by Jayaram V
Intuition is the ability to know or feel automatically
or instinctually what is going to happen or what may be necessary
or appropriate or the right solution in a given situation. It is
a kind of premonition, a gut feeling or a hunch, which lets you
know exactly how things are shaping out or in what direction you
In intuition you do not deliberately use reason and analysis.
They probably happen in the background without your active involvement.
What you get from your intuition is usually the end result or the
final conclusion. But how do you know that your intuition is going
to work and that it is not a mere guesswork?
There is no real answer to this. Only time will tell whether
your intuition was right or wrong. One fundamental truth about intuition
is that you cannot force it to happen. It happens most of the time
on its own, without any expectation.
If you have a strong ego, very likely you may not be able to
think intuitively. You may force yourself to think intelligently
through hard work and discipline. But you cannot do the same in
case of intuition.
You can however let intuition arise on its own in your heart
and mind. You can to do it by cultivating a passive, mindful, nonjudgmental
and detached awareness and by not interfering with your thoughts
with a rigid mindset.
You should allow your intuitive mind to express itself by developing
sensitivity and inner tranquility. The following factors improve
or enhance your intuition and help you receive hunches and gut feelings
more frequently from your intuitive mind.
1. Be sensitive to your thoughts, feelings,
2. Pay attention. Be mindful of what is happening
in your mind and body because intuition may arise in you as a bodily
sensation, gut feeling or vague thought.
3. Stay calm. Let your mind remain calm and
composed and free from disturbances. If are anxious, disturbed,
or agitated, you will lose touch with your intuitive mind and remain
4. Stay in the present and keep yourself
fully awake and alert. A keen sense of observation is very essential
for intuitive thought to arise.
5. Listen attentively. When you listen to people
actively, you will allow your mind to draw its own conclusions about
the verbal and nonverbal clues coming from people and think intuitively.
6. Feel empathy and compassion for others. You
are sensitive and intuitive to the extent you empathize with others
and feel for them.
7. Practice detachment. If you are detached
you give a wider entrance to your intuitive mind to speak through
your wakeful mind.
8. Keep your mind empty. When you empty
your mind by forcibly interrupting your thoughts and feelings, you
allow other people's thoughts to reach you and your own intuition
to speak to you.
9. Be honest. Intuition is a higher faculty.
Its source is the higher intelligence, which functions well when
you are pure and when you are honest and truthful to yourself and
10. Feel oneness with the Universal Self. You
are an integral part of God's universal body. You may think yourself
a separate entity, but you are an inseparable part of the Supreme
Self and the Universal Mind. When you identify yourself with the
Universal Self, and feel connected to the Universal Mind, you intuition
11. Practice yoga and meditation. They purify
your mind and body and let you to experience peace and stability,
which are necessary to experience intuition.
12. Suspend your judgment. You are more intuitive
when you are free from judgment, prejudice, and preconceived notions.
Therefore stop being critical and judgmental.
13. Minimize your expectations. Don't anticipate.
Live in the present and flow with the flow of life.
14. Express gratitude whenever you receive help
from your intuition. If your intuition did not work as expected,
do not react with negativity.
15. Avoid the urge to control. Free your mind
from anxiety about your future and the urge to control your life
and destiny. Do what you can and leave the results to God, with
the understanding that while you can control your actions, you have
no control over the outcome of your actions.
16. Let go of your fears. If you are afraid,
nervous or depressed, your intuition will remain suppressed.
17. Slow down. In our fast paced lives, we miss
to notice many things which are important and which have a value
and relevance to our lives. Slow down, whenever possible, and take
a deeper look at yourself and your surroundings.
18. Maintain a journal to record and analyze
your intuitive experiences and know how you are making progress
with your intuitive sensitivity.
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