Can I Trust My Intuition?

Your intuition is always available and won’t fail you.  It always tells the truth and won’t let you down.  The challenge is that most people ignore it and rely on what comes from their logical, left-brain instead.

I have often   heard from people who said they got an intuitive message but second guessed it.  The message didn’t seem logical.  They didn’t trust it.  So they went ahead and did something contrary to the intuitive information.

This can be something like not paying attention when you have a feeling that the lunchmeat you are about to eat has gone bad.

Maybe you get a feeling or a thought that tells you to get off the highway and take an exit instead.  You ignore it and get caught in a traffic jam.

Maybe you have a feeling that your company shouldn’t hire a particular individual despite her professional appearance and sterling resume, but you hire her anyway because you really need someone in a particular position or because you discount your gut feelings.  And she’s passive-aggressive or takes loads of time off or causes aggravation in various ways and it takes years to pry her out of the position.

Perhaps you have tried to make contact with your beloved grandfather and you don’t trust that you really felt his presence, smelled his pipe tobacco, or heard a few encouraging words..

Not listening to your intuition can have huge consequences, like knowing as you walk down the aisle to get married that you shouldn’t be getting married at all because it’s not going to work.  I know that backing out of a marriage can be hard, especially at the last minute, even if you know it’s not the right thing.  But you probably knew it wasn’t right long before the wedding day.

People have often told me that when they ignored their intuitive impulses, they regretted it.  I have never had someone say to me that they were glad they ignored it.

To develop trust in your intuition, it is important to pay attention to what you think might be messages from your intuition.  Remember those impressions and the best way to do that is to write them down in a notebook or journal.  Keep the notebook with you and write down anything that seems to come suddenly, out of the blue when you weren’t thinking about what the intuition seems to be telling you.  Write down any impressions you receive when you ask a question and want an answer from the Universe, Grandma, or an angel.

Leave some space below or to the right of what you wrote so you can comment later.

Did you get some words?  Was there a picture that popped into your mind’s eye?  Did you get a gut feeling about something?  Did you get an instant download or understanding about something?  Did you sense an unseen presence with you?  Did you smell or taste something that wasn’t in the room?

Writing down these impressions will automatically make them more real for you.  You will develop greater trust in your intuition by putting it to the test.  Go back over your notes from time to time and write down the confirming information when it can be confirmed.

For example, if you thought the meat was tainted and ate it anyway, did you get nauseated or have a stomach pain?

Did you hear on the radio that there was a major accident on the highway that you were warned not to take?  Or did you keep driving along and get stuck in traffic?

Did you have a thought about checking your tires but didn’t do it and you had a blowout?  Some of these impressions can be validated either immediately or at a later time.

This exercise is a powerful way of practicing using your intuition.  Because you are keeping a record, you start paying more attention to the information that comes to you without you doing any thinking or action to cause it.

And practice is the key to success in using your intuition.  The more you pay attention to it and practice using it and write it down, the stronger it will grow.

Another good way to trust your intuition is to give someone else a message you think is coming from your intuition for them.  So often they will exclaim that you were right.  This is a technique that works especially well if you are taking a class to develop your intuition and you are practicing using some of the tools and techniques you’ve been given on your loved ones.  I would only practice this on people you know who are open to intuition.  The skeptics aren’t going to give you any reassurance because they are, I think, afraid of the whole idea of intuition.  But as I’ve said, ignoring it is like trying to go through life walking on one leg.

Your Intuition : Ramping It Up

Everyone has intuition.   It is standard equipment just like five fingers per hand, two ears, and one stomach.  What you do with your intuition is the relevant thing.  Are you using your intuition, second guessing it, or ignoring it?  Does your intuition work well for certain things but not so well in other instances?

Whatever your intuitive experience is like at this time, it can improve tremendously. It’s a matter of learning techniques and practicing.  Practice is important with anything you try, such as tennis, golf, drawing, writing, or dancing.  It is the same way with your intuition.  Those who practice using their intuition and practice and practice, are the ones whose intuition grows by leaps and bounds.

How Intuition Shows Itself

Intuitive messages are usually received  through sight, hearing, or feeling.  These gifts are called clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.  You may get your intuitive impressions most easily through one of these channels, although the information can come through two or all three intuitive senses.

Getting Started

  • Choose a time when you won’t be interrupted and turn off the phone.
  • Have a paper and pen available.
  • Imagine putting your feet deep into the earth and also connecting upward to an unlimited source of knowledge.
  • Spend a few minutes taking deep breaths or meditate if you prefer.

Now you are ready to try a specific exercise.

A Question for Your Intuition

Follow the Getting Started procedure. Ask for the expanded consciousness of your intuition to communicate with you.  Write down a question and sit quietly with an open mind.  As an answer, you might see a picture in your mind’s eye, get thoughts, or get a feeling in your body.  This can be very subtle, especially at first.

Pay close attention to anything that comes to you.  Otherwise you could see a color and dismiss it as nothing significant.  Clairvoyant people often see colors with their third eye before they receive thoughts or bodily feelings.  If you see a color in your mind, that color might have a special meaning for you.  Otherwise, you can Google “meaning of colors” or something similar and you will get insight into what was being communicated.  You might also get a symbol, which is a picture to interpret.  Often the meaning is clear and needs no further interpretation.

If  you get thoughts, rather than doubting them, write them down to look at later.  This is using the gift of clairaudience.  I always say this process should be more like diarrhea than constipation.  In other words, write down all your thoughts rather than editing them.

If you tend to be clairsentient, you may get a feeling in your body to answer the question.  For example, a light, happy feeling would be a positive response to your question and a heavy or uncomfortable feeling would be a negative response.

You might alternatively get a combination of impressions that includes images, thoughts, and feelings.   Write everything you get down and look at it the next day.  You might be surprised at what your intuition has revealed to you.

Should you follow the intuitive messages?  It is never a mistake to follow your intuition, if it’s really your intuition.  People often say their intuition warned them about something and a situation would have worked out better if they had listened instead of ignoring the message.   Write down all your impressions, whether you think they are intuitive or from your left, rational brain.  You will get clear on which impressions are intuitive with practice.

Have fun and contact me if you have any questions.

Can You Become Your Own Business Psychic?

You might shake your head in amazement over the wonderful abilities of some psychics.  Companies employ them to help select people to hire, to help fine tune advertising campaigns, to add insight to strategic business planning and much more.

These psychics bring through accurate, clear information about things they could not know on their own.  How do they do it?  Do you sometimes wonder if you have that ability yourself?

The good news is that you do.  Just as you were born with hands and feet, you were born with intuitive and psychic abilities.  People have unique ways of receiving intuitive information.  You can learn to identify your own most effective ways of receiving these kinds of messages and then use them to help guide your decision-making.  This makes good sense because if the information is truly intuitive, it is correct.

Intuitive Messages: Many Ways for You to Receive Them

People receive intuitive or psychic information through inner senses that correspond to the outer senses of seeing, hearing, sensing or feeling, tasting and smelling.  They might also receive instant impressions that can be put into words.  These gifts of information have names that begin with clair, which is a French word meaning clear:

Clairvoyance—seeing with the third eye

Clairaudience—hearing with the inner ear

Clairsentience—perceiving with the inner senses

Clairgustance—tasting with the inner taste buds

Clairalience—smelling something that has no physical source

Claircognizance—an insight or body of information that is instantly known in the mind without a logical explanation

Clairempathy—sensing or feeling in one’s own body the disposition, emotion, or ailment of another person, place, or animal

Your Intuition Can Help You Find the Right Career

Careers are often a match for one’s clair abilities.  Visual artists, designers, architects and hairdressers are clairvoyant, seeing pictures inside their mind that they can bring into physical reality.  Writers, composers, and public speakers are often clairaudient and claircognizant.  One who is gifted with clairsentience or clairempathy could be a good healer, therapist, police officer, night watchman, or private eye.  All clair abilities, when recognized and used, help not only with one’s career, but also with personal matters such as relationships, family, health, and finances.

Your Intuitive is Working: Pay Attention

Notice whether you get gut feelings, insights, ah ha moments, inspirations, hunches, visions, or premonitions.  Do things suddenly dawn on you or do you do well flying by the seat of your pants?  Can you sniff out a good or bad deal?  Have you ever smelled something that wasn’t physically based? Do you seem to know when to call someone or when they’ll call you?  Do you get an instant good or bad feeling about someone?  Might you get good ideas when you’re in the shower, out for a walk, or driving somewhere?

Pay attention when something comes to you from out of nowhere.  You might want to keep a journal of the information you receive.  These impressions are your intuition in action and are right on target.

Just practice.  Just as you become a better tennis player or speaker with practice, you can improve your intuition in the same way.  You can also meet with a friend or join a meditation group that focuses on using their intuition.

Yes, you can become your own business (and personal) psychic!  Have fun exploring and developing your awesome abilities.

Trust Your Intuitive Impulses

Ordinarily intuition comes softly and gently. It will not be as loud as your usual thoughts, so keep your senses open to apprehend the quiet, ever-present messages it sends. When people come for a reading, they usually get confirmation from the psychic of what they already felt inside to be the truth. The truth is right inside you to be revealed or ignored.

You might find it useful to keep a notebook of impressions you get before logic sets in and second-guesses your intuitive impulses. For example, you might pull some meat out of the refrigerator and have a quick thought that it isn’t safe to eat any longer. Let’s say you ignore that thought and eat the meat anyway, ending up with food poisoning. That could be a good motivator to pay better attention to your intuition.

Or maybe you decide to use a financial planner to help you invest your money. You don’t feel totally comfortable about investing through a certain person who is a friend of a friend, yet what she says sounds sort of convincing and you go ahead and work through her, making investments based on her recommendations. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out later that you could have done a lot better elsewhere.

If you feel totally comfortable with a person or situation you are probably in for a good run. If instead you have nagging little thoughts or impressions that everything would be OK if only something or another would change, write those thoughts down. Sooner or later you will understand the importance and accuracy of those impressions.

The Amazing Human Lie Detector

Have you ever gotten a bad feeling about something you were planning to do, but went ahead and did it anyway?  I’m willing to bet it didn’t go well.

The stories I’ve heard about people not following their feelings—I could write a book.  People have told me they hired someone because they were in a bind, going against the bad feeling they had about the person, and the hire proved to be a disaster.  Several individuals have talked about how bad they felt as they walked down the aisle to get married.  They knew ahead of time, way before the wedding day, that the marriage wasn’t going to work.  People have gone into partnerships sensing that things wouldn’t work out the way they wanted and, guess what, they were absolutely right.

On the other hand, I’ve heard of people following their positive feelings about a person, partnership, or opportunity with marvelous results.  Recently I talked to a woman who, after a tough marriage was turned off to dating again.  She wanted no part in a romantic situation and didn’t even look at men.  Against her will and to her great consternation she spotted her boss’s boss and said to herself “I want to marry him.”  This went against what she planned to do with her life, including ministry in a church.  She fought her feelings but with her mother’s encouragement wrote him a letter.  Less than two months later they were married and have recently celebrated their twenty-second anniversary.

Another woman spotted a policeman from her office window and just knew this was man who was to be her husband.  So she freshened up her makeup and went down to the street to meet the man she later married.

These are big things, right?  But our feelings guide us every day to help make decisions on the small things as well as the large ones.

People come to me seeking psychic/spiritual advice about going into a business partnership.  At times I get a bad feeling about the situation and feel that the business arrangements will not work out well.  Often the client is seeking a second opinion from me because she/he feels uncomfortable about the situation.

One of the most common reasons women go to a psychic is to get advice on the workability of their current relationship.  While the success of the relationship is subject to changes in the individuals, there can be a lot of red flags indicating major problems.  The partner could be unavailable physically, legally, or emotionally, not treating the woman well, or giving other signals that indicate he’s just not that into her.  If the woman already felt comfortable with the relationship she wouldn’t ask a psychic to help her see the situation clearly.

It’s useful to pay attention to your body’s intuitive signals.  These “good” or “bad” feelings can absolutely be trusted, especially when you’re calm and relaxed.  All you have to do is be alert to what your body is trying to tell you.

If you are about to make a decision and you get an uncomfortable feeling, instead of soldiering on and disregarding those sensations, stop and reconsider.  It is not a good idea to go into action.  What isn’t quite right here?  You might be missing or ignoring some important information that could affect your choice.  You won’t go wrong by waiting and finding out why you’re feeling uneasy.

Many have learned to trust their gut feeling, but often a disturbance will show up in the heart, throat, or as a tightness in and around the eyes.  It can be a feeling of tightness or fuzziness in the head or a pain in the neck or lower back.  Sometimes the whole body has a chill of uneasiness.  See which part of your body communicates the most clearly.

Let’s say you are considering taking a particular class.  Hold the flier or name of the activity to your heart.  How does the heart feel about it?  Your heart might feel happy and positive, neutral, or uncomfortable in response to the class.  If your heart feels great about the class, it would be a more positive experience than if the heart registered a neutral or negative response.

You can hold a book or business card up to your heart to see what response you get.  Alternatively, you can place a question, flier, or business card on your solar plexus, gut, throat, third eye or another part of your head.  See where you feel the most response from your body.  Some get a tight throat as a negative response when they focus on their throat.

For the most dangerous situations, the body sometimes communicates very strongly so you can’t miss feeling it.  You might get a very bad feeling about going down a particular road, to a particular party, or out on a particular date.  Ignoring these impulses is foolhardy.

Your body is a wonderful intuitive friend.  It cannot lie and you won’t be able to force it to give your false information.

I hope you remember to check in with your body about the important matters of your life.  You will become skilled at using your body intuition the same as you gain expertise in everything else—by practicing.

Developing Your Intution for Business

If you really want to develop your workplace intuition and can commit yourself to doing so, you will succeed.  The majority of individuals, who recognize their intuitive talent, do not devote time to increasing their skill level to become a clear receiver of high-level intuitive help.

Expertise in this field isn’t as much about raw talent as it is about nurturing and developing the ability you possess; to become an excellent intuitive, one needs to practice and practice some more.   Without a significant amount of practice, intuitive ability, just like any ability, will remain stagnant.

Whereas some folks have an advantage because their intuitive ability was recognized and encouraged from an early age, you may have come to recognize and appreciate intuition’s power as an adult.  It doesn’t matter.  A combination of desire, ability (even if only recently discovered), study, and practice is all that is needed.

Experience and encouragement will help you learn to trust your intuitive gifts.  I have observed that at first, business intuition students they commonly doubt the information the receive. But with feedback about their intuitive hits, they overcome their doubts, learn to trust their intuition and can become standouts.

In Outliers; The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell observes that innate talent seems to play a smaller role than preparation in success.  A study done by psychologists at Berlin’s elite Academy of Music found that the real difference in success was how many hours violin students practiced.  These psychologists then compared amateur pianists with professional pianists and the same pattern was found.  The amateurs didn’t practice over around three hours a week throughout their childhood, while the professionals increased their practice time every year.  No “naturals,” who could get to the top in their field while practicing a fraction of the time were found.  The distinguishing factor, after a musician had enough talent to get into a top music school, was how much effort the student expended.  Those at the very top worked much, much harder than the rest.

While I’m not suggesting that you have to spend 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell says it takes to be the Bill Gates in any field, practice cannot be overemphasized.

The Beatles achieved their success largely because for two years they played 7 days a week, 8 hours a day in Germany for much of each year.  Bill Gates spent 20 to 30 hours a week programming computers in computer labs starting in eighth grade.

Talent combined with practice explains a lot.  So if you are interested in becoming a highly accurate intuitive, you already have enough talent which you can develop it to any degree you choose by combining your desire with the time it takes to develop it.

Your Intuition IQ

Standarized IQ Tests

No matter what your score on typical intelligence tests, these instruments measure something other than your intuitive intelligence.  They have little or nothing to do with intuition or creativity.  Rather, they measure one’s left-brain abilities, which are linear and logical.

Left-Brainers and Intuition

In fact, a high score on a standardized test such as the Stanford-Binet may be a sign that you are going to have more of a struggle believing in your intuition.  As an intuition teacher, I see the doubt the logical left-brain brings to the party.   It’s hard for the left-brain type to trust what their intuition is telling them.

However, trust is probably the biggest key to accessing intuition.   The stronger you are with your logical left-brain, the harder it is for you to have confidence in the impulses from the right brain.  The more highly educated you are, the more you will have come to rely on the left-brain as the determiner of truth.  If something can’t be proven, it is incorrect or at least extremely suspect.  This is the scientific and “correct” approach we typically use as a standard in our western world.

The Left Brain is No Wallflower

The left-brain thinks loudly.  It shouts.  It second guesses and dismisses the intuitive information, which is usually broadcasting on a quieter frequency.

One’s intuition is playing in the background, as sure as there is night and day.  It’s everyone’s choice whether or not they will pay attention to it.  Here are some differences between left- and right-brain IQs:

Left Brainer Traits and Careers

The left-brain is logical and linear.  It does things in the correct order and knows what that order is.  One with a strong left-brain usually does well with reading, writing, and mathematics.  These subjects have rules and the left brainers loves rules.  They have a hard time seeing the final result until they’ve gone through all the intermediate steps that lead to a completed goal.

Typical left-brain oriented careers include science, accounting, and law.  These are jobs with well-defined rules.  The rules provide a stable base for left brain-oriented individuals.

Dislike of change is another characteristic of left-brain people.  They are more likely to think things were just fine the way they were so why upset the apple cart?  They seldom propose innovative, creative ideas.  If they do, they probably got it from a right brain individual.  When the new idea has been formulated, they can do a great job with implementation of it; that’s part of their genius.  Left- and right-brainers can work together very nicely and need each other’s help to bring cool new stuff to the world.

Right Brainer Traits

The right brainers don’t need any time at all to get information.  They leap from A (the question), to Z (the solution) in a nanosecond.  Their data is not based on education or experience.  These things matter, of course, but the right brain considers that type of input as only one possibility.  They see the overall picture rapidly and don’t see a reason to go through a bunch of unnecessary steps.

They may already have leapt to a new idea as their mouth is talking about the previous thought.  So they can seem scattered as they quickly process information and come up with new thoughts spontaneously.

The best careers for right brain folks involve creativity: they do well as artists, musicians, athletes, sales people, dancers, and entrepreneurs.

Intuitive information is highly suspect to the left brainers of the world.  Intuition comes from…well, who the heck knows? would be the reasoning of a logical, left brain thinker.

Best Case Scenario

Relax!  You probably access both sides of your brain nicely.  Most people are not extremely left-or right-brained.  They can blend the intelligence of both sides of the brain as needed to make sure they are using their whole brain.

If I had to choose one side of the brain only, I bet you know which side that would be.  I’d go with the intuitive, right brain.  Because if it’s intuition it is always correct!

Meditation at Work : Who knew?

Those who meditate have a distinct advantage over those who don’t.  Individuals who meditate at work enjoy greater productivity and clarity.  They experience better concentration, stronger intuition, and more physical vitality.  There is a reduction in stress, tension, fatigue, and anxiety.

The Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard found that meditation improves qualities businesses need from their employees: heightened intuition, increased brain-wave energy, improved concentration, and even a decrease in the physical aches and pains common to workers.

Here are some of the common responses employees have to adding meditation to their work day:

I Don’t Have Time to Meditate at Work

Yes, you do, because you can have a very relaxing, mind-clearing meditation in a few minutes while sitting at your desk.

I Don’t Know How to Meditate

Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated.  You don’t have to learn difficult or time-consuming techniques.  There is a super easy meditation technique below.

Why Should I Meditate? 

  • Meditate to reduce stress.  People who meditate experience more happiness and a feeling of success.  This translates to higher morale and greater job satisfaction.
  • Meditate to make better decisions.  When you need to make a decision, it’s important to get away from the mental chatter that usually goes on in your head and find a way to relax.  A quick meditation can quiet the incessant, usually unproductive thoughts that swirl around in your mind and prevent clear thinking.  Meditation is the perfect tool for giving you access to your intuitive right brain, from which all new information comes.
  • Meditate to accomplish more in less time.  You aren’t as effective if you are stressed out and operating with an overload of information spinning around in your brain.  When your mind is calm you get more done.
  • Meditate to be more creative.  Individuals who meditate regularly, getting into a state of calmness, report they are more imaginative and tend to think more outside the box.

 

You Have a Whole Brain, So Why Not Use It?

For problem solving, you need to use your whole brain, not just half of it.  The rational left brain is necessary but so is the intuitive right brain.  The left brain presents the data.  This can derived from previous similar projects or the education and background of experience of those that are consulted.

Every New Idea or Solution Comes From Your Intuition

Every designer, scientist, artist, inventor, author, or entrepreneur creates something new and by definition uses the intuitive right brain to do so.  Every new idea comes from the intuitive brain rather than from the rational brain.  If the intuitive, creative brain is employed for problem solving, original thoughts will be generated.  Each person with a new idea also has a background of information upon which to bring forth something new and different.

An Effective Meditation in Five Minutes or Less

It’s wonderful to have twenty minutes to meditate, but how realistic is that for most people during the work day?  You can meditate effectively in three to five minutes while you are sitting at your desk.   No one will have to know you are meditating.  You might also consider meditating in your car, outside, or even in the bathroom.

Here is a simple, straight-forward meditation that takes a few minutes: Close your eyes and sit in a relaxed position.  Imagine your feet are planted very deep in the earth and take a few breaths focusing on energy coming into your feet from the earth.  Envision a tube that goes from the top of your head to God or the Absolute Being or the Source of love, peace, and wisdom.  Use whatever concept you have of an infinite, loving intelligence.  Focus on this tube and breathe in from the source you chose.  Try breathing in peace.  Breathe in the feeling of peace with each breath, drawing the breaths from your belly rather than your chest.  If you notice you are thinking about other things, just go back to focusing on the tube over your head and breathe in peace again.  You might like to try breathing in the feeling of love, joy, or a phrase such as “All is well.”

After a few minutes, go back to work.  Notice how you are feeling as you resume work.  You will probably feel calmer, more relaxed and refreshed.

This meditation exercise can be performed as often as you want to reduce stress and gain clarity, either at work or at home.  It is never a time waster.

Feel free to share with me what you experience using this type of meditation.

Intuition at Work

Intuition on the job is often undervalued.  Business owners and managers may scoff at intuition because it cannot be measured and quantified, and therefore cannot be real.  Left brain data such as knowledge, experience, and education are important factors for running an effective business.  Yet if intuitive, right brain information is omitted from the decision making process, one is working with only half of the needed input.  All new ideas come from the right brain, which provides hunches, gut feelings, pictures, and thoughts that are out of the ordinary.  These new ideas complete the picture so both new and familiar possibilities are considered.

Traditional methods of operation based on known projects, computer printouts, or education may not serve the current needs of customers.  A change in advertising, marketing, products and services may be called for in order for a particular company to have continued success and this means right brain intuitive information is needed.

It makes good business sense to find out which employees are the most intuitive and use their impressions along with other types of information.  Sometimes the most intuitive staff members are unaware of their ability to know things others don’t know by tapping into their gut feelings or inner knowing.  A good brainstorming session would help to ferret out those who are most in touch with their extrasensory talents.

You cannot go wrong using your intuition at work and you can increase your intuitive skill with practice.  Ask yourself if your intuition shows itself in any of these ways:

  1.  Do creative thoughts come suddenly and reveal new ways of looking at something?
  2. Do you just “know” if you chose the right job or attorney?
  3. Do your hunches or gut feelings about things at work prove to be true?
  4. When you meet someone, do you already know if you will get along with each other?
  5. Are you able to speak without preparation and the right words are there?
  6. Do you get a strong impression to do something or go somewhere and it proves to be very important that you did?
  7. Can you sense if someone will be late or not show up for a meeting?
  8. Did you ever feel a strong urge to call someone, and when you called, realized she needed you?
  9. Do you sometimes think of a person and they soon call?
  10. Do you ever know ahead what a person is going to say or do?
  11. Do you just know where to find something that is lost?
  12. Do you often make sound decisions without adequate hard data?
  13. Do you sometimes know when an accident is going to happen?
  14. Are you able to determine ahead whether a meeting will be productive?
  15. Are you able to assemble or repair things without reading the directions?
  16. Do you get sudden bodily sensations that describe how another person is feeling?
  17. Do you know what store will have the thing you need?
  18. Do you know when a potential client will prove to be a productive contact?

Pay attention to thoughts, pictures, and feelings that come instantly from out of the blue.  These impressions are your intuition at work.

Intuition and Business Success By Shala Kilmer

Using your intuition for business is a sure way to increase your work productivity and effectiveness.  Your intuition coupled with your business knowledge and experience will give you a real advantage.  Ignoring intuition is like attempting to perform your work activities with one hand tied behind your back.

The most successful people naturally employ their intuition along with what they already have learned.  Whether the individuals credit their intuition or not, they use it to do their job.  For example, skilled salespeople know what the potential client’s objections are without having to hear them from the prospect.  They are exceptionally good at picking up on or intuiting what to say to convince the customer to buy.  This is one kind of intuitive information that can be utilized.

To foster your own business intuition, practice is the key.  Everything gets better through being performed repeatedly from playing tennis, to dancing, or learning a new language.  When students ask how to improve their intuition, I tell them to practice, practice, practice.

The best times to tap your intuition are those times when your mind is less busy and more relaxed.  The endless activity of the mind is a sure blocker of intuition.  Not only is it noisy and insistent on its way of perceiving things, it cuts the legs off your intuition with its doubt of that type of information.

People report their intuition works well when they are in the shower, driving, about to go to sleep, or just after they awaken because these are times when one is usually more relaxed.  Yoga, meditation, and prayer also calm the busy brain.

Good intuitive information also comes when you are fully engaged in an activity such as manual labor, creating art or music, or participating in an individual sport.  Time flies by unnoticed.  The rational, I-know-the-answer-to-things part of the brain is resting and this allows the intuitive flow to be strong.

No one has ever told me they were glad they disregarded their intuition.  Instead, I’ve often been told that that when they had an intuitive message and ignored the advice they wished they hadn’t.

You might wonder if the impression you receive is really intuition or something else.  If it really is intuition, it is accurate, based on one’s history.  If it is based on ego desires or emotions, it isn’t intuition at all.  If the message you get is based on hopes, suppositions, or personal choices, it is the ego speaking and it is not intuitive.  You simply cannot be intuitive by trying to figure it out.  Intuition relies on allowing and is squelched when you attempt to get it right or to get a certain outcome.