How can I learn to trust my intuition?

Jan Campbell
A good way to gauge whether you want to choose choice A or choice B is to listen to what your inner emotions are telling you. This is often referred to as listening to your intuition, your inner voice, or, for men, listening to your gut feelings. If you choose this way to look for answers, it helps to go to the place of peace and quiet in your mind.

First, get comfortable and quiet your mind. Ask the chatter in your head, if there is any, to move aside, and then enter a place in your mind that brings you calmness. You can do this anywhere and in any place. The more you do this, the easier it is to access. Just take a small time-out to review the questions and choices that are before you. After you have become relaxed and your mind quieted, bring the choices you have questions about to stand before you in your mind. Imagine yourself following one of these choices. Allow yourself time to be with this choice. Observe how it makes you feel. Does it make you feel happy and joyful, or does it make you tense and upset?

Now, do the same for the other choice or choices. Spend time with each one. Play out in your mind what it would look like or feel like if you moved in either direction. If you pay attention to your emotions and how you are feeling with each particular choice, you will have your answer. Always move toward the direction that makes you feel happy and light and you will be on your right path.
William Stillman
Health Education

Trusting your intuition is the same as trusting yourself, meaning listening to that tiny, inner voice (or conscience) that nudges you, urges you, or warns you about people, places and things.

If you're asking the question, chances are you've already had some intuitive experiences; but you have likely chalked them up to coincidence or written them off as flukes.

Try testing your intuition by setting up some harmless trials that will provide the opportunity for you to "practice" applying your intuition safely. For example, invest some meditation time in thinking about the emotional attachment you have to a friend or family member, and then see how quickly they contact you in the days, hours, or minutes afterward. You can also arrange minor guessing games with yourself based on local or national news stories which are pending some resolve. Again, in meditation time, try connecting emotional to the persons or circumstances and make note of what your intuition is telling you. Check your findings against the actual outcome to see how accurate you were.

Trusting your intuition is a process in which one must overcome trepidation and fear of being "wrong" in favor of developing a quiet confidence as your accuracy strengthens. Remember, though, the purpose of developing an intuition you can trust is not to be serving selfish needs but to be rendering selfless service to others.

Continue Learning about Mental Health

Myths and Facts About Electroshock Therapy
Myths and Facts About Electroshock Therapy
You might have heard of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), commonly known as electroshock therapy. If so, you probably have preconceived notions about w...
Read More
What are the health benefits of optimism?
Dr. Kathleen HallDr. Kathleen Hall
Scientific studies confirm the health benefits of a "Pollyanna" attitude or optimism. Research shows...
More Answers
Hate Confrontation? Try These 5 Therapist-Approved Tactics
Hate Confrontation? Try These 5 Therapist-Approved TacticsHate Confrontation? Try These 5 Therapist-Approved TacticsHate Confrontation? Try These 5 Therapist-Approved TacticsHate Confrontation? Try These 5 Therapist-Approved Tactics
Keep your relationships intact after tough discussions.
Start Slideshow
The Health Benefits of Sharing Your Secrets
The Health Benefits of Sharing Your Secrets

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.