How many times have you wondered to yourself: Do I have intuition? An inner guidance system that’s telling me what to do, who to talk to? And what are my intuition warning signs?
You’ve heard a million times that everyone has inner guidance or intuition. But if you’re one of the many who find themselves wondering if that’s actual fact, then you’re in the right spot.
In this blog post, I talk about what intuition is and 3 ways you may be subtly ignoring your intuition warning signs.
What is intuition?
Intuition, inner voice, higher self. It has a ton of different names. It can be summed up as the thing inside of you that guides you. Sometimes it guides you to look up so you can catch the last peek of a beautiful sunset. Or nudges you to catch a glimpse of your toddler sharing her popsicle with her little brother.
It’s also been known to keep people safe when they pay attention to their intuition warning signs and even to help them get lucky. Like when you get the feeling to get off at a random exit and avoid a big accident. Or if you pick the winning lottery numbers based on a hunch.
The concept of intuition excites a lot of people, especially people who are looking for help with the answers to life’s tough questions. I know I started looking more deeply into intuition when I felt like my life had stalled out and I wasn’t making much forward progress.
Intuition can be sneaky though and a lot of people confuse their intuition with the voice of fear or completely ignore their intuition warning signs altogether…(I’ve been there too!)
If you really want to form a relationship with your intuition and aren’t sure where to start, read on for some signs that you could be ignoring it together. Sometimes the way to figure something out is by looking at what not to do first.
How often do you find yourself working through something with an almost tunnel vision feel? Are you one of those people who are always stuck in your head? That’s a really good sign that you’re ignoring your intuition.
Getting caught up in our thoughts about doing things the right way, wondering if we’re making the right decision, and analyzing all the ways something could go wrong. Constantly thinking all of the time. These are all signs that we are too caught up in our brains to be able to hear what our intuition is saying.
Overthinking is our brain’s way of protecting us. We usually learned the habit when we were young. Probably from our parents who also were the same. It’s just a response our brains have to what’s going on around us.
There isn’t anything wrong with thinking all of the time…it’s a common problem to have. But what happens is that all these thoughts of fear take up so much space in our heads. It doesn’t leave any room for our intuition to be heard.
Another big sign of ignoring your intuition warning signs is that you constantly feel the need to control everything in your life. From yourself to your family, every situation, and even things happening in the world around you.
The constant expectations you have on yourself and your life can be suffocating. Feeling like if you let your hands off the wheel for even a second that things will spiral out of control and you’ll never be able to get back in the driver’s seat. I’ve been there.
Controlling things is a way for us to feel safe, organized, and stable. It also leads to a lot of anxiety, unrealistic expectations of ourselves, and a general feeling that you can’t trust yourself or your life.
When you are constantly looking for ways to control a situation, you are also blocking off your intuition’s guidance. Controlling thoughts are a lot like overthinking thoughts. They are both loud and repetitive and take up a lot of space in our brains.
As our brains are consumed with controlling, we get tunnel vision on the one way we feel things should exist. Our brains get closed off to other solutions or new ideas that our intuition is handing us.
Meeting the same people over and over
Do you constantly feel like you’re meeting the same person in different bodies? It’s like you move away or stop being friends with someone. Then a couple of months later, you meet someone new who reminds you in so many ways of that previous person.
This is a good sign you are ignoring your intuition about someone. People come into our lives to help us grow and change. And if you keep getting the same type of person, you may not be catching onto the lesson they are teaching you.
I had a friend in high school and then stopped talking. We then became friends again in college, only later to stop talking. And then once more again when I’d moved to a new city, we rekindled our friendship. Only to stop talking again.
It wasn’t that I didn’t love this person but she brought out a version of me that was insecure, didn’t hold boundaries, and overshared way too much intimate information. She is a wonderful person and I wish her all the best but whenever she would come into my life, chaos of some kind or another followed.
There were always warning signs that sprouted up in my body whenever we rekindled our relationship. I’d get sweaty and I’d have warning bells in my brain. Warning me against telling her certain things. Or she’d do something that just didn’t sit right with me.
But I loved her and I wanted the best for her so I ignored those intuition warning signs. She ended our friendship about a year ago and we haven’t spoken since. When the friendship ended, I felt a sense of peace. I knew that this was for the best and I do feel like I had finally learned a deep lesson.
Your intuition and your relationship with that intuition can be the most important thing in your life. When you open up to that connection, your life will change for the better. Your intuition does not steer you in the wrong direction, ever.
So if you’ve found yourself in a place of overthinking, controlling, and meeting the same person over and over, it’s time to get curious.
Curiosity is the perfect thing to take into a deep dive with yourself on the ways you find yourself disconnected from your intuition.