Flutter your third eye, it’s time to tune into your gut instincts. Relationship therapist and author Tamra Mercieca takes a look at how to sharpen your intuition.
Let go of any preconceived ideas surrounding what you may already believe intuition to be. Intuition is no different from our other five senses; seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. Learning how to use this undervalued natural ability is like getting on a bike for the first time; all it takes is patience and practise.
Firstly, let’s get clear on what intuition is: gut hunches, sudden flashes of insight, powerful feelings, an undeniable knowing, subtle or electric physical sensations that run through your body, telling you that something is or isn’t right, even though your rationale may suggest otherwise. What it is not: intellectual mind crunching, crystal-ball gazing, or something utterly mysterious.
Intuition is your gut instinct or that time you walked into a room and thought ‘you could cut the atmosphere with a knife’ despite having no factual information to back up that thought. When used correctly it is your most accurate inner radar system, continually scanning your inner and outer environments, sending back messages.
Everyone has this powerful ‘inner software’ that is able to scan, assess, make sense of and obtain the ‘bottom line’ of any situation, issue or condition you may be facing! However, most of us are walking around with this valuable ‘software’ intact, with no clue on how to use it. Discovering that innate ability can be similar to rediscovering lost information, clarifying unknown or predicting outcomes.
If you repress or ignore it, it’s like you’re getting around with blinkers on. Your intuition is there to help and guide you to make the right decisions. The secret is in learning to trust your initial feelings. After you do this for a period of time it will become second nature. Remember though, that is doesn’t always make sense.
As Albert Einstein stated, “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”