“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it.
It’s my partner.”
-Jonas Salk

Intuition is defined in Wikipedia as the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. I like to define it as opening up to (and learning to trust) our inner wisdom.

We are involved in a fascinating time in human history. Malnourished from years of patriarchal fear-based conditioning and abuse of power, our once steadfast rules are coming undone, paving the way for a welcome and radical change.  The world is shedding her collective ego and opening her heart. Intuitive, creative, and compassionate human beings, (many of whom are women) are part of a welcome paradigm shift.

This heart opening, inner knowing or gut instinct guides many through the ebb and flow of life. Go against your gut and you will often experience an event you could have avoided… had you listened. How many times have you heard yourself or others say, I knew better, I wish I would have followed my instincts?

Developing Your Intuition

If you want to develop your intuition, you have to learn to trust yourself. Over analyzing every decision in your life can create confusion and mental paralysis. If you don’t trust yourself you may spend endless amounts of time looking for validation and external data to support your decision. What if you began to tune into your body and notice how you feel when something big comes up? When faced with an obstacle, invitation or opportunity, check in with how you feel. Your first instinct will almost always be true for you. A healthy combination of factual information + active intuition = GOLD.

Tuning in

With so much information flying at us from our friends, family, the internet, TV, radio, blogs, podcasts etc., It’s easy to lose track of your inner-voice. The only way to listen to your intuition is being open and available for your small voice. The small voice or inner-voice that has been with you since you were born. You can tune into your intuition when you allow your mind to relax. Mediation is a great way to clear the clutter from your mind while opening the door to your inner-voice. Sit. Breathe. Empty your mind. Even a few minutes each day will make a positive impact on your life. Create some time to be still and notice what comes up for you.

When you develop your intuition and you will tap into a wellspring of wisdom within. You deserve to step into your intuitive power.

Trust yourself.

1. Do you trust your sense of knowing?
2. Have you been burned by NOT following your instincts? What did that look like for you?
3. What will you do today to develop and honor your intuition?

Ready to amp up your intuition? I recommend reading “You Already Know What to Do” by Sharon Franquemont

“I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.”
-Farrah Fawcett

About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek is an Award Winning Podcaster, Best Selling Author, Voice Over Talent, Podcast Coach, and Media Expert.

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  • CJ Jul 5, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Shann. It is amazing the freedom and comfort that can be found in trusting intuition. It is such a subtle thing, and you’ve pointed out a crucial part of it; the sensation in the body. Once one is aware of the patterns of feelings in the body when moving toward OR away from what is in our best interest, a whole new world can open up.


    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:13 pm

      Hi CJ,
      Liberation is a beautiful reward for living in our bodies and noticing how we feel. Cheers!

  • Vanessa King Jul 5, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Fantastic post, Shann, and completely true. I have been on a journey this year, allowing my intution to lead me more. I’m a very logical, evidence-based person and I am gradually finding a balance between intution and reason, hence my Balancing Goddess identity. Thank you! xx

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:15 pm

      Hi Vanessa, The dance between intuition and reason is a beautiful thing. Thank you for your kindness.

  • samantha jenkins Jul 5, 2012, 6:13 pm

    Oh I so resonate with this post!! I spent most of my young adulthood denying and deriding my intuition, and all to my personal cost. Slowly I am re-orientating myself and where I place my trust ….me first, world second. Learning to trust mySelf, like really trust mySelf and my inner wisdom is the single most challenging and worthwhile thing I have ever done. Fact.

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:17 pm

      Hi Samantha, Love this: “Me first, world second.” What a blessing to be available and committed to trusting yourSelf. Big LOVE!

  • Jodi Chapman Jul 5, 2012, 7:10 pm

    This is such a wonderful post, Shann!
    Like many of us, I have learned difficult lessons by not following my intuition. When I moved to Oregon, I found a house that seemed perfect on paper, but when I went to view it something didn’t feel right about it. It was beautiful on the outside, but it felt cold to me. I trusted my gut and said that it wasn’t for me. And then I received a letter from the owner saying how she had a dream that I was living there and even spoke to a psychic who said that she agreed that it was my home. I then started to question my own intuition. I consulted an intuitive who agreed that this was where I needed to be. So I moved into it. And it was one of the worst years of my life – one that I’m still healing from.
    But…I did learn that my intuition will never steer me wrong, and all I have to do is pay attention to it and trust it.
    Beautiful photo, by the way.
    Sending you waves of love, my friend.

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:22 pm

      Hi Jodi, Thank you for sharing your story. We learn so much when we don’t trust ourselves. Happy to know that you are tuned in and trusting your inner-wisdom.
      The image was captured on the shores of Lake Michigan at one of my favorite beaches. Big love and hugs to you too!

  • Petrea Jul 5, 2012, 10:47 pm

    This is such an important topic! I think many of us don’t trust our intuition because we have been trained to listen to or turn to others for the answers starting at a very young age. Many of us are not given the encouragement to tune in to ourselves and we have become dependant on listening to the expertise of others. Well we all have the potential to be experts of ourselves. It’s there waiting to be uncovered! Thanks!

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:27 pm

      Hi Petrea, I agree that we are often conditioned at an early age to turn to others for answers when we already know what to do. I noticed an example of this the other day when a friend offered a sweet treat to my daughter. She looked at me for her answer / approval before saying YES to receiving the treat.

  • gina Jul 5, 2012, 11:57 pm

    I totally trust my intuition now……..the body sends us so many messages in a day if you’re in-tune, you’ll receive them……….I believe meditation has played a huge roll in developing my intuition ;).
    thanks for sharing!

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:28 pm

      Hi Gina, Love knowing that you trust yourself. Tune in and turn on! Meditation is such a sweet way to get in tune with out true nature.

  • Arwen Jul 6, 2012, 12:29 am

    So true. I love your note about factual information + active intuition. Yes, yes, yes. I have had many conversations with clients about what happened the last time they ignored their gut. Thanks for putting this out there.

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Thanks Arwen! Glad to know you support others to tune in to their inner-wisdom.

  • Jo Macdonald Jul 6, 2012, 10:35 am

    Great post. Trusting your intuition is such an important part of living a truly authentic life and you are so right, that voice is easily drowned out by modern society ♥

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:31 pm

      Hi Jo, Thank you! We all deserve a break from the messages flying at us each day to get in tune with authentic ourselves.

  • Lisa Frideborg Lloyd Jul 6, 2012, 11:36 am

    Great post, Shann! As an intuitive card reader, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you! I’m off to share your post now 🙂

    • Shann Jul 6, 2012, 3:32 pm

      Hi Lisa, Thank you for your kindness, and for sharing this post with your friends. Big LOVE!

  • Nancy Jul 8, 2012, 2:42 pm

    What a fabulous post, Shann! I have had some wonderful moments of intuition in the past few years and always try to follow what it tells me. (And for me, I find that it’s often easiest to access my intuition by tuning in to what my body feels about something. My body is way, WAY smarter than my head!)

    • shannvanderleek Jul 9, 2012, 8:54 pm

      Thank you for your kindness Nancy! Here’s to living in our bodies!

  • Dominee Jul 8, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Learning to trust yourself and your intuition has been a huge lesson for me to learn, especially in instances where I feel like I need to “explain” my actions, it’s hard to say that it just felt right, and not back it up with logic for fear that others will judge you, but sometimes you just have to look irrational to the rational thing!

    • shannvanderleek Jul 9, 2012, 8:56 pm

      Hi Dominee, Follow your instincts and honor yourself! People are going to judge us anyway. Ha Ha Ha!!

  • Julia Harris | Choose Your Life Jun 3, 2016, 8:23 am

    Thanks for the book recomendation. I’ve definetly learned to trust my intuition more but I’ve still got a long way to go 🙂

    • Shann Jun 3, 2016, 8:36 am

      My pleasure, Julia. You will love Sharon’s book. Create a great weekend!