How Much Do You Listen to Your Intuition?
We hear a lot about women being naturally intuitive. Yet many women I know struggle to get in touch with their intuition.
Listening to your own inner guidance is wildly liberating: you know you are your own authority in your life.
It’s difficult for most people to accept that kind of freedom: while we live in a culture that glorifies individuality and entrepreneurship, the big institutions like schools, corporations and government bureaucracies demand conformity, preferring cogs in the wheel to any kind of potential outlier. A little freedom can be scary if you don’t trust yourself.
We are born and immediately we begin our little lives by being pressed into shapes that work for other people – for example, parents, teachers, and religious leaders. And for the institutions they represent – the family system, school system, or religious organizations. And it continues when you take a job and want to succeed. You fit into what the world of work needs, what your supervisor wants, and what’s expected of you by your industry and your peers.
Like cookie dough, you are pressed into one of several existing shapes…not designed specifically for you, but pre-existing and pre-approved. Who knows what to do with you when you are not one of these predictable shapes (and no one is at birth). Maybe you were overly precocious and you were told you were too smart for your own good (Ow! That stung!)
Does getting in tune with your intuition – your inner guidance – mean you can’t have a job or be married? Of course not. It means you – authentic you – can be present, in clearer and more accessible ways.
When you are comfortable working with your intuition, all the things you want – earning a living, being in an intimate relationship, being peaceful and calm – are less of a struggle And the results are on target for what you need. You have a tool that helps you make decisions that are in your best interests.
What’s In Your Way?
Most people can’t get good information from their intuition, even when they really want it. Their minds are too cluttered with opinions, beliefs about what is right and, of course, judgmental thoughts about people, places and things. It’s essential to get clear of all judgments, prejudices and preconceptions if you want to access your intuition.
Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
My close friends and I get together to share the tools we personally use to more easily listen to ourselves: Tarot cards, pendulum, runes for example. I’m sure you have a favorite tool as well (hey…would you tell me about it?)
The Number One Tool I recommend to begin the journey to connecting with your intuition is meditation. Specifically, any kind of meditation that cultivates mindfulness. You are more than likely to free yourself from negative thinking and upsetting fantasies when you possess mindfulness.
There are two kinds of people, the half full kind and the half empty kind. When you are connected to your intuition, you are inspired and guided to be in the right place at the right time with the right people. When you’re connected to intuition, you’re half full. You know what you need…you know it’s already there for you.
Don’t overthink. Meditate. Listen to your intuition.