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Use Your Intuition for Greater Success and Happiness

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We’ve all been there before, when a small voice within (or gut feeling) tells us not to do something, to change direction, or to make a different choice. Yet rather than listen, we stay the course.

We silence the voice of our intuition—that part of ourselves that bypasses the rational mind and perceives truth regardless (and often despite) external appearances.

And then, when the choice or decision doesn’t work out as we hoped—which, of course, we already knew it wouldn’t—leaving us feeling unhappy and disappointed, we berate ourselves for not listening.

We solemnly vow that next time we will…

Do better.

Pay attention to what that small voice tells us.

Or trust what we sense or “know.”

Yet more often than not, what happens is we continue to misunderstand our intuition and how to use it as a powerful tool for greater success and happiness.

That is, until now. What follows are three main insights about intuition that will help you begin to think differently and use yours more effectively:

1. Accept there will always be conflict between what your intuition and your rational mind determine is possible.
The rational mind loves facts. As such, it attempts to solve problems, draw conclusions, or determine what is possible by using criteria such as past experiences, current available resources, or by relying only on its present knowledge base.

Your intuition, however, arises from a deeper sense of self not limited by your current identity, resources, or “external reality.” It also has zero notion of lack or limitation. Instead, it operates purely by using “energetic sense perceptions” or in the realm of energy—a concept, which both spirituality and quantum physics teach is the fundamental element to our experience in the material world.

Why not, then, use this spiritual and scientific understanding to your advantage—and listen to, rather than continue to resist, your intuition? By doing so, you’ll open a doorway to unlimited possibilities for success that the rational mind can’t even begin to imagine.

2. Expand your understanding of “wishful thinking” vs. your intuition.
“Wishful thinking” is a term referring to those instances when you believed you were following your intuition, yet the situation or experience didn’t turn out as hoped or planned. The problem, however, is not that your intuition was wrong, but that you drew an inaccurate conclusion as to the purpose for the experience or situation.

Instead, a more skillful way to use your intuition is to see it as a tool designed to lead you successfully along your path. Part of this process, however, includes personal growth and expanded self-awareness. As such, begin to embrace the understanding that intuitively guided choices and experiences may arise simply to challenge and then expand your limiting beliefs and thus, pave the way for greater success and happiness.

3. Understand what “the crazies” mean.
Feeling “crazy” is what happens when your intuition senses a deeper truth about a certain situation or specific area of your life that conflicts with how you want things to be (i.e. a job is ending; a spouse is cheating on you, etc.). In an attempt to avoid feeling pain or loss from accepting this truth and then making a potential change, what you inadvertently try to do is ignore your intuition and negotiate with reality.

This, however, is simply not possible.

Rather than resist truth, remember your intuition knows what is possible for you. It is challenging you to step beyond your mindset of lack or limitation. It is urging you to trust in your intuition (which is a part of you), release what no longer serves you and thus, step into a better, happier, and more successful life.

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