Five Ways to Improve Your Intuition

Make your work life better with these simple steps

| September-October 2000

I am a psychiatrist with a passion for combining spirituality and intuition with mainstream medicine, business, and the everyday world. Intuition—available to everyone—is a still, small voice that looks out for our well-being. It can help us discern the character and integrity of our relationships, not just on the personal level but also in our work, revealing the true spirit with which businesses, large or small, operate. To gain the advantages intuition can offer, use these five steps. My hope is that they will increase your insight about co-workers and colleagues, and enhance the clarity of all your decisions.

Step 1: Notice your beliefs.

Your beliefs and those of the people around you set the stage for productivity and joy in the workplace. Positive attitudes stimulate accomplishments. Negative beliefs impede them. It’s important to rid yourself of counterproductive attitudes about work that you may not even know you have. For instance, are you motivated by what truly moves you, rather than simply by finances? Do you surround yourself with colleagues who work with the same commitment toward the well-being of humanity and the planet? An important indicator of character and integrity is if an individual or company embraces a service-oriented approach to the world, not one that is solely self-oriented.

Step 2: Be “in your body.”

Most businesspeople in the modern age are conditioned to live from their neck up, ignoring the rest of their body. This is foolhardy. Your body is a complex and sensitive sensor. Enjoy your intellect, but listen to the wisdom of your physical responses to people or projects as well: What does your gut say? Do you feel relaxed? Does your energy increase? Do you have a sense of breathing more easily? Do you have a feeling of comfort, even inspiration or love? Or does your gut sense “danger,” indicating that something just isn’t right? Do your stomach and shoulders tighten? Do you feel uncomfortable, edgy, and even want to physically move away? Pay attention. Factor your body’s response into the overall assessment of an individual, a business practice, or a corporate system.

Step 3: Feel your body’s subtle energy.

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