Magic 8-Ball: Honing your intuition (& knowing when it’s really fear)

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In case you hadn’t heard, every-other-Tuesday we’re publishing “Magic 8-Ball” episodes! AKA, we shake up the nearly-200 episodes we’ve released in the past two years, and the one that rises to the surface has a message that you needed to hear today.

Today’s episode is a Side Chat from last summer about how to hone your intuition (and tell the difference between that and fear). Pretty relevant right now, don’t you think? 

So, imagine a dude pumping iron, except he only ever works out one arm. He’s basically a circus attraction with his one giant bicep on the right and a puny, atrophied bicep on the left.

Well, this freak is all of us. Except the over-developed right arm is your logic/fear muscle, and the atrophied left arm is your feelings/intuition muscle.

Most of us want to start working out that sad, deflated left arm, because we really want to let go, trust our intuition, and make decisions from a place of deeper knowing, but we have no idea how to do it.

In this episode we got into:

  • All of the ways you can turn down the volume on fear and allow space for your intuition to flow.
  • How to get into a consistent rhythm of “exercising” your intuitive abilities.
  • Real-life examples of what recognizing (and trusting) your intuition looks like.
  • How to tell the difference between the voice of intuition and the voice of fear.

After you’ve listened, leave a comment to let us know how you’re going to start making space for your intuition to speak to you!


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EPISODES WE MENTIONED IN THIS SIDE CHAT

Emotional constipation with Joanna Platt (April 2018)

Breaking your phone addiction with Kristen Kalp (May 2018)

Bonus Book Club! Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (June 2018)

Bonus Book Club! Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver (November 2018)

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  • Amy

    So guilty of googling everything – it’s comforting that I’m not to the only person that does this. One particular area that I’m very guilty of doing this is when it comes to relationships. I recently met a great guy who on paper ticked all of my boxes but I just wasn’t attracted to him. My gut when I first met him was that he would be a great husband and father, just not my husband but I ignored it and thought that feelings would grow. I googled and read a bunch of articles which made the case that I might be resisting the nice guy because of past issues (there’s plenty) but I think deep down I knew it was just that I couldn’t get past the lack of attraction. The only reason I clung on was because I’ve heard of feelings growing based on common values but this clearly didn’t happen for me. I’m a a little stuck with what to do next time around – do I not give a person I’m not feeling any thing for a second chance?

    • Rachel East

      That’s a great question, Amy! I totally understand the dilemma. You want to trust your gut, of course, but you also don’t want to be so hasty that you prematurely shut something down. I actually think there’s a relatively simple perspective shift that can help with this. Next time, trust that immediate gut knowing. And then treat the second date as a way to *verify* what you know. So instead of going into it asking, “Omg, what if I’m wrong??” and second-guessing yourself and confusing yourself, go into it like, “OK, I have this gut hunch. I’m going to see if this experience confirms my original feelings.” What do you think?

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