How to Follow Your Intuition

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The most valuable tool I have in my metaphorical toolkit is my intuition.

I was born with a naturally strong intuitive sense, I’ve spent decades actively developing it further and I’ve created plenty of course curriculum to teach others how to use it…and I hate to admit that sometimes I still find myself struggling with it.

Intuition – that little inner voice nudging us in a certain direction, that “gut feeling” that we’ve all experienced and often ignore.  Have you ever been guilty of saying something like “I knew I should have listened to my intuition!” after ignoring and resisting it, sometimes for days on end? I have.

And yet, the longer I intentionally practice listening to my intuition, the easier and easier it gets.

It seems that logic is often at odds with intuition. Intuition suggests something and then Logic weighs in with every conceivable reason why it isn’t a good idea.

Intuition nudges and nags, while logic tends to argue.

I recognized this dichotomy this week…and I thought maybe telling you this story would help you recognize it in your own experience.

I had been having an intuitive nudge to work with a specific mentor. She had created a project and my intuition kept pointing me in the direction of creating something similar. You need to work with her, my intuition kept whispering. Reach out to her. Check out her website. See what support she can offer. Send her an email.

On and on and on…and I kept resisting, so the gentle whispering became more of a nagging…nag nag nag.

I say that smiling, with great respect and love for my intuiton, my higher self, and The Universe, of course.  Because I recognize that no one wants to be called a nag.  But here is the deal…it only felt like a nag because I was trying to ignore it and shut it out.

Seriously, my intuition was doing the dripping faucet thing. Drip Drip Drip. OMG. And you know what? Just like the dripping faucet – I realized it wasn’t going to fix itself. It is requiring something of me, for me to take some kind of action.

My logic on the other hand was drumming up every possible excuse to not listen to my intuition.

She might not have space in her group, maybe she doesn’t teach what you need, maybe her class is already full, you probably can just do this without help, you have a lot on your plate already, it might not be a good time to launch a new project or join a new group or hire another mentor or blah blah blah.

Here’s the thing – “logically speaking” all of those arguments are valid ideas if I choose to see them that way and take appropriate action by researching to find out the truth about them. IS her class full? DOES she teach what I need to learn?

But if I let those ideas become arguments that talk me out of following my intuition then those same ideas become a big stumbling block to my forward motion regardless of how “logical” they are.

Most of the time my intuition is very gently guiding me to discover something, to explore something, to do something very “doable”, (or at times maybe even to do “less”, to take it easier, to spend more time getting quiet, to stop drinking so much coffee <grin>).

But always it is guiding me with LOVE. In fact I often refer to my intuition as The Voice of Love.

Intuition is not an enemy of logic. In fact, they can become good friends if we allow them to work together.  Intuition is basically a ‘right brain’ function, and logic a ‘left brain’ function. And we certainly need all of our brain to have an optimum experience here on Earth as a human.

Our intuition works in the service of our soul, in the service of Love, in the service of our Life Purpose. Logic can be a wonderful tool in the process when we allow it to support our intuitiveness.

But logic can also be used in the service of our inner critic, in the service of Fear (all in the name of safety, of course). We always want to be safe, and sometimes it seems that our intuition is asking us, nudging us, nagging us, to do something that feels uncomfortable, or new, to us. Something that we are uncertain about, and being uncertain often causes us to feel less than safe, less than secure.

When we don’t want to take the leap of faith that intuition seems to be requiring, we begin to use logic to argue for our limitations.

The next time you “hear” your intuition nagging you…acknowledge that inner voice, and acknowledge your logical thoughts, and ask them how they can support you to move in the direction your intuition is leading.

Get quiet and ask yourself which thoughts and ideas are the result of Love, and which thoughts and ideas are the result of Fear.

This week when I took the time to really find out about working with this new coach, I found that the synchronicities were almost overwhelming. Sign after lovely sign confirming my intuition. And I recognized once again that my intuition is always in service of my soul’s purpose, always in the service of Love, always gentle, always for my highest good.

How is your intuition speaking to you this week?  I’d love to know.  Leave me a comment below and let’s talk about it. 🙂

Love & Magic,

Cindie

 

 

 

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13 Responses to How to Follow Your Intuition

  1. Tricia says:

    I absolutely loved this. Had something similar happen to me. Right now concentrating on my connection and intuition

  2. Raquel says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous post. And I love that intuition is guiding with love.. yes a thousand times! Have tweeted that truth.

    Despite knowing how frickin right it always it, I too have a way of not heeding my intuition… and sometimes when I really open up, I get a hundred intuitive hunches in one day… I love it when that happens, like I’m wrapped out in a cloud of loving guidance and advice.

    My intuition has been telling me for a couple days now I need to create an email newsletter for my brand. This is the one I’ve been resisting… (but it seems like hard work! but it will take ages!)… but intuition knows best, always.

    Light and love

  3. thanks Cindie.. my intuition has been nudging me to do something that I have also been resisting..looks like I am going to have to bite the bullet and do it..

    liking and sharing this post!! thanks

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Joy, So glad you enjoyed the post, and best wishes on following through with your actions regarding your intuition. Be gentle with yourself. 🙂 xo

  4. Shelly says:

    Hi Cindie,
    Just lost my job Fri and I really needed your blog!
    My logic is taking over and drowning out my intuitution. I see now that I have allowed the fears my husband is having to cloud things.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Shelly, Oh my I’m very happy to know that this post was timely for you, and I know that losing a job can be difficult. Acknowledge all of those fears, regardless of where you believe they are coming from, listen to your logical mind’s thoughts and ideas without judgment, and trust your intuition to guide you past them into a new and better place. Let me know how this unfolds for you. 🙂 xo

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  6. Beth says:

    Thank you Cindie. I’ve been receiving similar messages from my intuition as you did. My logic tends to fall into the trap of perfectionism arguing that I need perfectly polished words in order to express myself. My intuitive nudges have become more like a magnetic pull that’s not going away. I appreciate my awareness of both and what I desire to do to move forward. I love what you said “Intuition is not an enemy of logic. In fact, they can become good friends if we allow them to work together.” It’s my intention to create an ongoing partnership between my intuition and logic in bringing my desires into reality. It’s happened before and it can happen again.

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Beth,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments and your open sharing of your experience. I believe that it is exactly that partnership between your intuition and your logic that will bring your desires into reality! Best wishes! 🙂 xo

  7. Love the way you’ve written this, Cindie! I listen to my intuition and I’ve grown in that ability over the years . . . sometimes my logic is a tool that can support . . . and sometimes it’s definitely the fear-based logic (that speaks very loudly when I’m moving out of my comfort zone :)).

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Leanne, Very good point about that logical voice turning up the volume when we are moving out of our comfort zone!! I appreciate you mentioning that! So glad you enjoyed the post. xo 🙂

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