“Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business – everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.” ~ David Lynch
Did it ever happen to you to have this strong feeling inside of you that something bad is going to happen and if you don’t pay attention to this feeling you’re going to get in big trouble?
This is what I felt Monday morning. I woke up around 4:47 A.M. feeling very frightened, anxious and deeply saddened. I got up, drank a glass of water to calm down and even though I tried my best to go back to sleep, I simply couldn’t do it.
There was so much pain all throughout my body and I felt as if my whole body was being poisoned with all kind of toxic and negative energies. And because I just couldn’t lay down in bed anymore, I got up, took my laptop and because O felt this strong need to write an email to my best friend Kristi, I started writing.
I couldn’t understand why I had to write an email to her at 5 in the morning, but because I have learned to trust my intuition and always follow my heart, I decided to go ahead and do it.
I started writing but without really knowing what I was going to write and what I was going to tell her. It was very strange and as I was reading the words that were being typed, I realized that my message was about our trip to Italy.
You see, last year, before leaving Malaysia, we decided that we were going to celebrate our birthdays together in Italy and that on August 22nd we will both fly to Rome from wherever we might be and meet there.
Well, even though I wasn’t fully awake and even though all that anxiety and all that pain I was feeling in my body were keeping me from thinking clearly, I began to feel that all those intense and toxic emotions were related to our trip. So I told her that I have this really bad feeling about the whole thing and that I don’t feel that we should go anymore.
Of course, that made me mad because it was just a strong feeling in my body but nothing rational. I knew that those feelings were real and I felt that something bad was going to happen to us if we did go, but at the same time, I knew that she might not understand what I am talking about and eventually get really upset that I was considering canceling the whole thing because of something imaginary.
Well, I finished writing the email, I hit sent and then I went back to bed with this feeling of emptiness and sadness in me. And when I woke up I felt even worse. For some very strange and bizarre reason, I felt as if someone very dear to me had died or as if I had lost something or someone I loved.
How to Trust Your Inner Voice and Listen to Your Intuition
Feeling quite sad and very empty on the inside, I immediately went to check my email to see if Kristi replied to me. When I opened my inbox, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. There was an email from her with the following message:
“OMG, Dana (Daniela is my middle name )… this is so crazy!!! You won’t believe it, but I woke up this morning with the worst mood ever.
My chest feels heavy, I have difficulties to breath, it feels like someone is standing on my chest and I have this anxiety… I don’t know what is it?
What does it mean Dana? I’ve been trying to figure this out the whole morning. And I feel this sadness in me, and like moodiness. And I can’t focus.
I feel so empty…
It’s so weird…but right now I can’t get excited about the trip either, I was so excited before… What happened?”
I was in shock. I just couldn’t believe that both of us felt the same thing at the exact same time.
I spent that whole day in bed because no matter how strange this might seem, I felt as if I have already witnessed the horrible things that my intuitions were trying to warn me about, and I felt that I needed to sleep the pain away and forget about everything. It felt as if I was grieving.
I can’t say that I haven’t heard my heart and intuition “talking” to me before, and I can’t say that I haven’t experienced strange things before because I did, but they were never as strange, as intense and as aggressive as they were this time. It all felt so real and so frightening.
“Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
We all have an inner voice that is constantly trying to communicate to us. We all have an inner GPS that is meant to guide us, to protect us and lead us in the direction we are meant to be going.
Intuition is not something only a few of us possess. Intuition is a gift we all receive the moment we are born. It’s our internal GPS. It’s the thing that’s meant to help us stay on our own life path, always guiding us and always making sure we are safe and protected from harm and danger.
Intuition is nothing but the voice of the soul, the language of the heart. When we get all kind of hunches and when we have all kind of strong feelings that we should do, or shouldn’t do something, that’s our heart talking to us, helping us take wiser and better decisions and guiding us to move in better directions and into safer places.
I had many times when I chose to ignore my heart and intuition, thinking that it was all nonsense and thinking that my rational mind knew better, and every time I did so, I got into trouble. And now, when my heart speaks, I listen!
I don’t know what would’ve happened if I and my friend decided to ignore our inner voices, our heart, and intuition and just go, but I do have a feeling that it would’ve been bad, really bad.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~ Albert Einstein
Intuition’s not just something that might save your life one day, but also something that can help you get clarity in life, helping you build a wonderful, fulfilling and happy life.
If you want to learn to listen and trust your intuition and if you want to learn to let your heart guide you, you have to first learn to be quiet. You have to learn how to silence your mind. You have to get into the habit of thinking less and feeling more.
When the mind is quiet, when there is plenty of space between the thoughts we think and the words we speak, and when we are at peace with ourselves and the world around us, that’s when we can hear our own heart talking to us, that;s when we can listen and trust our intuition.
“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.” ~ Shakti Gawain
One of the best gifts you can give to yourself is the gift of intuition and you offer yourself this gift by learning to be quiet, to reflect, to contemplate and to meditate. You offer yourself this gift by using your imagination more and more each day and by expressing yourself in as many creative ways as possible.
Silence is the first step towards enhancing your intuition. The more you quiet your mind, the louder your heart gets and the easier it becomes for you to listen and trust your inner voice and intuition. And when you start following your heart and intuition, when you start doing what your Soul asks you to do, that’s when your life gets very interesting. That’s when the magic starts to happen.
Meditation is a great way to calm and quiet the mind. Ever since I started meditating I turned into a completely new person. If before my mind was running on auto-pilot, making so much noise, leaving me feeling drained and exhausted, I am now able to control my own thoughts and to only focus on those things that make me feel calm, at peace and happy about myself and my life.
Spending time in nature as well. If you could just spend at least 30 minutes per week outside in nature, observing the beauty that surrounds you and being fully present in the space you are in, you will become so much more connected with your inner self. And in time your inner voice will get louder and louder and listen to your intuition will be an easy thing to do.
Doing what you love is another great way to get in touch with the real you and connect with your heart at a deeper level. Living with integrity as well.
When you are true to yourself, living your life in a way that feels right to you, and when you do things because you feel that you should be doing them, that’s when you will be aligned more and more with your true self and that’s when you’ll start living your life in a more honest and authentic way.
In my case, I realized that the more love I put into my work, into my relationships, into my environment and into everything I do, the louder my inner voice seems to become and the quieter the mind gets.
It all starts with living authentically and doing things with passion, honesty, love and dedication. And if you take one step each day towards loving yourself more and more, and if you take one step each day towards living your life more truthfully and authentically, before you know it, listening to your intuition and following your heart will become a natural and effortless thing to do.