It has been said that intuition is one of a writers most useful tools. It has certainly helped me whenever I have felt stuck, or blocked, or simply undecided as to which way to go. Of course, to use your intuition is a very natural thing to do, you don't need any special skills to do it, just a genuine desire to get results and the commitment to practice with focused attention.
Most people would agree that intuition is the ability to access the knowledge that you already know but don't know that you know.
It can help you to generate unique ideas to write about, overcome 'writer's block', resolve problems with your manuscript, or get a sense of where your niche market is headed next.
It is often described as a sudden insight, a feeling of knowing, or certainty that arrives without effort. Unlike facts which rely on external information, intuition is a direct experience that is self-evident and self-validating.
It is either meaningful, or it is not.
For example, it is not uncommon to experience an "intuitive flash" where you suddenly know something that your conscious mind was unaware of. The trick is to be able to summon this intuitive knowledge, on demand, consciously and on purpose. Your intuition is a natural skill, it is an ability that we all possess, but like any other kind of skill, it gets better with the right kind of practice.
As intuitive intelligence is linked to the more creative, right side of the brain you will probably find that the information you receive may come in a wide variety of ways such as inner sight, hearing, feelings, or perhaps a variety of these sensory experiences combined together. Best of all your intuition can be summoned at will, and the sooner you understand that the easier it will be for you to develop your 'intuitive muscles'.
The first step . . .
The first step in this process is to be able to identify and distinguish your intuitive voice from the background noise of fear, desires, imaginings and normal mental chatter.
and then the next step.
Next, you need to learn to trust and follow your intuition. Listening to the heart as some people describe it is key to getting more information. Your intuitive guidance system is sensitive and non-invasive and if its messages are not being appreciated, they will diminish in frequency. On the other hand with care and cultivation, they will increase in both frequency and accuracy so that you can come to trust and rely on your intuitive intelligence.
Usually, we call this having a hunch, or a gut feeling about something, but whatever you chose to call it, it is that quality of direct and immediate knowledge that tells you what you need to know, when you need to know it. In other words your intuition can help to connect you with greater knowledge than is available to your conscious mind alone. It connects you with that part of yourself that has an overview of your life and which always has your best interest at heart and just like any other skill the more you practice the more proficient you become.
All of us have a natural capacity for intuition but sadly formal education and social conditioning often means that these natural talents have been suppressed or forgotten; but it doesn't have to be this way, intuition is a skill that can be learnt and much like a 'mental muscle' your intuition can become much stronger with the right kind of practice.
Use it for inspired and enhanced decision making, for unleashing and accessing hidden creativity and for checking on the wisdom of your rational analysis.
Use it for everything!
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Hi, I'm Anne, welcome to the Mind Body Ink blog.