thinking on the radio. When the universe tunes you into something and amplifies it, it is helping guide you. Often we will see repeating numbers or names which is our intuition asking for us to check in because it has a message for us.
The intuition is essentially our direct wire to the universe. It can access all information when it is used and unlocked but for most of us, it’s glimpses and feelings that are subtle and get stronger the more we pay attention. Psychic abilities are developed with consistent meditation, removing toxins from our diet and can be activated with yoga, chants, and breathwork. The more healthy our body is, the easier it is to access our intuition.
Where Does Intuition Come From?
Intuition is accessed through your energy field and Third Eye chakra. The chakras interact with a constant flow of information or imprints from the energy that is around you. You get sensations and feelings from this communication. When you feel something, don’t ignore it. Rather, take some time to sit with the emotion and ask where it’s coming from and what information it’s trying to make you aware of.
We can also see images in our Third Eye or know things from the field of interconnected energy. When the intuition is really developed, we can contact guides that can offer telepathic communication as well. The pineal gland, which is located in the brain, is activated through meditation and opens us up to intuitive insights.
Together, the Third Eye chakra and Crown chakra allow us to access information from higher realms of consciousness. The more we raise our frequency by dealing with and clearing lower vibration energy (from negative emotions), the more we can tap into our intuition. There are streams of information that you can access once you raise your vibration high enough. We can access them by taking care of our mind, body, and soul so we feel good.
People study intuition for years and the in-depth study requires dealing with our habitual thought patterns and seeing how they affect our perception so we can start to sense and see energy beyond the lower mind. Our mind is conditioned to perceive a small amount of the energy around us and we can start to read energy fields by practicing, reading about intuition and focusing on subtle energy.
Meditating with a focus on your Third Eye chakra will help open and activate it. Check out a book called The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette for steps that will help you activate your intuition over time. For most people, it will take time and practice to really be able to use the intuition but everyone has it.
If you ever feel really stuck when it comes to making a decision, as if the answer is right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t quite find clarity, consider seeing a clairvoyant healer to help you. They will usually validate what you already knew in your heart and expand on it making the picture more clear for you.
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