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Developing Your Intuition

Jonni O’Connor, Ph.D.

Intuition is the voice of your Spirit. Period.

There is no shortcut when it comes to developing your intuition. There is simply focused energy with your intention seriously in mind. For most people that means sincere practice. And the most meaningful practice I know is, without a doubt, meditation - that stillness of the physical and mental and emotional states that allow the awareness of your energy, your Spirit, to be felt and acknowledged. Only when you become intimately connected to your Spirit do you start to truly build a relationship with it. And like any relationship, you find yourself starting to finish its sentences and think as one mind. It is here that the voice of your Spirit is heard and felt by you. This is your intuition.

Learn to trust it. Any relationship takes time to build that trust. This one is no different.

Be patient with it. Treat it like a child learning something for the very first time.

Stretch what you believe your abilities to be, by practicing. You attune to the energy of your Spirit at first, just as you would get to know another person at first, before you are ready to Ospeak¹ for them. That step requires constant recharging. Just as you can never assume anything in a relationship, but instead must continue to communicate clearly and listen intently, your connection to your Spirit requires the same vigilance. It is when you have really felt and owned that connection that you can begin to Ospeak¹ for it. That Ospeaking¹ is voicing your intuition. Somewhere in between receiving that connection and voicing your insights is where most people have the most difficulty. What lies between this cavern is your level of self-trust. Self-trust is made up of all the elements of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. There are only subtle differences between each of them.

In the beginning you either have the self-trust necessary or not. If not, then you simply practice to build that trust. If after all that practice it still does not flow, then accessing the subconscious mind to account for any past blocks often clears the path.

How do you practice your intuition? First, don't be scared of it. It is simply a boundless field of Oknowing¹ that you may call hunches, gut feelings, thoughts, assumptions, ideas, etc. You have unproven feelings about many things, reactions to many things, and your intuition is voicing them. Your intuition may be voicing your own past connection to those things or people, or it may be voicing another realm- your own future. Again, subtle differences define one from the other and it is only in the serious practice and feedback that you will ever establish the fine relationship with it in its entirety.

Feedback is the other aspect of practice that is necessary just as a conversation is two parts or it would be a soliloquy or lecture. Work with someone to assist you in your reading of them. (It's always easier to read someone else than to read yourself at first.) Tell them what you intuitively pick up from them and let them respond to your findings. Get still and quiet (as you would in meditation) and begin speaking before you begin thinking and analyzing. Do not just start guessing and reacting. You need to be in a focused space of receiving, before you can deliver it outward. The feedback you receive from them will help you build trust in these new-found abilities. The more you trust yourself, the more you trust your intuition and the clearer it therefore becomes. Find a partner and exchange these delights.

Your intuition has always been a part of you. Whether you consciously use it or not, believe me you are relying on it to some degree in your everyday life. In business, in relationships, in your own body, in making decisions, you give credence to the voice of your Spirit. You know when you do not listen to it. You know when you should have. It may be time to address it head on, get to really know and understand it, and let it truly work with you. Developing your intuition gives you that option and ultimately that power.

This article is reprinted with permission from Copyright ©2001 Jonni O’Connor

Want to know more of what Jonni has to say:

The other day a client asked me pointblank ­ "What's the difference between my intuition and my gut reaction? Are they the same thing or are they completely the opposite?" I've been asked this question so many times, the answer begs to be written down. The difference between the two is very important for your personal growth. In the simplest of terms, intuition is the voice of your spirit and your gut reaction is the voice of your subconscious mind. And what's the difference between your spirit and your subconscious mind? Plenty. To find out more

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