“How do I know if I’m using my intuition?”
This is a question many of us ask at some point in our lives. In the tarot world, the spiritual community at large, there is a lot of emphasis on intuition as a means to tune into, and tune up, your perception.
But learning to trust yourself is a life-long process, and one that can be in flux for many reasons.
I’ve met so many people over the years who felt down on themselves because they weren’t sure if they were connected to their intuition. They questioned whether they were aligned enough, or spiritual enough.
And sometimes, they questioned whether they were worthy of pursuing practices like reading tarot.
Many of us have moments when we question whether we’re seeing a situation clearly.
Sometimes you might be mulling over a tough decision and you can’t hone in on a clear answer. Other times you might miss a red flag in a situation, which causes you to doubt your perception overall.
Learning to trust yourself takes time. And clarifying what your intuition means to you, and how it serves you, is part of the process.
Intuition doesn’t make you omniscient. Instead, it might help you to make clearer choices, or steer away from an undesirable situation.
It’s about knowing yourself, and understanding where you’re at in your life, and where you’re going from here.
There are countless examples of successful people who swear by their intuition: Business savvy, curiosity, or creative instinct help them identify opportunities and bright ideas when they see them.
But those gut feelings and impulses that bring certain individuals to the right place at the right time are often feelings that have been sharpened, attuned, and put into practice along the way.
There is a learning curve to intuition, and with it is often a trail of mistakes, too. We learn through trial and error. Expecting your intuition to be exact, precise, and always correct is a fast way to set yourself up for disappointment.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t always guess right, or you don’t always know exactly what to do every time you’re faced with a new decision.
Sometimes we can find ourselves in situations we are unprepared for. Without experience to fall back on, you might have to take a risk or leap of faith that causes you to doubt whether you’re doing the right thing.
That’s okay. Life is like this sometimes.
You’re not out of alignment or spiritually disconnected just because you don’t always have the right answer, or can’t anticipate the correct outcome.
We all make the wrong choice sometimes. We all have days - years, even - when emotions, exhaustion, or other circumstances cloud our perception, too.
Not to mention that our physical bodies can impact our mental and emotional clarity, too.
Have you ever had to work under pressure while your blood sugar was crashing? Have you ever had to burn through a big task on too little sleep? It’s not easy feel aligned or tuned in during moments like that.
Developing an inner knowing about how to navigate moments like this takes time. Once you have those personal bearings in place, tough moments and hard judgement calls can feel easier to navigate.
But they may not always be perfect, and your decisions and reactions in those times might not be, either.
Learning to trust yourself and understanding how your intuition works is a personal process that comes through self-awareness, and self-awareness is often strengthened by straying off our preferred paths sometimes.
That’s why it’s a life-long practice that changes as you do 💜
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