Ever used meditation for intuition? Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to find your intuition. And as all my Zen-sational readers know, intuition is one of your greatest gifts.
When you tap into your intuition you are able to hear the deepest wisdoms from within your own mind.
Your intuition will empower you to let go, to trust yourself, and to make the most of the power of your subconscious mind.
But let’s start with the basics. Just what the hoo-haa is intuition?
What Is The Meaning Of Intuition? And Why Does Intuition Matter So Much?
If you have ever felt as though some secret voice inside of you were guiding you, then you have experienced a moment of intuition.
For instance, one day I woke up at 6am and immediately leapt out of bed. I told my girlfriend to get up too. I was panicked. And I headed to the phone. It started to ring. My mother was calling from England. And I knew it was bad news. She soon told me that my father had passed away. It was a moment of intuition. I knew something was up. And I was most definitely right.
In modern society we tend to favor logical and reasoning. But not everything has an explanation. Sometimes you simply sense things. Sometimes your intuition senses something.
So perhaps your intuition exists for a very good reason. Because there are lots of times when you simply don’t have the time to think a situation through. Imagine that you’re driving when you see a little girl on the side of the road. Your intuition immediately thinks that she might run out into the road. So you slow down. And sure enough, there she goes running into the middle of the road, and if your intuition hadn’t been on point you might have accidentally hit her. In times like those you don’t always have the time to think, so your intuition butts in and yells at you to do something. And of course, at those times you should listen to your intuition.
But what exactly is intuition? And How Does Intuition Work?
It’s a gut feeling that you experience like a physiological sensation (like a lightness in your chest, for instance).
It’s a deep part of the human mind that allows you to know something without actually thinking it through. Because of this, it’s a way for your mind to send your brain information very quickly.
The truth is that these intuitive sensations don’t come out of thin air and they definitely are not magic. There is a rational explanation for intuition.
Psychiatrist Peter Whybrow says that intuition is a primary component of your brain. Essentially, he says that your neural network is informed by past experiences that help inform your choices and your actions.
There are many events that we either live through directly or experience indirectly over and over again. For instance, how may times have you seen a TV show where a young girl crosses the road and is hit by a car? Your brain gets so used to that pattern that when you see a girl on the side of the road you know to immediately slow down without thinking about it and you intuitively sense that the girl will run across the road.
The science of intuition
When someone tells you they’re “following their intuition” what they truly mean is that their body is intuitively telling them something and that they’re following that intuition in order to make a decision.
It’s an ability we all share. We all experience times when a voice within seems to guide us. Perhaps it tells us not to enter a dark room, or that for some reason we really must call home immediately.
Scientific research has proven that when you experience moments of intuition, you really should listen to what your instincts are telling you.
There are many theories regarding the role or intuition and instinct. David Myers PhD, a social psychologist at Hope College, says that the right brain is constantly scanning the environment and registering information. This information is then fed back to the body in the form of gut instincts and various physical sensations.
Not only do your instincts help to make you aware of what’s happening around you, but they also help you to stay focused on what matters. As Judith Orloff PhD states, “Living more intuitively demands that you’re in the moment,” she says, “and that makes for a more passionate life.”
Intuition and instincts can be wrong at times. “Emotions hamper decision-making. For instance, blindly falling in love with a house, and paying little attention to the inspection results, may leave you with a money pit,” says Margarita Tartakovsky. But at the same time, your intuition and instincts are often the wisest counsel you have.
There are five times in particular when you really should listen to your inner voice and follow your intuition.
But of course your intuition can be wrong
There’s a bizarre phenomena in this day and age that we tend to revere intuition and we tend to expect it to be right.
That’s because we have set up a false-positive feedback in our minds. When we remember moments of intuition we tend to remember the times our intuition was accurate. I remember when my moment of intuition from above, when I knew my mother was calling and that something had gone wrong with my dad. But I am more likely to remember that event than to remember all the times my intuition was wrong.
Because we are more likely to remember the times out intuition was correct we come to expect our intuition to be correct even though it often is not. So when you tap into your intuition, using the meditation for intuition that I’ll cover in a sec, be sure that you do not always presume your intuition is correct. Because your intuition will be wrong often enough, just as your thoughts are often wrong.
So when should you follow your intuition?
I’ve written guide to the 5 times when you should listen to your intuition. Take a look. You will find it very helpful.
How To Use Your Intuition
Whenever I speak to my students about using their intuition, there are always three tips I give.
- Keep and intuition journal
Even if you do not tend to think all that much or you tend to think trivial things, keep a thought journal. Write down what you think. This will help your unconscious mind. You might not even understand some of the things you think. But the purpose is to get your mind talking to you. You might also like to keep a belief journal.
- Silence your inner critic
If you are too critical about your own thoughts, you will make your unconscious mind close up. That’s the opposite of what you want. You want your unconscious mind to get talking to you (and the meditation for intuition below will hep with this). So make sure you stop negative self talk.
- Go somewhere Zen-Sational
The space that you’re in can have a real effect on the flow of your intuition. If you want to find your intuition, try going somewhere Zen-sational. I say Zen-sational, I mean somewhere relaxing, somewhere inspiring, somewhere you will feel free to let your Zen flow. You will find my guide to creating a meditation space very helpful for this.
Now we know everything we need to know about intuition, here is a great meditation for intuition. It will help you to find your intuition and to listen to it.
A guided meditation for intuition
One of the best ways to use meditation for intuition is through binaural beats. Binaural beats are a series of tones and sounds that affect brain waves. to listen to binaural beats you must use headphones. while listening the beats will induce theta brain waves. which put you in a very deep state of relaxation. Now I know that the science can sound a little alien. Personally I don’t like to think in terms of “brain waves” but in terms of feelings.
Put the music on right now and listen. Then notice what happens in your mind. You will notice a feeling of dampening, a relaxing of your brain. This is your brain creating theta waves. These are the brain waves that create deep relaxation.
While you are relaxed you will experience more intuition. Your conscious mind is relaxing and your subconscious is opening up, presenting intuitive experiences.
I hope you enjoy this music. Be sure to listen to the whole thing.
If you would like to harness the full power of your mind and to find deep states of intuition, you will find my new book Journey To The Buddha Within invaluable. Read it today.
Here is the guided meditation for intuition
5 Destined Times When You Need To Listen To Your Inner Voice
1: Listen to your inner voice when you experience unease in the body
You’ve experienced this before. It’s that sudden feeling of unease. It’s most commonly felt in the pit of the stomach, a sort of nausea created by anxiety. Ignore this sensation at your peril.
Your body instinctively knows when something is wrong. Your mind is constantly interpreting information from the environment and using that information to tell your bran where you are and what’s going on. Let’s say for instance that you’re walking down a dark alley. Your mind will be automatically scanning the alley for threat. Should a strange man then appear, your mind will immediately begin to scan him to find out whether he is a threat. If your mind decided that he is a danger it will produce sensations of unease. This unease is intended as a warning, and you’d be very wise to listen to that warning.
A few years back scientists from the University of Iowa decided to investigate the role of intuition and instinct. They had research subjects play Chance with stacks of money and card decks. Different cards revealed whether or not the subject had won the money. What the research subjects were not aware of, however, was that the card decks were rigged. The decks had been stacked so that two of the decks yielded large payouts and the other two consistently led to losses. After 50 cards the test subjects began to favour the card deck that was giving out the high payouts.
But here’s the truly amazing thing about that test. Within as few as ten cards the players began to show physical reactions to the cards. When the player reached for the “bad” deck their hands started to sweat. Jonah Lehrer, a contributor to Wired, says “The players instinctively knew which decks were good and bad, although the subject still had little inkling of which card piles were the most lucrative. The subject’s feelings figured out the game first.”
2: Listen to your inner voice when a voice inside says “I’m in danger right now”
Have you seen Final Destination, the movie where one person foresees impending doom for another? The movies are fiction, of course, but nevertheless they portray something very real. They portray the reality of intuition.
Recently I was in a bar when a big burly guy came in, narrowed eyes scanning the place. I sensed immediately that something was wrong with this guy, so I asked the man behind the bar if he knew who he was. Turns out the guy was a troublemaker and a vandal who had previously been arrested for smashing up a nearby restaurant. Thankfully I listened to my instinct and kept away from the man in question.
What I noticed at that time was that my feet and hands suddenly felt warmer. My body was redirecting blood to my hands and feet—the classic “fight or flight” response to a threat.
“Your body is a powerful intuitive communicator,” explains Orloff. “Intuition provides warning signs.If you have a gut feeling about your body — that something is toxic, weak or ‘off’ — listen to it.”
My body was sending me signals about the guy who’d entered the bar. Had I not listened to those instincts I may well have ended up in a fight. Have you experienced similar sensations? Times when your body was trying to tell you something. Did you listen to the warnings? If not, what happened?
If your hands and feet suddenly feel warmer and more energized. Or if you feel a sudden onset of nausea. Or if you suddenly experience anxiety, your instinct is telling you that a threat is nearby. Follow your instinct.
3: Listen to your inner voice when a voice inside says “They need help”
Gut instincts can be altruistic. Sometimes we see a person and we immediately get the sense that something is wrong and that they need help. What’s happening in this situation is that the mind is unconsciously scanning the body language of the other person. This happens all the time, without our conscious involvement. We are constantly scanning people, interpreting their moves and actions, judging whether they’re a friend or enemy, whether they’re happy or sad, whether they can help us or whether we can help them.
Have you ever experienced a moment when you saw someone and immediately had a very strong urge to help them?
This desire to help others is hardwired into us at birth. It’s a genetic type of compassion. The reason for it is quite simple. We humans are not very strong on our own. In the wild we rely on groups or tribes in order to survive. We’re constantly looking at the world from that tribal mentality. If we see someone we can help we do so, because we know we may soon require help ourselves.
If your intuition is telling you that you should go and help someone, do it. Odds are you’ll make a real impact on that person’s day and they’ll be truly thankful that they met you. And besides, nothing on Earth feels better than helping another human being (well, except maybe helping an animal).
Lehrer states, “Sympathy is one of humanity’s most basic instincts. Evolution has keenly developed regions of the brain that relate to thinking about the feelings of others.”
4: Listen to your inner voice when you think “I’ve got this”
Maybe you’re amazing at dancing. Or cooking. Or you just sense that you’re a really good person. If you intuitively believe in one of your talents you should follow it.
Many truly talented people have a terrible time trusting their talents. They overthink everything. They’re constantly asking themselves, “Have I got this? Do I know what I’m doing? Am I prepared?” and so on and so on. Their mind and body constantly send signals to their brain saying that yes, they are one hundred percent in control and good to go, but they don’t listen, they still doubt themselves.
Have you ever experienced a time when you felt confident but you didn’t trust that confidence?
I spent a lot of my life touring England as a theatre actor. There were many times when I would question whether I knew my lines or not. I felt confident but I didn’t trust the way I felt. This led me to stepping onstage doubting myself. Instead of truly going for it and launching into my lines confidently, I questioned myself. I didn’t trust my instincts. Not trusting myself led to worry, and worry made me perform at a less than optimum level. Essentially, I choked.
“Choking is a vivid example of the havoc that can be caused by too much thought,” says Lehrer. “Such deliberate thought processes interfere with the trained movements of the muscles.” In other words, because I was thinking too much onstage, I disrupted my own performance.
If you’f feeling good about a specific talent or skill, there’s a reason for that confidence and you should believe in yourself. Follow your instincts. “Once you’ve developed expertise in a particular area it’s important to trust your emotions when making decisions in that domain,” Lehrer says.
If you know you can do it, trust your instincts.
5: Listen to your inner voice when something feels right
There are times when you feel, deep down, that something is right. Maybe it’s the feeling that you should change career, or the feeling that you’ve just met your next boyfriend or girlfriend, or the feeling that you should sign up at the gym.
Major decisions like these tend to create strong feelings inside of us, and we should probably follow those feelings. Your instincts are there for a reason. Follow them. As Orloff concludes, “Your intuition and instincts let you find relationships that resonate for you, instead of what looks good on paper. They let you connect with people on a heart level. They lead to a very deep experience of life instead of just letting life wash over you.”
Listen to your intuition. Follow your instincts. They are powerful guides in your life. And if you truly want to start using your intuition, be sure to read my guide to your subconscious mind power.
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