Do You Know What Your Intuition Is? What It Sounds Like? What it Feels Like…?

18th December 2012

By Susan Harper Todd

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Women are very in touch with their feelings, much more so than men in general. This means that we are more likely to follow our intuition in our daily lives. A lot of the time we do it without knowing it. So when you act on a hunch, or because ‘it feels right’, if you have a gut feeling about something or you just ‘know’ that a particular course of action is the right one to take – then congratulations you’re already doing it girlfriends, you’re following your intuition!

Our intuition is our internal GPS. It is talking to us all the time, but unless we are tuned into it we don’t hear it, and often even when we do, we either just ignore it or don’t trust it and listen to our mind instead….

And our mind is a VERY different kind of voice! It never shuts up for one thing! Do you find that you have this constant commentary going on in your head about EVERYTHING? It’s so boring isn’t it? Your mind is a constant worrier. It just loves to have something to worry about. And the moment you start to feel happy about something your mind will jump in and say “Ah but it won’t last…”. Now that is something your intuition would never say.

So, if you’re not sure how to tell the difference between the voice of your intuition and that of your mind, listen up…. The voice of your intuition is soft and subtle and never pushy. It suggests and doesn’t insist. Intuitive messages come in the form of feelings and emotion as well as in the form of words in your head. Your intuitive voice is not the voice of fear and would never suggest you harm anyone. The mind on the other hand….whoa!…is loud and insistent, demanding that you listen. It is authoritative and will tell you not to listen to your intuitive feelings and hunches, because it always wants to be in charge. It wants you to think it knows all the answers, but believe me it doesn’t! It knows what it’s learnt…which may well be a lot, but it’s limited and it’s definitely not always right!

Let me give you an example, which happened to me today, of hearing my intuition loud and clear but not paying attention to it because what my mind was saying seemed more logical….duh…and I should know better!

I was in my local supermarket. I hadn’t taken a shopping list because I didn’t need many things and I thought I would remember what I needed (first mistake..). I was buying vegetables and looked at the mushrooms. And then looked away again. There was no way I needed mushrooms.

The recipe I was cooking had red peppers and courgettes, but I was pretty sure I didn’t need mushrooms. I turned away but something in me was saying mushrooms! However my logical mind was saying why do you need mushrooms? I went through the menus I was going to have over the next few days and mushrooms were not there… so I walked away. When I got home I was intrigued by what had happened, so I went straight to my recipe book and found the recipe I was wanting to cook. It’s called “Mushroom and bacon risotto” (also containing red peppers and courgettes…).. Ouch! So that means I’ve got to go back to the shop for some mushrooms! After that incident today I reminded myself to PAY ATTENTION to my gut feelings and intuition and ACT on them… It makes life so much easier – and that girlfriends is how life is meant to be… I teach this and should know better, but my mind still gets in the way. We’re just not brought up to live in that intuitive way.

I have got lots of examples of times when I did and when I didn’t follow my intuition, but really the most important time in my life when I did follow it was when it came to climbing Mount Everest. When I decided I wanted to climb Everest I had no idea how on earth I could ever do it, as it costs so much money. My logical mind was immediately saying go home and write letters to potential sponsors, but for some reason I totally ignored it and absolutely followed my intuition, which took me out on a limb down a very scary path – scary because I was totally out of my comfort zone going in a direction I had never considered before… I will write about all this in another article… But suffice to say that this experience was one huge lesson in how following your intuition can lead you to your dream. That is what happened for me – and I absolutely know that it can happen for you too.

I would LOVE to hear about your intuitive experiences – the times when you followed your intuition and the times when you didn’t. Even if you think you’ve never heard the voice of your intuition let alone followed it, if you think back over your life there will definitely have been times when you acted on a gut feeling or a hunch – as well as times when you didn’t act on those feelings, and like me today, wished you had! So please share your experiences in the comments box below, we can all learn from each other. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer those too. And don’t forget to sign up for my Free Intuitive Tips, to help you live your BEST life.

Previous Articles by Susan

About the Author

I’ve been single, married, divorced and widowed. I’ve been a teacher, a translator, worked in business and now have my own company… I’ve sailed the Atlantic Ocean and I have climbed Mount Everest. I know! It sounds crazy but it’s true. I said I’d done it and I have, pretty much literally DONE it! I’ve plumbed the depths and scaled the heights in every sense of those words.

And I absolutely know that it was listening to, trusting and following my intuition that got me to where I am today. It got me out of the dark tunnel I was in after my husband died, and not only led me to the summit of Mount Everest, but to many other magical experiences too, like sailing the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat. I was the first British woman to have accomplished both of those things, and only the fifth British woman to stand on the summit of the highest mountain on the planet.

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  • I find that intuition works in the realm of Divine Logic. It’s really not that logic doesn’t work, because logic DOES work. It’s that our minds have limited consciousness, are forgetful, don’t know everything, are still learning, etc.

    By the way, feelings can be “wrong” too, quite often. Emotions can be “wrong.” But even when they’re wrong, its a good exercise in learning.

  • vaness

    Hello, I loved your article about intuition, about manifesting, and climbing Mount Everest.
    It gives me hope and direction, and encourages me to trust more in myself and the loving universe.
    Thank you.

    This time last year, I was researching a lot about manifesting. It was really intriguing me. I started to practise certain things to see if it would work. After all, that’s the only way to find out. I was in an unhappy and unfulfilling relationship, and I wanted to travel. But he couldn’t travel with me due to work commitments. Of course, before and during the trip he made me feel very guilty for not being there for him, even though he repeatedly kept forgetting our dates/to call etc. Well, i followed my instinct and decided to travel anyway, even though I realised I would be criticised for it etc. During these few months before i left, i kept asking the universe for love. I didn’t really ask. Before sleeping, I closed my eyes, and imagined and felt how it was like to be loved, and the pleasure of loving freely. I didn’t know in which form this would happen. whether my boyfriend would suddenly start valuing me, or whether something else would happen.
    While i was travelling, one day i was walking along a road. I stopped outside this vegan restaurant as it really caught my attention and intrigued me although i wasn’t hungry. I could feel a distinctive force pulling my feet towards the place. But i decided to walk on. On the way back, I had the same feeling again. I decided to go in, although it was strange for me to sit alone. i asked for a tea. Before I could understand what was happening, there was a man sat across from my table, we talked for hours and i felt totally electrified by him. After an hour, without even knowing what this man felt for me, i was wondering… ‘what am i going to tell my boyfriend?’ I knew that nothing would be the same again. It turns out a series of connections and incidents meant that we would have met anyway (as he was a yoga teacher at the place where i was working).. As you can imagine, i ended the unhappy relationship, and have been blissfully happy with this man since.. Yes, follow your intuition. And yes, when you ask the universe with your heart, the universe responds (in its own time).

    With love

    • Madeleine

      I am so happy you shared this story. We cannot seek, we can only set goals and let the universe work its magic. BEAUTIFUL!

  • Robin Raven

    I agree with Susan about distinguishing between the persistent logical mind vs. the subtle intuitional voice. Since I was very young I valued my intuition, even though I didn’t always follow it. Over the past few years I have been more actively engaged in listening to it because I learned that your higher self/soul knows everything and if you just tune into it better it will guide you correctly. I have found this to be true and also find it comforting to know someone I trust (me) has my back. Once you begin to trust this inner voice more and follow it, the better life becomes, until one day you realize how amazing and powerful you really are.