The Sacred Gift of Intuition

What is intuition? According to some definitions, it's an ability to know something without analytic reasoning. But you don't have to be psychic to tap into your intuitive power.

When we spend time in daily meditative practice - whether that’s yoga, breathing, walking in nature, making art, anything that stills the mind - we cultivate a sense of deep knowing.

Deep knowing is the language of the body. It’s the sensations that we become intimately attuned to, intuiting a full body yes to opportunities that align or a calm, centred no when they don’t.

My yoga teacher once asked me, ‘What’s the difference between intuition and fear?’ I’ve sat with that question for many years. Sometimes an anxious thought can generate a gut-clenching sensation, making us feel sure something is wrong. We worry ourselves for no reason. So how do we discern the truth? 

In her book, The Mountain is You, Brianna Wiest recommends that we do not engage with psychic thinking:

“Psychic thinking, or the idea that your feelings are premonitions, that you can “just know” what the future will hold, places you in the passenger’s seat when you need to be behind the wheel. Stop trying to predict what you can’t know, and start putting your energy toward building what you can.”

Far from confusing our thoughts with reality, the sacred medicine of cacao drops us out of the head into the heart. The heart is our inner compass. It is untroubled by the layers of conditioning and societal expectation that build up over time, clouding our intuition.

Create a sanctuary where you can ask your heart for clarity and guidance when needed, perhaps by drawing a card from your favourite deck and journalling, both of which are great tools for exercising intuition.

The intuitive heart is one which feels what is true. It chooses what feels aligned, speaks from a place of love and is grounded deeply in the wisdom of silence. Silence is, after all, where the voice of intuition is strengthened. We are refined by the moments we sit in peace with ourselves, and it is this - above all - that we must prioritise.

Written by Laura
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