Everyone is intuitive to some degree.
We have so much information available to us all the time, but we just forget to pay attention.
Today we’ll discuss a few more ideas to help increase your awareness, and thus your intuition.
First, intuition is defined as:
- Immediate cognition. The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
- The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes.
- The power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.
Notice how the definitions explicitly eliminate rational thought from the equation.
When we can be purely aware, without interference of the rational process either to figure out what something means or to rationalize why it can’t possibly mean what it feels like it means, our intuition flows freely.
And if you combine that with becoming more deliberately aware, your intuition goes through the roof – literally!
3 Tips to Increase Your Intuition
Here are some ways you can deliberately increase your awareness and thus your intuition.
1. Be Aware Both Deeply and Broadly.
a. Focusing provides the depth.
If you want to get an impression of something in particular you would rest your attention easily on that thing (or person or situation) and see what you notice. Stay open to anything. You can ask yourself pointed questions about it.
In other words, probe.
Allow your attention to go more deeply than your normal senses might take you.
b. Opening provides the breadth.
To do this you can intentionally expand your awareness to the peripheries and beyond.
For example, as it relates to sight, let your eyes rest on the wall (or area) in front of you and see what you might notice literally in your peripheral vision. (Remember Eagle Eyes?)
Here again, notice what you are physically seeing but also let yourself see with your mind’s eye. Do some areas seem “dark”? Especially lively? Icky? Attractive? Are any calling for your attention in some way? Notice all these things.
While practicing both of these, have confidence in your experience and above all, don’t judge it. Just notice it for now.
These perceptions are packed with information and making them conscious will help allow them to reveal themselves purely.
2. Open to Surprises
This can be practiced while you’re deliberately doing intuitive work, or even as you go about your day. (It helps to set it as an intention.)
Especially notice those quick little thoughts — and especially non sequiturs — that flit across your mind. They are often a message, and quite an obvious one.
3. Notice What You Notice!
This one can be powerful.
There is usually a good reason for you to notice one thing over another. It’s not always so apparent at the time, but if you make a note of these things, it’s not uncommon to later realize that it was relevant to something going on in your life. If you can catch the relevance at the time, all the better. (Remember my story about the ravens? Like that!)
So these are a few simple ideas for easily expanding your awareness.
They can greatly enhance your intuitive awareness by opening new channels in your habitual modes of experiencing.
If you play around with these ideas and activities enough, you will likely notice some interesting and applicable things right away.
Do any or all of these tips call to you? Then play around with it/them.