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So, what is intuition anyway ?

Our intuition is our inner voice. It is unique to you.

Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs said, that it is “more powerful than intellect.”

Nearly everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that leads us to do something without telling us why or how. However, the nature of intuition has long eluded us and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and enquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

Sophy Burnham, best-selling author of The Art of Intuition, says “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”

The main thing that distinguishes intuitive people is that they listen to, rather than ignore, the guidance of their intuitions and gut feelings.

Everybody is connected to their intuition, but some people don’t pay attention to it as intuition. Have you ever just made a decision based on a gut feeling but logically you aren’t sure why you did?

Have you ever ignored your gut feeling and wished you hadn’t- I know I have.

The other day, my son was going to cycle to school as he normally does. I had a feeling that he shouldn’t as the weather was icy. I felt uneasy and had a heavy feeling in my stomach. As he left I asked his guardian angels to look after him. About 30 minutes later, he reappeared at home as he had fallen off his bike into the road and hurt his knee. He was very shaken up. If only, I had driven him to school. Luckily, that wasn’t too serious but it is an example of me ignoring my intuition.

If you’ve ever started feeling sick to your stomach, or tightness in your chest, when you knew something was wrong but couldn’t put your finger on what, you know that intuition can also cause physical sensations in the body.

So you might be wondering why you just don’t listen to your intuition or gut feelings all the time. The trouble is, we live in a busy world and we can’t always sense or feel our intuition and we absorb the energy of everything going on around us. Like anything, intuition needs to be developed as we lose the instinctual nature of it as we grow older and come up with reasons not to trust it. We can easily convince ourselves that our instinct is wrong.

Have you noticed how children rely on their gut feelings more easily as they haven’t learned the reasons why they shouldn’t? No-one has told them that they are silly, and they haven’t learned to overthink something with their logical mind.

I think that it’s necessary to spend some time on our own to really tune in. Ask yourself a question that you would like guidance on and see what your gut tells you. The more you practice this, the more you can be sure of your intuition in everyday life. I often ask for guidance, and I will get a feeling or sense of what I need to do next.

You have the power within you to find your true path – how exciting is that ?!!

Olwen Jennings

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