February 7, 2013

The Value of Intuition

Intuition is an internal guidance system that we are all blessed with. All of us are able to tap into our inner strength and call upon our higher power at any given moment. However, some people trust their intuition and pay attention to their instinctual inner guidance more than others. As a society, we have been conditioned to ignore or repress our feelings, and we’ve been taught that our emotions are not trustworthy. I’ve found the exact opposite to be true.

Our ancestors used their intuition to survive, whether it was to help them find food, predict weather, or know when to hide or flee. Our intuition can signal a warning to help us steer away from a dangerous person or situation. It can also help us make decisions when an opportunity is presented. Just think how many times you have thought, “If only I had listened to myself,” or “I should have followed my gut feeling.”

Getting information from your intuition can come subtly in the form of ideas, thoughts, emotions, a sense of knowing, an internal voice, a gut feeling, or through the physical senses. Have you ever had a situation where all the facts looked like things were in order, but inwardly you felt that something wasn’t quite right or on the up and up? What do you do when your gut feeling goes against the flow or discloses something deeper or hidden? Do you pay attention to it, or do you ignore it? The more you pay attention to it, the more you will learn to recognize your own internal guidance, and the more in touch with your own energy and body you will be.

Having empathic ability does not necessarily mean you are a psychic. It simply means that you have an innate talent, just like an artist who can create a beautiful work of art. You may not be able to play the piano the first time you sit at the keyboard, but you can take lessons and learn. This chapter is to help you build what professors Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer define as “emotional intelligence” or the ability to “monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”

Recognizing that you’re an empath is the first step in taking charge of your emotions instead of constantly drowning in them. The most challenging thing about developing and honing empathic abilities is learning to discern what energetic stuff is yours, and what belongs to someone else. Chronic anxiety, depression, or stress wears down our defenses and makes us even more susceptible to the negative energy of others, especially those with similar unresolved emotional issues. In some cases, you may be dealing with a combination of your own stuff and someone else’s.

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