The complex tasks of everyday life constantly require us to orient around the rational mind. Logic is certainly an incredibly helpful tool that we can use to problem-solve, acquire knowledge, and tackle incoming information; however, our reliance on rational thought may come at the expense of the inner wisdom accessible through our intuition.
The power of intuition, while more abstract, can provide a deep understanding of the spiritual and emotional aspects of our world. Because we often default to the logical mind, we may treat and solve these more subtle situations with the blunt force of rationality. This works in some cases, but there are plenty of situations where we should actually be checking in with the instinctive wisdom of our intuition to be our guide.
If this overreliance on rational thought resonates with you, it is very likely that there is room for you to reprioritize and strengthen your intuitive powers. Let's delve into the idea of intuition, its relationship to the Higher Self, and how to become more attuned to it.
What does intuition mean?
Intuition is a form of inner knowing that transcends or comes before the influence of the rational mind. You may be familiar with the sensation of an inexplicable certainty arising in a given moment or an inclination that nudges you in a certain direction.
Intuition can be very subtle. It is experienced differently by everyone, and the way it manifests for you depends on your unique personality. For some, it might appear as a feeling in the stomach, while others may see visual images or hear an inner voice.
These prompts from our intuition can be difficult to act on, simply because they can be so abstract. Typically, after these notions arise, we will route them through the mind to check their reasoning. This is a natural part of the decision-making process; however, we need to be wary that we don’t bypass intuition altogether or allow our logic-driven intellect habitually override our intuitive inner guide.
What is the Higher Self and How Does it Relate to Intuition?
Your Higher Self is the embodiment of your fullest potential, the ideal and most authentic version of you. It is not your everyday consciousness but an elevated, spiritual aspect that is connected to the universal consciousness or the divine. Your Higher Self is a constant source of guidance, inspiration, and wisdom that helps you make decisions that are aligned with your deepest truth and highest good.
With this definition in mind, we can see how the Higher Self is capable of drawing on all kinds of internal and external information and using all the possible tools to relate to a given circumstance. Because the Higher Self is part you, and part Source, or the divine energy of universal consciousness, you will likely encounter information from the Higher Self as part energic (feeling) and part material (thought).
By cultivating a connection to our Higher Self, we are accepting that there are aspects to our experience that may not be as straightforward or reason-driven as we have come to expect from a world run so heavily influenced by technology and rational thought. The intuition and the Higher Self are capable of integrating energies and insights far beyond the organizational knowledge of the mind alone, thus acting as invaluable guides for navigating that world.
Is intuition innate or can it be learned?
Everyone is born with intuitive abilities. However, just like a muscle, if not used regularly, it can weaken over time. Unfortunately, in our logic-driven society, we are often taught to disregard our intuition, leading many to lose touch with this innate ability. The good news is that intuition can be relearned and strengthened with practice.
How can I strengthen my intuition?
Cultivating intuition involves becoming more attuned to your inner experiences and learning to trust your instincts. Here are a few strategies:
- Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness allows you to be fully present and aware of your surroundings and inner experiences, making it easier to notice and interpret intuitive signals.
- Listen to Your Body: Your body can provide valuable intuitive insights. Pay attention to physical sensations that accompany certain people, places, or situations.
- Keep an Intuition Journal: Writing down your intuitive experiences can help you recognize patterns and validate your intuition over time.
- Practice Meditation: Regular meditation can help you quiet the mind and make space for intuitive insights to arise.
- Trust Yourself: The more you trust your intuition and act on its guidance, the stronger it becomes.
Exercise for Testing Your Intuitive Abilities
Reflective Inquiry: Unveiling the Barriers to Intuition
Take a moment to find stillness, focusing your attention on the experience of your body breathing. Placing a hand on your heart, engage in an honest and compassionate inquiry by asking yourself:
What prevents me from fully listening to my intuition?
What hinders me from opening up my heart?
Continuing to explore these questions can lead to profound insights and new depths of understanding.
How a Strong Intuition Brings You Closer to Your Higher Self
As you begin to learn the language of your intuition, trust its wisdom, and integrate its lessons, you will notice a natural allyship form between how receptive you are to your world, and how accurately you can act on that reception.
Building up the symbiotic power of this personal ecosystem can lead to profound growth and spiritual development. Although it might seem challenging at first, with regular practice and trust, we can all harness the power of our intuition and let it guide us on our unique life paths.
Remember, your intuition is here to expand your understanding to deeper levels, and your Higher Self is the compass with which you can navigate this new, expanded terrain.