Evie Sparkes is a published novelist, content writer, and company director from the UK.
What is Your Intuition?
Your intuition, otherwise known as gut instinct is a feeling you get when you know something is right, wrong, going to happen, going to work out.
We often favour our monkey brain and ditch our intuitive response to something if the response we get from our gut it not the one we are looking for. We find it super-easy to over-ride this in-built mechanism and go the other way.
What we fail to recognise is the fact that we have this gift, and yes, it is a gift. Imagine never going wrong, never taking the path of resistance but always the one of least resistance. How cool would it be to have everything go right for once?
I, just as everyone else, always thought I knew best. Of course, I never did. Two years ago I decided to set myself the challenge of always listening to my intuition even when I didn't like what it was saying. It has been challenging that's for sure. Has it been worth it? Hell yes. My life has changed in so many ways and all for the better since I began to use my gift to its full potential.
You can get things that you wouldn't otherwise get, meet people you wouldn't otherwise meet or change your life for the better by always listening to your intuition and moving out of your own way.
The official line on gut feeling is this: It's essentially the brain on autopilot, performing the actions of processing information without the person's conscious awareness that it is operating. to a point I agree. Although I'd go a step further because the official explanation doesn't account for the feeling of it and doesn't explain the fact that we can use this special gift to making everyday decisions when we are stuck.
How do I Know If It's Really Intuition That's Talking?
Intuition is a feeling of certainty. You don't have to work it out or question it. If you find that's what you are doing then this is not intuition. You know when you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach? That's why we call it gut feeling. Because that's exactly where it gets us.
When you really know deep down, that's intuition.
Does It Always Work Out?
for me, yes. I still get times when I want to ignore it if it doesn't fit with my desire at the time and sometimes it's tough to talk myself out of going against it. But I continue to work with it. Think of it like magic. You don't understand it but then do you really need to? We don't know how magic works, we have no idea how a magician makes things disappear and re-appear. We just enjoy then show and let him or her do their stuff. Think of your intuition like a magic show. It's all happening and we don't get it, but who care, it's bloody entertaining.
How to Use Intuition at Will
It's possible to get an intuitive feeling at will. We think of it as a spontaneous feeling not one we can ask for.
I regularly ask mine to help if I am stuck in a situation and can't make a decision as to which way to go. I'll internally request an answer from my intuition or subconscious. There are times when I struggle to get a feeling right away and that's always when I am hoping for a certain outcome so I am holding intuition back a little. I am standing in its way. When this happens I realise right away and give it a few minutes before asking again. I try to release my inner conflict and let intuition do its stuff.
If you don't get the feeling first time, try again. You might have to ask a few times before you get that knowing feeling. I go with a question 'Is this right for me?' or 'Should I take this road?'
Be a Better Version of You
By better I mean let your intuition work for you and allow it to bring you all of the things and circumstances you require to make big or small life changes.
Don't expect your conscious mind to make all of the right decisions. The part of your brain that makes decisions will try and reason with you as to why something could work out if only you did this, or did that. We want what we want and we don't realise that listening to our gut instinct gives us a way better chance of getting the things we desire in a better way, even it takes a little longer.
Evie Sparkes (author) on June 03, 2019:
Thanks Dora, I can honestly say listening to my intuition every time has changed my life for the better :)
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 03, 2019:
Thanks for sharing your insight on this important issue. For me, your article is right on time, answering some questions I've been pondering lately.
dashingscorpio from Chicago on June 02, 2019:
I believe the difference between being impulsive and following our intuition is maturity and having life experience.
Learning to trust your inner voice is a challenge especially if it's saying something you don't want to hear or acknowledge.
Oftentimes people will ignore "red flags" when dating someone. However after a relationship ends they'll reflect back on the times when they thought something didn't "feel right" but they chose to ignore it or explain it away. We regret ignoring our instincts.