How do you develop your intuition? What is intuition?
It has been described as “feeling” or a “hunch” or maybe it’s just an inclination to do something. It could be a “sense” of something or an urge. It’s lots of things but hard to define. How do you strengthen it? Are you born with it or without it?
Intuition is about learning to listen to the “little small voice” within (although it may not be something that can be thought of worded thoughts in your mind at all). Intuition is knowing when something seems “right” or “good” or “appropriate” or when it “fits”.
Yes, you can develop your intuition, very definitely. Doing so allows you to be more receptive, more aware, more able to perceive without effort in both a broad general way and also in a very concise finite way, usually at the same time. You can try to think your way to this deeper “knowing” but it won’t work. It’s not about your intellect or your ability to reason. That’s a different facility altogether.
Intuitive skills come from stillness, from meditation, and from paying attention to both. It arises out of a seeking sensibility. If you are searching for something and you take the time to wait and to listen, somehow or other, when you are still, you will find the way, the path to take. Sometimes intuition knows what you don’t admit to yourself you know. It can sense when things are going wrong or going just the way they should. There is no substitute for intuition, so if you want to cultivate it, you have to work on developing it consistently for a while. You need to sit with your desire until you have a sense of what will help to bring you to the end result you are seeking.
Believe it or not, there are exercises one can do to get better at being intuitive. There are things you can practice just like you do when honing any other skill. The guidance that comes this way, on little kitten feet, has nothing whatsoever to do with the guys who were recently in the public eye claiming “Jesus told me to do this”. Hardly.
There is a wonderful interview with the glass masters who were commissioned by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly who was trained in Murano, Italy. He commissioned two masters from two different guilds who had never worked together create one large vase. The first master was famous for his vases but the second was famous for his “putti” or what we would call cherubs. They were going to do one vase with putti on it (unheard of at the time). When he interviewed the “putti” master and asked him, “Maestro, how do you know where to put the putti? In all of your other works, they have been perfectly positioned.” The Maestro’s reply was, “It’s easy. The glass always tells me where it wants to go.” My point exactly. His intuition was so strong, he “just knew”.
If you do not have such experiences, and many people do not, you are missing out on something wonderful.
Consider coming to my workshop at the Omega Institute on June 15-17. It’s called “Your Voice Is A Healing Tool”. You might have a really wonderful time discovering your vocal intuition.