When you are making a decision, or get a feeling about something, do you find yourself asking, "Is this my intuition?" So many clients wonder, "How do I distinguish intuition from ego?"
The best way to differentiate between intuition and ego is to notice how it feels in your body. When you consider what's coming up, does it feel restrictive or expansive?
Ego is rooted in fear.
It tries to "protect" you from getting hurt, from failing, from making a mistake. Ego includes judgement, doubt, and worry. When you're in your ego, you tend to feel more pressure or presence in your head, particularly the prefrontal cortex located right beneath the forehead. You mind is grasping onto the reins of your life with all of its might, trying to direct the situation.
Working from the ego can be incredibly exhausting. It can make life feel like a grind. Like you're swimming against the current instead of flowing along with it. If you're working from your ego, you'll likely experience uncomfortable symptoms, such as stress, anxiety, depression, physical aches and pains, brain fog, addiction, jealousy, low self-worth, and/or feelings of emptiness, to name a few.
Intuition, on the other hand, feels expansive and comes from the heart space.
You may experience heart-warming sensations, pleasant tingling, a gut feeling, or an inner knowing. Or, it may come through as an audible voice, or visually in the form of images or video clips. However you receive your inner guidance, the experience is gentle and loving, as intuition's sole purpose is to assist you on your path for greater good. Even if something feels out of your comfort zone, if it is for your greater good it will be attached to exhilaration, rather than some of the symptoms listed above.
Practice tapping into your intuition by asking questions in a meditative state:
Place your attention in the area of your heart, quiet your mind, and follow your breath. You may choose to do a body scan or slow your breath to 6 counts in and 6 counts out to help you transition.
If thoughts, judgements, worries, or weighings about your question continue to pop into your head as you ground and center, imagine them as cards from a deck, and simply turn them face down, reminding your mind that it's your intuition's turn to speak its piece.
Once you feel quiet, calm, and centered, ask your question from your heart space, either to yourself or out loud, and without presuming, simply notice what comes up immediately.
At first, your ego mind may try to jump the gun and beat your intuition to the punch. You also might feel like you're not get any answers. Try not to get frustrated - this is a practice, and the more you do it, the easier it will become.
Especially if you've been disconnected from your intuition for a while, you've got to re-sensitize your body and rekindle your relationship with yourself so that you can receive your messages clearly. If this is you, I highly suggest a reset for your physical, mental, and emotional bodies. Penny Pierce says it best: "The first phase of the intuition development process focuses on creating a clear lens. If your binoculars are dirty or covered by a cap, no matter how fantastic the view, you won't enjoy or benefit from it."
So, don't waste one more minute fighting with your ego. This is your unique life! Let it be intuitive, aligned, authentic, happy, flowing, free, and purposeful NOW!
If you're feeling that nervous/exhilarating sensation take over, then you are so ready! Book your free Intuitive Breakthrough Call with me today! XO.