4 Ways to KNOW it’s Your Intuition and not Wishful Thinking

Dear Anne:

I get intuitive guidance (I think) about what to do next, but then I get afraid.  What if I’m wrong?  What if I make a mistake?  What if I take this action and mess everything up? 

How can I tell if I’m getting the correct guidance?   

 Meditation and Prayer


Dear Divine One –

I LOVE this question!  Every spiritual entrepreneur I know faces this.  Frankly, every intuitive I know has asked this question (more than once) in their development as an intuitive.

So, here’s your answer:

When I first started learning about how intuition works, I felt like I was always asking this question.  It didn’t seem as though a day went by without uncertainty:  was that my intuition or was it wishful thinking?

One thing I felt sure of was that I didn’t know the language my intuition was speaking in.  I felt like a foreigner in a strange land.

So here are 4 ways to know for certain that it’s your intuition vs. wishful thinking.

1)  Your intuition will be persistent.  It will nudge you.  Again and again and again.  Gently.  Lovingly.  If you’ve felt a nudge to do something (go someplace, write that book, work with that coach, create that program) and you’ve gotten it over and over again but you’ve been ignoring it because you’re too afraid or you’re too busy or you’re too, well, whatever … then stop it.  Stop ignoring it.  That’s your intuitive guidance.  Just let your fear go and do it.

2)  Your intuition will be loving.  Always.  You will not get hateful nudges from the Divine.  You will not get vengeful nudges from the Divine.  You will not be told to be mean or hateful to yourself or to anyone else.  Rather, you will get loving nudges from the Divine.  You will get persistent, gentle, loving, kind, beautiful nudges from the Divine.  Always.  In all ways.

3)  Your intuitive downloads come when you are grounded and centered.  The sacred book, the Bible, says “Be still, and know that I am God.”  In order to hear your messages from the Divine, you must be still.  So get quiet, centered and grounded.  This means you are not in a flurry of activity and action, running from this thing to that, frantically trying to get things done while trying to listen to what you are being guided to do.  It means that you stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, close your eyes and get quiet.  Then ask a question.  And wait.  Patiently.  And trust that you will receive the answer.

Here’s the thing about getting the answer:  If you are attached to getting an answer NOW, or if you are attached to an answer being a certain one (i.e., should I take this course or work with this person or hire this team member – oh, I really want to!, etc.) then you will muddy up your intuition.  Attachment is always coming from wishful thinking or ego. 

You cannot hear your intuition speak when you are attached to getting an answer a certain way.

This is why you get Divine downloads while in the shower or when you’re exercising or when you first wake up in the morning.  You are not attached in these moments; instead, you are open to the spiritual realm and therefore able to receive your intuitive information.

4)  Your intuition speaks to you in your own unique way.  This means that you don’t look for your intuition to speak to you the way mine speaks to me.  It means that you don’t expect it to speak to you the way someone else’s speaks to them.  You must to get clear about the unique way your intuition speaks to you and what that looks like, feels like, sounds like, etc.  And here’s the fun thing about that:  sometimes you will receive information one way, and sometimes you will receive it another way.

Most of us have different ways our intuition speaks to us, and it is up to us to learn its language.  I’ll be sharing very soon about the four main ways intuition speaks to us.  Most of us have one or two of these ways that are very strong, and yet we also receive information through the other channels, too.  Once we learn how our intuition uniquely speaks to us, we are able to more easily decipher what it’s saying.  And then we can trust it, because we can truly understand that we are receiving intuitive guidance that is always for our highest and best good.

So stay tuned, because we’ll have some clarity very soon around how your intuition speaks to you!




Please share how your intuition speaks to you – this way others can learn from you and begin to trust their own intuitive guidance.  I can imagine no greater gift, can you?




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5 Responses to 4 Ways to KNOW it’s Your Intuition and not Wishful Thinking

  1. Jeanine @ Mystic Comfort February 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I have definitely experienced what you said about being less attached when you first wake up. I get lots of intuitive guidance during those kinds of times. In fact, it happened just this morning!

    • Anne February 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      I love that, Jeanine!

  2. Jeannette February 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    Amazing! me too… I love Divine Design.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Joumana February 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    When I first started connecting to my intuition, I used to “feel” my answers. Now I hear my answers and once in a while I “see” them. What an amazing journey!

    • Anne February 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      Nice, Joumana –

      When I first started learning about my intuition, I was hearing things (and it was VERY strange – lol!). Then I began to notice how I felt things, and now an then a seeing would show up. Finally, I learned about knowing. It has truly been an amazing journey for me, too.

      From one intuitive to another…


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