Ralph Waldo Emerson deemed the “Intuitive Faculties” as the mysterious powers of humanity. Albert Einstein believed “the only real valuable thing is intuition.” What they are describing may sound like a mystical concept or something only for the chosen few, but intuition is your inherent birthright. It’s accessible to everybody. It’s your magic within! Discovering yours is as simple as getting in touch with your next breath, feeling your feet ground into the earth, and tuning in to listen to your gut instincts, your heart, and the pulse of life that moves you. As you get to know your body and recognize how extraordinary it is, your intuition will be increasingly more available and also prove to be very practical.
The goal in the discovery of your intuition is to awaken your innate intelligence and come to trust the wisdom of the body. In order to tap into your magic within, it’s important to check in with your thoughts and emotions and how they speak through physical sensations and your movement, gestures, and posture. At any given moment, your body receives, interprets, and assimilates information from the external environment. Many of these interactions take place without you even knowing it, but nonetheless exert a profound influence on how you feel about your experience and therefore how you respond. Becoming more aware of this dialogue is a powerful step toward understanding the wisdom of the body and the tireless work being done even while you sleep!
While your intuition is an intrinsic part of you, it will remain unconscious until actively engaged. Once activated, it will enhance the relationship between yourself and the world by providing clarity and insight about the things that matter to you the most. Cultivating your magic within, or what is often called an awakening, requires a commitment to live mindfully. It’s not about adding more exercises or techniques to your to-do list as much as it is amplifying your curiosity about the ephemeral nature of things like your heartbeat, breath, and even the temperature of your skin. This simply means becoming more present by checking in with your body as a daily practice and celebrating all the subtle adjustments you make on a regular basis. This kind of receptive stance will expand your consciousness, create a heightened field of awareness, and infuse a spirit of positivity that permeates everything you do.
- Get in touch with your body. Spend time each day becoming familiar with your magic within. For example: When you apply moisturizer, acknowledge your skin—your largest organ, which protects, informs, and shields you. When you hustle from one appointment to the next, give thanks to the two hundred or more muscles involved in taking a single step! When you write a text on your phone, take a moment to appreciate the twenty-seven bones in each hand that allow for you to be so dexterous! When you look in the mirror, gaze for miles into your own eyes and bow to all that lives behind them. Make it a habit to look for opportunities in the natural rhythm of your day to honor the wisdom of the body and all that’s getting done beneath the surface.
- Listen to your inner dialogue. Start to notice your thoughts and the general topics you are thinking about. Choose and name three main topics that are reoccurring in your mind. Spend the next day or week observing the varying opinions you have about these topics. Once you are more aware of these topics, assess the quality of conversation around them. Make sure that your thoughts reflect what you truly believe, and re-pattern any faulty thinking that you may not have even realized was taking up so much room in your head (and heart).
- Align yourself. Be obsessed with your posture! Make it a new hobby to try to keep your head up and on straight, to lead with your heart, breathe deeply, and root down through your feet. Notice the parts of your day that are more challenging to stay aligned in your body, and develop strategies for making it easier to get in the best position wherever you are.