What is Intuition or gut feeling?
In my understanding it is a way of just “knowing” something without any rational explanation for it. Often there are no external signs to back up this “knowing”. I believe it is something we all have and it is as real as the other senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and hearing.
For a long while it was considered that women used their intuition more than men, although I am now meeting more and more men who use this guidance system to help them.
Intuition to me is a strong feeling that something is right or wrong and for me it is usually located in my lower stomach area- so hence the term “gut feeling”.
Why it is crucial to develop and listen to your intuition/gut feeling in business
Some of the things you can do when you learn to Develop Your Intuition
– How to tell immediately if someone is lying to you.
– How to get an insight into the character and personality of someone you are dealing with and know instantly whether you can trust them or not.
– Know in advance what objections someone might come up with to your sales and businesses proposal and be prepared for them.
– Tune into the true feelings and emotions of a client or an employee and really get a feeling of what is going on for them when they might not be able to express it in words.
– Build instant rapport with almost anyone.
– Know when your words or actions have overstepped someone’s boundaries, so you can take immediate corrective action.
How to develop your Intuition
Know when your intuition is trying to connect with you.
Think of a time when you absolutely knew something was right or wrong- and you listened to that knowing.
How did you know? Was it a feeling in your body? Where was it? Was there a voice? How was the knowing voice different from all the other chatter in your head?
Can you remember the sounds, feelings, pictures? Where in your body did you feel the knowing? For a lot of people that feeling is in their stomach (or solar plexus) area. What kind of feeling was it? Warm? Cold? Maybe it was a voice you heard? Where was the voice? What was the tone?
The more of this you can recall, the easier it is to know when your intuition is trying to get through to you.
For me, when I know something is right, I get prickles running right up my legs and up my back.
It may be a completely different sensation when you know something is wrong
When you can identify that knowing, you can practise listening to it
Relax and be still.
The quieter you can get your mind, the easier is it to connect with your intuition. It is hard for it to get through to you when you are stressed.
Take a few deep breaths, breathe our tension and breathe in a feeling of connection. For some people this works best as a guided visualisation. For others a simple breathing exercise is brilliant.
I have found that, for me, breathing in deeply to the count of 7, holding for 7, breathing out to 7 and holding for 7 is a terrific way to calm mind, body and spirit in minutes.
The more you can quiet the chatter, the easier it is to be aware of your intuition and to hear the creative insights when they come to you.
Just as the phone rings, take a deep breath and try to tune in to who is calling. It really freaks someone when you answer the phone with their name, especially if you were about to call them- and their number has not shown up on your phone.
Listen to your feelings or to the little quiet, knowing voice that is there to guide you. Before you make an important decision, pause, take a deep breath, ask yourself “what is the best course of action for you at this moment?” and quietly wait for an answer.
Once you can learn to trust your intuition or gut feeling, it won’t let you down. It will help you in any situation.
Hope you find this of use
With love and Abundant blessings
© Amanda Goldston 2007