Have you ever had a gut feeling, and then you went against it? Think about those times when you were driving and you knew not to take a certain route, but you did anyway and ended up stuck in traffic. This is an instance when you didn’t listen to your intuition. Sometimes the consequences of ignoring our sixth sense can have even more dire consequences.
Why Listening To Your Intuition Is Crucial
In our culture, we don’t quite give the power of intuition its proper due. Of course, learning as much as you can about how to reach a goal leads towards success. However, there are other sources of intelligence within us that we tend to ignore. It’s the inherent wisdom of our spiritual nature that we should come to rely on. It’s deeper, instinctive, and more intuitive than simply thinking.
Intuition generally comes to us in feeling rather than logic. When a woman thinks “This guy gives me the creeps”, it usually pays for her to listen to her intuition. In the same way, when someone refuses to go along with the crowd, they are relying on something more than what the world praises as “smart” or intelligent.
Ask any really successful person, and they will tell you success comes as much from intuition as from the brain. How many millionaires do you think go along with the crowd, or listen to the “conventional wisdom” that everybody else is following toward sameness? If you’re not utilizing this incredibly powerful inner guidance system that is at your service 24-7, you might as well be going through life with one hand tied behind your back. Don’t do this to yourself. Instead, learn to listen to your intuition.
Maintain A Positive Mindset To Overcome Self-Doubt
The key is to quiet your mind when you are struggling with any thoughts of self-doubt. Meditation helps to focus the mind. Even trying to be really present in the moment without labeling things as good or bad, right or wrong can be helpful. Once the mind is quiet, wisdom can finally have its say.
You’ve probably experienced this unexplainable phenomenon when you were trying to remember something but couldn’t. Finally, you stopped trying to “figure it out” and later on, out of the blue, the answer popped into your head.
Your spirit knows what’s right for you. It knows what directions you need to take for your highest good and the good of others. The mind is an awesome tool that needs to be used, but it pales in comparison to the inner wisdom of your intuition. Trust in yourself. Trust in the Universe. Open up to your higher guidance, and have the courage to follow this guidance, even if it seems to defy logic, which is usually the case.
Exercise: Think of a time in your life where you listened to your intuition
- Did you doubt yourself at first?
- Did it prove to be the correct response?
- What can you do to listen to your inner central spirit?
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This article has been updated for relevancy and accuracy. It’s original publish date was 05/21/10.