3 Steps to Stronger Intuition

If you are really committed to honing your intuition, here are three easy steps:

1. Meditation or Reflection
Find a quiet place, sit, and listen to your ‘inside.’ Acknowledge when mundane thoughts come in, like “I have to do the laundry,” and let these thoughts go. Focus on your breathing and pay attention to what comes up for you.

2. Focus and Be Specific
For example, think of a new person you might have met. This could be a person you met at work, at the gym, in a bar, or anywhere else for that matter. Focus on your very first impression of this person. What did you ‘sense?’ What thoughts, images, or feelings came up?

Practice. Write down any first impressions of people or situations before you have to make a decision about them — it could be minor or major, but start with a minor one. For example, if you meet a person who seems ‘shady,’ write that down and also note why you sense it. Check back with your ‘journal’ a few weeks later, and determine your own accuracy.

3. Get in Touch With Yourself
To start strengthening your intuition, you have to get in touch with yourself first. Be aware of how you feel, what you sense, and what you perceive. I, personally, have a hard time explaining why I sense what I do about people at times. There have been many situations where people would tell me how great someone is, then I meet that person and think, “this is a time bomb ready to go off,” or “wow, they have everyone else fooled, but I am sensing that this person is …” You are your own best judge. Listening to others on a consistent basis to form opinions will only weaken your inner wisdom.

If you are interested in learning more, I can recommend the following book Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s a book about rapid cognition, the kind of thinking that happens in a split second, or in the blink of an eye. When you meet someone for the first time, check out a car you want to buy, or watch the first few minutes of a film, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. This book is about those two seconds. Instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important.

Often, human beings recognize danger before they are actually acknowledge it consciously. They ‘sense’ that they are in danger. By listening to your inner voice, you can start avoiding painful, dangerous, or negative people and situations. Trust me, life becomes much easier and happier this way.

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