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Following Your Inner Compass: How To Listen To The Wisdom of Your Intuition



"Intuition is the whisper of the soul."

Jiddu Krishnamurti


In today's fast-paced and data-driven world, we all too often rely on logic, reason, and external information to navigate through life. However, there is an even more powerful and often overlooked tool that we each possess that can guide us with even greater accuracy towards our highest good.


Our INTUITION is our inner guidance system, providing us with profound insights, wisdom, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.


Intuition is often dismissed as something woo-woo, whimsical, mystical or unreliable. In reality, our intuition is our very real and natural sensory gift. And like any skill or muscle it can be cultivated, developed and harnessed over time.


In this blog, we will explore how to unlock your greatest teacher. Get ready to embrace your inner compass and unleash your full potential. Our souls are always whispering to us - are you listening?


“It can be difficult to really listen to yourself as we have direct access to so much information at the touch of a button and are so easily distracted and disconnected from ourselves in such a connected world.”

Rebecca Lockwood


Understanding Your Inner Voice


Conventional modern society teaches us to that logic and data should be the driving force behind our decisions but this is actually doing us a disservice. When we grow up listening to the noise of the world around us sadly this means we stop hearing the voice WITHIN us.


Indeed, one of the most devastating losses we can experience in life is losing connection and trust in your inner knowing Reconnecting to your intuition is essential in rebuilding self-trust and inner guidance that will never lead you wrong. Amidst all of the overwhelm, distractions and temptations of the modern world its so important to tune in and listen to oneself.


The best part? You don't have to have advanced supernatural abilities, special powers or connection to the spiritual realm. In reality, intuition is a natural and innate human ability that can be cultivated by ANYONE, at any time.


Intuition is an innate part of the human existence, and across history many cultures have recognized and valued intuition for its role in decision-making, creativity and spiritual growth.


Honoring intuition has always been an integral part of ourspiritual and intellectual exploration, guiding individuals toward personal growth, self-discovery, and a deeper understanding of the universe.



The Three Brains

Did you know the human body actually has three brains? Neuroscience has proven that aside from your head brain, we also have a heart brain and a gut brain, all which contribute to our intuitive abilities.

Each of these brains is a sophisticated system of neurons and neurotransmitters that are able to receive and process information, store it, and access it again when needed. They can sense, learn, remember, communicate, and change!


Cephalic Brain (Head): “I think...” "I know..“I understand...”

Language, cognition, consciousness, and creativity- recognizes, gives meaning, creates narratives.


Cardiac Brain (Heart): “I feel...” “My heart says...”

Emotional processing, expression of values, and interpersonal connections


Enteric Brain (Gut): “My gut tells me...”

Self-preservation and mobilization, responds to challenges and danger, determines core sense of self


As you cultivate awareness of each brain's unique intelligence, you can access a deeper level of understanding and make more aligned and intuitive decisions in your life.


There is something called the Vagus Nerve which plays a crucial role in connecting these Three Brains . This nerve serves as an information superhighway between the brain and the heart, gut, and other organs. By facilitating communication between the three brains, and controlling several unconscious body functions like heart rate and digestion it allows for a dynamic interaction between cognitive processes, emotions, and bodily function and plays a crucial role in regulating the autonomic nervous system.


Connecting with the three brains requires patience, practice, and a willingness to explore your inner landscape. By nurturing their communication channel, we can gain different perspectives and make decisions that align with our true desires. We can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and cultivate a more holistic approach to overall health and well-being.


Forms of Intuition

Intuition comes in various forms, and understanding these different aspects can help us recognize and harness its power. Its important to look for and pay attention to all forms, understanding that some may be more apparent or common depending on the individual.

  • Gut Feelings

  • Inner Knowings

  • Emotional Signals

  • Synchronicities and Signs

Each form of intuition offers unique guidance and wisdom so exploring and acknowledging these diverse expressions of intuition allows us to tap into a broader range of intuitive insights in our daily lives.


One common misconception is that intuition will provide us with instantaneous answers or insight. While these sudden hits, flashes, or first impressions might seem spontaneous, they are often a culmination of your subconscious mind processing various small cues and past experiences.


In reality, intuition more often works through subtle nudges, feelings, or hunches. Intuitive hunches are those strong inclinations or feelings about a particular path or decision. They can be powerful guides that lead us towards opportunities or away from potential pitfalls.


"Listening to your gut" means

  • paying attention to those intuitive nudges and feelings that arise in various situations, when making decisions or facing challenges.

  • recognizing the wisdom that resides within your second brain and trusting its messages, even when they may not align with rational thinking.

  • trusting yourself and the process, even when your rational mind might disagree or resist.

  • acknowledging your intuitive hunches and taking them seriously, even if they don't seem to make logical sense at first glance.


By acting on these hunches, you can open yourself up to transformative life experiences and alignment with your true path and authentic self.


Oftentimes our intuitive insights are deeply intertwined with our emotional responses. Emotions carry significant information about our experiences and desires, guiding us towards what matters most. These feelings of Right vs Wrong hold wisdom that often goes beyond what our rational mind can grasp.


Rather than suppressing or avoiding them, it's essential to embrace emotions as messengers that offer valuable insights about our thoughts and feelings . Embracing emotions with curiosity and compassion allows us to learn from them, helping us make more informed decisions and deepen our intuitive understanding.



Ego (Fear) vs Intuition (Love)

The Ego is the opposing force to Intuition within the human psyche. It is the part of the mind that operates based on past experiences, beliefs, and conditioning. It seeks to protect the self and maintain a sense of identity, often relying on fear-based thinking and responses, and thus the need for validation or comfort from external sources.

  • Designed to maintain a sense of control, security, and superiority

  • Tends to be self-centered and concerned with individual survival and desires.

  • Seeks to avoid perceived threats and preserve the status quo

  • Influenced by external expectations and societal norms.

  • Prone to negative emotions such as fear, jealousy, anger, and pride.

  • Thrives on comparison and competition, leading to a sense of separation from others.

  • Attached to specific outcomes and expectations, often leading to disappointment and frustration when things don't go as planned.

  • Dwells on past regrets or future anxieties, causing stress and mental chatter.


Intuition, on the other hand, arises from the deeper wisdom of the subconscious mind. It is a form of inner knowing that goes beyond logical reasoning and draws on insights, feelings, and gut instincts. Intuition connects us to a higher awareness and the universal consciousness.

  • Driven by a deeper sense of purpose and interconnectedness.

  • Seeks alignment with higher truths, compassion, and the well-being of oneself and others.

  • Aligns with the greater good and serves the soul's growth.

  • Comes from a place of inner certainty and trust in one's instincts.

  • Guides us towards choices that feel authentic and aligned with our true selves, even if they may challenge societal norms.

  • Associated with positive emotions like peace, compassion, empathy, and love.

  • Fosters a sense of unity and interconnectedness, recognizing that we are all part of a larger whole.

  • Open to the flow of life, accepting that the journey is as important as the destination.

  • Allows for surrender to the unknown and trusting the unfolding of events.

  • Operates in the present moment, where inner guidance is most accessible.

Your ego wants you to stay the same place, repeating same cycles, whereas your intuition on the other hand is encouraging you to make gradual changes that lead to your ongoing evolution, urging you to go beyond your comfort zone into your growth zone.


While the ego serves important functions in our daily lives, such as protecting us from immediate danger, it can also hinder our spiritual growth and intuitive development when it dominates our decision-making and perceptions. Cultivating awareness of the ego's influence and learning to differentiate its voice from that of intuition can lead to a more balanced, authentic, and conscious and compassionate way of living.




"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

Albert Einstein


Why Intuition is Important

Intuition can serve us in all aspects of our lives from business decisions and creative endeavors to interpersonal relationships or and even our day-to-day choices. It opens the door to creativity, innovation, and new perspectives.



"Intuition is a powerful tool that can heal the painful split we all feel between our earthly, mundane selves and our divine, eternal selves."

Sonia Choquette



Embracing and nurturing our intuition can lead to a more fulfilling and authentic existence, empowering us to

  • enhance our self-awareness and understanding

  • navigate life's complexities, challenges and opportunities with confidence and grace.

  • make more aligned choices and decisions

  • increase trust in our selves and abilities

  • discover valuable insights beyond conventional analysis.

  • approach challenges with heightened creativity and lateral thinking,

  • find more innovative and effective solutions to problems

  • align with our values, passions, and authentic desires

  • perceive subtle cues and unspoken emotions of others

  • empathize with the needs and feelings of those around us

  • foster deeper connections, trust and open communication with others.

  • honor our needs, our boundaries, and our deepest desires

  • tune into your authentic self

  • trust yourself,

  • listen to your heart

  • go through life with a deep sense of inner wisdom

  • transcend the limitations of external validation

  • align with your higher purpose

  • connect with our inner values, passions, and purpose

  • live with greater joy, and fulfillment, creating a life that reflects our authentic essence.


Intuition and logical thinking are two complementary faculties that can lead to well-informed and insightful decision-making. While logic provides structure and analysis, intuition offers creativity and a deeper understanding of the self and the world.


Achieving a harmonious balance between these two cognitive processes enables us to make more holistic and comprehensive choices, aligning both with our inner wisdom and the practical realities of life. By honing our intuitive abilities, we can gain clarity, make better choices, and lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.



“Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.”

Christopher Barzak



Understanding Intuition as a Neurodivergent

Our intuition is a result of the subconscious mind's extensive processing of sensory inputs, memories, stored concepts, and ideas. In some cases, decisions are made subconsciously before the conscious mind registers them. This can explain why individuals sometimes act on intuition, instinct and impulse without conscious deliberation.


People with Neurodivergent tendencies such as ADHD, Autism, and PTSD may experience heightened intuition because they rely more on the right brain, which is associated with creativity, emotions and pattern recognition. Right-brain bias and dominance allows for greater dopamine activity, leading to greater connectivity and intuitive insights.


That being said, research suggests a link between high anxiety levels and low intuition. Our past traumas and pain can lead to overactivity or alertness (also called hypervigilance), a state of fight/flight/freeze which affects our ability to distinguish between genuine intuition and fear-based responses.


What is the difference between a trigger and trauma response, and true intuition?


True intuition is subtle and nuanced, without highly charged emotions. It often brings a sense of clarity, calm and groundedness, It's like an inner knowing that may not be exciting, but nonetheless it is reliable and consistent.


In contrast, fear and hypervigilance feel emotionally charged and spiral into uncontrollable "what if" scenarios. Decreasing anxiety can bring you back to calm of the present moment, regulate your nervous system so you can better tune in, creating a positive feedback loop to help you navigate life's challenges more effectively.


Chances are if it repeatedly feels off, it is. If you feel out of place, you are. If it feels wrong, don't do it. If your body is saying no, listen to it. Trust your gut and what you feel deep down. Your body is the first to know, while your mind is the last to accept.

Cultivating & Developing Your Intuitive Awareness

Like any skill, intuition can be honed and strengthened through practice and awareness. With patience and dedication, you can foster a stronger intuitive connection that serves as a trustworthy guide on your life's journey.


Understanding a Yes vs No

When we have been used to living in states of chronic stress, our No’s and Yes’s can become a bit blurry in our conscious mind. We might find that we don’t know what a “yes” feels like or more commonly, we don’t know what a “no” feels like because we’ve been conditioned our whole life to override it in order to stay safe.


Knowing what these feel like in our body is a somatic awareness skill that we can develop and improve over time. Tracking the sensations in which we feel a Yes or No not only gives us insight to what our nervous system is experiences, but it can also become an empowering practice to feel grounded and centered in your own autonomy.


How do we navigate different Decisions/Circumstances/People or Places in our lives?


Indicators of a Yes or "Right" Situation: Your body is RESPONDING

Physical signals, symptoms and sensations - warmth, expansion, ease

An overall feeling of being excited, safe or comfortable


Indicators of a No or "Wrong" Situation: Your body is REACTING

Physical signals, symptoms and sensations - tension, tightness, numbness,drained, depleted

Inability to stay in the here and now - spiraled thoughts

An overall feeling of overwhelm, anxiety, being forced, rushed or pressured

Doing something out of guilt, obligation, fear, need for approval


That being said, it's very common to overthink and overanalyze our choices in life. When we get too much in our heads (and out of our bodies), we identify all the reasons we shouldn't do something. All the doubts and worries come to the surface.


The reality: Every right decision has "wrong" aspects. It’s rare in life that we’re given a purely perfect opportunity. or fit It could be not the best timing, or best logistics, or best circumstances.


But as long as its MOSTLY right, then it's right.

Don't let the minor details and small bits of imperfection deter you. If you keep waiting for perfect, you could be waiting forever.


If you feel in your gut that something is right for you, but you're still scared, simply take a deep breath and acknowledge the risk. Consider all the growth and beauty that’s waiting behind it—and then take the leap.


“If it looks right but feels wrong thats Fear. If it looks wrong but feels right thats Intuition.”


Overcoming Blocks & Limiting Beliefs

Although intuition can be a powerful tool, it is not immune to error. Sometimes, intuition may be clouded by our past experiences, leading to misinterpretations.


In other words, not every "no" means something is unsafe or "bad". Often times when we have unresolved trauma we will get a lot of false alarms in our body.


Sometimes FEAR can block your ability to assess if you are experiencing a 'True No' or a 'Triggered No.' Fear from past traumas can cloud our judgment, leading us away from our inner wisdom and towards caution or self-protection.


There can also be false 'yes' too. Sometimes 'yes' can feel more frightening than 'no' because we don't understand what we want or why we want it. Learning to find our 'yes' can be just as stressful as finding our 'no'.


For those of us dealing with anxiety and intrusive thoughts, its easy to wonder if our worries are indicative of a valid concern or just a resistance pattern. So its important we tap into a deeper sense of knowing that goes beyond our thoughts and feelings. This inner knowing can guide us to make decisions despite the lack of concrete evidence or hard truths.


Recognizing and addressing fear-based thinking, developing discernment and self-awareness is essential for honing a clear and intuitive mind. By acknowledging and releasing these fears, we create space for intuition to flourish, guiding us towards more authentic and courageous decisions.


Part of this process involves liberating ourselves from the need for external validation or approval-seeking from others. After all, we've been programmed since childhood to jump through hoops to keep people around us happy and we self-abandon in order to feel safe. While external validation can be reassuring, it's essential to approach it with openness and discernment.


By shifting our focus inward and honoring our intuitive insights, we become more self-assured and empowered in our individual choices and less reliant on who/what lies outside of us.


Regulating your nervous system can help tap into what you really want and need, and what you have the capacity for in the moment.



"Look deep into your heart. Listen to the still small voice within. And remember one thing: life is fulfilled only through longings, never through ambitions. Life becomes blissful only through the heart, never through the mind. Mind creates science, the heart creates religion.

OSHO


It's normal for our past or present conditions to cloud the connection between you and your intuition.


What happens when you can't hear your intuition? There can be a few reasons for this:


AN UNDERNOURISHED BODY

Your nervous system is dysregulated because of...

  • Unhealed trauma in your body

  • Physical Exhaustion, fatigue, burnout

You're disconnected from your body

  • Not practicing healthy lifestyle habits

  • Overuse of stimulants (caffeine), depressants (alcohol), technology, anxiety

AN OVERWORKED MIND

Your nervous system is deregulated because of

  • Undigested, unprocessed info in your mind

  • Mental Exhaustion, fatigue, burnout


A NEGLECTED HEART

You're not valuing yourself through Unconditional Self-Love, self-trust and support

  • You're judging your feelings, sensations and perceptions

You're overwhelmed with emotions

  • You haven't consistently practiced hearing and listening to your needs because of lack of time or awareness

  • You have unresolved emotions from your past, or past lives

You don't know, understand or believe in your power

  • Thinking that others have answers or know whats best for you

  • Waiting for certainty, guarantees or external validation


How do we navigate this? There are various techniques and tools to help us clear the clutter from our bodies and minds and TUNE IN.

"(When we disconnect from ourselves) we begin to think that settling is safety and being risk-averse is being responsible. We start thinking in strokes too broad to allow in the quiet nuance of truth. We start to assume that the only personal reality we can experience is one in which disappointment doesn’t just have a seat at the table — it’s becomes only inevitability, we build everything around the centermost assumption that anything we truly want will not arrive, nor stay, long-term."

Brianna Wiest


Techniques & Tools of the Trade

Healers use various tools and rituals to channel and boost their intuition. These tools can also help the average person tap into their inner wisdom and connect with higher guidance. held within the wisdom of our Three Brains.


Our intuition can be best heard when we are in a state of contentment and peace within the inner workings of our mind. Stop distracting yourself or running away from emotions or triggers. The best way to make space is to Alchemize this energy.


Remember, Practice makes perfect! Do these regularly to strengthen your connection and intuitive abilities. As we embrace this holistic approach, we empower ourselves to live a life aligned with our truest instincts and highest purpose.


MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS

  • Regular meditation practice helps quiet the mind, enhances self-awareness, and opens channels for intuitive insights to flow more freely.

  • Being present in the moment and fully aware of sensations, thoughts, and emotions can deepen intuition and attunement to the needs of others.

  • Practice body scan meditation to bring awareness to different parts of your body, including the head, heart, and gut.

  • Deep breathing can cultivate a sense of inner stillness and receptivity. Inhale deeply, directing the breath to the head, then the heart, and finally the gut. Exhale slowly, acknowledging each brain as you breathe out.

  • Place a hand on each brain area (head, heart, and gut) and check in, asking a how are you question to understand one's feelings and desires more deeply


PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

  • Consume a healthy diet that positively impacts your gut health, which, in turn, can enhance your overall well-being and intuitive sense.

  • Engage in activities like yoga, qi gong or tai chi to become more aware of your body, its movement and sensations.

  • Engage in holistic and somatic exercises that integrate physical movement, breath work, and mindfulness experiences

  • Refrain from overuse of stimulants like caffeine, or depressants like alcohol

  • Energy healing techniques like Reiki, or sound baths can help clear energetic blockages, balance chakras, connect with spirit guides and enhance intuitive abilities



REST & RESET

If we're constantly being stimulated, processing and digesting information from the people, places, tech and media around us, our intuition isn't given the chance to be heard.


If we are tired, drained and depleted then it of course your body is going to instinctively lead you to whatever is most comfortable and familiar. That's why it's so important to prioritize ways to recoup and regenerate until you have the energy to respond to life whole-heartedly.


So stop scheduling, hustling, doing and simply SLOW DOWN! Aim to create more S P A C E in your days. Your intuition will show up once your body is fully relaxed and brain is finally turned off. This is called your FLOW STATE. Examples might include:

  • Doing arts & crafts

  • Receiving massage

  • Driving

  • Dancing

  • Housework

  • Petting an animal

  • Being in nature

  • Unplugging/ Going screen-free

Solitude is key. Being around others can really muffle or distract away from the whispers of your intuition. Time alone will really bring you back into yourself.


SELF INQUIRY & REFLECTION

  • JOURNAL to record and reflect on everyday Intuitive experiences, insights. and thoughts to help you understand patterns and receive guidance. Self-inquiry can forge a path back to ourselves and help you figure out what you want. Ask yourself..

    • Who, and What brings me closer to the person I truly want to be?

    • What have I always really wanted out of life?

    • What makes my body subtly contract and shrink vs open and expand?

    • What's one insignificant and inconsequential thing in my life that I already know is a strong yes?

    • What am I trying to hold safe and sacred? What is my fear trying to protect me from? (Rejection vs Connection, Failure vs Validation, Change vs Consistency)

    • What do I find most interesting and inspiring about other people's lives?

    • What opportunities do I have now that I might not have again?

    • What does my future self want? What would my past self want?

Keeping a record of intuitive experiences can help untangle messages from emotions, stored trauma, and true intuition. By recording and reflecting on intuitive hits, you can gain clarity in distinguishing between intuitive guidance and fear-based reactions. This clarity is essential when making decisions, especially those that require stepping out of your comfort zone.


Remember to regulate the nervous system and become present in your body to tune in. Note how the message felt, where it was felt in the body, associated emotions, and the outcomes of following the guidance. Pay attention to messages that appear neutral and not emotionally charged. These messages are often more trustworthy and come from genuine intuition.



CONNECTION & CONSCIOUSNESS

  • NATURE time can help us to attune to natural rhythms and receive intuitive messages from the environment. Find quiet spaces for reflection and contemplation, allowing you to listen to your inner wisdom and ground your energy with the earth.

  • DREAMS can be a powerful tool for understanding and tapping into your intuition. While dreaming, your subconscious mind communicates through symbols, metaphors, and emotions, providing insights into your inner world and intuitive wisdom. Here are some ways to use dreams to enhance your intuition:

    • Start by keeping a dream journal next to your bed. As soon as you wake up, write down your dreams in as much detail as possible. Recording your dreams helps you remember and analyze them later for patterns and themes that may carry intuitive messages.

    • Before going to bed, set an intention to receive guidance or insight through your dreams. This can be done through affirmations or simple requests for clarity on a particular issue.Develop personal rituals before sleep to signal to your subconscious mind that you are open to intuitive insights. This could involve lighting a candle, practicing deep breathing, or setting an intention for the dream journey.

    • Pay attention to recurring emotions, symbols, archetypes or themes in your dreams. These symbols may hold personal meanings that connect to your subconscious mind and intuitive understanding. Reflect on what each symbol might represent to you on a deeper level.

    • As you explore your dreams and intuitive insights, remember to trust your gut feelings. Intuition often operates beyond logical reasoning, and dreams provide a direct channel to your inner knowing.

  • CONNECT with your angels, ancestors and spirit guides for clarity on what. isright for you. If there is a situation you are unsure about , use the following declaration statement daily until you have truth and peace about it.


"Here it is now, I put this situation in the hands of divine love and wisdom. If this situation is part of my divine plan I bless it and no longer resist. If it is not part of my divine plan I give it thanks. It is now dissolved and dissipated."