How To Trust Yourself And Go With Your Gut Instincts

Simonne Lee

Life Strategist

There’s a whispering voice in the back in of your mind and a gut sensation taking over your body. What do you do, stop and take note or just push through it?

We’ve all had experiences of hearing that whispery voice and having those gut feelings, but how many of us have actually stopped to work with them? It’s common to dismiss these feelings and consider them as just irrational fears. Perhaps pushing them aside to soldier on. But what happens when we do stop and listen and try to work out how to benefit from these messages?

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Let’s talk about our gut instinct first. It’s our innate ability to assess a situation, an idea, an action and even a thought before our conscious mind has a chance to step in. It’s where a part of the brain (Reptilian Brain) can step into flight, flight or freeze. The Frontal Cortex (the reasoning part of our mind) is bypassed as we’re instinctually assessing our surroundings. Add our intuition and we have a powerful combination.

Our intuition is our ability to receive subtle messages through different energies. There are different ways our intuition communicates with us (through images, thoughts, feelings or through our own internal voice). You don’t have to be a psychic to connect with your intuition but this is, where the magic starts.

I like to use the analogy of calling it our sixth sense – using all our five senses together as one. It can be as simple as deciding to change the route you normally travel in and from work one day, then finding out there was a major delay in traffic with your normal routine. Or a friend keeps popping into mind, choosing to call them, only to find out they were upset over something.

Having access to our intuition and gut instinct isn’t all about doom and gloom. It’s about stepping into synchronicity and sensing when to action or just find your own flow through observation. Sensing when opportunity strikes and to jump on board. You can use utilise this sixth sense for just about anything once you’ve built a relationship with it and it’s a powerful tool for major decisions in your life.

Building this sixth sense muscle just takes a little investment in yourself so you are able to understand the difference between a message and a general sense of fear (through being out of your comfort zone). As I mentioned above, fear is useful by instantly reacting to dangerous situations, It’s the fight, flight or freeze response and needing to take action. But without our intuitive messages in combination, it’s purely a physical reaction.

When combined together, this is the sixth sense and a wonderful guide for us to navigate in our life experiences.

Here are 4 ways to build a relationship with your intuition and gut instinct.

1. Observe

Take the time to listen to that whispery voice or that gut instinct. Observing these two and pausing for a moment to acknowledge them, builds our awareness. The more you do this, the easier it gets to decipher what’s the monkey mind and what are messages.

2. Write a journal

This is the best way for you to get confirmation from your intuition and gut instinct. When you have a thought or feeling, you’ll be able to re read your journal and begin to understand how you receive messages and what they mean.

3. Meditation

It’s the simplest way to connect with your thoughts, feelings and sensations. It’s also one of the easiest ways to clear and strengthen your intuition. To start off with, you only need to do three to five minutes a day doing breath work.

4. Trust

The relationship we have with our intuition and gut instinct develops over time and through experiences. The more your include them in your daily life, the stronger the relationship and will be built on trust.

When you hear that whispering voice and get that gut instinct, you’ll know whether to follow it. Remember it’s not always logic that creates magic or saves us in any situation. It maybe that inner message we receive and then choose to follow.


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