Most of us have heard stories of highly intuitive people who could sense something happening before it actually did, or who know how a certain situation would play out beforehand.
Those people are in tune with their inner self; they are either naturally gifted toward this or they have learned from their life experience.
I was intuitive even as a child; it was a gift that, at first, I downplayed because it made me feel different, and that made me feel uncomfortable.
Still, later on in my life when I was put in front of the choice to continue my normal day job or to follow my passion of helping others with my intuitive gifts, I felt like my inner self was screaming at me to do what makes my soul shine, and so I took a leap of faith and quit my job as an accountant to be a full time psychic intuitive.
It was the best decision I’ve made and it has changed my life for the better.
But not everyone is born with this gift; there are many people that struggle to discern between their thoughts and the intuitive messages they might be receiving from their inner self, and that’s okay—we are not all the same.
If you are one of these people, I’m here to tell you not to lose hope. With the right practices, everyone can learn to tune in to their intuitive self and receive guidance in times of uncertainty.
So, how exactly do you tune in to your higher (inner) self?
First of all, you need to take care of the “monkey mind”—the mind that cannot be still for a second and is always thinking, trying to solve problems, or looking for answers from an outside source.
A great analogy that comes to my mind when I think of this is to imagine a window that has some really thick curtains in front of it. No matter how much sunlight there is outside, the light will never come in because the curtains will block it. This is exactly what happens when our mind is too active—because of all the blabber that goes on, we cannot hear the subtle voice of our intuition.
So, how do we remove the curtains?
Meditation is key. One of the main purposes of meditation is exactly this: to silence the “monkey mind” and guide our awareness to our inner space.
At first, it might be hard to meditate even for as short as 10 or 15 minutes. This is because of the way that our society is built; because of our contact with technology from an early age, our minds are used to be active all the time.
When you first try to meditate, you shouldn’t be surprised if you cannot stop the train of thoughts. Instead of trying to stop your thoughts, it is best to just let them come and go; don’t get attached to any of them and remember to focus on your breath. Whenever you feel like losing awareness and getting hooked on your thoughts, just come back to the breath.
If meditation still seems like hard work and you feel like you cannot do it on your own just yet, I recommend you start with a guided meditation to tune in and relax. Guided meditations can be a great help if you are a beginner because there are people that have spent their whole lives doing this and teaching others how to do it, and they how to guide you so that you will have a wonderful session. So leave any prejudice behind and really dive into meditation with an open mind and an open heart and you will surely see the results in no time.
Another important aspect when learning to listen to your inner self is to not be afraid to make mistakes. It’s when we make mistakes that we learn and grow the most, so there is no reason to fear them. Instead, we should be grateful for all the lessons we’ve learned and apply those teachings so that we don’t repeat past mistakes.
What do you think is worse, to have an opportunity, take it, and make a mistake? Or never take it and never know what could’ve been?
I think that the second is far worse. If you think about it, if you make a mistake, then you get a helpful lesson, and if the decision is not a mistake, then it can lead you to places you maybe only imagined and change your life for the better. In my opinion it is well worth the risk.
Here’s a list of other things you can do to be more tuned in to your inner self:
Go out in nature.
Nature is our home, before anything else. It nurtures us and gives us all that we need to thrive. It can be of great help in connecting us to ourselves. It is also scientifically proven that spending time in nature, especially being around trees and walking barefoot, is good for our health.
Listen to positive music with a loving message.
The right music is therapeutic; it can help raise our mood and silence our minds, at least for a little while. Try to listen to music with a positive message rather than the commercial, materialistic messages mass media tries to sell you.
Find what makes you feel good.
I want you to try an exercise. For a few minutes now, just imagine that you have no need for money, no need to go to your job, and no need to do anything that you don’t want to. Now, think about what you would do instead of working; find your passion, the thing that makes your heart tingle and brings you joy; listen to the calling of your soul.
You are not here to make money; you are here to develop as a spiritual being and take joy in your experience as a human being.
I’m not saying you quit your job right now, I’m just telling you to listen to your inner self more and find your thing and, in time, you will find a way to also make money out of it.
It can be hard to break the old patterns of the mind and connect with your inner self; it is a journey that will have its ups and downs, but in the end it will all be worth it—when you manage to create the life of your dreams.
So, don’t give up, learn from your mistakes, and lead a spiritually fulfilling life, and you will be surprised at what life has in store for you.