Intuition: It's Not Just for Psychics Anymore

“The intuitive mine is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein –
In my hypnotherapy practice one of the things I specialize in is helping people overcome anxiety and their irrational fear of … well everything. It usually takes a few sessions before the person is comfortable using the tools they gain in hypnosis but, if they’re willing to do the work, they quickly develop a calm, clear, settled and peaceful mind. This in itself is quite a gift but, it’s only a first step. Once we’ve begun to conquer their fear of the world, the next step is getting them to begin to trust and listen to their own intuition, or what I call their, “Wise inner advisor.”
Once they begin to trust their own intuition and see the remarkable, almost immediate positive change in their lives, many people describe the process as ‘magic’ or listening to their guardian angel. As comforting as this thinking may be, I believe it’s important to give credit where credit is due, and I quickly educate the client as to the true source of their intuition.
Scientists who study cognition liberally estimate that we use about 10% of the available capacity of our minds. Studies have shown that people are capable of only being able to be consciously aware of 7 to 8 individual bits of information at any given moment.
We are being bombarded by literally millions of bits of information every second. Sounds in our environment; subtle changes in weather; the body language, facial expressions, tone of voice and word choices of those with whom we’re speaking, are all relevant, and perhaps crucial bits of information. Unfortunately, our conscious minds are simply incapable of recognizing and processing all this information.
However, out subconscious minds are recognizing and processing every single bit of this data. Our subconscious is constantly recording and processing all this information. It recognizes significant patterns almost instantly and can make predictions based on previous experience. If we’re in tuned with, and open to listening to our subconscious, we can get a fuller and much more accurate read on the world and be in a better position to make decisions based on real data.
This is where intuition comes from. It’s our subconscious calling our attention to this data even if it’s only on a gut-level basis.
When people, through hypnotherapy, have begun to rewrite their subconscious programming away from a fight-or-flight mode, they’re able to tune into and make decisions based on a much more realistic, data centered basis. This allows them to increase the use of their minds significantly upward from the standard 10%. Then the results can seem almost like magic.
So how does one go about developing and turning into their natural intuition? The blog Essential Life Skills offers the following suggestions:
Quiet your mind and listen.
Take time each day to experience silence. Practice calming your mind by using whatever breathing or meditative technique you prefer. Let go of the inclination to think, or analyze, and try to know everything. Be open and listen. Let your thoughts roam and be open to the ideas and solutions that come to you. When you listen to your intuition it connects you with a greater knowledge. It usually communicates through symbols, feelings and emotions.
Learn to trust your hunches and gut feelings.
If something doesn’t feel right chances are it isn’t. What may be right for one person could be totally wrong for you. How many times have you had that feeling in your stomach compelling you to do, or not do, for no apparent reason? Listening to it probably helped you avoid a traffic accident, or led you to be at the right place and time for getting that great job, or meeting that special person. Your intuition is your inner guide, so learn to trust it. At first, trusting it may be a bit scary, but allow it the opportunity to develop.
Pay attention and be aware.
In order to increase your intuitive abilities you must pay attention to what is going on around you. The more data and information you absorb from your environment, the more your subconscious mind has to work with when you have to make an important decision. Since your intuition uses the information gathered by the conscious mind, the more you have available, the better the solution. Likewise, knowledge and understanding gleaned from experience contribute to the quality of insight provided by your intuition. Remember, the subconscious mind communicates information to the conscious mind through your intuition.
Other types of intuition reveal themselves in thought flashes or inspiration. The key is to take notice. The more you pay attention, the more of them you will experience. If you’ve ever ignored your intuition and then had to deal with unpleasant ensuing circumstances, you know what it feels like. To prevent such mishaps, make sure to pay attention to the tiny hints and clues you receive.
Employ your subconscious while you sleep.
Before you go to bed at night, reflect upon questions and issues for which you couldn’t find solutions during the day. Think about and explore different possibilities. This will trigger your imagination and put your subconscious to work at furnishing you with creative solutions while you sleep. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy so when you wake up during the night with some great ideas, you can write them down.
When you take time to write or journal, you tap into thoughts, feelings and ideas you’re not typically conscious of. This is an excellent way to release inner messages, insights, or hidden knowledge about a situation or problem that requires solving.
Here’s wishing you an intentionally great and insightful day.

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