3 Ways Intuition Communicates with Us
Listening to your intuition is an incredibly helpful way to navigate life as well as connect to yourself, others, and something bigger than you. But it can be difficult to listen to our intuition among all the other things that vie for our attention each day. And it can be even more difficult to listen to our intuition when we’re not entirely sure how it speaks to us.
Here are three ways intuition communicates with us. Learning them will help you better develop and trust your intuition.
1. Intuition speaks to us through synchronicities.
Not just the title to an album from The Police in the 80s, synchronicities are “meaningful coincidences of outer and inner events that are not themselves causally connected. The emphasis lies on the word ‘meaningful’. (Marie Louise von Franz)
Whenever two or more independent incidences of a theme/topic repeat, it could be a synchronicity. I’ve had incidences of synchronicities with everything from books I should read to a new way to look at relationships. They can come from a phrase or sentence jumping out when reading to a friend saying just what you need to hear… anything. Intuition speaks through these meaningful coincidences, so being mindful of synchonicities is key to getting an answer you’re looking for. As Carl Jung said, “Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.”
Try it: Put synchronicities to the test through this exercise:
After getting quiet and asking the divine/your guides/your higher self/your intuition a question, pay close attention for the next 24-48 hours to the conversation you have with others, the entertainment you watch/listen to, and the things you read. If you notice repeats of the same theme or topic happening independently of one another, then it could be an answer for you.
2. Intuition speaks to us through “clairs”.
As one of my mentors, Alice Langholt, says, the “clairs” are one of the key ways we receive information from our intuition. A prefix meaning “clearly or clear”, ”clair” is added onto other sensory words to describe the intuitive ways we receive information, guidance, or answers. Whether you clearly hear, see, feel, or know something without explanation, such as just knowing someone isn’t being honest or hearing a voice telling you to take a class to learn something new, this is another key way your intuition speaks to you.
clairvoyance = clearly seeing
clairaudience = clearly hearing
clairsentience = clearly feeling
claircognizence = clearly knowing
clairalience = clearly smelling
clairgustance = clearly tasting
Try it: Not sure which “clair” your intuition speaks through? Try this exercise to find out.
Get quiet. Take a few deep breaths. Ask the divine/your guides/your higher self/your intuition a question. Then pay attention to what you hear, see, feel, etc. to experience an answer. Which clair comes through for you?
3. Intuition speaks through symbols/dreams.
Dreams can hold the keys to our unconscious and are often the language of intuition. Look for recurring items and symbols in your dreams in terms of
1) what they actually do (for example, a car is a mode of transportation),
2) what they mean to you (a car may mean freedom, independence, mobility, etc.), and
3) what they may represent in society or mythology (a car can mean status, industry, performance, etc).
Then see what that item or symbol is doing in your dream to see what your intuition could be telling you.
Try it: Try this exercise to consciously call on your dreams to speak to you.
As you get ready for bed, take a few moments to get quiet. Take a few deep breaths. Ask the divine/your guides/your higher self/your intuition a question. Then pay attention to what dreams you have that night and write them down first thing the next morning. Did anything in your dream serve as an answer?
There you have it: three ways that intuition speaks to you. Understanding them will better help you to listen to your intuition for guidance, and listening more to your intuition will help your trust in it grow.
love and light,