Even though I’m making an effort to consciously use and develop my intuition, I still struggle with doubts sometimes about whether the hunches I have are really my intuition or whether I’m just making them up. After all, I’m a writer who’s currently working on my first novel so it’s important for me to let my imagination run free.
But I’ve found that my imagination takes on different forms. Sometimes I’ll visualize or consciously imagine a desired scenario, a practice that has been long touted as a way to manifest a certain outcome. For example, athletes will often imagine themselves performing well and research has found that they do perform better after visualization.
Other times I’ll make up stories in my head about people and situations, a practice that is tied directly to my fiction writing. It helps me to stay creative and come up with plot twists and story ideas.
But in rarer cases, a scenario will pop into my mind unexpectedly. These are never long, drawn-out moments and there is generally not that much detail, yet there is clearly an element of imagination involved. During these moments I believe I’m witnessing intuition in action, or at least I’m close to it.
Daydreaming in any capacity is a merging of the conscious and subconscious minds, and since intuition is largely a subconscious practice, daydreaming can serve as a gateway inviting more collaboration between these two worlds.
Intuitive Action Item: I’ve decided to experiment with using my daydreams to spark my intuition. The next time I have a choice to consider, I’ll imagine how it will turn out and if the scenario I get is something I like, I’ll do it. If it goes poorly in my mind, I’ll say no. I’ll report my results in a later post but if you care to try it with me, I’d love to know how it goes for you. There’s one caveat: Only try this if you’re making a choice about something you’ve never done before. If you have a history with an experience, your memories will probably cloud your intuition. Either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.