How to use your intuition for health

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In this tip, I will teach you how to tune into your intuition and learn to trust your inner voice in order to follow your path to better health. What is intuition? The dictionary definition of intuition is: "The ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning." or "A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning." Some people call intuition instinct, intuitiveness, gut feeling, spider senses, insight, hunch, inkling or I just know it in my bones. Whatever you call it, your intuition is always trying to communicate with you and when you ignore it, it can have an effect on your health. Before I was trained in Reiki I used to say things like, "never go against your gut feeling as you'll regret it" and I was really lucky that I had strong "spider senses" that always seemed to keep me on the right track. I took this for granted as I thought it was normal for people to pick up on "bad energies", know automatically when someone was out to get them and be able to read peoples emotions. As a child I had a really strong sense of intuition, I used to pick up on energies of people and my surroundings and I would always follow my gut instinct without any question, however, as I got older I started to doubt my intuition. I would listen to other peoples opinions and start to doubt my own inner knowing. I would ignore what I knew was best for me in order to keep other people happy. I started a path of people pleasing, slack boundaries and eventually lost my connection to myself and this had a huge effect on my mental health. It wasn't until I was in recovery from my breakdown that I realised not everyone had this connection to their intuition and I had learned the hard way what can happen when it is shut off. After I had my break down and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety I realised that I had been intuition for a long time and it had really got me off track. My inner voice would say, "Why don't you get some sleep darling, you're tired." And I'd say... "thanks for your input but I'll sleep when I'm dead". My inner voice would say, "Why don't you stop eating now love, you're full" and I'd keep eating until my tummy hurt. "Why don't you stand up for yourself? You don't actually want to do that, do you?", "Shhhhhhh they won't like me if I don't do it." I'd scold myself. Well, now things are different. I tune in with myself most days and I trust my inner voice has my back. Reconnecting to and trusting my intuition was a huge part of my training in Reiki and in my healing from depression and anxiety. It's hard to be depressed if you're only doing things which make you happy and are benefiting your health. How many people reading this have gone against their inner voice? - Did you go to that party when really you knew it would be better to get an early night? - Did you allow your boss to force you to work late again when your whole being was screaming "No! Not, again" - Did you eat the pizza for a third night in a row when you knew you should really have the salad? (We've all been there!) So if this sounds like you, why not try tuning in today. Here is my handy guide on how to tune into your intuition and more importantly, how to trust and follow it. Through my study of Reiki, I have learned many ways to tune into my intuition but one of my favourite ways is super simple and enables anyone to connect to themselves.

What You'll Need

  • 10+ minutes
  • A safe, comfortable space where you won't be disturbed
  • A safe comfortable space where you won't be disturbed
  • A cushion and or a blanket (optional)
  • Pen and paper (optional)

What You'll Do

  • Learn how to tune into your intuition
  • Learn how to trust your inner voice
  • First things first, turn off your phone or put it on to airplane mode.
  • Sit or lay (be careful not to fall asleep) with a straight spine. You may wish to prop your hips up on a cushion if you're sitting or cover your shoulders with a blanket for extra comfort.
  • Close your eyes and begin to deepen your breath. Imagine yourself walking back into the room where you are. There's a big hook on the outside of the door to the room where you're sitting. Use the hook to theoretically hang up anything you don't want to bring into the space with you, this could be any negative emotions, your to-do list, a toxic relationship, overrunning thoughts, anything you want to leave for 10 minutes. Once you have hung up all the things you wish to leave outside, arrive on your space and take 3 deep belly breaths to really begin to connect your mind and body.
  • Place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your belly.
  • Begin deepening your breathing even further. If you find this difficult follow the 4/6 breathing technique, breathing in for a count of 4, holding your breath gently without strain at the top of your breath and release the breath out for a count of 6.
  • After a few breaths when you feel really calm, quietly begin to ask yourself.
  • Listen for a reply and trust what comes up.
  • After about 10 minutes (or however long you choose to practice) simply begin to bring your awareness back into your body. Breathe into your feet, your legs, your hips, your body, your arms, your neck, and head.
  • With your eyes still closed begin to bring some gentle movement back into the body, wiggling the fingers and toes, maybe gently rolling your shoulders.
  • Blink your eyes open and come back into the space. You may wish to jot down what came up when you finish so you can reference it at a later date.
  • When you have the answer to what you need follow your own guidance and trust your inner voice.

Tips & Warnings

  • When making notes, it is a good idea to date them so you can monitor your own progress. you can also note down times when you have followed your intuition and the outcome, alongside times you went against your intuition and what happened.
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