Intuition is often touted as an “inner voice” that you can consult when you aren’t sure about a choice. Occasionally, you experience a moment when you have to choose between two seemingly important choices. Since both choices have their advantages and drawbacks, it becomes difficult for you to make a choice based on logic. Here is where intuition comes in: it can give the right answer quickly.
Supporters of intuition assume that it knows the right choice that leads to the best outcome in your life. There are ample anecdotal cases of people who listened to their intuition and achieved a desirable outcome or condition. I too have had some moments when I consulted my intuition to make a choice.
The Manifestation Miracle course recommends intuition as a tool to help you discover your purpose in life. However, I am not that convinced about intuition. I admit that there is an energy we describe as intuition, but I’m not sure that it’s as powerful as others claim it is. Either that, or what we call intuition is a different energy but we don’t call it by it’s correct name yet. Regardless, there are enough people that believe intuition is a powerful force that helps you choose the right choices.
Access Your Intuition Using Meditation
Before I explain my position on intuition, and possibly a better alternative to use, here is how to access your intuition using an exercise many other people use. It’s a meditative exercise, so you will need some time and private space to do it:
- First, go into a relaxed position. You can do this exercise standing up, sitting down, or lying down. Scan your body for any tension and then relax the tense parts if you have any.
- Second, take several deep breaths. Deep breathing exercise helps you to relax and put your mind in a non-stressed state so that you can better listen to the voice of your intuition.
- Third, ask the question you have in mind.
- Fourth, listen for the answer. An intuitive answer can come as a string of words that enter your thoughts. It can be a direct answer, such as “yes” or “no”, or it could be a feeling that makes you want to go a certain direction.
The first time you listen to your intuition, you might not understand it immediately. You might still not feel sure about the choice to make after you ask your intuition. People who believe in intuition would advise to keep exercising the short meditation exercise above until you receive a solid answer.
Tune Into Your Intuitive Powers Using Muscle Testing
The meditative exercise I outline above may not suit everyone. It’s not the exercise I use to ask my intuition, either. The exercise I use is called applied kinesiology, also known as muscle testing. It’s often used in alternative medicine to diagnose illness, but it can be used to get an intuitive answer.
The difference between using meditation and muscle testing to access intuition is that with meditation you ask an inner voice, whereas with muscle testing you ask your body. I feel muscle testing is easier than meditation, but there are limits to it. With meditation, you can receive a full answer, whereas with muscle testing you can only receive a “yes” or “no” answer.
Here is the muscle testing exercise I use:
- First, calibrate your body. Stand up and ask a question or a statement where the answer is “yes”. An example is: if your name is Andy, say “My name is Andy.” See how your body reacts. In my case, when I say a correct statement, my body starts to fall forward. You might have a different reaction, such as falling backward or to one side.
- Second, calibrate your body for the false answer. This time, say a wrong statement, such as “My name is Brian.” See how your body reacts. In my case, my body falls backward when I pronounce a false statement.
- Third, ask the question you want. Keep it limited to a “yes” or “no” question. Maybe you want to ask about pursuing a job offer or not, or starting a new business or not. Using the calibration above, depending on how your body reacts, you can get an intuitive answer.
In my opinion, muscle testing is a clearer way of accessing your intuition than using meditation. There are other muscle testing exercises you can do to give you a “yes” or “no” answer. The one I use is the one I outline above because it’s easy and quick to do.
A Better Alternative: Building Clarity
Intuition, as it is called, can provide answers for the tough questions in your life. But I believe there is a better alternative than intuition that can give you more accurate answers, and that is: building clarity.
Building clarity means that you get clear as much as you can about the issue at hand. It is a process of deliberate thinking that requires you to start with what you know and accumulate information. Intuition, according to Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink,” actually uses the same mechanism only much faster than deliberate thinking.
Gladwell’s version of intuition relies on accumulated knowledge over a long period of time (roughly 10,000 hours). Once a person has accumulated enough information, they can make a choice in the blink of an eye when it’s about a topic they have mastered. The choice becomes an “intuitive answer” but is in fact based on thousands of hours of experience.
An “expert” intuition is the result of experience, while the popular version of intuition relies on an “inner voice” based on divine guidance that may or may not involve personal experience. Building clarity is deliberate thinking based on information you accumulate and past experience. A popular technique that represents building clarity is the WADM Matrix by millionaire MJ DeMarco.
The question I have about popular intuition is that it’s contradicting its intention. If intuition is the inner voice that points us in the right direction, then why is it blurry and often difficult to understand? If our inner voice wants what’s best for us, then shouldn’t it communicate clearly and concisely in a way we can’t mistake?
Intuition should be loud and clear, like an announcement when there is a fire in a building. It should inform us precisely where we need to go, what we shouldn’t do, and the final destination before awaiting further instructions (like in a fire drill). Instead, the popular version of intuition speaks in silenced tones and soft whispers of information. How are we supposed to create our best life when the instructions are difficult to hear?
Therefore, although I have used intuition to some degree, I prefer to build clarity and seek an answer based on the information I know. It’s not as romantic as listening to an “inner voice”, but I believe it can get good results. On top of that, building clarity is a process that can be adopted and used by anyone, allowing us to achieve the best version of ourselves.