How to improve your intuition
A client asked: “I’ve been a Christian for all my life, but recently realized that my beliefs are changing about the divinity of the universe, earth energies, reincarnation, Wicca, and other beliefs and philosophies. But I’m confused about what the real Truth is because there are so many opinions out there. I don’t want opinions. I want knowledge because I want to get the most out of what life I have left in this life time. How do you fit all of this together and know what the Truth actually is?”
Answer: In the words of Obi Wan Kenobi (Star Wars Jedi master), “Truth is Relative.” What is true for one person at one period in their life may in fact change over time, as they explore and come to know a deeper Absolute Truth and as they evolve. And, what is true for one person may not be true for another.
Spiritual seekers must sort through a lot of information, experience, and beliefs in order to discover what is True. I believe this process continues throughout our whole life, and that we are called to discover Truths similar to a lifelong treasure hunt. The joy is in the journey of discovery of these Truths, and we call that life.
You want to know the Truth? Be sure you’re willing to handle the Truth when it comes. Because when the student is ready, the teacher appears. And the answers are not always easy, nor do they conform to what we thought we knew, what we were expecting, nor do they conform to what we’ve been taught or what we had accepted before or told was true.
Animals have a wisdom all their own that often surpasses human intelligence. I call these amazing beings angels, teachers and Wise Ones disguised as animals. Often they know what is true and what is not so they can help guide you on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment, but only when you know how to access their wisdom, hear their thoughts and invite them to share their heart.
Key Truths can be found in every belief, philosophy, or teaching, and even from other species.
They come to us through experience, through seemingly chance encounters, through religious documents, through epiphany’s and breakthroughs of understanding. They are to be found in movies, in stories, in myths and in books (fiction and non-fiction).
Teachers, gurus, ascended masters and our animals are here to help us connect with and understand Truth. Our interactions with each other teach us about ourselves and who we truly are, and ultimately guide us to the Truth.
Truths are literally all around you all the time, but they must be tested to discover whether in fact they are only true to a point or in certain situations, or if they are Absolutely True all the way through to the heart of the matter.
No one has all the Truths. But you do have a way to access and find them for yourself by seeking them diligently and with an open heart and mind, trusting your own intuitive ‘knowing’ and practice testing what you get. When you learn to trust your own intuition, you will have an internal GPS system that can guide you through what is true, what is true-er, what is Absolute Truth, and what is simply untrue.
Fundamentally, the answers you seek are already inside you.
They dwell within what is called the God Mind, sometimes called the superconscious mind. To access them, you need only develop your Intuitive Intelligence Quotient (IIQ).
Learning to decipher and discern the information you are given every day from the world around you requires a bit of training. The more training you get the more confidence you will have in your ability to make sound decisions from your intuition, by listening to your gut.
What is intuition? And what does listening to our ‘gut’ have to do with truth?
Dictionary.com’s definition of intuition is “A direct perception of the truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension or comprehension.”
I believe that the innate gift of our intuition acts like a super computer that is always gathering information much faster than our conscious mind can on its own. Think of it like this: Information is energy, and energy can transfer at the speed of light.
Your superconscious and unconscious minds analyze and process more than 90% of all information energetically and almost instantaneously. Contrast this to the fact that your conscious mind receives only 10% (at best) of the incoming sensory stimuli, and the processing speed of the conscious mind is extremely slow.
An apt analogy here would be to compare a super computer with the highest speed internet possible (your fully functioning innate Intuition) with a 1990’s edition personal computer with dial up (your conscious mind).
It is fascinating to realize that your conscious mind actually recognizes, reevaluates and reinterprets “life” after it has already happened based on prior conceptions, attitudes, expectations and beliefs. And if the ego mind is given data that doesn’t conform or fit with what it thinks it already knows, then it will either discard it or rewrite it to fit prior expectations and conceptions. Tricky, eh?
That’s why it’s not such a good idea to base decisions on the conscious mind alone without consulting your innate intuitive intelligence as well.
Since your subconscious mind takes in millions of bits of information in mere nanoseconds, it processes this information and gives your conscious mind the filtered data. If you don’t listen to your intuitive knowing, then you can’t make decisions from a quantum leap perspective. It happens so quickly that you have a sense of simply “knowing” the right from the wrong, the positive from the negative, the True from the untrue.
For example, have you ever gone somewhere and immediately felt it wasn’t safe? Your subconscious mind processed something that you didn’t see, hear, smell, touch or taste with your conscious mind, but recognized it as potentially dangerous and sent the signal in a way that your conscious mind could interpret correctly, if you’re paying attention.
Someone recently shared with me how they “feel” a knowingness in their body. When something is wrong she gets a strong tingly feeling in her chest. When she needs to make a decision about something she will quiet her mind and ask a question. If the answer is yes she gets a strong feeling of calmness all over. She has learned the art of discernment.
5 Simple Steps (Short Cuts) To Developing Your Intuition
1. Center yourself and get quiet. Follow your breath, in and out, and relax more with every breath cycle. To do this well, it is helpful to stand tall and balanced, but if you prefer to sit, that’s ok. It just may be a little harder at first until you get the hang of it. Close your eyes and feel the ground beneath your feet, the energies of the earth, and be fully present, right here, right now, nothing added. Let everything else go.
2. Connect with your heart (superconscious mind). Imagine that your heart has a direct connection with the Truth, and trust that this is so.
3. Connect with your gut (unconscious mind). Did you know that your gut possesses neural cells and is in fact your first brain? Neural cells originated in the gut first when your body was being formed in the womb, then a portion of these cells split off and began to form your spinal cord, then they formed your heart which is also lined with neural cells, then eventually became your head brain.
4. Connect with the idea, concept, or object that you are curious about and ask your question. Then, invite your body to either Lean In (meaning: yes I want more of that or I’m drawn to that, it’s okay to go there, it feels true) or Pulling Back (meaning: no that’s not good for me or I don’t want that, don’t go there, something is wrong or untrue).
5. Then, simply wait for your intuition (your gut) to signal you with its answer. Be patient. Receiving your answer can take as long as a second or a minute or two, depending on your ability to be fully present and clear in your request, and how much practice you have.
Leaning in means there’s something there to learn or to know that will lead you to a truth.
Pulling back means there’s something there that is repellant to your bodymind and intuitive knowing, an untruth, a lie or it’s simply not right for you at this time.
Standing in balance without leaning in or pushing away means your bodymind is neutral on the subject, it’s neither good or bad, positive or negative, true or untrue. It can also mean you have asked a question that is unclear or the answer isn’t a simple yes, no or neutral.
Everyone has their own unique and innate way of accessing, analyzing and interpreting information. Learning how to develop your intuition will significantly help you in learning to communicate with and understand animals and the world around you too.
This is why it’s so important to make a decision based on your intuition and not merely on your so called rational logical ego mind. Your gut knows more than your mind does about what you really need, what is good for you, and what isn’t.
It is definitely worth the investment of time and resources to learn to develop your intuition. It will help you make the best decisions for yourself, to access higher knowledge and extrasensory information, and can even help save your life.
**NOTE: Two programs that I highly recommend to strengthen your intuition are these:
1) Created by Lee Milteer, her program is called: Intuition, the New Common Sense. For more information please click HERE
2) Also, check out the course called Awaken Your Inner Guidance System. This course is part of the How to Talk to Animals, Beginning Core Foundations Home Study Course
Download my FREE Ebook Hidden Secrets to Communicating with Animals – just click on the picture below!
This article was previously published November 2, 2012, and was updated on August 29, 2023.
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