Are you hearing the voice of your intuition? Or is that inner voice silent? Do you want to be more in touch with your intuition?
To better hear intuition, you must exercise it regularly. It’s just like any muscle in the body. If you do the proper exercises, it will become stronger. Exercising your intuition increases your trust in your inner voice. This cultivates and strengthens the connection with your intuition, allowing you to hear the messages from your soul.
Hearing the Voice of Your Intuition
Our intuition is always on; it is never off. The challenge is learning how to hear it. Several things impede these communications. Our hyperactive mind is one chief obstacle. Unfortunately, we train our active minds to be in the “on” position. It creates a conflict, which presents challenges when we want to quiet the mind to hear our inner voice.
“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
The first question we must answer is: can we trust the decisions we make with intuition? How do we “know” when we are accessing intuition or simply being manipulated either by external stimuli or harmful memories? Are these messages from your soul or do they come from some other source?
Intuition is Not Irrational
According to some researchers (1) the accuracy of intuition depends upon two major factors, our depth and breadth of our life experience and our critical thinking skills. The greater our life experience with the subject, the more accurate our immediate decisions about the situation. The more honed our logical and rational thinking skills, the more likely we are to make quick and accurate assessments.
“Intuition is the only true guide in life.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
However, this assessment does not account for children who make quick accurate decisions with the lack of experience or the education in logic. Anomalies like this show the voice of intuition can be unpredictable.
“There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
Intuition is not based on irrational thoughts and assumptions, but on the distillation of the immediate evidence. Immediate evidence is often incomplete, like a sampling of data. We can make accurate predictions based on the proper random sampling of data set. So, this is a characteristic which we can use to identify the operation of intuition. If the decision has at least some data points in the current situation, then we know intuition is being engaged to some extent.
Here again, irrational thinking is characterized by negative emotional triggers such as fear and anxiety. When these emotions are driving decisions, then we are more prone to make inaccurate choices. If you have an underlying mental condition such as depression, then this can impede your intuition.
Intuition is decision-making, deliberation without attention. Although conscious thinking processes are used for simple decisions, with major decisions, there are other subconscious elements that influence the outcome. Sometimes, these influences that are attributed to intuition are related to memories that are extrapolated as similar or comparable to the current decision.
For example, if you have childhood trauma related to the basement of your childhood home, then when you decide to purchase a home as an adult, you will bring this experience into your decision-making process even if you don’t consciously know it. If you consider buying a home that has a basement that “reminds you” of your childhood home, you’ll decide not to buy. You’ll tell the realtor that you aren’t interested in the property, although you may not consciously register the similarity. (2)
Instincts Versus Intuition
Some scientists believe that the brain itself is the source of what we call intuition. Thus, the brain is a predictive framework, constantly comparing sensory input and memory for connections. So, we are back to the level of influence of experience and subconscious mind activities.
For example, you (3) are driving down the road singing along your favorite song when you get the “feeling” you need to shift to the side of the road. You move over only to miss a large pothole. You don’t know where the “feeling” to move over came from and attribute it to intuition. In reality, the car ahead of you swerved over and your subconscious mind prompted you to avoid the hazard because your conscious mind was absorbed in the music.
The evidence points us to the conclusion that the source of the intuitive voice is a complex collection of different things, some of which are beyond measurement. The element which we have yet to find a way to measure is the aspect of consciousness we call the soul, the spirit, or the observer.
The soul or the observer is the person you are talking to right now inside your head. But the machine that’s doing the thinking and processing the data isn’t the real you. The real you is the one watching and observing your experience. We can commune with this inner-self if we can just shut off the machinery for a moment.
“If you are willing to take an instant to withdraw attention from whatever your internal dialogue is, to withdraw energy from whatever the latest point of view about your suffering is, it is immediately obvious what is here: the fullness, the richness and the love of oneself as conscious life.” — Gangaji
Our culture tells us we must be productive, which means constantly thinking and doing. We must have a purpose and entertain the mind, and we never allow ourselves to be calm. The first challenge is to silence our internal chatter. It is the first obstacle to hearing the voice of your intuition.
Silencing Internal Chatter
How do you exercise intuition? First, you must learn to set aside your analytical mind’s constant internal chatter and enter a state of pure consciousness (ground state, transcendental consciousness).
Many inner work tools require access below the superficial chatter of the inner critic and analytical mind. Then, reaching this state of pure consciousness. It is significant for the absence of internal dialogue. Thus, your intuition can speak with you without interference. The process we use for this is Japa meditation, and this is the generic version of Transcendental Meditation (TM) (4). TM is the term coined by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (5).
The result is a deeper awareness of intuition in waking consciousness. This intuitive state operates outside the realm of the analytical mind. This awareness level is ever-present and is what Jiddu Krishnamurti (6) refers to as “choice-less action.” Similarly, Zen Buddhism has at the center of its practice, learning how to act without consciously choosing. Hearing the voice of your intuition is a natural outcome of silencing the mind.
Messages from Your Soul
Experience tells us that intuition does not click on and off like a light switch. It operates more like rainwater collecting and then flowing downhill. If you watch the rain falling in a gully, at first, the ground is dry. Then, as the rain falls, you see a tiny trickle of water form and run downhill. As the rainfall increases, the water flowing down the gully becomes a stream or river.
So, once you stop the internal chatter, you can learn to encourage messages from your soul.
Use a Sutra to Hear Your Intuition
How does one increase the flow of our intuitive awareness? Sutras are one of the best tools for hearing the voice of your intuition. A Sutra is a word or phrase you introduce while in a state of pure consciousness.
A Sutra is like a formula for the subconscious mind. When you add 2 + 2, it results in 4. The same principle applies to the Sutra with the subconscious. When we introduce the proper Sutra, the mind can connect with pure consciousness.
The Universe is always trying to communicate with us, and a Sutra encourages this dialogue. You can’t just use the Sutra on the functional level of awareness. First, we must learn to meditate and reach pure consciousness. While in a state of pure consciousness, we are in contact with the power of the subconscious mind. After we get to this subconscious level of pure awareness, one can gently introduce the proper Sutra or formula to cultivate intuition.
For this purpose, one Sutra is, “find that which is hidden.” It will prompt the flow of intuition. The Universe will answer when the question you present is at the Universe’s level of vibration. It makes the messages from your soul accessible.
You will know or sense the right time to introduce the Sutra once you have reached the ground state. Do not rush your meditation practice, be patient, and allow the mind to find the spaces in between your thoughts. Then gently present your request. The resulting connection will pleasantly surprise you. The more you practice this tool, the easier it becomes.
Hearing the voice of your intuition is a refreshing conversation with the wisdom of your soul. Some believe that this is the voice of the Universe. The Universe is always on, never off. So, no matter if it is your soul or the Universe, you must learn to receive these critical messages from your soul
(1) On Making the Right Choice: The Deliberation-without-Attention Effect. Ap Dijksterhuis, Maarten W. Bos, Loran F. Nordgren and Rich B. van Baaren in Science, Vol. 311, pages S1005–1007; February 17, 2006.
(2) Can We Rely on Our Intuition?: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-we-rely-on-our-intuition/
(3) The science behind going with your instincts: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/is-it-rational-to-trust-your-gut-feelings-a-neuroscientist-explains
(4) Transcendental Meditation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendental_Meditation
(5) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi
(6) Jiddu Krishnamurti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti