Call it intuition, the urge, the tingle, the tiny voice in your head, or the gut feeling. These are all ways your intuition is talking to you.
Intuitive means having the ability to know or understand something instinctively and instantly beyond your rational mind.
While you’ve likely experienced those moments, becoming an intuitive person is a little decision you make. But this decision makes the most significant difference.
What Does It Mean to Be Intuitive?
Accessing information beyond what you can see, hear, sense, smell, or touch — that’s being intuitive. It’s the higher knowledge coming from within that guides you along your life.
In essence, intuition entails:
- Being attuned to other people’s emotions
- Having a vision for the highest good of all
- Listening to your inner voice and trusting your instincts
- Having your awareness anchored in the moment
- Being observant of your surroundings
As a result, you make better decisions, attract synchronicities, and live beyond your wildest dreams.
An intuitive approach to healing
If you feel unwell, what do you do? You seek medical assistance. In other words, you seek healing from external sources.
And the medical staff utilizes various methods like body scans and biochemical tests to diagnose your health issue. Once it’s done, they prescribe you some drug treatment or therapy.
On the contrary, an intuitive approach to healing uses solely internal guidance — your intuition.
Scientifically speaking, you use extrasensory perception (ESP) to gain information about your body beyond the five physical senses. This is why ESP is often called your sixth sense.
Silva Method and healing
Creative visualization is one of the most researched and effective tools to apply when it comes to healing.
For example, Jose Silva, founder of the Silva Method, was one of the first pioneers of creative visualization for healing.
He called it the ‘Three Scenes Technique,’ one of the most powerful tools of the method. It was probed and proven by other scientists and medical professionals, including Dr. O. Carl Simonton.
He’s the one who popularized the mind-body connection in fighting cancer by applying the Three Scenes Technique. Eventually, he would refer to it as ‘imagery therapy,’ which doubled the chances of survival among cancer patients.
But is it the technique that made healing possible?
Essentially, it’s the power of your belief that helps you heal — believe it or not.
An intuitive approach to eating
The term ‘intuitive eating‘ was formulated by two dieticians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Diet Approach. Don’t be misled by the title, as it has nothing to do with the meaning of intuitive eating.
It’s not about dieting as a temporary alteration of your eating habits to achieve your short-term goals. Instead, it’s a way of life to attain ultimate health and well-being.
This intuitive approach to eating implies adapting your food choices to your body’s needs in the present moment.
There are numerous factors affecting the energy of your body. Hormonal changes, physical activity, stress levels, and seasonality may cause energy fluctuations.
You don’t need to be able to pinpoint them rationally. Instead, you attune to your body intuitively and adjust your eating accordingly.
3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Becoming an Intuitive Person
According to Sonia Choquette, intuition teacher and trainer of Mindvalley’s Sixth Sense Superpower Quest, living from intuition allows you to integrate your mind and heart. She believes that your heart is a centerpiece that allows you to unfold your fullest potential.
If you think this statement is exaggerated, let’s look at the three science-backed benefits of becoming an intuitive person.
1. Sending messages via the mind
An academic division at the University of Edinburgh did a study on whether or not people have the ability to ‘send’ messages with just their minds.
The participants were divided into two groups — the ‘senders’ and the ‘receivers’ — and then separated into two different rooms.
The receivers listened to white noise, wore eye shields, and were bathed in red light to prevent the senders from transmitting any sensory information.
The senders were shown a specific video and instructed to send the images of the video to the receivers using only their minds.
Next, four different videos were shown to the receivers, who had to choose which of the videos they believed the senders watched.
While the expected ‘hit’ rate would be 25%, the receivers actually reached a 33% ‘hit’ rate. That’s a 7% increase!
Vishen, founder of Mindvalley, explains that you may be thinking that 7% isn’t like a big deal. But when you put this into a real-world context, it can be incredibly significant.
It shows that the odds of intuition being real are billions to one in favor of intuition.
2. Predicting the future
Another study on intuitive meaning had participants try to predict whether a random image shown on a computer was behind ‘curtain #1’ or ‘curtain #2.’
The researchers measured subtle physiological responses, such as the opening of sweat glands on the participants’ palms.
The participants struggled to consciously decide which ‘curtain’ the image was behind. Remarkably, their bodies intuitively knew the correct answer 2-3 seconds before the randomizing system on the computer decided which curtain to use.
Although the participants weren’t always consciously aware of the intuition and precognition of their physiology, their sweaty palms were correct nearly 100% of the time.
The HeartMath Institute performed a very similar study to this, measuring the heart waves of participants with the same results. It seems that our physiology can, in some mysterious way, predict the future.
3. Making the best decision — immediately
One more study about intuition validated the gut feeling you get when making big life decisions.
They studied car buyers and found that some car buyers took plenty of time to analyze the information about numerous car choices. They were satisfied with their purchase decision only 25% of the time.
The other car buyers followed their gut feelings and made quick, intuitive decisions. They were satisfied with their purchase 60% of the time.
Seems like intuitive decision-making works better than a rational one.
Intuition is about making the most authentic and well-grounded decisions in the moment to create the future you really want.— Sonia Choquette, intuition teacher and trainer of Mindvalley’s Sixth Sense Superpower Quest
5 Ways to Become More Intuitive, According to Intuition Experts
There are multiple ways you can tap into your intuition. In fact, you are using it all the time without being aware of it. If you start using it intentionally and consciously, imagine how much easier and more effortless your life will be!
Here are five practical ways to sharpen your intuition, according to Mindvalley’s intuition experts and trainers.
1. Stop overthinking
Energy healer and trainer of Mindvalley’s Duality Quest, Jeffer Allen explains that too much internal noise is the number one reason people cannot hear their intuition.
What’s internal noise?
It’s when you:
- Notice unimportant details and patterns
- Pursue extreme precision in everything you do
- Seek to make the most optimal decisions
- Talk too much
- Anticipate a series of imaginary sequences of consequences
- Tell stories about people you don’t know
Intuition enables you to live your life in a thoughtful way rather than in a thinking way. If you stop thinking about what you should see, you will be amazed at what you see.— Jeffrey Allen, energy healer and trainer of Mindvalley’s Duality Quest
It’s important to understand that your rational mind, which tends to analyze everything, isn’t inherently wrong. Intuition is about balanced thinking so that you can use them both.
When it comes to becoming more intuitive, you want to notice your overthinking and turn your analyzer off. It will instantly help you see the bigger picture.
2. Remove distractions
Apart from your mind that gets in the way of intuition, you can be distracted by other people’s notions, ideas, opinions, social norms, memories, and forgetfulness.
According to Jeffrey, the need for validation and acceptance can become a real obstacle to becoming more intuitive.
“The answers you get through intuition may not fit the social norms. This is why we judge ourselves and doubt our intuition, out of fear of being disapproved by others,” he explains.
Even your memories are elusive as they are about your past, as opposed to your intuition that’s always in the present moment.
Simply put, to become more intuitive, you need to move away from all external distractions and turn to your intuition.
While we all have gut feelings from time to time, you can deepen your intuitive sense through meditation.
Sonia Choquette recommends morning meditation as it shifts your focus from the outside world to your inner voice to guide you through the day.
When you meditate before bed, it re-activates your imagination and opens you up to your subconscious mind.
In essence, meditation practice allows you to keep in touch with the world of infinite possibilities.
When was the last time you lost yourself in a good dance? Didn’t it feel amazing?
It turns out that dancing doesn’t do just that — make you feel better — it can also enhance your intuition.
Sonia calls this tool ‘dancing in the fire of resistance.’
She explains that feeling and going with the energy is crucial to living an intuitive life. So this dance helps you surrender to the energy that moves you and stops you from thinking.
Dancing empowers you to move with the energy in the moment, and that’s the energy you need to be intuitive.— Sonia Choquette, intuition teacher and trainer of Mindvalley’s Sixth Sense Superpower Quest
When you dance, you want to let yourself be expressive and free from ego control. So pick up your favorite song and let your body groove.
If you do it daily, you will become less in your head and more open to your intuitive insights.
5. Notice signs
Your intuition doesn’t speak directly, as it doesn’t come from your intellect. It speaks through signs, symbols, and metaphors.
It might be a vibe, a hit, or a joke that gets your attention.
Essentially, becoming more intuitive means becoming more attuned to your environment and seeing all subtle changes instead of living on autopilot.
Ask yourself these questions to start noticing more signs:
- What is different about this place? What has changed?
- What haven’t I noticed about it before?
- What are three new things about this place?
Once you get the sign, you need to take it as important information and make an instant decision in the moment.
Living From Your Sixth Sense
Using your intuition is a life-long process. It’s a different way of understanding the world, making decisions, and living your life. When you understand how it works, you can easily use it.
On top of all the benefits that it can bring, one of the most powerful benefits of living from your intuition is living your fullest potential with joy, ease, and peace of mind.
Does this kind of life speak to you?
If yes, the Sixth Sense Superpower Quest with Sonia Choquette will enable you with powerful tools for living from your inner guidance, clarity, and confidence, and trust that your inner voice is guiding you in the right direction. Now and then.