According to the dictionary, intuition is the perception of instant knowledge of a truth or idea without the participation of any reasoning. For many people, intuition is something slightly physical, a feeling in the stomach or a tingling sensation in any part of the body. For others, intuition is more sensory, an image that comes to mind repeatedly, a feeling that this is so unequivocal, or even a clear message in the conscious mind. It’s what we sometimes call the “sixth sense”.

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The problem is that, when one goes through life, as we all mortals on this planet do, always immersed in our thoughts, in our world of problems and worries, we normally ignore the compass that would usually guide us better. We do ask it for help, but we never listen or never want to pay attention to it.

And that intuition is a fascinating mechanism, a more than interesting tool that we use less than we should, and that mechanism could help us much more than it really helps us, for not using it.

Where does intuition really come from? Can we say that it is nothing more than the direct communication of our subconscious with our conscious mind?

Unfortunately there is still a lot of noise inside of us, too many thoughts generated by the ego and the analytical mind so constantly that it is impossible, in most cases, to distinguish them from anything else that can come from anywhere else. The mental chaos never stops, the mind can not stop thinking, analyzing and cataloging, and that is why almost 60,000 thoughts are generated daily in our mind (according to some scientific studies). How to find the message of our intuition in such a mess unless it comes encapsulated in a different way, has a special tone or a different way of being seen or coming out to the light?

How to develop intuition

If you want to make your intuition a mechanism that it’s more alive, you have to give it personality. Imagine it as what it can be, a direct voice from your subconscious that tries to convey something you need to know. You may not want to hear voices in your head, or maybe you’re afraid to hear them so people do not think you are crazy but nobody needs to know about that. Great historical figures have written in their biographies that the great decisions they have made in their lives have always been supported by a strong feeling that this was the right decision, or even that they felt or heard indications of which road to choose. Socrates said that he always had a voice that although it never told him what decision to make, always turned him away from those that were not convenient.

How can we improve this communication channel and reinforce that reception of information? Here I propose some simple exercises:

In a state of relaxation try to be aware of the impressions you receive through the senses and your inner feelings. It is about learning to pay attention to the sensations that we constantly receive and of which we ignore in our day to day. For example: I hear such sound, I perceive such aroma, such sensation, etc. Learn to notice everything that comes to you through your senses to give you more room to discover that possible communication of your subconscious.

Ask questions: Intuition is always at our service, and it is possible to ask all kinds of questions. Of course, the questions have to be concrete or the answer could be interpreted in several ways. In any case, intuition always answers and, above all, it gives us the answers that best serve and help us in every moment of our lives.

Get answers: Write several questions in different papers, and then, with your eyes closed, choose one at random. Immediately after, without giving rational thought time to interfere, repeat aloud everything you feel or perceive. It is important to record or have someone to write down what you say. The trick is to not silence anything that comes to mind. If it stays blank, you have to take a deep breath, concentrate on one of the sensations and let it carry us to other. Then analyze your impressions and try to find a meaning in them. Finally look at the chosen paper and discover the question to which you have answered. It is better not to know what is being answered when doing the exercise, so in this way the conscious mind will not block the process.

Interpret the messages: To decipher the meaning of your impressions, analyze them carefully. Find similarities between words and ask yourself what they mean to you. Use the association of ideas. If the intuition has been manifested by images or symbols, as in the visualization exercises, then try to find out what these mean to you, or become the symbol itself to see what you feel like.

Intuition, like everything, requires training and practice. In reality, it only requires attention and action according to its advice, as this reinforces the habit of listening to ourselves on a more internal and unconscious level where there are answers and knowledge that we do not have at our disposal in the agitated mind of our waking hours. It is the fact of recognizing the message and acting on it that sends back a signal of recognition to the subconscious that indicates that we are basically accepting this channel as an important way of receiving information.