We’ve all experienced it, the ‘hunch’ or ‘gut feeling’ that propels us in a direction we may have never historically chosen, only to lead us somewhat seamlessly to the decision or outcome we were hoping for. Whilst intuition can sometimes be hard to channel, we’ve all got one. How well it works simply comes down to how open you are to receive its guidance. Read on for how you can awaken or strengthen your own intuitive side…

Identity and release your core beliefs: Whether we like it or not, our core beliefs, often formed in early childhood, remain with us throughout our lives, continuing to be shaped by circumstances, our environment, our interactions and all that’s in between. When it comes to enlivening our intuitive sides, we must let go of our externally developed perceptions of ourselves and the world around us, for our higher selves to be able to shine through and lead us in the direction we are meant to go. Whilst it’s not always easy, letting go of preconceived notions of how things should be is the first step to opening yourself up to the beauty of intuitive thinking. More on this below.

Listen to your body: Think your mind and body don’t communicate on all levels? Think again. Whilst we are all well aware that if we are sick or in pain, our bodies make it very clear to our minds, did you ever consider the opposite – our minds communicating through our body? Apparent on both sides of the emotional spectrum, we’re sure you know all too well the feeling of excitement that can be felt so strongly in your stomach, but also the feelings of heartbreak or sadness that can be felt deep within your heart. By working on really feeling into your emotions and pinpointing where they develop, you are taking the second crucial step in awakening your intuitive power within.

Be open and willing: When you’ve identified and let go of your core beliefs and tuned into the wisdom of your body, it’s time to let your intuitive knowing take the reigns. For this to occur, it’s important that you stay open-minded and willing to hear and recognize your intuitions signs and signals. Whilst being a critical thinker is great, if tuning into your intuitive side is what you seek, practice shutting this off during times of intuitive pursuits. By doing so, you may just find it easier to tap into that inner power without the internal conflict that critical thinking can elicit.

Trust in yourself: Whilst rational thinking is sometimes required in the decision making process, for those evaluations that elicit a ‘gut feeling’ reaction, it’s important to honour the fact that your body may be trying to tell you something, to push you in a direction you may not have otherwise chosen to take. Like with anything, it’s not always possible to predict the outcome of any given situation, but trusting in yourself to make a decision that you wholeheartedly feel is the right one when that ‘gut feeling’ hits will help to strengthen your intuitive muscle and pull you in the direction you’re meant to go.

Words by Zsa Zsa Vella

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