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While we may not like to admit it, humans are driven by their feelings. Positive and negative. Good and not so good. Those we’re fully aware of and those we’re not – even though they may be very obvious to those around us (!). 
Interestingly, most of the time people seem to be completely oblivious of this simple truth. And that’s regardless of whether they consider themselves more of a logical left brained person or an intuitive right brained one. 
We’re naturally drawn to people and things that make us feel “good” – or at least less “bad” (!) – and away from those that really make us feel “bad”. Since everyone’s idea of what constitutes “good” and “bad” is different; it’s not surprising that it can be difficult to fathom out the choices those around us are making. 
However feelings are just the tip of the iceberg. They connect us to a much deeper knowing – intuition – which goes way beyond the feelings we’re so accustomed to. Intuition is a much more instinctive feeling, that’s virtually impossible to put into words. Little wonder we give it so many different names. Gut feeling. Sixth sense. Hunch. Premonition. Inner voice. Innate wisdom. 
And if you look up its meaning in a dictionary, it quickly becomes obvious why it’s such a difficult one to pin down: 
“Intuition, the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.” 
With its ability to appear without warning it’s often linked to our most basic survival instincts. The ability to instantly know – without any conscious thought – that something is “right” or “wrong”, even if we can’t say why. And then taking any necessary action as a result, without even stopping to think about it. 
Time and again we hear stories of people following their intuition, even when they had no idea why they were doing it. Or it went against everything their conscious mind told them to do and finding it was the “right” thing to do. And, often, saved their lives in what looked like a hopeless situation. Or changed their lives out of all recognition. 
Intuition spans the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds. It’s a deeper knowing, but one that only ever whispers in our ear, using the language of feelings. No wonder it’s so easily drowned out by our conscious mind, which shouts out loud using the language we’re most used to using. Words. 
But here’s the rub. Our conscious mind only has a very limited knowledge bank on which to base its advice on. And that’s everything we’ve learnt and experienced in our lives to date which, if you stop to think about it for a moment, isn’t much at all. The tiniest drop in an immense ocean. 
By contrast, intuition has access to the seemingly limitless knowledge bank of our subconscious mind. Little wonder it’s often referred to as our higher self. Added to this, the advice it gives is couched in more general terms. It feels “right” to go in this direction, rather than do X. However, unlike the conscious mind, intuition never gives you bad advice. And, more often than not, it sends you off in a direction you’d never previously considered which turns out to be the best thing that could ever have happened to you. 
Learning to listen to your intuition again is simply down to changing your focus plus a little practice. Rather than automatically listening to the loud voice of your conscious logical mind, tune in to your feelings and the whisper of your intuition. The feeling to go in this direction, not that one. This person can be trusted, that person is best avoided. This feels “right”, that feels uncomfortable or “wrong.” 
The easiest way to get into this habit is to stop and listen to that little voice as you go about your day. A feeling to go a different way to work, to contact a friend who pops into your head for no apparent reason, the hunch to do something completely different. They’re all whispers from your intuition to that will lead you off to new places, people or experiences. All you need to do is trust your intuition and, we guarantee, you can. 
And don’t fall into the easiest of traps. Of trying to force it. Or rationalise the “why”. That is your conscious mind talking, like a spoilt child, trying to grab your attention while it’s elsewhere. If you can avoid this trap, you’ll find out that the “why” will become blindingly obvious a little way down the road, without you needing to spend any time thinking about it. 
Life really is so much simpler than we’ve been led to believe. Learning to listen to your intuition – and with it your subconscious mind – makes life so much easier. Or, put another way, your intuition is rather like having your own internal GPS. So why not trust it to take you in the right direction? 
As always, the choice is yours. 
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