Many of my clients are interested in the ways that they can recognize their own real intuition. Perhaps you will find the following helpful to your own understanding about listening to your personal intuitive guidance. The following post has been adapted and you can read the entire article here.
Your own Intuition is oftentimes very confusing. It sometimes has a feeling of rightness; it’s not always logical, reasonable or the voice of reason. It is through using your own intuition that you gain the experience to be able to know it. It’s quite easy to misinterpret intuitions, or confuse something else to be your intuition.
1. You still feel that way after everybody else disagrees with it.
Intuition disregards social wisdom or common sense. It will remain the same and will not let up until you follow it, regardless of what everyone says.
2. You still feel that way after sleeping on it.
Intuition stands a test of time. The intuition appears the clearest the first thing in the morning, before various information and emotions start invading your mind. That’s why it is important to learn to sleep on important decisions, so that sleep can wipe away the clatter and you can prepare an open space in which to listen to your intuition.
3. You still feel that way when you are happy.
Some desires enter our minds because we’re under stress. We’re trying to get away or fix it, and come to some rash decisions. So another test is to put yourself in a good place mentally, to make sure that you’re not hearing some voice of fear reacting against your immediate environment.
4. When you imagine taking that action, you feel relieved.
Following intuition ultimately has a relieving effect. You are stepping into something that is in line with who you are at the deepest level. On the surface level you may feel other emotions, such as fear or discomfort, but deep down tension and resistance get loosened. Be aware of this when you experience it, and look for it in your decision making.
The flip side of this is that when you’re resisting your intuition, it will have the opposite effect. You’ll feel tension and stress, and sometimes it manifests itself in physical ways. If you find that you’re talking yourself into something that makes sense logically, yet somehow doesn’t appear to feel like a relief, then that’s not your intuition.
5. When your decision doesn’t make sense.
Intuition defies logic and reason. Some people may think that’s exactly the reason why it’s untrustworthy, but that is simply not true.
Consider this: logic, reason, rationality — these are chains of thoughts that are developed through observation and analysis. In the other words, it’s rooted in the past… Don’t worry about making sense. It will, once you follow it.
6. When the decision inconveniences you.
Intuition also disregards practicality, or your plans. It’s not concerned with efficiency or convenience. It is concerned with one thing — effectiveness. Making you do what is right.
7. When it scares you.
Another thing intuition disregards is your fears. In fact, it often picks directions that seem the scariest, the one to avoid. If you feel that you should do something but are afraid to, that is one of the surest signs to tell that you’re hearing your intuition. The right path is scarier. And that’s where you need to go.
8. If it does not result in immediate gratifications.
Intuition makes you decide what’s right, not what’s good. It’s actually more concerned about what you gain from your choice itself, rather than what comes out as a result of your choice. Fear and laziness always call for quick fixes. They want it now. When the voice inside tells you to do otherwise, there’s a good chance it’s your intuition speaking.
9. If it’s hard to justify.
Even when it makes some sense, sometimes intuitive decisions are hard to justify. Like deciding to spend money, when all conventional wisdom says such a spending is a bad idea. Intuition is not concerned with perceived risks or breaking codes. Sometimes it calls you to do something forbidden, dangerous, or costly. If you still sense that you need to go do it, despite not really being able to justify that decision, you may be listening to your intuition.