I’m fascinated by the idea of intuition because for a long time I didn’t believe that I had it.
Despite being a triple water sign (HELLO FEELS.), I grew up with zero relatability to the idea of gut instinct. When someone told me to ‘go with your gut’ or to ‘follow your intuition,’ I’d roll my eyes and immediately run in the opposite direction.
Operating as a pragmatic, analytical, logical person = the only sensible way to survive and make big, life decisions. I got reeeeeally good at making neurotically detailed pros and cons lists made for every major decision in my life, from where to go to college to who I should date. But weirdly, making ‘smart’ choices got me into a lot of regrettable situations.
And by pretending it didn’t exist and operating from a fully pragmatic place, I silenced my intuition. Like a muscle that atrophies and withers after months and years of idleness, by the time I hit my mid-twenties my intuition was virtually non-existent.
Ya’ll, it’s actually kind of fucked up, and sometimes I’m in awe of the fact that I survived my early twenties without going home with a serial killer or something—I zero intutitive discernment.
Anyway, as a result of this hibernating intuition, I made some TERRIBLE decisions that seemed absolutely great at first—like dating that cute, charming, well-adjusted guy for five years, only to find out he was a serial-cheating creep from day one. Or taking that really cool job that seemed to have no downside… but was actually a soul-sucking nightmare. I made decision after decision that resulted in heartbreak, confusion, and just great fucking difficulty.
It’s already hard enough to trek through this life and follow the path toward your purpose—when you’re not tapped into your intuition, it’s like erasing the entire roadmap.
I spent a few years working on rebuilding my intuition. Meditating helps. Slowing down helps. Working on your own emotional shit also helps. But the thing that really kicked my intuition into overdrive was actually understanding it.
See, here’s the thing. We all have a unique, innate sense of intuition. I always thought it would show up as a gut feeling—but for me, my intuition sparks up in different ways. A tingly sensation in my muscles that feels like a full-body laugh. Buzzing in my ears. A sudden awareness where I can feel the space around my energetic body, like electricity. I am so grateful that someone (cough Jillian cough) took the time to help me understand the difference between an emotional response and an intuitive response.
Being able to differentiate between pure intuition and emotion (which, we can all agree, gets a little messy and confusing at times) is fucking gold. I’m so excited for next week’s workshop , where you’ll get to experience Jillian’s gift in the flesh. Keep reading as she reveals everything you need to know about your intuition and how it shows up.
oh holisticism: Is it possible to strengthen your intuition?
Jillian Villafane: Absolutely. Intuition really is like a muscle in that way. The more you work it the stronger it gets.
Why might developing a stronger sense of intuition be a good thing?
If your intuition is getting stronger it means you're successfully removing the illusions from your personal belief systems. A strong intuition naturally increases awareness, breeds sincerity and transparency, and connects us to new potentials, which results in the power to create positive change that can be passed on to those around us: our families, our friends, our communities and beyond.
What does intuition feel like?
Intuition is experienced differently by everyone. But generally speaking, it should register instantly as a knowing that is completely absent of fear.
What if you don't have good intuition—is it possible to improve it, or are you just doomed to make bad choices?
If you're feeling intuitively inadequate you are not doomed! When intuition isn't functioning well it always helps to look to your beliefs and remove any blocks around truth and perception.
How does intuition differ from person to person?
Each person's intuition functions based on how they receive and experience energy. Some experience intuition as a singular intuitive impression, while others may experience it with more variety. For some it can be subtle and for others it's more obvious. None of these variances are better or worse, and often a subtle or singular energy can be a sign of very strong intuition.
Do you have to be special to have strong intuition?
All humans have intuition. As long as you're willing to nurture it into being and workability it can always get stronger.
What's something you can do at home to strengthen your intuition?
Strengthening intuition is about learning to prevent interference. The easiest way to begin reducing interference is to make a declaration of non-consent. Start each day by declaring: 'I disallow any interference to distort or delay the fulfillment of my chosen purpose in this lifetime—whether that interference be well-meaning, misguided, self-interested, or malevolent.'
Try it for 30 days and watch how strong your intuition gets. It's a game changer.
What can we look forward to at the Intuition Workshop on 11/14?
I'll be sharing my method for working with intuition, which is an active and energetic approach that supports the unique intuitive experience of every individual. I will also assist in identifying unseen energies and abilities within each person, so that they can begin to be developed into expression.
*oh holisticism members use code intuition101 for 50% off ticket price.