“Intuition is seeing with the soul”- Dean Koontz
Intuition is a process that empowers us with the ability to know something, without analytical reasoning. Intuition is what bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious mind. As a culture, we have learnt to believe that rationality is what should prevail when making decisions, whether it is a life-changing decision or something as simple as what to eat for lunch. But why don’t we listen to the ‘inner voice’, that gut feeling that tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic? Have you ever had a moment where you felt as though something wasn’t right? Perhaps stepping into a parking lot late at night, or feeling negative around someone without knowing why? And if you have experienced this before, have you shrugged it off, dismissing it as nonsense? Well, that was your inner voice speaking to you. Ankur Rupani, a Life coach, Meditation and Mindfulness coach and a Law of Attraction Coach elucidates the importance of strengthening our intuition, how to listen to it and learn to follow it.
Practice meditation to connect with your inner being
The first step is to reflect and introspect on how we feel. Meditate twice a day for 20 to 30 minutes. Once the mind becomes quiet, strengthening your intuition is a natural progression. When too many thoughts go on in our mind, it becomes like watching a movie. We become totally engrossed in it. Through meditation, our own thoughts, other people’s opinion and the chaos in the world gets settled. From a peaceful space, we can introspect, reflect and connect with our inner voice, which is the voice of God.
Pay attention to your intuition
For instance, if we have planned to visit a certain place and if we get an intuition that we should not go there, we should listen and follow our inner voice. However, if our mind is muddled up, it is not intuition but a subconscious fear preventing us from visiting a certain place. If our intuition says no, and yet we visit that place and the experience of visiting the place feels off, it is a sign that we should have listened to our inner voice.
Trust your intuitive abilities
Tony Robbins, an author, public speaker, life coach, and philanthropist had said that we have to practice taking tough decisions. Rupani says that if a certain intuitive feeling occurs, we should act upon it, and not get confused or procrastinate about the end result. We shall be able to follow our intuition accurately through daily practice. We need to trust and have confidence to follow through the process and follow the path that is shown to us through our intuition.
Focus on your feelings and thoughts
While being occupied with work, household chores and other commitments, we should take a one minute break every hour and reflect on how we feel and think. This will help us stay grounded in the present and also keep our mind still, which will help us focus on our intuitive abilities.
Practice Chakra meditation and chants
Rupani suggests practising the third-eye chakra meditation. While our two eyes see the physical world, the third eye is believed to reveal insights about the future. The third eye chakra is said to connect us to our intuition, it gives us the ability to communicate with the world, and helps us receive messages in the present or the future. Rupani also suggests chanting the ‘Hare Krishna’ mantra 108 times since it infuses love and stillness in us, which connects us with our intuition. It can be chanted 16 times on a Rudraksha mala which has 108 beads. Gayatri mantra, OM Namah Shivaay and OM chanting can also be done. He states at times it is difficult to meditate due to too many thoughts, but prayer is a simple way to connect with God and our intuition.
Dissolve your ego
Rupani emphasises that if layers of our ego have not been shed to an extent where we can listen to ourselves clearly, until then we cannot operate from our intuition since our ego will make its own false projections and make the illusions seem real. Intuition occurs only when our intentions are good and we are free from ego and other illusions like pride, arrogance, jealousy, etc. Intuition is a dormant ability within each of one us, but to access this natural power and activate it, we have to do the inner work.
Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Our minds are very limited. Use your intuition -Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door.