Pop quiz time!
Q: Is intuition a special gift, or does everyone have it?
We all have it! It's a sweet little extra feature that we all came into this world with.
Q: Do you have to be psychic to use your intuition?
In my opinion, we're all psychic to some degree or another, and "intuition" is just a less-scary word for sensing or knowing something with your latent clair-abilities. So to my understanding, if you use your intuition, you're psychic! But if you're definition differs, then no, you don't have to be "psychic" to use your intuition.
Q: If I use my intuition, will the outcome always be awesome?
"Always" is a strong word, and I caution against expecting every intuitive decision you make resulting in an immediate and clear "awesome" result. In reality, yes, most of the time you use your intuition you'll clearly be able to see that the result is favorable. But sometimes our intuition guides us to something that isn't immediately awesome! For example, your intuition might strongly steer you to apply for a certain job. But, lo and behold, you end up not getting the job.
So what's up with that? Was your intuition wrong?
Not necessarily. The preparation and interview may have been more helpful than you know in helping you clarify your goals, and get in a position for the job that's much better for you.
If there's one thing that I do know, it's that trusting your intuition and actively using it in daily life is imperative to developing it. Also, what better way to tap into the amazing and synchronistic threads of existence than by letting your Spirit (or your Guides) guide you?
Need some help embracing your natural abilities? Read on.
How to use your intuition...
Whether it's for Big Choices:
- Whether to stay in or leave a relationship, or career.
- Whether to take a trip, or stay home.
- Whether to buy a new car, or fix up the old one.
or Little Choices:
- Whether to buy a certain deck or crystal.
- Where to eat dinner.
- Whether to create X, or create Y, or follow some other line of inspiration.
The key is to pay attention to your personal, internal barometer.
First, think about a time that the thought of something made you feel light, happy, and excited. For example, maybe you had a really good feeling about going to a certain party, and it turned out that the party was excellent, and you met a great new friend there. Recall that feeling. That's your intuitive "yes."
Now, think about a time that the thought of something filled you with dread, made you feel heavy, and sparked a sense of dismay that you just couldn't shake. For example, maybe you applied to and attended a gradschool despite these warning signs, and it turned out that the whole adventure was a drain on your spirit, money, and time. A real wash. Total bummer. (Can you tell that this example is inspired by real life?) Recall that feeling. That's your intuitive "no."
Now, think about a choice that you need to make. If your internal barometer doesn't read heavily either to those "yes" feelings or those "no" feelings, then that doesn't mean your intuition isn't working. It just means that the particular decision doesn't hold much importance. Or, it might mean you're investing too much emotion into it, and not allowing your own Spirit to speak to you without that interference. Clear your mind, release expectation, and try again.
Or just buy the damn crystal and enjoy it, because it's shiny, and you like it, and you don't need more of a reason than that.
It takes practice to learn how to read your intuition, but it is exceptionally helpful if you keep a record for later reflection and validation.
Good luck, and happy intuiting!