You have got psychic energy that manifests in intuition but might not know how to tap into your intuition and sharpen your connection with nature.
You have a subtle but effective psychic ability to know and figure things out, like predicting how a game might turn out, picking up the dangerous energy of a place, or a dream of what might happen in the near future.
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We might not be surprised that we figure things out without applied thought, it however staggers the imagination that this latent intuitive system helps us make decisions and navigate life.
In this article, we are going to explore how to tap into your intuition and everything surrounding it.
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What is intuition?
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Intuition is a psychic energy in your mind that makes you understand something without the need for conscious thought.
It’s that subtle voice that tells you to look your right, and you see someone staring eerily at you.
It’s the same energy that makes you have the feeling that you are being watched or stalked.
It involves unconscious emotionally charged processes that help us take decisions quickly.
Don’t worry, ‘psychic’ might sound eerie, word, but it only means you have high mental energy which comes and go depending on the environment and state of mind.
But with understanding and practice, you can know how to tap into your intuition without taking any enhancements or being overly spiritual.
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We live in a fear-prone society we constantly want to control life and be safe. Uncertainty is our greatest anxiety we are apprehensive about things going wrong.
We do everything we can to stay safe away from the perceived disaster. This is not a fun way to live as it culminates in stress and a breakdown of health.
Intuition is handy enough to protect us to an extent. An inbuilt, inner-knowing cue giver and leader that comes just in time.
The word ‘intuition’ originated from the Latin term intueri, which means “to learn from within.
Many various terms are used to describe intuition, including gut feeling, inner voice, sixth sense, and instinct.
Though there are differences between these terms, they are used interchangeably in this post and will be treated in subsequent posts.
Before understanding how to tap into your intuition, you should know how intuition works.
How does intuition work?
You were made to be in harmony with nature because every happiness and good life emanates from it. The only thing required of you is to respect and love which is the golden rule.
Intuition also shows that one is in tune with the infinite as he or she exercises the powers that is bestowed to the human that understands harmony with nature.
This is why it is important to know how to tap into your intuition.
Intuition works by connecting or recognizing the patterns made by our experiences and keeping or indexing them for reference.
When we need to make a quick decision on things, like whether something feels good, bad, right, or whether something is fake; our intuition searches the index of our experiences and brings out the best result that matches.
This happens not in our analytical mind, but in the subconscious and we are only aware of it when we have to make the choice.
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It bridges the gap between our conscious and subconscious minds and acts independently to communicate and give us clues, especially in immediate situations.
Intuition is congenital just like instincts but more intellectual than reptilian and so we have all had the experience as intuition is our most complete intellect.
Unfortunately, intuition is not regarded by the majority of us, and its power is dismissed by people who do not understand it.
Or should I say, it is so elusive and ungraspable that we don’t know how to explain or even gauge it? Regardless, it doesn’t stop us from striving to tap into our intuition.
Intuition, the subtle leader
I call intuition a subtle leader because it guides and prods us by giving clues on how to go about issues, we are lost at.
It is an internal rudder inherent in every human which takes center stage when rational thinking is at bay or incompetent.
Actually, intuition is a more complex sort of knowing that is extremely swift in delivering its message.
It is likened to a very fast computer system that analyses situations and delivers the most relevant result in seconds from an indexed or quickly processed knowledge bank.
As long as we live, so does our intuition, instinctive and without thought. It is constantly analyzing a tremendous amount of information, including all the intricate subtleties and minute distinctions we could never have deliberately organized.
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The outcomes come to us as sudden insight or comprehension when we need them, seemingly out of nowhere. The word ‘intuition’ originated from the Latin term intueri, which means “to learn from within.
Many various terms are used to describe intuition, including gut feeling, inner voice, sixth sense, and instinct.
Though there are differences between these terms, they are used interchangeably in this post.
But with deliberateness and conscious practice, you can get a grip on it and become an intuitive person and live a deliberate and careful life.
Intuition and science
However, intuition does not show any traces in the brain which makes it difficult for science at the moment, being intuitive involves mastered responses that don’t have anything to do with deliberate actions.
With deliberate training, one can rely on intuition for every decision and would not be disappointed.
However, intuition is not without error as the situation might be difficult sometimes and it would look like guesswork.
But even well-thought-out rational planning by the best intellectuals does have errors.
Our ability to rely on and be led by our intuition or analytical minds to make decisions depends on an array of factors like previous similar situations and the complexity of the situation at hand.
What research has to say about intuition
The ability of humans to make reasonable decisions without much thinking effort is astonishing even to philosophers including scientists as recorded in medieval times.
But intuition is tricky to scientists because it’s ungraspable and so they are tempted to argue that it does not exist because of lack of gaugable evidence.
In an article first published online by Sage Journal, the research team of psychological scientists including Galang Lufityanto, Chris Donkin, and Joel Pearson.
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They argue that people use the word intuition to paint a picture of mere feelings they experience during decision making which don’t provide substantial evidence.
They agreed however that it was the first-time strong evidence is established in favour of intuition.
They were able to measure intuition and according to Pearson, it could be a breakthrough for many fields including workplace, questionnaires, and engineering as it can be measured scientifically.
Signs of intuition
All humans are supposed to be intuitive as it is an inbuilt trait of humans. Here are some of the signs you are actually intuitive:
1. Picking up people’s emotions
When you are highly intuitive, you unconsciously tune into other people’s emotions and know how they are feeling.
We all have this skill but we seldom notice or even acknowledge it. Some of us tap into people’s feelings by paying attention to facial expressions and body language, while others just know by a deep-rooted intuition.
Picking up people’s emotions makes you protect yourself from negative energies coming from other people.
You either withdraw or know how best to approach them in any situation. Most of all you are armed for whatever eventualities.
2. Remembering dreams
A lot of people have difficulties remembering or replaying their dreams in their heads. They are sure they had a very interesting dream but frustrated trying to remember.
When you remember your dreams vividly, you are tapping into your intuition and the universe is reciprocating.
3. When your dreams come true
When you have dreams and they come true, you are tapping well into your intuition.
You must have heard people say they are scared of their dreams because they come true.
Dreams are ways through which the universe communicates with us. It warns us or brings out attention to issues we should attend to urgently.
4. You’re very perceptive
Perceptiveness is a good sign of intuition. It is when you are insightful and can understand situations without prior information.
For instance, you might come across someone whom everyone speaks well of but you perceive otherwise.
This means you can see through the charm, charisma, and goodness of others. You can decode the intent behind actions even before they happen.
5. You have very important thoughts randomly drop into your mind
Another sign of intuition is having solutions to problems drop into your mind as thoughts.
One thing that is significant is how this thought is the perfect solution to the problem.
We mostly make nothing out of this quirk, but it’s your intuition passing an important message across to you.
6. Everything around you are a medium for messages by nature
Nature uses every medium available to pass a message to you if you tap into your intuition.
Trees, objects, clouds, wind, lights and anything at all available are used to pass messages across to people by nature.
You might see a shape in the cloud that brings your attention to something you need to attend to or think about.
7. You have a special affinity for nature
People who tap into their intuition have this sign of always loving and wanting to be in nature.
You want to hear the birds chirp, you want to watch the animals, you crave the beach and love to eat fresh foods from the farm.
All the time I drag the tv remote with my wife because I always want to be on the NatGeoWild channel because I love to watch animals in their natural habitat.
Having this affinity to nature is a sign of one who has tapped into their intuition.
8. Nature gets your attention by synchronicity
Synchronicity is the occurrence of unexplainable meaningful coincidences that are the same or closely related.
It might come as repeated thoughts, having thought of an animal and seeing it almost immediately either on the Tv or in real life.
It can come as numbers on your watch. You might want to look up the time and you see, 11:11, 22:22, 10:10 etc. This might happen so frequently that you want to give it a thought.
Here are a few of the ways in which you might experience your intuition:
- A racing heartbeat that seems to come without a reason
- Unexplained knowledge
- Having profound clarity in a situation
- Your instincts being clear on and straightforward
- A gentle voice in your head telling you things regarding your situation
- A thought that keeps coming back
- Goosebumps washing over your body
- Sudden shivers
- A tightening of knotting in the chest
How to tap into your intuition
We all have the intuition facility in us. While some are latent and untapped, some are active and utilized.
Regardless, it is always there to guide and protect us while helping us develop according to our environments and society.
Though societal and developmental pressure – the bustling and busy life in the world seems to have relegated intuition, it is still there, however, patient and abiding to help.
Here are a few ways to develop intuition:
1. Live in the now
Intuition is more active and remains so when you are not distracted by your past or the future.
Past experiences that were not generous to you might trigger ill feelings that shut out intuitive processes.
Also, anxiety or apprehension over the future and the uncertainties that surround life will not be good for intuition to thrive.
Concentrating on how to improve at the moment is a good way to help your intuition help you.
2. Get rid of fear
Fear is a killer emotion for intuition. Though it is necessary for the flight or fight situation, it has its negative energy signature all over the place.
When frightened, the human mind seldom thinks rationally which gives room for emotional hijacking or the reptilian brain to take over.
That’s not all it does. Fear also makes the subconscious mind override the loud signals coming from intuition.
Being bold and knowledgeable enough about your life will put fear away. Challenges are inevitable, and we must face them.
Being fearful allows all kinds of intuition-impeding factors to come into the picture.
3. Fight depression by all means
Depression is a very low energy that affects many people. Some as a result of uncertainties and unfavourable life situations.
When depression is around, creativity and motivation which are essential for intuition fly out of the window.
An environment of excitement and equilibrium is crucial for intuition to be in full gear.
4. Be conscious of your five senses
Our five senses (eyes, nose, tongue, ears, skin) are for sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, (surface temperature, and pain) respectively.
These five sense organs feed the mind the data with which to process and serve intuition.
These five organs are the origin of experiences from which patterns in our lives begin to emerge.
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It is through these patterns that our intuition forms a complex web of information to produce results necessary for decision-making.
Making use of our conscious five senses helps us tap into our ever-powerful intuition.
5. Be attentive to your dreams
A dream is a powerful tool for humans to have insight into their lives and form meaning for actionable steps.
Dreams have a lot to do with intuition and the subconscious mind. When our rational mind is so dominant it does not allow the subconscious mind to act.
The subconscious goes through dreams when our rational or cognitive mind is asleep to pass its messages.
Pay attention to dreams that correlate or coincide with problems or challenges.
6. Meditate often
Many people think meditation is a form of spiritual exercise that involves invoking one god from one coven.
It is actually a mental exercise that trains your mind just as physical exercises train your body.
It gives you a sense of decorum, peace, and balance which is good for both your emotional and overall well-being.
Meditation is used to relax, cope with stress, and create and maintain inner peace which has eluded many people.
Because intuition thrives in a calm and serene mind, meditation becomes even crucial for its success.
7. Be creative
Creativity has a way of stimulating the mind and stretching it from all angles in search of a better way to do something.
Since intuition is all about solutions and decisions, it’s a perfect ground for it.
If you are not solving problems or creating things, you might not have much need for intuition.
Of course, every living human should be engaged in one form of creativity or another.
8. Try clairvoyance
Clairvoyance is the act of knowing or getting a glimpse of what will happen in the future.
Sometimes we predict rain, death or other life happenings because we got the feeling somehow.
However, clairvoyance is not actually all about spirituality. One can predict the future with patterns of experiences and gauging data available to make complex but accurate predictions of the future. But not without the sprinkles of intuition.
9. Trust your gut feeling
Gut feeling is the strange or maybe familiar feeling we have at the core of our stomach that coincides with a crucial situation.
We feel something uncurling or adjusting in our stomach with other accompanying physiological changes like sweat or fast heartbeats.
This is our gut alerting us that something is amiss and we should take a decision.
Paying attention to your gut feeling is a good skill that you should master if you are looking for how to tap into your intuition.
10. Make out time to spend time in nature
The bustling and fast-paced life of the average human in this age of the internet and social media makes it hard for us to have time with nature.
In fact, it seems nature has been silently relegated to the prehistoric era. Everyone seems too preoccupied with whatever it is that keeps them busy.
Spending time in nature by going to serene places with trees, birds, waters, and less technology has a calming effect on our psyche.
It tends to erase all of the stress and tension in our lives, bringing us closer to our original nature. More like resetting and refreshing our lives to the default.
This is the gateway to having your intuition active and very close to your chest.
Be confident in spending time with yourself. Enjoy your own company and reflect on your life.
Introverts are experts in solitude and they harness the benefits therein. You might not be an introvert, but it’s necessary to have a routine of having time with yourself and tapping into the wealth of intuition.
When you do this often, you find out how fulfilling it is to look deep and find ways to chart the course of your life through intuition.
12. Record your experiences
My father used to keep records of every major occurrence in his life and even small happenings that triggered his record-keeping bot.
When I read through his diaries, I am awash with feelings of amazement and I feel I was present.
Keeping diaries will make your memories more alive than just remembering them. Of course, you can’t remember everything.
When you write them, you put a kind of energy in both the ink and paper.
Energies that would conspire with the spirit of events to retain almost the same energy after many years.
When you come back to see these diaries, you have goosebumps and lost in thought, exercising the mind and creating a new path for intuition when you experience a similar situation again.
13. Be in control of your rational mind
Your rational mind is always pushy and wants to dominate. It’s driven by emotions which get its data from the five senses.
The rational mind always wants to be pleased; it wants to be satiated without consideration. It is the alpha male of the mind.
It needs to be tamed on a leash before it overdrives you into a rut. Vetting every of its suggestion and withholding or delaying action on your emotions could be the only way to put your rational mind on a leash.
When you control your emotions, you control your life and invite intuition to take a big position.
14. Don’t be resistant
There are some of us humans who are adamant and fixed on the old ways of doing things.
When we are used to a particular way of life, or of doing things, we stick to it whether it works or not.
This is mostly due to fear of the unknown. Being too comfortable with the status quo that we fear leaving our comfort zone because we might face the worse.
Be receptive to change, be dynamic, and be flexible with the flow. Every new situation presents a wealth of opportunities for intuition.
15. Read books on intuition
There is nothing in life that cannot be better at by learning. If you are curious and looking for ways to tap into your intuition, read more books on the subject.
16. Recognize synchronicity
Synchronicity is the unexplained synchronization of events, numbers, thoughts, and objects in your life.
When you see unexplained coincidences, acknowledge them and give them a thought.
For instance, thinking about someone for something and seeing them or their call in a short while.
When you continue to see twin numbers align on your phone, watch etc., recognize them and know the universe is passing a message.
17. Take action on your dreams
If your dreams do come through, especially bad dreams, it could be a sign to avert such when you dream. You should take the necessary steps to avoid such.
In a situation where you are trying to make a decision, visualize different scenarios to know which one feels right.
This might be difficult initially, but when you keep at it, you will become more attuned to being correct.
Importance of intuition
Intuition is very important, just that we take it for granted. It helps us avoid negative situations by alerting us or even standing in the way of harm against us.
Here are some of the benefits we get from being intuitive:
1. It makes us learn from the past
2. We feel more and think less
3. Helps us align with our values
4. It gives us clue to how things might look in the future
5. It helps us to make crucial decisions
6. It processes huge amounts of data in a little amount of time
7. Helps us find simpler ways of doing things
8. Makes creativity effortless
9. Learns on our behalf
10. Saves you from negative energies and situations
Types of intuition
There are mainly four types of intuition as described below, however, there are other forms too which will be discussed after these main types.
Claircognizance intuition is knowing through inspiration or whatever means that is not learning-based.
Simply put, you know something that you don’t know how or why you know it and it usually vanishes within a few seconds.
A quiet place where you are relaxed and not distracted triggers this intuition and follows a pattern of solving a problem that has been impressed in your subconscious mind long enough.
Claircognizant people who have to understand themselves carry notepads to write down the inspirations that cross their minds as they could forget almost immediately.
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When you have this kind of intuition, you ask yourself most times where you knew something from. You describe things as being familiar.
Providence impresses truths on your mind out of the blue to help others or make things easy.
Claircognizance is a special skill because it is practical and you stand out among your peers as a special person.
We might sometimes call it inspiration, but this is intuition at work.
How to develop claircognizance intuition
Developing claircognizance is writing down your ideas immediately. Also, having it as a routine to find a quiet place to relax will help develop this intuition quicker.
It may take some time to relax properly in the early stages but with time, you will relax more quickly and the ideas coming.
Clairaudience intuition is the ability to hear extrasensory sounds in our heads, sometimes as a warning when we are about to be in danger.
We might hear the word, don’t!; when we are about to engage in an activity and we pause for a second to be sure we heard something.
We might thank intuition later if we obeyed it because there was a tragedy.
That inner voice is our guide or what people can call guardian angel.
The voice is straightforward with its messages and usually quick.
Clairaudience is usually used by your higher self to communicate with you, especially in moments of crisis.
How to develop clairaudience intuition
To develop this intuition, the key is to focus on one particular sound for a few minutes. It means isolating that sound and hearing it for as long as 10 minutes and focusing on another.
For instance, listening to music and being able to hear only one sound at a time.
This exercise will improve you clairaudience because it will teach you to detect the subtlest of sounds and their differences.
This is the most rational of all the types of intuition. Clairsentients are able to feel other people’s feelings and energy.
This is the type of intuition that has the ability to understand emotional energy that cannot be perceived by the five sense organs.
Clairsentience intuition has to do with feelings. People who are clairsentient are intuitive through feelings and their interpretation.
They can feel the energy of different places and know if they can stay or not.
The two traits of clairsentient are:
• They can know people’s energy by conversation and avoid negative energies.
• They try to help people because they are sensitive to their feelings. They are mostly empaths.
Gut feeling is a good example of clairsentient intuition. It comes as something uncurls in the stomach when there is a situation they should be vigilant about.
Most times the feeling is physiological and is very obvious to the person experiencing it.
Goosebumps, hot sweat, shivers, headache, swallowing hard and feeling empathetic are all examples of clairsentient intuition.
Sometimes we feel the same pain people feel because we have connected with them through clairsentience intuition without consciously being aware of it.
This manifests through crying because of other people’s predicaments whom we might not even know.
Because clairsentient intuition is mostly physical, it is sometimes discomforting and can make a person isolate him or herself.
Developing clairsentient intuition
You can develop your clairsentient intuition by leaning in on your empathy and not suppressing it.
Sometimes it might be embarrassing to let out our vulnerability because of what people might say.
But it is more rewarding to let it out and have the freedom it brings than to suppress it and let the guilt haunt us for the next few days.
Clairvoyant intuition is the psychic ability to see images or actions in the future which are beyond the natural sensory manifestation.
Seeing symbols, and numbers that are otherwise not visible to others is clairvoyance and is connected to the third eye.
This intuition usually comes in metaphor and needs some kind of interpretation.
There are visual humans who are able to understand better through images or graphics.
This type of person has vivid dreams and sees the future or past in clear visions.
Being clairvoyantly intuitive also means you are psychic.
Clairvoyant intuition makes you see images in your thoughts or images which can also appear in reality in the future.
For instance, you might visualize a car falling off a bridge in a horrifying fashion, and in a few days’ time, it happens.
When this becomes a pattern, you can avert accidents and save people.
If you are in love, you might see yourself in a beautifully scented garden with roses with your partner.
You see images that correlate with the emotions you are experiencing.
Most armature-intuitive clairvoyants might be shocked to see their dreams or visualization replicated in real life.
Developing clairvoyant intuition
The most effective way to develop this intuition is by practicing meditation which slows down the rational mind and lets the subconscious come through.
Learning how to tap into your intuition is a necessary skill every human should master as it helps us to become more self-aware and better preserve ourselves.
Some think deliberately sharpening intuition is being unnecessarily psychic, but nature has given us all these for us to use and better ourselves.
Instead of being suspicious and avoiding, intuition, we should embrace, explore and find better ways to tap into it for our own good.
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