As a child, relying on my intuition was second nature. The sun was my watch, I knew what mood my mother was in by the sound of her footsteps, and could smell the rain before it came.
Yet as I grew older, I relied on it less and less. I educated my intuition away.
Now, as I stare my forties in the eye, it has become a priority to reclaim that powerful relationship with myself I had as a child.
How can I return to the awareness I once had?
First I must understand what I’m reclaiming.
How do you define intuition?
You might define intuition as a gut feeling, or leading with your heart, but it’s much more than that.
Ancient Polynesian navigators were able to map most of the Pacific Ocean without the use of tools. They used all five senses to gain knowledge of the waves, clouds and stars. The navigators were able to read the state of the ocean and traveled hundreds of miles on small canoes without getting lost.
Polynesians aren’t the only people to achieve extraordinary accomplishments without the use of tools or technology. Yet their story reveals 2 fundamental truths:
- How we relate to the world builds intuition.
- Intuition is an experiential intelligence.
More than 95% of your brain doesn’t use language. It relies on data collected from your 5 senses. All that information is translated into language and emotions for us to plan and take action. In other words, the majority of our brain is used to relate and understand the world while less than 5% is used to manipulate it.
Yet, we spend the majority of our bran power to manipulate our world.
No wonder we are overstressed, burned out, and in a hurry.
If you want to use more of your brain power, strengthening your intuition is the answer.
How can you become more intuitive?
Building intuition requires being fully aware of your environment and self awareness. Here are 4 daily exercises to improve your 6th sense.
- Reflect on your emotional state. Understanding what triggers certain emotions will help to improve self awareness, control reactions, and become more proactive.
- Breath deeper. It may sound too simple to be true, but most people take shallow breathes. Breathing deeper will give the body more oxygen, keeping you calm, and relaxed. This will make it much easier to slow down, be observant and notice patterns.
- Take in your surroundings. What does it smell, touch, taste, sound, look, feel like today? Asking yourself these questions daily will help you become in tune with yourself, and your environment. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll notice patterns will start to emerge and you’ll be able to tell if something’s off.
- Go for a walk. Fresh air does the mind good. Experience beauty of nature and slow down.
Intuition is an internal compass that help us make sense of the world. It grounds us, keep us safe, and bonds us to each other. Strengthen your intuition and watch a new world unfold before you!