A lot of us think of intuition as that little voice in our head that we immediately trust. It's like a gut feeling that we feel drawn to.
The proper definition for intuition is as follows.
The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
That's the perfect way to describe it.
Our intuition is that feeling that we get that just makes sense. Our subconscious is shining through and letting us know that we don't need to bring our conscious mind into this conversation. The subconscious has this thing handled!
Intuition, in my eyes, is your soul's way of connecting you with your higher self. Your subconscious is doing it's job and listening to what feels right. It then gives you a little light within and you know to just listen in that moment.
Growing up our parents tell us, "Trust your gut." Normally this is in relation to an unideal scenario like a relationship gone sour or a friendship that's not serving you any longer. Your gut isn't actually doing the talking here. It's actually your intuition trying to give you some insight. If you feel as though you should do something a certain way, trust that spark and go with it. Don't question it, just ease up and listen.
I've found that most of the time my instinct has led me in the right direction.
Every once in a while, I wish I would've done something a little differently. But when I sit down and analyze why I'm feeling that way, it's normally because I questioned my instinct way too much and ended up doing the opposite of what felt right in the first place.
A very common example of this is when you're in class and you're taking a test. You feel like you've got the right answer but then you change it last minute because you feel like the new answer is better. You get the test back. Surprise! You got it wrong. Internal dialogue tells you what a dummy you are for even changing your answer in the first place.
Another thing I would like to note about my example above...Do not call yourself a dummy for ignoring your intuition. We all talk crap to ourselves, it's human nature. But it's so important to recognize when you're bullying yourself. It feels a hell of a lot better to say nice things to yourself. Talk to yourself the way you talk to your favorite person on this planet - with complete respect!
It's completely normal to not always listen to your instinct. Sometimes the conscious mind takes over and tells you, "Nope. You're doing what I wanna do this time!"
The important thing here is to at least acknowledge that your subconscious is trying to communicate and make an appearance in your life. Listen when you can, but be aware of the internal dialogue that your intuition is trying to form.
If you later wish you would've followed dear instinct, be gentle to yourself and use kind words.
Try saying things like:
"It's okay. Next time I will listen more carefully." or "This time didn't go over so well, but I'm doing my best."
What's the best way to hear your intuition?
Take some time, sit in silence and just listen. Listen to the thoughts that enter and leave your mind. It doesn't take long, just five minutes. Observe. Listen. Feel. Your inner dialogue will let you know exactly what it is that you need in that moment.
Life is a journey. It's common for us to wish we would've done things a bit differently at times, but we can't live in that past uncertainty. Move forward and always do your best!