How to Trust Your Intuition: a somatic approach to confident knowing

It is one thing to connect to and develop your intuitive senses. It is another to then trust your intuition and follow its lead. You must develop both capacities to truly live from the intelligence of your whole being.

We dig deeply into both of these capacities within the Intuitive Messenger Initiation course, but what I want to offer you here is enough information and encouragement to begin to connect to, and trust, your intuition.

Just as you have five senses through which to experience the world, so do you have five clair senses which offer you another layer of knowing and of experience. These five clair senses are:

  • Clairvoyance (to see)
  • Clairsentience (to feel)
  • Claircognizance (to know)
  • Clairaudience (to hear)
  • Clairgustance (to taste)
  • Clairalience (to smell)
know and trust your intuition

While we all have access to all of these senses, there are typically one or two that show up strongest for us individually. The most common senses our students have a strong connection to are Clairvoyance, Claircognizance, and Clairsentience. Here I will offer you a path to connecting to your intuition using a somatic, or felt body, approach. Equally as important is the key to building trust by understanding how your body speaks to you.

Clairsentience

As someone who focuses on embodied practices, and is offered more opportunities than most to strengthen this sense, thanks to my herd demanding that of me, clairsentience is one of the loudest and clearest channels through which I receive intuitive information. If developing this embodied sense of knowing is something you want to develop, the Yes/No Exercise is for you.

Yes/No Exercise to Develop Your Intuition

The Yes/No exercise is basically like playing the get-to-know-you game of “Two Truths and a Lie”. In light of the fact you’ll be receiving information through your body, your first step will always be to ground yourself and connect to your feeling body. A brief scan to take inventory of what is present for you in the moment allows you to monitor any changes.

The next step is to speak aloud what is clearly a lie several times. Ensure what you are saying has absolutely no truth to it. This can get muddied when saying (as happened in one of our classes) “I love Donald Trump” which is admittedly hard to type, let alone speak aloud.

However if you are someone who practices (as this student does) Metta daily (the intentional act of sending love to self and all others - even the most challenging and violent individuals) that energetic practice of radiating love to all does affect the energetic field of information in which you’ll be tapping into. This example came through during the muscle testing portion of the course and certainly raised a few eyebrows with its confounding results! 

Even when it doesn't make sense in the moment, it's ok to trust your intuition while also investigating what else it might be telling you. Note all your hunches and feelings in an Evidence Journal, and reflect back with hindsight from time to time.

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The simplest phrase to speak aloud is “My name is…” and complete that with a name that you have no connection to whatsoever.

Repeat this aloud several times, maintaining that connection to your felt body sense. Notice what changes occur as you repeat the lie again and again. Typically there are subtle contractions with the body, a feeling of shrinking, a tightness in the throat. This is your No. Take a moment to sit with and feel your No.

The second part of this exercise is to speak a truth aloud, again ensuring it is absolute truth. You can say “My name is…” and complete with your full legal name. Notice what changes occur in your body. Typically there is a sensation of release, subtle expansion, an unwinding, a relaxing down or a straightening upward. This is your Yes. Sit with and feel your Yes.

Yes/No Practice to Trust Your Intuition

The most common err I see when you are wanting to lean into and trust your intuition, is waiting until you are at some major crossroad, forced to choose a single path, unsure of what to do, and holding onto fear of making the wrong decision. This is not the time to practice using your intuition, This is a time to use the intuition you’ve been practicing all along. 

Yes/No opportunities occur multiple times a day. They may not present as Yes/No but rather A/B. Instead of unconsciously choosing or falling into routine, stop and ask your body what it wants or needs. In the beginning the objective isn’t to “test” your intuitive sense by challenging it with unknown questions. It is to develop a strong connection to your own Yes and No response. You can phrase these everyday choices, such as what to eat, who to call, and where to drive, as “I want…” or  “....is what’s best for me”. Most of the time you’ll already know the answer. Other times you’ll surprise yourself with your body’s knowing.

Melissa @TheWatershedFarm.com

My name is Melissa Bennett. Whether on site or online, I inspire & support women just like YOU to move through fear and reclaim the lost parts of themselves in order to live a life of confidence, courage, & creative expression. I too have journeyed the path of self-reclamation and continue to do so every day. It is my greatest gift and honor to guide you on your path to the most sacred of all places - your own wild heart. To discover how we can work together to bring you back to your self, connect with me on my site at TheWatershedFarm.com/workwithme

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