Five Ways to Use Intuition in Everyday Life

This post is by Judith Orloff MD,  author of the new book Second Sight (Three Rivers Press, 2010). She is a UCLA Psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Freedom. In addition to Second Sight, be sure to check out Emotional Freedom, which comes out on Amazon tomorrow! But you can buy it today by clicking on the book image to the left.

Five Ways to Use Intuition in Everyday Life

In our modern world, we’re moving at such a rapid pace we often miss seeing extraordinary signs and messages that pop up in our daily life. Whether you’re a soldier in Afghanistan, a corporate executive, a parent, spouse, or employee, when you can slow down enough to recognize and listen to your intuition, it can reveal truth, warn you of danger, uncover an ingenious idea, or help you understand people and situations in new ways.

In my new book, Second Sight, I show how to keep an eye out for intuitive experiences in everyday life, and what they can teach us. Drawing from my own experiences as an intuitive along with new scientific studies on the value of intuition in decision making, I include strategies anyone can use to develop their intuitive intelligence. In the book, you will learn how I came to be a pioneer in intuitive medicine, using my intuitive gift as a potent healing tool and incorporating it into my medical practice.

From Second Sight, here are five types of intuitive experiences you may encounter, and what they can teach you:

Body signals. Your body has many ways of getting your attention. It could be goosebumps when something feels right or strikes you as true. Or it might be your hair standing up on the back of your neck when you sense danger.

How to use it. Most commonly referred to as a “gut reaction,” your body’s response to the world around you is often instant–quicker, in fact, than your conscious thought. Next time you sense your body is trying to alert you to something, check in with it. Are your shoulders tense? Is there a knot in your stomach? Or do you feel energized and excited? When you learn to read your body signals, a whole new type of information will be available to you.

Déjà vu. This is when you feel as though you’ve had this exact conversation before, or you’ve been to this place before and know what’s around the corner and up ahead, even though that’s impossible.

How to use it: Instead of thinking it’s strange and then moving on, don’t let the experience go unremarked. Discuss it with a friend. Write it down. Bringing a déjà vu experience into the open energizes it, acknowledges its significance, and enables you to find out what it’s trying to tell you or where it’s trying to lead you.

Synchronicity. This is the experience of perfect timing, such as when you’re thinking about a word right when you hear it on the radio, or a person you just met offers you the perfect job.

How to use it: Stay aware and look for synchronicity everywhere. Such moments let you know that you’re in the flow–in the right place, at the right time. See if you can uncover its hidden significance.

Seeing beyond. This is when you’re tuned in to an event that’s happening right now, but in a different place. For example, you think of a long-lost friend, and then she sends you an email in that instant Or you get a feeling to turn left on the way to work and avoid an accident.

How to use it: Your entire body–not just your brain–acts as an intuitive receiver, so the more conscious you become of your whole body, perhaps through a discipline like yoga, the more likely you are to tap into realities outside of your immediate setting. They will come to you in snapshot-life flashes–a taste, smell, sound, or a feeling in your body. Jot down your impressions. The better you get at tuning in, the clearer the messages will become.

Intuitive empathy. This is when you “pick up a vibe” from another person. For no apparent reason, you suddenly sense a person’s deep loneliness, or you feel hostility coming from a person who is smiling at you.

How to use it: Being sensitive to other people’s nature is a valuable skill–but it comes with perils. If you feel drained after talking to someone at a party, for example, pay attention so you can protect yourself from him or her next time. Learning to “read” other people’s feelings will improve your personal and professional relationships, as long as you don’t “take on” others’ moods and emotions.

Judith Orloff MD is author of the new book Second Sight (Three Rivers Press, 2010). She is a UCLA Psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Freedom. Her recent TV special, “Emotional Freedom Now!” aired on PBS stations nationally. To develop your Second Sight and for inspiration, visit

  • Lucifer

    Throughout the ages, man’s ability of intuition has been documented and extreme pressure or fear seems to bring out those senses that weren’t perceived before or practiced as the Yaqui Indians are known to have.

    Many forms of expanding ones senses have been practiced by many tribes on this small planet. In fact, Years ago, I learned the art of “Seeing”. A Brujo explained the body senses are more acute when we allow and practice what seems unbelieveable. The acceptance of “non-ordinary reality” surrounding our daily lives.

    Our sessions and practice were done at night in the mountains and forest. Like the pressure or fear of battle your senses become more aware than ever before. Soon, I could run, with confidence through the dark forest and not miss a step or take a tumble. Not to say it didn’t occur in the beginning because their were many falls and bruises during the course of my training. Once I accepted, without fear and let my heighten senses(intuition) control my steps I found the art of “Seeing”.

    Many more concepts can be attributed to your intuition. However, it can be a slippery slope. For some use that gut feeling when its nothing more than over compensating and the “want” of the unobtainable. Case point is poker. Gut feeling versus percentage plays. Unless luck or random events take place its just that…Luck.

    I knew a man that always knew when the phone was to ring just before it did. I have seen and experienced many strange and eerie things but “intuition” when practiced with humble demeanor and not for gain can be uplifting and fun. It can also be dangerous when used improper. I have let the natural progression of life in all the many stages we experience in our years on earth to form and learn what others run from. Kinda like I did eventually while learning to be an apprentice for a Brujo. I always ask myself was it real or just the use of natural drugs back in the day. I do know the answer now, but I must say the realities of some scare the bejesus out of you.

    Learn intuition with very small steps and don’t get caught up doing it for gain. It will backfire!! Many souls have been collectded because they just didn’t “See”.

    • Jeff Friend

      What a great comment, thank you. That training in the forest is fascinating. Animals seem to have pure intuition or “seeing” abilities. Perhaps because they’re constantly in the moment. What do you think?

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