There’s this idea out there that if you listen to your intuition, it will never lead you wrong.
While I do think that is true, I also think that sometimes we can get a little confused by our own perception and our own fear. So the filter that we put the intuitive messages through is the real problem.
In my own practice, I’ll find myself waiting to ask a question until I’m sure I’m ready to hear the answer, even if it’s not what I want to hear. If we approach these questions we pose to our intuition expecting a specific outcome, or with fear about hearing what we don’t want to hear, we can cloud our comprehension of the message.
Intuition is approached best when you try to make yourself as neutral as possible. For me, the messages come through clearest when I have no buy in, either way, and I just want to hear an answer. This is why it’s much easier for me to read for other people than it is to read for myself. When I sit down for a reading with a client, even if I have a strong personal relationship with them, it’s much easier for me to just be a neutral vessel passing the information along.
When I read for myself, I run into all my own worries and fears and I have to do a lot more work to stay clear as I’m reading. For daily check ins, or just random curiosity questions, it’s no problem. However, if I come to my cards or sit in meditation with something that is really bothering me and heavily weighing on my heart, I really struggle to get clarity.
If this happens multiple times on the same topic, that’s when I might turn to a fellow reader friend and ask for some insight. Sometimes the heaviest topics that carry the most fear are the ones we just can’t tackle on our own. That’s why we have friends, therapists, and other readers to give us perspective and guidance when we are too anxious to get a clear answer.
So often when people tell me that their intuition led them wrong, and they start to explain how, I can hear the moment in the story where they got the message, and applied it to their own expectations.
There is nothing wrong with this, it happens to all of us. There are some things it is just hard to be neutral about.
The problem arises when we don’t take responsibility for those expectations, and instead start to assume our intuition is broken, or our intuition led us wrong, or worst of all, assume that means we aren’t intuitive at all. Because intuition is an intangible thing, and very hard to measure, the moment that we feel like it isn’t working for us, we have a tendency to completely write it off and say that it doesn’t work.
I can’t tell you how many times I started pulling cards for myself and would just keep pulling until I got something I liked as an answer. Yes, I teach tarot and yes. I still do this. I am human.
The point is to be aware of your expectations when you go into meditation or when you sit down with your cards. Pay attention to how you are feeling. You don’t have to empty yourself completely or be some kind of robot in order to get the answer but it’s good to be aware of the filter you are putting the answer through.
So how can you become more aware of that and bring more clarity to your intuition?
I recommend a quick writing exercise to help make you aware of what might be coming up for you in a given moment. Sit down with a notebook or journal and take a few deep breaths. Place your left hand palm face up on your left leg and your right hand on your heart and take ten deep slow breaths. Then open your eyes and write answers to these questions.
What fear is coming up for me right now?
What happens if that fear is confirmed?
What do I hope will come through when I tune into my intuition?
What do I think will actually come through?
At this point, I will often ask any guides or angels to help me get clarity and answers that are for my highest good. This can be very helpful to do if you want to start to develop a relationship with your guides or if you are just still feeling very emotional.
Then, take a few moments to sit in meditation or pull some cards. However you like to tune into your intuition, take some time to do that. When you are finished and feel like you have received some guidance, write it down. Then take a look at how the information you got compares to your fears and expectations going in.
When I do this exercise I can normally see where I might have given into fear by how much what I wrote matches up with the question about fear. I can also see if I was able to stay neutral.
You can do this several days in a row and just see if your perception changes. You can also look back over time and notice if you see a pattern.
Having a written log of what fears come up can serve as a great way for you to start to acknowledge your own patterns. Sometimes we are so unaware of our default setting but when we see the same message written down over and over we can start to learn that pattern and over time we might not need to write things down at all.
I hope this helps you become more confident in listening to your own intuition and more compassion for yourself when you are struggling to get a clear answer. You don’t have to be neutral all the time. You can use this exercise to start to work through emotion without it clouding your comprehension of intuitive messages.
Finally, If you are looking for help honing your intuitive gifts, The High Priestess Embodiment Digital Workshop is still open for enrollment. There are only a few spots left in this first time offering and it will only be available until Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59 PM ET. If you enroll in this course you will have access for the lifetime of the course as well as access to all future course updates.
This course is an introduction to connecting with your intuition. It is an entirely self-paced workshop. I firmly believe that intuition is for everyone. In modern society, we are so overstimulated that it can be easy to think we have no access to intuition at all. We start to doubt ourselves and our instincts. This course will provide you with practical tools to connect with your intuition and make decisions with confidence.
If you are tired of giving your power away to self-doubt and have always wanted the tools to start to explore your own intuitive gifts, this is a great place to start. Invest in yourself! If you want to join the workshop you can sign up here.
If you have any questions or feedback on the course or on today’s post please feel free to reach out to me via email sheila at starsagespirit dot com.
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