Have you ever thought, "I know I should listen to my intuition, I just don't know how to hear it!"?
To be clear: we ALL all have access to our intuition, the wise inner voice within us that acts as our own personal GPS in life. She's your loving and most trusted adviser. In Soul Ablaze, I define this voice as your "true self", explaining that your true self is "the ever-present light within you. The very essence that is your wisest self. The most authentic you.
Your true self thrives on joy, abundance, spontaneity, and ease. Truth and unconditional love is the language she speaks. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been/ what you’ve done/ what’s happened in the past/ how much you’ve gone through/ how many missteps happened along the way, your true self accepts you for you, as you are."
But how do you actually HEAR its wisdom and guidance? Let's put it into action, today.
TRUSTING YOUR INtuition & connecting TO YOUR INner voice
When you practice stillness - quieting the mind and creating space between your thoughts - the voice of your heart gets louder. The heart is where your intuition lives and when you begin tapping into your heart, the easier it becomes for you to listen to your inner voice.
When I find myself running on auto-pilot, I feel drained and exhausted. I'm much more reactive and less responsive, everything suddenly seems urgent and dire. There's constant static of outside noise clouding my mind. I now know is a direct symptom of fear, jumping to worst case scenarios.
The beautiful thing is, at any given moment, you have the ability to breathe, shift back into your heart, and change your perspective - creating space to act from a place from love, towards others and yourself.
“THERE IS A UNIVERSAL, INTELLIGENT, LIFE FORCE THAT EXISTS WITHIN EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. IT RESIDES WITHIN EACH ONE OF USE AS A DEEP WISDOM, AN INNER KNOWING. WE CAN ACCESS THIS WONDERFUL SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM THROUGH OUR INTUITION, AN INNER SENSE THAT TELLS US WHAT FEELS RIGHT AND TRUE FOR US AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.” | SHAKTI GAWAIN
Is your knee-jerk reaction when it comes to decision-making to make a list of every option, listening the pros and cons, assessing and reassessing each piece of the equation? The mind likes to be in control of, well, everything. (Because if you can control everything, you'll be protected from failure, right?)
Your body is infinitely wiser than your mind. Notice your body's reactions, impulses, and cues.
Your intuition feels expansive, light, and free. Your heart is open, you feel softer, gentler, more responsive, compassionate, and loving. Things just click.
On the reverse, if something doesn't jive, your heart closes down. It feels constricting, heavy, and burdensome.
We're constantly going through the cycle of expansion and constriction and it's worth saying that sometimes we choose to close our hearts, blocking ourselves off from what we truly want. (I talk more about this in my free eBook, Soul Ablaze: Create Magic Every Day & Live With Intention.)
What I'm talking about here is your body giving you clear signs to choose a different path so you are living in alignment with your integrity and your truth.
The more you flex your intuition muscle, the easier it becomes to listen to your inner voice. (Tweet this!) Begin practicing by recognizing your feelings and making the conscious choice to tune into them by dropping your focus from your mind and into your heart.
When you're tuned into that space, you're connected to yourself, your inner voice and the energy that's always supporting you. When you trust that and live from that space, you begin an active creator in how you want to show up in the world.
When you live in a way that feels right to you, you become more and more aligned with your true self, and that's when you start living your life in a more honest and authentic way.
That's when magic happens.
You have the desire to deepen the connection with your inner voice, but are wondering, "Where the hell do I start?!" I've created a guide with 14 journal prompts designed to inspire radical self-exploration to get you started. Plus, it's free!
Hit me up in the comments: do you find it easy or hard to connect with your inner voice? Is there anything you're yearning to know more about when it comes to listening to your intuition?