I don’t know what it’s like for others, so I can only draw on my own personal experiences here. For me, I find when I’m thinking about a certain course of action, or am doing something; my stomach (in the solar plexus chakra area) will either feel distressed as though something is churning within me. (It’s a feeling resembling fear, even if no emotion is attached.) Or I will feel a sense of joy, connectedness, truth or love.
When it’s the former, it means that actions or situation will not suit my purposes. The stronger the feeling, the less I should do something. When it’s the latter, it means I should follow the actions or situation, no matter how unlikely or insane it might seem at the time.
The thing with your decisions is that other people will try and talk you out of it if they think you are wrong. They will tell you that you’re making a mistake, or that you’ll regret a course of action.
Or if you know something bad will happen, they will try and convince you that you’re being paranoid or negative, or that you’re a wet blanket.
Many tend to accept the advice of others, in spite of what they may feel.
This is a mistake.
Intuition is a sign that you’re connected to your feelings. It’s like saying I wish to head north, but we’re heading east right now and we’ll never reach our goal.
Being told you are being negative might convince you that you should be continuing east, rather than listening to their internal guidance.
Remember, people give advice based generally on what they want, and not what you want.
If things were that obvious, we wouldn’t need our intuition, but they rarely are. When we call forth events in our life, we are also given directions, but those directions might seem wrong because they are pointing you in a different path. That’s when people ignore them and go in the direction they think they should go, or what logic dictates. In the end, often things just don’t work out quite as expected.
As an example, supposing you are at a train station and you need to get to your destination as soon as possible. The train arrives. Your first inclination is to board it, and logic tells you to, but something holds you back. It may be a feeling that something is wrong, or a sudden anxiety. It could even be a resistance in your movement. Perhaps you might even start to stress or panic.
What you need to take notice of is if it feels right to board that train? You listen to your feelings and you decide not to board it.
Five minutes later, another train comes. This one happens to be an express train, and will get you there 10 minutes sooner. You didn’t have that information, but your intuition did.
There are also those times when it’s not easy to tell what of intuition is telling you.
This is because fear can cause interference.
For example, supposing your child is home late, the fear of something terrible having happened to them will kick in and often override your intuitive feelings that all is well. (In which case, I’d recommend the Bach Flower Remedy, Mimulus, for known fears.)
Fear can cause a lot of grief and when you love and care for someone, it can really be hard to overcome and be impartial.
(The Bach Flower Remedies Red Chestnut and Mimulus can really help here.)
Next: How come feelings change?