Intuition is instinctively knowing or perceiving something before you have all the facts. Many people call it “that little voice at the back of my head”, “my gut feeling”, “my immediate response”.

Where does intuition come from? I believe that intuition comes from past experience that has been programmed into the brain. So over the years you learn a little bit from every experience you have, every situation you are in. Basically you are learning something every minute of the day. Your brain takes these experiences, be it something you see, eat, hear, feel or smell and stores them in different sectors within your brain. When you come up against a situation, your brain automatically finds this little something that it has stored away and matches it to your current situation, thus letting you “hear that little voice of warning”, “get that feeling in your gut”.

Now it’s not always easy to “hear that little voice”, you might even completely miss it! How do you listen for and recognise that voice? Well firstly your body, mind and spirit have to be aligned.

Your body

Your body is home to your mind and spirit and when your body is not functioning at it’s best, your mind and your spirit will not be functioning at it’s best either. Remember that what you put into your body, is what comes out as well. If you feed your body with nutritious healthy food, regular exercise and enough rest, your body will be at it’s best and so the energy you put into any activities will be your best. So how do you make sure you put the right things into your body:

  • Food – for one week, keep a list of what you are eating or drinking, so that at the end of the week you can understand and see the trend of how you are eating. Perhaps you crave sugar when you are stressed, this is certainly true for me, so instead of reaching for the bar of chocolate, reach for a sweet fruit that will give you the sugar your body is asking for.
  • Exercise – our bodies are made to move. So to keep the blood pumping through the veins and the organs doing best what they should, our bodies need to keep moving. Life these days is spent in front of a computer, at a desk, with little or no movement. Start one step at a time, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farthest from the entrance, take a walk and enjoy the benefits of nature instead of sitting on the couch watching a soapie.
  • Rest – 7 to 9 hours of sleep is optimal for adult humans. Sleep consists of a series of distinct cycles and stages that restore and refresh your body and mind. Even minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. If you want to feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. So commit to yourself to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

Your mind

Ideally, we should have a thought, consider it and let it go. However, this is not an ideal world. Yes, we do have such thoughts that we can benefit from and let them go but then there are those thoughts that come into our head and stay there. They work their way around our minds and like a tornado gain momentum and wreaking havoc in our minds. The reason we cannot get rid of these thoughts is a little something called the ego. We are addicted to Ego – to the idea of who we are in the world, through other’s opinions of us. The stronger the hold of Ego, the stronger the hold of the mind and the less ability spirit has to come through with its true essence. It is Ego that causes the need for ‘attachment’ to things, people, roles, states of being and hence causes misery.

The Ego is not something to get rid of, it is merely something to be observed. The more you are able to observe it, the more its hold on your being will diminish until the power-hungry, attention-seeking ego eventually loses its grip of control.

So be more aware of situations when your ego starts influencing your thoughts. Look at the situation and find out why your ego is pushing you in the direction it is. Then take responsibility and choose. Take responsibility for the situation and your role in that situation. Then choose to follow your ego or be grateful for the path that your ego has shown you and then take the path that you feel will better serve you.

Your spirit

There are so many distractions in the world today that we are kept constantly busy. If it’s not at work, then it is at home. When do we actually just sit down and do nothing, or just take a walk to connect with nature? So how do we connect with spirit? Well first you need to know what it feels like to connect with spirit. You will know that you are connected with spirit when you are in complete flow, when you are completely happy no matter what. Think about a time when you have been in flow, eg. working on something, maybe writing a book and just having the ideas flowing freely, feeling no stuckness. Think about the time when you were so happy, that even if something went wrong, you took it in your stride and got over it?

Now try to incorporate those times into your everyday life. Commit at least 10 minutes a day to recapturing those feelings. For some people those feelings can be resurrected by simply just taking a walk outside in nature, meditating, etc. You will see that once you start doing this and when it becomes a habit, those feeling will flow outside of the 10 minutes you have allocated. It will start filling up your days.

So, when your body, mind and spirit are each functioning well and when they align, intuition flows easily through you. Listening to your intuition and using it as your trusted guide through life, like anything, takes practice.