What is intuition?
Have you ever felt that nudge that told you to take a different way to work, only to later discover you avoided an accident or a load of traffic? Or to go into a shop you don’t usually go into, only to run into an acquaintance you’ve been thinking of? Or have you gone for a job interview somewhere but for some reason just felt that you don’t want to work there, even though you don’t have any logical reason to support that feeling? Or maybe for you it’s more subtle – maybe it’s the small, quiet voice you hear when you’re upset – the voice that tells you things will be ok. This is your intuition.
If you’re reading this and thinking you’ve never had any of these sorts of experiences, don’t panic. You probably have had them, but some of us become so disconnected from our intuition that we can’t hear it even when it’s screaming in our face.
Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect – Steve Jobs
Every single one of us has intuition – some of us are just more attuned to it than others. For me, intuition appears in a few different ways but I connect with it most deeply when I’m playing in my journal. In fact, I use my ongoing journaling practice to nurture my connection with my intuition so that I can hear it more readily when I need it in my life.
Intuition can be felt as an external feeling – almost as if we are being physically pushed or pulled to walk a certain way, or it can be an internal feeling or sensation – for example, in our stomach, chest or head. It can also be a sound, like a voice talking to us.
In order to connect with it, we need to get quiet and be open to what we feel and what we hear. The more we do this, the stronger it will be when we need it most.
So here’s the big question – where does our intuition come from?
I think the answer to this depends entirely on what you believe. For me, intuition is the Divine speaking to me, nudging me in the right direction, guiding me when I need it. It’s so easy to think we know best, to over analyse things and spend all our time in our intellect. But I believe the Divine is guiding me when I get lost, when I get caught up heading the wrong way.
Not only that, but I believe that intuition is my higher self – the part of me that knows I am part of a universal whole, connected to the Divine and part of a much bigger plan. This higher self, or my true self as I like to think of it – the part of me that isn’t my ego, that isn’t concerned with what others think of me – also guides me when I get stuck in my head.
Intuition is seeing with the soul – Dean Koontz
It is through journaling that I connect with my true self, and feel the hand of the Divine in my life. Some people believe these two things are one and the same.
If you’re not religious or spiritual, you might view intuition differently and that’s perfectly fine. You might view it as your wiser self, the part that isn’t impulsive or fearful. If you don’t want to think of your intuition in spiritual terms, it might be good to think of it as the wiser, stronger part of yourself.
Intuitive journaling is about creating a channel for your intuition to speak to you.
It’s about using the journal as a tool to connect with your intuition, and allowing it to communicate through various media. It’s about showing up to the journal page with no expectations and allowing the page to unfold on its own. It’s about letting go of the outcome and trusting that whatever unfolds is what we most need to express, and most need to hear (more on that tomorrow). Sure, you might end up with a journal page you love (that’s what we want!) but ultimately you are fine-tuning your intuition and trusting the process.
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