Intuition and business

by | May 22, 2015 | Entrepreneurship, Mindset

When you acknowledge your intuition, you can strengthen it.
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I’ve been intuitive — dare I say psychic — all my life. As a child, I saw things others didn’t see and I was encouraged not to share this information so that people wouldn’t think I was weird. So I learned to suppress that part of myself and eventually when I entered the business world, I did my best to keep things “just the facts, ma’am.”

However, as the world has changed, and my intuition has come back to me more intensely than ever before, I’ve grown to realize that intuition is not a liability in the business world, but an asset.

In fact, people (I could say “men”) have been using their “gut feelings” to make business decisions for decades, possibly centuries. What was once considered “woo woo” is increasingly becoming main stream

So how can you cultivate the use of your own natural intuition to improve your business? The first step is to acknowledge that it exists. Those gut feelings you get that something is wrong — or right — for you can, and often do, pan out.

When you acknowledge your intuition, you can strengthen it. I know of several incidents (at least two involving moving vehicles) where I didn’t pay proper attention to my intuition and paid the price. One of those times I ended up being hit by a minivan, receiving three stitches on my head, and spending over a year using crutches and then a cane.

Here are some things you can do to nurture your intuition so that it can help you in your business, make better decisions and possibly even avoid pitfalls:

  • Meditate. Meditation, which I discussed last week, improves your connection to your spirit, your creator and your higher self, which also gets you in tune with your intuition.
  • Muscle test. Muscle testing is a technique for using your body’s knowledge to get answers to questions about whether something is right or wrong for you, as well as whether you are in alignment with something or not. There are many ways to do muscle testing, and you can learn more about it by Googling the term or searching on YouTube.
  • Conversations with God Journaling. I’ve talked about this technique before. Inspired by Neale Donald Walsch’s book, Conversations with God, this form of journaling can be used to have a “conversation” with your higher self, your inner child, money, God or any other conceptual representation. This type of journaling taps into your inner knowing and can reveal all sorts of wisdom you didn’t even know you had.
  • Quiet time. Take time during the day to just sit or stand quietly. Still your mind and let your inner wisdom bubble up. When you “hear” the loud voices in your head, they are usually telling you what is wrong with you or what you are doing. Your inner wisdom, your inner supportive voice, tends to whisper and the only way to hear it is to be quiet, if even for a moment or two.
  • Pray. Prayer is very powerful. Many people like to use standardized prayers — I remember listening to my grandparents say the rosary and found the rhythmic repetition of the various prayers somehow comforting. But you can also pray by just talking to God, angels, saints, or whomever you pray to as if he/she/they/it is/are right there in the room with you. At its core, prayer is a way to become connected with your creator.

Regardless of which techniques and practices you decide to use to nurture your intuition, take the time to do it. You will find that you are not only more intuitive that you expected, but you also find that it helps you grow your spiritual literacy and connection, as well.

May is Spiritual Literacy Month, so for the five Friday’s in May, I will be covering various topics that touch on spirituality. Here is the planned schedule.

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