How to Listen to Your Intuition

How to Listen to Your Intuition

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In this article, I share two real-life examples that illustrate how to listen to your intuition. Specifically, how can we tell the difference between the voice of our mind vs. the voice of our intuition?

This article is a summary of the short video linked below. 

Practical Example #1 

I was on a cruise with my husband and we had booked an excursion in Jamaica. This excursion was advertised as a fancy VIP lunch at the beach. We went to the excursion meeting place to wait on the van that would drive us to the beach location. While we were waiting for the transportation to arrive and standing with a group of people, I started to feel this sick feeling in my belly. I started to feel like we should not go. That something wasn’t right. And I even said to my husband, “I don’t think we should go. I think we should skip this.” 

My husband is easygoing and he said, “Well, if you feel like we shouldn’t go, let’s not go.” But even though my gut told me something was not right, my mind kicked in and said, “But we’ve paid a hundred dollars it is to go to this lunch. Your husband is excited to see Jamaica and you don’t want to ruin that experience. You’re being irrational. You’re being silly. Just go to the beach!”

You can see the difference between my gut which has this yucky feeling about the situation but my mind starts questioning it and creating stories.  That is the difference between the voice of the intuition that you feel in your body (it doesn’t make sense) and the voice of the mind (grounded in logic and stories). 

So what was the outcome of that experience? We did end up going on this excursion and it ended up being a less than great experience. Luckily, nobody died. We didn’t get into a car accident. It was nothing like that, but when we got there, the facility was not what they said it would be, the service was not what they said it would be, the food was not what they said it would be, the restrooms were gross, and we were stuck there in this beach location until it was time to go back to the ship. 

My intuition/body knew that this was not going to be a good experience, but I didn’t listen to it. 

Practical Example #2 

My friend is currently in a long-distance relationship and will be moving in with her partner who lives a few states away. She was thinking to herself, “You know, I’m going to pack up some of my boxes, and every time I go visit him, I’m going to take a few boxes with me and I’ll just store them in his basement.”  

Right before her next trip, the voice of her intuition said, “Don’t take any boxes.”  And of course, her mind kicks in and says, “Why shouldn’t we take boxes? It makes complete sense for me to take boxes on this trip because it’s more efficient.” And then her mind becomes paranoid and creates stories saying, “Does this mean something about this relationship? Should I not move in with him? Is there something going on that I don’t know about? 

A few weeks passed, and she got her answer. Her significant other’s basement flooded due to heavy rains and everything in it was destroyed. At that point, she knew why the voice of her intuition was telling her to NOT take any boxes. If she had, all of her things would have been destroyed as well. 

She understands that when she DOES take her things up there, she should put her things in plastic tubs just in case that happens again. 

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