Time to Reclaim the Gift of Intuition
08 Mar 2016 4 Minute Read Article by Emma Kelly
There have been times over the years where I haven’t listened to my intuition.
I’ve taken jobs that I’ve hated, gone on dates where I felt uncomfortable or waited too long to deal with health issues I knew I should be exploring.
Getting in touch with our intuition can be as easy as tuning in to our inner voice, gut feelings or what we know in our heart to be true. And, as much as it might seem impossible, we all have this innate gift to tap into when we need it.
When I had my first baby, she was born premature and I was frightened and anxious. When we took her home from the hospital, we were given lots of advice and I was so worried about doing the ‘wrong thing’ that I started to read way too many books and seek advice from a myriad of sources, including Dr Google. While being well informed is important, all this information was getting in the way of my intuition.
What I didn’t know at the time was that my intuition could be applied to any situation, including child rearing, if I tuned in as I had always done previously. What I realised was that for intuition to be trusted, we have to have faith in ourselves, even when in new situations or when we feel out of our depth.
Intuition has kicked in for me many times where I have felt ill at ease. It has helped me navigate my way through and away from situations that have been problematic or scary. It has also led me to great opportunities, to take a leap of faith and to be resolute in unconventional paths or decisions.
Many of the people I work with have saved their own or their children’s lives because their intuition led them to investigate health concerns and, at times, to keep on investigating based purely on gut feel.
If this resonates with you, listen to your body. I recommend if you struggle to connect to your intuition, notice what is happening in your body when making decisions. If it doesn’t feel right we can often feel constricted - in our gut, in our breathing, in our muscles - and if something feels intuitively right, we feel expansion in the same places. It is often this simple. Practice feeling the physical sensations of intuition and even if you are struggling, have faith that your higher self has your back.
And remember, research, analysis and insights are still really useful tools and often support the direction our gut has been leading us towards all along.
It was Albert Einstein who said: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
My belief is that it’s time to reclaim the gift.