Can you hear the inner voice of wisdom? Do you want to learn to hear the voice of intuition? You can do it. Come find out how.
Intuition has degrees of functionality. It is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Hearing the messages from the inner voice is a gut feeling telling you something is right or wrong. But it can also be a skill which can be cultivated. Einstein practiced intuitive thinking to reach many breakthroughs in physics.
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 from the inner voice, those messages from your soul.
Learn to Hear the Voice of 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 a 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 the inner voice, are they messages from your soul, or do they come from some other source?
Intuition is Not Irrational
According to researchers (1), the accuracy of intuition depends on two things. First is the depth and breadth of our life experience. The second is our proficiency with critical thinking skills. The greater our experience with e subject, the more accurate are quick decisions. We can increase this accuracy if we combine the study of rational thinking skills.
“Intuition is the only true guide in life.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
However, this theory has some flaws. It does not account for gifted children who lack both experience and education in logic. This shows us how these messages from the inner voice are mysterious and 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
Intuitive thinking is a way of reaching a conclusion without using rational thought. We run into situations where we need to make a quick decision, and don’t have time to analyze data or conduct research. The answer is to practice intuitive thinking so you can be ready when you need it.
Einstein used intuitive thinking to go beyond the data. He then used mathematics and physics to prove these conclusions. Intuition is not bound by data.
Intuition is a method used to decide without conscious consideration. As rational people, we like to show we have made an informed decision. All we are doing is finding ways to justify a conclusion already made by the subconscious. We decide to buy a new vehicle based on emotional concerns. We find ways to rationalize our 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. But we have yet to find a way to measure 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. If you want to learn to hear the voice of intuition, you must conquer the inner dialogue.
Silencing Internal Chatter
How do you exercise intuition? First, you must learn to set aside the constant chatter of your analytical mind. Meditation is the most direct way to silence the active mind.
If you don’t know how to mediate, you can learn in less than 2 minutes with a simple two-step process. Eventually, you will want to learn how to use a mantra to reach the state of pure consciousness. This partition of awareness is significant for the absence of internal dialogue. Wow!
After you reach the 4th state, your intuition can speak to 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).
Many inner work tools require access to the subconscious mind beyond the superficial chatter of the inner critic and analytical mind.
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. Learn to hear the voice of intuition because it 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? You can learn to hear the voice of intuition by using sutras. 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.
What Are Messages from the Inner Voice?
Some people tell us we are a part of the Universe made conscious. Therefore, the messages from your soul are also messages from the universe. There isn’t any way to tell where one ends and the other begins.
Consciousness is like a rainbow with many colors which overlap. Your soul or spirit is a part of the greater whole, which means intuitive thinking is a way to link with the source of our awareness.
Learn to Hear the Voice of Intuition
Learning to hear from the inner voice 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: https://www.scholars.northwestern.edu/en/publications/on-making-the-right-choice-the-deliberation-without-attention-eff
(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