“Listen to your intuition.” “Follow your gut.” “Tap into your inner knowing.”
You’ve likely heard at least one of these sayings before, and yet, you may still be confused about what an intuitive hit actually feels like. Is it obvious? Subtle? Do you hear an inner voice speaking to you?
While everyone may experience their intuition a little differently, there are some clear signs that your intuition is trying to speak to you. And pssst...you should listen.
What is Intuition and Why Does it Matter?
Intuition is an inner knowing that can’t be explained by facts or conscious thoughts. It bridges the gap between your subconscious and conscious mind. Your intuition is a build-up of instincts and heightened senses, evident in instances when you experience a “gut feeling” or an “I just had a feeling about it” moment.
Ultimately, your intuition is your inner knowing. It is less “logical” and more “feeling.” When you trust it and learn to listen to it, it will not lead you astray. And you will no longer have to rely on outside opinions or answers because your answers come from within.
Your intuition allows you to sense dangerous situations or toxic people. It helps you make decisions for your work and personal life that support your greater good. It is there to guide you, but only if you are able to notice it.
5 Signs your Intuition is Trying to Speak to You
So, what are some signs your intuition is trying to speak to you? We will dive right on into that below.
1. You feel uneasy about a situation or decision.
This may surface as uneasiness in your stomach, tightness in your chest or a scattered mind.
If you are experiencing any of this, this may be a sign that your intuition is speaking to you.
2. You have recurring thoughts, ideas or inspiration.
When you continue to think about the same thing that excites you, or when you keep seeing inspiration in your daily life, even from unexpected places, follow it. This recurrence is a total sign that your intuition is present.
If you can’t shake off certain thoughts or desires, your intuition may be trying to speak to you.
3. You have moments of clarity when you slow down.
Your intuitive hits will be most obvious when you practice slowing down. When you give your brain a break from the non-stop stimuli of your day, through meditation or stillness, your intuition is able to have a voice.
This may come as aha moments, clarity hits or brilliant ideas. Have you ever had an epic moment of clarity in the shower or on a walk in nature? This is another example of how your intuition may be trying to speak to you.
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4. You have lucid dreams.
Because your intuition is not your conscious, logical mind, your dreams are a brilliant way for it to communicate.
If you’ve been having graphic, detailed, even “out there” dreams, your intuition may be trying to speak to you. Dream analysis can be overwhelming, but perhaps you can start writing down your dreams (including your feelings in the dreams) to gain some insight into what your intuition may be trying to tell you.
5. You feel confident in a decision that is not logical.
Have you ever made a decision that no one else understood, but you knew that it was the right choice for you? This is a sign that your intuition spoke, and you listened.
Remember that your intuition, by nature, is not logical. It is separate from your ego or protective instincts. So, if you feel called (and excited) to leave a secure job, travel solo, leave a relationship, start a new side gig or go back to school - even when no one else understands, this may be your intuition trying to speak to you.
These are the most common signs that you are ready to lean into your intuition. The greatest thing you can do to strengthen your intuition is to practice mindfulness and trust these five signs. Trust your intuition and trust yourself!
- You feel uneasy about a situation or decision.
- You have recurring thoughts, ideas, or inspiration.
- You have moments of clarity when you slow down.
- You have lucid dreams.
- You feel confident in a decision that is not logical.
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