How to Learn to Trust Your Inner Voice

5 Ways to Tap into One of Your Greatest Gifts

Learning to trust our inner voice will give us an additional tool to help us in our daily lives.

We all have an inner voice. Learning to listen and trust that voice is something we have to develop.

What is Your Inner Voice?

Our inner voice is more a sense or a feeling, rather than a voice, although for some, it can be. It’s commonly referred to as an inkling, gut feeling, hunch, inner guide or intuition.

We often hear the phrase, “Listen to your gut,” which implies there is something else that’s always guiding us. That sense or feeling we have in our gut is one example of how our inner voice communicates to us.

We’ll become more aware of it as we start paying attention to how it shows up and how we respond to it.

Why Should You Listen to Your Inner Voice?

If we reflect on the significant decisions we’ve made in life, we’ll find evidence of our inner voice. Sometimes we just had a “knowing” to do or not do something.

Whenever something hasn’t worked out for us, chances are we weren’t aware of our inner voice or we chose to ignore it.

The benefits of listening to our inner voice includes:

  • It’ll be a lot easier to make decisions.
  • We won’t have to second-guess whether something is right or not.
  • We’ll develop a higher level of self-trust and self-confidence.
  • We’ll reduce our stress levels as we won’t experience mental turmoil or chaos.
  • We’ll have a calmer presence about us.

Since we all have an inner voice, it’s a matter of doing certain things to fully tap into it and use it to our advantage.

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How to Recognise Your Inner Voice

As we operate differently and have different preferences, our inner voice can show up in many ways.

Ways to recognise our inner voice includes:

  • Paying attention to physical sensations we experience. This can include a tingling sensation, feeling an energy shift or experiencing some type of discomfort.
  • Observing signs that make us pause and evaluate its meaning or significance.
  • Experiencing something that we may consider coincidental or lucky.
  • Having a knowing to take a particular action because it just “feels” right.

By learning to listen to our inner voice, we’ll reconnect to our innate wisdom and become a powerful creator.

5 Ways to Connect to Your Inner Voice

Since our inner voice is something we already have, all we have to do is learn to reconnect to it. There are things or practices we can carry out to tap into our inner voice.

Here are five simple ways to connect to our inner voice.

  1. Pay more attention to what’s happening in your body. A powerful belief to take on is, “My body doesn’t lie.” As we become more in tune with our bodies, we can use it to make decisions. There is a technique called Somatic Decision Making, which is a powerful way to get clear yes or no answers from our bodies.
  2. Practice being quiet and still. We’re more likely to hear our inner voice when we’re still and quiet. Practicing mindfulness techniques such as meditation or deep breathing are common ways to quieten our minds. It’s during those quiet moments when inspiration or wisdom is more likely to come through.
  3. Eliminate noise and distractions. Whenever we have mental clutter, we block out our inner guidance. Learning to avoid negativity or not engaging in unproductive conversations are things we have to be aware of. Minimising external noise such as social media scrolling or listening to negative news are others things we can do daily.
  4. Enhance your environments. Our environments play a huge part in our daily experiences. The better we design our environments to be inspiring or uplifting, the more they’ll support us. A simple example can be creating a space in our homes where we can practice being quiet or still. We can add things to stimulate our senses in a positive way to enhance our experience each time we’re in that space.
  5. Start capturing experiences of listening to your inner voice. To build up our level of trust in our inner voice, having a history of when we followed it and what we experienced is a useful practice to have. This is why the practice of journaling daily can be useful. To take it a step further, we can learn to write while being in a meditative or receptive state.

Conclusion

We have wisdom within us, which we can learn to cultivate and use to our advantage. Our inner voice is one way to tap into one of the greatest gifts we have. The more we learn to pay attention to our inner voice, the more we’ll trust it. We can use our inner voice and wisdom to create a better quality life.

Action Step: Reflect on the last major decision you made. Think back to how you came to the decision you made. If you listened to your inner voice, write down what you learned from that experience. If you made the decision without listening to your inner voice, also write down what worked and what you can do differently next time.

Question: What are other things we can do to learn to trust our inner voice?

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