Of all the impediments to developing intuition, a lack of trust in oneself is probably the biggest. Too many people walk around thinking that intuition is something that only “special” people have, and because they have that belief, they miss their own subtle cues and directional signals, which are actually right there within them.
In this lesson, we take a look at the underlying assumptions that might be preventing you from being fully open to your own intuitive abilities, and how to shift those over time. We also explore the reality that there may be some emotional work to do to clear the resistance.
The answer to the question, “Can anyone develop intuition?” is a resounding “yes.”
Intuition is not just for “special” people. Being tuned in to ourselves and accessing higher wisdom is our natural state of being. We have simply lost connection to it over the centuries for all the reasons we have discussed.
Now, it is true that different people have different temperaments and different wiring. Some wouldn’t even be drawn to this course, because they’re more logical or analytical and a course on intuition wouldn’t speak to them. But if you’re reading this, you’re inclined toward intuition, so trust that. It means something in you is asking you to listen and pay attention.
In order to be open to your own intuitive gifts, it’s important to look at any assumptions you may be carrying. You may have ideas about what an intuitive person looks like, or what you imagine they are seeing, sensing, or feeling internally, and how it’s different from what you could access. Perhaps you perceive some certain people as the “real” intuitives.
The truth is, while some people do have dramatic intuitive or psychic experiences, most people work with intuition on a pretty subtle level, without having or needing to have mind-bending insights or Technicolor visions. Rather, they have simply learned over time to pay attention in a way that works for them and to trust what shows up.
It really can be that simple.
Another key is learning to embrace and value the particular ways in which intuition shows up for you. My guess is you’re already getting guidance in various ways, and you’re either not fully noticing it or it just feels “normal” to you. This is typical, in my experience. We tend to be so used to our own way of being in the world that we devalue it.
TRY IT: Take a moment to affirm that you are already connected to your inner knowing, just by virtue of being you. Close your eyes and say to yourself: “I am guided and led now and always,” or, “I always know my own answers, when the time is right.”
For example, one of my clients gets guidance through the radio. She started to notice that whenever she had a question, or a problem, or was dealing with a difficult emotional issue, she’d hear a seemingly random song lyric that perfectly addressed her situation. She laughed about it at first, not taking it too seriously, but over time she started to realize how helpful these musical messages actually were, and how Divinely tailored to her precise circumstances they were each time. Eventually, she was able to receive this as a gift in her life, to trust it, and to feel deeply supported and guided as a result.
A similar thing happened for me when I started channeling the Guides. When I first “heard” their words and wrote them down, I didn’t know what I was doing. It felt normal and natural to me, almost as if I was making it up or just writing down thoughts. It took me a long time—years, if I’m honest—to grasp how real and valuable the guidance was, first for me and later for others as well.
When people ask about my channeling, they assume it must be a dramatic process, that it must require a lot of preparation, or that I have to go into an altered state. In fact, none of that is true. What it requires, for me, is simply to get my mind and my resistance out of the way and let it happen.
That getting out of our own way is crucial to developing and trusting intuition. I’ll talk more about dealing with resistance in the next section.
The main obstacle to developing intuition, in my experience, is the emotional work it takes to let go of what stands in the way. This can include acknowledging our fears, doubts, self-consciousness, judgment, and worry about what other people might think. Working through our resistance to intuition is the work, more than anything else. And then accepting what shows up.
One common form of resistance is judging ourselves or comparing ourselves to others. For example, I don’t tend to get visual information when I go inward. But what if I were to decide that “seeing” visual images is more “real” or valuable than hearing or sensing guidance? I might then dismiss my intuitive gifts as less than or not enough, and I might not take them seriously enough to use them for myself or others.
Similarly, if you have the unconscious belief that it’s more valuable to channel than it is to get guidance through random song lyrics, or more legitimate to see signs or patterns in the outside world than it is to get a random “gut feeling,” or if you otherwise unthinkingly devalue whatever YOU might do as a naturally intuitive person—and it’s OK if you don’t know what that is yet—you are unwittingly standing in the way of your own gifts and your own power.
Now, it is true that some people have more obvious or dramatic spiritual gifts than others. Not every spiritual capacity seems to be available to every person, and we each play our own part in the grand scheme of things. But I strongly believe that everyone has intuitive, psychic, and/or energetic gifts that can be developed over time with some level of dedication, trust, and effort. So at this point in the course, I’d ask that you examine any assumptions or hierarchies you might have been buying into, and practice believing that you are just as intuitive as anyone.
You DO have the power of inner knowing. You have your own particular ways of sensing inner cues and being connected to your soul’s wisdom, even if you don’t know what they are yet.
The power of intuition is not just for some other people out there. It’s for you, too.
Intuition is not just for “special” people or those with dramatic spiritual gifts. The ability to tap into our own higher guidance is a natural, in-born state of being that simply needs to be cultivated. The main obstacle is internal resistance, which can show up as fear, doubt, self-judgment, comparison to others, or a lack of inner worth. By working through that resistance and trusting ourselves more, we can begin to open up to the powerful intuitive signals that already exist within.
Use your workbook pages or a separate notebook or journal to reflect on the following questions in writing: