If we all lived in a ravaged country where war lords terrorized the area daily or we were pioneers surviving the wilds with just our wits, then our intuition and awareness would be off the charts because our daily lives would depend on those survival skills.
In our overly busy and technologically inundating world, where others take care of our safety, we’ve lost touch with the early warning radar of our Inner Warrior. For some of us, the system often sits unused in a far corner of our mind.
When intuition is left mostly offline, so is our ability to use a relaxed alertness that immediately identifies danger, analyzes it, and decides what action is appropriate. People in a fast-paced society can rarely distinguish danger from all the background noise. In addition, worry and anxiety, wishful thinking and projection, fatigue and denial all get in the way of a clear intuitive reading.
If you’re not familiar with your intuition, it’s time to get back in touch. No more treating it like a red headed stepchild. Initiate a conversation, a relationship, a partnership with your subconscious mind’s intuitive power. Get to know it. For example, do you know how your intuition presents itself or if it comes in more than one way? Do any of these ring a bell? –
- Is it like a flash of lightning or sudden “out of the blue” insight, or is it more like a small light bulb turning on as an answer shines through into your mind?
- Is it like password that opens the way to a needed answer, or is it like an important puzzle piece snapping into place to create a big picture you never saw before?
- Is it like a surging flow of water carrying an answer into your conscious mind, or is it like a cascade of dominoes bringing an insight in an epiphany of understanding?
As I wrote in my last post, intuition has many ways to communicate, but rarely in words. Here’s a more complete list of how intuition can get our attention in self defense:
From the senses:
- Tingly sensations
- Stomachache or headache
- Hair standing up
- A sensation similar to when you know someone is watching you
- Chills up and down your spine
- Ears or nose feel funny
- Sense of pressure or repulsion from a person or situation
Beyond the five senses:
- A weird vibe or suspicion
- An urgent, imperative feeling
- Feeling icky, uncomfortable, or especially wary
- A sudden insight or clarity about danger
- A little voice
- A “gut feeling”
- An abrupt change in your frame of mind, perhaps wanting to back pedal for no apparent reason
- A puzzling curiosity about something or someone without knowing why (”I wonder about that guy”).
Now that you know your intuition a little better, try these intuition-muscle building exercises:
Start paying attention to them. Tune into your initial “gut” reactions or feelings to situations, choices, and relationships. Enough focus will help you discover the pattern of thoughts, feelings, or sensations that lead to accuracy.
Free yourself up enough to address nagging doubts, hesitancy, foot dragging, discomfort, and uncertainty. Don’t push them aside; don’t dwell on them. Simply allow yourself to ask if these clues reveal a need to pay attention or do they indicate your worry button is stuck in the On position.
Reoccurring symbols or metaphors
Explore what these might mean. Start seeing them as messengers, pointers or indicators trying to lead you to a better understanding. Don’t obsess over them, however. Worry eats away at intuition.
SIMILAR ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT:
- Dr. Marcia Emery’s Intuition Workbook: An Expert’s Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind
- The Gift of Fear, by Gavin De Becker
- And to learn how intuition and 14 other personal safety tips can help keep you safer, please check out my e-book Think Like a Black Belt, Take Charge of Your Own Safety.
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