In my previous post, Seven Ways to Help Yourself in the Midst of Soul Work, I suggested learning to connect to your intuition.
That is, I know, incredibly vague. This post contains some practical ideas for how you might go about this. Unfortunately they are also pretty vague.
The truth is, no one can tell you how to connect to your intuition. It is completely unique to you. There is no how-to guide. So take these as suggestions only, and if they don’t work, pitch ‘em.
1. Spend time alone.
Your “inner voice” is actually pretty quiet, so you’re going to need to spend time with yourself to learn to hear it.
Meditative movement is incredibly helpful. Anything that allows you to think at the same time will work. Here’s some ideas: yoga, taking walks, weightlifting, washing dishes, knitting or crocheting, driving, building or crafting, gardening, sweeping.
3. Activate the creative side of your brain.
This is an exercise in active listening (to yourself). Some ideas: free writing, doodling, drawing, painting, pulling tarot cards, dancing, writing poetry, designing a new anything – shirt, chair, exhaust system, sweater for your cat.
Anything that makes your logic brain sit in the passenger seat for a while will work.
4. Learn to suspend judgement.
My usual response to what my intuition tells me is: No. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. You have to learn to suspend judgement of your thoughts for a little while to see if the information is really as stupid as it sounds.
(Notice I said suspend, not get rid of entirely. You cannot make all your decisions based solely on intuition.)
5. Find a way to pull all the random snippets of information together.
Much of the information our intuition gathers seems scattered, unrelated, like finding pieces to a puzzle. Getting it all in one mental place makes it easier to see how they fit together.
For me, writing performs this function. For others, talking to someone does the same thing.
6. Create boundaries for your thoughts.
This may seem counterproductive, but everything needs boundaries, including your intuition. Letting it run rampant is just as destructive as letting your logic brain rule your life.
Just as I create space to listen to my intuition, there are also places where I ask it to take backseat (like at work). It’s still there if I need it, but I’m not distracted by random bits of information that may or may not be relevant at the time.
The goal here is to integrate two ways of processing information – logic brain and intuitive brain – not to tout one over the other. Logic brain tends to get lot of attention, so we’re left to our own devices to develop our intuition. These are ways I’ve been able to connect to mine.
Now I’m curious: How do you create space in your life to listen? What does it look like or feel like when you get information from your intuitive brain?