Habits of Highly Intuitive People
By Diana Vilic
By Diana Vilic
Show of hands, how many of us trust our gut? Survey of the rooms says 1 in 2 of us do. With such a high number of people who trust their guts, you’d think we’d have loads of literature and studies pertaining to it. However, the internet is filled with literature against trusting your gut. Harvard Business Review calls trusting your gut “dangerous”. While the New York Post claims it “makes you susceptible to scams”.
Not Too Fast
While these seem like valid sources appurtenant to the topic, they’re not. Being intuitive isn’t qualitative, meaning we can’t collect data regarding how intuitive you are, how sharp your gut instinct is, or the percentage which you’re correct. In addition, it’s next to impossible to gauge how precipitants would gauge up against each other and who is truly listening to their gut versus making decisions based on peer pressure, necessity, or qualitative information.
Intuition is so powerful, Entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Arianna Huffington, attribute their success to listening to their intuition. Additionally, the US Military is conducting studies on how to harvest intuition.
When someone tells you not to trust your gut, it’s more of an indicator of their intuition than your own. Intuition is a highly individualized aspect of the human psyche that is dependent on many factors. Ever had that one friend you swore was psychic? Chances are your friend is naturally intuitive; and you can be too with a few simple exercises.
- Niels Bohr
- Steven Spielberg
- Stanislav Petrov
- Steve Jobs
- Albert Einstein
- Oprah Winfrey
- Nikola Tesla
- Adam Werbach
- Henry Ford
- Bill Allen
- Travis Kalanick
Habits of Intuitive People
Intuitive people trust themselves. Our trust is not based on a complete absence of doubt, but rather a knowing that our instincts are based on something higher than us. Truly intuitive people are okay with not knowing where the information comes from, they just cultivate it when it does.
Intuitive instincts are based on a combination of energy sensitivity, higher-self knowledge and experiences. Without trust, intuition shuts down, often resulting in fear based decisions.
Developing unconditional trust in yourself is necessary to increasing your intuition. You’re able to develop trust in a few ways, but a simple is to question your judgments on a daily basis. Understand how you think, why you think that way, and take inventory of how much longer you’d like to be in that mindset. If when making decisions you consult several people, that’s a sure sign your self trust is lacking. Practice using your intuition instead of others during those moments.
Except The Unexplainable
As you build your intuition, there are things you’re going to magically know. There will be no logic or reasoning behind it, but suddenly you’ll understand how to read people, what events are going on, and what the energy in a room feels like. Instead of trying to reason through these thoughts, accept them. You don’t need to understand everything at once or even where this gift comes from. Allow it to exist as an unexplainable force.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
— Steve Jobs
Follow The Guidance
Intuitive people listen to their inner guidance, in turn building up trust in their intuition, and getting more intuitive. Many people explain this from a spiritual aspect. While that may be true, the reasoning is simply psychology. The more we do things that scare us (trust the unknown), the easier it is to keep doing it, and eventually we’ll become aware and follow our intuition naturally.
They Observe Everything
Highly intuitive people are known to be found in their own thoughts. They’re always noticing things, like the little shift in someone’s body language, how the weather changes, and how often coincidences happen. Intuitive people track everything and they discover coincidences happen much more often than we think.
They Pay Attention to Their Dreams
Intuitive people view dreams as the gateway into their subconcious. That isn’t a spiritual hack, it’s actually psychology. Carl Jung was obsessed with dreams, he’d research them extensively and developed one of the first dream theories psychologically recognized. Prior to Jung, dreams were seen as visions or communications from the other side and used as a tool in many mystical and shamanic practices.
“The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not—which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams.”
— Carl Jung
Paying attention to your dreams is a great way to gain insight into your mind's unconscious thinking processes. Both dreams and intuition stem from the unconscious. You are able to tap into this part of your mind by paying attention to your dreams.
In Touch With Their Bodies
Highly intuitive people are aware of what their bodies are doing. Intuitives notice a change in their heart rate, the way their skin feels, their stomach chemistry, and their fidgeting. Each are ways our body chooses to speak to us, even if they’re subtle and easily ignored. Intuitive people are constantly in tune with their bodies, so they don’t miss the smallest sign.
Common Practices to Get in Touch With Your Body:
- Sexual Pleasure
- Intuitive/Mindful Eating
They Practice Empathic Accuracy
In plain english, intuitive people read minds. They have a intuitive awareness of what other people are thinking and feeling, using cues such as body language, tone of voice, and even their own psychic awareness. The practice is an extremely powerful form of empathy that helps foster deep connections with other people.
Things You Don’t Need to Do to Be Intuitive
Some people find the practice of meditating to be useful when conducting an intuitive practice. Meditation is a method to disconnect from the mind and place yourself in the present moment, something critical to intuition. But, you don’t need to use meditation as your main tool. If it doesn’t float your boat, don’t force it upon yourself.
While common in the spiritual community, intuition isn’t reserved for spiritualists. If you resonate with Mysticism, Western or Eastern Religions, or New Age teachings, feel free to incorporate them into your intuitive practice. But they are not prerequisites to having a strong intuition.
Avoid All Negative Energy
Avoiding all negative energy is a form of running away and can seriously hold back your healing. The reality is our world is filled with negative things. We don’t need to engage in them, but you will always have moments where you need to feel the negative energy and release it. The point of mindfulness isn’t to avoid negative energies, it’s to pass through it.
Many accounts online claim you can’t be intuitive if you’re around negative energy and your vibe is low. While negativity makes it harder to channel intuitively, it isn’t an end all. With practice and experience you’ll be able to still remain intuitive, when in rooms filled with negative forces.