Kimberly Rae Hansen


Intuition Development Exercises: Learning To Trust

May 14, 2018

One of the biggest struggles people face while developing their intuition is trust. It is difficult to discern intuitive messages from thoughts, because they both get processed in your mind. The question then becomes: “What is intuition, and what is imagination?”

The only way we can know if our intuitive messages are real or not is by working with it. Trial and error, experiments and testing. It is simply a matter of decoding how your subconscious speaks to your conscious mind. The subconscious is always awake, always listening, always drawing information and processing it, forming associations and pathways in the brain that links things together. It does this work even while you sleep.

The conscious, awaking brain on the other hand, speaks a different language than the one of the subconscious. The language of the conscious mind is primarily words and tangible thought patterns, visual daydreams that are linear and easy for us to follow, whereas the subconscious speaks in abstraction -- such as symbols or metaphor and associations. Think of how disjointed and strange your dreams can be when you are asleep. This is an example of one way your subconscious communicates back to you all the information it has absorbed, at the end of the day.
The thing is, the subconscious is trying to speak to you all of the time, even while you are awake. These messages come to us through intuition, which is just a fancy word for heightened awareness. I think of it as being similar to the flight or fight response that was key to the survival of early man, but has modified over time to suit who and where we are now. Where the cave-man learned to be still and notice that a rippling across the grass equaled something lurking in the meadow, we too are wired to sense the nature of things around us as well.

For the caveman, growth came in recognizing the differences between the forces that move the grass – be it wind, dinner, or the approach of a predator. They learned to piece other sensory inputs together to build a puzzle, and learn how to react and respond to their feelings and senses rapidly. Those who were quick to recognize their intuitive messages were likely able to better avoid dangerous situations, or at least prepare for what was to come.

We may not be facing down dinosaurs and hunting for our meals to survive, but we still face potential dangers in our lives. If we can learn to decipher the coded messages our subconscious sends us, the better we can navigate through life.

Please know that everyone struggles with trusting their intuition. We all also learn and process our intuition differently. Our perspectives are unique, the subconscious associations we form are our own, and we each have our own personal truths. It is a process.

In order to grow our intuition, we have to learn a whole new language – the language of the subconscious. It works through everyone differently, so the trick becomes in learning how your intuition personally works, through you. Meditation techniques to calm and quiet the mind can help, as does using an intuition prompt tool such as the Fractal Awakening cards, or running experiments off of photographs to see what vibes you may get. Practice coupled with careful attention, creates intuitive strength, which forms trust. Journaling your process so you can witness your growth can help as well.

Care to have a go at growing your intuition? Come join the Fractal Awakening Facebook discussion group, and join us for our Intuition Development Exercises Unit. Here, we will be working on building our intuition by attempting to read photographs. This is a fun way to learn to trust your intuition, because your hits will be verified. All photos will come with a reveal one week after posting, so you can check back to see how well you did. This is a great way to tap into what works, and learn how your body speaks to you, intuitively. We hope to see you there!

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