If you can’t hear your intuition that’s only because your fears are getting in the way. Silence your fears and your intuition will get louder.
How to Hear Your Intuition
You’ve heard how your intuition—your higher self, your soul—has all the answers. Just tune in and follow its advice. Seems easy and at a deep level you know it’s absolutely true.
Yet somehow it doesn’t always seem easy in practice. You tune in, listen and think maybe, just maybe, you are getting genuine advice, but then you question yourself.
“What if it’s my ego talking?
How do I know if the advice is real?
What if I’m making a terrible mistake?”
If you face a big decision—like whether to take a new job, move to another city, get married, buy a house, or get divorced—following what you think is your inner guidance can be especially scary.
I have been a seeker and I still am. But I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teachings of my soul. ~ Rumi
To build confidence in hearing, believing and acting on intuitive advice first clear your mind of the chatter that can block its transmission. These powerful mind-clearing strategies can help.
4 Ways to Hear Your Intuition
1. Say NO! To Overwhelm.
I am the queen of overwhelm. At one time I used that word so often one of my mentors begged me to find another way to express myself. (He also suggested it was time to get over it.)
Overwhelm comes from not being willing to say no.
And when you always say “Yes” regardless of your own needs, it is easy to flip into the overwhelm that brings mind chatter about how unappreciated you are, or how you can’t possibly get it all done.
You may think you don’t have a choice, that your family, your work, your friends, your many obligations get in the way. But the truth is you always have a choice, as I painfully learned.
2. Do A Daily Brain Dump
If you are like most people, your brain is full of stuff you don’t want or need to carry around and all that excess interferes with hearing your intuition.
It comes from friends that offer well-meaning advice, surfing the net, to do items not quite completed, the news, videos, Facebook posts, the list is long.
But just like you put your household trash out for pick-up it’s a good idea to regularly clear the junk out of your brain.
Every morning I fill two or three pages of a yellow pad with whatever comes to mind: decisions to make, to do items to get done, anxiety or anger provoking thoughts. If my mind is blank I write that my mind is blank until something else pops up to write.
The content doesn’t matter. This is all about clearing out and cleaning up.
When I do this every day, I start getting amazing and surprising insights from my intuition that seem to just flow out of my pen.
I keep a highlighter nearby and when the insights come I mark them on the page so I can go back later to capture them and put them to use.
3. Tell Yourself What’s What (and Be Consistent)
Decide what it is in life you really want. Then write positive self-talk (also known as affirmations) to support your intention to create that life.
Start with one affirmation expressed positively and with emotion such as
“I am excited to have a job I love,” or “I am having fun watching my savings and investments grow each month,” or “I enthusiastically look forward to each day.” Commit to saying your chosen self-talk 500 to 1,000 times daily.
Say it when you are driving, when you are standing in line when you are walking or working out at the gym.
When you fill your brain with positive, emotionally-charged thoughts you interrupt the negative chatter that blocks intuition’s voice.
4. Follow The Advice.
Intuitive advice can come in the form of a gentle nudge, or hunch to do something simple like drive a different route to pick up a friend. Or maybe you get a great idea of starting a new business. The clearer my brain the more likely I am to get inspirations for writing projects.
If you aren’t in a position to take action right then (sometimes ideas show up in the middle of the night or while you are in the shower), write your hunch down and take action later.
But take action.
If you ask for advice and don’t follow it, you are inviting the chatter back into your brain as you tell yourself what you should have done, or how you should have paid more attention.
And that makes your intuition harder to hear the next time it speaks.
When clearing your brain becomes routine you will hear your intuition and follow its awe-inspiring advice every day.
Follow it and your life will begin to move in all kinds of exciting new directions.
What about you? Is it easy for you to follow your intuition? What is your experience with intuitive advice? Share your experience in the comments below.