change Dec 17, 2020

If you’re reading, watching, or listening to this, then there’s a good chance that you’re looking for confirmation that what you’ve been experiencing lately is actually your intuition trying to get your attention. When we first start listening to our intuition, it can feel intimidating to know if we’re doing it right – how can I distinguish between my intuition and other feelings and expectations in my life? I’ll be sharing a few signs and indicators that help you know if it is, in fact, your intuition tugging on your sleeve.

Nagging thoughts

For starters, are you having a nagging thought or feeling? This might be a thought that keeps coming back, even when you don't want it to. Maybe you keep thinking about a job posting that you saw or you keep wondering about a new business venture when you should be busy doing other things.

This might also be a nagging feeling. For me, when I have a doubt about something or I'm out of alignment, I often become aware of it because of a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something is WRONG. I've tried to ignore this feeling before, or to talk myself out of it, and it never works. When I pretend the feeling isn't there, it doesn't go away. But when I take the time to sit with it and listen to it, I usually find that it has something valuable to tell me.

Seeing "signs"

This could look all kinds of different ways for you. If there's a symbol or an animal that's meaningful to you, maybe you're seeing it around. Maybe you're seeing repeated numbers, if those kinds of synchronicities have significance to you. Or maybe you're suddenly seeing your dream car everywhere or meeting people who have your dream job or hearing stories that make you think you should go after the thing that you want.

Here's the thing with these kinds of "signs." Maybe they are really and truly the universe trying to get your attention, or maybe they are your subconscious mind drawing your attention to (and giving meaning to) things that have always been there. They can still be significant, but it's worth considering that they could be nudges from your own mind as much as they could be nudges from the universe.

Personally, I love to notice little synchronicities. I'm sharing them here alongside a number of other indicators that your intuition is talking to you because I think it's important to look at the whole picture.

Unwanted suggestions

One way to notice if something feels in alignment is to see the way you react to suggestions and input from others. If you had told me a few months ago that my business was about to go through a major pivot, I wouldn't have believed you. But if you had come to me with a flashy new suggestion for my existing business...I wouldn't have taken it. One of the first clues for me that something wasn't quite right in the world of my previous niche was the fact that I was getting more and more closed off to the enthusiasm other people would send my way.

This isn't to say that every suggestion another person gives you is solid gold. But when you notice a recurring pattern, it's worth paying attention to.

Excitement is gone

Along the same lines as the point above, are you noticing that the things that used to light you up just aren't doing it anymore? I'd like to distinguish here that I'm not talking about relationships. I think in the case of a romantic partnership, if it is a respectful, loving relationship then boredom or feeling that the grass is greener elsewhere is not a good reason to give up. Relationships hold up a mirror to our true, inner being, and often (but not always), when we get the urge to move on it has something to do with not liking what we are seeing in that mirror.

But I digress. If your excitement about your work, or a hobby, or the city you live in just isn't what it used to be, or if you're feeling yourself starting to get enticed by the idea of something different, then it might be a fun thought experiment to listen to that little nudge and see where it takes you.

Let's try...

If you're feeling one or a few of these nudges, then taking the next step can be scary. When we get too practical or too future-oriented, sometimes we skip right past even entertaining the possibility and end up talking ourselves out of it before it has even begun.

So my suggestion to you is to do a little experiment. You can do this in your head or write it out in your journal, whatever feels more comfortable to you. Tune in to your inner knowing, and let go of all your attachments. I mean, if you are attached to your current job right now, then let go even of that. It's just an're just imagining, right? You're not handing in your notice, and imagining won't hurt anything. Now imagine or journal on what it would look like to embrace the change that is calling to you. What does it look like? What does it feel like? Are you open to it? Are you excited by it? Does it feel more possible now that you're imagining it? Or are you finding, now that you're immersed in the visualization, that you actually aren't interested? 

Think on it, write on it, and trust yourself to know the right next step for you.