As a psychic medium and intuitive healer, I am often asked to explain what my gifts are and where they come from. My usual response is that I have a highly developed “intuition.” Surprisingly, I have discovered over the years that a lot of people today still do not understand what intuition is or how it works and many do not even think they have it.

What exactly is intuition? It is a knowingness that resides in each of us. It is an internal stirring or gut feeling that can involve emotions or hunches that seem illogical and have no clear line of thought. Some people prefer to call it a sixth sense, higher perception, precognition or second sight. Whatever you prefer to call it, intuition is the ability to follow instinctive knowing without use of the reasoning process. Intuitive insight can come on quite suddenly and usually unexpectedly. Sometimes it can be a powerful warning or feeling of danger and at other times it can be a spontaneous answer to a problem. Intuition can also predict the future, reveal truths, inspire creativity, and enhance spiritual awareness.

Believe it or not, intuition is a gift that we are all born with. As children our consciousness is still very connected to the spiritual world. During the first few years of life we still maintain the ability to tune-in to our inner senses even as we begin developing our own personality and sense of self. Young children are very intuitive and often see auras, spirits and angels. Unfortunately, these wonderful gifts tend to fade and eventually disappear due to socialization and a dependency on the physical body (ego-mind) for gratification and survival.

Intuition comes from that part of you connected to Spirit, which is your soul. As humans we are both soul and ego. Your ego is the physical body, mind, personality and analytical thought process. Both soul and ego join together to make up the total package that is you and both are essential for you to exist. When these two operate in balance, love flows freely from the soul, guiding the ego through lessons and appropriate actions. However, when we choose not to listen to our inner voice, the ego takes over and shuts down the soul along with our intuitive abilities and gradually our intuitive mind speaks to us less often. As a result, this creates a separation of soul and ego and opens up a doorway for fear, anxiety, anger, stress and eventually illness.

Most of us today experience the separation of ego and soul on a regular basis. We all have fear, worry and stress; we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. However, the amount of fear and stress can be reduced significantly by consciously choosing to reconnect with your Spirit. If you want to bring more inner peace and a sense of balance back into your life you need to use your intuition more often.

The best way to do this is to start tapping into that part of you that is one with Spirit or God. It is never too late to start your spiritual path and strengthen or reawaken your intuitive gifts. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your spiritual connection:

• Meditate – when we quiet the mind or take time out to be with ourselves, it opens a doorway for the soul to come through and connect with our physical body.

• Be Here Now – when we live in the moment we are consciously choosing to let go of the past and the future. It is all about today! Everything we do today affects tomorrow. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to put all your energy in today so that your hopes and dreams can manifest tomorrow?

• Trust Your Gut -- once you begin listening to that little voice inside, it is easier to notice and recognize when messages are coming through.

• Practice Daily -- when you make a conscious effort to tune-in on a daily basis, you experience self-awareness and a profound sense of inner peace.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s another day and another opportunity to start listening to your intuition. It won’t steer you wrong, it’s your soul speaking to you and your soul loves you!

Author's Bio: 

Marla Mitchell is a Psychic Medium, Reiki Master / Teacher, Medical Intuitive and Retreat Facilitator. She works with clients providing Reiki Therapy, Bars Access Technique, Spiritual Coaching and Psychic Readings in person or over the phone. She regularly teaches Reiki classes, Meditation workshops, and hosts Retreats and Seminars on various spiritual topics and themes.