We hear it all the time: trust your gut feeling.
But when we’ve been taught so much about critical thinking, logical reasoning, and analyzing outcomes, it’s sometimes easy to let our brain override this all-too-common gut feeling.
Yet, how often have you looked back and wished you had listened to that strong feeling whirling around in your insides?
Most likely, more often than you’d like to admit.
So, why don’t we listen to it more often? Perhaps because we second guess it’s validity.
What Does It Mean When You Have A Gut Feeling?
Is your intuition trying to communicate with you?
Gut feelings can come in many forms. But if you’ve ever had a hunch you couldn’t explain and couldn’t ignore?
That’s a gut feeling.
Gut feelings are difficult to describe because they present in different ways for different people.
The best way to tell when you’re experiencing a gut sensation? Well, it’s almost like falling in love.
When you know — you know.
What does intuition feel like?
We often association gut feelings with our intuition, but that’s not the only way our sixth sense can leak through to our conscious awareness.
Intuition is that prickle on the back of your neck you feel before someone approaches you from behind.
It’s that strange dream you wake from that directly applies to the life situation you currently face.
It’s the fleeting feeling of deja vu you get from time to time.
Intuition can feel like many things in both the body and the spirit.
It can be a physical sensation, like a gut feeling. Or it can be an emotion or idea that appears randomly and out of the blue.
Is your intuition always right?
Our intuition has an uncanny knack for hitting the nail on the head.
In fact, if you’d like to understand the scientific validity of why this gut feeling is nearly always correct, read our article, How Science Is Discovering The True Intuition Meaning.
And to learn more about all things intuition, check out our comprehensive intuition guide.
Should you trust your gut feeling?
The short answer? Yes.
Many of us hesitate to trust our gut because the sensation can be difficult to interpret.
We prefer to rely on concrete data and hard facts to make our decisions. Because making a decision based purely on instinct seems foolish.
But it turns out, trusting your gut can yield powerful results.
4 Reasons To Trust Gut Feelings
Intuition comes from your heart which gives you answers from your true self.
—Vishen Lakhiani, Founder of Mindvalley and Author of the Becoming Limitless Campaign
Why trust your gut? We’ve got four powerful reasons you should always listen to your gut instinct.
1. Your gut is like your second brain
Did you know that we technically have three brains?
The brain between our ears, our heart, and our gut.
They all three contain neurons, just like the neurons in our brain. In fact, our heart and gut send just as many signals to our brain as the other way around.
But unlike the general processes of our brain, our heart and our gut are mostly associated with intuition. You know, “I just felt it in my heart,” or, “I had a strong gut feeling.”
Unfortunately, the intuitive feelings we get from our gut and our heart often conflict with our minds.
Because this intuitive part of our being is able to assess the past, present, and future simultaneously.
It is able to access databases of information your brain otherwise couldn’t — it connects your mind, body, and spirit.
And what better way to make a decision than with your full being?
It’s like a vast, nearly incomprehensible web of fact and feeling.
2. Gut feelings help you know yourself deeper
Another great reason to trust your gut is to know and understand yourself deeper.
When that voice (or feeling) of intuition speaks, it is coming from your highest self.
As we mentioned above, it is that brilliant heart-gut brain that is able to access all realms of time and all parts of your being simultaneously, without you even having to use the brain in your head to think about any of it.
Your intuition is like your moral compass.
The more you are familiar with using this moral compass, the better able you will be at navigating your life and knowing your truest self.
The more you become acquainted with this inner compass, the more effortless and fruitful your day to day decisions will become.
You will learn to have trust and confidence in yourself and ultimately step higher and higher into the greatest version of you.
Besides, why listen to anyone else when it comes to life advice?
While it’s great to gain the insights of others, no one knows you better than you.
3. Trust your gut — it will protect you
Generally, survival is important to us. This is why it is so important to trust your gut.
Do you ever get that feeling that something just isn’t right? Perhaps someone is giving you a strange vibe, or the shortcut through the park at night just doesn’t sit right in your tummy?
This could be your intuition talking to you.
Our intuition has the ability to assess far more information than our rational, logical minds can — and far more quickly.
Perhaps our gut knows why that person has ill intentions, or why you shouldn’t walk through the park that night.
4. The more you listen to gut feelings, the stronger they get
It’s kind of like a rewards system.
Or, a muscle.
The more you listen to and get to know your inner voice, the louder, stronger, and clearer it will become.
The key to mastering the gift of intuition is learning to really listen to it. The more mindful you are of it, the more powerful it will get.
To help you get in even more touch with this sense, read our article on how to improve your “Spidey Sense.”
When was the last time you trusted a gut feeling? How was the outcome? Share with us in a comment below!