I have to be honest. I have not always been the best advertisement for any sense of intuition. I have always been a very cerebral kind of person. It has its benefits. I can think through issues and map out the various complexities of life. It also has its drawbacks such as the well-known phenomenon of ‘paralysis by analysis.’ Intuition is always something I have tended to associate with people who burn incense sticks and tend to wear very comfortable pants!
More recently i have begun to sense a change in myself. There is this subtle sense of ‘knowing’ that I am sure many of you have already experienced. It is a very quiet, very still sense of a deeper interior wisdom. Many faith traditions give it different expressions but no matter what your background I am sure we can all agree that there is some type of knowledge that definitely is beyond our normal cognition.
So what seems to make it so hard for so many of us to really connect with this inner wisdom. My essential thesis is just that we have lost the capacity in the craziness of modern life to simply quieten down for long enough to make a deeper connection with ourselves – to actually listen. Think of all the intensity and distraction and noise that characterises the standard day for most of us. Think of how much sound and busyness sweeps over us in the course of our daily routine. The price of accessing our inner wisdom, our intuition, seems to be the decision to simply make the time for stillness and silence. For most of us this can be so hard.
Let me encourage you! As hard as it may be, you need to make time for silence and self-connection. For crying out loud, we all have noise-cancelling headphones, you would think we would find it easy to simply step back, shut out the noise and listen but we don’t.
What if we began to conceptualize our spiritual health or maybe you would prefer to call it your sense-of-self or inner wisdom. What if we really began to make time for it? Many of us have slowly learned of the importance of exercise for our physical health but we have yet to make the same connection to our intuition or spiritual self. Many people will bury two hours per day in reality television or Youtube videos but won’t give themselves 15 minutes per day for stillness, silence and reflection. My sense is that we all need to make some changes in this area. If intuition exists, if we do all possess a knowledge beyond the purely rational then would it not make sense to try, at least, to check in with it from time to time.
So, as I have mentioned, the first step is to make time for stillness, silence and solitude. The second step is to also make time for regular journal writing. The ability to slow down and make sense of your inner world on paper can be so powerful. Even this morning, after a gym session, I went to my favourite cafe and made time to map out some of my main ideas, feelings and the gentle whispers of a deeper sense of intuition. We always give time to those things that we actually believe matter.
I hope you might slow down, tune in and give yourself the gift of time, stillness and solitude. It is in those moments that your intuition can speak and began to guide you into the life you truly desire.