When asked the secret of their business success, both Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have said, "Business Intuition". Business intution??? Some of the wealthiest people in the world have said that their success is based on something as airy-fairy, new-agey, and clearly un-scientific as "Intuition"??? Interesting…
Well, it my experience intuition is the most important guide we have for making decisions that are going to improve our lives. Intuition is something that is always with us, always available to us, helping guide us in any given moment. This article is all about helping you to understand Intuition, and get in touch with it so you can create a life that you love.
Many people describe intuition as the small voice that seems to whisper to you. It is subtle, and yet unmistakably there, all the time. I, however, struggled in the beginning with identifying this small voice. I wasn’t always sure I could hear this small whisper. Unless you get in the habit of listening to your intuition, it is incredibly easy to ignore.
Here is a slightly different way to understand it:
Have you ever made a decision that you later went on to regret? If you are like most people, the answer is an unequivocal "yes". At the moment you realized it was not a good decision, you can probably look back and say, "Part of me knew it was a bad decision all along…" This is intuition. This is the quiet whispering voice that is always there, but so easy to ignore. Sometimes it takes falling flat on our face to get us in touch with this inner-voice.
Think back to the times that you made a decision you were less-than-proud-of…chances are you can get a glimpse into the subtle and yet powerful world of intuition.
If intuition has the power to lead Bill Gates and Oprah to their success – you want to hone your ability to get in touch with your own intuition and let it guide you as well.
The most important part of doing this is understanding what get’s in the way of intuition. Here is a small sampling of potential culprits:
Negative Patterns of Thought and Behavior
Yes, it’s the negative voices in our head that drowned out the wisdom of our intuition. Our noisy minds keep us listening to repetitive thoughts, instead of touching our intuitive wisdom. Our negative patterns keep us living in the past, making habituated decisions, instead of responding creatively and authentically in each moment.
Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
When you are feeling down on yourself and doubting your abilities, you distance yourself from your intuition. In order to listen and hear your intuition, you must trust that you have the ability to guide and direct your life. You must learn to trust yourself and your own, innate wisdom. Self-doubt and insecurity will deprive you of your endless reservoir of intuition.
If you are suffering from heartbreak, loss, grief, and disappointment, you can will also lose touch with your intuition. Intuition can be easily eclipsed by our own pain and suffering. When you are experiencing loss, feeling pain or grief, or feeling lonely, your sense of despair can drown out the quiet whisper of intuition.
Before you make any decision, take a few minutes to sit quietly with yourself. Be still and listen for the whisper. Intuition has a language of its own. The beautiful thing is that the more you practice, the louder it becomes, until one day, every decision is based on intuition, and your inner-wisdom will guide you to exactly where you need to go.
If you want to learn how to access intuition, how to overcome whatever might be getting in the way of your own, innate wisdom, check out my upcoming teleclass. Registration is finally ready – check out http://breakfreebeauty.com/healyourheart.
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Sarah Maria is a body-image expert who helps people love their bodies no matter how they look. She shows people how to discover the beauty that is already inside of them, right now, in this moment. Once they connect with this beauty, they will discover that anything is possible - that they can create a body and a life that they truly love. Her mission is to create a world where every person sees the beauty in themselves and in others.
Her book, Love Your Body, Love Your Life, will be released in November of 2009. Sarah Maria has studied and trained with well-known teachers and physicians, including Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Wayne Dyer, and Jack Canfield, among others. Her work has been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, and NY Times best-selling author Marci Shimoff, as well as many other notable physicians, psychologists, and educators. Before writing her first book, she received a law degree from Stanford and a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.