6 Tips To Improve Your Intuition

Learning to follow our intuition and developing our intuitive skills is always a challenge. I've seen quite a few articles the last few weeks and I thought I'd put together a few of their suggestions. Hopefully at least one of them will help you. Several of them have already helped me.

Care2 suggests several ways to strengthen your intiution. Below they talk about how everyone can improve themselves in this area:

Everyone has intuitive potential – men and women. It is a natural talent that everyone possesses. It is not something special limited to only a few gifted individuals. As a child, you freely accessed your intuition. Unfortunately, over time you likely received negative feedback from your peers, teachers, or family. You likely began to doubt your intuitive voice and shut down this channel of information. The good news is that with a little patience and practice you can strengthen and hone your intuition to create a valuable guidance system.

The first and most important thing that you can do to develop your intuition is to acknowledge and honor the intuitive messages that you are currently getting. Your intuitive voice is still there, you just need to tune into it. Start paying attention to and trusting those little hunches or gut feelings that you have. If you did nothing more than start honoring your intuitive impulses, you would find a dramatic improvement in your intuitive abilities.

They go on to make 6 specific recommendations including this one:

Imagery – You can use imagery to help you access intuitive answers to your questions. Imagine yourself in a quiet place in nature, surrounded by beauty and wonder. Make this image as vivid as possible by using all of your senses. Spend a few moments simply enjoying this place in your mind’s eye. Then, imagine a treasure chest nearby. You feel excited as you approach the chest because you know that the answer to your question is inside. Take a deep breath and imagine yourself opening the treasure chest. Don’t try to control this, let your intuitive mind guide you. Trust that whatever is inside the chest is your answer. You might receive a very clear answer or you might get a symbol that doesn’t make logical sense to you. Either way, it is exactly what you need. Trust that if the answer is not clear right away, it will become clear over time. Over the next few days, be open to feelings, songs, conversations, or any synchronistic events. Be patient! If you become frustrated or try to force an answer, you will block the flow of intuition.

HarmoniousLiving discusses how drawing can help. First, a little background on the left vs. right hemispheres of the brain: 

The right-brain relies on nonverbal cues to process perceptions. It's good at tasks that require the ability to see similarities, to make connections, to understand how parts fit together as a whole, and to perceive overall patterns instantaneously. It is capable of drawing insights that come from non-linear, multi-dimensional mode of brain exercise. 

On the other hand, the left side of the brain excels at verbal, analytical, rational and logical tasks. It's the dominant buddy of the right-brain, taking over most of the brain's normal activities, especially when you are at serious work. It is the master of planning and systematic works. It has a penchant for using words to describe and define, figuring things out step by step, drawing conclusions based on facts and logic, and thinking in a linear way.

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If you want the right-brain, which is more creative and intuitive, to be involved more in your thinking process, you must create chances for it to participate. The trick is to present tasks in a way that discourage the left-brain, and hence create opportunities for the right-brain to demonstrate its capability.

And here's an exercise they layout to help make your right-brain more active and improve your intuition: 

One technique designed by Dr. Betty Edwards to develop subconscious intuitive power through drawing, is to draw with your non-dominant hand looking at images that are upside down.

The rationale is: This puts the left brain in a state of confusion so that it can't easily decipher shapes, loses its top-bottom orientation and is unable to attach labels and categorise them to match stored memories. This process creates an opportunity to integrate your right-brain and allows it to become dominant. When presented with a confusing image, the left-brain gives up and the right-brain takes over. 

There are many crystals and stones that can help with intuition. Here's a few:

• Amazonite - Opens the third eye for intuition

• Amythest - Opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts

• Azurite - Stimulates the third eye: Facilitates psychic development, spiritual guidance, and higher consciousness. Brings new perspectives and expands the mind.

Your 3rd Eye (6th chakra) is a key to your intuitive capabilites. The Energy Healing Site has 10 ways to balance your 3rd Chakra to bring out the most in your intuitive abilities. Here's 3 of them: 

- Keep a dream journal.

- Imagine your head as a balloon. Allow it to float to an upright position, positioning your ears directly over your shoulders. Do this often to train yourself to maintain good spinal alignment.

- Use the brow chakra essential oils of jasmine or vanilla. (Don't apply directly to skin.)

Practicing Stillness is the most important practice I have for improving my intuition. John Culbertson has a point on this: 

Be still. One of the most helpful ways to improve your intuition is to practice stillness. Doing so increases your entire connection with your surroundings and your intuitive abilities. To do this, find a quiet place and sit quietly. Pay attention to your natural breathing. Inhale, exhale, and unite with your breath. This allows you to “freeze” the mind of your persistent thoughts. Many things will come to mind while you’re in the middle of your concentration, simply slip these thoughts away and go back to reflection. Practicing this exercise and you will find yourself closer and closer to the universe. 

Donna Thompson makes several suggestions including these two on following your thoughts

Follow the first thought - When you listen to your inner knowing, it tends to be the first thing that comes to mind that is the intuitive response. Alternative thoughts that come through after that will be the logical mind coming in to give the rational or expected answer rather than the intuitive one. So trust the first thing that comes to mind. It may be an image or symbol rather than words. It's also important to point out, as I mentioned in the introduction, that intuition also comes from the "gut feeling" so you may just get a feeling to do something in particular or just a feeling of "yes" or "no". Imagine that you've asked which way to travel one day and you are coming up to the intersection where you can go one way or the other. As you get closer, you have the question in your mind and at the last minute you just "have to" to right - you feel pulled to do so. This is an intuitive response. 

Follow through - Now that you've received your intuitive response, follow it through and take notice of whether it was indeed the right move. This will provide your confirmation which will give you confidence and encourage you to keep asking and following the intuitive response. The more you do it, the more automatic it will become. 

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