Working with lots of students, I saw they were having difficulty discerning their intuition from their ego and understanding when their thinking mind is talking and when it's not. It is difficult for them to know when their intuition is actually talking to them. Journaling, and I'll explain what I mean by journaling, is a very powerful way to help you gain your confidence in knowing when your intuition is talking to you and to know what your intuition is trying to tell you.
Journaling will also give you confidence that your intuition is actually working because one of the biggest problems we all have with our intuition is knowing whether it's actually there or not. Even when you do develop and you're doing exercises, and you're working with your intuition, we have doubts. I think that's the biggest thing that I have to work with people on, is dealing with their doubt.
I accidentally discovered how powerful journaling can be for intuition.
I used to sit in an intuition development circle where you work to develop your intuition with a group of people. The way it works is we work on an intuition exercise together by having an intuition trigger. This trigger could be a person's name, it could be a question about a situation and so on. Usually one person in the group is the ‘sitter’ who will be giving feedback on the trigger. The sitter will have information about the trigger, i.e. the person’s name or the situation, so they can validate what others in the group are getting intuitively about the trigger. In this case, though we are writing down what we are getting intuitively rather than talking.
When you're writing things down, I started to realize, as I was going through these exercises, how powerful this can be. When you're working with your intuition for the first time one of the biggest issues is that you edit and judge what you are getting. When you edit, and you judge then what happens is, you actually suppress your intuitive messages. If you are telling someone verbally what you believe you’re getting from your intuition, it’s easier to edit it and leave things out because you think it’s wrong. When you are writing it down, it’s easier to force yourself to write it in spite of your mind judging it. The big intuition hits are often in the things you think you made up.
Your written record helps you remember what popped up in your mind.
When you go over your written list, you will find that you do have intuitive hits on your list because you just wrote everything down, and it may surprise you. Circle or star the hits on your list. This will reinforce it in your mind and memory. Then when your intuition pops up again, you’ll know it because you remember what it sounds like, felt like or looked like.
Another important way you can use journaling to strengthen your ability to tell the difference between your thinking and your intuition is to write down the times when you know your intuition was right. I call it writing down the story of your intuition hit. Think back to a time when your intuition worked. Then write down exactly how it happened and include as much detail as you can remember. What did that intuitive experience feel like or sound like? When you had that feeling about someone that came true, what was the feeling? How did it feel? Then write down the entire story as if you were telling someone else.
The more you write about your intuition experience the more you will remember how it came to you. Then the next time your intuition comes to you it will be easier for you to recognize it. This builds your intuition recognition ability. It will also give you more confidence that your intuition does work and that you can do it!