Everyone has intuition. You know, that little voice inside yourself that lights the way.
The bible calls intuition the Gift of Discernment.
The thing about intuition that many people fail to understand is that intuition is based on, both, knowledge and spirit. Yes, it can be a gut feeling. Yes, it can seem to come from nowhere or from the divine. However, for intuition to truly whisper to you it has to come from a place of learning or connection to universal energy, or both. Preferably both.
When it comes to intuition it's usually the culmination of research and experience that allows you to trust your gut feeling. What I mean by this is that knowledge fine tunes intuition. For example, let's say you are considering going on a camping trip with friends, but you have this gut feeling you shouldn't go. When you feel this way it can be helpful to recognize it as a spiritual request for more information.
When intuition kicks in the first question to ask yourself is, "Why am I feeling this way?" Doing your research will help you to make a decision based on your gut feeling. The more you know the better your ability to make a wise decision based on intuition and reason. Begin gathering information that might reveal the reason for why you feel the way you do. Have you checked the destination, the route, the expenses, the vehicle? Are you comfortable with everyone in the camping party? Do the days you are going to be gone conflict with any other part of your life? Does the idea of camping bring up any strong emotions from the past? If everything is in order and there's no logical or rational explanation for feeling the way you do, but you still feel you shouldn't go camping, then don't. It's possible you are receiving an intuitive message regarding the situation and the reason behind it will only be revealed to you at a later date.
I remember turning down the idea of going on a hiking trip one year. It was sunny and warm. All of my friends went ahead. I stayed at home. They all returned three days later, a miserable lot. The weather had suddenly turned and they hadn't been prepared. They half froze the second night they were there. That's something I could never have foreseen or handled and my intuition had warned me against going.
The opposite can also take place. You can do all of your research and have no good reason, other than your intuition, for doing something. Have you ever not felt like doing something and did it anyway, based on a hunch that you just should, just to end up being in the right place at the right time?
Now, that’s divine intuition!
The funny thing about intuition is that the more you try ignore your intuition it will, either, scream at you or hide. I think this is a matter of personality. If you are someone who withdraws in the face of conflict your intuition may also withdraw or only come in inaudible whispers.
Not being able to hear or understand your intuition can make for a tough time making wise decisions. Clearly, it's your intuition that clearly helps you to make the best decisions for yourself. Feeling stumped? There are ways to magnify your intuition, such as prayer, meditation, and even Tarot.
Mari J. Dionne
AADP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner of Natural Healing
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