Separating Intuition from Ego
Can you separate intuition from ego? Learn the subtle distinction between the two along with methods for quieting the ego and connecting to your true intuition.
On a recent blog post I wrote: Common Misconceptions about Using your Intuition, I responded to a comment from a reader who asked about how to separate intuition from ego related things such as desires, urgings, and cravings, etc.
This was my response to his question:
For me, my inner voice is spoken in English words that I hear in my head. For others, it may very well be a gut feeling. Each of us hears their intuition a bit differently.
Your ego (desires, urgings, cravings, etc.) is usually the loudest voice that you hear and the one that you hear most the time. There is nothing wrong with ego, as it protects you from harm in many cases, but it does not give you guidance from your higher self. In many cases the ego thinking mind is based on fear.
Your intuitive voice is much quieter, and can very easily get crowded out and bowled over by the thinking mind. To me, intuition is that thought that you instantly know is right and resonates with you completely. It is like a personal truth teller. Intuition comes to me as short, sweet ideas, similar to a headline. It is brief, simple, and no-nonsense.
Many times your inner voice will speak to you when you are daydreaming about something and you then get that Ah-Ha moment. It is coming from a place of love and is there to help. This is different from your ego which will want to have a long drawn out discussion about a situation, complete with anxiety and fear based thinking. That is why meditation can be helpful in connecting to your voice of intuition.
So, my question to you is, how do you separate your inner voice from those fearful thoughts? I would love to hear about any thought or methods you have that are working for you. Leave a response in the comments below.
Here are a few books to help you learn to develop intuition and connect with your guides: