...and of course, how can I avoid doing this in the first place?
Although I can recognise it and act on it with great success sometimes, so often when the subject is of importance to me, I feel a nudge of intuition and then lose it completely in an immediate flood of competing thoughts and strong emotions. Then all I have is a tangled mess, and can no longer see what the pure intuition was.
I have looked all over IQ to find a way see intuition clearly after it has been muddled in this way, but none of the answers are touching on this specific dilema.
Does anyone have any advice about this? I would really appreciate it.
For me, I find it's that first, fleeting thought that is the intuitive one...the one that provides the initial "nudge"...the one that "sneaks under the radar" of your normal thinking.
The subsequent flood of competing thoughts and strong emotions usually kick in from our habitual programmed and conditioned behaviors that try to mentally analyze that thought and pull it apart. Once you are in that "muddle", I don't think there's an easy way to unravel it again.
So, to answer your question, the key is to be aware and watchful for those gentle, initial nudges. Once Pandora's Box has been opened, I think it's too late :)
As with everything else in life, I find intuition gets stronger as you practice using it. Making it stronger seems to keep that muddle and mess away just that little bit longer so you get more time to notice the intuitive response.
Examples of little practices that I do:
There's probably many other things I do daily that I can't recall just at this moment but hopefully that gives you some ideas.
I think one of the key ideas (hinted at above) is that of "necessity". When there is a strong desire to have an intuitive answer, it comes through much clearer and stronger.
The downside of having a strong desire is that it can be accompanied by strong resistance so, as usual, staying in a happy place generally is helpful because it gives you that added buffer of time before the avalanche of resistance falls on you :)
Having said all that, I have had "intuitions" that have been incredibly strong and clear, and have lasted a long time (several months, for example) but I don't think we tend to label that as "intutition" but rather "inspiration".
answered 09 Sep '12, 04:59
Add my two cents..Kind of along the lines of Stingrays answer I usually flip back to a TV program when it's a commercial break right at the start of the program .Never really put a label on it .But now that we have brought it up. Going to pay more attention to when the feeling is similar ..
answered 09 Sep '12, 10:05
I used to have really good intuition. Then one day, I noticed that instead of having good intuition, I was paralyzed with fear. Somewhere along the line, fear slipped in. In looking back over the years, even though I had some extreme situations, I never really felt fear until I was in an abusive relationship. At first, I wasn't even afraid of him, I thought I could fix him. So it must have been the process that abusers use that turned me fearful.
However, I have found it to be very damaging to go digging around in the past, so I will only go back on the surface. The more time we spend in the past, or future, the less time we spend in the present Now.
It is when we are fully present Now that we have access to All that is, including intuition. You didn't say what kinds of competing thoughts and strong emotions it is that gets all tangled up in your intuition, but I suspect that it is fear. Fear that things won't go right. Fear that someone will get hurt or worse. When we look around and see all the dangers in the world and all the scary people, etc... It makes it real. And scary. I don't watch the news, too scary. So if we use fear as our guide, we numb our intuitive muscles and our intuition weakens as fear takes over disguised as intuition.
Since we create our reality with our beliefs, then it is our beliefs that are responsible for all of the fear and fearful thoughts. If you practice these things I explain here, you will find that fear has no place Now. This article by Bruce Lipton explains the biology of the Law of Attraction in a nutshell.
In writing this, I didn't go looking, I noticed a couple of beliefs that I must have to attract the scary situations I did without being afraid. First, I must have the belief that the world is scary or dangerous. The second belief I must have to not be afraid in the scary dangerous world is that I am above harm, I am invincible or that I am strong enough to handle anything. I can see how these beliefs attract opportunities to demonstrate these beliefs. So I must counter these beliefs with supporting beliefs. I will change them to, I am safe, this world is friendly. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If I am safe, then I don't need to be able to protect myself. I envision a bubble of safety around me that I can move care free and be safe and free. I am always in the right place at the right time for good things to happen.
answered 10 Sep '12, 11:03
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