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How to Develop Your Intuition

Updated on July 4, 2012

What is Intuition?

in·tu·i·tion/ˌint(y)o͞oˈiSHən/

Noun:

  1. The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  2. A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

Not too long ago, I lost a good friend. For several months, I noticed something changed. We were still emailing each other frequently and hanging out a few times each month. Still, something was different. After a night out with her, I would begin to feel anxious. I didn't know what it was but I tried to talk to a mutual friend about it.

"What? You are imagining it!" My friend said, "She loves you!" And that was what everyone thought. Until I got that email. She said she was ending our friendship and that her hatred for me has been building up. Many of her complaints were petty. "When you said 'Whatever' it was the last straw!" I had no idea what she was talking about, or where this was coming from. This was a side of her I had never seen. It was as if there was an unstable and erratic person underneath the sweet person we all knew.

The nagging feeling that something wasn't right between us was there for months. If only I could have talked to her, maybe it wouldn't have gotten to this point. We could have fixed this. I could have asked her if something about me was upsetting her, instead of ignoring this feeling. I could have saved myself from the hurt and guilt I felt when I read that email. I was perplexed and sad but I was also kicking myself. I saw this coming. I can't explain it, but I did.

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." -Albert Einstein

Listening to Your Gut

I learned my lesson and the lesson was to trust that feeling in your gut. It's a sense we have all had from time to time - sometimes it's dreadful, other times it's just a hunch. Perhaps you decided to take a different route than your usual one to work, only to find out a major accident happened on the road you normally take. Maybe you had a bad feeling about a person you just met and discovered later that you were right. Some people even claim to have known within minutes of meeting a person that that person would be Mr. or Ms. Right. It happens more often than many would like to believe.

This "hunch" has been called many things: intuition, instinct, an inner voice, a sixth sense or a 'gut feeling'. Everyone is intuitive. Most of us have been taught to repress our intuition. We are expected to use ration and logic when it comes to decision making. When we have a feeling about something that comes from out of the blue, we may chalk it up to paranoia or just plain silliness and discard the feeling.

This doesn't mean you should reject common sense. Using instinct together with reason is the key to making the best decisions in our day to day lives.

Tips to Enhancing Intuition

Some of us are highly sensitive and are naturally more intuitive than others are. That doesn't mean that you cannot improve your intuition. These techniques will improve your intuition and help you recognize that inner voice.

Meditation

Meditation is by far, the best way to improve your intuition. It quiets your mind and keeps you in the present moment. Intuition exists in the present moment while silence helps increase your awareness.

Journaling

Recording your thoughts will help you become more in touch with your feelings. You will begin to understand yourself better. Keep track of any hunches or coincidences you've noticed throughout your day.

Listen to Your Dreams

Our dreams are always trying to tell us something. Don't disregard a dream just because it seems silly, especially if the dream is one with a recurring theme. Learn about symbols and record your dreams in a journal.

In Conclusion....

By practicing these tips, you will become familiar with your inner voice. If you are someone who is usually quite rational, you may find yourself criticizing that feeling. Sometimes we squash our intuition before it can even fully come to us. Allow yourself to be open to your instincts and trust the feelings you have that come to you. It will also save you from the future "should of's" and "could of's"

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      fii 

      2 years ago

      it a new white and smooth road appeared and we were all relieved. I can say at the moment my relationship is something to write home about. Its shaky with more chaos than i can remember. can this be really connected

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Rich,

      Thanks for commenting. It's nice to meet another HSP. It is really hard to meet others in the real world. I think we are rare but I also think a lot of people hide their sensitivity to protect themselves. I know that I have to do that. It can get really uncomfortable when you are highly intuitive. I know that with me, I need my alone time, especially if I've been around a lot of people.

      I'm glad you commented and thank you for sharing my hub! Take care!

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      Richard J ONeill 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hello again Amymarie! :)

      From reading your profile and seeing the topics you write on, I am assured you most certainly are a hsp! I love meeting other hsps because it seems so hard to find them out in the real world. Don't you think?

      It seems as if we are hiding our trait in order to fit in with the rest of the world and that is sad. But online, and here on hubpages I meet quite a few who openly admit they are highly sensitive. Cool!

      This was an interesting read and I shared it on my facebook wall for all those who use or wish to use their intuition more.

      My intuition is highly developed, sometimes too much. It can get uncomfortable and end up with situations like you described above, then again, its also helpful.

      Peace to you!

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      Brianna W 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      What an interesting hub! I like these tips on how to improve your intuition. I often rely on mine and 90% of the time, it is spot on. Voted up!

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      Cynthia 

      6 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Voted up an awesome. Great hub. Very informative. I am usually regretful when I do not follow my intuition. I need to learn to trust it more.

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Intuition is one of life's greatest gifts -- and as you said we all have it to one degree or another. I've found, over many years, never to disregard an intuitive thought -- but I've also learned to apply a scale of reasoning to it to discern from whence it came and WHY that thought crossed my mind -- works for me. Exceptional Hub - thanks! Best/Sis

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      Lyria 

      6 years ago

      Good article. I rely on my intuition quite a bit. I've learned over the years to trust it although there are times I have misinterpreted it. This is a very interesting subject. I hope you write more about it!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Klarawieck,

      I agree with you about children, their intuition is amazing. It's too bad that as we grow up, we learn to suppress that part of us. Being a teacher must be extremely rewarding! Thank you for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed this article.

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      klarawieck 

      6 years ago

      Amymarie, this is sound advice that you're offering here. It's true that we tend to supress our intuition. That's why we should listen to children when they talk to us with an honesty that can only come from their spiritual existence. Their minds have not been corrupted by what we consider "reality." I have been a teacher for nine years and I can honestly say that working with children helps me ground my spirit and see things for their true spiritual value. It keeps me young.

      Thanks for this wonderful article.

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Myownlife4, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Glad you found this interesting!

      Hi Sparkster, I only came across that Einstein quote recently. I love it, so true! Thanks for your comment!

      Hi Mhatter99,

      Self confidence is a great quality to have. It gets you through so much! Thanks for reading!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hey there fpherj48! I always appreciate your comments!! I will read your hub on intuition and link it to mine as well. Keep me posted to when your Dream hub is finished. It's one of my favorite topics!! Thank you and yes great minds think alike!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      amymarie....thanks so much for this....the perfect link for me to add to my hub, "Intuition, Our Inner Mentor!" As I look further....I see that you and I are eerily on the same wave length......I am in mid-stream of my "Dream," hub!! Hmmmm......GREAT minds think alike??? lol!! UP++

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      myownlife 

      6 years ago from london

      Great information and quotation as an instance, both theories and practises can give us a lot of intuition as well that is true.

      Interesting.

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting hub, I've never heard that Einstein quote before but it's so true. You should always go with your intuition.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      good article. it is late in my life. I did not use intuition. rather, self confidence and people who believed did the rest

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